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What the heck was that?

After the Bears' debacle against the Browns, Team Sun-Times breaks down Matt Nagy's mistakes, Justin Fields' performance and just how far the Bears have to go to improve.

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‘Exhausted’ Odell Beckham Jr. relieved to finally return to Browns

Beckham caught five passes from Baker Mayfield for 77 yards, added 10 yards rushing and provided a glimpse of what he could mean going forward for Cleveland’s offense — a scoring threat from anywhere on the field.

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Halas Intrigue Episode 181: What the heck was that?

Absolutely nothing went right for the Bears in their 26-6 loss to the Browns.

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Social-media shot? Jimmy Graham retweets bad Bears offensive stat

The tweet said that the Bears’ average of 1.1 yards per play against the Browns was the second-lowest by any team this century.

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Bears notes: ‘Warrior’ Khalil Mack returns for second half

After posting nine sacks last season, Mack has three in three games.

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No offense, but Bears’ defense only can do so much

A five-sack performance that went to waste edged the Bears toward an ominous scenario: By the time Matt Nagy gets this offense on track, the defense will be too old and too far from its glory days to take advantage of it.

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Quick thoughts beyond the obvious from Bears’ 26-6 loss to Browns

A look at Robert Quinn’s resurgence, the tight ends’ library-level quiet start to the season and David Montgomery.

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In a ‘dark place,’ Justin Fields needs to run to the light

The only thing more disturbing than the Bears’ offensive performance Sunday was the harm it could do to the first-round pick’s development.

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Not a peep from Bears GM Ryan Pace, man of mystery, after offensive line’s woeful performance

The unit he created allowed the Browns to sack rookie Justin Fields nine times Sunday.

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Matt Nagy again promises to fix Bears’ offense after 26-6 loss to Browns

It was the Bears’ 22nd time scoring fewer than 20 points in Nagy’s 53 games as coach. How much more of this can the organization tolerate?

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Bears OLB Khalil Mack returns after missing second quarter with foot injury

The Bears’ top defensive player went to the locker room after getting hurt in the first quarter.

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Bears safety Tashaun Gipson out with hamstring injury

Gipson hurt his hamstring during practice Wednesday and did not practice Thursday or Friday.

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This You Gotta See: Sky-Lynx showdown; Blackhawks’ preseason debut

Bears fans should prepare themselves for the possibility that Sunday’s game in Cleveland won’t be a smash success.

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Source: Bears safety Tashaun Gipson, Bengals safety Vonn Bell fined $10,300 for taunting

Also, checking in on the unnecessary-roughness penalty against Robert Quinn for hitting Joe Burrow out of bounds.

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Bears NT Eddie Goldman scratched again, out vs. Browns in Week 3

Sunday will be his third game missed due to injury since returning to the Bears after his 2019 opt-out.

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Will the real Bears defense please stand up?

After a mistake-riddled opening game against the Rams and a five-sack/four-takeaway performance against the Bengals, Sunday’s game against the Browns could be an interesting litmus test.

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Bears vs. Browns — What to Watch 4

In Justin Fields’ first NFL start, the Browns’ pass-rushing duo of All-Pro Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney will be a big test for Bears offensive tackles Jason Peters and Germain Ifedi.

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Rookie QB Justin Fields is key to Bears mirroring Browns’ resurgence

The Browns were 0-16 a few seasons ago but now stand among the best teams in the AFC. The Bears are just trying to break free from mediocrity, and Fields could fast-track that quest.

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Arlington Heights or Chicago? Bears and City Hall scrimmage over Soldier Field’s future

Whether the Bears stay or go, Chicago has an opportunity to rethink Soldier Field and the nearby Museum Campus.

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Bears notebook: David Montgomery hoping for a Justin Fields boost

"When you’ve got a guy who has that skill set in using his legs, [the defense has] to respect that,’’ Montgomery said. Tashaun Gipson is doubtful, and Eddie Goldman likely is a game-time decision for the Browns game.

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Pressure isn’t on Bears QB Justin Fields vs. Browns; it’s on coach Matt Nagy

It’s time for Nagy to live up to the credentials that got him hired — expert quarterback teacher and creative play-caller — and come up with a brilliant plan to beat a good team.

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Bears add a healthy OBJ to list of Browns worth worrying about

After being limited during training camp and sitting out the first two games this season, Beckham wasn’t on the Browns’ injury report Friday. He told reporters on Thursday that, after "a long time in that cave," his return Sunday "is going to be special."

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‘I’ve never seen him get rattled’ — Why Justin Fields is calm before first start

When Bears coach Matt Nagy told Justin Fields that he would make his first NFL start Sunday in Cleveland, the rookie quarterback was stoic. Of course he was.

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Bears practice report: DT Akiem Hicks remains out with illness

Additionally, DT Eddie Goldman still hasn’t practiced in full, and S Tashaun Gipson was out with a hamstring injury.

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Bears’ Darnell Mooney: WRs must adjust to Justin Fields’ throws vs. Andy Dalton’s

The full week of reps with Fields should help the Bears’ skill players get accustomed to the difference between Fields and Dalton.

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Robert Quinn exceeds 2020 sack total in 2 games, but sees no reason to celebrate

Quinn leads the team with 2.5 sacks, but says there’s a long way to go to prove himself.

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NFL’s unfair, unrealistic, unnecessary taunting penalties befuddle Bears

The Bears are devoting part of their week to making sure players abide by a rule that doesn’t need to exist in the first place.

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Teammates ready to follow Justin Fields’ lead

The Bears have changed quarterbacks before, but Fields potential to alter the dynamic of the position and take the offense to another level has teammates eager to see what happens.

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Nothing short of new stadium along the lake will keep Bears in Chicago, consultant says

Chicagoan Marc Ganis has advised numerous NFL teams on their stadium financing and has closely followed the Bears’ stadium saga for decades, including past team flirtations with Hoffman Estates and Gary, Indiana.

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Halas Intrigue Episode 180: Previewing Justin Fields’ first start

Fields heads back to Ohio for his first NFL start.

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Bears’ defense just swarming up

In Week 1, only four teams allowed more points than the Bears, who gave up 34 to the Rams. In Week 2, only four teams allowed fewer points than the 17 the Bears gave up to the Bengals.

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Former Bears tight end Greg Olsen fitting in seamlessly with Fox’s No. 2 crew

Sunday will mark just his third game since joining Fox after retiring from playing in the offseason. But he sounds like a natural.

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Bears predictions: Week 3 at Browns

The Sun-Times’ experts offer their picks for Justin Fields’ first start Sunday against the Browns.