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The Bear’s Den, September 8, 2021

Remember when the Bears nearly drafted Aaron Donald? Yeah, I don’t either.

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Neal Anderson #35 of the Chicago Bears carries the ball against the Los Angeles Rams during an NFL football game October 29, 1989 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. Anderson played for the Bears from 1986-93.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Leash Watch: How short is Bears QB Andy Dalton’s leash in Week 1? - Bears Wire - We’re debuting our Andy Dalton Leash Watch, where we’ll take a look at how short or long Dalton’s leash is for a given week with the Bears.

Predictions & Projections for the 2021 Chicago Bears - Da Bears Blog - No reason to bury the lead.

Rams’ Sean McVay preparing for Andy Dalton and Justin Fields - RSN - Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said he is preparing for the Bears to play either Andy Dalton or Justin Fields at quarterback.

For the Second Time in Three Weeks, the Bears Are Hosting Three Defensive Linemen for Tryouts - Bleacher Nation - The Bears are hosting tryouts for another set of defensive lineman.

One of ESPN’s 20,000 Simulations Has Justin Fields Saving the Bears’ Season in Dramatic Fashion - Bleacher Nation - Justin Fields coming to the rescue is just one of the 20,000 possible endings ESPN has contrived for the 2021 NFL season.

Resetting the Chicago Bears’ Salary Cap Situation Before the Season - Bleacher Nation
- The Bears are starting to create future cap hurdles.

Rams’ Sean McVay: Must prepare for Bears to use QB Justin Fields on Sunday - Chicago Sun-Times - Andy Dalton is the Bears’ starter Sunday against the Rams, but their coach thinks it’d be “naïve” to assume Fields will stay on the bench all night.

Justin Fields is who the Bears’ thought he was — but what now? - Chicago Sun-Times - The refrain rings from every suburb and bounces off the skyscrapers downtown: So why not start Fields now? The Bears’ answer is rooted in where they want to go — and how methodically they want to bring him along.

Bears need Khalil Mack to be as terrifying as Rams star Aaron Donald - Chicago Sun-Times - Every year, the Bears fret publicly about what Donald will do to their offense. What happened to the days when the rest of the NFL feared Mack like that?

Chicago Bears: 4 questions for Week 1 of the NFL season - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears kick off the 2021 season Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams — and the player most Bears fans are most excited to see, rookie quarterback Justin Fields, will begin the season on the bench. We start with that decision as our trio of Bears writers tackles four key questions facing the team in Week 1.

Bears are 7.5-point road underdogs vs. Rams in Week 1 - Bears Wire - The Bears will open the 2021 NFL season as 7.5-point underdogs against the Rams on Sunday Night Football.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Notre Dame-BYU in 2022 will be played at Raiders stadium - ProFootballTalk - Mormons vs Catholics... where else to play the game but Sin City?

Art Schlichter released from prison - ProFootballTalk - Former Colts quarterback Art Schlichter, a bust as the fourth overall pick in the 1982 NFL draft and a man who has been convicted of several crimes, has been released from his latest stint in prison.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions protect 4 players on the practice squad for Week 1 - Pride Of Detroit - Lions take extra precautions with Steven Montez, Bruce Hector, Jalen Elliott, and Zane Gonzalez

Darrell Henderson fantasy: 3 reasons I’m worried about the Rams RB - Turf Show Times - It could be Sony Michel’s year, but both have MAJOR issues in their game

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: 8 Bold Bears predictions for the 2021 season - Windy City Gridiron - We’re less than a week away from the Chicago Bears opening up their 2021 season in prime time against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football, and while the schedule makers didn’t do the...

Wiltfong: Bears sign Woods to the practice squad, Graham restructured, and other notes from the wire - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears cut inside linebacker Josh Woods on Monday to make room for free agent wide out Breshad Perriman, and with Woods making it though waivers unclaimed today, the club signed him to...

Infante & Duerrwaechter's Bears 2021 college prospect preview: Pac-12 - Windy City Gridiron - In the fifth part of our annual college football prospect preview series, we take a look at some of the top players in the Pac-12.

Wiltfong: 8 Bold Bears predictions for the 2021 season - Windy City Gridiron - We’re less than a week away from the Chicago Bears opening up their 2021 season in prime time against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football, and while the schedule makers didn’t do the...

Berckes' Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Ted Lasso Edition - Windy City Gridiron - A preview of the season using Ted Lasso quotes for "Ted" Thoughts on the NFL.

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