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The Bear’s Den, September 11, 2021

It’s gameday weekend, and Eddie Goldman is doubtful to play. We take a moment to reflect on twenty years since 9/11.

New 9/11 Memorial Wall Unveiled In Lower Manhattan Pays Tribute To NYPD Officers Who Died Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman misses two-straight practices as the opener approaches - WGN-TV - One of the more anticipated additions to the Bears for the 2021 season was someone who’s been with the franchise since 2015. Having Eddie Goldman return to the middle of the defensive line after opting out of the 2020 season figured to solidify a front seven.

If Bears lose Eddie Goldman in Week 1, they’re confident in depth - NBC Sports Chicago - Eddie Goldman has not practiced this week as the Bears get ready for the Rams on Sunday Night Football.

Chicago Bears list Eddie Goldman doubtful for opener - Sports Illustrated Chicago Bears - The Chicago Bears listed Eddie Goldman doubtful for the opener with the Los Angeles Rams due to an ankle injury but still hold out some hope for a late recovery before Sunday night’s game.

PODCAST: Chicago Bears - Los Angeles Rams (Week 1) Preview - The Chicago Audible - Get ready for the Chicago Bears Week 1 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams with The Chicago Audible’s in-depth preview podcast episode.

Why Mina expects Rams defense to ‘eat Andy Dalton alive’ - ESPN - Mina Kimes is picking the Rams to beat the Bears and wouldn’t be surprised to see Justin Fields make an appearance in the game.

The Pick Is In: Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams - ChicagoBears.com - Local and national NFL analysts make their pick for Sunday night’s season opener between the Bears and Rams in Los Angeles. Jack’s note: only one analyst picked the Bears to win, and it’s a guy who used to play for the Bears...

Staff Predictions: Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams - 247 Sports - Our staff predictions for the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams Week 1 showdown are live!

Wearing Your Game Day Best: Chicago Bears 2021 Jersey Schedule - On Tap Sports Net
The Chicago Bears revealed their jersey schedule for the 2021 campaign on Thursday. Here is the full breakdown of the jersey lineup.

Chicago Bears defense aims to stop the slide - Sports Illustrated Chicago Bears - The Chicago Bears defense has dropped off considerably since 2018 when it ranked first in scoring and takeaways, and the mix of youth with veteran starters this year has taken on the goal of restoring the pride.

David Montgomery’s Big Moment Finally Arrives - Sports Illustrated Chicago Bears - Chicago Bears running back ready to roll for real against one of the best NFL run defenses after an offseason of getting antsy.

Bears fans were confused about Matt Nagy’s Aaron Donald comparison - Bears Wire - Bears HC Matt Nagy compared Rams DT Aaron Donald to a great scorer in basketball. But the execution of the comparison left people confused.

How to watch, listen to Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears open the 2021 season in Los Angeles against the Rams. Here’s how to watch and listen to Sunday night’s contest, which kicks off at 7:20 p.m. (CT).

Week One Game Preview, Volume II: Nagy, Dalton, LA Movies & Predictions! - DaBearsBlog - It is not difficult, at all, to see why the Bears are opening as more than a touchdown underdog on the road. But hope is not lost.

Column: Chicago Bears tight ends may hold key to offense - Chicago Tribune - Looking at the Chicago Bears roster without getting distracted by shiny speed options, and it’s easy to envision coach Matt Nagy and his offensive staff taking a bigger-is-better approach more often.

Finley: Mack has ‘extra juice’ to face off against Rams’ Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey - Chicago Sun-Times - A star turn in prime time can do a lot to swing the court of public opinion — even for Mack, the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year.

Bears unveil 2021 uniform schedule - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears will wait until Week 5 to wear their white jerseys.

Mistakes by Bears front office would sabotage any QB - Daily Herald - Andy Dalton or Justin Fields? It doesn’t really matter, because the Bears have too many flaws to expect either quarterback to succeed this season.

REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

20 Years Later, 2 More 9/11 Victims Are Identified - NPR - Two victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, were recently identified through DNA analysis.

A Look Back On The Ways 9/11 Transformed TV - NPR - There is a long list of ways America was transformed by the terrorist attacks. But the question of how TV itself was changed — particularly in ways still relevant today — is more complicated.

Jack’s note: Where were you when you found out terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon?

POLISH SAUSAGE

QB Carson Wentz to make Indianapolis Colts debut six weeks after foot surgery - ESPN - Colts quarterback Carson Wentz will start Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks nearly six weeks after having surgery on his left foot, which could have kept him out well into the regular season, coach Frank Reich said Friday.

Nyheim Hines, Colts agree to three-year, $18.6 million extension - NFL.com - The Colts and Hines have agreed to a three-year, $18.6 million extension, Tom Pelissero reports. The new deal includes $12 million in guaranteed money.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Which [NFC West] team poses the biggest threat to the Rams winning the Super Bowl? - Turf Show Times - There are only three choices ... or is there only one? Jack’s note: It’s a poorly- worded question but they’re asking which team they should be worried about between the 49ers, Seahawks, and Cardinals. FWIW

Rams head coach Sean McVay talks team’s health heading into Bears game, what he’s seen from outside linebacker Terrell Lewis, wide receiver DeSean Jackson’s impact on offense - TheRams.com - Rams head coach Sean McVay discusses the status of the team’s health heading into Sunday Night Football against the Bears, what he’s seen from OLB Terrell Lewis, and what WR DeSean Jackson’s speed does for him as a playcaller.

Rams head coach Sean McVay talks team’s health heading into Bears game, what he’s seen from outside linebacker Terrell Lewis, wide receiver DeSean Jackson’s impact on offense - TheRams.com - Rams head coach Sean McVay discusses the status of the team’s health heading into Sunday Night Football against the Bears, what he’s seen from OLB Terrell Lewis, and what WR DeSean Jackson’s speed does for him as a playcaller.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Bears Over Beers: Rams Preview with Jourdan Rodrigue - Windy City Gridiron - The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue joins JB and EJ to talk all things Rams ahead of the Sunday Night Football showdown with the Bears

Roundtable: Keys for a Chicago victory - Windy City Gridiron - Well, there are 13 of us that chimed in this week, but we mostly share the same basic sentiment on how the Bears can beat the Rams.

Wiltfong Jr: Eddie Goldman is doubtful - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the final injury report of the week for the Bears vs Rams game.

Householder: Betting the Chicago Bears at LA Rams spread, total, survivor picks - Windy City Gridiron - We’re back for another season of picking your favorite team and updates on WCG’s leagues.

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