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The Bear’s Den, October 9, 2021

Hicks is doubtful, Mack is questionable, and Justin Fields is the quarterback.

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Khalil Mack doesn’t buy Joey Bosa’s diss about Derek Carr - NBC Sports Chicago - One of the biggest headlines coming out of the NFL in Week 4 was Joey Bosa calling out Raiders quarterback Derek Carr for crumbling under pressure.

Eddie Goldman can help fill Akiem Hicks void, if needed - NBC Sports Chicago - If Akiem Hicks can’t go for the Bears on Sunday, replacing him on the defensive line will be no small task.

Matchup Flashback: London Letdown vs. Raiders - On Tap Sports Net - The Bears and Raiders meet this Sunday nearly two years to the day since they last clashed in London. Here’s what happened in that game.

Injury Report: Hicks is Doubtful vs. Raiders - On Tap Sports Net - Akiem Hicks is doubtful to play against the Raiders on Sunday. In addition, there are other names that present concern on Friday’s injury report.

Chamberlain: Chicago Bears declared the Khalil Mack trade winners - Sports Illustrated Chicago Bears - The Raiders basically got a good running back in the draft for one of the most dominant defensive players of the last decade, a player still wreaking havoc with a rib injury and a sprained foot.

How the Chicago Bears adjust to Justin Fields, starter - Sports Illustrated Chicago Bears - It’s an entirely different dynamic now that Justin Fields is the starter for good, and the Chicago Bears need to realize how this impacts everything they do.

Why Jakeem Grant Knew He Was on Chicago Bears Radar - Sports Illustrated Chicago Bears - Return man Jakeem Grant had a very good idea the Chicago Bears liked his abilities because he talked with them but he says he had no idea the Miami Dolphins wanted to trade him until finding out earlier this week.

Khalil Mack Questionable, Akiem Hicks Doubtful - Sports Illustrated Chicago Bears - The Chicago Bears should have Khalil Mack back as he was listed as a team captain to face his old team, the Las Vegas Raiders, but is questionable, and Akiem Hicks is doubtful after he also returned to practice.

Bears’ Khalil Mack says he’ll be ready for what Raiders throw at him - USA Today Bears - Khalil Mack is ready for whatever Jon Gruden and the Raiders throw his way.

The Pick Is In: Bears at Raiders - ChicagoBears.com - Local and national NFL analysts make their pick for Sunday’s Week 5 matchup between the Bears and Raiders in Las Vegas. Keep track of their weekly record here on ChicagoBears.com.

Chalk Talk: Which players were involved in Khalil Mack trade to Chicago Bears? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the players involved in the Khalil Mack trade, why Trevis Gipson didn’t get credit for a second sack against the Lions and the last time the Bears had five completions of at least 20 yards in a game.

Injury Update: Damien Williams to Replace Injured Montgomery - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Friday, as expected, ruled running back David Montgomery out of Sunday’s game against the Raiders in Las Vegas with a sprained knee. Defensively, outside linebacker Khalil Mack is expected to face his former team despite injuries to his knee

With Justin Fields, Bears Offense Can Finally Be Explosive - 247 Sports Chicago Bears - With Justin Fields under center, it’s finally time for the Chicago Bears to have an explosive offense.

VIDEO: Will the Raiders struggle vs. the Bears? - ESPN - Ryan Clark sees the Raiders struggling a bit vs. the Bears, but will do enough for a win.

Emma’s Tailgater: It’s time for Bears to unveil a Justin Fields offense - 670 The Score - After naming rookie Justin Fields the team’s permanent starting quarterback, the Bears need to do a better job of scheming to Fields’ strengths.

Bears’ Hicks doubtful, Mack questionable against Raiders - 670 The Score - Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (groin) was listed as doubtful to play at the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, while edge rusher Khalil Mack (ribs/foot) is questionable.

Ryan Nall is Reportedly Getting a Promotion to the 53-Player Roster - Bleacher Nation - Running back Ryan Nall is making his way back to the big club, tweets NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero. Nall, 25, will serve as RB3.

Bears vs. Raiders picks: Point spread, total, player props, trends for Justin Fields vs. Derek Carr in Week 5 - CBSSports.com - Get ready for Week 5 with our gambling breakdown of Bears-Raiders

Wiederer: Bill Lazor has calming influence on offense - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, in his new role at play-caller, has a calming influence on rookie quarterback Justin Fields. “His voice is always calm,” Fields said.

Bears DL Akiem Hicks doubtful vs. Raiders because of groin injury - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears coach Matt Nagy said Friday he doesn’t believe that Hicks will need to go on injured reserve, which would rule him out for the next three games.

Matt Nagy: Damien Williams’ big-game experience brings ‘sense of calm’ - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears are expected to put David Montgomery, who has a sprained knee, on injured reserve Saturday. He’d then miss at least three games. Williams will start against the Raiders on Sunday.

Eddie Goldman eager to take the next step back - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ nose tackle was encouraged after shaking off some rust in his first regular-season game since 2019. “When I looked at the film, I realized I got better as the game went on,” he said.

Bears OLB Khalil Mack’s grudge against Raiders, Jon Gruden only grows - Chicago Sun-Times - His rivalry with his former team kicked up a notch after the 2019 game in London.

POLISH SAUSAGE

49ers Trey Lance to make first career start in place of injured Jimmy Garoppolo - ESPN - San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Trey Lance will make his first NFL start Sunday against the undefeated Cardinals in place of injured Jimmy Garoppolo, coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday.

Injury Roundup: Gronk out; RB Cook, LB Mack questionable - NFL.com - Rob Gronkowski’s rib injury will keep him out for at least one more week. The good news for the Buccaneers: Edge rusher Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) and corner Jamel Dean (knee) will both play Sunday, per HC Bruce Arians.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Injury Report: Trayvon Mullen, Damon Arnette out against Bears - Silver And Black Pride - Running back Peyton Barber surprise practice participant Friday

Remembering legendary Al Davis - Silver And Black Pride - Raiders’ owner died 10 years ago today

5 questions with Windy City Gridiron - Silver And Black Pride - Get to know the Bears with Patti Curl from WCG

Jon Gruden Used Racial Trope to Describe NFLPA Chief DeMaurice Smith in 2011 Email - Wall Street Journal - The NFL has been examining more than 650,000 emails, including the one sent by Jon Gruden as part of a recent investigation.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Poll: Are you confident in the direction of the Bears? - Windy City Gridiron - The Justin Fields era has officially begun, the defense leads the league in sacks, and head coach Matt Nagy has turned over play calling to Bill Lazor, so how you feeling about the Bears?

Bears Over Beers: Return of the Mack - Windy City Gridiron - JB and EJ are joined by Ted Nguyen of The Athletic to talk Bears and Raiders

Zeglinski: Matt Nagy is the starting coach when healthy - Windy City Gridiron - As for his status, we’ll keep it internal.

Roundtable: Explosive plays will be the key to this game - Windy City Gridiron - The WCG crew runs down their keys for the Bears to get the win in Las Vegas.

Wiltfong Jr: Chicago rules 4 out, Akiem Hicks doubtful - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the final injury list for the Bears and Raiders this week.

Householder's Betting the Chicago Bears vs Las Vegas Raiders: total, spread, survivor - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have not covered on the road this season, will Vegas bring them a little luck?

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