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Miami Dolphins at Chicago Bears Game Preview

| October 16th, 2014

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The Bears have two games they had no business losing. They lost them both. They have no business losing to the Miami Dolphins at home Sunday. So…

Why do I like the Chicago Bears this week?

I always like the Chicago Bears.

A NOTE ON CAMERON WAKE

Cameron Wake can ruin this game for the Chicago Bears. He is a premier pass rusher, most comfortable on the left side, and if the Bears rely on Jordan Mills to handle him solo for any extended period of time they will find themselves in a situation where Jimmy Clausen is warming up on the sideline. Of the 2014 projected starters on offense, Mills has been the only weak link and he is coming off his weakest performance of the season in Atlanta.

Wake has attacked in spurts this season, disappearing for large chunks of games, but he played his best sixty minutes Sunday. If Aaron Rodgers didn’t get the ball out of his hands quickly all afternoon he would have ended up on a cart to the locker room midway through the third quarter. Bears must use Martellus Bennett. They must use Eben Britton. They must not be afraid to take Mills out of the game and replace him with Michael Ola if Bushrod returns.

It is the most important match-up of the game. If the Bears win it their offense should consistently win all afternoon.

I LIKED THE QUESTIONS FORMAT, SO…

Here are three more worth asking for this coming Sunday:

(1) Charles Clay is the type of tight end who can exploit the holes in many defenses but especially a defense with deficiencies at the positions responsible for covering him: (a) nickel corner (b) linebacker (c) safety. Can the Bears protect the middle of the field – Clay’s purview of choice – and take away one of Ryan Tannehill’s most reliable targets?

(2) Tannehill has made explosive plays for the Dolphins with the zone read run game, utilizing his wide receiver speed to burst through the second and third levels of defenses. (Watching him fly by the Packers secondary was impressive Sunday.) Will the Bears handle an offensive approach they haven’t legitimately seen in a month? (Cam was unable to move, let alone use zone read.) More importantly, can the hungry-for-sacks defensive ends play disciplined in a way Clay Matthews was completely unable to do a week ago?

(3) Can Matt Forte be explosive in the run game? Miami’s run defense has been sound through the early part of the season but the Bears must be able to, in the parlance of the day, stay on schedule. The best way to keep Wake and the pass rushers from having a negative impact on proceedings is to stay away from obvious passing scenarios.

A MOMENT OF DOLPHINS TRAGEDY

BASED ON DOLPHINS V. PACKERS TAPE

  • Sunday’s breakout performance from Jarvis Landry did not look like an anomaly to me. He reminded of a craftier version of Jeremy Kerley – a player who gave the Bears trouble in the Meadowlands operating out of the league’s most dysfunctional offense. From the slot, Landry he could give the Bears fits.
  • When Joe Philbin & Bill Lazor want to get their offense rolling they dump the ball to their tailbacks – specifically Lamar Miller – and ask them to make plays to spread the defense thin. Bears need to be just as alert to the screen game this week as they were a week ago.
  • Mike Wallace is a different player in Miami than he was in Pittsburgh. He’s no longer Gerry Go Route. He seems to operate on three planes: (1) YACman. He’s got nearly a third of his yards after the catch. (2) Late mover. When Tannehill extends plays with his legs its Wallace who often finds space in the secondary for the quarterback to deliver the ball. With his speed it is nearly impossible to cover him for longer than five seconds. (3) Red zone hands. Wallace has demonstrated a physical presence in the end zone and caught the types of passes he was never asked to catch in Pittsburgh.

TALE OF THE TAPE

qb

Cutler is better.

STRANGE PREDICTION

This will be the most boring game of the Bears season. The Dolphins just seem to be that kind of team. They love to dink and dunk on offense and their pressure up front forces the opponent to do the same.

FINAL SCORE

Only way Bears lose Sunday is if they turn the ball over. They don’t. Tannehill does.

Chicago Bears 26, Miami Dolphins 16

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  • Trac

    Boring? As in going to the opera boring?

    • BillW

      One of the reasons I enjoy going to the game as opposed to watching on TV is I appreciate every victory I see no matter how it occurs

      Sometimes on TV one can say they should have won easier or if they play like that next week they will lose

      But when you are there “one more point than them ” is the only criteria for a great experience

      • SC Dave

        Although I hated that we lost, seeing the Panthers (Olsen, of course) score the winning touchdown more or less in our lap to the delight of my gf who bought our tickets to her first NFL game in perfect weather qualifies as a great experience.

        Well, almost. Seeing a Bears DB take the ball away from him in the same place would, of course, been better 🙂

  • Shady

    Finkle is Einhorn… Einhorn is Finkle!

  • Shady

    Nothing takes the sting out of a Thursday like a victory on Sunday, eh?

    • SC Dave

      I love tradition!

  • IBNO

    I said I was done with the topic, but I’m posting this clip from Fox News to show that, holy crap, sometimes even Fox News gets it right:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2KBfynW09I

    • Trac

      Unlike MSLSD?

      • IBNO

        What’s MSLSD? When I googled the term, I got ‘It is a right-wing nickname for “MSNBC”‘ I don’t know if you’re right-wing, Trac, so I don’t know if you’re referring to MSNBC or something else entirely.

        I watch neither MSNBC nor Fox News. I know that Fox News is largely trash–studies have shown that Fox News viewers score lower than people who watch NO news regarding knowledge of current issues.

        I don’t have cable, and spend a substantial amount of time out of the country. I get most of my news from online and foreign sources. Al-Jazeera America is very good. BBC. NPR & PBS.

        I ran across the Fox News clip on another site and thought it was a good piece.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          If you can’t detect Trac’s leanings…wowsa!!!

          • Trac

            Hahaha. I love you’s too Brownie.

        • 7source7

          Gee, what studies specifically show what you claim, or did you just make it up?

          • MB30SD

            Oh, great first post asshat. jesus.

          • Trac

            Hahaha. MB, I love you maings.

          • MB30SD

            these fucking people are brutal. If you wouldn’t stand up in your first meeting at a new gig and say it, don’t fucking say it here.

            Like these people have no fucking social skills whatsoever. turds.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            MB would be great in a support group.

            7source7: “My name is 7source7…”
            blog members: “Hi 7source7.”
            7source7: “i have a no content posting problem? i think Flowers are pretty and football is fun!”

            MB30SD:”Fuck you, you damn asshat!!! what the fuck is wrong with you? I swear new posters are fucking idiots! Is it too much to ask for a some damn CONTENT!”

          • SC Dave

            Pot calling the kettle black in this case

          • MB30SD

            whaterre dave. I get your a geek and all that, but the dude’s first post ever is to talk smack about politics. Yeah, dbag. I get you pull for that and errathing, but again, whatever dude.

          • SC Dave

            Wrong mb. Name the fucking study, or BE the asshat

          • SC Dave

            Gotta assume he made it up. News media that does not provide libs the confirmation bias to which they have grown so accustomed makes them crazy or angry.

        • Trac

          Actually I’m just a guy who works his ass off and tries my best to help others. You don’t have to be right wing or left wing to do that.

        • SC Dave

          I call absolute asshat bullshit. Name the fucking study.

    • Sactowns#1

      Why does he have no lips?

  • Shady

    Jets @ Patriots tonight on Thursday night football. Bellicheat and the Patriots will have 10 days to prepare for hosting the Bears. Schedule makers fucking us over again.

    • BillW

      Damn right. They get a home games on Thursday and then another 10 days later.

      If I ever retire one of my projects is to write a schedule making program. I realize it’s difficult but I can’t believe impossible to remove inequities like that

      • DaBearsBlog

        It ISN’T that difficult. I spend a lot of time making mock schedules and it’s quite easy. The problem is the NFL uses computers to do it now as opposed to a few dedicated individuals.

        Problem is the league views the Thursday Night Football games as a disservice to teams, despite what they say, so they reward some of the teams by letting them stay home and giving them an advantage the following week.

        • BillW

          That’s the problem – no team should be rewarded for anything. Or if they are, then it has to be the same as everyone.

          Strength of opponent shouldn’t be a factor though, since the opponents are set as are the home/away config. And you can’t tell from year to year or even within the season who is strong vs weak.

          But simple rules like avoiding home Thursday – home next week too are no brainers to avoid.

          • BillW

            Although we get the same benefit late in the year. Thursday at home v the Ebola Cowboys and then home the next Sunday vs Saints.

            Packers / Bears both come off bye to a Thursday game (at GB) and then we play at home the next Thursday against the Cowboys.

            Wonder if they’ll wear hazmat unis?’

          • BillW

            OK – typing and not reading for comprehension.

            We come off the bye and play GB on Thurs away, and then play home vs Minn.

            Then away vs Lions on Thanksgiving, then home vs Cowboys on a Thursday also, then home vs Saints the next Sunday.

          • Shady

            The Saints game is on a Monday and the Bears will have to play ANOTHER division rival (Lions) on ANOTHER short week (had to play GB off a MNF at Jets) at the end of the season.

            I’m sure it’s been mentioned, but this season is all about the 2nd half where 5 of the final 8 games are against division opponents.

          • BillW

            Apparently reading the schedule is the most difficult thing for me

            I haven’t read the articles posted on this yet but I will

            My approach would essentially be this;
            I don’t think you can approach it like a linear programming model since there is no objective function to maximize or minimize

            TThe constraints are more like “rules” that have to be obeyed

            Maybe it’s more like a chess program

            Conceptually one could randomly generate all possible schedules then throw out all that violate constraints and then evaluate the remaining

            I say conceptually because there may be several Sagan of them.

            But the league can afford to rent Watson or Deep Blue for the job

          • BillW

            One Sagan = “beelions and beelions” (roughly)

        • IBNO

          Using computers to do it should be very, very, very easy.

          You have a model. You throw in constraints (e.g. no back-to-back road games on opposite coasts, division games in last 2 weeks, no games at X venue in week Y because of a concert, etc.) and the computer will churn through the combinations and come up with a bunch of possible schedules. Then you have people look at them and figure out which one is best.

          You want to do it really well, you add a fuck-ton of constraints (e.g., give a team a bye before Thursday night games; no Packers home division games in the final two weeks; no Dallas on MNF in the second half of the season, etc.) to the process to give you fewer possible schedules to choose from. Or you can add constraints like “minimize back-to-back road games.” With 32 teams and 17 weeks, you’re going to get a shit-ton of combinations, and so you’re looking at plugging in the constraints and letting a powerful computer run a day or two before you get the results.

          But it isn’t rocket science. Grad students in my program do similar things doing location analysis for building new fire stations, setting up tornado sirens, etc.

          The only reason why teams get screwed on scheduling in this day and age is because the NFL is too lazy (or too asinine) to program the scheduling better.

    • CanadaBear

      They really fucked us this year. The only good thing is if we survive through the Fudgie game on the road, we have a chance for some home cooking down the stretch. Problem is we have to survive 3 more games with 2 on the road against 2 teams that almost always smoke us. FUCK!

  • Peanut FTW

    Well.. Ratliff being back is apparently huge. Flatbread played better Allen played way better and the linebackers played very well. Speaking of Linebackers… my question is, regardless of injury status who gets the start at LB this week? I liked the way the youngsters played back there, especially Sharpton. He overran a few plays but he was blowing up lead blocks all day and playing aggressive.

    • SC Dave

      I think they have to play Sharpton as Bostic is still unclear. Greene at Will and Shea at Sam?

  • CanadaBear

    Here’s a nice interview with Peanut.

    http://mmqb.si.com/2014/10/15/charles-tillman-chicago-bears/

    • IBNO

      Again, Peanut is my favorite Bear of the post-Ditka era. Mike Brown is a close 2nd.

      Peanut is a class act, and I really hope he considers moving to FS, and the Bears re-sign him as such.

      • CanadaBear

        His body will never stand up to the pounding at FS. Plus I don’t think he has any interest in playing safety. I agree he’d be great at it but would be on IR in the first month.

        • IBNO

          See, I dunno if in the Bears system a FS takes more of a beating than a CB. At CB, Peanut is making contact with the WR every play, and is often the first to contact the RB–not to mention he’s turning his hips and torquing his knee every pass play that goes downfield.

          At FS, he has a lot less of that every-play contact.

          Rod Woodson extended his career by a long time by switching. I think Peanut might benefit similarly.

          The problem is that he doesn’t seem to want to switch. Fuller seems to be set as the CB of the future. If Peanut comes back at CB, that means Jennings goes away or gets demoted. He makes too much.

  • Shady

    Let’s discuss the one QB comparison that REALLY matters. Jay Cutler vs Ryan Tannehill. Who has the hotter wife?

    • IBNO

      Tannehill. His wife isn’t a nutjob anti-vaxxer.

    • MB30SD

      we did this already last year.

      body goes to tanyyhill, face to cutty. tannyhill’s wife looks like wilbur.

      • Grizz33

        This forced me to Google “Ryan Tannehill’s wife”. I’m glad I did. Carry on.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Well I think this game is going to really shed light on the Bears as a team, especially the defensive side. If we beat Miami perhaps we can say the Bears “got it together” and can play well and smart constantly. Along with good adjustments and decisions by the coaches.

    If they lose and or self destruct then we’re in for the usual roller-coaster ride of doubts and hopes from that point on for the rest of the season. Consistency, that is the key. If the Bears can nail down a few lose ends I think we can make it to the playoffs. One thing I have to say is that it seems the Bears have adjusted since the Greenbay pummeling. Atlanta was proof of that. Sometimes embarrassment will do that and actually motivate a team.

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      I think I’ve read your first sentence at the beginning of every week so far this year, save Buffalo.

      • Bears-4-Ever

        Actually I said/thought Atlanta was going to spank us. So glad I was wrong.
        The Atlanta game gave me a bit of hope we can make the play-offs this year. Even with the rest of the Bear schedule. Perhaps it will end up being false hope…but I’m trying to stay on the positive side.

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          I just mean, somebody on here has said that exact thing before every matchup thus far.

  • IBNO

    Discount double-check this out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y85scNreRd4

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    Nothing takes the sting off of Thursdays like a Victory.

    • Shady

      $5 please.

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        Meaning you owe me $5. I had that comment copyrighted.

        • Shady

          I trololololed your patent. Pay me for your own idea please. I accept payment in the form of tits and kits.

          • MB30SD

            and bitcoin… of course.

          • Trac

            Is that the same as bitchcoin?

          • SC Dave

            Naturally

    • Ghost of Crown

      Shady stole your thunder. Snatched it like Fuller snatches dem ballz.

  • http://www.dabearsbeat.com/ Johnathan Wood

    Tackling will be huge this week, especially for Fuller, who will (I presume) be lined up against Wallace. Dolphins love to dump it short to Wallace and let him run.

  • http://www.dabearsbeat.com/ Johnathan Wood

    This is just about a must win game, IMO. Can’t go to 3-4 with your next two at NE (who will be off 10 days thanks to TNF this week) and at GB.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Jeff posed the question on twitter, to which I replied ABAW, but if the Bills would take a late round pick for CJ Spiller for a 10 game rental, would you all do it?

    He adds an immediate danger element to the return game, plus he would be our instant O guy, a guy who can take it to the house from anywhere.

    • TheBigCheesy

      If Buffalo can’t find room for CJ spiller in its offense, how is Chicago going to do that? There is only one football…

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        He would be primarily coming here to be a returner, with the upside to throw in a couple of gadget plays for him.

        • DaBearsBlog

          CJ had a big role in the offense but he’s fallen out of favor due to his fumbling issues. And he’s just started playing poorly to the point the organization isn’t considering extending him. He’s going to move on in the spring anyway.

          • Trac

            If the Bears can get him at a “justifiable price” (I didn’t say cheap or expensive), they need to get him.

          • Bears-4-Ever

            Can he play Safety or is he to short?

        • Bears-4-Ever

          If that’s the case we should have hung on the Hester. I think Hester got de-motivated some how with the Bears…not really sure what that means or if the Bears could have fixed it, but if we had the option, I would rather trade for a solid CB or Safety before Spiller.

          • MB30SD

            hester was done in chicago 2 years before we cut him. He’s lovie’s bastard son.

          • SC Dave

            The truth of that will be told by how Devin does in Atlanta.

            Right now, he is #3 in the NFL is both return attempts and return yards. And, incidentally, leading the NFL in yards per touch by a significant margin.

            http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/2014/leaders.htm

          • MB30SD

            that has absolutely nothing to do with what he would have done in chi.

            the entire reason we let him go was because he was a lovie guy and he wasn’t playing up to his potential. You can say what you said all you want, but it’s a self fulfilling prophecy.

            I’d bet you $1,000 he wouldn’t be having that kind of year with us. There’s a reason there’s a phenomenon of guys going to different teams and having a revival (no matter how brief).

          • SC Dave

            For all you actually *know*, he could have done BETTER in Chicago.

            But I will remain consistent, and say that Phil Emery knows a hell of a lot better what to do with the Chicago Bears roster pool than I do.

          • MB30SD

            Yes I did mean that. But it was specific to Chicago. Going elsewhere gives you a total reboot.

            He was done here maings

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            I don’t know of many teams that have those (solid CB, S) to spare and would be willing to part with them for a reasonable price.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Because Buffalo’s OC is a dumbass.
        After all, why would Green Bay draft a wide receiver when they already have a Jordy Nelson? I mean, there’s only one football.

        • TheBigCheesy

          Green Bay drafted a WR (well actually they drafted 3) because they lost James Jones in FA and both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb had contracts that expired after this year (now it’s just Cobb). They were thin at WR.

          Chicago has Matt Forte who they are paying a lot of money to be a full time back. He works great out of the passing game as well. They have Bennett, Jeffery and Marshall (who gets upset when he doesn’t get the ball). Chicago also just spent a draft pick on KaDeem Carey who they seem to like.

          If Chicago was interested in investing a lot in the KR/PR position, they would have paid Devin Hester. It will cost more resources to acquire CJ Spiller than it would have been to resign Devin Hester.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            Cheese, Marshall explained in detail why he gets upset at not seeing the ball more. When the Bears lose or are having a tough time and he feels that he could have provided opportunities to help the team win he gets frustrated that he didn’t or maybe wasn’t given the chance to do more. He talks about it specifically.
            Like a true winner he wants the team put on his shoulders. He wants to be the guy that turns the momentum. You want that guy on your team.

          • TheBigCheesy

            I said nothing about his intentions or his mentality or whether his attitude is a positive and a negative. But he has a history of sulking.

            He refused to talk to the media after the Jets game. A game that the Bears won.

            You can tell that the Bears bend over backwards to keep Marshall happy (not that they shouldn’t). Giving Brandon Marshall fewer targets is not something that Marc Trestman wants to mess around with. That’s all I was trying to say.

          • SC Dave

            Your clarification was a good idea. All the Bears wheels on O have to get used to the idea that someone else can be the #1 man any, or every, game. Truthfully, it is quite the luxury.

        • AlbertInTucson

          “There’s only one football”.
          And the Bears still managed 3 different guys with 70+ receiving yards last Sunday and all 3 totaled well over 100 from scrimmage each.

  • BillW

    Totally off topic but I came up with a weird but I think interesting alternative to the current overtime rules. I wrote it in detail too long to post (even for me) and sent it to Peter King and Florio and Easterbrook. . (I don’t care for King or Florio but they have an audience)

    In short I suggest eliminating ties as a result. I call it the Yoda rule-win or win not;there is no tie. . Track wins and games played. So near the end of a game where the score is tied BOTH teams in effect are losing. . So they have to go full out Herm Edwards to avoid going Judge Smails.

    The full document makes those references but I’m serious in that strategy would likely change for the better. Play to win and not playing for a coin flip. Would still have a fifth period played completely as an extension of the fourth. Too much to go into but you can see the idea.

    • Peanut FTW

      Just eliminate punting in OT and you probably do away with ties without much thought.
      … and you simultaneously make people really consider kicking the ball away as opposed to getting offense first in OT.

    • SC Dave

      What is the problem with ties? There were good enough for decades in the NFL, and they are good enough now. Except, of course, in elimination games.

      • BillW

        I see your point but there is a move afoot in all sports to get rid of them. Probably due to the young’uns being impatient or whatever.

        I don’t care myself but I must say I like the idea of seeing an end to a game where both teams feel like they are losing.

        Of course this wouldn’t work in the playoffs – have to have a clear cut winner.

        Getting rid of punting is interesting and simpler.

        • SC Dave

          Except you then need a special rule to ALLOW punting in elimination games.

  • Sactowns#1

    I have a feeling the Jets are going to punch NE in the mouth tonight and soften them up for us. Whats better for us next week? A NE team thats been beaten and bruised by the Jets or a NE team that cruises to victory and might feel a little overconfident?

    • BillW

      I want “cruises to victory”. Don’t want them at their house after licking their wounds from a humiliating home performance (even if they win)

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        got to agree with you BillW. NE seems to back up a humiliating game with a fantastic performance. Its like they got something to prove after the media starts questioning them.

        • CanadaBear

          I’m pretty sure it won’t make any difference. NE under Belichick smokes us every time. They will have an extra 3 days to prepare for us. We’re fucked in that game.

          • MB30SD

            yikes canada!

          • CanadaBear

            I know it’s harsh but sometimes the truth is harsh. Can you come up with any realistic scenario where we beat the Pats in their house? I can’t. Belichick owns us (even more than Erin).

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            scenario: we score more points than them woohoo we win.

            that game worries me but there is always a chance. Just like winning in SF for the first time in 30 years

          • SC Dave

            Yeah, that scenario.

          • MB30SD

            Nope. And I couldn’t logically for SF or ATL either, but we went in and beat dat ass.

            Seems like those are going to be the games we win this year.

            Now just imagine if we stop making ridiculous fucking mistakes and giving the games away we should be winning?!

            Isn’t that the definition of a good team at that point? Guess I’ve just never seen you this negative about it. You’re always one of the guys with either a positive or a wait and see attitude.

            Trust me, I get where you’re coming from… but if we beat miami this week and the pats next… and then go into GB and beat them, I’d say we’re going to the playoffs without a doubt. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see, but I’m staying positive. Hahaha

          • CanadaBear

            Good point about the Forty Whiners. I wasn’t too down on the Atlanta game. Every time we play against Belichick he eats our lunch. The last time at home in “Bear Weather” was a beatdown for the ages. Hope you’re right.

          • MB30SD

            wasn’t lovie still our coach then (can’t remember)?

          • MB30SD

            Oh, and FUCK erin… and FUUUUUCK bellicheck AND brady. Fuck ’em both… right in their smug, emotionless, and in the case of brady… dreamy, faces.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 85Bears4Ever(AKAButchDeadlift)

            We had no business winning in SF either.
            This team can win (and lose) to any team.
            I think it’ll be more competitive then in year’s past. It’ll be up to Jay. No turnover Jay, and we can win.
            But I have a feeling Jay will challenge Revis, esp if Revis is covering Bmarsh. That would not be a smart plan. I also would bet the house Billicheat will stack the box and try to take Forte out of the game.

          • Scott W.

            This. All day.

          • Trac

            Not so fast Canada. We have a great chance at beating them if our offense brings it.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      I think I’d rather have the Jets “beat them up” but still lose.
      NE has a habit of being overconfident sometimes and they get surprised. I’d rather have them come in thinking the Bears are just a speed-bump. Bears play harder when they think they are being disrespected. Of course the flip side is that if we cannot pressure Brady and sack him more than a few time…the Bears Secondary might be a speed-bump after all. We need a win in Miami first then worry about Brady and the Dark Emperor.

      • BillW

        A win against Miami puts us in a very good position for the rest of the season. No worse than 4-4 and I think we all set that as a target at the beginning of the year. The path we’re taking is different, but 4-4 going into the bye with extra time to prepare for the Packers is a good place to be. 5-3 is better but first let’s get to 4.

        • http://www.dabearsbeat.com/ Johnathan Wood

          2nd half not looking as easy as it did though. At 4-4, you’d need 6-2 to even think about playoffs.
          Games at GB, at DET, and at home against DET and Dallas. That’s 4 really tough games in the 2nd half of the season.

          • BillW

            That is true; DT and Dallas both looking better than expected.

          • Trac

            We really have to go into the bye at 5-3 methinks. It’s gonna be real tough going 6-2 down the stretch.

          • Scott W.

            Yeah, no shit. Good reality check.

  • MB30SD

    Posting IBNO’s link from below again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2KBfynW09I

    Oh, and if I never hear the two words spike and fake together in a sentence, it will be too soon.

  • RenoBear

    So McNabb bashes Cutler for only having one playoff win. Says that it’s Cutler’s fault that his teams have only been in the playoffs once. Says he’s had plenty of talent around him so that’s not an issue. McNabb is a bitter, washed up, has-been. And an idiot. Never liked him as a player, like him less as an ‘interview’. Always brings race into things…. Dipshit… Don’t have the link nut Adam Jahms at Sun-Times has the story.

    • Trac

      Just because he came into Chicago in the 2001 playoffs and whipped our……….oh never mind.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Another “analyst” doing it off the top of his head.

      • CanadaBear

        Isn’t that the truth. McNabb had a reputation as a slacker. Always looking for the path of least resistance.

        • EnderWiggin

          McNabb is also the only pro QB ever to not know that games can end in a tie. Total dipshit. I think deep down he is upset that Angelo went after Cutty instead of his stupid ass.

          • AlbertInTucson

            HAH!! I had forgotten about that. Cue Bugs Bunny: “What a maroon!”

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      What do playoff wins matter in the grand scheme of things anyway? McNabb has all those playoff wins but doesn’t have the one that matters most. If Brady, Montana, or even Ben Roethlisberger want to pile on, then fine whatever; but Donovan McNabb (1-4 in NFC championship games, career playoff QB Rating of 80.0) please, take that somewhere else loser (Mcnabb not you Reno).

    • Scott W.

      Soooo…in McNabb Land, an offensive line is sorta optional. Until last season, Jay has had to run for his life since he landed in Chicago.
      Fuck Diva McNabb. He was never who he thought he was.

  • AlbertInTucson
    • MB30SD

      was always one of my fav cartoons.

      • AlbertInTucson

        The 1 frame cartoons are usually excellent.

  • ColtFORTEfive

    Hey dudes. Avid reader of the blog and comments but a lurker I suppose. I will be at this game Sunday travelling from rochester NY. Lady bought me tickets for my birthday. Surprising her with a proposal at the game. Wish me luck and go Bears!

    • CanadaBear

      Good Luck! Hope you bring home two winners!

      • AlbertInTucson

        But, of course, if you only bring home ONE winner, it has to be Da Bears.

    • MB30SD

      now THAT is a mothergfucking first post!

      Go get ’em baby!

      I hope you get a yes, but almost as importantly, be lucky and get us a win!

      Ps. My condolences on the loss of your balls (too much? too soon?)

      • ColtFORTEfive

        Bahahahaha. I have an ex wife. I’ve lost the balls a long time ago. No way she says no, she’s already knocked up so she has no choice haha

        • MB30SD

          There it is. Go git ’em tiger!

          Oh and then sorry that you’re dumb enough to put yourself back in this situation. Hahahaha

          • ColtFORTEfive

            Hahahahahahahahaha. My own demise.

          • BillW

            Waiting for the Bear Hug Cam to propose?

          • ColtFORTEfive

            Called the front office to try to get on jumbotron but they charge $250. Gunna do it in front of the stadium so someone can take a picture of solider field in the background

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            i’ll pour Southern Comfort on you guys as you kiss on your special occasion if you want.

          • MB30SD

            fo free?

          • Sactowns#1

            Thats a good thing. Doing it on the jumbotron is kinda lame. Congrats on the kid! May he or she be healthy and grow into a lifelong Bears fan.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      good luck! did she get you good seats?

    • SC Dave

      Gee, I’d think about marrying a girl that bought ME tic… oh wait. Shit!

      Never mind.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 85Bears4Ever(AKAButchDeadlift)

      Now THAT’S a first post, lurkers!

  • ColtFORTEfive

    Anyone gunna be at the game besides myself this weekend?

    • BillW

      Probably about 60,000 people. Plus your wife to be.

      And me.

      • ColtFORTEfive

        Clever clever. Would love to meet up with another reader of the blog. I’ll be repping the “the band, back together” shirt from the blog.

        • BillW

          You made a good first impression on the board. Not a small task. Don’t ruin it by associating with me.

          Besides, I have a limited knowledge of football. And then there’s the v-word etc.

          (Said with full self-defecating humor – no bitterness what so ever. Really.)

          • SC Dave

            Funny. Really.

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        Bill, did you ever get see Butkus play live? I’m guessing you were too young to go at that point? I would just love to hear a first person account of what it was like to see him and actually hear the collisions and such.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I had that distinct pleasure.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Love to hear some stories sometime.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Absolute wrecking crew. Saw him record a safety (one TWO the defense recorded that day) when they routed the Steelers at Wrigley in ’69.

            Many opponents were definitely afraid of him.

            You looked at him standing there and said “This guy’s athletic?” But he could drop into coverage (22 career INTs) and even was on the receiving end of 2 PATs after botched snaps. Surprisingly, no TDs in his career.

            As I recall, the first was against the Redskins on a diving catch that turned out to be the difference in the game. The 2nd PAT reception is classic as he makes an easy catch standing still, then holds the ball out to Eagle All-Pro safety, Bill Bradley, who swats it away in frustration.

            It’s sad he played most of his career with pedestrian offenses that left often the defense on the field far too long and endured the last 2-3 years on injured knees that were operated on by renowned butcher, Dr. Ted Fox.

            After Doug Atkins went to the Saints in the expansion draft,
            other than Ed O’Bradovich, the D-line in front of Butkus was nothing to write home about. Buffone was an outstanding OLB in his own right but by the middle of Butkus caeer, the other stars of the defensive backfield (Whitsell, McRae, Rosey Taylor & Petitbone) were gone or washed up.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Good stuff. More please,

          • AlbertInTucson

            He had a running feud with Lions center, Ed Flanagan (Former Bear Jim Flanagan’s Dad, I believe). Once in a game that was clearly over on the scoreboard, Butkus tried to call time out, just so he could slam into Flanagan one more time before the clock ran out. The timeout was refused, much to Dick’s displeasure.

          • CanadaBear

            If I remember correctly he did call 3 timeouts against the Biqueens so he could blast Wally Hilgenberg 3 more times. Wally was Jay’s uncle.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Except Wally Hilgenberg was a linebacker. The Viking center back then was perrenial All-pro, Mick Tinglehoff.

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, it’s strange: Butkus would even be considered huge now by MLB standards, right, Al?
            I was too young but knowing what I know of him and his career I can’t rank either Singletary or Urlacher ahead of him. 1) Butkus, 2) Lach, and 3) Samurai. Far as I know Butkus never played behind the lines either Lach or Singletary did, especially the latter. Oh shit, forgot Bill George Don’t know enough about him to rank.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      i’m going and we’re winning.

      • MB30SD

        perchance a face to face meeting with none other than the luftwaffle himself!

        • SC Dave

          That would be, as they say, a baptism of fire.

          • MB30SD

            by fire

          • GPLDAN

            Queue the Metallica intro

      • Trac

        Heck yeah!

  • Trac

    Just looking at Jays picture up top. I’d love to see him play an entire game in a suit and tie. It would be awesome.

  • Sactowns#1

    When is Da Blog going to do another meet up? I want to win a box of old cereal.

    • MB30SD

      I was kinda thinking the Bucs game might work, but def the draft next year.

    • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

      you’re always welcome to swing by my place. plenty of whiskey and skirt steak.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Good luck with that.

    • Ososfan

      When will they have more t-shirts to sell?

  • burntorangenavyblue

    I think I would prefer a Patriots win because if they lose to the Jets at home, there’s no way in hell would Brady and Billicheat would think that it’d be cool to lose to the Bears in their own house. Plus, the Pats need to beat the Jets, it’s their division rival, so there’s more at stake.

    • GPLDAN

      And it pushes Rex faster out the door so we can sign him as our DC.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Jeff’s gonna throw a shoe at you! Duck!

        • SC Dave

          Jeff better be careful baring a foot if Rex Ryan is coming to town..

          • Ososfan

            Hahahahaha!

    • Trac

      Why does evra one always think that it’s the Bears opponents that get to chose who will win the game? Bully I say, the Bears will be 5-3 at the break!

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Well, I’m not saying every opponent….but New England surely has had the say in everything when they play the Bears as of late.

        • SC Dave

          Making an ass kicking by us looong overdue. You know, like, say 46-10?

  • SC Dave

    Watching this game, tbe Pats defense does not scare me one iota.

    • http://www.dabearsbeat.com/ Johnathan Wood

      I expect a very similar game plan to what they did against GB.

      Which worked incredibly well. Just have to avoid the turnovers (always the thing).

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 85Bears4Ever(AKAButchDeadlift)

    Bears’ D better be ready for quick snap and vereen.

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 85Bears4Ever(AKAButchDeadlift)

    Does anyone think the Jets really have a chance? Even though it’s only a 1 point game, Pats just seem like they’re in firm control and expect to win. Jets win would really be an upset.

  • BerwynBomber

    Yeah, Jay’s decidedly better than Tannenhill. Is that even a debate?
    I wouldn’t be shocked if this is Tannenhill’s last full year as a starter. There was talk of pulling him already for Matt Moore. He seems to have steadily regressed since his rookie year. I caught him during some of the Cheese game. Looked like shit the first half but played well in the second. But the Cheese’s D sucks so don’t know what to make of his performance. Btw, anyone check out the Cheese’s team stats lately? Good lord. They’re dead fucking last in D rushing yards and 26th or so in O rushing yards. If Rodgers were to go down that team would collapse.

    • Trac

      Yes they proved that last year after CD tripped and fell on him. Booyah!

      • TheBigCheesy

        Yeah, Green Bay probably would have won the division if Rodgers had been healthy…

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