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The Bear’s Den, October 12, 2021

Break downs and analysis of Chicago’s road win over the favored Raiders abound

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bears report card: How we graded Chicago in their Week 5 win - Bears Wire - We’re grading the Bears following their win against the Raiders, where defense dominated, offense did enough and Cairo Santos was clutch.

Hoge: Justin Fields giving Bears quarterback lift they’ve lacked - RSN - Justin Fields has provided the Chicago Bears a jolt at quarterback they haven’t had before.

How Bears fans in Las Vegas made impact in upset win over Raiders - RSN - From Matt Nagy to Eddie Jackson, everyone who spoke after the game said the support from Bears fans was huge.

Why Bears tight end Jesper Horsted deserves a bigger role - RSN - Tight end Jesper Horsted made a name for himself with three touchdown receptions in a preseason game over the Tennessee Titans. But the 24-year-old is just getting started.

Bears Beat Raiders, Give Themselves Chance for a Season - Da Bears Blog - The Bears were significant underdogs in Las Vegas. And they won the game by double digits. There is plenty to criticize about this performance. (And you’ll find much of that below.) But one thing can not be stated clearly enough: this was a massive win for the 2021 Chicago Bears and their head coach, Matt Nagy. They now have a chance for a season.

Bears-Raiders observations: Chicago has a budding identity - 970 The Score - The Bears left Las Vegas up for the weekend, earning a 20-9 win against the Raiders on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium. Here are the observations of the day as the Bears improved to 3-2.

Matt Nagy: ‘Nice to have’ Cairo Santos amid yearlong streak - Chicago Sun-Times - He extended his consecutive made field goals streak to 34. It’s the longest in franchise history, the longest streak in the NFL and is getting closer to an NFL record.

Bears’ offense finds its identity. Now what? - Chicago Sun-Times - This isn’t quite the offense Nagy envisioned when he was hired — “You adapt to your personnel that you have,” he said. But with an established identity, Nagy is confident the offense will grow as defenses adjust — and the Bears respond.

Bears QB Justin Fields needs to pull himself out of spin cycle - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears need to keep Fields safe when he’s in the pocket. When he’s out of it, though, the rookie quarterback needs to protect himself. And he needs to do it fast — before he gets hurt.

Justin Fields: What’s the latest on Chicago Bears QB’s knee? - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears must provide their first official injury report of the week after practice Wednesday, but NFL Network reported quarterback Justin Fields should be good to go this week after a knee injury Sunday.

Chicago Bears: Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on Week 5 - Chicago Tribune - 10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears combined a smothering defensive effort with the offensive line’s best performance to date to defeat the Las Vegas Raiders 20-9 at raucous Allegiant Stadium.

Bears Monday Rewind: Justin Fields’ runs, Khalil Mack’s presence and Cairo Santos’ kicks – The Athletic - A closer look at the stats, playing time and other observations from Sunday’s Bears win over the Raiders,

Postgame Pompei: Bears caught Raiders at the right time but can’t rest on laurels of the win – The Athletic - The O-line is starting to click, Bill Lazor’s play-calling is working, Justin Fields’ leadership keeps growing and more observations.

Bears vs. Raiders: Takeaways following Chicago’s impressive road win - Bears Wire - From promise with Justin Fields to Khalil Mack’s revenge, here are our takeaways from the Bears’ hard-fought road win against the Raiders.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Steelers investigate spreading of ashes at Sunday's game - ProFootballTalk - The Terrible Towel apparently won’t be joined by the Unbearable Urn.

NFL's worst losses in Week 5: Lions, Bengals, Raiders feeling the pain - NFL.com - Sunday provided an exhilarating slate of games, but not everyone ultimately enjoyed themselves. Adam Schein spotlights the nine worst losses in Week 5. Did the Bengals or Lions feel the MOST pain?

KNOW THINE ENEMY - BYE BYE CHUCKY

Jon Gruden resigns: What’s next for Raiders - Silver And Black Pride - How does everyone move on from this bombshell?

NFL news: Jon Gruden out as Raiders coach - Silver And Black Pride - Las Vegas head coach resigns amid email controversy. Ken's Note: That and he sucks at coaching and being a GM as was proven by being thoroughly outcoached by Matt Nagy.

The Legacy of the Khalil Mack Trade Still Lingers Over Jon Gruden - The Ringer - When the Raiders traded Mack to the Bears in 2018, it illuminated Gruden’s dubious scouting and front office decision-making. Those things haven’t necessarily improved, even if Las Vegas is off to a promising start in 2021. Ken's Note: Just noticed this now, this was written before the Bears beat the Raiders last weekend.

Las Vegas Raiders: Winners and losers against Chicago Bears - Silver And Black Pride
- There’s plenty of blame to go around after an abysmal performance by the Raiders.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: Tests negative on Chicago Bears’ Fields’ knee, still ready to roll - Windy City Gridiron - The rookie remains in one healthy, unwavering piece.

Leming: 10 takes after the Bears’ impressive road win against the Raiders - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have their first road win of the year after a dominant 20-9 victory against the Raiders. Despite all of the questions surrounding this team, they find themselves winning games. Could this be a monumental win in the 2021 season?

Wiltfong: Bears vs Raiders - Takeaways from the snap counts, stats, and more - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the full playing time breakdown, and also a spotlight of a few individual and team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their 20 to 9 against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Infante's Notes: Bears cash in with strong all-around win on the road against Raiders - Windy City Gridiron
- The Bears improved to 3-2 with their win in Las Vegas on Sunday.

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