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September 19th, 2013

I would like to announce that Bears Backer has joined the Chicago Now blog network. You can read all of the latest posts and updates from Jake Perper at http://www.chicagonow.com/bears-backer/.

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September 17th, 2013

NFL Power Rankings Week ThreeHere are the Week Three power rankings from various sites around the web:

ESPN: #9 (Last week: #9)

Analysis, “Jay Cutler is loving the Martellus Bennett experience so far. Bennett’s three touchdowns this year, including the game-winning score Sunday, equals the total of all Bears tight ends last year..”

NFL.com: #7 (Last week: #6)

Analysis, “Talk about a great escape. The Bears have to play better, but at the end of the day, Jay Cutler made things happen when necessary, like tossing the game-winner to Martellus Bennett. What’s most encouraging is the way Chicago used Matt Forte, who caught 11 balls and had 30 touches overall for 161 yards on Sunday. Through two weeks, Forte has 53 touches; if he can hold up, he’ll eclipse 2,000 yards from scrimmage.”

Yahoo Sports: #7 (Last week: #7)

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September 17th, 2013

BearsThe Chicago Bears snuck past the Minnesota Vikings to win 31-30 on Sunday becoming one of three NFC teams to start the 2013 NFL season with a 2-0 record.

Quarterback Jay Cutler lifted the Bears with two impressive fourth quarter touchdown drives to win it against the Bengals in Week One and the Vikings in Week Two. Both teams made it to the playoffs a year ago.

It wasn’t all pretty for the Bears in their two victories. Especially on Sunday. The play-calling against the Vikings and the execution in the second half proved that their is still plenty to improve on. The offensive execution specifically.

Jay Cutler has completed 68.1 percent of passes for 532 yards, five touchdowns, three interceptions and one fumble with a QB rating of 95.4 through two games.

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September 14th, 2013

Forte-PetersonThe Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears will meet for the 105th time ever on Sunday. The Vikings lead the all-time series 53-49-2.

The Bears are 5-0 against the Vikings at Soldier Field dating back to 2008. The last Minnesota win in Chicago came on Oct. 14, 2007, when a then rookie running back Adrian Peterson bullied the Bears for 362 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.

The Vikings beat the Bears last season for the first time since Novemeber 2009 in a Week 14 win at Mall of America Field.

The Vikings disappointed in a 34-24 season opening loss to NFC North foe Detroit. Minnesota turned the ball over four times, three turnovers coming from the arm of quarterback Christian Ponder. They allowed 469 yards of total offense by the Lions. Reggie Bush totaled 191 yards all-purpose yards in his Lions debut.

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September 7th, 2013

Marshall-Green NFL Week One 2013The Cincinnati Bengals and Chicago Bears will meet for the 10th time ever on Sunday. The Bengals lead the all-time series 6-3.

The Bears are 7-1 in their last eight home openers and have won three in a row. The Bengals are 3-4 in season openers on the road under current coach Marvin Lewis. The last time the Bengals opened the season on the road against an NFC opponent was in 1996 against St. Louis.

The Bengals annihilated the Bears, 45-10, back in Week Seven of the 2009 season when these two teams last squared off.

The Bears are coming off a 10-6 season in which they finished third in the NFC North and failed to advance to the playoffs for the second straight year. The Bengals on the other hand have clinched playoff spots the past two seasons (2011, 12) under quarterback Andy Dalton.

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September 6th, 2013

Five Players To Watch Week One - Bears BackerThe Chicago Bears host the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2013 season opener at Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Bengals have advanced to the playoffs the past two seasons in the AFC, while the Bears haven’t made the playoffs since the unforgettable 2010 season, which ended in a loss to the Packers in the NFC Championship.

The Bears have no injuries to report heading into the first game of the season. Defensive tackle Henry Melton and wide receiver Earl Bennett have returned from concussions. Also, middle linebacker D.J. Williams is ready to go after sitting out since July 31 with a calf strain.

Here are five players you should keep an eye on come Sunday:

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September 4th, 2013

TrestmanHere are the Week One power rankings from various sites around the web:

ESPN: #14 (Last year: #13)

Analysis, “New offensive-minded head coach Marc Trestman has work to do. The Bears’ offense has finished above the bottom 10 in total yards once in the past 11 years.”

NFL.com: #12 (Last year: #13)

Analysis, “Sketchy details are just now coming in about some Bears fans picketing outside Soldier Field. Evidently unhappy about losing the 33 sacks allowed that recently released offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb collected in his three years with the team, protesters were further emboldened when some bystander loudly mentioned the 24 penalties he’d accumulated.”

Fox Sports: #11 (Last year: #13)

Analysis, “It is rare that a new coach inherits a 10-win team and a franchise-level quarterback, but that is exactly what Marc Trestman got in Chicago. However, the transition may not as be seamless, as Chicago goes from a team that wins with defense to one built around the offense.”

CBS Sports: #15 (Last year: #11)

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September 3rd, 2013

Chicago Bears offensive line 201313-year veteran Roberto Garza is the only current Chicago Bears’ offensive lineman who was on the active roster to start the 2012 season.

The 34-year old center was joined on the 53-man roster by guard James Brown and tackle Jonathan Scott after the season opening win against the Indianapolis Colts.

Starters Jermon Bushrod, Matt Slauson, Kyle Long, Jordan Mills and reserves Eben Britton and Taylor Boggs are seven new faces along the Bears’ offensive line this season. They replaced underachievers Gabe Carimi, Lance Louis, Chris Williams, J’Marcus Webb, Edwin Williams, Chris Spencer and Chilo Rachal.

The overhaul at the position was much needed and can only do new Bears’ offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Aaron Kromer wonders.

The first Bears’ depth chart was released on Tuesday as it listed the starting five in front of Cutler: LT Jermon Bushrod, LG Matt Slauson, C Roberto Garza, RG Kyle Long, RT Jordan Mills.

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September 2nd, 2013

Dante RosarioThe Chicago Bears added some depth at the tight end position with the acquisition of Dante Rosario on Monday. The Bears traded a conditional seventh-round pick to the Dallas Cowboys for the rights to the 28-year old Oregon product.

Rosario signed a one-year deal, $780,000 with the Cowboys on June 3. The seven-year veteran was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth-round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Rosario posted his best seasons during his time with the Chargers (2007-10). His best overall season came in 2009 when he caught 26 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns. He is best known for his 14-yard game-winning touchdown reception in double coverage as time was expiring during the Panthers’ 2008 season opener.

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August 31st, 2013

Chicago Bears 2013 53-man rosterThe Chicago Bears waived five more players on Saturday to reach the 53-man roster limit.

The Bears’ 2013 roster is set for now as they pay attention to final cuts from the 31 other NFL teams. They can officially establish their practice squad of eight players by 12 p.m. ET on Sunday.

The players included in final cuts were: safety Brandon Hardin, tackle Cory Brandon, wide receiver Terrance Toliver, linebacker J.T. Thomas and defensive tackle Corvey Irvin.

Hardin and Brandon both suffered injuries in the preseason finale and will be waived with an injury settlement.

Irvin, suffered an ankle injury in Week Two of the preseason and was officially waived with an injury settlement on Saturday. The 28-year old Georgia product made two tackles in two preseason games.

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