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Bears Beat Giants (Breathe…) & Move to First Place in NFC North

| October 11th, 2013

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These are my first ever (I think) rapid first game notes taken during the game. Not usually my approach but we’re giving it ago…

FIRST QUARTER

  • The turnover-or-bust defense was in full effect. Nice plays on the ball by Bowman and Jennings (for a touchdown) but allowing Brandon Jacobs to gash the defensive line and linebackers was disconcerting.
  • Lance Briggs getting barreled on the Jacobs touchdown run was oddly sad.
  • No pass rush outside the opening drive.
  • Understand Marc Trestman’s approach on fourth down but always want the zero off the board as soon as possible. Why take a turnover and allow it to be a momentum builder for your opponent?
  • Brilliant work by Cutler and Marshall on the second Bears drive. When these two are in sync they are arguably the most fun pair in football to watch work.
  • Bears have had substitution issues this season. I’ll write it off to a new coaching staff until around November. Then I will yell about it.

SECOND QUARTER

  • How does Brandon Marshall get that wide open in the end zone? (Answer: Giants secondary.)
  • Major Wright out of position again on a Reuben Randle touchdown catch down the right sideline. Looked flat out easy for Eli Manning. Wright’s season continues to be a horrible disappointment.
  • Pass rush still has not arrived.
  • Kyle Long is one impressive player. He gets outside faster than the tailback.
  • Jay Cutler made a brilliant read on the third-and-short slant to Marshall and the back shoulder pylon touchdown pass to the same man. I told ya. When they’re in sync…
  • Did Joe D call that idiotic short kickoff from Robbie Gould? Take the damn touchback.
  • Devin Hester yelling on the sideline is exactly what the special team units need. They need leadership because they’ve been awful.
  • Cutler’s throw over the middle to Martellus – with Jon Beason closing – was one of the best displays of his arm strength I’ve seen since he arrived.
  • I disagreed on the clock management at the end of the half. Bears only had one timeout. I don’t use that timeout until I’ve gained the position I’m comfortable with for the field goal. Then I take my shots to the end zone. You DON’T want to burn the timeout and find yourself spiking balls, kicking from awkward angles. It’s only halftime.
  • Adam Podlesh had a brilliant half. No punts.

HALFTIME SCORE: BEARS 24, GIANTS 14

THIRD QUARTER

  •  Jay Cutler’s ability to extend drives with runs is so underrated.
  • Jordan Mills is the only liability on the Bears offensive line but I credit the organization for letting him make his mistakes on the field. Bushrod is good enough with protection to allow it.
  • Great kick, Robbie Gould. There was a time when fifty yard kicks were difficult for him. Now he’s simply put the best field goal kicker in the game.
  • Great move by Shea McClellin to draw the tight end to a false start. Kid takes a beaten so I might as well praise him for the one or two nice moments of his game.
  • 3rd and 12, Giants reeling. Great call by Mel Tucker to send the linebackers at Eli. Clear departure from the Lovie Smith era.
  • Why does the end around work with Alshon Jeffery and not Devin Hester? Marc Trestman.
  • Kyle Long’s high school footage was amazing.
  • Cutler missed a wide open Alshon Jeffery on a first-and-ten in Giants territory. Rushed a throw due to pressure from JPP.
  • No. Pass. Rush.
  • Reuben Randle was ruled to have given himself up? How does that work? How is slamming the ball to the ground giving yourself up?
  • Huge pass interference by Tim Jennings. Bears simply revealing themselves to be a poor defensive football team.

FOURTH QUARTER

  • Cutler’s touch throw to Forte on third and two might have been his best of the game.
  • Cutler’s grounding of the football is as poor a football decision as possible. You can’t take the team out of field goal range, out of a possible two possession lead. Terribly poor decision making.
  • Cutler identified protection, Long picked up the backer, Cutler put a perfect pass to Jeffery and the receiver just missed it.
  • I feel at 5:21 to go the Bears will lose.
  • Then things started happen.
  • If Eli Manning doesn’t miss an absolutely wide open tight end, this game goes the Giants way. (Or at least forces the Bears to probably score in a minute.)
  • The penalty for defensive holding ruins the drama but wins the game.

FINAL SCORE: BEARS 27, GIANTS 21

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  • Perno

    Yeahhhhh buddy! Way to move away! Thought the Bears were toast at the end so drunk and so happy to get the W!

    • MB30SD

      Checking out the func.

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      Whoa, you can even edit your posts! SWEEEET!!!

      • purchased!

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        • MB30SD

          Indeed you are my good man, indeed you are.

          And you’re welcome.

          (starting a sf company has it’s bennies my man… like super cool buy button graphics at your beck and call. Woo Hoo!

      • IBNO

        I was right about to ask how you did the link & picture, but then I saw that there is a mouse-over to upload images. Let me try one:

        • MB30SD

          Chewy throwing out the first pitch… money.

        • Awful

          That too is an awful picture. I love it.

          • MB30SD

            you sir are awful.

          • Awful

            Why thank you sir! I think?

            AWFUL, a. awe and full.

            Struck with awe; scrupulous.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Time to take advantage of Disques downvote option – cause you’re getting really fucking annoying.

          • Awful

            Do these comments automatically refresh/update? Do we have to refresh page to see real time comments?

      • Guest

        Nice! There’s me umpiring.

        • CanadaBear

          Looks like you live up to your screen name!

      • Big Mike

        This comment section is sweet. That’s Big Mike umpiring. Last selfie ever.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Robo-Ump 2014.

          • Big Mike

            No kidding. I use every pad available. Getting hit by a pitch or a foul tip umpiring a HS game sucks.

      • Awful

        Thats awful

  • MB30SD

    Boom shakalak Shake the ROOM!!!

  • MB30SD

    let’s chat… shall we

  • jimmychange

    I try to not talk about refs, but they made some crucial errors that kept the giants in this game. If the refs don’t make mistakes, this game is over at the end of 3… and more importantly, the Bears cover.

    • MB30SD

      Booooooooo. Sadly, the D kept the giants in this game.

    • SC Dave

      Those last three words are the reason.

  • disqus_D0bbfgNipL

    hey, look at that! My gravatar followed me here. Sean Gayle in the house!

  • IBNO

    Wait. What the fuck? THAT’S NOT MY NAME

    • MB30SD

      bleeeeeeed

  • MB30SD

    new avatar bitches.

    Here’s the full

    • MB30SD

      Yes, two thumbs up for good safeties Mike… two thumbs up indeed my man.

      (wish we had one)

      • IBNO

        Mike Brown.
        Sean Gayle.
        Mark Carrier.
        Dave Duerson.
        Gary Fencik
        Doug Plank.

        That’s my rankings of the best Safeties the Bears have had since I started following football & a certain team from a certain city that starts with a C and ends with an O, and in the middle is “HICAG.”

        I’d give my left nut to have Brown & Gayle (in their prime) as the current safeties. Holy hell, this would be SuperBowl team. And I wouldn’t miss my left nut–when I got my snip-snip, that was the one that blew up the size of a grapefruit. Fucker.

        • MB30SD

          You and Murph have something in common.

  • EnderWiggin

    I admire Hester’s spunky attitude. I admire the fact that he ran hard to break the Bears record (I’m guessing from Sayers).. But Devin.. Never EVER get inside your kicker’s head. EVER!!

  • IBNO

    OK, apparently you can’t have spaces in your username with this system. ENGAGE ACRONYM!

    • Big Mike

      Yes you can.

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        Yup

  • Cormonster

    Word to the people.

  • CanadaBear

    Wow. Gotta agree with Al’s commentary. I saw at least 3
    obvious holding calls where the DLmen was collared around the neck and
    no call. Jennings is lucky he didn’t get a 15 yarder called on him.
    Totally agree about being down 3 DT’s but Peppers got blanked on the
    stat sheet again. That has to be at least the 3rd time this year. When
    GP was talking about getting rid of him in PS I thought it was
    blasphemy. Now it seems like it was the right call. Also, Chicken
    Dinner is beyond bad. I saw a couple of plays where they didn’t even
    bother putting a tackle on him. Just a TE, that completely blocked him
    out of the play. DeCamillis should be fired at the end of the season. I
    know Devin isn’t what he used to be but at least give him a chance.
    Either the blocking is shit or they aren’t working together. It’s
    pathetic. Thank goodness Cutler was on. Unless a miracle happens and
    the DL becomes competent, we’re an 8-8 team.

    Peppers looks like he’s done, Chicken Dinner is hideous, the scrubs
    at DT are what you’d expect (no knock on them, they wouldn’t be on the
    roster if we were healthy) and the only DLmen playing decently is
    playing out of position (Woot). Bowman is average at best. DJ Moore
    was better than Frey. Conte and Wright suck moose wang. YIKES! If we
    don’t get healthier on that side of the ball we’re in for a long 10
    games (no playoffs for us). Glad we won but I have no illusions of
    grandeur with this team. Oh well.

    • Cormonster

      The defense gave up a net of 14 points. In the 4 wins this year the net points allowed by the D has averaged about 15 per game.

      • CanadaBear

        I know that’s your thing Cor but our D is shit unless we get some turnovers.

        • Cormonster

          Net points allowed by the D is still less than 20 points per game. The offense is a bigger reason for the losses than the D.

          • Big Mike

            The mark of a good defense is 3 and Outs. We’re not a good defense. We are opportunistic. That will work against bad teams. Maybe even average teams. It absolutely will not work against top teams.

            With that said, with Peanut out, 3rd string DTs a wasted first round pick in McClellin and Peppers apparently retiring after this season, they got a win and bought some time to get better. So that’s encouraging.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      Yeah, what you said…no illusions (but I think it’s actually “delusions of grandeur” …. not to be picky or anything)

      • CanadaBear

        Yeah you’re right. Either way I’m not buying in on the D.

  • CanadaBear

    Way to go Jeff!. Thanks for helping us keep our sanity.

  • William S

    The Bears D looks like it needs reinforcements. The extended spacing between games should help some guys mend. Wonder if Emery can find any good external options. Kerry Rhodes was mentioned a couple weeks ago. Similarly, the Bills have said their open to trading Jairus Byrd…He’s coming off a foot injury, wants to get paid and I dont think we can fit him under the cap with out getting creative, but I wonder if he could help stablize the back 7.

    The biggest issue is obviously the pass rush but thats hard to find these days. Since they’re switching to 3-4 maybe if the Eagles lose this week they’d be willing to part with some peices they don’t think fit.

    • CanadaBear

      The problem with that is we don’t have any cap space. PE said he wasn’t extending anyone going forward this year and I believe him.

      Next off season is going to be nuts. I can’t imagine Pep coming back so that will free up some huge cash. Also, this is probably Hester’s last year here. Same with Earl the Pearl, Pringles, possibly Melton, probably either Peanut or Jennings and maybe Podlesh. It’s a total crapshoot on all the guys on 1-year contracts. At this point, either take Chicken Dinner and make him a LB or release him at the end of the season. He has zero value as a DE.

  • CanadaBear

    Holy crap I’ve got an avatar again! Woo-Hoo!

  • CanadaBear

    Might as well try to link a pic. See MB, real boobs are just better!

    • Maddbearfan

      woooo…different kinda rush needed here…..

    • MB30SD

      My god I love boobs… of any type Canada. As long as they’re nice, and the bigger the better… I’m in.

      • IBNO

        Then you’ll enjoy these sweater-puppies.

    • IBNO

      I’ll see your boobs and raise you butt.

      • CanadaBear

        Wow Bleed, you’ve got a nice butt! A REALLY nice butt!

        • MB30SD

          hahahahahaha…

          so not a butt guy… can’t be big or terrible, but as long as it’s ok, who cares.

  • Maddbearfan

    Testing…testing…Hello..is there anybody out there? Is there a pass rush out there? We need one….Hheelllooo….OK, seems to be working….hope it’s better than the other site….

  • Big Mike

    Jeff, you chose disqus as your commenting section. That sir is a brilliant move. Top Shelf. Great SEO policies, verification requirements, clean look and feel, I could go on. I’ve installed this several times on projects.

    Go Bears.

    • MB30SD

      Agree Mike… I was hoping he’d pick it. Love it.

  • Great comment section, nice simple website design. It’s like going from dialup to broadband. BEARS

  • Bobby Douglass

    Nice look and feel (the site, not the Bear’s D). Registering was not intuitive, but I found it.

  • Saren Arterius

    Ray Lewis, er I mean Jon Bostic got his playing time and played pretty decent but didn’t make a difference – because the problem with the defense isn’t at middle linebacker. Bostic doesn’t play DT, which seems to be lost on the legions of fanboys that have been screaming for him to start for some reason (and I really like Bostic).

    • MB30SD

      who are you? I don’t even know you anymore!

      • Saren Arterius

        Anymore? I didn’t post on the old blog and I don’t post on much that’s Bears-related under this name, but since I’m already signed in on Disqus I figured what the hell 🙂

        • MB30SD

          yes, I was being factitious… if you’ve read the blog from any length of time you should know this.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Amazeballs!
    Thanks for doing this, Jeff.

    • Awful

      It’s really awful isn’t it?

      • MB30SD

        dude, that’s your schtick? Everything is awful… like your name.

        Hee hee ho ho hoo hoo.

        uhhhh… lame.

  • DaBearsBlog

    I appreciate all the praise but really Noah is responsible for everything technological going on here.

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat job Jeff. Damn. Now, where’s the laundry room? I need to go wash the Chicago Now filth off of my DaBearsBlog uni……..

  • Waffle

    Jeff, congrats on the new site.
    4-2 heading into the Skins game. We need a GB and DET loss this weekend and then we head into the bye in sole possession of NFCN. Nothing can be done at this point for the D line. No trades available, no free agents worth it, no hurt guys coming back fully healthy, etc…. yucky.
    Do we rest Tilman one more week?
    Also, can we all now admit that Shea McClellin is fucking terrible. I’ll take Aston Whiteside or Cheta at this point. Emery, do the right thing and man up.

    • MB30SD

      yes rest the nut. Rest paea. rest everyone worth a shit.

      I think one of the big tricks to a successful NFL playoff run is to be getting healthier when everyone else is starting to get more injured. We have that opty with our 1 game in the next almost month.

      Unfortunately, there are no answers this year for our… issues at DL and DB. Those need to be addressed hardcore in the offseason. Let’s just hold our breath, keep our fingers crossed and hope the o keeps gaining momentum and we catch some lucky breaks.

      Otherwise, like I said last thread… I will consider a 9-7 season and two greenbay wins a successful first season for trest and emery (sans lovie)

    • Awful

      We’ll just have to win with an awful d-line

    • Awful

      Your avatar is really awful. Where can I get one?

      • Waffle

        I’m kind of amused by your motif. If you’re new to the site feel free to come on in and stop being gay though and start producing some content.

    • Big Mike

      Any way you look at it, this season is a rebuilding year. Now maybe it’s an 8-8 type of rebuilding year, which in most cases is considered a success, but maybe it’s a 10-6 playoff type rebuilding year. My opinion is that this team has work to do, to be a threat in the playoffs. I will enjoy the ride greatly, next year game on.

      Packers on MNF will tell us almost everything we need to know.

      Beating the Redskins on the road would be an enormous boost going into the bye-week and then to MNF with the Packers. But it doesn’t mean much if we can’t beat the Packers. That’s will be the measure of this team.

  • Awful

    This site is Awful!

    • CanadaBear

      Not trying to be a dick but that wasn’t funny the first time. Trust me, a running gag only works if it’s killer funny the first time.

      • Awful

        I don’t blame you at all. Go right ahead, I deserve it. I am enjoying being the mystery shopper for the day. By all means, let er rip!

        • MB30SD

          trac

        • Waffle

          Most psychologists agree that white men between the ages of 26-37 constitute the highest percentage of “trolls”. It’s pretty interesting because it has to do with the degree of powerlessness that the user feels in their own life. Usually these people have physiological responses to positive AND negative reinforcement. Their pleasure center is actually affected by these trolling activites. These people are usually so desperate for some sort of validation that it matters not what the response is just so long as there is some response or reaction to their participation.

          • MB30SD

            jayhoney badger don’t give a shit!

          • Awful

            Most psychologists are whacked but I understand your premise.

          • Waffle

            lol, thumbs down

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    ….and I’m just disgusted by Hester…really? He goes after the one guy on Specials that shines every week? He acts like Jeff’s interviews validate him somehow.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      So what was the final decision on the paypal link? The rent in this neighborhood has to be a lot higher than that gravel-floor roller rink we were in.

    • MB30SD

      HeGone!

      Dude’s done… and he’s a moron.

  • Awful

    I can’t believe we were stuck with such an awful site for so many years, talk about coming out of the wilderness!

  • Waffle

    don’t want to be too negative though. the O Line did well and Cutler was not sacked. That’s huge and a great step in the right direction. Bearce.

  • MB30SD

    wow, I love this thing.

    Know what’s awesome (besides that I was able to take a screen pic and attach it here… that is going to get me in trouble)… this thing:

  • Saren Arterius

    If my math is correct Jay Cutler is on a pace for 32 TDs, 16 INT, 4347 yards, and 66% completion rate while being sacked 24 times. That is, essentially, who Angelo thought he was trading for (slightly higher than desired interception total though), and he was, but did almost nothing to help him get there. I feel like everything I and anyone else said in defense of Cutler’s mediocre stats in the past 4 years is further validated with each game where there’s modern playcalling, acceptable blocking, and competent receivers.

    This summer I thought the Chicago media was dramatically overanalyzing Cutler’s pending contract situation (shocking I know). The “bring him back or move on” question was easy to answer, barring a total face-plant by Cutler he was coming back, and we would have that answer pretty early in the season. The specifics of the dollar amount is what’s up in the air.

    • MB30SD

      You’re over-projecting his INTs based on the one game… he only has a few of those a yr, and hopefully less with trest.

      • Saren Arterius

        It’s just raw numbers thrown into the equation, no analysis done by me. There’s no accounting for some externality like hiccups in a new offense or a one-game spike in a particular stat. I agree that he will probably have less than 16 INTs though.

    • Waffle

      I actually agree completely with every aspect of this comment.

  • CanadaBear

    Jeff please pass along to Noah my heartfelt appreciation for the new site. I’m beyond happy! Well done my friend.

    • FQD1911

      +1

      • MB30SD

        FQQQQQQQ!?!?!?!?!

        • FQD1911

          in the flesh, MB. very glad this site is no longer on CN…thanks Noah and Jeff!

    • DYLbear23

      Hear hear!

    • Waffle

      Canada, you might be Canadian but our love of hot chicks with huge bombs can transcend any of our substantial cultural differences

  • FQD1911

    Solid site change, Jeff. 4-2, who cares how it happened.

    #BearDown

  • CanadaBear

    Just read Adrian Peterson is in Sioux Falls , SD dealing with severe injuries to his 2-year old son. Apparently the boy’s mother’s boyfriend beat him into unconsciousness. Hopefully the boy recovers and the boyfriend gets smoked. Fucking coward!

    • MB30SD

      WHAT THE FUCK?!?!?!?

      my god, i am beyond words. I would kill that fucker on the spot. Bring on jail.

    • Waffle

      I can barely think about it without going into rage mode.

  • Willie

    So nice to not be 3-3.

    So nice to not be on CN.

    • MB30SD

      why is he so fat…. the diabeetus?

      • MB30SD

        Bitches.

  • Shady

    ::Looks around, stretches out, urinates on carpet::

    Yep this’ll work

  • Awful

    I feel like a kid with a new toy. Can’t believe I tolerated the old site, Jeffrey you are AWEsome

    • MB30SD

      yep, def. trac

  • DYLbear23

    Good to come out of hibernation and comment again!

    Every thing looks good so far Jeff, props to you and Noah!

  • MB30SD
    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      Fuuuuuuuuuuuuck……….I don’t get that at ALLLLLLLLLLLL
      speechless

  • MB30SD
  • DaMurph

    Hmmm nice digs here

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