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The Bear’s Den, March 31, 2021

The NFL adds another game to the season... perhaps now Chicago can have a 4,000 yard passer. Probably not, though. Probably not.

Jim Miller #15
Jim Miller, one of a long line of Bears “greats” at quarterback

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

NFL owners approve 17th game for 2021; Bears-Raiders matchup likely as teams’ additional game - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears will play the Raiders in Las Vegas in their 17th game; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell brushed off concerns about injury risk. “We’re following the data, following the science.”

Chicago Bears: 17th game this season vs. Las Vegas Raiders - Chicago Tribune - The NFL is increasing the regular season to 17 games and reducing the preseason to three games.

Goodbye to the NFL’s even-numbered era: What impact will new 17-game schedule have? – The Athletic - Records will fall. Injury concerns will likely rise. And more money will be made by the NFL. Inside the 17-game schedule.

Chicago Bears Do Due Diligence on Kellen Mond - Sports Illustrated - While Ryan Pace saw Mac Jones and Ohio State’s Justin Fields wowed scouts with a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, the Chicago Bears had QB coach John DeFilippo watching a player more likely to come available to them after Round 1.

Chicago Bears Pursue Draft Speed to Make Up Lost Ground - Sports Illustrated - Chicago Bears receiver Darnell Mooney significantly upgraded his team’s speed last year at the position but they still are falling behind receiver groups from all three division rivals in this area and need an upgrade in the draft.

Chicago Bears to visit Las Vegas Raiders as NFL owners vote to expand regular season to 17 games - ChicagoBears.com - During virtual league meetings Tuesday, NFL owners voted to expand the regular-season schedule from 16 to 17 games beginning this year. The Bears’ 17th game will be in Las Vegas against the Raiders.

For 2021 Bears…Russ or Bust - Da Bears Blog - The answer is pretty clear.

Roger Goodell ‘expects full stadiums’ for 2021 NFL season - 670 The Score - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expressed optimism that fans can return to stadiums at full capacity in September when the NFL regular season gets going.

Bears to face Raiders as NFL adds 17th regular-season game - 670 The Score - The NFL on Tuesday afternoon officially announced its new 17-game regular season, which will feature the Bears visiting the Las Vegas Raiders in their additional game.

Daniel Jeremiah’s Top-50 is Loaded With Players at Positions the Bears Need to Fill - Bleacher Nation - Sure, the Bears have needs all over the field. But the 2021 NFL Draft could provide solutions to Chicago’s problems.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Super Bowl LVI lands on middle Sunday of Winter Olympics - ProFootballTalk - That’s what will happen in February 2022, with NBC carving out a large chunk of that middle Sunday, February 13, for Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles.

NFL owners approve 17-game schedule - ProFootballTalk - There are now 17 games in an NFL regular season.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Vikings re-sign G Dakota Dozier - Daily Norseman - Don’t ask me, I don’t know.

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