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What did we learn from yesterday’s games? Thank goodness we aren’t the Dolphins!

Green Bay Packers v Chicago Bears
Leonard Floyd #94 of the Chicago Bears sacks Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter in the game at Soldier Field on September 05, 2019 in Chicago
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Letizia: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Looking Back at the Bears 10-3 Loss - Chicago Audible Blog - It’s time to take a look at The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from the Chicago Bears 10-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Mullin: Bears offensive woes vs. Packers leave questions about Matt Nagy’s adaptability, flexibility - NBC Sports Chicago - The disconcerting Bears 10-3 loss to start the season against the Green Bay Packers shouldn’t have been surprising.

A new kind of loss will put Bears’ culture to the test - NBC Sports Chicago - None of the Bears’ four regular season losses in 2018 were solely the fault of the offense. So Thursday night’s 2019-opening loss to the Packers was different.

Decades of frustration earned Bears fans the right to boo offense - Bearmaven - Analysis: Bears safety Eddie Jackson probably shouldn’t have taken on booing fans.

How Bears history shows Mitchell Trubisky will bounce back - Bearmaven - If he played, Mitchell Trubisky has rebounded the next week every time his passer rating dipped below 80.

Payton Presser: Where’s the Bears’ offense? - WGN Radio - The question that keeps popping up in my head is: How can the Chicago Bears hold Aaron Rodgers to 10 points and not come away with a win?

It Feels Like Leonard Floyd’s Breakout Is Coming - Bleacher Nation - Leonard Floyd has been on a roll since the second half of last season.

Eddie Jackson: Bears Fans Booing ‘Unacceptable’ - 670 The Score - Jackson felt the booing was discouraging to the Bears in their loss to the Packers.

Morrissey: Is there a worse time for struggling Mitch Trubisky to face Vic Fangio? - Chicago Sun-Times - There’s a nagging suspicion that the Broncos new head coach, having seen Trubisky every day in practice the previous two seasons, will have his defense perfectly set up to negate Mitch’s strengths and prey on his weaknesses.

Nagy preaches patience with David Montgomery - Chicago Sun-Times - Rookie RB looked promising in brief stint vs. Packers, but expanding his role likely will take time. Ken's Note: OK, we can see that with the rook... but how about giving the ball do Davis & Cohen a bit more, m'kay coach?

Mark Potash: Breaking down the Bears’ biggest questions after Week 1 - Chicago Sun-Times - Mitch Trubisky wasn’t just rusty against the Packers, he was bad in every facet of playing the position — leaving doubt about Matt Nagy’s insistence that Trubisky is a better QB this season

Jason Lieser: 5 big concerns for Chicago Bears after Week 1 letdown - Chicago Sun-Times - What’s going on at kicker? Which breakout star showed something in the opener? Sun-Times beat writer Jason Lieser breaks down those questions and more.

Comparing Mitch Trubisky to Jay Cutler after Bears QB’s Week 1 dud - Chicago Sun-Times - Jay Cutler’s habits were entrenched. Mitch Trubisky still has time to change the narrative.

Patrick Finley: Breaking down the Bears’ biggest questions after Week 1 - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears insisted Trubisky would make a leap in the second year of Matt Nagy’s offense, and they may indeed be proven right. But it’s foolish to expect consistency from week-to-week.

5 observations from rewatching the Bears’ Week 1 loss to the Packers, including Mitch Trubisky’s moment of truth and the defense’s sack machine - Chicago Tribune - Obvious evidence of Mitch Trubisky’s experience in Matt Nagy's offense was missing against an improved, creative Packers defense. For the third-year quarterback, there were too many familiar shortcomings.

When I look at the current Bears defense, my first thoughts are ____________. Stars of the Bears’ Super Bowl XX defense weigh in on 4 topics. - Chicago Tribune - Bears defensive greats Dan Hampton, Otis Wilson and Gary Fencik discuss what made the 1985 defense so special and more in this special edition of Fill in the Blanks.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Early mutiny in Miami – ProFootballTalk - Losing 59-10 at any level of football leaves a mark. In Miami, it’s sparking a mutiny. Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, multiple Dolphins players contacted their agents after Sunday’s season-opening blowout loss and directed them to attempt to engineer trades elsewhere.

Adam Gase: We can’t be missing kicks – ProFootballTalk - The Jets had plenty to lament after blowing a 16-0 lead against the Bills in a 17-16 loss on Sunday afternoon, including an offense that failed to score any points after four first-half takeaways and a defense that couldn’t stop Buffalo late in the game. Ken’s Note: Sympathy to the Jets... we feel your pain... on the bright side, at least you didn’t give up any draft picks for the guy!

What we learned from Sunday’s Week 1 games - NFL.com - Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was throwing dimes against the Miami Dolphins, finishing with five touchdown passes. Here’s what we learned from Sunday’s games.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Minnesota Vikings 28, Atlanta Falcons 12: Defense dominates in big season-opening win - Daily Norseman - Three turnovers all became points for the Vikings

Video: T.J. Hockenson breaks rookie tight end record after touchdown reception - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions’ first-round pick already is looking like a hit. Ken's Note: Not that anybody cares, but I started Hockenson on my fantasy team. He's the real deal.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch & Duerrwaechter: Bears College Prospect Preview 2019 - PAC-12 - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have plenty of football ahead of them. However, it’s still worth thinking about who might look really good playing in Chicago sometime soon.

Leming: Game balls after a disappointing Week 1 loss - Windy City Gridiron - The first game of the 2019 NFL regular season is in the books, after the Bears fell to the Packers. While the majority of the game was ugly, there was still some positives to look at and we’ll reward that with this week’s game balls.

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