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Sunday Football Thread, or Go Browns & Ravens

| October 13th, 2013

Sunday thread

 

Three things that need to happen for….

BROWNS OVER LIONS

  • Even if Calvin Johnson does play he is sure to be limited with injury and Matthew Stafford looked like a shell of himself without the best receiver in football on the field. If the Browns can get some consistent pressure they can control the pace of the game.
  • Brandon Weeden (sound it out) can’t have one of those Brandon Weeden games and throw the ball to the Lions three times. Use Willis McGahee, use the screen game and Jordan Cameron, Jordan Cameron, Jordan Cameron.
  • Cleveland’s had a top ten defense against the run this year, allowing less than a hundred yard a game. That must continue. If the Lions start gashing the Brown in the run game Stafford won’t need Johnson to move the ball through the air.

RAVENS OVER PACKERS

  • Not brain surgery when it comes to beating Aaron Rodgers: pass rush. Packers are a weak offensive line on the perimeter and only the Chiefs have sacked the quarterback more than the Ravens.
  • Ravens need to get the running game going with whomever is carrying the ball. Without Clay Matthews the Packers will struggle to consistently rush Joe Flacco. If Baltimore starts having success on the ground look for Flacco to hit Green Bay deep a few times.
  • Green Bay’s turnover differential is -2. Baltimore’s is -4. I’ll say it: team that turns it over fewest times wins.

AND DON’T FORGET…

The Bears’ next opponent – the Washington Redskins or whatever people want you to call them – will be on display this evening.

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  • johnnywad

    First to say I don’t like Thursday night games, I don’t like bye weeks, and I don’t like waiting until Monday nights for my next hot, fresh, crispy crusted Bears game of deliciousness. I feel like I’m being punished. I need my Bears football on Sunday afternoons as God intended while resting on the seventh day.
    Secondly, I think the Browns and Ravens win today. If so, this division race gets very interesting with our boys sitting on a lead and some nice time off coming up.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Completely agree. Hate this crap. Sundays are for football, not Thursday nights.

      Also, side note: love being able to come hang in the comments again. This system makes it so easy.

      • johnnywad

        Still getting used to it bit this is SO much better than the old joint. Love it.

      • MB30SD

        So is this the right time to post boobies again?

        Hoping for ravens to beat up on the packers today. Like Doc, although it sucks not having bear football today, going to be nice not to have to think about my emergency hospital heart attack plan because the bears are playing.

    • Doc Nitty

      Agree 100%. However, it will be more relaxing today. It’ll be nice not having to suffer high blood pressure or heart palpitations.

    • IBNO

      Yep, yep, and yep. Sundays are for football. Without the Bears playing, my wife wants me to *gasp* do stuff around the house.

      Oh hey, look! I can italicize without putting in stupid html code that breaks the comments if I forget to close a tag.

      Hooray for the new site!

      • IBNO

        Fuck. My italics and bold didn’t post. Weird.

      • tobijohn

        Same here. Now I’ve got no excuse not to get to things around the house. No more wife to nag me about it but my sense of guilt is worse…

        • Cormonster

          Shame on you!

          • tobijohn

            Vacuumed, dusted, cleaned out the refrigerator, replaced the dining room light switch with a dimmer, took a nap, touched up the leather furniture that the cats had been using as a scratching post, tested a customer’s fountain pump, did a little laundry and buried a couple deceased gerbils that had been in the freezer for the six weeks. I didn’t get the downstairs floor mopped but over all, I’d say it’s been a productive Sunday…

      • AlbertInTucson

        My lovely bride requires a visit to the mall today, which, I shall provide transport for. JUST SPORTS has a game on in their store as I browse for more Chicago sports kitsch to add to my ‘too much already’ collection. Also the Sirius demo that came with the car is still viable

    • AlbertInTucson

      Then you’ll be happy to hear that the NFL is considering a SECOND bye week for the teams.

      • NewBearInTown

        Bye weeks are a good thing. I like watching healthy teams play.
        Thursdays stink. They put out a lousy product and they mess up my rhythm as a fan. Messes up the news cycle when your team plays as well. No thank you.
        If you ask me, the “one game prime time” model is outdated. It made sense when TV only carried a couple of games per time slot, so every team got a chance to be nationally televised. But those days are long gone.
        12-16 games per week. You have 3 games on Sunday night, 4 games in the afternoon and 5+ games in the morning slot. I’m cool with Monday Night Football, but that’s really enough.
        I’d also be fine if they staggered the kickoffs a bit more. Have an all east coast game kick off at 12 EST and then kickoff a game or two every hour as the day goes on. That would allow “fourth quarter” watchers to follow more games. It would also help prevent boredom if multiple games look like landslides. Something new is always starting somewhere.
        Players complain that they like their rhythm. But I think varying kickoffs by a few hours is a lot better than by a few days.

  • foulmouthpoet

    Go Brown Go Ravens! New site looks great, Jeff. Nice work. JQ

  • AlbertInTucson

    The Ravens are reporting 11 as “questionable” for today including Haloti Ngata. John Harbaugh says Haloti WILL play. We, of course, would like to see Mr. Ngata get “up close and personal” a few times in Mr Rodgers’ Neighborhood.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Calvin Johnson rested that knee the entire exhibition season and it’s STILL swelling up on him.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Godfather pic reminds me.

    Spotted THE FAMILY CORLEONE by Ed Falco at B&N yesterday.
    Must say, I am intrigued. It is a prequel, set in 1933 with Sonny a 17 year old wise-guy wanna be.

    Loved Puzo’s original GODFATHER book. If you’ve seen the movie but not read the book, you are missing a lot. HATED the sequel, THE GODFATHER RETURNS, by Mark Winegarten who’s take on the family sucked, in my opinion. So much so that I refused to read THE GODFATHER’S REVENGE, also by Winegarten.

  • MB30SD

    test

  • MB30SD

    testing

  • MB30SD
    • MB30SD

      using html code to open posted links in a separate window doesn’t work… fyi.

  • MB30SD

    hawk is a pretty good ilb maings.

    • Cormonster

      No he’s not. He had one of his best games ever today. He is playing better this year compared to past years though.

      • MB30SD

        certainly was in the last 3 games i watched him… better than anything we’ve had for the last 2ish years man. sorry, just the truths

    • SC Dave

      My favorite AJ Hawk play…

  • MB30SD

    Packers getting crushed by the ravens pass rush – rodgers flushed/hurried almost every play. Man having a burly pass rush looks nice

  • MB30SD

    this thing on? Herro?

    Packers getting worked. love it.

    • Waffle

      Packers just lost Cobb with a scary looking knee hit. Ravens and Flacco suck. Why didn’t they just kick the field goal and then kneel it instead of thinking you can go 60yds in 20 seconds. If the Pack win this i’ll fucking puke.

      • Trac

        The Bears will have to devour the cheese themselves in order to win the North whether the Ravens win or not.

        • Waffle

          I know but it would havce been nice to have a little cushion.

        • DaMurph

          If we can’t find a way to pressure Rogers, we will be fucked!

          • Trac

            Yup, propper.

          • MB30SD

            100%

            that’s the only way to beat that team… and we ain’t gots zero pass rush. Shit.

      • Cormonster

        Harbaugh spotted them 6 points in the 1st half by making shitty decisions. Kick the damn fg early and down the ball at the end of the half.

        • AlbertInTucson

          “Take what you’re given.”

          Same for the Cardinals. Going for 2 to tie the game in the 3rd Quarter? Did you really think that was all the scoring there was going to be? You should NOT be looking at those putrid “go for 2” before the 4th quarter.

  • Trac

    Last I checked, the Brown was beating the Lion. Nice.

  • RenoBear

    Jeff…Yes I told Firefox to ‘forget about this site’ ie, ChicagoNow, now I have no problems. Great site

  • Waffle

    Willie you lucky son of a bitch. As a fantasy rookie I failed to press SUBMIT to put Rueben Randle in the game on Thursday and failed to put Jacoby Jones in today. The little things that will cost me dearly against you today.

    • Willie

      Sorry, buddy. Blackmon might be the difference maker that made it all moot. Oh yeah, and Nick Foley. Yes, Foley.

  • Trac

    Well, the Cheese won and it wasn’t because of turnovers. Time of possession and a better running game was the story.

  • CanadaBear

    Hey MB, I liked the military cruiser. Very nice. I saw a bike on Ride Idaho that I would love to have but just can’t justify it. It was a Co-Motion with a 14 speed Rohloff hub with belt drive. It was so clean looking without the old dirty chain. The owner absolutely loved it. It also had S&S couplers but I don’t need a folding bike.

    • MB30SD

      they make nice bikes canada. Yeah, funny how that works huh? Haha

  • MB30SD

    SOOOOO getting this next month: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3qeJKax2CU

  • MB30SD

    wow ne

  • AlbertInTucson

    Saints – Patriots:

    Sean Peyton / Drew Brees: Calling pass / Throwing incomplete on third and long instead of making New England use that final time out – Stupid/Costly.

    Tom Brady: 1 minute, game-winning drive with no timeouts – Outstanding.

    Rob Ryan: The look on your face at the end of that game you fat, hairy, ugly, schlub- Priceless.

    • johnnywad

      Did you see the tackle the Saints made throwing the Patriots ball carrier out of bounds when he could have tackled him inbounds? A very Marion Barber type moment.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Again,

        “Take what you’re given”.

        Run the ball, make ’em use that last Timeout before you kick the FG to go up by 4 which you ended up kicking anyway. The CLOCK was the Pats’ worst enemy. Instead, you give them the ball back with a minute left instead of, what? Maybe 20 seconds?

        Dumkopfs!

  • tobijohn

    I find this hard to believe and the Cowboys have yet to play tonight but the three top scoring teams in the NFL are the Broncos (265), Bears (172) and Eagles (166)…

  • MB30SD

    sean lee is def a good ILB.

  • MB30SD

    yikes… that offense is going to eat our D up if they keep playing like this. Pretty dynamic.

    • MB30SD

      ok, so neither team is very good, but still. dynamic.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Collinsworth: “I wouldn’t pin this on him (RG III).”

    Sorry Chris, but you SHOULD. Yeah, he didn’t get a lot of help from some ham-handed receivers BUT If Jay Cutler stands at his own 3, for what seemed like an EON , and gets sacked & stripped you would have carped on it the REST OF THE NIGHT. because you love RG III we hear NOTHING about his absolute, total, LACK of “pocket prescence” or an “internal clock”. Michaels touched on it, briefly. Griffin III looked exactly like a 2nd year guy who NEEDED those reps in preseason that he did not get.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Bears, take note. The Cowboys got all kinds of pass rush pressure from a defensive line that had to be INTRODUCED to each other before the game.

    • MB30SD

      colinsworth did a whole bit on mari and how he made the patchwork line kick ass even though they’ve pretty much lost every starter.

      Sigh… would have been nice if he stayed. Oh well.

      • AlbertInTucson

        The Bears DID invite him to stay on, but he went over to “The Dark Side” and allied himself with Darth Jones.

      • Trac

        Yup. I think old sauce flew the coop because of Phil’s Chicken Dinner pick. It must have really pissed him off. See how I did that? hee hee. I kid, I kid.

  • Ososfan

    Sooooo I’m super late in congratulating the new site????

  • Big Mike

    Does the Skins loss to the Cowboys, have a good, bad or neutral impact on the Bears-Skins game?
    My opinion is that it makes it tougher. If they’d beat the Cowboys, there
    might be a let down. Basically their season is on the line. So we get
    a desperate, dynamic offense to deal with.

    On a positive note, The crowd will be down.
    Skins fans are notorious no shows when the chips are down. I’ll be in
    attendance (live in the area). Hoping to bring home a victory.

    • Trac

      It depends Mike. On the one hand, our quick but lean D-line may have success in chasing down RGIII and on the other, the skins run game is dismal. The lack of a running game helps us out tremendously. I just hope it doesn’t come alive against our welterweight D line.

      • Big Mike

        Agree. Breaking down Bears advantages and disadvantages is one thing. I was looking at the impact of playing a desperate team.

        Bears Advantages –
        Skins’ run defense and safeties are not as strong as we’ve been facing
        Skins special teams are awful
        Skins don’t run very well, except RGIII
        Bostic might chase RGIII around better than anyone else

        Bears Disadvantages
        D-line depth
        Cutler vs Skins.. lots of interceptions… DeAngelo hall has feasted on Cutler
        Bears special teams are awful

        • MB30SD

          I honestly don’t know what you guys were watching last night, but they don’t run very well?!?!?!

          Against what looked like a better D all around than ours (pressure, run coverage, pass coverage). What game were you guys watching last night?

          Rushing ATT YDS TD LG

          A. Morris 16 81 1 45T

          R. Griffin 9 77 0 26

          R. Helu 6 42 0 17

          81 + 77 + 42 = 200 rushing yards

          • MB30SD

            How you like them maths Doc?

            Boo Yah!

          • Big Mike

            over the course of the year, RGIII has 25% of their rushing yardage. Very few of these are running plays So my comment addresses their run blocking. Can’t give credit to the O-Line when yards are gained on scrambles. .

            They don’t pound the ball, there is no back like Brandon Jacobs, or at the other end of it Reggie Bush.

          • MB30SD

            disagree again mike.

            Morris is a mixture of BJ and RB… he’s big and fast/shifty. He got 81 yards on 16 carries last night for over 5 a carry.

            Who cares that RGIII isn’t a RB he got 77 yards and if there’s no pressure, he could eat us up on 3rd downs… something we’re turrible at already.

            here’s my thought… they aren’t good, and if we get them down early we’ll beat them. If we leave them in the game and allow them to get up on us into the 3rd and 4th Q, things WILL get scary. They aren’t good, but they are dangerous and they can beat us if we play badly.

          • Trac

            You are correctomondo. But, it’s not what it used to be which is why the skins are 1-4. Last year they were the #1 rushing Team in the NFL, this year they are 10th which still ain’t too shabby.

  • MB30SD

    Jeff… the answer was to remove graphics in posts altogether?! There has to be a better, middle of the road solution, no?

    • DaBearsBlog

      I’m working on a solution. But in short term have to lean towards no posting photos/videos/GIFs. Otherwise I have to become an editor down here and I don’t want to do that.

      • MB30SD

        that sucks

        • DaBearsBlog

          If you can help find a middle ground we’ll listen. But since it’s not our own commenting system we are bit limited as to adjustments. And this commenting system is pretty great.

          • Jokey

            How about a pre-collapsed picture/video that is expandable to a smallish area under the text of the comment?

          • MB30SD

            is there a function that allows the poster of the content to ‘mark it’ as NSFW?

          • Jokey

            Thanks for being sensitive about the NSFW thing. I haven’t seen a feature to warn people about NSFW content. I’m not familiar with Disqus but I’m sure the admin is pretty knowledgeable by now. Hopefully we’ll come up with something. By the way, when I’m not at work, I click on most if not all the links – they are entertaining and add to the “discussion”.

          • MB30SD

            totally get it maings. I honestly didn’t know the gif would be posted directly to the page. Thought it was just a link to the page with the gif on it as usual.

          • MB30SD

            Here were my thoughts Jeff:

            * Using the Disqus site admin settings to not allow ‘auto-posting’ of link content directly to the page…

            i.e., keeping links to gifs/graphics/vids just links. That kate upton amazingly amazing boob gif was just a link when I posted it, but the site auto posted the actual gif itself to the page instead of leaving it a link

            * Does Disqus allow for individual graphics posting ability? i.e., you give it to the 10 regs and no one else?

            Allowing regular commentors to ‘attach’ graphics in the comments section and self-policed the section. I will volunteer to be the graphics police (ironic huh)

            Just some thoughts. Like this morning I took a screenshot of the stat sheet from last night’s game and wanted to post it as a graphic for BigMike, but couldn’t. I don’t think we (mostly me I guess) should stop posting links to boobies, but agree they shouldn’t be posted actually on the site for NSFW purposes.

          • Jokey

            Maybe FB style links where you can opt in/out of a thumbnail for the link?

  • DaBearsBlog

    Just checking to see if the comments section is working here. Looks good.

  • Big Mike

    This is what the Bears need to become…

    “Injury riddled Packers go to Baltimore and run up 468 total yards in
    19-17 win over Ravens as Eddie Lacy runs for 120 yards and defense sacks
    Joe Flacco five times.”

    How do we do that? They were playing without Clay Matthews. No whining, hand wringing or excuse making. They just went out and beat a good team on the road…

  • MB30SD

    uuuummmmm…. did I miss something here, or is this person just totally and completely clueless

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