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The Bear’s Den, September 23, 2020

It’s Wednesday, Turnaround Day, where it’s out with the Giants and in with the Falcons!

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bears showcasing greater commitment to running game - 670 The Score - Coach Matt Nagy and the Bears have found early success in the running game after struggling in that department in 2019. The Bears are averaging 142 rushing yards through two games.

4 major takeaways from the Giants vs. Bears matchup in Week 2 - NFL Analysis Network - The New York Giants and Chicago Bears faced off in Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season. Here are four major takeaways from the matchup.

Anthony Miller’s No-Show Sunday Proves Bears Need Allen Robinson - Da Bears Blog - Last week a strong argument emerged that the Bears might be better off not extending Allen Robinson’s contract, instead relying on Anthony Miller to be the team’s top wide receiver. That argument died on Sunday.

Chicago Bears rookie CB Jaylon Johnson preparing for Atlanta Falcons WRs Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley in Week 3 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears rookie cornerback Jaylon Johnson is gearing up to face an explosive Falcons passing attack that features receivers Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley Sunday in Atlanta.

Lunch With Larry: 9.22.20 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer and Urlurker talk offensive consistency, discusses rookies that have impressed through two games and looks

Bears' Jaylon Johnson explains why NFL transition has gone so smoothly - RSN - "The speed isn’t a big difference," Johnson said on Tuesday. "For me, personally, [NFL players] are a lot stronger and a lot bigger, but also that people know exactly what they’re doing – this is their profession. So there are a lot more savvy at what they’re doing and how to attack you."

Chicago Bears Week 2 Takeaways: Strong Start, Shaky Settlement - On Tap Sports Net - The Chicago Bears improved to 2-0 by defeating the Giants in week 2. As always, there are several aspects of the game to dissect.

Tarik Cohen Jokes That He "Left Some Money On The Plate" for Allen Robinson Extension - On Tap Sports Net - Perhaps Tarik Cohen's continued publicization of the situation will help push extension talks between the Bears and Allen Robinson in the right direction.

Bears' Jaylon Johnson explains why NFL transition has gone so smoothly - RSN - "The speed isn’t a big difference," Johnson said on Tuesday. "For me, personally, [NFL players] are a lot stronger and a lot bigger, but also that people know exactly what they’re doing – this is their profession. So there are a lot more savvy at what they’re doing and how to attack you."

Flawed Falcons Defense Offers Bears Mismatch Opportunities - SI.com - Future Bears opponents will sort through their film from two games and find plenty to pick at, starting Sunday with the Atlanta Falcons.

Is Mitchell Trubisky…improving? - Touchdown Wire - The Chicago Bears are 2-0 and heavily-debated quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is showing signs of life. Is the embattled QB...improving?

Marqui Christian has terminated his contract with Bears - Bears Wire - Just one day after signing with the Bears practice squad, safety Marqui Christian has terminated his contract with the team.

Bears CB Jaylon Johnson among highest-graded rookies through 2 weeks - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson has been one of the best rookies in the NFL through two weeks of the 2020 season.

Bears open as 3.5-point underdogs vs. Falcons in Week 3 - Bears Wire - The undefeated Bears will travel to Atlanta to face the winless Falcons in what's going to be the team's most difficult challenge so far.

Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen reflects on signing three-year contract extension through 2023 - ChicagoBears.com - Tarik Cohen is confident that he’ll rebound from a disappointing 2019 season and revert to the electrifying form he displayed in 2018. And he knows the Bears feel the same way after inking him to a new contract.

Jahns: 5 takeaways from Bears’ win vs. Giants, including an improved run game – The Athletic - Plus Adam Jahns updates the “quarterbacks who could have been” for the Bears.

Bears all over top of 2020 NFL pass-rushing, run-stopping, blocking leaderboard - Win rate rankings - ESPN - ESPN Analytics created revolutionary new metrics to measure performance in both the run and pass game. Here are the leaders for the 2020 season.

Stock up, stock down: Which Bears players impressed in Week 2? - Bears Wire - The Bears held off a late rally by the Giants to win 17-13 in Week 2 to advance to 2-0. Here’s a look at how the stock is trending.

Signs of progress? Why it wasn’t the same old Mitch Trubisky in Bears win – The Athletic
- Mitch Trubisky is a quarterback the Bears can win with, even if it isn’t a pretty four quarters.

Jahns: Five takeaways from Bears’ win vs. Giants, including an improved run game – The Athletic - Plus Adam Jahns updates the “quarterbacks who could have been” for the Bears.

Chicago Bears: 3 observations from Week 2 win - Chicago Tribune - With 44 points (22 per game), the Chicago Bears are tied with the Detroit Lions for 21st in the NFL in scoring. That has to be concerning for coach Matt Nagy, who has preached for months about the need for touchdowns.

Mitch Trubisky: How Chicago Bears QB did in Week 2 - Chicago Tribune - What do we do with this one, with this latest Chicago Bears victory from a should-win home game? What do we make of Mitch Trubisky’s solid first half and the 17 points the Bears scored to take quick control for a wire-to-wire defeat of the New York Giants?

Chicago Bears: Tarik Cohen's plans for new contract - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen said he yet reflected on his journey to obtain a lucrative three-year contract extension. “Once I do something for my family ... like get my mom a house, I feel like that’s when the moment will really hit me.”

Chicago Bears podcast: What's different about the offense? - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are 2-0, which is a good kind of strange for the franchise. But what's different about the team compared with 2018 and 2019? Dan Wiederer and Brad Biggs explore that and more on the Bear Download podcast.

Cam and went: Looks like Bears missed on another quarterback in Cam Newton - Chicago Sun-Times - The team opted for Mitch Trubisky/Nick Foles over the affordable, proven Newton, and it begs the question: Why?

Bears TEs short on yards, big on blocks - Chicago Sun-Times - Through two weeks, the Bears’ rushing attack seems more stable than it was at any time last year.

Bears RB Tarik Cohen ‘left money on the plate’ in push for Allen Robinson’s extension - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears secured Cohen through 2023 and avoided letting him leave in free agency. Will they do the same for Robinson?

1st-and-10: Bears surviving NFL’s war of attrition - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears came out unscathed after a torturous day of injuries Sunday — Saquon Barkley was one of seven players who suffered a torn ACL. Diligent conditioning and training helps. But even that still leaves them at the mercy of the football gods.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Should NFL abandon the mask rule for coaches? - ProFootballTalk - Should coaches and other sideline personnel who are tested every day be exempt from the mask mandate?

NFL fines Jon Gruden, Sean Payton for not wearing masks Monday night - ProFootballTalk - The NFL fined a handful of coaches for not wearing masks on the sidelines during Sunday’s games and that led many to suggest more fines were coming after watching Monday night’s game.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Giants expected to sign RB Devonta Freeman to replace Saquon Barkley - NFL.com - Devonta Freeman’s long wait to find a new NFL home will soon reach its conclusion. The Giants are expected to sign the veteran running back, provided testing goes well, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Duerrwaechter: Show Me the Mooney; a New Weapon for the Chicago Bears Emerges - Windy City Gridiron - Everybody is fixated on the quarterback, yet a young receiver is quickly developing into a household name.

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: The 2-0 Bears are in the middle of the pack - Windy City Gridiron - We check in on what the experts have to say about the Bears right here.

Householder's Stock Up, Stock Down: Chicago Bears-New York Giants - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are 2-0 and we’re looking at whose play is rising and falling in this week’s stock watch.

Wiltfong's Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Lester runs down some of his Thoughts from week 2 in the National Football League...

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