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The Bear’s Den, September 15, 2020

Perhaps the second best thing about Sunday’s opener is the Bears escaped Detroit without major injury in the game

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Ledarius Mack is back!

BEARRRSSSS

Matt Nagy explains how Bears graded Mitch Trubisky's game vs. Lions - RSN - In the moments after the Bears' wild 27-23 win over Detroit on Sunday, head coach Matt Nagy made it clear that he and his staff were 'not going to let this win deodorize any of the stuff on offense, defense or special teams that wasn’t good."

Hoge’s 10 Bears Things: Defense trending down, while offensive line improves - RSN - The Bears are (somehow) 1-0 and NBC Sports Chicago’s Adam Hoge puts a bow on the victory with his 10 “things” from Week 1.

Chicago Bears Week 1 Takeaways: Rust, Run Game, Redemption, and More - On Tap Sports Net - The Chicago Bears pulled a rabbit out of their hat to beat the Detroit Lions in Week 1. However, there is still much to dissect from the team's performance.

Mitchell Trubisky Leaves Plenty for Coaches to Pick At - SI.com - Inconsistency thy name is Mitchell Trubisky.

Bears bring back OLB Ledarius Mack on the practice squad - Bears Wire - It’s quite literally the return of the Mack. Well, not the Mack. But a Mack.

Bears crack top 15 in TD Wire’s way-too-early Week 1 power rankings - Touchdown Wire - The Bears landed at No. 14 on Touchdown Wire’s way-too-early Week 1 power rankings ahead of two Monday Night Football showdowns. Though, to be fair, they’re the lowest-ranked of the teams that won so far this week. I’ll give you one guess as to why.

Matt Nagy credits tight ends for improved running game vs. Lions - Bears Wire - According to coach Matt Nagy, it’s all about the tight ends.

Roster Moves: Ledarius Mack joins Chicago Bears practice squad - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Monday added rookie outside linebacker Ledarius Mack to their practice squad.

3 things that stood out to Matt Nagy after Chicago Bears Week 1 win over Detroit Lions - ChicagoBears.com - Nagy was elated that the Bears showed the resiliency to turn a 23-6 deficit entering the fourth quarter into a dramatic win. But they wouldn't have had to rally from 17 points down if they had performed better on both sides of the ball in the first three periods.

4 things we learned from Chicago Bears position coaches after Week 1 win against Detroit Lions - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears position coaches talked to the media Monday. Here are four things we learned.

They Said It: What writers around the country are saying about the Chicago Bears after the team’s - ChicagoBears.com Week 1 win over the Detroit Lions - ChicagoBears.com - In the aftermath of the Bears’ 27-23 win over the Lions, here’s what writers around the country are saying about the team.

Inside Slant: Trio of David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen, Cordarrelle Patterson help Chicago Bears establish run, find balance on offense - ChicagoBears.com - After struggling for consistency in the run game last season, the trio of David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen, and Cordarrelle Patterson helped the Bears offense find balance in Sunday’s 27-23 season-opening win over the Lions.

Bears Steal One in Detroit: Non-Trubisky Rapid Fire - Da Bears Blog - This tape should be shown to the defense on loop all week. So many mistakes, it’s hard to know where to start.

Nagy: No Regrets About Bears Not Running Out 1st-Half Clock - 670 The Score - Bears coach Matt Nagy decided to be aggressive late in the first of an eventual 27-23 win against the Lions on Sunday afternoon, and the choice backfired.

Bears-Lions: Breaking down the Bears win in the Halas Intrigue podcast - Chicago Sun-Times - Which version of Sunday’s Bears is the real thing?

NFL Week 1: Chicago Bears ratings down from 2019 opener - Chicago Tribune - The Bears opened the 2020 season with a better record and worse Chicago-area TV household ratings than a year ago, though it's no surprise considering the 2019 opener was a highly anticipated prime-time Thursday game vs. the Packers.

Column: Perfect day for Chicago sports fans - Chicago Tribune - No matter what happens the rest of this year in Chicago sports, we’ll always have Sunday.

Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts on Chicago Bears' Week 1 win - Chicago Tribune - 10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears rallied with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to defeat the Detroit Lions 27-23 on Sunday at Ford Field.

Winners and losers from Chicago Bears' Week 1 - Chicago Tribune - The gnat-like buzz of fake crowd noise, a hallmark of TV sports during the pandemic, was bad enough during Fox Sports' Bears-Lions telecast. But Fox’s renewed insistence on experimenting with special effects to make the stadium appear full is an assault on common sense.

Ledarius Mack Re-Joins the Bears' Practice Squad (And It's Impossible Not to Say "Return of the Mack" In This Headline) | Bleacher Nation - As foretold by the prophecy of Mark Morrison, the return of the Mack has happened.

Bears newest QB battle: Trubisky vs. Trubisky - Chicago Sun-Times - The last thing the Bears need this season is Good Mitch/Bad Mitch — and they already saw both against the Lions. The decision for Matt Nagy: Is this part of the growth process, or just a big tease?

Chicago Bears assistant coaches on Week 1 win - Chicago Tribune - While Chicago Bears rookie cornerback Jaylon Johnson has some corrections to make, secondary coach Deshea Townsend was pleased overall considering Johnson didn’t have any preseason games to adjust to the speed of the NFL.

Bears’ Week 1 Victory Over Lions Leaves Plenty of Room for Improvement - ChicagoAudible.com - The good news is the Chicago Bears are 1-0 for the first time since 2013. Still, they have a lot of work ahead of them if they want to be contenders.

Bears grades: David Montgomery, Anthony Miller earn high marks for RBs, WRs - RSN - The Bears had strong debuts from their running backs and wideouts, but Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith's play raised plenty of questions against Detroit.

Bears snap counts: Week 1 playing time breakdown vs. Lions - Chicago Sun-Times - A look at how snap counts shook out for the Bears at several positions in their Week 1 win over the Lions.

Former Bears K Cody Parkey joins Browns, will kick Thursday vs. Bengals: report - Chicago Sun-Times - After a stint with the Titans last season, Parkey gets another shot at redemption in a return to the Browns.

Bears coach Matt Nagy plans bigger role for rookie WR Darnell Mooney - Chicago Sun-Times - Mooney played just 21 snaps in the Bears’ opener, but he was effective and earned a longer look going into Week 2 vs. the Giants.

Chicago Bears Film Study: Defensive plays that swung Bears’ miracle win - Chicago Sun-Times - A look at four defensive plays from the Bears’ come-from-behind win Sunday – just the fourth time in the last 783 games a team rallied from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter:

NFL Week 1: The good, the bad, the Tribusky - Peter King, NBC Sports - Peter King's Football Morning In America column begins with a wild NFL Week 1 and Mitchell Tribusky leading the Bears' improbable rally over the Lions.

NFC North Power Rankings after Week 1 - Bears Wire - The NFL started their 2020 season with some important games among the NFC North. Here's a look at our NFC North power rankings after Sunday.

79th & Halas Podcast Ep.153: It Ain’t Always Pretty by The Barbers Chair Network - Stream 79th & Halas Ep.153: It Ain’t Always Pretty by The Barbers Chair Network from desktop or your mobile device

POLISH SAUSAGE

Washington Football Team tops list of winners from NFL’s opening Sunday, Mitch Appears as well - NFL.com - Football’s back! And the first Sunday of the 2020 NFL season certainly didn’t disappoint. Adam Schein spotlights the nine biggest winners, including the Washington Football Team.

Nick Kwiatkoski didn’t tear pectoral on Sunday - ProFootballTalk - Raiders linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski appears to have dodged a serious injury in Sunday’s win over the Panthers. Ken’s Note: Good news about our old friend!

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Report: Lions LB Jamie Collins won’t face suspension after contact with official - Pride Of Detroit - Collins was ejected, but won’t face further discipline after Sunday’s game. Ken’s Note: Good. Suspension should be reserved for intentionally striking a ref, not whatever dumbass thing it was Collins did.

Detroit Lions Week 1 Unsung Hero: Frank Ragnow paves the way for the run game - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions failed to run down the clock with a lead against the Bears Sunday. Nonetheless, they ran pretty damn well. Ken’s Note: Frank Ragnow should be an All-Pro, the dude is REALLY good.

Detroit Lions Week 1 Game Ball: 5 players of the game vs. the Chicago Bears - Pride Of Detroit - A look at the best performances from Sunday. Ken's Note: Hey, POD, you forgot Mitch... how can you forget your daddy? Mitch your daddy.

Detroit Lions Week 1 grades: Everything is the same vs. Bears - Pride Of Detroit - New faces. Same team.

Breaking down a disastrous fourth quarter against the Bears - Pride Of Detroit - Why does it seem like the Lions haven’t learned anything about closing games?

Matt Patricia’s tone-deaf response to Lions’ 4th quarter woes is embarrassing - Pride Of Detroit - Patricia’s tone-deaf comment shows how unaware he is of his issues.

What was the Detroit Lions’ turning point versus the Bears? - Pride Of Detroit - A lot of things went wrong.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Bears sign Ledarius Mack to the practice squad - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have made a roster move on their practice squad.

Leming & Wiltfong: Leming’s Logic about the Bears’ week one win in Detroit - Windy City Gridiron - It started out fun for Chicago Bears’ fans, but it quickly became all too familiar as the team seemed to stumble through the second and third quarters, but then the entire team came to life in the...

Wiltfong: Bears’ fans, you “Got Mitch?” - Windy City Gridiron - The Team Mitch vs Team Foles banter that was a discussion topic all offseason should have received a small break with the Chicago Bears winning their week one game against the Detroit Lions.

Leming: Handing out Week 1 game balls after a thrilling comeback win - Windy City Gridiron - For the first time since 2013, the Chicago Bears find themselves at (1-0) to open the season. We’ll hand out game balls to the best performing players of the team’s first game.

Wiltfong: Bears vs Lions - Snap counts, stats, and more - Windy City Gridiron - Lester gives his thoughts on the game, plus he shares the complete playing time breakdown, and spotlights a few individual and team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their 27 to 23 comeback win against the Detroit Lions.

Infante's Game Notes: Bears rally with 21 points in fourth quarter, defeat Lions - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears start their season off 1-0 with a remarkable fourth-quarter comeback.

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