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The Bear’s Den, October 8, 2021

First we have Friday, then Saturday, then GAME DAY!

Quarterback Josh McCown is sacked by the Chicago Bears Brian Urlacheer as the Raider lose, this time to the Chicago Bears 17-6 on Sunday, November 11, 2007 at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. Dan Honda/Contra Costa Times)
Quarterback Josh McCown is sacked by the Chicago Bears Brian Urlacheer as the Raider lose, this time to the Chicago Bears 17-6 on Sunday, November 11, 2007 at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland,
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bears pass rush pitted against Raiders great LT in Week 5 - RSN - Matt Nagy and Sean Desai’s defense lead the NFL in sacks, but the Raiders offensive line features some studs.

Week Five Game Preview, Volume I: How Bears Beat the Raiders - Da Bears Blog - The Raiders are 3-1. But they’ve beaten two teams in overtime – including a bad Dolphins side – and the struggling Steelers. When they faced a good Chargers team, they were thoroughly outmatched. And with their next four opponents being the Bears, Broncos, Eagles and Giants, they could easily be 6-2 while not particularly good.

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs healthy ahead of matchup with Bears - 670 The Score - `Las Vegas Raiders star running back Josh Jacobs (ankle) returned to practice in a full role Thursday ahead of his team’s game against the Bears on Sunday.

Chicago planning official urged to look for ways to build new stadium, keep Bears in city - Chicago Sun-Times - "We have a lot of land. Before that door closes, I would ask you to do everything in your power to look at what options there are to keep them here that could be an economic driver for parts of our city that could use it and it could work," said Ald. Harry Osterman.

Bears injury report: Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks remain out - Chicago Sun-Times - Mack played last week with an injured foot, during which he hurt his ribs. Hicks hurt his groin on the first play of the Lions game.

After trade from Dolphins, Jakeem Grant ready for second chance with Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - Jakeem Grant sensed the Bears liked him when the team hosted the Dolphins in joint practices in August.

Bears-Raiders podcast: Tales of Raider Nation - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears will make their first trip to Las Vegas since the Raiders relocated to the desert.

Justin Fields: Chicago Bears QB not afraid to speak his mind - Chicago Tribune - Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is impressed with how open quarterback Justin Fields is about what he likes and doesn’t like with the Chicago Bears offense and isn't afraid to be coached.

Chicago Bears: Jakeem Grant move shows Tarik Cohen far from return - Chicago Tribune - The addition of Jakeem Grant (aka "Mighty Mouse") should give the Chicago Bears a boost in the return game. It also signals Tarik Cohen is not returning anytime soon from his knee rehabilitation.

Justin Fields: Why Chicago Bears changed plans and started rookie QB - Chicago Tribune - Justin Fields is the Chicago Bears starting quarterback, not only for Week 5 but for the rest of the season and beyond. How can they best position the rookie to succeed?

Bears vs. Raiders spread, odds, picks and trends: Expert predictions for Week 5 game in Las Vegas – The Athletic - See odds, expert selections and storylines for Week 5's game between the Bears and the Raiders.

Game Preview: Chicago Bears - Las Vegas Raiders (Week 5) - The Chicago Audible - In this episode of The Chicago Audible, the guys give their game preview of the Chicago Bears Week 5 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Bears 2021 first quarter awards: MVP, most improved, top rookie & more - Bears Wire - We're handing out awards for the Bears' first four games, including MVP, most improved, most disappointing and top rookie.

Bears need to give QB Justin Fields green light to run - Chicago Sun-Times - Fields’ speed is integral, not ancillary. It’s time for the Bears to adapt to the modern NFL and use everything he brings to the table.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Off injury report, Lamar Jackson says he's "101 percent" - ProFootballTalk - Lamar Jackson missed two practices last week with a back injury, but he played every snap Sunday in passing for more than 300 yards for the second time in his career.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Las Vegas Raiders: 3 Key matchups against Chicago Bears - Silver And Black Pride - A couple of skill positions matchups and a battle in the trenches that the Las Vegas Raiders need to win to beat the Chicago Bears

Las Vegas Raiders News: Alex Leatherwood at guard, Brandon Parker at tackle - Silver And Black Pride - The Las Vegas Raiders are reshuffling their offensive line after Monday night’s disaster, moving rookie Leatherwood inside and having Parker replace him

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Curl: 5 Questions with Silver and Black Pride: Is life without Khalil Mack worth living? - Windy City Gridiron - Patti gets a chance to pick the mind of Raiders blogger Matt Holder in five questionable questions about this week’s opponent.

Wiltfong: Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack miss practice again - Windy City Gridiron - With the 3-1 Las Vegas Raiders up next for the 2-2 Chicago Bears, they’ll need all hands on their defensive deck to slow down Derek Carr, Darren Waller, Henry Ruggs III and the rest of Vegas’...

Salo's Bears Fantasy Football: Get Damien Williams in Free Agency & Start him - Windy City Gridiron - It’s the last week before the bye weeks start, so it’s time to watch your bench to see who can spot-start.

Zeglinski: Windy City Gridiron picks Chicago Bears-Las Vegas Raiders - Windy City Gridiron - What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, depending on what one prefers.

Zimmerman: Jason Fitz previews game vs Las Vegas Raiders - Windy City Gridiron - ESPN’s Jason Fitz joins the Bears Banter Podcast!

Householder: Chicago Bears vs. Las Vegas Raiders - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears hit the road to face a surprising Raiders squad coming off their first loss. Most of Chicago might be coming too.

Wiltfong: What will the Justin Fields - Bill Lazor offense look like? - Windy City Gridiron - With Justin Fields being named the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears, I wanted to get something up here on WCG to show the type of stuff we should start to see from him and the offense...

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