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The Bears Win Den, September 20, 2021

Except for a couple of plays, the Bears defense showed up... Justin Fields played up-and-down and there was a confirmed Robert Quinn sighting in the Cincy backfield...

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Inside linebacker Roquan Smith #58 of the Chicago Bears sacks quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at Soldier Field on September 19, 2021 in Chicago
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bears’ Matt Nagy thinks Andy Dalton didn’t tear his ACL - RSN - Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy didn’t say a lot about Andy Dalton’s injury, but noted he didn’t think it was an ACL tear.

Matt Nagy is Already Dodging Questions About Who’s Starting in Week 3 - Bleacher Nation - Andy Dalton’s injury was among the many for quarterbacks playing in the noon slate game games. And that’s was naturally going to lead to questions about

Fields inspires belief he’s ready to be Bears’ starter - 670 The Score - Since he first touched down in Chicago this past spring, Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields didn’t know how his opportunity would unfold.

Bears’ defense may have some fight left in them after all - 670 The Score - With a dominating performance in a 20-17 win against the Bengals on Sunday, the Bears’ defense reminded everyone of just how talented they are and just how good they can be.

Haugh: D save the day for Bears in Fields’ shaky home debut - 670 The Score - While rookie quarterback Justin Fields had a shaky home debut after veteran Andy Dalton was injured, the Bears defense stepped up in a big way to lead Chicago to a 20-17 win against Cincinnati.

Bears quarterback Andy Dalton exits with left knee injury - 670 The Score - Two games into his Bears career, veteran quarterback Andy Dalton’s status as the team’s starter is in question after he suffered a knee injury that the team doesn’t believe to be serious.

Week 2: Chicago Bears hold off Cincinnati Bengals 20-17 - Chicago Tribune - The Justin Fields era for the Chicago Bears arrived earlier than expected Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.

Chicago Bears tailgaters return to Soldier Field with high expectations - Chicago Tribune - Tailgaters started trickling into their Museum Campus stomping grounds early in the morning, arriving on Divvy bikes, the No. 146 express bus and by foot, tossing orange and navy footballs along the way.

Bears defense rebounds and puts on a takeaway clinic en route to first win of 2021 – The Athletic - The Bears' defense created four turnovers and rattled Joe Burrow, creating the type of atmosphere we saw in 2018.

'I think this is just the beginning': Is it 'Justin Fields Forever' in Chicago? – The Athletic - Justin Fields will stink sometimes. But he’ll stink with context. And when he’s great, well, he’ll be great without perspective.

Bears vs. Bengals: Studs and duds from Chicago’s Week 2 win - Bears Wire - There were quite a few highlights and notable standout players from the Bears' victory vs. Bengals, as well as some players who struggled.

Bears vs. Bengals: Instant analysis of Chicago’s Week 2 win - Bears Wire - Nothing comes easy with the Bears, even with a 20-3 lead. But they held on for a 20-17 win in Justin Fields' first significant action.

Bears vs. Bengals game recap: Everything we know about the Week 2 win - Bears Wire - The Bears recorded their first win of the season following a dominant defensive performance vs. the Bengals. We recap the game.

Bears ‘pretty sure’ QB Andy Dalton didn’t suffer serious ACL injury - Bears Wire - Bears QB Andy Dalton exited the Bengals game with a knee injury. But Matt Nagy doesn't believe it's a serious ACL injury.

Hoge’s First Things: Bears defense shines, Justin Fields does enough | RSN - The Chicago Bears defense returned to their 2018 form, and Justin Fields does enough in relief.

Bears’ Justin Fields wasn’t perfect, but did enough to remain starter - RSN - Chicago Bears rookie Justin Fields got significant playing time after Andy Dalton was injured, and he did enough to win the starting job.

Bears QB Andy Dalton hurts knee, but Bears don’t fear ACL tear - Chicago Sun-Times - Dalton led the Bears to a touchdown on the first drive against the Bengals.

Justin Fields finally gets his shot and, well, not much happens - Chicago Sun-Times - The rookie takes over for an injured Andy Dalton and has a sloppy game in a Bears victory.

Roquan Smith, Bears’ defense turn back the clock - Chicago Sun-Times - With Smith’s 53-yard pick-6 leading the way, the Bears responded to a lackluster performance against the Rams with four takeaways and four sacks — reminiscent of the 2018 defense that dominated the league.

Bears OLB Robert Quinn in ‘happy place’ with another sack vs. Bengals - Chicago Sun-Times - Defensive coordinator Sean Desai debuted a stunt in which Khalil Mack plays defensive tackle and Quinn is at defensive end.

Bears-Bengals takeaways: Tashaun Gipson on taunting flag: ‘I just clapped, man’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Takeaways from the Bears’ 20-17 home opener win against the Bengals on Sunday.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Report: Falcons cutting Cameron Nizialek after two shanked punts - ProFootballTalk - The Falcons didn’t wait long to decide to move on from their punter. Hopefully, they gave him a seat back to Atlanta before doing so.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Schmitz: Chicago Bears rebuff Burrow’s Cincinnati Bengals in boisterous defensive beatdown (with Dhruv Koul!) - Windy City Gridiron - In this episode of Bear With Me, Robert brings on SportsMockery’s Dhruv Koul to talk through the ups and downs of the Chicago Bears’ battle with the Cincinnati Bengals

Curl: This Just in, Fields takes over for injured Dalton, narrowly leads Chicago Bears to 20 17 victory over Cincinnati Bengals - Windy City Gridiron - It wasn’t how we wanted to see it, but Justin Fields got his first half of quarterbacking for our Beloved Bears. An era begins...

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