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The Bear’s Den, September 18, 2020

The Bears defense are NOT happy with their opening week performance, will they turn it around this week?

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Walter Payton #34 of the Chicago Bears carries the ball against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on December 18, 1977 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Bears defeated the Giants 12-9 in overtime.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bears vs. Giants: Preview, X-Factors, and Predictions - On Tap Sports Net - A breakdown of the Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants week 2 matchup complete with difference-makers and final score predictions.

Danny Trevathan Heads List of Bears Needing to Rebound - SI.com - There is no subtle way to put it.

Bears rally overshadowed by Allen Robinson’s contract dispute - BearsWire Podcast - In the third episode of our Bears Wire podcast, we discuss Chicago's epic comeback, the Allen Robinson contract dispute and preview Week 2.

Quick Hits: Chicago Bears offensive line shines, injury news ahead of Week 2 game against New York Giants - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears offensive line performed well in last Sunday’s season opening win over the Lions but still has room to improve. Plus the latest injury news from Halas Hall.

Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen looking to recapture early career success after strong Week 1 game against Detroit Lions - ChicagoBears.com - After a solid rushing performance in the Week 1 win over the Lions, Bears running back Tarik Cohen looks to recapture his early career success.

Chicago Bears, NFL celebrate 100th birthday on Sept. 17, 2020 - ChicagoBears.com - Exactly 100 years ago Thursday, George Halas and 14 other men gathered in a Hupmobile car dealership in Canton, Ohio, for one of the most significant meetings in American sports history.

Chalk Talk: Will Chicago Bears rookie TE Cole Kmet's receive more playing time moving forward? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether rookie tight end Cole Kmet will receive more playing time, if Cairo Santos will practice kicking at Soldier Field during the week and whether David Montgomery deserves more credit for his performance against the

Choosing Sides: How many yards will the Chicago Bears rush for in Week 2 against the New York Giants? - ChicagoBears.com - Our six-person panel predicts how many yards the Bears will gain on the ground Sunday when they host the New York Giants at Soldier Field. Let us know who you side with.

Rewatch Notes: Three Easy Adjustments for Mitch Trubisky for Week Two - Da Bears Blog - After several re-watches of Bears/Lions, there are a few clear adjustments Mitch Trubisky can make from Week One to Week Two to keep the chains moving and get this offense into the end zone.

Tailgater: Robinson Is A Star, And Bears Risk Losing Him - 670 The Score - Bears receiver Allen Robinson made his frustration known over his contract situation. Chicago is now is at risk of losing a talented target if it doesn’t act.

Jim Cornelison to Sing National Anthem at Bears Home Opener - On Tap Sports Net - As the Chicago Bears kick off their first home game of 2020, Jim Cornelison will be in the building to sing the National Anthem.

Bears Injury Report: Akiem Hicks out (illness), Mack and Quinn both limited - RSN - The Bears released their Thursday injury report, and a key member of the defense missed practice. Akiem Hicks wasn't present at today's practice, listed as out with an illness:

Mitch Trubisky: Chicago Bears QB working under center more - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears' third-down efficiency was the worst in the league in Week 1. So how does it get fixed before Sunday's home opener?

Chicago Bears defense needs to improve, Chuck Pagano says - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears defense isn’t making excuses for its sloppy performance in Week 1.

Chicago Bears: New PA announcer starts in empty Soldier Field - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears' new public address announcer has no public to address.

Chicago Bears: Tarik Cohen wants to prove himself vs Giants - Chicago Tribune - Coach Matt Nagy likes how the carries were divided between Cohen, David Montgomery and Cordarrelle Patterson, but there's flexibility to go with the "hot hand."

Bears notebook: Robert Quinn takes first step back - Chicago Sun-Times - The outside linebacker, who did not play in the season opener against the Lions because of an ankle injury, returned to practice — on a limited basis — Wednesday.

Bears predictions: Week 2 vs. Giants - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ experts offer their picks for the Bears’ home opener against the Giants.

Bears players continue campaign for WR Allen Robinson’s contract extension - Chicago Sun-Times - Robinson said he’ll table his dispute with Bears management, but his teammates have been taking up his cause.

Bears wary of Saquon Barkley, who will ‘run around you, run through you’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Barkley returns to Soldier Field coming off perhaps the worst game of his career.

Bears’ defense eager to make amends - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears allowed 426 yards against the Lions — the second-most in a season opener in franchise history. “I expect a huge leap from Week 1 to Week 2,” defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said.

Bears RB Tarik Cohen out to show the world he can ‘run people over’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Cohen promised he’d be a different player this season, and his performance in the opener was a good signal that he’ll make good on that. His resurgence would be tremendous for the Bears’ offense.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Seven NFL players who will rebound from Week 1 stumbles - Don't write off Tom Brady, Saquon Barkley or Stephen Gostkowski just yet. Gil Brandt lists seven players who will bounce back from bumpy Week 1 performances.

PFT's Week Two picks - ProFootballTalk - For all picks, scroll away.

John Harbaugh: Deshaun Watson holds the ball longer than any NFL QB - ProFootballTalk - Ravens coach John Harbaugh says Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson will be a unique challenge on Sunday because of how long he holds onto the football.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Giants injury report Thursday 9/17, Golden Tate limited by hamstring - Big Blue View - The Giants’ Thursday injury report

Giants’ Saquon Barkley doesn’t care about Tiki Barber’s opinion - Big Blue View - Star running back says he takes the criticism as a challenge

Giants-Bears 5 questions: Mitchell Trubisky, and a whole lot more - Big Blue View - Jeff Berckes of Windy City Gridiron answers our questions

Which Bears player not named Khalil Mack would you want for Giants? - Big Blue View - My vote goes to a young, talented linebacker

Giants at Bears, Week 2: When Chicago has the ball - Big Blue View - How can the Giants’ defense attack the Bears’ offense?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante’s Film Study: Bears OL play looked much improved in Week 1 - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears’ offensive line held up in a big way last Sunday and was one of the unsung reasons for their victory against the Lions.

Zimmerman’s Chicago Bears Podcast: Victory over Detroit Lions, but concerns arise. - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears were victorious, but several issues linger.

Berckes’ Five Questions with Big Blue View: Daniel Jones Might be The Guy - Windy City Gridiron - We get Ed Valentine from Big Blue View to talk all things Giants ahead of Bears - Giants on Sunday.

Wiltfong’s Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2020: Week 1 vs Detroit Lions - Windy City Gridiron - We kick off our weekly Sackwatch with only one Bears sack allowed to break down.

Infante: Bears listed as 5.5-point favorites in matchup vs. Giants - Windy City Gridiron - Bettors are favoring the Bears to start their season off at 2-0.

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