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The Bear’s Den, May 13, 2021

The schedule is out, and to everyone’s shock and surprise, the Bears end the regular season at Minnesota. Who would have thunk it?

Harold “Red” Grange, Chicago Bears, Half-Length Portrait, National Photo Company, 1925
Harold “Red” Grange, Chicago Bears, Half-Length Portrait, National Photo Company, 1925
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bears 2021 schedule: A look at each of their 17 games this season - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears have the third-hardest schedule based on opponents’ 2020 winning percentage.

Mitch Trubisky to return to Soldier Field in preseason - Chicago Sun-Times - Quarterback Mitch Trubisky will play at Soldier Field in 2021 after all. Maybe he’ll even start.

When will Justin Fields play? ‘What’s the best way for us to win games?’ - Chicago Sun-Times - There will come a moment when it’s apparent that starting Fields is the best thing for the Bears, both in the short and long terms. Every day until then will feature the drumbeat of city-wide curiosity: how far does Fields have to go to get to that point?

Bears will believe Anthony Miller’s maturity when they see it in action - Chicago Sun-Times - Here are five things we learned from Bears assistant coaches Wednesday.

With Teven Jenkins in, Charles Leno out, Bears’ offensive line still has a hole to fill - Chicago Sun-Times - Coach Juan Castillo putting his faith in veteran Germain Ifedi — and himself — to replace Bobby Massie at right tackle. "I would not be surprised if this kid made the Pro Bowl next year."

Chicago Bears: Complete 17-game schedule for 2021 - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears fans will have to wait a while before they find out when Justin Fields will make his first NFL start. But they at least will know the 17 regular-season dates it potentially could happen in 2021.

Chicago Bears 2021 schedule: The watchability rankings and the start of 'Justin Fields Watch' – The Athletic - The Bears have plenty of tough opponents on their 2021 schedule, and a top draft pick waiting to start. What are their best matchups?

Chicago Bears 2021 Schedule Released - On Tap Sports Net - The 2021 NFL schedules have finally been released. Take a look at when and where the Bears play their opponents this year.

‘We’re getting Justin Fields’: An exclusive look inside the tension, elation of Bears’ draft room – The Athletic - GM Ryan Pace takes us behind the scenes, detailing what led up to the Bears drafting the former Ohio State star.

Navigating Bear Markets: Chicago's First-Round QBs From Luckman to Fields - On Tap Sports Net - Reviewing all first-round quarterbacks drafted by the Chicago Bears and how long they played for Chicago and in the NFL.

Playoff Teams Populate 2021 Chicago Bears Schedule - Sports Illustrated - The Chicago Bears play the third most-difficult schedule and have four night games on the 2021 schedule.

First Impressions: What Chicago Bears Like About Justin Fields - Sports Illustrated - Passing game coordinator John DeFilippo heaps the praise on Justin Fields after the initial Zoom meetings, heading into the weekend’s rookie minicamp.

Complete schedule, tickets and matchup information for 2021 NFL season - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears’ complete 2021 schedule that was released Wednesday evening is highlighted by four prime-time games and a Thanksgiving Day contest against the Lions in Detroit for the third time in four seasons.

Chicago Bears 2021 schedule fun facts - 9 notes & nuggets about regular-season schedule - ChicagoBears.com - Fun facts about this year’s Bears schedule include battling the Packers in a night game for the 16th straight season, looking to extend an eight-game winning streak against the AFC North and more.

Bears Twitter reacts to 2021 NFL schedule release - 670 The Score - On Wednesday night, NFL teams officially released their full 17-game schedules, and the Bears have plenty of notable matchups on the calendar.

Emma: 5 takeaways from Bears’ 2021 schedule - 670 The Score - The slate is set for the Bears in 2021, with the NFL officially releasing its regular-season schedule Wednesday evening. Here are five takeaways from Chicago’s slate this season.

It Sounds Like Jimmy Graham Is Here to Stay - Bleacher Nation - Even though cutting him could create $7 million in cap space, the Bears are sticking with Jimmy Graham.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Packers signing Blake Bortles - ProFootballTalk - It didn’t take long for the Packers to go from being interested in quarterback Blake Bortles to signing him to their roster.

2021 NFL schedule: 10 teams get five primetime games each - ProFootballTalk - The Packers, Saints, Cowboys, Seahawks, Steelers, Ravens, Rams, 49ers, Chiefs and Bucs are scheduled for five night games each.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Householder: Official 2021 NFL Chicago Bears schedule release: primetime, TV, times - Windy City Gridiron - Sure it’s been leaked for hours but now it’s official, official

Wiltfong: Bobby Massie signs a 1-year deal with the Denver Broncos - Windy City Gridiron - On Wednesday the Denver Broncos signed offensive tackle Bobby Massie to a 1-year, $4million contract. Earlier this year the Chicago Bears declined Massie’s contract option making him a a free...

Sunderbruch: Charles Leno Signs With Washington - Windy City Gridiron - Well that didn’t take long. The veteran offensive tackle, and one-time Pro Bowler, has signed with Washington on a one-year deal.

Wiltfong: Where do the Bears rank in the post-draft NFL Power Rankings? - Windy City Gridiron - We take an offseason trip around the NFL power rankings to see what they think about the Bears.

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