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and the preseason Youth Richard Dent Jerseys , had just one week to learn a new system following a blockbuster trade, and still managed to dominate in his debut for the Chicago Bears.The two-time All-Pro performed exactly as envisioned in a prime-time opener.The Bears hope for more of that when they host Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night. They'd just like a different outcome.Chicago blew a 20-point lead in the second half against Green Bay on Sunday night, with a hobbled Aaron Rodgers leading the Packers to a 24-23 victory that spoiled Matt Nagy's coaching debut. But before that rally, Mack was the one stealing the spotlight."Obviously he's stepped in very well," defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. "But I think everybody likes to overanalyze things — how much can you play a guy that's just come in like that, no training camp, no nothing, hasn't played since whenever his last game was last season? But I think with special guys, you throw that stuff out the window. He's a special player. He did special things under special circumstances."Mack held out the entire offseason and preseason with Oakland while seeking a long-term contract extension rather than play under the final year of his rookie deal. The Raiders finally traded him two weeks ago. And the Bears gave Mack the richest deal ever for an NFL defensive player: a six-year, $141 million extension that guarantees $90 million.Some long sessions getting up to speed with outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley followed."I've been ready for the grind, been waiting five months to feel the grind," Mack said. "Yeah, we've definitely been doing that."Mack sure looked ready against Green Bay.He had no trouble getting around Bryan Bulaga for a strip-sack against DeShone Kizer that led to a turnover. With Kizer hit by Roy Robertson-Harris as he unleashed a short pass, Mack returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown near the end of the first half.But that wasn't all.He was closing in from the edge when Robertson-Harris came through the middle and landed on Rodgers' left leg while sacking the two-time MVP in the second quarter. Rodgers left the field on a cart, only to return in the second half.Mack also had pressure on Kizer when Roquan Smith got a sack on his first NFL play."He wasn't always in the best position, but he still could come up and make a play or make something happen," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "To be as good as he is, to be the (2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year), you have to have all the attributes and he has them. Speed Richard Dent Jerseys Stitched , strength, explosion, savvy, motor — he has all that stuff. He's just getting in shape too, so he's going to get better."It's the second time in as many games the Seahawks (0-1) will be facing an elite edge rusher. They had to contend with Von Miller at Denver. And Seattle had its difficulties in a season-opening loss .The Broncos got six sacks, though some could be blamed on Wilson for running into trouble. Miller had three of them, and the Seahawks are facing another difficult challenge going against Mack."Both of them are very dynamic players," tackle Duane Brown said. "Von is just a different kind of athlete. Very, very quick. Very fast off the ball, which Khalil has the same abilities. I think he uses strength a little bit more. He plays extremely hard. He's a factor in the run and pass game; someone you have to account for. I put those guys as 1A and 1B in the league on the edge."The Bears see Mack as a player who can turn a solid defense into an elite unit and help them break a string of losing years. They have four straight last-place finishes in the NFC North and just one playoff season since the 2006 team made the Super Bowl.It helps that Mack appears to be getting a quick grasp on Fangio's system. He said he knows "95, 99 percent" of the playbook. He also felt "great" following last week's game, adding his body "missed getting beat up."He is also looking forward to playing at Soldier Field for the first time as a member of the Bears. In his only other game there, with Oakland in 2015, Mack sacked Jay Cutler on the final drive. But Robbie Gould kicked a 49-yard field goal in the closing seconds to give the Bears a 22-20 victory."I don't know what it's going to be like," Mack said. "I've seen what it's like to play there, but I don't know what it's going to be like to be a part of the home team this time around. But I'm looking forward to it." CHICAGO (AP) — The NFL’s oldest rivalry takes on a different look to open the league’s 100th season.It’s a role reversal for the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.A year after new coach Matt Nagy took quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears to Lambeau Field to kick off the season, the script flipped, with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and new coach Matt LaFleur coming to Soldier Field.Article continues below ...“It was always big Chicago against little Green Bay,” Rodgers said. “We’ve held our own over the years and it’s always been a great rivalry.“It’s one of the special ones in the history of professional sports.”In Rodgers’ experience the Packers trust Tom Waddle Jerseys Stitched , even using a new offense for the first time since he became starter in 2008.“He’s been there before, he’s got a lot of game reps,” LaFleur said of Rodgers. “The one thing you can always find comfort in is that you know the moment won’t be too big for him. He’s played in a lot of big games.”Rodgers has been a particular problem for the Bears, beating them in 16 of 21 starts. Last year Rodgers shook off a 20-point deficit in the second-half and a knee injury to lead a 24-23 win over Khalil Mack and the Bears.Chicago returned the favor in December and ended Green Bay’s five-game series winning streak to clinch the NFC North title en route to a 12-4 record.Now it’s a matter for Rodgers of using an offense emphasizing more running and deception while facing the NFL’s top defense at intercepting passes (27).“It’s so new, it’s so different than what we’ve done in the past,” Rodgers said.The Packers ran less than any team in the NFL last year, and look to get running back Aaron Jones more carries.“Now we’re throwing new things at them with personnel groupings and motions and alignments and movement and adjustments that they haven’t seen from us,” Rodgers said.The Bears have revealed nothing offensively after sitting starters in the preseason, including Trubisky.“He’s mentally grown, he really has,” Nagy said. “That’s what we look for, and now we have to do it on the field.”The defense also sat out preseason, but inactivity failed to slow Mack in last year’s opener. With no training camp and only five practices after his trade from Oakland, Mack decimated Green Bay’s offense with a strip sack, fumble recovery, and a touchdown return after an interception.He’s aching to face Green Bay again as the Bears seek their first season-opening win since 2013.“Oh man, I’m so ready to hit somebody other than my teammate,” Mack said. “You know what I mean?”SAFETY SWITCHThe Packers will start free agent safety acquisition Adrian Amos, the former Bears safety William Perry Jerseys Stitched , while his Bears replacement is former Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.Clinton-Dix was traded by the Packers to Washington last year before signing for one year with the Bears.“He’s come in and he’s been a great pro,” Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said. “All we ask these guys to do every single day — it doesn’t matter if they were here before or they’re new coming in — is what coach Nagy’s expectation was. You come in and earn your way. Every single day he’s done it.”Amos is one of eight Packers starters on defense who are different than in last year’s opener.CHESS MATCHElements of surprise are at work in this matchup.The Bears had to watch tape on Tennessee from 2018 to determine how LaFleur’s offense operates. He was Titans offensive coordinator last year. Pagano, the former Colts coach and Ravens assistant, has altered the Bears’ defensive look somewhat.“I’m sure they’re studying all the tape, just like we’re going back and looking at Chuck from all the way back to Baltimore,” LaFleur said. “So yeah, again, it just goes back to having plays that start off looking the same that are different to try and keep them off a little bit.”CHICAGO GUYRodgers disagreed with the notion he has a hatred for Chicago.“I have a lot of respect for the city of Chicago and their fans,” Rodgers said. “I grew up a fan of Michael Jordan and one of the channels we had on our 10-channel TV was WGN. So we got the Cubs games, as well.”100 YEARSTrubisky expressed how little the NFL hype machine about 100 seasons means to players.“It really doesn’t matter, all the hoopla, kicking off the NFL season, the 100th season,” Trubisky said. “If we get caught up in the moment and you let your adrenaline take over and you don’t do what the team needs you to do, then I think you could do things that are out of character and put your team in a bad spot.”INJURY CONCERNSThe availability of Bears tight end Trey Burton will be a game-time decision due to a groin injury suffered last week. A groin injury also kept him out of last season’s playoff loss to Philadelphia.The Packers likely will start rookie Ty Summers at inside linebacker due to a torn pectoral muscle to starter Oren Burks and a knee injury to backup Curtis Bolton.
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