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A Team Defying Logic: Chicago Bears at New England Patriots Game Preview in a Sentence

| October 23rd, 2014

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Why do I like the Chicago Bears this week?

I always like the Chicago Bears.

WHY ELSE?

Because there is no earthly reason to believe this football team – maligned quarterback, emotionally excitable star receiver, ignored tailback, coach under the microscope, temperamental right guard, derided defensive coordinator…etc. – can go into Foxboro and beat one of the greatest head coach and quarterback combinations in the history of the sport with their season on the line, they probably will.

FINAL SCORE

Chicago Bears 40, New England Patriots 31

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  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    our uniforms are nice….maybe that helps

  • Doc Hamstring

    I want the Bears to win every game, but there are a few teams where simply a “win” doesn’t do it for me. It’s been ages, it seems, since the Bears pummeled the Packers or the Patriots.

    I want this game to make Gisele break down and cry.

  • Well, just got back from Hwood, and can’t sleep.
    You know which author had long sentences? Edgar Allen Poe. Read his short stories. They’re about a paragraph long.
    I deduced it helped create tension and anticipation in his detective/horror stories, with a slight hint of mania/claustrophobia. Great way to set up tone.

    Little known fact. Poe loved mailing it in.

    • Scott W.

      So who knew that the old saying, “When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares in to you” meant that the abyss was overflowing with adjectives and adverbs?

    • CanadaBear

      How was your B-Day? Any salacious gossip to report? I haven’t read Poe since I was a kid. Loved it then for sure.

      • A lil. I went to a Karoke bar with a friend. I actually bought the first pitcher before she got there, but the bar tender didn’t charge me since she knows me. She normally charges me at the end of the night, and sometimes give me discounts.
        So my friend got there a little aferwards, we drank, and sang some songs (“Man Who Sold the World” and “Personal Jesus” – by Dmode), and we generally were having a fun time with the karoke regs who I sorta know.
        Then, my friend tells the bartender it’s my Bday, and she brings over shots, free of charge.
        Later, the DJ (who I know) gets the mic and leads the way in singing happy bday for me. So the entire bar, who likes singing anyways, sang me happy bday, which was a nice surprise.
        And a nicer surprise was the chick went behind my back and took the bill for my Bday. So that was cool

        On an MB sidenote, we made out a bit, 2nd/3rd base but didn’t close the deal (this was actually our first time out). But she invited me to go out the next night (hence, my late night post), which I took as a sign that she wanted to finish what we started (I was right). Went to go see these cool bands in Hollywood at a place called “Loaded” cuz the girl and her friends are actually gonna throw a private party there soon.

        https://www.google.com/search?q=loaded+hollywood&client=firefox-a&hs=Df7&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&biw=1600&bih=802&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=TntJVOCbAov-yQT-84L4BA&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAg

        So, all in all, it was a good week for Bday Butch

        • Also, on a side-sidenote, the girl is like 5’11, so with heels, she’s like 6’2 or something. She’s full figured too, so had to get used to that (I’m 5’9).

          I’ve dated girls 5’10, I think that was my tallest, but they were more on the thin side, so this is definitely diff for me, and that’s alright by me.

          I don’t have a “type” – besides, you know, that they’re attractive enough to give me a woody. That’s my type lol

          • CanadaBear

            That sounds like an awesome B-Day to me. I’m not a singer but all the rest would make for a great B-Day and day after. When I was young my type was P&P. Pussy and pulse. Started out with good intentions but once the booze kicked in I’d go ugly early!

          • Cormonster

            I used to visit some friends in Platteville back in college. That school was mostly guys, and the chicks who went there were almost universally ugly. On the way to the bar the question was always ugly early or ugly late. One of my good friends always went ugly early, reasoning that at least they might think you like them. Only time I seen hotties in town was during Bears training camp. Girls would travel in from all over. Too bad they were all looking to fuck a Bear player, especially Harbaugh. He had hot chicks surrounding him all night both times I seen him at a bar.

          • Haha, that’s awesome Corm. Want him as my HC even more now!
            Gotta say, there’s a lot of drawbacks to L.A. Traffic, cops, violence, parking, rent, no room, little nature, douchbaggery, etc

            But hot women ain’t one of them. In fact, there’s so many, I don’t know how guys can stay loyal.

            If I ever settle down, I’m moving to Plateville lol

          • Cormonster

            Platteville is a little shithole. I think that’s why Ditka picked it for training camp. Not much to do there but get drunk and fight. I’ve only been to the LA area once for about 3 days for the Rose Bowl. Didn’t care for it at all other than all the hot chicks I seen. And there were a lot of them.

          • Canada, I can get the same way sometimes. So I lay off hard liquor for the most part.
            She came with a round of whiskey, so I wasn’t about to look like a wuss and say, “NO, I’m sticking to beer” (plus, I love whiskey).
            But we took a round or two of shots, but for the most part, just stuck to PBRs, the beer of hipsters and po-folk alike.

  • GPLDAN

    Urlacher only gets quoted when he speaks on the Bears.

    Not on any other part of the NFL or any other team.

    There’s a reason for that.

    • Viva

      Misery loves company?

  • GPLDAN

    Brock Shane Ben

  • Trac

    Does anyone really think Harbaugh would have a possible future in Chicago? I don’t, he was custom made for the Collegiate ranks.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/10/19/manning-feared-he-couldnt-coexist-with-harbaugh/

    • DaBearsBlog

      He’s been to three straight NFC title games and a Super Bowl. He’ll win at any level.

      • Trac

        Never disputed that. His persona is perfect for the College ranks. I don’t think he’s as well suited in the pros when it comes to longevity with relationships. The collegiate level is perfect for him because of the player turnover. Totally different setting where I think he’s better suited.

      • Peanut FTW

        He didn’t win three of the four games you mentioned.

        • Max

          They lost to a historically great Seattle team, and Baltimore and NYG were on crazy-hot streaks. Three consecutive trips to the NFC title game is still pretty impressive!

          • Peanut FTW

            I think it is a bit of a stretch to call them historically great. Very good Defense no doubt but I don’t see that team holding up against other historically great teams. They are more along the lines of the Baltimore or Tampa Bay Superbowl teams and that is starting to show true now especially with Seattle’s decent into mediocrity.
            My point is it has a lot more to do with the players on the field most times than who the coach is. The 49ers without defense Patrick Willis look like a dookie version of the 49ers defense. Now they are losing to teams they shouldn’t and it has little to do with the HC. The superbowl win in Dallas with Switzer had little to do with him and more to do with inheriting a hell of a roster, the same could be said of most teams. Even Bellichick, who I think is one of the greatest coaches, would be in a bad spot without Brady and Revis.

        • CanadaBear

          My favorite Switzer memory was watching the Pro Bowl when he was the coach for the NFC. He couldn’t even fake any interest in the game. At one point the cameras caught him eating a hot dog on the sidelines. He wasn’t embarrassed in the least. Just gave a little smile.

      • Scott W.

        Maybe. The Bears would be a whole new can of snakes. It would be fascinating to see him and Cutler having a sideline discussion after a bad Jay pick though.

        • BillW

          It would be indeed. But remember he chose Kaep over Smith and that may not have been the right move.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            I dunno about that. Alex Smith made Kaep look pretty good when the change happened.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            The Bears made Kaep look like a HOFer when the change happened.

  • Trac

    The question I have is do the players believe Tresty ain’t all that?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/10/23/bears-need-a-leader-to-emerge/

    • Scott W.

      Not relevant to the specific topic at hand, but I despise PFT. They are politically agenda driven sports writers, which is a toxic combination.

      Mike Florio can shove it up his pandering, twerking ass.

      • Trac

        Yes I have no respect for Florio. Did you see how I did that Scott?

        • Scott W.

          God yer good.

      • BillW

        I used to like PFT before they were affiliated with NBC. They pursued the Vick dog fighting story when no one else would. I thought it refreshing to have a true rumor site – making no apologies for reporting what they heard even if it turned out false (well – except for Terry Bradshaw is dead; but they make fun of themselves for that one.)

  • Viva

    I had an epiphany last night that I posted on the last thread that I felt like sharing again.
    We are the football equivilant of Mike Tyson’s last 4 years in his profession. Enough talent to win every game we play, and enough lapses in judgment to self destruct on any given Sunday.

  • Great work Jeff. Short, sweet, and to the point. I like it.

    • Scott W.

      With what’s coming, I don’t think he could be as detailed and prolific as usual.

  • Viva

    Bears 46

    Pats 10

    I remember.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CExhyqe0Muo

    • BillW

      I’ll never forget; just wish there’d be something else to push that memory backwards.

      • Viva

        me too.

  • Peanut FTW

    Cutler throws 7 picks, 2 returned for TDs, and our D allows Gronk and Brady to set a TD tandem record for a single game. Pats 64 Bears 10.
    There those are my expectations so we’ll see how this works.

  • BillW

    I watched some of the rerun of CSN’s post game and noted a couple of things –

    Jen Ladda was visibly upset at the Bear’s performance. I don’t know anything about her but she actually seems qualified. Sad that’s not a given for a female reporter.

    BMarsh post game interview was really quite measured and I thought controlled. I expected it to be some wild ranting the way the press was writing about it. Sure, saying unacceptable so often seemed a bit much, but the whole point made sense – how is it that this offense scored zero in the first half and 14 all day?

    I would not be surprised if Emery is already doubting his choice. Not saying he’ll make any changes, but as someone else said I don’t think he’s going to go down with Trestman IF in fact that’s the direction they are going. A smart executive cuts losses and moves on.

    Again – to be clear – I DON’T think that will happen this year unless they end up with only 4-5 wins. But if the only difference between Trestman and Arians was dealing with the offense – then Emery must be thinking “unacceptable” too.

    I worried that Lovie’s Bucs could reach success before Trestman’s Bears – but no more. Now it’s whether Arians Cards do. Fair or not, that will a major topic the rest of the year and the off-season unless things turn around.

  • BillW

    I loved Ben Vereen in All That Jazz.

  • BillW

    Let’s not make too much of this game (unless we win of course). What I mean is we’re not good enough to consider this a barometer or statement game. It’s a tough game on our schedule that we are expected to lose and therefore it’s unlikely it will tell us anything negative about he Bears.

    I simply hope to see sound football. I expect Brady to beat our secondary more than a few times. The only thing I expect on offense is a few sustained drives and at most one turnover.

    31-24 Pats would be an improvement in my mind. 38-21 Pats would be a concern. Anything less than 21 points is “unacceptable” to coin a phrase.

    Reverse those scores and we will be ecstatic – and wondering WHY can’t they do that every game?

    • Peanut FTW

      I think we will be mired in sorrow regardless of the outcome of this game. 4-4 at the bye as a best case scenario leaves us looking down the barrel of 8-8 all over again. A loss probably puts us more in the 6-10 realm. I am already resigned to flipping between games and usually watching the other game more than the Bears. It’s starting to feel like the Cubs are playing football now.

      • CanadaBear

        I can’t switch back and forth. I’ll watch the entire game unless it’s a blowout (with us on the wrong end). No points awarded for sitting through a blowout. We have the talent to win some games this year. Just don’t think it’s going to happen. Hopefully I’m wrong and they go on a tear.

      • BillW

        At this stage 8-8 would actually give me optimism going forward. Because I expect a loss the next two games putting us at 3-6. If that happens then Trestman has a real tough task keeping the team together. 5-2 to close out would indicate he did that.

  • CanadaBear

    Don’t know why Jeff has his nose out of joint over #54 saying Cutler isn’t elite. He’s just stating the obvious (a #54 specialty). To whine about Lach not winning any SB’s, etc is crazy. The D and especially Lach, were not the problem. It was time for Lach to go when he did but I have nothing but respect for the guy. Yeah, he’s a bit of dim bulb but from everything I’ve ever read he was a great teammate and leader of the D.

    • Trac

      Yes, Lach the football player was one of my modern era favorite Bears. These young guys don’t get it Canada.

      • CanadaBear

        It kinda blows my mind how the media can control the msg. Lots of people can’t think for themselves and just have to parrot back what they hear in the media. Pretty sad. Not pointing fingers at anyone here because I don’t think that’s the case. Just all those brain dead morons that scream and yell the loudest but actually say the least.

    • BillW

      True – but I think Jeff is getting annoyed that the ONLY time anyone hears from Lach is to criticize Cutler. What about Fuller? What about officiating? What about football in general?

      • CanadaBear

        He answers the questions he’s asked. I’m sure if he were asked the other questions he would give an answer. The media doesn’t care about any of that. They just want to stir the pot.

        • BillW

          Good point.

      • Trac

        Urlachers career and time with Jay has earned him the right to sound off.

        • CanadaBear

          Gotta admit when the Bears signed Jay, Lach called him a pussy. Pretty sure Lach changed his mind about that. Cutler isn’t elite but he’s much closer to being elite than he is being a pussy. Cutler has taken some serious beatings (esp under Martz) and always came back for more.

          • BillW

            Serious beatings without public complaint it should also be noted. That’s when I gained respect for him. Not a vocal leader but in that sense he proved to be a team player with no “diva” in him at all.

            He just really doesn’t care what anyone thinks and that bugs the hell out of the media. I love that.

          • CanadaBear

            I totally agree with all of that. Just wished he played better. Gotta admit it was pretty bush league to bow out of his radio commitment this week.

          • WP4Life

            I disagree. I am thinking #6 just wants to focus on whats ahead not whats behind. I wish Bmarsh would opt of of his gig too. #6 has to do what work for him to be successful.

          • Bernsy

            I think he definitely should have showed up but I have to tell you, I listened to the one 2 weeks prior. The audience questions and call ins almost seemed scripted to be completely inappropriate.
            A female audience member asked why Jay throws to Bennett so much and that he should throw to Alshon because “he’s really good”.
            A male audience member asked Jay to throw it to Alshon more to help pump up the guys fantasy stats.
            A male audience member asked if Jay and Bennett were at odds with each other because he didn’t get more touches (completely the opposite of the previous audience question)
            I found myself feeling sorry for Jay, embarrassed for Waddle and Silvy and doubting the viability of future shows after losses!
            You could sense that Waddle and Silvy wanted to interrupt the audience members but since these people come to the shows they had to bite their tongues. Jay, bit his tongue as well but was audibly annoyed at the fantasy questions.
            We live in the age of being able to reach out and touch someone that normally would be off limits. It can be a great thing and it can be a terrible thing.

          • BerwynBomber

            Man, I miss Dan McNeil.

          • Bernsy

            Dan seemed like a very sad guy. Family issues, chemical dependency, depression, etc. He was way too negative for me. He almost seemed to get relief or satisfaction or something from the Bears failing. Not my favorite guy.

          • CanadaBear

            Can’t disagree but if you sign up to do the shows you should honor your commitment. Just looks like a weasel move.

          • GPLDAN

            CB –

            Jay doooooooon’t care about Waddle and Silvy.

            Did you ever hear the Shanny-Elway-Cutler story?

          • CanadaBear

            I know Jay doesn’t care but it does reflect poorly on him. Never heard the Shanny-Elway-Cutler story. Please proceed!

        • BillW

          Very true – but comes across as petty or worse; which as Canada points out is exactly what the media seems to want.

      • BerwynBomber

        That is because you are getting stuff thru a filter. We are only going to hear the negative from Urlacher. For all we know he might have thrown bouquets of praise at Fullers and others. But we’re probably not going to hear it unless he says something semi-outlandish, like Fuller is a certain HoFer or something.

    • Scott W.

      What a shift in philosophies. Lach goes, ending the era of the D winning games and carrying the O.
      So Cutler is handed the locker room, Marshall changes his address, and hope fills the air. Kyle Long is in, Gabe Carimi is out. Marc Trestman hangs his CFL pics at the head coaches office at Halas Hall. Bennett and Jeffrey walk on to Soldier Field like Butch and Sundance.
      Let the winning begin!

      And then, down she goes…the transition hits a few speed bumps. Hester pouts his way out the door. Peanut gets hurt. Marshall starts an off season camp. Matt Forte becomes THE LEADING RECEIVER IN THE ENTIRE NFL. Briggs shrugs off his job to sell burgers. We trade Julius Peppers for Jared Allen essentially. A kid named Kyle Fuller becomes hope.
      And just like that…

      …we become the Philadelphia Eagles of yesteryear. Talent rich, and utterly lost.

      • BillW

        I’d rather think of it as trading Peppers for Willie Young.

      • CanadaBear

        Good analogy. Nessman better hope Emery doesn’t come to the same conclusion they did in Philly. Kelly turned that around in a heartbeat. Andy Reid is a funny duck. Good at X’s and O’s, good with the players and horrible on game day. He makes Lovie look like a genius on game days.

        • BillW

          If he does come to the same conclusion, I hope he does it faster than they did in Philly.

          • CanadaBear

            No kidding. Reid was successful for years in Philly. Not sure if it was his fault or McNabb’s fault they never won the big one or shit the bed in the NFC Championship games so often. Probably a combo of both.

  • GPLDAN

    Jefe Chirps-

    History says Cutler will have rebound game Sunday at Foxboro against suspect defense.

    Barb may be a Romanian steamroller of tactless blurbs – be he rightly points out that the Pats have the #1 pass defense in the NFL.

    • Trac

      Sometimes I wonder where just gets a basis for some of his statements. Preseason polls?

    • Peanut FTW

      The Pats have nowhere near the #1 pass defense in the NFL. They lead the league in fewest YPG via opponent passing. Which means pretty much, nothing. It means that they probably either suck at ST or are committing a ton of penalties and therefore a lot of offensive yards are not needed due to one of those two issues or both.
      The biggest factors for a defense are scoring defense, the Pats are 13th, so not bad and opponents 3rd down conversion; the Pats are 25th in the league here. Fairly bad. Other real factors that effect the passing D and defense as whole are sacks, interceptions and turnovers. The Pats are not even top 5 in sacks or interceptions and are actually leading the league in penalties. So suspect defense still applies.
      Now they are great at protecting the ball on offense and rarely turn it over, that in itself will probably be enough to beat us.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        They are 25th in rushing defense…which sort of explains why they don’t give up so many passing yards. Teams are too busy running it down their throats.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          They are, at best, a middling pass defense. They rank first in exactly one category in Pass D and that is YPG.

        • Peanut FTW

          And the leading the lead in penalties thing helps as well. Even a couple of 50 yard PI penalties don’t count into your YPG total and you look much better than you should.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          didn’t Buffalo put up over 200 yards rushing on them?

        • Cormonster

          The Patriots have played Dolphins, Vikings, Raiders, Cheifs, Bills, Bengals, and Jets. Other than the Bengals the pass offenses kind of suck.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        They are 7th in yards per defensive play, 1st in turnovers.
        If that’s suspect let’s close the blinds and go to sleep. Truth is that’s borderline elite.

        • Peanut FTW

          Yards mean nothing. Points allowed, 3rd down conversion % allowed. And they are not 1st in turnovers, they are second which is still good but being the only stat that really matters that they are top ranked in, I think pretty good is a much better description.

    • I wonder if it’s a language thing, Romanian thing, or Barb thing.

  • Bernsy

    I’m feeling great coming off that Hawks win with Raanta in net and want very badly for the good times to continue with the guys this weekend at New England. I have family in Boston and they have been giving me grief all week. My cousins husband is especially annoying. He is rather large, obnoxious Red Sox and Patriots fan.
    Bears, please win this game to deflate his ego.

    • CanadaBear

      Feel sorry for ya. Everyone says the Red Sox fans have become insufferable since they’ve won a couple of championships. It’s bad enough to be a poor loser but being a loud-mouthed gloating winner is the worst. Of course, I’m a Cubs fan so that’s easy to say when you never have to back it up.

      • Bernsy

        people from Boston are generally insufferable.

        • CanadaBear

          I used to do some live music promotion. The original bass player for Living Color was in a band that I booked. He said when they played Boston early in their career (they were already a big deal) a bunch of white knuckleheads were right up front and yelled racial slurs at them the entire night. Who does that? Pay to get into a show so you can scream shit at a band. That’s nuts.

        • Peanut FTW

          Their accent is insufferable as well, not sure which is worse the Boston accent or the Pennsylvania weird almost canadian accent.

          • CanadaBear

            Which Canadian accent? There’s just as many different ones in Canada as in the States.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            What’s really sad, is there is a whole generation, maybe two generations of people who don’t know what Strange Brew is. Hosers.

          • CanadaBear

            Haven’t seen that in a long time! Accents don’t bother me as long as I can understand them. If English is their second language, usually the first 3-5 minutes are painful and then I start to understand the speech patterns, rhythms, pronunciations, etc. Although the older I get the longer it takes me to get it together.

            Canadian humor is generally not as nasty but way more subversive. They are always smiling, sometimes they are being nice, sometimes it only seems that way. Although since I’ve been up here I’ve seen quite a few Canadian movies that are comedies and they are usually just OK at best. Boring at the worst.

          • johnnywad

            Or The Twelve Beers of Christmas

          • Peanut FTW

            The ending the sentence with hard emphasis on the last part of the last word thing.
            Hard to describe.

  • BerwynBomber

    Lach is being paid to such things and whenever he says something negative about the Bears he increases his media profile. But the national criticism of Cutler gets old. I was against three year/max deal but it is what it is so now we are stuck with him. But as Blogfather says, WTH does “elite” even mean? If I had to choose I would say Rodgers/Brady/Manning/Brees are elite and the standard runs something as follows — QBs who can make up for a ton of team deficiencies, have an MVP and/or league passing records to their names and have won a Lombardi. So to say Cutler isn’t “elite” is kind of a “No shit, Sherlock” statement. My own ranking would have Cutty in the 12-18 group among league starters; that is, average to slightly above average. But he’s certainly capable of flashes and has some big time attributes– mainly his arm, his running ability and his durability (w/in context). Funny, when the locals criticize Cutler it often comes off well. But the national dudes just fall back on simpleton-like deductions that they often sound empty-headed even when they’re true.

    • CanadaBear

      The national media always sticks to the narrative unless someone actually does investigative work (which almost never happens). It’s funny sometimes watching games where the announcers just keep pounding the narrative and what’s happening on the field is the exact opposite.

      • BerwynBomber

        Agreed. And in fairness, I’ve heard Cutty over-praised by some nationals too. (Mainly Gruden at times.) But a lot of the national Bears narratives are driven by the fact that a) we live in one of the three biggest markets in the nation, and b) our fan base is huge and passionate. Hence, a lot of clicks or views for any “controversial” story about the team or the franchise.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          Gruden over praised EJ Manuel too. Everyone is great in Gruden’s mind

    • Peanut FTW

      Cutler is in the middle of that 10-16 range of QBs that can play amazing for a stretch and then shit the bed for you. Romo, Eli and even Flacco come to mind as being pretty comparable. I think Ryan and Rivers are in the high end of that pool, the fans seem to want to make those two more than they are though as opposed to liking to kick them when they are down like with Romo, Eli and Cutty.

      • BerwynBomber

        10-16 over 12-18, eh? 😉
        My guess is that Ryan and Rivers get a pass where Romo/Eli/Cutty do not is due to the media frenzy that surrounds the latter’s teams. Not as bright a light in SD or Atlanta.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      Lach is not being paid anymore he “quit” fox sports. he is saying stuff to the media out of spite now.

      • BerwynBomber

        My guess is he’s looking for a gig. Same difference in terms of the motive.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      i got bored a little so i looked into QB contracts again, since you brought up Cutler’s 3 year max deal. It actually falls in line with most ‘2nd tier’ QBs contracts when it comes to cap hits. Couple of interesting/scary things Tony Romo’s cap hit next year is 27.7 million, 2 years from now Joe Flacco’s cap hit is 28.5 million, those teams are going to be scrambling to restructure. Otherwise most QBs are between cap hits of 15-20 mill for the next 3 years, right in line with Cutlers.

  • Bernsy

    Ha! Note to blog…. if by chance you accidentally type in NHL.CO instead of .COM you won’t be directed to a hockey site. Unless by hockey you meant the NYMPHO HANGOUT LOUNGE!!!!! Hopefully IT doesn’t catch that one.

    • GPLDAN

      I wonder if that’s the place Canada told me about.

      • CanadaBear

        If those coke heads were all nymphos, I’m really depressed now. Needless to say, I wasn’t exactly cutting a wide swath through all that hopped up cooz.

    • CanadaBear

      A co-worker used to ride Honda Gold Wings. He typed in Gold Wing at work and ended up on a shit eaters site. YIKES! He got a call from IT but nothing happened.

  • GPLDAN

    Canada –

    Here’s the Cutler-Elway-Shanahan story. Rick Reilley is a massive douchebag known for his character assassination stories in the press, but you get the feeling he didn’t have to try that hard with Jay.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=6017986

    • CanadaBear

      Ouch. The Elway story is bad but the Lynch story is really bad. Immature for sure.

      • Bernsy

        It looks like he’s grown up a lot from his rookie year at age 21. He’s about 31 right now if my math is right which makes him about 7yrs younger than me but he strikes me as someone who doesn’t hide his negative emotions well. I punched a cop when I was 21.
        I heard him say that it takes a good hour once he leaves the locker room before he’s either calmed down from a win or less angry from a loss. That doesn’t bode well for post game press conferences and the types of questions he has to field. I believe that he cares very deeply about the team and being the Bears QB.
        I also think he, like a lot of NFL players, are under such a powerful microscope that he actively downplays success, wins and notoriety and does the same for failures, disappointment and losses. Any exuberant quotes will be used against these guys just like the negative reactions are.
        It looks like he’s trying to stay even keeled. Fans want him to be emotional when they win and be a rah rah type guy but everyone says the same thing about him on the team which is, even keeled, all business, get the job done. He’s not perfect but I can see more consistency coming and therefore, more success than we’ve seen.

        • CanadaBear

          Hope you’re right but I’m afraid what you see is what you get. I don’t know how some of these guys do it but no doubt you’re better off being buddy-buddy with the media. It makes life much easier. Of course, you have to be just as two-faced as the media to pull that off. Not one of Jay’s strong suits. I mean that in the best possible way. I admire his stance and not compromising himself to make life easier. I also don’t understand why he would go that route.

          BTW, punched a cop? That couldn’t have ended well.

          • Bernsy

            He was off duty but I knew he was a cop. He was massively drunk so his off duty buddies got him out of the bar before it got serious but they did all have guns on them which was weird since they were drinking like the world was ending.

          • CanadaBear

            Because of the music promotion, I knew a lot of cops in town. I was involved in a 3-day music festival for a couple of years and was the money man. Collect all the money at the gates and ticket booth, count it, account for it, deposit it, pay bands, rinse, lather, repeat. Always had 1 cop in the trailer counting money and always had 1 cop with me on the golf cart while collecting. Cops are drinking fools and only get away with because of professional courtesy. When you’re with them, it’s probably some of the funniest times I’ve ever experienced. If you aren’t with them, uh-oh. Hopefully you didn’t get arrested.

    • Peanut FTW

      To me, the only person that looks bad in that is Lynch. I ignore people all the time. If I don’t give a shit what you’re saying, Im going to ignore you until you take the hint and piss off. Jay isn’t a salesman, he isn’t a spokesperson he plays football for a living. He just wants to come to work, do his job and go home. He wants to do nice things for people with the extra income he has and he doesn’t want anything written about it.
      Not everyone is going to pander to the media, he puts up with it to the degree that he has to and that’s it. Ask a stupid f’n question like what happened on that interception, get a stupid f’n answer. I have issues with the silly decisions Jay makes on the football field but I could care less how he treats the media. I would respond to a ton of those questions and situations in the exact same way.

      • CanadaBear

        Lynch was his teammate at the time. Cutler was a rookie and here’s one of the better DB’s in the league trying to help him. Not sure how that makes Lynch look bad.

        • Peanut FTW

          Cutler probably didn’t ask for his advice, and so he was ignoring him and going on about his business. Lynch acts like a punk and knocks the phone out of his hands… if that was me in Cutler’s shoes Id do something a hell of a lot worse than start paying attention. And Lynch knows about as much as I do about being an NFL QB so who cares what he has to say?

          • CanadaBear

            WOW! Do you really think Lynch couldn’t help Cutler diagnose defenses? When a multiple-time all-pro gives rookies advice I think it’s pretty stupid not to listen. What could possibly be on a phone that was more important than that?

          • Peanut FTW

            Lets see.. Im a 21 year old millionaire NFL QB… what on my phone is more important than what John Lynch is saying…
            boobs, ass, the score of the hockey game, boobs, where the after party is, boobs…

          • CanadaBear

            Different generations for sure.

          • Peanut FTW

            Hard to compare as between the CBAs and the invention of free agency; the old generation didn’t really create a lot of 21 year old millionaires to observe.

    • “Cutler is the kind of guy you just want to pick up and throw into a
      swimming pool, which is exactly what Peyton Manning and two linemen did
      one year at the Pro Bowl.

      “He’s an arrogant little punk,” former
      Broncos radio color man, Scott Hastings, once said on a national show.
      “He’s a little bitch.”

  • CanadaBear

    Had to look up Gillette Stadium because i couldn’t remember if the field was natural or field turf. Fortunately for Allen it’s field turf. Hope he has a good game.

    • Peanut FTW

      So everytime field turf comes up at soldier field. The city says the team wants to keep the permasod because it is safer for the players. I mean I used to get it, astroturf sucked, like playing on green concrete. But the new field turf is great, it is basically rubber pellets on foam rubber with a spongy underlayment. Our high school just put it in and I would rather fall on it than grass. Is there any numbers out there that lend credence to the newer field turf field being more prone to injury than grass?

      • CanadaBear

        Don’t know of studies right off hand. The Park District would love to put in an artificial surface. It would save them a lot of headaches. They do a ton of events there but the Bears have the last say. I could see Emery talking to George about it. It’s past time.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        The problem with studies between Field Turf and Grass is there are so many variables to consider. Field Turf is more standard in its conditions of the playing surface, as compared to grass. With grass we see a lot of wear and tear in the middle of the field, while with field turf the condition of the field is pretty consistent throughout the playing surface. Other factors to look at is due to weather. Heat, Cold, Rain, Snow all significantly affect performance/stability/uniformity of grass fields, while field turf will only have minor variations to its performance/stability/uniformity. Many of the studies i have seen don’t take into these variables into account, they strictly look at number of injuries as a whole.

        The NFL study says there is a 22% more injuries on field turf. But what are the numbers of injuries on the grass in Chicago vs Field Turf in Green Bay(2 surfaces that have fairly similar weather conditions considering) vs the grass in Arizona or Miami.

        The study has to be site specific. My guess is that field turf might be better in the ‘cold’ weather cities where it gives a more uniform surface, where as grass might better in warm weather cities since it does not go into dormant stage in growth therefore the benefits of grass are more consistent.

        • Cormonster

          +57,600 blog points. You and Canada both make great points about why the turf sucks. Split the points. The other main factor is sunlight. The renovation of the stadium lowered the playing surface and dropped a spaceship inside. There is not enough southern and western exposure to the sun to grow some good grass. Grass needs two things, water and sunlight Fertilizer helps. Even if the stadium was used exclusively for the Bears, I doubt anyone could maintain a good playing surface.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            got to hand a few of those blog points back – good point on the lowering of the field. +15000

  • BerwynBomber

    One thing of note in the Urlacher beeswax is that Jay has the highest salary in the league this year at $22.5M. Didn’t know that. Btw, in semi-defense of Lach he was asked about Jay in context of PE’s “elite” comment, which was much more inane than Lach’s response to it.

    • BillW

      Yes – it was a real reach. And if you reach too far your pants fall a bit and your ass starts to show. Or so I’ve heard.

    • Jay’s cap hit this year was restructured and is now $18.5M.

      My $0.02: Cutler is overpaid. Cutler’s NOT actually being paid like an elite QB though. His contract is in 5-7 range now, will be in 8-10 range once Luck, Cam, Wilson sign (maybe an extension for Rivers too).

      But really all those 2nd tier guys (Flacco, Stafford, Cutler, Ryan, Dalton, Kapernick, Romo, etc.) are overpaid. If Rodgers and Peyton are $20M/yr, they should probably be about $15M/yr. But they’re sitting at $18M/yr.

      • BillW

        Good info; overpaid is relative and the choice was a deal like that or go fishing for another QB (with all the holes to fill on defense.) When you look at the second tier list you have, there is no one on it except maybe Ryan that I’d swap for.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          i posted below Romo’s cap hit for next year is $27.7M. and 2 years from now Flacco’s cap hit is $28.5. Cutlers contract is relatively cap friendly.

          • yes, his is structured MUCH better than most of them (though Dalton’s and Kaepernick’s aren’t too bad either).
            Flacco, Stafford, Romo are gonna be screwing their teams over for years to come.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            and to be honest if the Bears want out to move a different direction in 2016 and cut Cutler – the dead money is a manageable $3M. Way less than the $8-9M we have by cutting Peppers.

          • BillW

            I can only assume that Emery is thinking that way too. Again, not saying it will or should happen – but I do think Emery has a plan. With contingencies.

          • there’s a reason he structured it the way he did. It’s anywhere from a 3 to 5 year deal, depending on how well Cutler plays, and the Bears can walk away at any time after 3 years.

            Now compare that to Flacco’s monstrosity, which is really great at first but will fuck them over on the back end no matter how they handle it:

            http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/baltimore-ravens/joe-flacco/

          • BillW

            However I’d take f’d over the back end (which sounds painful) in exchange for a Super Bowl.

          • except they gave Flacco this contract AFTER the SB.

          • BillW

            True.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            By then though, the cap will be so high it may not impact them as negatively as one might think.

          • TheBigCheesy

            I believe Cutler’s 2016 salary is fully guaranteed unless they cut him before the start of the 2015 season. I think if Cutler is on the roster after March 2015 the 2016 salary becomes guaranteed. So if they want to save money on the 2016 salary, they’d have to cut him after this year.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            yep your are correct – I forgot about that. They did it to protect against injury. I was using numbers from http://overthecap.com/salary-cap/chicago-bears only shows numbers no details on the contract.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            i agree – Stafford’s contract is probably going to hurt the Detroits the most considering C. Johnson’s cap hit of $20+M. So Detroit is putting $40+ mill into 2 offensive players.

        • I’d swap for Ryan for sure. Romo too if you’re saying just this year.
          Flacco, Stafford, Dalton, no thanks.
          Maybe Kaepernick, but not for this offense.

          • BerwynBomber

            I’d take Flacco over Jay in a heartbeat even if I realize Flacco has his issues too. Agree about Dalton. He sucks. Stafford is hard to say as this is the first time he has had a grown-up as a coach.

      • BerwynBomber
        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          you are correct he is paid 22.5M this year, but his cap hit is 18.5M.

          • BerwynBomber

            Ah ok. Thanks.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            when he restructured 5M was moved to a signing bonus, so it could be spread across several years to help the cap.

        • we’re both right here. His “salary” is $22.5M, but it had some restructuring done so some of it counts on future caps, and his cap hit this year is $18.5M.

  • Interesting corollary to Jeff’s Cutler bounceback stat: Bears are 19-3 when Cutler posts a passer rating of 100+.
    To put that another way:
    They were 15-1 under Lovie when Jay did this
    They’re 4-2 under Trestman when Jay does this

    • BillW

      I’m sure you have some good data on cause / effect with these numbers. Do they lose because is rating is low, or is his rating low because they fall behind and he presses?

      I have a feeling this year at least it’s the latter.

      • BillW

        There is so much detail in the databases now I suspect one can get his QB rating when the score is tie, when down 8 or less, up 8 or less, down >8, up >8.

        And I read with interest your attempt at a better rating for QB; being a statistician I’ve thought long about that but just don’t have the data. It would seem that points scored per drive or something more than just passing should come into play. I always hated how much TD passes count.

        You can imagine scenarios where a team goes 80 yds to score a TD; in both drives the QB goes 4- 6 for 60 yds and there are 4 rushes that make up the other 20. Exact same stats and result, but if the TD comes from a pass rather than a run, the QB rating is much higher.

        • Yeah, we put a lot of work into coming up with that, came up with a formula we really liked, and then ran some numbers.
          calculated our rating for 10 years’ worth of players. Then looked at how well it correlated to win % compared to both passer rating and ESPN’s CQBR.
          It lost to both of them. So we kind of gave it up (also the site kind of died because the guy who ran it and had done all the legwork got a job)

          • BillW

            Roughly what is the correlation coefficient for passer rating and CQBR with winning %? I can’t believe it’s much higher than maybe .5 (which does not equate to percent chance of winning for those who forgot stats.)

          • I don’t know exactly because the guy who ran the site stopped paying the bills, so it’s not up for me to go check. Pretty sure it was about 40% for CQBR and 35% for passer rating. Mind you, this is season-long. So roughly 1/3 of a teams’ win percentage over the course of an entire season is from QB play.
            In game, the differential between passer rating is a win predictor a lot more, if I remember correctly.

          • BillW

            It’s why I love football. There is no one magic formula for winning.

          • it’s also tough to say, because passer rating is dependent on a lot more than just QB play. Play calling (coaches), blocking (OL, TE, RB), game situation (defense can spot you leads and make passing easier), drops/great catches.
            So yes it’s a stat for “only” one player, but not really.

    • Bernsy

      Extra credit to you if you can tell me the last two times he’s posted the 100+ rating in a loss and then rank those on your list of all time heartbreaking losses.

      • BillW

        I assume the GB game last year was one.

      • I just looked these numbers up, so yeah. GB and NO.

        • Bernsy

          I should have said 3 games. The other was the loss to Seattle………

    • BerwynBomber

      Yeah, I think Cutty plays well this weekend according to his pattern. We might have caught a break with C. Jones being out. Btw, does anyone know Fuller’s status?

      • johnnywad

        Full participant in practice today

        • Really? Damn. Dude is a baller.
          Fucked up his hand and hip, still practicing fully.
          Sux that clubbed hand will prevent him from making turnovers and might eliminate him from DEF Rook of Year consideration.

          • johnnywad

            Yep. He was going to finish the game with the hand. Sat out practice yesterday. Jumped in and moved well today. That’s youth for you

      • he practiced in full today, reportedly

    • johnnywad

      So wait…… When Jay kicks ass the Bears usually win? Does this apply to other quarterbacks as well? Or just Jay?

      I hate these stats. The stat basically says, “When the most important player on the field plays really well, the team usually wins.”. No shit.

      The other one is turnovers. “When Jay has more then two interceptions in a game, the Bears almost always lose.”

      Mind. Blown.

      Goes for every quarterback and every team in the league. It’s a waste of time.

  • chitownproud85

    Yeap. Nice uniforms. Our boys just suck. Actually, as individuals, a lot of them are good at football. For some reason…as a team…not so good. I have no emotional investment in the game this weekend, theyve already robbed me of it. I’ll be watching, but until they live up to some/any of the promise that this season possessed, my heart is officially checked out. Only a win over GB in GB brings me back, and yeah. Nope.

    • GPLDAN

      We’ll call you Darth Indifference, then.

      the evil Sith Lord from the planet Dooooooon’t Care.

    • For some reason? That reason is coaching.
      Both Tucker and Trestman have had their moments, but they’re play calling has been inconsistent , which makes for an inconsistent team.
      DeCamil has been generally terrible, though last game looked clean. We’ll see going forward, but after the GB loss at home, that’s when I became “zen” about this Bears “team”

  • Sactowns#1

    ok- Where can I find the crazy ghost thread?

    • CanadaBear

      I think that was a couple of days ago.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    the problem isn’t the Foxboro game. The Bears can surely win that extremely difficult game, but what then ? I mean their problems are the lack of sustained success and they are incredibly inconsistent.
    If they go and beat New England in their bunker it only enlightens their weakness. They win and they don’t resolve their problems, they enlarge them.
    A huge shit load of ‘confusion’ will wash ashore the lake front.

    • Trac

      The Pats are a cheap 5-2 thrill team Barb. They barely beat Oakland and lost to the fins by 13. Look at their schedule so far.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Don’t poke the Romanian. She’s feisty.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        The Patriots will win the Super Bowl this year Trac. They are everything, but cheap.

        • Trac

          Wow!!! Wow!!! Wow!!! Did I say Wow?

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Jeff keeps calling Patriots D mediocre. Don’t bite on that. Keep in mind
    1. they are No.1 in the NFL in TURNOVERS. And No.1 in the NFL against the PASS.
    2. the Bears Offense is a passing & turning the ball over happy Offense.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      they are number 2 in turnovers. houston is number 1. as far as No.1 against the pass that is only yards per game they are ranked 12 on number passing TDs given up. You got to take a lot more into account when it comes to Passing defense like they are 28th in rush yards given up, meaning more teams are running on them than passing.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I don’t care about passing TD. What that mean ?
        They could be 33rd in rushing yards… the Bears don’t run the ball. That’s the point. They have certain weaknesses and some strong suits. The problem is the Bears O does what Pats D does better.

        PS: You are 100% correct . They are 2nd in turnovers after Houston. My bad.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          The passing TDs ranking was there to prove a point. You need to analyze an entire D and not focus on an individual stat like passing yards.

          bears don’t rush the ball? The GB game they had 200+ yards rushing, They can rush and they will rush this weekend. But that was not my point. You can take any stat you want but if you don’t give context to it, it does not mean shit. My point is that teams are running on them more than passing therefore passing stats will be down. and Passing defense will be up especially when looking at yards per game. It is a simple cause and effect.

          When you look at the teams that won or were very close to winning against NE they have one thing in common, they ran the ball.
          Jets 200+ yards, Chiefs 200+ yards, Dolphins 190+ yards.

          Just look at the Bears Defense last year. It was awful against the pass and rush. Yet they ranked 15th in pass when you look at passing yards per game, but they 32nd in rush defense. Does that mean the pass defense last year was a little better than average? NO, it means teams were more successful with the run so they ran the ball more.

          You can’t just quote stats without giving context.

    • Doc Hamstring

      Yeah, the Bears weren’t horrid against the pass last year… because they WERE horrid against the run. Teams could run, and didn’t need to pass.

      #1 in passing yardage doesn’t mean much. Cutler had 381 yards and 1 TD against Atlanta. 181 yards and 4 TDs would be a better game, even though it would be less than half the yards.

      • Trac

        I’d like to subscribe to your line of thought Doc. Look at who the Pats have played so far. They haven’t exactly been prolific passing teams.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Part of that is by design. They play nickel almost 60 of the time, so they accept/seek the opposition run. Also there are the injuries on the front 7. Chandler Jones, Easley, Siliga, Collins, Hightower, Mayo all missed time, as well as Browner, Dennard and Arrington in the secondary.
        So you have a revolving door added to changes to their complex scheme and that’s what you get. It’s never going to be a flawless performance, you’ll have to give up something. They give up the run… for the moment.
        It’s what happens when you start 2 Rookie Undrafted FA, as they did against the Jets.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    Prediction: Forte gets 150+ yards rushing this week.

    • Even though I’m playing against him in FF, I hope that’s the case.
      HOWEVER, Billichick is infamous for his “neutralize their greatest weapon” philosophy.
      The question is, will that be Bmarsh, or Forte?
      If it’s the latter, then Bill will force Cutler to win and force throws to a disgruntled Bmarsh covered by Revis, who might not be the greatest cover corner right now, but is still very good.

      • Trac

        “Fantasy Football saved my life until it killed me.” By Butch Fansoft. Hee hee.

    • Trac

      How do you justify that valuation? Also, if you have to tell evra body how big your penis is, how big is it really?

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        don’t know. Its the Bears, man. do i need more justification? the name came from the Avatar. In fact i a very small penis, just over compensating. LOL

  • Bernsy

    I know there has been a lot of national and local chatter about the Dolphins game and the quality of the Bears. It is only an opinion but we may want to get Alshon more than 2 catches. He can move the chains. Brandon can move the chains. Alshon having 2 catches is completely nonsensical. The coaches have to know this.

    I am confident that Brandon and Alshon will get 7 catches minimum each this week. Bennett will be used a little more and Forte will be fed the ball on the run and the pass consistently. If they can’t find a way to get Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery the ball then it’s fairly obvious that Trestman was planted by the Packers.

    Now, i have no idea what Brady will do to the D if he’s not harassed all day.

    • Bernsy

      and with that nugget, i retire to my room for beauty sleep.

  • As always, FF “experts” tend to be much more detailed in their game-previews. Here’s from one of my fav, Silva from RotoWorld.

    Chicago @ New England

    On a roll, in rhythm, and starring in an offense where he is the focal point after the year-ending loss of power back Stevan Ridley, Tom Brady has completed 70-of-109 passes (64.2%) for 914 yards (8.39 YPA) with
    nine touchdowns and zero picks over the past three weeks. He hasn’t committed a single turnover during that span and has only taken four sacks after absorbing nine in New England’s initial four games. Over the
    last month, Chicago’s sub-par defense has been touched up by Ryan Tannehill, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, and Aaron Rodgers for a combined 9:2 TD-to-INT ratio and 277 passing yards per game. The Bears also may be without top corner Kyle Fuller (hand, hip) in Foxboro. I don’t think Brady should be viewed as a
    top-shelf QB1 yet, but he’s getting close. After a painfully slow start, New England’s offense has proven to be flush with weapons and capable of attacking defenses as a pass-first unit. … Brady’s target
    distribution during his three-week hot run: Rob Gronkowski 30; Julian Edelman 29; Brandon LaFell 15; Shane Vereen 14; Tim Wright 6; Danny Amendola 4; James Develin 3; Brian Tyms and Aaron Dobson
    2. … Restored as the Patriots’ target leader, Gronk played a season-high 93% of New England’s Week 7 snaps and should be at 100% health after an extra-long layoff following last Thursday’s win over the
    Jets. Always weak at safety and now banged up at linebacker, the Bears coughed up a combined 7-91-1 stat line to Dolphins TEs Charles Clay and Dion Sims last week, and an 8-88-2 number to Carolina’s tight ends in Week 5. A Week 8 blowup-game candidate, Gronk is worth his price on FanDuel. …
    Edelman is settling in as more of a WR3 in standard leagues after a deceptively fast start, but he’s still on the WR2 fringe in PPR. He has at least four catches in every game this year and is on pace to grab
    101. Edelman does have a fairly challenging matchup this week with savvy Bears LCB Tim Jennings.

    The reliability of New England’s pass catchers nosedives after Gronk and Edelman. LaFell’s matchup would be improved if Fuller can’t go, but his target totals are 4, 6, and 5 the past three weeks with stat lines
    of 1-20-0, 4-97-2, and 4-55-0. He’s a fringe WR3, and LaFell’s numbers will only fall if Amendola snipes any usage. Hardly utilized to this point, Amendola did score a 19-yard TD in last Thursday night’s victory. … Although Wright and Tyms are intriguing young talents, they are both bench or waiver-wire fodder in re-draft leagues. Wright’s snap rates are 22%, 24%, and 33% over the Patriots’ last three games, but his corresponding target totals are 5, 1, and 0. He’s a sub-package role player. … Tyms has played nine of a possible 135 snaps since returning from suspension two games ago. He has passed Dobson on the depth chart, but isn’t even a re-draft WR5. … In Ridley’s (ACL) first game on I.R. last week, Vereen handled 80% of the downs, parlaying a season-high 16 touches into 114 total yards with two receiving TDs. The Pats won’t utilize Vereen as a true workhorse on the ground, but he is capable of being a PPR machine, and is a strong flex play in standard leagues. Projecting consistency for any Pats running back is risky business, but
    Vereen has a legitimate shot. … Practice squad callup Jonas Gray played ahead of Brandon Bolden
    against the Jets, but there doesn’t appear to be stable value here. Gray rushed three times, gaining 12 yards. It doesn’t help that Chicago’s much-improved run defense has limited opposing tailbacks to
    234 yards on 73 carries (3.21 YPC) over the last month. Gray is just a 14-team-league RB4/5. Bolden offers no fantasy appeal in his current role. Ballyhooed fourth-round rookie James White hasn’t played on offense since Week 4.

    Jay Cutler’s on-field performance has left something to be desired, but he still ranks sixth in fantasy quarterback scoring and should be viewed as no worse than a top-ten QB1 in a game where the over-under is 50.5 points, third highest of Week 8. The Patriots technically rank No. 1 in the NFL
    in pass defense, but Geno Smith, Kyle Orton, and Alex Smith have all successfully moved their offenses through the air against Bill Belichick’s unit over the past month, while Andy Dalton would’ve thrown three touchdown passes in Week 5 at Foxboro if not for a back-breaking end-zone drop by Jermaine Gresham. Cutler also gets significant relief from New England’s loss of top pass rusher Chandler Jones,
    who will miss a month with a hip injury. On a personal note, I’m trying to decide between starting Cutler and Brady in one league this week. I chose wrong in Week 7, opting for Cutler. I’m probably going Brady this
    week, so perhaps you should fade my decision if you have the same dilemma. … Cutler’s Weeks 1-7 target distribution: Matt Forte 62; Martellus Bennett 58; Brandon Marshall 56; Alshon Jeffery 53; Santonio Holmes 13; Dante Rosario 10; Josh Morgan 8. … As Marshall runs most of his routes against RCBs and slot corners, he will avoid Darrelle Revis’ coverage if the Pats leave Revis at LCB, as they’ve done frequently
    this year. Revis could also end up shadowing Marshall all over the field, of course. I think fantasy owners’ best course of action is to just start Marshall in a potential shootout and let the chips fall where
    they may. Marshall’s 15 red-zone targets on the season rank second in the NFL, behind only Jordy Nelson’s 16.

    I’ve noticed some worry among Jeffery owners after his slowest game of the year. He was held to nine yards on seven targets on a bad day for Cutler, but did contribute a long pass-interference flag and has at
    least 100-plus yards and/or a touchdown in four of his last five games. Jeffery hasn’t suddenly evaporated from the Bears’ offense. I like Jeffery as a WR2 against Revis and RCB Brandon Browner.
    If New England’s cornerback duo holds Jeffery in check, he will become a recommended buy-low target entering Week 9. … Scoreless since Week 3, Bennett is all settled in as a low-end fantasy TE1 with stat lines of 3-17-0, 4-52-0, and 5-58-0 over his last three games. The Pats have allowed the sixth most catches (35) and 10th most yards (423) in the league to tight ends, so this is a good week to play Martellus. He’ll
    have an outside chance to lead Chicago in receiving if Browner, Revis, and slot CB Kyle Arrington
    cause problems for Marshall and Jeffery. … The Bears’ best means of Week 8 ball movement is still likely to be on the ground, where New England ranks 24th in run defense and permits 4.51 yards per carry to
    opposing running backs. One week after losing ILB Jerod Mayo for the year, the Patriots were exposed for 175 yards and a touchdown on 35 combined runs (5.00 YPC) by Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson, and Bilal Powell last Thursday night. As usual, Forte is a top-three RB1 play for Week 8.

    Score Prediction: Patriots 27, Bears 24

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