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Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears Game Preview

| November 13th, 2014

The greatest punchline in the history of television comedy.

We need laughs now, more than ever.

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The Bears are a dreadful football team. On a neutral field, this Sunday, I would not favor the them against any team in the league. Not Atlanta. Not Tampa. Not the Jets or Jaguars or Raiders or the Buffalo Grove Bison.

So why do I like the Chicago Bears this week?

I *sigh* always like the Chicago Bears.

Why Else?

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Yesterday I wrote about the importance of these final seven games for Marc Trestman and the Chicago Bears organization. Re-writing that piece seven times before the end of the calendar year does not interest me in the slightest so I’ll treat each game with the same import I treated the first nine. And I will ask questions.

How will Teddy Bridgewater handle the conditions in Chicago?

The temperature is supposed to be 34 degrees at Soldier Field Sunday with winds in the 15-20 MPH range. Bridgewater is a kid from south Florida who spent his college career in Kentucky. One has to imagine these will be the coldest, most difficult conditions he has faced in his football-playing career. (It will be interesting to see how Teddy handles these outdoor home games in Minnesota over the next two years.)

From a Courier-Journal piece:

Can Teddy Bridgewater handle freezing temperatures in Minnesota?

That’s the question ESPN’s Stats & Information department is asking Monday after researching the University of Louisville’s cold-weather performances. Bridgewater’s production is a tick lower when temperatures dip below 50 degrees, but ESPN found that while at U of L, he never started a game in freezing cold air.

“With the Vikings playing their home games outdoors for the next two seasons, in addition to away games at Green Bay and Chicago every season, Bridgewater’s ability to adapt to cold temperatures could have an impact on his long-term success,” wrote ESPN’s Sharon Katz.

The closest Bridgewater came to below-freezing was in the Cardinals’ 2012 home loss to Connecticut, when the thermometer hit 34 degrees for the early kickoff. That day, U of L fell in triple overtime and the Florida native suffered a broken left wrist in the second quarter.

Two advantages he’ll have? Wide open receivers and the return of Kyle Rudolph to the lineup. Bridgewater will need to be decisive and accurate. If he is those two things there is no reason to believe the conditions will will have an adverse effect on his performance. But everyone has seen even the best quarterbacks (Drew Brees) whither at Soldier in the cold.

CAN JAY CUTLER START FAST (AND, IF NOT, WHERE IS HIS HEAD)?

This is not the week for the Chicago Bears to be returning home to Soldier Field. It is cold now in Chicago. The faithful have watched the worst back-to-work performances in the history of the organization. Fans are going to rightfully walk into the building Sunday morning with a chip on their shoulder, ready to boo, ready to express the rage they’ve been bottling for the last month. The subject of that derision will unquestionably be Jay Cutler should he struggle in the early going.

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If Cutler starts fast, leads a few long scoring drives, throws a few touchdown passes, he’ll escape unscathed Sunday. But if he struggles, throws a silly interception, fumbles after a sack, how will he respond to 60,000 people screaming for his head (and quite possibly for his backup, Jimmy Clausen). Brandon Marshall has questioned the confidence of the Bears locker room. How shaken will the quarterback’s confidence be should he feel suffocated by the exasperated groans of their home fans?

Does the Bears defense have anything left?

Vikings offense is well-coached. They have weapons like Greg Jennings, Jarius Wright and Cordarrelle Patterson on the outside. Jerick McKinnon, since taking over the starting running back role, is averaging five yards a carry. Yes, they are bottom of the league in both yards and points per game but if ever there were an elixir for what ails them it is the Chicago Bears defense as led by Mel Tucker.

NFL: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers

Does this group have anything? Like…anything? And I am referring to all of them. Can Kyle Fuller regain some of that early season magic? Can Tim Jennings be allowed to just cover guys without sliding them into wide open spaces? Does Briggs have any pride left? Does Allen have any gas left? Does anybody have the desire to not be remembered as the worst defense in the history of the Bears organization?

I don’t think so. But I’d be thrilled to be wrong.

Final Score Prediction

Chicago Bears 23, Minnesota Vikings 20 (OT)

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  • Big Mike

    Vikings get healthy vs Bears. Race to the bottom continues. Team has no heart. Sorry gents. It’s the truth. The Vikings without AP, in Chicago against a rookie QB should have looked like a scrimmage. Instead, bah.. We are left with hoping they don’t get embarrassed again. It would be nice to sit back and see them play balls out and care. But visions of Cutler being an asshole, the first drive being stalled after a penalty and the secondary looking like a HS Freshman team are in my mind.

    • I have a really hard time seeing Chicago beat anybody right now. They just seem to have quit.

      That said, looking at the run/pass directional stats I’m working up for these teams, Chicago matches up pretty well with Minnesota on both sides of the ball.

      Minnesota takes away the deep pass well but is pretty bad defending underneath, Chicago can’t throw deep but does underneath fairly well. Minnesota is a good running team but terrible passing team; Chicago has a good run D but terrible pass D.

      • Big Mike

        I appreciate you staying the course and analyzing this. I’ve not looked at anything all week. No gameday rewind, no PFF, not even ESPN. Normally I spend a few hours looking at these things. I posted previously that if the Bears got waxed by the Packers, I’d simply be catching the games on Sunday. So that’s where I am.

        • I haven’t watched Game Rewind in a few weeks. Too pissed off to re-watch the game and see how dumb the playcalling is.

          • Big Mike

            I had been watching it every week up through and including the Patriot’s game. I was looking for hope. What I took away from it, is that teams are shutting down the the 15-25 yard pass attempts. Drive’s Cutler insane. So he launches deep balls, forces passes into coverage, or is forced to check down, which he hates doing. The check down passes are effective if the run game is there, and/or you haven’t gotten off schedule with a stupid play call on 1st down, a penalty or field goal position inside the 20. Unfortunately the Bears have excelled in all three of these categories.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            I finally bought it this year, under the pretext that I’m crazy busy…and they imploded. So BASICALLY it’s all my fault.

      • EnderWiggin

        Seriously Stache, how hard is it to keep writing/researching at times like this?

        • I like digging in to the numbers to try and figure out what’s going wrong, though numbers aren’t everything.

  • Bender McLugh

    “I shouldn’t have made the check,” said Briggs, who calls the club’s
    defenses. “I saw something, tried to check out of it, and we don’t have a
    check out of that defense. So I put our defense in jeopardy on that
    play.”

    How many times has Briggs done this and screwed the
    defensive pooch since Lach left? And yes it’s obvious – This team sorely needs what Lach gave
    them in leadership on the field.

    • DaBearsBlog

      That isn’t leadership. It’s basic intelligence.

      • Peanut FTW

        On this defense, someone with basic intelligence would instantly be the leader.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          It’s Idiocracy in pads.

      • BerwynBomber

        We also don’t know how many checks are in Tucker’s D has vs. Lovie’s D — Tucker’s D may have more for all we know.

        Regardless, they should simplify things moving forward on both sides of the ball. Restrict Jay’s audibles and set your base D and run with it. Understatement alert: Bridgewater is unlikely to audible as effectively as a Rodgers or a Brady. No reason to complicate things this week.

        • there is no question Chicago’s defense is more complicated now than it was under Lovie. Rodgers has said Chicago basically ran the same play-cover 2-like 85% of the time under Lovie. It worked because they had the personnel to make it work.

    • wreckinball

      The large gaping hole in the middle of D is obvious since Lach left

  • Trac

    Interesting. I have it Queens 24, Bears 20.

  • Viva

    Bears 0
    Vikings 0
    A tie will boost our winning percentage.

    • Viva

      Hmmm. I forgot to factor in our D.
      Bears 48
      Vikings 48

      • Cormonster

        I went to the game in 2008 where the Bears won 48-41 over the Vikings. That was a crazy game. Seemed like almost all the scoring happened in the north endzone where I was sitting.

        • that was the only Bears game I’ve ever been to. Such a fun game. AP beasted. Bears had 2 TDs on ST. Points abounded.

        • Viva

          Who said end zone seats suck?

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Bears 21
    Vikes 17

    Yes, I believe the Bears will win this one. In the big picture for this season though it’s not going to matter all that much. It’s going to be hard to walk away with a lot of positives this year but we gotta keep the hope alive that things will get better. God help me, I think I sound like a Cubs fan.

    Bear Down.

  • CanadaBear

    If we play well in the first quarter we have a chance to win. if we get scorched for a couple of quick TD’s, all bets are off. These guys fold the tent at the first sign of adversity so let’s hope it doesn’t happen until we have some points on the board.

    • GPLDAN

      Here the Bears encounter a rabbit at a cave.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92gP2J0CUjc

      • CanadaBear

        I just retired from working in a natural gas pipeline control room (controller). We had 4 stages of alarms and the highest priority alarms were audible. Originally when they were setting up the SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system the audible alarm was Run Away, run away! (the actual wav file). Once the system was going from test phase to live they changed it. At least the people I worked for/with had a sense of humor!

  • AlbertInTucson

    Cordarelle Patterson hasn’t been much of a factor so far this season.
    I’m betting the Bear defense and/ or special teams help him turn his season around.

  • Peanut FTW

    I am going to be a meatball fan here for a minute and make one of those totally ignorant suggestions you hear in a bar from some random drunk idiot.

    So really, we have no defense. We let the Packers go 6 quarters without punting. They didn’t punt until they brought in their entire 2nd string offense. So, there is really no point in playing field position, right? So lets just stop punting, why does it matter; if we don’t score or get a 1st down, you get the ball back. It’s not like the 50 yards we gain from a punt matter with this D, thats like 2 plays to them. And, let’s just do onside kicks, everytime. Again, who cares if they get it at the 50 instead of the 20, see previous sentence. If the D isn’t going to stop the bleeding, lets just maximize our number of possessions and scoring chances.

    • BerwynBomber

      The defense has actually made some stops and forced some TOs against teams not named the Packers and the Patriots. Also, our O has coughed up more than a few TOs themselves.

    • wreckinball

      Agree with 2 caveats, Go on 4th past the 50 and no onside kicks. The problem is that the onside kick has a very poor percentage, worst than the Bears D even, if the other team knows its coming. You’d only have the surprise element the first time.
      But yes D is so bad that 4th down becomes a lot more attractive

    • BillW

      Do you read Gregg Easterbrook? He advises no punting regularly in his column. In a practical sense if you have a good offense but a bad defense you should never punt unless the odds of conversion are very small.

      I’m surprised some coach hasn’t made that part of their offense.

      • some coaches have, but never past the HS level.

        This is where conventional wisdom gets in the way of stats. If you do things the conventional way and lose, you can blame the players. If you get super creative based on statistic not everybody knows and/or understands and lose, people blame you.

        • there’s actually a Twitter account that runs every 4th down situation in real time and says whether the odds favor punting or going for it based on down, distance, field position, and game situation. It’s pretty cool. You learn pretty quickly that coaches are pussies though.

          https://twitter.com/NYT4thDownBot

        • BillW

          Yes – and this is exactly what Easterbrook says; coaches too often make decisions so the players get blamed, not them.

  • wreckinball

    That a boy! best preview of the season

  • BillW

    Final score prediction –
    Bears 31
    Vikings 24

    Bears are more sick about their performance that we are. The offense will come together this week at least and control the ball and turnovers. I suspect there will be no more than one TO.

    Long drives equate to few opportunities for the Vikes. The defense will still screw up but so will Minnesota.

    My only caveat on this – if Trestman has some weird trickery in the game plan out of some attempt to show he knows what he is doing, the offense will not have the confidence they need to control the ball.

    • johnnywad

      The Vikings defense is better than the Packers. Why on Earth would you expect an uptick? With Marshall on a bad leg again, if he even plays, I expect it to be worse.

      My, how the wheel has turned. I’m asking you where your optimism is coming from.

      I’m miserably betting its more of the same. The Bears will make a couple plays early in their first possession, negated by a holding or some such penalty. The cameras will cut to Trestman, and there he’ll be, grinding his teeth again in silence. Every time I see him in game, he’s grinding away. The guy just doesn’t know how to cope with the game in front of him.

      • BillW

        “My, how the wheel has turned. I’m asking you where your optimism is coming from.”

        Yes – we are now officially in strange weird territory!

        No analytics behind my guess. Simply a feel or rhythm that I get from (way too much) time watching and reading and thinking about the Bears.

        I’ve seen horrible teams talent-wise. This isn’t one of them (more so on D and ST but not on offense).

        I’ve seen horrible teams coaching wise and often the teams with bad coaching but decent talent at some point rise above it – even if only for a game here and there. I sense this is one of those games.

        You see, the offense (even with a bum Marshall) SHOULD be able to score on just about any defense IF they stay patient. Maybe that’s a tall order but I expect the players are more sick of their offensive (pun very much intended) performance and will rise above it. I even sense Cutler caring!

      • SC Dave

        When there is a holding call, what would you prefer? Would throwing his headset help you?

        • johnnywad

          I would prefer he hand his headset to the nearest person and walk to his car, hand in hand with Mel Tucker and Joe D

  • SC Dave
    • NewBearInTown

      This is the same drivel that says you can’t coach a football team without cursing out your players.
      Cutler needs to play better. I don’t care what face he makes when he does it.

    • EnderWiggin

      Reading that article was a 100% waste of time.

    • Beware the Jericho

      Dave, I was dreading someone reading this and somehow finding validation in it to post it on our site here. This was one of the laziest articles I’ve ever read and it’s even blatantly formatted for pageviews. Do you see all of the links embedded within the babyshit that is supposed to be reporting? This type of shit is passed off as content and it’s only reason for existing is for you to read the nonsense and to click on the links.
      I’m going to say it right now. Anyone that calls Jay Cutler a coach killer is simply not using the brains given to them. I wish you wouldn’t have posted this. It’s trash from a trash source.
      If you truly believe that Jay Cutler is the reason that Mike Shanahan, Lovie Smith, Jerry Angelo, Ron Turner, Mike Tice, Jeremy Bates and Mike Martz have been shitcanned then I can’t help you.
      Bad coaches, inept coaches, coaches past their prime, coaches in way over their head and inflexible coaches don’t last long in this league. The Bears have had some of the worst and their ineffectiveness was exacerbated by some of the worst offensive personnel the bears have ever had.

      • Beware the Jericho

        my insanity quota has been reached. My system has shut down and I will log back in tomorrow.

      • BillW

        Won’t read the article. It’s unfortunate that in the internet age the business model is page views and not quality. Headline writing is geared that way too – intentionally misleading in so many cases just to get you to click on the article.

        That said – “coach killer” does not have any specific or scientific definition. It’s a reputation, not a nationality or an occupation or designation you get through some type of certification process.

        Jay Cutler will always be labeled a coach killer. I doubt there is another player in the Super Bowl era that has both under performed relative to his perceived potential and had as many QB, OC and Head coaches fired throughout his career.

        Every one of those cases comes with its own story, but when an important player is associated with so many, the label applies.

        • CanadaBear

          I kinda, sorta agree with ya Bill but a bunch of those coaches careers deserved to be killed.

      • Trac

        Jericho Johnny! Fastest 50 cal in Chicago. I likery.

      • my rebuttal to a similar article that I posted yesterday: http://dabearsbeat.com/2014/11/12/the-bears-should-not-bench-jay-cutler/

        • Beware the Jericho

          these are simply the musings of a blind fanboy.

          • where exactly do I go fanboy there? I say multiple times that Cutler is not playing particularly well and is part of the problem right now.

            But that doesn’t mean benching him is the right move.

          • Beware the Jericho

            Woodman, that was pure sarcasm. Your post was really solid and fun to read.

          • Beware the Jericho

            lol, actor Ted McGinley from Love Boat and Married with Children was somehow called a show killer even though both of the shows he was on set records for their shows duration. The shows eventually ended so fucking retards started saying he “killed shows” when he would appear on them.

          • CanadaBear

            He did suck moose wang though.

          • Bernsy

            I loved Jefferson D’arcy

          • Beware the Jericho

            agreed, i thought Married with Children got much better after the first season but then got a little old at the end. I loved Griff.

        • BerwynBomber

          Going back to our Stafford/Kap talk yesterday, where does PFF rate/grade out Cutler so far?

    • Doc Hamstring

      Anyone who cites Peter King’s “body language” drivel deserves to be ignored, full stop.

    • BerwynBomber

      The coach-killing rep, of course, has some credence; only a blind fanboy would claim otherwise. But the body language, leadership stuff should be the least of anyone’s concerns regarding Cutty. It’s more about his bad habits, questionable judgment and recurring mistakes.

    • SC Dave

      Reactions more or less as I expected. Thanks for playing.

  • GPLDAN

    Ya’ all squealin like a bunch of butt fucked Vassar bitches!!!!!!!!!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oF0XYRhRvA#t=324

    (Possibly my favorite line from a military show)

    • SC Dave

      Seems we deserved that.

  • Doc Hamstring
    • GPLDAN
      • Trac

        You know, nobody has really pointed this out but between O’Donnell and Fales, Emery seems to have a semi casual approach towards later round picks. He’s done this in all three of his drafts. He just doesn’t seem to take them seriously.

        • CanadaBear

          If the punter ends up here for a decade it’s a great pic. So far the jury is out on him as far as I’m concerned. Our ST’s are so bad it’s hard to tell if some of his shitty punts are due to being hurried. When a guy on the DL kicks the ball before the punter …

          • TressWaysMom

            Tress Way is the better punter and we canned him.

        • BerwynBomber

          But aren’t most late round draft picks a crapshoot anyway? I get that a young QB is even more of one — other guys you can throw on STs if they make the final cut — but they could also pay off twentyfold if they pan out.

          • Trac

            Maybe but evra packer pick is still on their roster. I think I’ll go back and compare their late rounders with ours over the last 3 years. Should be interesting.

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, could be. I know their top two picks from the past year — Dix and Adams — are already contributing big time but I don’t know about their mid/later picks.

          • johnnywad

            I turns out, that over say, the last fifteen years or so, the Packers are better at drafting players that can play football.

        • SC Dave

          I don’t get what is in the slightest sense bad about taking O’Donnell.

          • TressWaysMom

            I wouldn’t be proud of not seeing how it’s bad.

  • GPLDAN

    Here’s Peter King’s body language:

    he leans forward and drools a little when the press is about to break for the buffet.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Wouldn’t he fall over flat on his face if he actually leaned forward?

  • Trac

    Enjoy gents. This is a nice distraction from our miserable season. Awesome skiing shots.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-imGzglPweo

    • Cormonster

      I’ve watched a bunch of their videos. Truly incredible skiers. I fancy myself as a pretty good skier who’s done some pretty extreme runs, but nothing like some of the stuff I’ve seen other people do out west.

  • Trac

    This women’s picture should be under the word haggas in the dictionary if there were such a word. So glad she’s graced the halls of Congress for like way too long. I’m channeling MB today. Hee hee.

    http://www3.blogs.rollcall.com/218/pelosi-when-was-the-last-time-you-asked-mitch-mcconnell-if-hes-too-old/

    • BerwynBomber

      Really? You’re using this forum to pimp your political views?

      • Trac

        No offense intended but that woman truly transcends politics. I put her in the “scary movie” category. If it makes you feel any better, I feel about the same way towards Carl Rove. Truly terrible people.

        She also happens to be one of MB’S not so faves either.

        • BerwynBomber

          No offense taken.

          • AlbertInTucson

            “Speaker of the House /”Minority Whip”,”Senate Majority/Minority Leader”.

            More positions that SCREAM for term limits.

            The Dems are going to make Harry Reid Minority Leader?

            Why?

            Because of the bang-up job he did as Majority Leader?

            And sorry, Mitch McConnell, but I count your stint as Minorty leader against your eligibility for Majority leader.

            Someone ELSE take a turn.

            All these guys who hang on to the job like they were POPE.

            From Fat Teddy Kennedy to Howard Metzenbaum to former Klansmen, Robert Byrd and Strom Thurmond, and now, John McCain.

            Hell, even a POPE just gave up the job before any of you did.

            Take the hint!

      • Cormonster

        There’s been political conversations on and off on the blog as long as I’ve been here, at least the last six years.

        • BerwynBomber

          Yep, my bad. I should have just ignored.

          • EnderWiggin

            Quite the tight-knit group. We feel like we can share anything with each other.

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, I get that. I am not part of it, am an outsider so I should’ve STHU, especially because I’m on a different page politically.

          • CanadaBear

            We’re all over the spectrum around here. You can probably guess who’s on which side without much trouble. I stay out of it as much as possible. More of an off season thing.

          • BerwynBomber

            I hear ya, CB. It was more my bad than Trac’s. But thanks.

          • Cormonster

            Your a regular now with all your good posts.

          • Cormonster

            Canada won’t debate me because he knows my political views are always right.

    • Peanut FTW

      Are you meaning haggis? As in you think she looks like a tasty meat pudding? Cuz, I would strongly disagree.She looks like she should be in there next to a word that means tired old nasty bar wench.

      • johnnywad

        Barhag. I use it all the time. Its one word. And you’ve provided the definition. Lots of them in bowling alleys, etc.

    • AlbertInTucson

      THAT is really insulting.
      To Haggis.

    • GPLDAN

      Trac –

      Tell us why Obama’s presidency has been a failure, would you?

      • johnnywad

        Because I still have to work.

        • Trac

          Hahaha

      • Trac

        Nancy Pelosi? Actually GP, I don’t think I’m qualified. It’s above my pay grade.

    • BearDown100393

      Politics aside, she is tougher than the Bears collectively.

      • Trac

        Meh. I get your point though.

  • Jack Lacan

    Where is my t-shirt? Haggis tastes like real shit on a shingle…

  • SC Dave

    (grr… never mind)

    • Beware the Jericho

      Dave, your mission, which I will devote myself to as well, will involve sitting down right before the kickoff this sunday, turn to your right, lift up a glass of a craft beer you’ve never had before, air cheers my spirit and drill it. Because fuck Minnesota.

      • SC Dave

        A most capital idea!! I’m in all the way.

        And our favorite boys, Matty and Jay, can just kick some ass to end this dry spell.

  • Jack Lacan

    Trestman is insular…like a gated community…
    Today he said he could not comment on a comment because he would have to “take the word” of a reporter…WTF…

  • Jack Lacan

    Does anyone remember when we wrote haiku? Maybe we could do that on Sunday if the score becomes unreasonably insufferable.

    • SC Dave

      Fall leaves a’swirling
      In the crisp November wind
      I love fall – Bear down!

      • Jack Lacan

        Thank you. Just old and remembering.

        • SC Dave

          Thank you for the reminder. Kinda forgot all about it. If I get my ass in gear, I’ll start making them rhyme again.

          • AlbertInTucson

            That was an absolute alignment of planets for Film/Voice/Music between the Ed Sabol, John Facenda and Sam Spence.

            Not to exclude Steve Sabol, a great producer in his own right, but it was Dad, Ed, who who came up with that formula while Steve was still partying in college.

      • BerwynBomber

        Cool. Reminds me of Sabol’s and Facenda’s “Autumn Wind”.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Don’t forget, Sam Spence’s wonderful music helped create the greatness of those NFL Films.

          I highly recommend the 10 CD Collection

          AUTUMN THUNDER: 40 YEARS OF NFL FILMS MUSIC.

          I THINK I still have the 5 volumes on Vinyl they relesed in the days before CDs took over. (GEEZ he’s OLD!)

    • EnderWiggin

      One of the epic threads in interweb history. Possibly 200 poems bashing Lovie.

      Cutler needs some help.
      Is a new coach in order?
      Fuck off, you fanboy.

      • Jack Lacan

        Thank you as well…

    • i’ve run out of wipes
      but thanks to my shea jersey
      my bottom stays clean

      • Jack Lacan

        Tip o’ the hat.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Bears’ game Sunday
      almost certain disappointment
      I go watch anyway

      • Jack Lacan

        Thanks —

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    10 of 10. Not sure I’ve ever seen as physically imposing a WR as Dez Bryant.

    Megatron? B. Marshall? Larry Fitzgerald? The non-TE Thomas out in Denver?

    • CanadaBear

      Megatron’s my gold standard when it comes to physical gifts. He’s huge and ripped.

      • BerwynBomber

        Agreed but I think even Marshall is more imposing than Bryant. Bryant’s “only” 6’2″. Anyway, just a nit. I like Blogfather’s 10 of 10 lists but that one stood out, and little less the one about the Falcons being a potential threat to win the South. Gotta believe NO will pull their shit together enough to pull that out, despite Brees’ inconsistent season.

        • CanadaBear

          Smith is about as dynamic as Lovie. With great talent he’ll do pretty good but with a shitty roster he gets exposed.

      • wreckinball

        Megaton is the beast

    • SC Dave

      Terrell Owens, Randy Moss

      • BerwynBomber

        Moss was a bit of a rail, though …

    • AlbertInTucson

      Perhaps, but the rumors are flying like bats from a cave at sunset that Dez is an absolute off-the-field DISASTER waiting to happen.

      • BerwynBomber

        Wouldn’t surprise me. Then again, it seems like every other star WR is wired like that.

  • BerwynBomber

    Before we reach Sunday, here’s hoping for a competitive tilt tonight between the Bill and the Fish. Even setting aside this past Sunday night’s disaster, the NFL night games this year have been dogs. Maybe Neckbeard can play a little better than the last time he was in primetime.

    • BearDown100393

      Half empty stadium.

  • forgive me if someone else posted this, but bmarsh is now challenging twitter hecklers to fights for charity. really?

    http://abc7.com/sports/brandon-marshall-bets-lions-fan/394402/

    • CanadaBear

      I would love to see that fight.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Sigh.

      Further evidence that Tweeting, expecially for Professional Athletes, is contra-indicated.

      • SC Dave

        Damn. No shit.

  • EnderWiggin

    Simms gets a bad rap, but I like him. He is usually the opposite of Collinsworth. Instead of polishing someone’s nob when they throw a good pass, Simms will call out the safety of cornerback instead.

    • CanadaBear

      I think he’s semi-boring but I’ll take that over a lot of them.

      • AlbertInTucson

        His was Pro-Cutler when most were not.

  • NewBearInTown

    On the Briggs thing. The team is really missing Lach’s leadership, but I think the rest of the league showed that we were right to cut him. He was becoming a liability both in terms of attitude and in terms of his physical skills deteriorating.
    I think Briggs walks for the same reason. But we need a new leader on this defense to fill that role. It can’t be a corner, it can’t be a D-lineman. We need a linebacker or a safety to step up and run the D. Who’s it going to be?

    • BearDown100393

      Emery raises his hand and whispers “Shea”.

      • AlbertInTucson

        And the crowd chuckles.

    • AlbertInTucson

      The role was tailor-made for Briggs who, obviously, wasn’t interested in assuming it.

      • SC Dave

        Briggs was on the tail end of a successful career, and may have never been suited to lead in the first place. After all, for the majority of that career, all he had to do is play next to a HOF middle linebacker who made all the decisions.

  • AlbertInTucson

    The game will likely NOT be on FOX out here in the desert Sunday.

    Will I go to my local watering hole to view this week’s goings on?
    Even after two straight, abject, humiations?

    Yes. I. Will.

    I should change my handle to

    AlbertTheGluttonForPunishmentInTucson.

    • SC Dave

      Yeah, shit. Me too. It’s starting to feel like being a fucking Cubs fan

      • AlbertInTucson

        I only suffer from White Sox Fan Syndrome. At least they got a World Series Championship in my lifetime.

        The Sox are taking flak for their position in the salary cap ranking but those rankings don’t account for them losing the contracts of Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn.

        Also lived to see the Hawks win 2 cups in 3 years.

        The Bulls run in the 90s was nice but I was never a rabid NBA fan.

    • BerwynBomber

      Well this is true fan time. Or stupid fan time as the case might be. Hah!

      I’ve been saying it all week but the Minny game is actually more interesting than if we had lost a close one to GB. As odd as that sounds.

  • wreckinball

    Bulls win Rose hurt again

    • AlbertInTucson

      Derrick Rose.

      The Chris Chandler of point guards?

      • wreckinball

        He seems spooked. It doesn’t seem serious but he sat down pretty quick in a close game

      • BerwynBomber

        I’m convinced Chandler was tougher than Rose.

    • SC Dave

      Spurs

  • wreckinball

    But what a pickup Gasol is

  • Bernsy

    I’m calling a slim bears victory on Sunday. I think forte and alshon will have solid games. bears D will bend pretty hard though.

  • wreckinball

    Mario Williams is a beast

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather: “Chicago Bears 23, Minnesota Vikings 20 (OT)”

    After further review, I find it highly unlikely that the Bears could win in overtime. by a field goal.

    THAT would require a Bears’ defensive stop at some point in the 5th quarter.

    • SC Dave

      Well, it *could* be a turnover or something

      • AlbertInTucson

        Yeah, but if it’s a T.O. in O.T we KNOW who’s gonna commit it, don’t we, SC?

  • wreckinball

    Looks like the beard is going down

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “(I love Kyle Orton but he stinks. Not sure why Bills don’t realize this.)”

    Yeah, I don’t know why they cashed out on Manuel so soon. You already know what you have in Orton. He’s a career back-up. Then again, look how long Houston wasted time on Fitzpatrick.

    • KylesMom

      Why does Orton stink? Specifically. His play and his numbers don’t show it. Why does he stink?

  • guest

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    (I love Kyle Orton but he stinks. Not sure why Bills don’t realize this.)

    They don’t realize it cos it’s not true. This season he’s thrown 10 TDs-3 INTs. Completed 64% of his passes for a rating of 94. On what planet do those numbers stink? He was playing a greaat defense on Thursday. Don’t drink and tweet.

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