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The Bear’s Den, September 12, 2020

Tomorrow is THE DAY! Bears are banged up coming out of camp, but so are the lions as both teams list a star player as doubtful

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

It’s 60’s Pop Week here in the Den, and there’s nothing like Saturday Morning Cartoon that says pop and 1960’s... so... here ya go...

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago Bears, NFL have coped with world-altering events since the league’s inception - ChicagoBears.com - The 2020 season will be unlike any other due to the coronavirus, but the Bears and the NFL have played through world-altering events since the inception of the league.

How to watch, listen to Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions Week 1 game - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears open the season against the Detroit Lions. Here’s how you can watch and listen to the contest.

The Pick Is In: Bears at Lions - ChicagoBears.com - Local and national NFL analysts make their pick for Sunday’s season opener between the Bears and Lions in Detroit. Keep track of their weekly record here on ChicagoBears.com.

The Lou Malnati’s Game Preview: Week One - Da Bears Blog - I don’t see any way the Lions are able to get the Bears blocked up front.

Bears’ Robert Quinn Doubtful For Opener - 670 The Score - Bears pass rusher Robert Quinn is officially listed as doubtful for the team’s season opener against the Lions on Sunday. The Bears also listed a number of key players as questionable.

Bears predictions: Picking the Bears’ final 2020 record - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ experts predict the Bears’ final record:

NFC North: 5 storylines for 2020 season - Chicago Tribune - Is Aaron Rodgers' time with the Packers running out? Can the Vikings defense remain among the best in the NFL despite multiple key departures? And is this Matt Patricia's last stand with the Lions? Five NFC North storylines for the 2020 season, outside of the Bears.

Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions predictions - Chicago Tribune - The Bears open their 2020 season Sunday against the Lions in Detroit. Can they win? Our writers make their picks.

Chicago Bears: 1st trip of COVID-19 era poses challenges - Chicago Tribune - The Bears took painstaking measures this summer to create a safe environment at Halas Hall to help protect their players, coaches and staff from COVID-19, and they and the rest of the NFL were largely successful.

Brad Biggs: Matt Nagy must cater to Chicago Bears defense - Chicago Tribune - Matt Nagy said the Chicago Bears have the best defense in the NFL. Now, it’s time to see if he is prepared to coach with that aspect in mind.

Game Preview: Chicago Bears - Detroit Lions (Week 1) - Chicago Audible Podcast - In this episode the guys discuss all of the key matchups, stats and talking points heading into the Chicago Bears Week 1 game against the Detroit Lions.

Bears injury report: Robert Quinn likely out for season opener vs. Lions - RSN - The Bears will have to wait at least one more week to see how good their new-look defense can be..

Why Bears players feel supported protesting, acting against systemic racism - RSN - Four years ago, Akiem Hicks saw Colin Kaepernick protest police brutality and racial injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem and thought: If I join him, I’m out of a job. For good.

State of the Bears: Ryan Pace Wins Some Vital Support - SI.com - Bear Digest is a Sports Illustrated channel featuring Gene Chamberlain to bring you the latest News, Highlights, Analysis, Draft, Free Agency surrounding the Chicago Bears.

Bears brace for ‘bizarre,’ ‘unusual,’ ‘strange,’ ‘weird’ Week 1 - Chicago Sun-Times - There will be no crowd in Detroit. There won’t be cheerleaders or mascots or practice-squad players anywhere at Ford Field, part of precautions taken by the NFL to protect against coronavirus spread.

Bears OLB Robert Quinn (ankle) doubtful vs. Lions after missing week of practice - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears signed Quinn for $70 million as an ideal pass-rush partner for Khalil Mack. That plan is likely delayed.

Here’s hoping coach Matt Nagy rises above all the Bears’ challenges - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s in there somewhere, but we need to see more from him. More yards. More points. More victories.

Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring) doubtful to play vs. Bears - NFL.com - Detroit will likely be without top target Kenny Golladay in Sunday’s season opener against the Chicago Bears.

Why are you a Bears fan? It ain’t easy - Chicago Sun-Times - What stands out the most about this franchise is that it asks a lot of you fans. It asks you to keep the faith. Keeping the faith isn’t easy.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Mike McCarthy: Dak Prescott showed tremendous strength talking about depression - ProFootballTalk - “I can’t say enough about him,” McCarthy said. “He impresses me at every turn. I think his strength, and his ability to be transparent on his personal challenges that he’s fighting through, I think is something that shows tremendous strength. I admire him for it.”

Bill O'Brien: Texans have a lot to fix - ProFootballTalk - “There’s a lot to fix,” O’Brien said, via the Houston Chronicle. “We have a long way to go here obviously. We had trouble stopping the run. Our defense could not get off the field, so we got down. We have to improve very quickly this week.”

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: Windy City Gridiron picks Bears-Lions - Windy City Gridiron - The season opener of a strange season awaits. The WCG staff is prepared for every moment.

Wiltfong’s Bears vs Lions Injury Report: Montgomery and Mack questionable, Quinn doubtful - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the full and final injury report for the Bears and Lions in advance of Sunday’s game.

Berckes’ Week 1 Fantasy Forum: The Fresh Prince - Windy City Gridiron - Welcome back to the fantasy forum, you place for all things fantasy football.

Zimmerman & Leming: Analyst says Mitchell Trubisky kept job due to pandemic - Windy City Gridiron - Aaron Leming previews the Bears’ season on Bill Zimmerman’s latest Bears Banter Podcast. This one is a must listen!

Wiltfong: Poll of the Day - How confident are you in the 2020 Chicago Bears? - Windy City Gridiron - Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across NFL. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Bears fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

WINDY CITY GRIDIRON MADDEN INVITATION

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