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Bears at Patriots Game Preview Addendum

| October 24th, 2014

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FIVE FACTS ABOUT SUNDAY’S GAME

Fact #1

Jay Cutler will have a bounceback game.

Here’s a rather remarkable stat for Jay Cutler. In his season and a half under Marc Trestman, anytime his passer rating in a game has dipped below 90 he has a rebounded well.

  • Week 4 of 2013 he delivered a 65.5 against Detroit and followed with  128.1 against New Orleans.
  • Week 9 he dropped a 69.8 against Detroit. After injury he returned with a 102.2 against Cleveland.
  • Week 15 he joined the Bears humiliation and scored 73.8 on the passer test against the Eagles. He finished the season with a 103.8 against Green Bay.
  • Cutler opened 2014 with an 86.2 against Buffalo and followed with a 119.2 against San Francisco.
  • He followed his 82.5 against Green Bay this year with a 95.5 against Carolina – the first time under Trestman the sub-90 was not met by a plus-100.

Trust history. Cutler’s passer rating: 109.4

Fact #2

Matt Forte will have more carries than he’s had all season.

New England’s defense is abysmal, especially against the run. When the Jets came into Foxboro last week with a slag heap quarterback on the brink of self-implosion, Belichick’s objective number one had to be stop the run. Result? Jets ran for over 200 yards, including several Chris Ivory carries where Pats defenders seemed to want no part of the bruising back. Marc Trestman should be dialing up the Forte run game until he absolutely has no choice but to abandon it. The secondary effect of dominating the line of scrimmage with the run game is bleeding the clock and keeping Tom Brady on the sideline.

Forte’s line: 26 carries, 145 yards, 2 TDs.

Fact #3

Somebody on the Pats will always be open.

If the Bears don’t generate a consistent pass rush (and there’s no reason to believe they will) Tom Brady will find open receivers. The Pats don’t frighten you down the sidelines with big receiver threats – Brandon LaFell is about their most intimidating presence – but they are chock full of the types of players who will kill the Bears on shallow crosses and seam routes. I would expect a massive game from either Julian Edelman or Rob Gronkowski…possibly both. The hope is that Edelman can continue his trend of dropping passes.

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Julian Edelman’s line: 11 catches, 161 yards, 6 first downs.

Fact #4

Bears will sack Tom Brady 3+ times.

It will lack consistency, as it has all season, but the Bears will land a few blows to Mr. Brady over the course of the afternoon. From a piece in the Boston Herald:

As far as sacks go, the one of Tom Brady in Thursday night’s 27-25 Patriots win over the New York Jets can be categorized as “soft” or “gentle.”

As opposed to some of the jarring, violent sacks Brady’s withstood this season — 14 in total, including 12 in the first five games — the one credited to New York’s David Harris could be attributed to the quarterback himself. In the second quarter, Brady rolled to his right and with no options to throw to or run any farther, he simply slid and was touched down by Harris for the 1-yard loss.

Although Brady took seven hits that game, the type of punishment he endured was a far cry from the pounding he experienced earlier in the season. One glaring example came in Week 3 against the Oakland Raiders, when guard Jordan Devey was torched by Justin Tuck and gave up a crushing sack of his quarterback.

Now, despite all the personnel instability on the interior line, there has been steady improvement in that group. Behind the leadership of Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell, the play of Devey and Josh Kline against the Jets, while not perfect, took a step forward. Given the amount of turmoil, that’s about the most one can expect at this point.

It might be Ratliff. It might be Willie Young. It might even the emergence of Lamarr Houston. The knock on Mel Tucker for years has been his defenses don’t sack the quarterback. Bears are currently 8th in NFL with 18 sacks. I expect this developing defensive line to have a few big moments Sunday against this inexperienced group from New England.

Lamarr Houston: Gets over the sack hump.

Fact #5

Belichick will manufacture ways to get to Cutler.

He has no Chandler Jones but still has Rob Ninkovich, one of the most unheralded defenders in the league. He has Dont’a Hightower and Chris Jones, both of which he won’t be afraid send at the quarterback. Pats new additions Alan Branch and Akeem Ayers were brought in to aid the run defense but don’t be surprised if Belichick finds creative uses for them. Pressuring Cutler to abandon mechanics and toss the ball into problematic places is the key to New England’s defensive success. Belichick knows that. He knows all.

New England’s pressure line: Several big sacks on third downs.

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  • Peanut FTW

    Go Bears!

  • Peanut FTW

    Pretty safe bet we lose on Sunday. We are sure to turn the ball over at least once and very doubtful that the Pats turn it over at all. That lone fact should mean the Bears undoing as they rarely win if they lose the turnover battle.
    My hope is for a show during the loss. 31-28 would be fun to watch at least as opposed to 34-10 where we don’t even get to show off our toys. We’re not a good team and we weren’t good last year, but at least last year the Offense gave us something to hang our hat on. This year we have jack and shit. It is like watching the Martz offense without the Lovie D.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      The Martz offense was beyond ugly. At least Jay isn’t getting beat to hell every week like he used to.

      • Peanut FTW

        That is true but the point total the last couple weeks is about the same. I am just frustrated, maybe I need to go buy some Old Style, put on my Bears jersey and make some buffalo chicken dip and really get into the game. Worst case scenario, I’ll be drunk and full for a nap after the loss.

        • Cormonster

          Buffalo chicken dip rocks!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I think the only safe bet is that the Bears lose on Sunday if they lose the turnover battle.
      If they don’t it’s a fair shake. If they win the turnover battle they’ll be more than well suited.

  • BillW

    The Bears have nothing to lose in this game. Even if they get blown out no one is going to be shocked. So they have every incentive to simply play hard smart football and see what that accomplishes. A sound performance even in a losing effort will bode well for a potential turnaround.

    Can’t worry about records and certainly not playoffs anymore this year. They have to right the ship first.

    And please – no trick plays. I want to see a few sustained drives from a crisp offense. I want to see 24 points at least. I want to see progress back to what we all know this offense should be.

    • CanadaBear

      I think you’re setting your sights too low if all you’re looking for is a sound performance. I don’t care how they do it, they have to win this week or the playoffs are a pipe dream. I know that’s a long shot but it’s the only reason to play. If they lose this week, even with a sound performance, the season is done. I haven’t completely given up on this season. See, that’s kinda, sorta positive!

      • BillW

        True – but I am setting my sights lower than that. It’s still a long race but the boat is not performing up to speed. We have to figure out why first..

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      I want to see a running game. A few passes to Forte, fine. But hand the man the ball and let him do the job that he does so well.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Bears are 2-3 in those rebound games mentioned above, one of those being a crazy comeback vs the Browns.

    • TheBigCheesy

      I’d file the San Francisco game under “crazy comeback” as well

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        I would, except that the Pack have yet to find a way to beat SF anywhere so until that happens, it’s a legitimate win.

        • TheBigCheesy

          How does the term “crazy comeback” suggest illegitimacy?

  • GPLDAN

    Pats are 23-1 in October at home since 2003.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      LOL. The Patriots don’t fuck around. Why don’t the Bears have such records ? It’s so strange, both are winning franchises.

  • GPLDAN

    Hughes Air tweetz:

    I can’t imagine Bears losing close game Sunday. I think they either win or get their doors blown off.

    Statements like that make no sense. They don’t make sense mathematically, they don’t make sense statistically, they don’t make any common sense sense.

    The Bears could lose 27-24 just as they could win 27-24. There is nothing in their character that suggests when playing close games, they push and win. The opposite is actually true: they come out with strange lethargy when the game is on the line.

    • TheBigCheesy

      Basically, Jeff is saying that he doesn’t see any way Tom Brady can triumph in a close game at home. In October.

      When you go to New England, it’s not about YOU. It’s about Tom Brady.

  • Viva

    BEAR DOWN!

  • GPLDAN

    I stepped through the Coaches Film on the NFL Replay app last night. They patched it so you can download the whole film to the iPad drive and watch it offline, which is nice.

    The endzone cam replays are HUGELY helpful to analysis. It’s like a classic Madden view.

    What stands out in All-22 shots – what really stands out – is how much they deployed Britton in there. Always to help Mills. But they never ran to the right, always up the middle with the Forte draw. A few times Rosario actually DID run lead blocker fullback. He is AWFUL at it. His blocking for a TE that lines up in the backfield as often as he does, is awful.

    Britton really strips the Bears options down. When he’s not there, they line up Unicorn and Rosario and they have more options to run. A couple of plays they lined up Britton right side and went TE in the slot and Jeffery on the FL, and then isolated BM on the opposite side and had him run 12 yard out routes that was effective.

    There were almost no in routes. They stayed completely away from slants in and the middle. Trestman has no confidence Jay can make that throw consistently and not see a safety bating him or looking for the pic. Jay’s timing mechanics in the Miami game were poor. He seemed to take his 5 step drop and then pause 2 beats. Again the endzone cam allows you see when the wideout makes his dig and cuts and is open, and Jay seemed to be waiting 2 beats too long allowing the defender to close back down as the ball got there. This is why coaches scream about the ball needing to come out. Cutler is holding the ball.

    So against the Pats, if we continue to need Britton out there to establish the run, we are less effective as a team. That’s why I don’t know what happened to Mulligan, he was a big run blocker who could also make the catch. Rosario’s blocking is fucking awful.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Simply put Ola in. The Patriots would have made that change before the start of the season.

      • johnnywad

        He’s not very good either.

    • Scott W.

      Awesome rundown.

      Could you see the lethargy from there? That’s what I saw on my television, big picture wise.

    • But we used the “Britt Package” a lot last year too.
      Maybe Cutler was better last year in his timing. Maybe that’s the difference.
      Or Fiametta who can actually block, but Emery/Trest love them some “hybrid” TE/FBs who can’t are jack of all trades, and master of none.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Fact 1: the Bears lost 3 of those 5 games.

    Fact 2: if Belichick’s objective number one had to be stop the run against the Jets why did he play nickel (3 S) against 2TE-1RB Jet formations ?
    Remember, that game was the 4th game in 18 days and in previous weeks they ‘held’ the Bengals and Bills at under 80 yards. Granted, mostly because they lead those games by 3rd quarter, but still.

    Fact 4: the way you play against the Patriots is you play aggressive man-to man all over the field in order to disrupt their timing. The Bears will roll over like pussies as they always do. They play soft zones and never have the answer against good/great TEs and hurry-up offenses. The best game plan would be to start in nickel, stop the run and bring in constant blitzing.

    Fact 5: I’ve seen every Patriots game the last 5 years. They’ll never send more than 4 against Cutler, they’ll instead give him a lot of looks in the secondary, while playing zones. Their D will be soft and patient and they’ll become super aggressive only if needed.

    • Trac

      Your facts have the ring of truth to them Sir. Jeff’s facts are more like suggestions I think.

    • #4. I’m HOPING the Bears D use a big athletic LB to jam the shit out of Gronk at the line before letting him fly down the seams, but that would require us first to roster a big athletic LB who can jam. If Shea starts at SAM again, he’s going to get Gronked all game, including getting runover on run plays.

      #5. I agree. The book is out on Trestman and Cutler. Play cover 2, let Cutler dump it off to Forte for 2yds OR let him sail throws high into triple coverage.

      • Bernsy

        lol, just make Forte get more depth on his dump off routes and those 2yds become 4 or 5.

        • Half the season is over. Still waiting.
          Part of the reason Forte is leading the league in receptions is because teams don’t mind if he gets those 2yd dump-offs on 3rd and 8.

    • Bender McLugh

      “The Bears will roll over like pussies as they always do. They play soft
      zones and never have the answer against good/great TEs and hurry-up
      offenses.”

      Fucking harsh man, but true of the LB’s since Lach’s decline a few years ago. DJ is old puddy dough now, sad. The young guys are decent but no where near the level this team is used to fielding.

      One guy isn’t going to fix the LB core, need to rebuild around a stud not on the team, keeping Bostic and possibly no one else. Imagine Bostic instead of Hunter playing alongside Lach & Briggs…….yes please.

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    Nothing takes the sting off of a loss like a Friday. Or a victory on Sunday, but you know, IT’S FRIDAY!!!

  • AlbertInTucson

    Last night’s game was another HUGE advertisement for how WRONG the NFL is handling replay.

    Under my very recently posted plan (No NY, No slow-mo, No enlargements) for how it SHOULD be done, the call stands, the Chargers get the ball back right after tying the game and, as fans with no particular rooting interest, we get a LOT more interesting game to watch not to mention the down time saved.

    What are you clowns in New York looking at?
    The field crew got it right, Mike Carey got it right and NFL New York promptly fumbled the fumble call.

    Piss on that reversal. You are all fired.

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      I don’t get it, in this scenario, Al. His arm was down. No fumble. Replay worked for a change.

      • BillW

        I agree. Carey was saying the ball was moving but that’s the thing I think we all want eliminated. Who cares if it’s moving if you still possess the ball? I just don’t think it should be a fumble until you are no longer holding it. You can hold on to something that’s moving – just ask any parent of an infant!

        • AlbertInTucson

          We disagree. If the ball is moving, you don’t possess it.

          • BillW

            League says that’s not true, you can possess a moving ball. Also said it was the forearm that hit the ground ending the play before the elbow

          • AlbertInTucson

            Sorry, Bill, but we STILL disagree.

            Piss on what “..the league says”.

            What do they know anymore?

            They can’t get out of the way of their own screwups lately.

            That arbitrator my not be able to get Ray Rice back on an NFL roster but I’ll bet you the Ravens are going wind up on the hook for the contract they terminated after the video came out, less the 2 game suspension.

            My opinion is unchanged.

            If the ball is moving, you can’t “posess it”.

            Maybe the league says you can but I think the league is full of crap in this case as with too many other issues.

            More opinion:

            They had replay completely wrong already keeping thegame referee involved with the decision and now have only made it MORE wrong by adding New York to the mix.

            Bottom Line: Decisions that require frame by frame, zoomed in replays and take minutes instead of seconds to decide are ridiculous. Anathma. Horrifying. 20 seconds with full speed, full frame looks is all you get and then play on. That will correct OBVIOUS blown calls which is what replay was intended to do anyway.

            And the call is up to the on-site replay official. No Ref wasting our time walking over to go “under the hood” and then wasting MORE time walking back to midfield.

            Guys like Ed Hochuli NEVER want to reverse themselves or their crew anyway (see the Jay Cutler fumble that Eddie Arms wouldn’t overturn when Jay was still a Bronco) and those clowns in NY have already demonstrated that they only lengthen the process for absolutely no improvement in the procedure..

  • I’ll repost this. It’s FF, but long and in-depth (like my Johnson). You can read it w/o FF implications:

    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

    – Silva, RotoWorld

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    2 things that Teams have done an was successful against NE
    1. Run the ball.
    2. Pressure Brady.

    MIA and KC ran the ball 191 yards and 207 yards, respectively. The NYJ almost beat NE and they ran for 218. All 3 teams were able to also put pressure on Brady, not always getting sacks but pressure. Control the clock and make Brady uncomfortable in the pocket. It will not guarantee a victory but it will give us the best chance.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    RT Jordan Mills QUEST for Sunday, Woo-Hoo!

    • Bernsy

      be careful what you wish for my friend. Ola has been beaten at times just as soundly as Mills this year resulting in sacks and hits to Cutler.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        At LT, on the right side he may find more success. If Ola works out at RT, it could allow us to diversify our offensive formations placing Rosario next to him instead of Britton.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Fact #6
    Mel Tucker needs to find a way to manufacture pressure against Brady.
    No pressure, no way our secondary holds up.
    If we pressure Brady into mistakes, we win. If we get the same defensive performance that we had against Miami, we will get blasted.

  • Bernsy

    Okay, my Pats fan relative just laid down the bet. Straight up I took the Bears for the win. I just think that the Bears offense will be humming.
    I think Jeffery will have at least 7 catches for 85 and a longish TD.
    I think Marshall will be targeted early on 5 to 12 yard routes to get him in the mix and to keep the chains moving. He will not be held to 50yds this week.
    I think Forte will be used heavily in the run game but I predict a playaction pass on the first play and a 10yd strike to one of our huge targets.

    In my opinion the Bears didn’t lose last week because of the INT or the lack of run game. They lost because of the lack of run game and anemic use of the WR’s and TE in the short to mid range passing game.
    If you’re going to commit to the run the passing game will open up.
    If you’re going to barely run you’ve got to creatively and consistently get the ball out quick to both WR’s the TE and Forte.
    Cutler must not turn the ball over and needs to get the ball out quick or get the hell out of the pocket.

    I still don’t know if we can stop a short, rhythm based passing attack designed to expose holes in zones but all we can do is hope that Young, Allen, Ratliff and Houston find a home on Brady’s head….or at least in the passing lanes.

  • So. the Broncos let Decker walk, bring in Emmanuel Sander, and instantly make him a weapon.
    Bears let Bennett go, bring in Holmes, and…still waiting. That’s the difference between a truly elite O and us (and QB). Rising tides lift all boats.
    I’m fairly certain Marquees Wilson was supposed to fill that role, but doesn’t mean we can’t throw the 3rd WR a bone.

    • GPLDAN

      Hard to have the 3rd WR on the field when you need a 2nd RT in Britton and you still want Unicorn on the field.

      It’s increasingly clear in the modern NFL that if you can’t set a 3-4 second pocket with 5 guys up front instead of 6, you are fucked.

      • Maybe if the Bears didn’t trot out inj RTs (Mills), we wouldn’t need the extra OT.
        Not sure if Ola would be a major upgrade over Mills, but he is healthy.
        Agree about Uni though. The book on him is he’s captain Sept, then disappears for the rest of the season. I’m not sure if this is a result of Cutler looking at his WRs more later in the season, or Uni fading (or both).

        • Bender McLugh

          Holmes seems to run crappy routes most of the time, or makes the break the other way than Jay is expecting. I’ve seen several times Jay looking his way and hesitating, but Jay has been hesitating alot more this year than last, as someone else also pointed out.

          • True, but why is he running crappy routes while Sanders is running PB routes? Is it coaching? or is it Holmes?
            I know Sanders spent more time in the offseason with the Broncos than Holmes with the Bears, but Holmes is a vet.
            Plus, Cutler’s “intercommunicating” with guys like Bmarsh. Makes me wonder if it’s the receivers “running wrong routes”.
            Hester was running bad routes on the Bears. Goes to ATL, runs great routes and instantly becomes a weapon as a 3rd WR. Hmmmmm

          • Bender McLugh

            not sure how much a “weapon” Hester really is, and Sanders is much better than Holmes this year in their respective careers. Manning is lights out right now too, but put Holmes in there and I’m not so sure he is a 1 to 1 replacement for Sanders.

          • Bender McLugh

            but it doesn’t matter, Cutty looks lost, unsure where to throw it, like he needs his meds. Atlanta game he didn’t though, not sure what is happening.

          • Bernsy

            Devin has 18 catches for 263 yards and a TD in 7 games. He doesn’t run great routes but does have a special package of plays. He has a TD on a reverse as well with 2 rushes for 23yds.
            I think Devin and Devonta Freeman are used a bit because the Falcons TE’s aren’t that strong. The TE’s have 17 catches between the two of them and Bennett has 41.

          • Before the Falcon’s Oline crumbled apart, and before Hester got inj, he was a real weapon on O for the Falcons.
            But you’re right, it was at the expense of their TEs, but that’s almost always going to be the case.
            Last night was a classic example: Sanders blew up, their PB TE got 20 yards.
            The difference with us – neither our 3rd WR OR TE blows up on a consistent basis, enough to worry opposing Ds.

          • Bernsy

            I agree that Hester has his uses on O. I disagree that our TE doesn’t blow up on a consistent basis.
            Bennett – Receptions 1st
            Bennett – Yards 3rd
            Bennett – Avg per catch among the top (can’t count guys that have 3 catches)
            Bennett – Yards/Game 4th
            Etc. I truly think that the 3rd WR is irrelevant with these types of numbers. That doesn’t mean you don’t hit Morgan for the occasional TD or first down but the Bears have a weapon that few in the league can match. The Bears simply have to use him down the field a couple of yards. He’s too big not to post up and just get 6 or 7yds when needed.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Wes Welker was nobody in San Diego or Miami and then he hooks up with Brady & Manning and becomes a 100+ catches a year guy.

      • BerwynBomber

        Welker wasn’t exactly a “nobody” in Miami. He was already starting to show signs of high-level production as a member of the fish.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Compared to what he accomplished after Miami, he was nobdy.

          Then he went from 67 catches and 1 TD in Miami to 112 Catches with 8 TDs in year 1 with the Pats on his way to 3 straight 100 catch seasons.

          None of that happens if he stays in Miami.

          Or goes to Chicago.

          Or Cleveland.

          Or Any other stop with a mere mortal at QB.

          It’s like Jerry Rice. Great receiver. But some wackos think he’s THE best football player of all time.

          Sure.

          He had to shag balls from chumps like Joe Montana and Steve Young for all those years in SF.

          .

  • Big Mike

    Bears get a big “whatever” from me this week. Still disgusted from last Sunday’s shit show.

  • GPLDAN

    f you only had access to certain Chicago media you’d have no ideas that MANY NFL people believe Bears can win a Super Bowl with Jay Cutler.

    Unless Johnny Waffle counts as “many people”, that’s untrue.

    Nobody locally, nobody nationally, and nobody who isn’t Johnny at the fan base level, thinks Jay Cutler can win a Super Bowl.

    • Peanut FTW

      Any QB can win a superbowl. The Ravens won with Flacco, the Giants have won 2 with Eli, the Bucs won with… Dilfer? even Russell Wilson isn’t that great. If the team can make the playoffs, run the ball and play sound D; they can win a superbowl.

      • Bender McLugh

        Ravens with Dilfer, just sayin

        • GPLDAN

          Dilfer’s head looks like an actual penis.

        • Peanut FTW

          Okay well Brad Johnson with the Bucs 🙂

  • Bender McLugh

    When was the last time Cutler pump-faked? On purpose?

    I have a sneaky suspicion that Revis & DB Co. will be jumping routes…time to break out the pump, Jay. Thing is, I don’t remember him using this very often when he has time in the pocket…..

    • That’s a good question. I don’t remember Cutler pump-faking either. Nor do I remember him catching the D subbing on a quick count, or using the hard count to draw Ds offsides.
      It’s the little things.

      • Bender McLugh

        one of the only things I like *COUGH*HACCCK* Favre do…..*HURL*

      • Bernsy

        I don’t know if Mills or Ola can handle hard counts…..

    • BillW

      When does he even roll out by design? When did Trestman or Cutler morph this into Martz’s offense? Goes along with the above post pointing out he is holding the ball too long.

      That’s all I’ll say about it – because I’m tempted to wonder out loud why these things are still happening with a QB in the league so long.

      I won’t complain because I do trust that Trestman knows why and has done all he can to break Jay of bad habits.

      • Bernsy

        I like designed rollouts but Trestman not moving the pocket is something that only Trestman can address.
        There has been too much pressure given up by a line that was touted to be “solid” coming into this year. People finally seem to be admitting as much.

        • Bernsy

          Kromer is from Saints school where your QB steps up in the pocket to deliver the ball. Rolling the pocket and seeing if Mills, a 5th rounder can handle the edge on the run is scary.

  • BillW

    Had to run an errand and listened to Boers and Bernstein. Go ahead and tell me I’m stupid for doing that. I feel unclean.

    They think Marshall needs to be cut/traded after this year. Basically they say he isn’t worth the trouble he brings to the locker room, and he has never won a playoff game, and he may not really be in control of himself.

    And what brought this on? Marshall saying today that the media blew his locker room yelling out of proportion. By calling it a rant and tirade. So they pull out the dictionary (virtually speaking) and prove that it was in fact a rant and tirade.

    So what?? A player plays the “blame the media” card and he should be traded? He’s out of control? Not worth the trouble.

    What trouble? I there is no indication at all that anyone (other than the media) took any offense to what he did.

    As I said, I’m a stupid person for even listening. I was actually contemplating calling in to ask them why they think Marshall hurt the team – but I didn’t feel like having them use that clip all day making fun of me – which they love to do.

    • GPLDAN

      Danny Bernstein and his sychophant Terry hate the Bears management and REALLY hate BM. They think he’s a mental loon, and they aren’t shy about saying it.

      THey despise that Trestman lets him take Tuesday’s to do Inside the NFL, they despise his advocacy for BPD, they hated the lime green thing, they just HATE the guy.

      I don’t really know what the root of it is. They genuinely dislike the org top to bottom.

      • CanadaBear

        Not trying to be a smart ass and I’m looking for a serious answer. How can a sports talk radio show in Chicago survive by hating the one franchise that 90% of the city is crazy about? I mean I get the controversy part but at some point that would run its course. I hate talk radio of any kind so I guess I’m the odd one.

        • It’s like voluntarily hanging out with a constantly negative person. Don’t get it.
          I turn it on to catch Hub, Bowen or Zaidmen, and Mannelly now, but the rest I could care less about.

          • DaBearsBlog

            The B&B equivalent in NY was Mike and the Mad Dog – who were the most interesting sports radio duo in the history of man kind. I don’t care whether their opinions are stupid or not as long as they entertain. Those two are unlistenable.

        • GPLDAN

          I don’t know.

          I don’t get the Score. They hate on callers, they are buffoons much of the time, and they are relentlessly critical of certain teams. Mostly the Bears, they give the Rheinsdorf teams a pass, and don’t like the Ricketts and the Cubs that much.

          They love the Hawce though.

          I listen to Mully and Handley in the morning, because I genuinely think Mully is an ok guy and actually WANTS the Bears to win – but with a lot of them, you get the sense they love it when the Bears suck.

          • BerwynBomber

            I don’t hear the Cubs hate at all. If anything they go out of their way to shower the 10 year plan of Epstein with praise and constantly proclaim its brilliance. And there is breathless talk of the Cubs prospects throughout the summer. In fact, I have never seen a city fetishize kids in the minors the way the media here has over the Cubs kids.

          • GPLDAN

            They nag about Crane Kenney constantly.

          • BerwynBomber

            Yes, they don’t like Kenney, but that’s the business side of the house and even there they delineate between Kenney and Ricketts. They don’t automatically lump them together.

          • CanadaBear

            What else can Cubs fans talk about? I’m one of them, trust me, you can’t talk about the ML team for more than about 2 minutes. Last place 5 years in a row. Boo-Yah!

          • TheBigCheesy

            All sports radio is more entertaining when the teams are losing, especially when doing so in a frustrating manner. Obviously those guys are going to capitalize on the stuff the Bears have fed them this week. The shows have written themselves this season.

            I’ve listened to A LOT of sports radio in Chicago, and New York (and some in San Francisco and Washington DC). I love the whole Mike Francesca thing but he’s just not that intelligent and so it limits how entertaining he can be. He’s kind of like ACDC; he’s only got that one angle, but he attacks that angle with perfection. His callers are the best, too (it’s the accents).

            Listen, Chicago sports radio is the tits.

            Berstein and Spiegel are tremendous. Bernstein is a genuine prick and a self-righteous, a sniveling weasel… but he’s a great radio personality. He is one of the most intelligent guys on sports radio and his show is different from all others for that reason (even though his smarmy arrogance about his own intelligence is insufferable). For my money, Matt Spiegel is the king. He is perhaps as clever as Berstein, and he has charisma. He is really original, and his parody songs are incredible. I haven’t heard that much of Mully and Hanley but they seem like a really good morning show (maybe not as good as the morning guys in San Francisco though).

            And when you throw in Doug And OB postgame and the Grobber doing late nights, you have the perfect mix. Grobber is an awesome historian who’s lucidity is declining by the minute and it’s both charming and hilarious (I shouldn’t say declining, maybe he’s never been able to go 5 minutes without getting tongue-tied). Doug and OB are the perfect meatballs for an instant postgame reaction. The fact that they are beloved gridiron heros is perfect. Some of the shit they say is just batshit crazy but their passion is the only thing that matters and everyone just eats it up (as they should, they are awesome). These guys are Ditka but better.

            The Score also is by far the station with the best producers; their soundbites are worth the price of admission themselves. Laurence Holmes fucking blows though.

            I’ve heard a little bit of the ESPN 1000 stuff but not that much. I think Carmen and Jurko are pretty good though.

          • GPLDAN

            The Grobber has been doing the graveyard in Chicago for 30 years.

            Steve and Garry used to rip on the Grobber.

        • BerwynBomber

          I wouldn’t say B&B “hate” on the Bears but they think BM is a me-first phony and have begun raising questions about Trestman’s leadership ability — and let’s be honest much talk has been devoted to the latter here as well. But Bernstein seems to express genuine joy when the Bears win; they are just in the pays-to-be-critical business and are generally harder on all stories/personalities than other Score DJs are. Now how B&B, and especially Bernstein, get away with continually insulting the audience is another matter.

          • Bernsy

            If I remember correctly B&B were actually kind of on Brandon’s side but once he called that press conference they went off the reservation on him and have been overly critical ever since.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        He is a mental loon, but you can not deny the strides he has taken to live with his mental issues.

  • Boy, Cam really fucked up Briggs

    “Bears WLB Lance Briggs (ribs) is listed as doubtful for Week 8.

    Chicago had all kinds of problems in coverage of Charles Clay at the second level last week, primarily due to their injuries at linebacker. They will turn back to Khaseem Greene on the weak side to
    start in place of Briggs.” – RotoWorld

    • GPLDAN

      It’s Briggs last year in the NFL and he knows it. Why would he push himself to come back from an injury until he’s fully healed?

      • Because he wants to help his team win?
        Sorry, I just made myself laugh.

        • CanadaBear

          Greene was worse than CD last week. Does anyone healthy play WLB other than Greene?

          • I always thought Bostic was a natural WLB, but he’s injured too.
            Theoretically, I guess we can start Sharpton at MLB, and move D.J. to Will, but that would leave Shea at SAM over Gronk.
            It’s not looking good no matter what.

          • CanadaBear

            Yeah, when you posted to have a LB follow Gronk around I thought who would that be? Is Sharpton or Jones fast enough to shadow Gronk? CD couldn’t cover me and Greene looked like he was avoiding contact last week. Seriously. DJ is way too slow these days to run with Gronk. I think we’re fucked. Or to paraphrase Carlos Zambrano, “Me thinks, we stinks”!

          • I was wondering the same. We don’t necessarily have to get a LB to shadow Gronk. Just jam the shit out of him at the line and funnel him to the secondary, though like you said, I don’t think we have the personnel for that.
            Maybe Jones? I think the best line-up would be:
            DJ-Sharpton-Jones.
            But for some bizarre unfathomable reason, it’ll likely be:
            Greene-DJ-Shea

    • CanadaBear

      You couldn’t tell much from the clip I posted a couple weeks ago but after Cam hit Briggs he stumbled for about 7-8 yds and went down on 1 knee like a boxer. No matter what people think of Briggs, he’s a tough Mofo and a load. Totally agree with GP about Briggs in his last year (at least with us and probably the NFL).

    • BerwynBomber

      I wonder if Newton broke Briggsy’s ribs. This seems to be taking longer than bruised ribs to heal.

  • GPLDAN
    • Nothing more invigorating than a freshly shaved scrotum…

    • CanadaBear

      I called him Penis Head while my Little Love Dove was walking through the room. She looked up, laughed and agreed.

  • Bernsy

    After the intense scrutiny and proclamation of why Cutler won’t ever win the superbowl and how he is not performing this year I decided to do some quick research.
    The quarterback position is the most unique position in the league. Jay is highly paid and to date has the following rankings (among quarterbacks taking majority snaps):
    Completions – 5th
    Attempts – 4th
    Comp % – 6th
    Attempts per game – 6th
    Yards – 7th
    TD’s – 5th
    1st Downs – 7th
    Rating – 94.4
    20yd+ plays – 17th
    40yd+ plays – 8th
    INT’s – Jay has 7 INT’s this year. SIXTEEN quarterbacks have between 5-7 INT’s this year and most of them are considered in or near the top tiers in the league.
    1st Down% on passes – 34.2% (almost identical to Brady,Stafford,Ryan and Flacco)
    From first glance I would say that not enough 20yd+ plays and maybe the ratio of 1st downs for each pass could be higher. Forte checkdowns most likely brought him down from being at the top of the league at that category.
    I think that it’s safe to say that the INT’s in the Bills and Carolina game were the ones that had the most impact on the games. The offense performed very well in both of those games with multiple sustained drives up and down the field on both teams.
    Cutler was 62/85 (73% completion rate) for 638yds with 4TD’s and 4INT’s in those 2 games and they lost both games by a total of 10pts.
    I completely understand that Jay and the Bears need to reduce their turnovers.
    I do think that they have the ability to win games like this Sunday.
    The quarterback position simply is not the main issue on this team based on what the numbers show me. The numbers indicate there are other factors at play.
    The numbers tell me that with this team Cutler can’t perform like other top 5 to 7 QB’s. Given the struggles on D he would have to eliminate turnovers entirely for the Bears to win all the while keeping his statistical pace thus ending up in the annals of NFL history and that is simply not the game of football that we have to offer in Chicago right now.

    • Peanut FTW

      A.) The last pick in the Carolina game hardly counts, down by a TD, 4th and forever; they all know your throwing it and you have to do it anyway. I wouldn’t hold it against him.
      B.) Jay will never be allowed in that club, because, he shrugs too much… I think that’s the reasoning. He doesn’t smile and he shrugs to much.. so f that guy. Even if we win out and Jay throws 30 TDs and 2 more picks the rest of the year, he still shrugs too much.

      • BerwynBomber

        Huh? The last pick in the Carolina game was the pass over the middle for Holmes. It was a clear overthrow and a deadly TO (and it was hardly fourth and forever). Are you confusing the Carolina game with another? Frankly, I don’t remember any Cutler picks coming on desperation/end of game tosses this year.

        • And it’s not just INTs either. It’s over-throwing a wide open Alshon in the endzone vs the Pack. It’s throwing it before the Endzone when there’s not time. It’s audibling to bombs on 3rd and shorts. It’s dumping it off on 3rd and longs. It’s not throwing it away, or not getting stripped on sacks. Its’ throwing on rhythm and making the right reads (as GP pointed to earlier). It’s staring down receivers.
          Trestman isn’t doing Cutler any favors either, but it’s hard to tell really what’s going on.

          • Peanut FTW

            All true. I think we need to go to a simplified system where Trestman calls the play in and Cutler runs the play. I like the idea of changing plays at the line once in a while but not having options on every down. There is only one Peyton Manning.

          • Bernsy

            that’s called Martz’s playbook so i’ll pass on that idea. Every team in the league has checks that they perform at the line.

          • Peanut FTW

            Martz’s playbook was nothing like this, did you even watch that shit show? A screen to the TE who is standing behind the fn center, 7 step drops on every other play… no Trestman’s scheme looks very little like Martz’s

          • Bernsy

            I was just referring to not being able to change or check the play at the line.

          • Peanut FTW

            I think you should have checks, but not 3 options on every single play thats called in. Big difference in an audible to a run vs the screen pass on 3rd and short, and picking option 4 which is a go route to Alshon.

          • BerwynBomber

            Strip sacks happen to even the best but yeah Jay holds the ball low and seems prone to them more than most. But hey, at least it is a slight improvement over Grossman’s small hands. Remember those days when a TO could happen on a simple C/QB exchange?

          • Bernsy

            strip sacks are annoying. Cutler needs to hold that ball higher. He reverted a bit and i’m sure they caught that in the film. I’m sure we’ll see that ball higher and out quicker this sunday with Brandon and alshon using their ball skills more.

        • Peanut FTW

          I thought I saw him put one up in 4th and15 when he had to throw it. I guess Im just wrong. I did have a bad dream we traded Forte to the Vikings, so it’s possible.

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, that would be a nightmare.

      • Bernsy

        They were both momentum changing. I just wanted to look at the numbers to see if Jay was as terrible as portrayed. It looks like a couple of picks have led to many thinking he’s the real issue in Chicago.

        • Bernsy

          don’t get me wrong, INT’s are an issue but there is more going on here.

    • Trac

      Is this a kindler & gentler Waffle? Lol.

      • Bernsy

        While I agree with that guy to a degree I think that Cutler is a work in progress that will get better than what we see this year. It’s crazy to think that the numbers can be even better but reducing the INT’s just a hair will bring the consistency we’ve all been craving on offense for years.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      hard to make any arguments when all those stats are presented. my biggest gripes is the timing of TO, and the idiotic play calls or audibles on the 3rd and shorts. It also seems Cutler has been hesitant to take off and run this year. There have been several times that we only need 4-5 yards and there has been 10-15 yards of space in front of him. I am not condoning him to take off all the time but there needs to be more of a situational awareness from him.

    • Scott W.

      Helluva post.

  • The Score…Zaidman just reported that Bmarsh visits a “Brain Fitness Coach”. That it was the “Brain Fitness Coach’s” idea about the Jack Handey journal.

  • BerwynBomber

    I like our chances this week. As someone posted last night, NE’s 5-2 record is a soft 5-2 — they’ve scraped by both Oakland and the Jets thus far. But one thing (among others) that worries me moving forward is if Rivera’s second half adjustment against the Forte dump offs becomes a template for how to defend us. If a team can manage to neutralize Forte in our passing game, we will be in largely uncharted territory and I’m not overly confident we will navigate it well.

    • Not every team has Keuckly at MLB.
      Long story short – Bennett has to step up. If every team is playing a Cover-2 shell preventing WR bombs and waiting for Cutler to fuck up, then Bennett has to step up and make them pay.
      That’s why we brought him in. To stress the seams and beat the Cover-2.
      IF any team knows the weakness of the Cover-2, it’s us.
      But this is assuming “logical” coaching.

      • Bernsy

        I want to see Bennett settle into a zone this week instead of the continuous seam route that seems to always get picked. Just settle into a nice soft zone for a gain of 7 or 8.
        Same thing for Marshall and Jeffery.

        • It’s probably getting picked because Cutler is staring down Bennett and/or throwing inaccurate passes, but if run properly, esp with Bennett who has speed and size, theoretically, the TE seam should be open in a traditional cover-2.
          If it’s cover-3 or -4, then the playbook goes elsewhere, depending of course on nuances, but as Trestman divulged, the Pats keep it simple – relying more on execution.

      • BerwynBomber

        Agreed about Keuchly. And yes, taking away Forte might mean giving up something else defensively for the opponent. Still, if I’m an opposing coach, the one guy I don’t want beating me on the Bears is Forte. Everyone else … I’d be willing to take my chances.
        Bennett was having a fantastic season the first four weeks but seems to have slipped a bit the last couple/few. But that’s just a general impression.

  • Sactowns#1

    Good things are coming our way.

  • Long story short:
    On O – more Bennett and Forte
    On D – mugg Gronk with LB, shadow Edlemen with Jennings, don’t let Vereen catch those swing passes, pressure Brady.
    Specials – just don’t fuck up.

    • Peanut FTW

      Mine is :
      On O – Don’t turn it over.
      On D – Pressure Brady all day.
      Specials – Nothing cute, just play solid.

      • Bernsy

        On O – more 6-10 yard passes to Bennett, Marshall and Jeffery and more intelligent use of Forte running and catching.
        On D – hit Gronk off the line and linemen get their hands up and into the passing lanes.
        Specials – kneel.

  • GPLDAN

    I wonder what Doctor Strange is up to now.

    • CanadaBear

      Would that be MB?

      • GPLDAN

        Yep.

        • CanadaBear

          Where did he go? I must have missed something.

  • BerwynBomber

    For those looking to live the dream of 12-14 hours of live NFL football, the Kittens/Falcons games kicks off at 0830 Chicago time on Sunday.

    • CanadaBear

      06:30 here! I’m a morning person so I’ll watch some of it.

  • Hey, Jeff, any opinion on the Judge blocking NJ sport’s betting? Surprised you’re not all over that story.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/10/24/judge-blocks-new-jersey-sports-betting/

    • Trac

      New York already had to waive anti-gambling laws for Wall Street back in the day. What’s the diff?

  • Scott W.

    I think this a big, big statement kind of game for Nessman.
    He’s a Bellicheck kind of coach, if you just read the bios.
    It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to learn that he’s kept an eye on hoodie’s career and game plans. Neither are big celebrants of smash mouth football, with chess-style strategy being a far greater focus.
    I think this game might just matter to our CFL escapee more than any other on the schedule outside the division this season.

  • BillW

    Just back from dinner and a couple other stops. Waffle and mb-please come back. I know the blog misses you guys. I sense a disturbance in the force without you.

  • BillW

    BEAR DOWN! Everyone!

  • AlbertInTucson

    Tweet: “So, how the heck is @FanDuel legal? @MarcEdelman explains the ins and outs of fantasy sports law in this 2011 paper: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1907272 … ”

    Fan Duel and Draft Kings skate by on the same logic as the Poker sites.

    “Skill is involved”.

    Personally, I see Fantasy Football as just another form of proposition bet and they should thus allow sports betting or tell Fan Duel they’re done.

    • Scott W.

      I’ve wondered the same thing. But sooner or later, you’ll be able to bet on sports online legally. Lots of taxable cash for Uncle Sam to enjoy.

      I think that will happen around the same time they figure out how to grow, sell, and tax weed. That combo would be serious money.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Yup.

  • Viva

    MB and Waffle,

    I miss your opinions and boob links, and hope the time you are spending not entertaining me is making you happy. Small doses will help keep you sane; therefore, please place a small dose below.

    Bear Down,

    Viva

    • Ghost of Ghost of Halas

      If Waffle was here he’d probably tell you to snap straight and stop being a huge raging pussy and get ready to watch the boys shock the world.

      • Viva

        GET SOME!

      • Viva

        And to that I would say, Roger that, and Bear the fuck down!

    • tobijohn

      Would someone please clue me in as to what happened to MB and Waffle? I haven’t had as much time this year to devote to DBB and I keep missing the watershed moments here…

      • Viva

        Tired of fighting the same fight. They’re on strike.

        Luring MB back takes one of these:

        http://www.bromygod.com/2014/09/01/fappening-kate-upton-nude-photos-leaked/

        Whereas Johnny needs one of these:

        Rodgers ___?_____

        • tobijohn

          LOL, off to Thailand to start an alternate blog with Irish? OK, can I assume to much Conte love around here for MB and too much Cutler hate for Johnny? As for that link, I generally find women closer to my own age much more attractive but you’d have to be dead or gay not to want to run off with Kate Upton…

          • CanadaBear

            I love looking at the models in next to nothing but realistically know that unless I suddenly become a multi-millionaire, they won’t be running off with me. Also, why would I want that? I get all the physical stuff but what are we gonna talk about? Their homework? Both you and I aren’t exactly crazy about fake boobs. Not sure about you but tons of makeup doesn’t exactly rev my motor, either.

            Sure is fun to joke about it with MB, though. Hopefully they come back. Game days can be bad around here when we suck but the rest of the time is good.

    • Trac

      Sniff….sniff….

  • RenoBear

    So it looks like Fuller is going to play Sunday. What a badass…’severely bruised hip bone? No problem. Broken hand? Fuck it, I got this.’ Tough tough kid, we need more of him.

  • GPLDAN

    I bought some powdered water today. I don’t know what to add.

    – Steven Wright

    • Trac

      Have you tried a water ionizer?

    • Doc Hamstring

      I put instant coffee in a microwave… almost went back in time!

  • Scott W.

    Is anyone here into college FB? I have been making a run at it so I can see prospects.

    • NewBearInTown

      What I’ve watched of college football has a lot to offer. The programs tend to offer more variety in styles, so you can see NFL style offenses, option attacks, formations that don’t work at the pro level. Likewise with certain defensive setups, though I think there’s less of a difference there.
      Plus, the fan experience is probably even more exciting at the big programs. Stanford, Ohio State, Notre Dame… all programs that seem like a ton of fun to cheer for.
      But I don’t really watch much. Its hard enough finding time for NFL. And my Saturday habits don’t really allow for college ball.

  • Trac

    Go Bears! I really really do hate the Packers.

  • wreckinball

    I fear this game but WTF it’s the Bears who can predict

  • wreckinball

    My prediction is that they will not stop Brady at all not once They will score sometimes but the end will still be ugly

    • EnderWiggin

      Your prediction sucks.

  • AlbertInTucson

    The Rat needs to get in Brady’s face early and often but I suspect we will tire of hearing Edelman and Amendola’s names being called, and not because of drops.. Watch Gronkowski have his best game of the season.

    • BerwynBomber

      I would be surprised if rat can duplicate his effort from last week — might be more expecting young and allen to step up. Still, I’d rather not have to count on the D. That was the whole idea of how this team was composed: to win shoot-outs. We’ll see if it happens tomorrow.

  • BerwynBomber

    Does anyone know how the Allen deal is structured? Is it basically a one year deal or are we stuck with him a couple of years?

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