Pregame links: Everything you need to know before opener

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As we count down the minutes until the Bears’ season-opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, here’s a look at all today’s Sun-Times coverage:

• Here’s our season predictions.

• How the Bears and Bengals matchup, with our staff picks for today.

• Adam Jahns’ Playbook section focuses on Mel Tucker’s tweaks to a new, old defense.

• Mark Potash said Bears have more playmakers than before.

• Rick Morissey says the Bears’ mystery beats what they’ve had lately.

• I wrote about Alshon Jeffery losing a boatload of body fat this offseason.

• And finally, here’s what Mike Ditka had to say.

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Couple’s physical relationship has waned since their teenage son was born, and wife is so unhappy she’s considering divorce.
The second-year forward knows there’s a youth movement underway. Now that he’s healthy, he’s looking to see what part he’ll play in it.
The Illinois Republican has a lot going on at the convention because he wears a lot of hats. He’s a vice chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee — a House GOP political organization — and a member of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee and the Intelligence Committee.
If the Cubs were good enough to go to Baltimore and sweep a three-game series against the playoff-bound Orioles, it’s too soon to dismiss them.