Today's Rooting Interests, Thomas' Injury Issues, Celebrating Tight Ends, and Other Bears Bullets

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Today’s Rooting Interests, Thomas’ Injury Issues, Celebrating Tight Ends, and Other Bears Bullets

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An impassioned Bears fan makes his plea in hopes to see his favorite team, in person, at Soldier Field:

I know never to say “never” when it comes to situations like this, so I’ll hold out hope we’ll see games at Soldier Field in 2020 (or even early 2021). But it can’t happen unless everyone plays their part. And it might take a little sacrifice here and there, but the long play will make it worth your while.

•   The Bears don’t play today, but it doesn’t mean fans won’t have a vested interest in today’s action. Fans of Chicago’s football team should actively root for the Panthers (against the Saints) and Texans (playing the Packers). That’s right, Bears fan. You’ll finally get your chance to cheer on Deshaun Watson as he plays against That Team From Wisconsin! I hope it’s everything we’ve dreamed of leading up to this date.

•   Green Bay’s injury report was littered with players, and their inactive list features a handful of impact contributors:

•   With the Bears playing on Monday Night Football, Packers-Texans will be shown at noon on FOX locally in Chicago. Meanwhile, CBS has double-header action featuring Steelers-Titans (noon) and Chiefs-Broncos (3:25). In other words, there are no shortage of Chicago-adjacent storylines to watch today. Rooting for Watson against the Packers at noon while keeping an eye on Chicago’s Week 9 opponent (Titans) playing at the same time should keep us busy. And then there’s Patrick Mahomes vs. old friend Vic Fangio in the afternoon tilt. No Bears? No problem. There’s plenty of football to watch.

•   Speaking of future Bears opponents, Here’s something to keep an eye on next week:

•   Admittedly, the Bears have caught some injury-related breaks throughout their 5-1 start. In addition to having superb health of their own (for the most part), the Bears have missed the likes of Kenny Golladay, Julio Jones, Chris Godwin, and Christian McCaffrey. If the Saints are without Michael Thomas again, it could ease some of the workload off Chicago’s defense. But because both the Saints and Bears have a game between now and then, we can cross that bridge later.

•    *Rubs hands in anticipation*

•   Brian Griese isn’t the former Bears QB fans wanted in the MNF booth, but he and Louis Riddick have provided excellent insight and analysis thus far in the new-look ESPN booth. Griese discussed the Bears’ 5-1 start with WGN Sports:

•   On the other side of the ball, let’s celebrate National Tight Ends day:

•   The Jimmy Graham signing was much maligned at the time. But if it turns out Graham can be a positive influence in Cole Kmet’s development while still being productive himself, then it’s the ultimate win-win scenario for the Bears. Graham is on pace for 59 catches, 541 yards, and 11 touchdowns. It’s not a sexy line overall, but the Bears are making the most of Graham by using him properly in the red zone. If only the offense could get there more often.  eight

•   Feed A-Rob (and then EXTEND HIM):

•   Get well soon:

•   College football is sooooooo back:

•   Baseball is fun:

•   Last call:

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.