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Bears vs. Bengals: What to Watch 4

Bengals rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, who had five catches for 101 yards against the Vikings — including a 50-yard touchdown — will challenge a Bears secondary that struggled vs. the Rams.

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‘It shouldn’t happen, and won’t happen again’

Tashaun Gipson and the Bears’ defense vow to atone for egregious coverage errors against the Rams and reassert themselves Sunday vs. the Bengals. ‘‘It’s a collective situation that we take ownership of.”

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What happens if the Bears lose to the Bengals?

Patrick Finley and Jason Lieser make their Bears-Bengals predictions and wonder if the city would revolt were the Bears to lose at Soldier Field on Sunday. Also: how much will Justin Fields play? What's up with Eddie Goldman? And will the Bears finally throw deep?

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Snap decisions: What Justin Fields’ plays mean for the Bears’ future

As the Bears prepare to play Fields for a few more snaps Sunday against the Bengals, the Sun-Times talked to former coaches, coordinators and players about the benefits and pitfalls and what to expect.

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Soldier Field could turn quickly on Andy Dalton, Matt Nagy if Bears’ offense sputters

They’re hoping it’s "loud" on Sunday. But Soldier Field could get very uncomfortable for the Bears if they deliver more of the same.

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Bears GM Ryan Pace’s shaky plan for secondary yields ... shaky secondary

The shocking thing isn’t that the Bears’ secondary struggled against the Rams. It’s that Pace thought this would work in the first place.

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Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman doubtful for Bengals game

Goldman likely will miss his second consecutive game with a knee injury. But coach Matt Nagy was more optimistic that left tackle Jason Peters (quadriceps) will play Sunday at Soldier Field.

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Pressure’s on coach Matt Nagy to unveil the real Bears offense

A good showing would buy Nagy some much-needed goodwill from a fan base flummoxed by his handling of Justin Fields. A poor one would be the second step in a long slog toward January.

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Polling Place: How confident are you that the Bears will beat the Bengals? Um, not so much

Sure, the Bengals have a shot to walk out of Soldier Field with a "W." Who doesn’t?

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Bears predictions: Week 2 vs. Bengals

The Sun-Times’ experts offer their picks for the Bears’ home opener against the Bengals.

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Halas Intrigue Episode 178: What happens if the Bears lose to the Bengals?

The city might be on edge as the Bears return to Soldier Field.

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Bears coach Matt Nagy keeping rookie QB Justin Fields’ role in offense limited

Nagy is using Fields in a "gadget" role with Andy Dalton entrenched as the starter. While every snap Fields takes is a good thing for the Bears, he’s capable of much more than that.

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Jimmy Graham: ‘Always ready’ after playing only 14 snaps

Graham will remain a prime red-zone target, but it’s fair to wonder how many snaps he’ll play in other scenarios this season. If Game 1 is any indication, he’ll finish a distant second behind starter Cole Kmet.

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Bears’ defense ‘didn’t play with enough energy’ — but how?

In prime time? On national television? Against one of the three favorites to win the NFC? At SoFi Stadium, the site of this year’s Super Bowl? In front of a full crowd for the first time since 2019? What?

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Bears LB Alec Ogletree regrets taunting penalty, accepts Eddie Jackson’s rebuke

Jackson got in Ogletree’s face after the flag, but Ogletree said he was right to confront him over a "stupid" decision.

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Bears’ left-tackle trouble continues with Larry Borom out, Jason Peters limited

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.

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Bears QB Justin Fields is the solution to Matt Nagy’s stunted offense

With the ability to buy time, Fields would be playing a much different game than Andy Dalton. If Nagy won’t make the switch, expect more games like the Bears’ dreadful season-opening loss to the Rams.

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Already, Sean Desai has a fix-it job on his hands

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.

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Bears will look different in Week 2 — but will Andy Dalton?

The Bears have more confidence in the veteran Dalton to pivot to the next opponent-specific game plan than they did in Mitch Trubisky. But they need Dalton to be perfect for their offense to hum along at a high level.

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Bears coach Matt Nagy needs to learn that truth isn’t the enemy

He refuses to criticize his team, even after Sunday’s bad loss to the Rams.

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Bears WR Marquise Goodwin: Offense played into CB Jalen Ramsey’s hand in 34-14 loss

Andy Dalton threw just two passes that traveled more than 10 yards through the air, and the Bears averaged just 7.4 yards per completion.

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Akiem Hicks still hopes to retire as a Bear despite contract stalemate

Hicks said he’s determined to keep the contract situation from taking the joy out of the game for him and is optimistic that he and the Bears can work things out.

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1st-and-10: The Charles Leno curse at left tackle?

The dependable, if imperfect, Leno made 95 consecutive starts for the Bears. By the fourth quarter of their first regular-season game since cutting him, the Bears already were on their fourth replacement after injuries to Teven Jenkins, Jason Peters and Larry Borom.

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Twitter finds new reason to mock Matt Nagy

McDonald’s featured the Bears coach in an ad to recruit new workers.

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Putrid NFC North might save Bears yet

So what if they’re 0-1? So is everyone else in the worst division in the NFL.

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Welcome to the Justin Fields Plan; what will it look like?

When they traded up to draft him, the Bears said quarterback Justin Fields would be following the Patrick Mahomes Plan. That notion ended four plays into the Bears’ first possession Sunday night.

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Bears notebook: Matt Nagy OK with fourth-down gambles

Despite going 0-for-4 on fourth down against the Rams, Nagy said the attempts were more a sign of confidence in the offense than a lack of faith in the defense. "We just didn’t convert them."

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Do you trust Matt Nagy when it comes to Bears QBs Justin Fields, Andy Dalton?

There’s a lot of earned skepticism when it comes to Nagy’s handling of quarterbacks, and his moves in the opener raised more doubt.

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‘No panic’: Matt Nagy unfazed by defense’s bad first impression

Week 1 is not a time to overreact, but after mental and physical breakdowns led to two long TD passes in a 34-14 loss to the Rams and raised red flags, first-year coordinator Sean Desai has work to do.

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Bears and Rams fans provide first brawl at SoFi Stadium

Fans take out frustrations on each other.

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Halas Intrigue Episode 177: Breaking down a blowout loss

Some things were surprising, and some were very familiar in the Bears’ 34-14 loss to the Rams.

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Thoughts on Allen Robinson, new additions, Rams comparison after Bears’ 34-14 loss

A look at some topics beyond the obvious from the season opener in Inglewood, California.

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Praising faintly: Andy Dalton better than expected in Bears’ loss

Rookie Justin Fields scores his first NFL touchdown.

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Rams expose Bears’ offseason delusions in 34-14 stomping to open season

The Bears were rarely in punching range and stumbled on both sides of the ball.

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Bears put ‘weapon’ Justin Fields to work in opener

Andy Dalton is the Bears’ starter. But Justin Fields might be their closer.