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The Bear’s Den, September 16, 2021

It’s Bengals week, a revenge game for Bears quarterback Andy Dalton.

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DJ Hayden among 3 defensive backs that had tryout with Bears - Bears Wire - Following struggles in the secondary in Week 1, the Bears worked out three defensive backs on Tuesday, including DJ Hayden.

Bears out of explanations for why Justin Fields isn’t starter - RSN - Rookie quarterback Justin Fields scored a rushing touchdown in his NFL debut proving that he's ready for more playing time.

Bears: Matt Nagy Heavy Favorite to Be First NFL Coach Fired This Season - On Tap Sports Net - Bears head coach Matt Nagy is the odds on favorite, according to one sportsbook, to be the first coach fired this season in the NFL.

Hoge’s Bears Film Study: What went wrong in secondary vs Rams - RSN - Sean McVay and Matthew Stafford piled up the explosive plays on the Bears in Week 1. So what exactly went wrong? Adam Hoge breaks it down in his first film study of the 2021 season.

Eddie Goldman Has Been Upgraded to Limited Participation on the Injury Report - Bleacher Nation - One small step onto the practice field for Eddie Goldman could ultimately be one large leap once Sunday rolls around.

Bears Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor Says Justin Fields Is "Ready for Whatever's Thrown at Him" - Bleacher Nation - You Can Add Bears Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor to the Justin Fields Fan Club

How the Loss to the Rams Perfectly Highlighted the Bears' Offseason Mistakes - Bleacher Nation - Sunday's loss could be a sign of what's to come on future game days. GULP.

Would Justin Fields Be Able to Save Mistake-Laden Bears Offense? Doubtful. - Da Bears Blog - As different as the Chicago Bears offense looked on Sunday night, familiar mistakes and a suddenly leaky defense opened the question on if we should even want Justin Fields to deal with this mess.

Goldman (knee), Peters (quad) rejoin Bears at practice - 670 The Score - The Bears returned two key starters to practice Wednesday, with left tackle Jason Peters (quad) and nose tackle Eddie Goldman (knee/ankle) each working in a limited fashion.

Bears’ Andy Dalton details appreciation for David Montgomery - 670 The Score - Bears quarterback Andy Dalton detailed his appreciation for running back David Montgomery, who rushed 16 times for 108 yards in Chicago’s loss at the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Jason Peters: Chicago Bears LT back at practice but limited - Chicago Tribune - The question that dogged the Chicago Bears offense through much of training camp has now stalked the team into Week 2. Who the heck is going to play left tackle?

Chicago Bears Q&A: Does Matt Nagy hold players accountable? - Chicago Tribune - After a season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Bears fans what to know who is being held accountable for the 34-14 defeat, the performance of the defense and if Justin Fields will get more playing time in Week 2.

Akiem Hicks: Chicago Bears DL ends silence on contract issue - Chicago Tribune - Akiem Hicks hopes to play out the rest of his career with the Chicago Bears — and will “do everything in my power to do so” — even though he and the Bears haven't agreed on an extension in the final year of his contract.

Bears hope to go vertical vs. Bengals, a closer look at David Montgomery's performance and more on the offense – The Athletic - At Halas Hall on Wednesday, we learned more about the Bears' struggles to go deep against the Rams and look ahead to the Bengals matchup.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Chicago Bears odds, picks and predictions: Expert predictions for Andy Dalton’s revenge game – The Athletic - See odds, expert selections and storylines for Sunday's Week 2 game between the Bengals and Bears.

Chicago Bears Week 2 Preview: Meet the Bengals (with The Athletic's Jay Morrison) - The Chicago Audible - Learn more about the Chicago Bears Week 2 opponent - the Cincinnati Bengals with this interview with Jay Morrison of The Athletic.

Bears vs. Bengals: 7 things to know about their Week 2 matchup - Bears Wire - From the top rushers in the NFL facing off to Eddie Jackson's past success, we're previewing the Bears' Week 2 matchup vs. Bengals.

Bears were only team that didn’t attempt a single pass beyond 15 yards - Bears Wire - The Bears' downfield passing game was nonexistent in Week 1. Chicago was the only team not to attempt a pass 15 yards downfield.

Bears Twitter reacts to Marquise Goodwin throwing shade at Matt Nagy - Bears Wire - Bears WR Marquise Goodwin took a shot at HC Matt Nagy, and fans are loving it.

Hoge’s Bears Film Study: What went wrong in secondary vs Rams - RSN - Sean McVay and Matthew Stafford piled up the explosive plays on the Bears in Week 1. So what exactly went wrong? Adam Hoge breaks it down in his first film study of the 2021 season.

Bears’ Akiem Hicks: ‘I can’t see myself in another jersey’ - 670 The Score - Bears star defensive lineman Akiem Hicks on Tuesday broke his silence with the media, stating that he hopes to finish his career with Chicago.

Lombardi: Bears ‘might be most overrated defense’ in NFL - 670 The score - Former NFL executive and current Audacy Sports football insider Michael Lombardi doesn’t believe the Bears’ defensive struggles in their 34-14 loss to the Rams on Sunday in their season opener was a blip on the radar.

Bears cut Jake Butt from retired list, Jerrell Freeman from suspended list - ProFootballTalk - The Bears made a pair of procedural moves Wednesday: They cut tight end Jake Butt from the reserve/retired list and linebacker Jerrell Freeman from the reserve/suspended list.

Bears LB Alec Ogletree regrets taunting penalty, accepts Eddie Jackson’s rebuke - Chicago Sun-Times - Jackson got in Ogletree’s face after the flag, but Ogletree said he was right to confront him over a “stupid” decision.

Bears’ left tackle trouble continues with Larry Borom out, Jason Peters limited - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears might have to start backup right tackle Elijah Wilkinson at left tackle. He would’ve been their fourth choice behind Teven Jenkins, Peters and Borom.

Bears QB Justin Fields is the solution to Matt Nagy’s stunted offense - Chicago Sun-Times - With the ability to buy time, Fields would be playing a much different game than Dalton. If Nagy won’t make the switch, expect more games that looked like the Bears’ dreadful season-opening loss to the Rams.

Already, Sean Desai has a fix-it job on his hands - Chicago Sun-Times - Accountability started at the top for the Bears’ first-year DC after miscommunications led to two long touchdown passes in a loss to the Rams. “I’ve got to make sure everybody’s prepared,” he said.

Chicago Bears defense tries to clean up Week 1 mistakes - Chicago Tribune - Sean Desai didn’t imagine his first postgame film breakdown as Chicago Bears defensive coordinator would have to draw on past lessons of how to handle decisive defeats.

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NFL: Why the rookie-contract QB craze is overblown - Yahoo Sports - Do teams really need to maximize a quarterback's rookie contract window before they have to pay him? Not really.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Schmitz: Breaking down the Chicago Bears’ new offensive wrinkles, defensive problems - Windy City Gridiron - Robert S. is breaking down the tape from the Bears’ rough loss to the Rams live on his YouTube channel right now — check it out at the link below!

Wiltfong: From high school to the Chicago Bears, Justin Fields is ready to be QB1 - Windy City Gridiron - Part 1 of this Justin Fields documentary provides a nice peek into Fields’ time in high school and what drove him to become one of the most sought after recruits of all time.

Wiltfong: Nike drops the Chicago Bears Zoom Pegasus 38 Running Shoe! - Windy City Gridiron - The NFL’s 2021 season is finally here and there’s no better item to show off your Chicago Bears fandom than these sweet new Nike kicks that you can get right now from Fanatics. These Nike Air Zoom...

Infante: Bears listed as slight favorites over Bengals in Week 2 - Windy City Gridiron - Though by a more narrow margin than one would hope, the Bears find themselves as the favorites for their home opener.

Leming: Bears Mailbag Week 2 - O-line, Justin Fields, any trade candidates, and more - Windy City Gridiron - The 2021 NFL season is off and roaring and Aaron Leming opens up his Bears mailbag to answer your questions!

Wiltfong's SackWatch: Breaking down the 3 sacks that Chicago allowed - Windy City - We begin our journey tracking all the sacks the Bears allow during the 2021 season and on week 1 Aaron Donald dominated, the gut and eyes move made an appearance, and there were some protection issues from Chicago.

Silverstein: Who owns the Bears rookie passing touchdown record? A 79-year mystery, solved. - Windy City Gridiron - Justin Fields has a chance to set a new Bears rookie record for touchdown passes. Until this week, that record was in dispute. But due to a query from WCG historian Jack M Silverstein, the Bears are changing their record books. Meet Chuckin’ Charlie O’Rourke, Bears record holder.

Berckes' Visualize this: David Montgomery and the 100-yard Rushing Club - Windy City Gridiron - David Montgomery’s 6th 100-yard rushing performance and how it ranks in franchise history

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