• Scott W.

    Good morning boys. Let’s roll the mat out for Lovie & Josh today, then yank it out from under ’em with a vengence.
    Best I can come up with pre-coffee.

    • Viva

      Drink first. ..write later.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    This should be a win!
    BEAR DOWN!

  • GPLDAN

    Chuck Romeo Energy Stewart?
    Berry Juliet E Smith?

    • Shady

      Berry Love E Smith?

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    This Winston guy is a rapist fuck that is going to go undrafted, but I got to give the system it’s dues. It makes and it’s going to make tones of money out of his back or -better said- on the back of the strange humans that give a shit about such a nobody.

    • BearDown100393

      He will have a tough downfall when college football is done with him.

  • Just shut up, and Draft Down!
    #tradewindnight

  • Shady

    Marc, I know you’ve only been in Chicago for a couple of years now so take it from a Bears fan on how to beat a Lovie Smith defense. First of all, Lovie’s D is based on one thing and one thing only: takeaways. Lovie will give up yards underneath and force the offense to take small chunks at a time in the hope that the offense will get impatient and take unnecessary chances with the football. Here’s a gameplan to beat this broken philosophy:

    First of all, check downs. They’ll be there all game. Take them. They’re crucial in sustaining drives. Secondly, the Tampa CBs are going to give our WRs about 8 yards of cushion off the line of scrimmage. Take advantage of this by dialing up slants. Lots of slants. Lots and lots of slants. The Lovie Deuce wants you to catch the ball underneath so they can punch it out. So HANG ONTO THE BALL today. The TB safeties will also be playing 25 yards off the ball. Take advantage of this by running post and seam routes over and over and over. Make sure to run em off the play action out of the gun so the LBs get sucked up to the line and the WRs find room behind the LBs and in front of the safeties. This area of the defense should be open all fuxking day.

    There’s no excuse for not putting 30 on the board today.

    • Except that Cutler leads the league in turnovers, outpacing even a rookie QB on the Jags.

      A defense against Cutty doesn’t need takeaways. They just need to sit back and wait for “miscommunication” or etc etc.

      Forte should run for 200 today, but…{blame Tresty or Cutty here}

  • CanadaBear

    Nice read on McMahon’s on field personal bodyguard, Keith Van Horne.

    http://chicagosuntimes.com/sports/lifes-no-breeze-for-85-bears-star-keith-van-horne/

    • GPLDAN


      A radio spot in which Ditka maintains he would have won more titles with players who matched the talent and commitment of an auto dealer’s service crew is particularly galling.

      ‘‘He doesn’t write that copy, but he reads it, and he has to know it’s insulting,’’ Van Horne said.

      It is insulting. It’s worse than insulting. It insinuates that the teams under Ditka didn’t give it their all. Jimmy Mac and Van Horne and Dent and Duerson, they gave it their all. And paid the price.

      • BearDown100393

        You beat me to it.

      • CanadaBear

        I always remember the story about Ditka getting on the players about too many endorsements and Jay Hillgenberg and the OL turned down a Campbell’s Soup commercial. Ditka was approached and did the commercial. He lost the team after that.

        • SC Dave

          As you all know, my level of admiration for Mike Ditka as Bears coach is not high. As a *player* on the other hand…

    • BearDown100393

      “Van Horne finds it sadly ironic that
      Ditka is more visible than ever as a pitchman. He thinks the former
      coach’s obsession with exploiting his fame contributed to the ’85 Bears’
      disintegration after one championship. A radio spot in which Ditka
      maintains he would have won more titles with players who matched the
      talent and commitment of an auto dealer’s service crew is particularly
      galling.

      ‘‘He doesn’t write that copy, but he reads it, and he has to know it’s insulting,’’ Van Horne said.”

      Agreed. Ditka is an endorsement whore.

    • Cormonster

      When a team spends a high pick on a RT, guys like Keith Van Horne are exactly the type they dream of drafting: a solid anchor on the right side for 10+ years.

  • CanadaBear

    Granted I don’t watch college ball but that Winston shove is a big nothing. The official was completely at fault. He had no business being there with the clock running. If the officials aren’t going to kill the clock, get the fuck out of the way.

  • Ugh. Hoping we can beat the Vikings and Bucs. This is what my Sundays are reduced to. I might as well go to church.

    In spite of every rational fiber in me, I’ll still be somehow rooting for this team.

    Stand by your man….

    • SC Dave

      Bear down.

  • 2 of 5. Mel Tucker should stick Kyle Fuller on Mike Evans all day. If
    not for schematic reasons, for entertainment ones. Best vs. Best. – Jeff
    They also should have covered Jordy Nelson.
    However, I recently read that the defense had an all-players film review. Sometimes it’s better when coaches aren’t around, and they can actually call each other out, man to man.
    Hopefully, that made ppl accountable for the fuck ups.

    • BerwynBomber

      Fuller should get D ROY considerations, has a chance to be a special player and is definitely one of PE’s best picks.

      Having said all that, I’m not convinced he is better than Tiny Tim right now, or if he is, it is that much of a difference (though I’m sure it will be in coming years). Let’s face it, as well as Fuller played early on, some of his flash was due to opposing teams’ inability to scout him (he wasn’t a known entity those first few games) and he made plays against the likes of Kapernick and Geno Smith. Neither of whom will ever be compared to Dan Marino.

  • SC Dave

    Okay johnny… it Highlands Cold Mountain for kickoff… since i try to stay off during the game just know the toast will be there at kickoff!

    • SC Dave

      Bitch.. own up. This shit happens, we win.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    in honor of McCown’s return lets all watch his anti-porn PSA

    http://deadspin.com/heres-josh-mccown-telling-a-really-weird-story-in-an-an-1480336919

  • BearDown100393

    1st series. Uh why not have Matt run the ball?

  • underway

    Mr. Concussion with the play of his career.

    • SC Dave

      His INT earlier this season was better. But you *could* just acknowledge it as a fine play, jackass.

      • underway

        who are you Conte’s head nurse? jackass. It was a good play, the best of his career. You disagree, thats fine. But dont get so asshurt about your dearly concussed.

  • FantuzPhysics

    nice grab Conte!

    • BearDown100393

      Somebody went to Supercuts.

  • BearDown100393

    Unofficial bounty on Cutler today?

  • brian de la puentes dad

    Sorry guys, my son sucks

  • huntinbare

    Lovie’s boys in JC’s face; just like he drew it up…rattle him….move the pocket or get him injured

    • BerwynBomber

      Actually our pass rush hasn’t look toothless either.

  • BearDown100393

    A rookie on a crappy team getting flagged for taunting? Wow. Grab some bench.

  • huntinbare

    Mr. Fuller goes to school…the taunt may help light his fire to take one back

  • huntinbare

    This is the year of JC’s giveaways coming back to bite us in the ass

    • brian de la puentes publicist

      Uhhh, yeah, cutlers giveaway….exactly.

  • RenoBear

    Goodness, our offense is depressing to watch… Let’s see if our defense can jump start us having the Bucs pinned at the one. Damn. Sad we have to pull for our defense to step up cuz our offense is terrible

    • huntinbare

      Are we clueless on how to attack the “homies” setting up the defensive schemes against us?

      • BearDown100393

        Yes.

    • It’s hard for any O to gain momentum when the QB leads the league in turnovers.
      Thought Cutler apologist will say our Oline is the crappiest in the league, and not that he dangles the football like a loaf of bread.

      • BearDown100393

        Apparently it has something to do with pubic hair measurement. I’m not smart enough to explain the details or logic however.

  • BearDown100393

    Lovie and Lance grabbing each other’s ass during the timeout.

  • Hurst has Burst!
    But he needs to disguise his blitzes better.

    There’s that nickle blitz, GP!

    • GPLDAN

      yay!

  • Sarcastic clap from crowd for Bears getting a first down.

  • captain obvious

    Simply can’t get 1 or 2 yes on first down runs.

  • captain obvious

    Drive killing hold

  • BearDown100393

    The NFL must mic the field goal post just to get that football audible.

  • SC Dave

    This offense is so bad. I feel sorry for Matt

  • Only reason we’re even in this game is D.

    • huntinbare

      Or their mistakes

  • Punt team already trying for block cuz Cutler and gang can’t do shit

  • BerwynBomber

    Pass rush has been good today. McCown’s under duress half the time he passes.

    • They’ve been blitzing much more than I thought.
      Offense gotta score though, cuz eventually McCown will connect vs blitz.

  • BearDown100393

    Notice the “C” on Josh McCown’s jersey.

  • The only thing reliable about our O is that they will dump it off on 3rd and +4

    • dude please

      So are you going to address the drive killing penalties. Drops, missed field goals??

      • dude please

        And 1 or 2yd runs on first down?

      • Still doesn’t mean they won’t dump it off on 3rd and +4.
        I guess it might be better than the alternative though, Cutler forcing it into coverage.

        • catch it

          Another dropped first down slant????

  • huntinbare

    Maybe we need to adjust our O package…do we have that ability?

  • wreckinball

    Returned to my plumbing project more fun than this

    • huntinbare

      Your pipe connections may not be the only thing “sweating” after this debacle

  • That was totally on the WR. Wilson has to catch that.
    However, Cutler’s wind up seems a lil long to me. Though I’m no QB guru.

    • come on man

      What does his wind up have to do with 5 to 6 dropped passes

      • It has to do with his leading the league in turnovers at QB, and not just INTs.

      • It also might explain being off rhythm, considering that WCO is all about rhythm and timing.
        Though obviously drops don’t help. Not mutually exclusive.

        McCown has looked just as bad, just not as expensive.

        • SC Dave

          It’s never Jay, man. It’s the defense. Especially Conte.

  • BerwynBomber

    These are two bad offenses. Lots of missed passes and drops for both teams.

  • RenoBear

    Oh man this is fuckin brutal. Us Bear fans are gluttons for punishment… Fack

  • huntinbare

    We are true to form…giving up points before half steak is still alive

    • SC Dave

      No, the real streak is being SHUT OUT at haltime. Again.

  • tobijohn

    Can someone please tell me why I had such high hopes for this team this year? I can’t recall such an extreme dichotomy between preseason expectations and actual regular season performance…

    • huntinbare

      We got figured out

      • The book is to play zone vs Cutler. Teams are Lovie-ing us.
        Opponents are banking that Cutler can’t go 12-14 plays in a drive without fucking up.
        Or some drive killing penalty, or some drop.
        And so far, they’ve been correct.

    • SC Dave

      Two biggest changes?
      Cutler set-for-life contract
      Kromer promotion to OC

  • huntinbare

    Briggs left to set up the Dbl. Nickel BBQ before hakf for the great 1st half

  • BerwynBomber

    Cheese are struggling at Minny.

  • tobijohn

    Josh channeling his inner Jay on that last one…

  • huntinbare

    Catch it don’t bat it down

  • BerwynBomber

    That was a Cutty decision w/out Cutty’s zip on the ball.

    • huntinbare

      Or the usual Jay outcome

      • BerwynBomber

        I beg to differ. Actually Jay’s had a good # of INTs dropped this year. He already has one this first half.

  • SC Dave

    You guys ready to blame.this on the defense yet?

    • Only Cutler apologists will, discarding that the Bucs O got tons of yards and scores because the Bears O was so inept.

    • BearDown100393

      Not this game (so far).

  • huntinbare

    Well we have had some games with monster offensive stats and lost the gane…thinking reverse pshych.

  • BearDown100393

    The officials apparently have decided the Bears deserve to be booed a 2nd time before the half.

    • lol they do!

    • huntinbare

      Bears probably think they are booing Lovie

      • BearDown100393

        Lance might be hiding on the Bucs bus as we speak.

  • Shady

    I don’t know what this is called, but it’s not football.

  • GPLDAN

    This team is flaccid.

    It’s a flaccid team.

    • BearDown100393

      Maybe but not not quite as flaccid as that one official. Holy shit is that dude pudgy.

    • Shady

      I think you’re being too kind by calling them a team.

      • Viva

        Being flaccid would require they have a dick.

        • Shady

          That too. Now it’s really just a fleshy patch where their schlong and balls used to be.

          • Viva

            You are a true wordsmith.

    • Flaccid old man with diarrhea

    • Scott W.

      I tend to think of them as more asexual.

    • Jack Lacan

      Excellent vocab. and spelling —- Spell Check Award Winner — earlier this week… leaches for leeches —re: sports writers…

  • Viva

    Dave Toub for HC. Period. End of story. Tresticles could not lead a hungry soldier to an MRE.

    • Scott W.

      Oh, THAT WAS GOOD.

    • SC Dave

      Wrong. The game is played on the field. By the players.

  • Viva

    They are not hungry enough to win anything.

  • huntinbare

    It is really sad that the best thing on this broadcast for us fans in Fla. Is the pan to the skyline ….I miss home…and I miss my “team” …where did they go?

  • On that play where Briggs inj his groin.
    That’s the right scheme. Bang Evans with a LB like he’s Gronk.

  • Shady

    We’re on the board!

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    TD!!!

  • Excellent read and throw by Cutler.

  • The play-calling still seems funky though.
    Shotgun on goalline? Not even the threat of the run?
    I know they could run a draw, but it seems like it’s making it harder for Cutler.
    Also, if I’m not mistaken, we throw the most in the redzone.

    Still, I’ll take it.
    This O just seems a little off-kiltered, like Tresty’s hair.

    • SC Dave

      They tried two runs from the five and got two yards. Two more yards leaves them one short.

  • huntinbare

    Down by a goalpost

  • BerwynBomber

    McCown’s horrible. Good pass rush from us today though.

    • In his defense, which Qb has looked stellar under Lovie?

      • BerwynBomber

        Oh believe me, I don’t think Cutty’s looked all that good today either but we will probably win this on O talent alone. But McCown throws such a soft ball that there is absolutely no room for error.

    • BearDown100393

      He needs a QB whisperer…

      • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

        not only Lovie, here it needs “the whisperer`s of QB whisperers”

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      Lovie shold be named “tomb´s QB head couch”

  • 3rd +4 = dump off

    • huntinbare

      Hasn’t worked yet

    • Shady

      That’s about the 4th today. I get the check down on 1st and 2nd, but go for the 1st on 3rd. Pussyball.

    • mother nature

      Its pouring

  • Dump Trestman, keep Tucker?
    WTF is going on out here!?

  • huntinbare

    Great athleticism by Bass

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    Defense carries with Ofence, like old times

  • Forte ounces to FREEEDOOOM

  • Young and Bass need to work on celebration. C’mon now!

    • SC Dave

      What, you mean no torn ACL? I’ll keep it where it is, thank you.

  • Bass has been flashing. Hopefully he turns out, unlike Washington.

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      Hope so, and checks DE out of Draft

  • BearDown100393

    As long as the Bears do not beat themselves, this one should belong to Chicago now. The Bucs offense looks done.

    • McCown carrying the ball like Cutler. Can’t do that.
      I give Cutler shit for it, only fair that McCown should hear it too.

  • huntinbare

    Gotta like that run Dave

  • Shady

    McCown!

  • huntinbare

    McCown got us some wins last year….and this year

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    at the sudden, TB is breakig down

  • PA bootleg might be the call here

  • BearDown100393

    Matt Forte. Bears MVP.

    • FantuzPhysics

      NFL MVP …well outside of Luck

  • huntinbare

    Offensive line playing like madmen…they responded well to Trestman’s rant at half…give them the game balk

    • BerwynBomber

      Game ball goes to D-Line.

      • huntinbare

        That too

        • BerwynBomber

          And Josh McCown.

          • huntinbare

            Good one

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    besides SF´s game, this is the best quarter of the season.

  • BearDown100393

    Bucs might be getting this ball back.

  • johnnywad

    Its ironic the Bears are taking the ball away from Lovie’s Bucs. I can’t get the game today. Is he staring at the big screen with every turnover?

    • huntinbare

      I can tell you this….Mel Tucker is strutting like a pardoned Thanksgiving turkey

      • johnnywad

        Is the defense playing that well? Or is Josh McCown just doing his best Josh McCown impersonation?

        • huntinbare

          He is getting pressured….you could make a case on his int. that the receiver should have caught the pass

        • BearDown100393

          Today the defense deserves its props.

          • johnnywad

            Well that’s refreshing. Hopefully they’re building some momentum for the remainder of the season.

    • Jack Lacan

      Tip of my cap for a proper use of irony…

  • Jack Lacan

    153 comments — numbers decrease —

    • huntinbare

      Got me confused…new math

      • Jack Lacan

        You’re right — I had wrong major…

  • BearDown100393

    Lovie Smith must’ve walked into the wrong locker room at half-time.

  • Scott W.

    Game reminds me of last year, when we seemed to wake up in the second half. It’s like I’ve gone back in time.

  • huntinbare

    Another great 3rd dwn

  • Jack Lacan

    Bears will “run the table”…Hope is like a box of chocolates…mushy-moldy white-ant ridden and picked over…

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    it seems Offence has already checked out.. hope Defense hasn´t.

  • Jack Lacan

    Trust Josh is not Tom Brady in drag…

  • BerwynBomber

    More check down stuff.

  • Another dump off on 3rd+4.
    Same result.
    Punt

    • BerwynBomber

      I’m convinced this is concerted effort on the part of Tresty and Cutty to limit Cutty’s errors. Thing is, Cutler is always going to make a few bad passes each game. We’d be better off letting him winging it than trying to turn him into Mr. Ball Security, which isn’t his natural game.

      • johnnywad

        Agree. You don’t buy a big arm knowing he’ll make a bad throw from time to time then put it on the shelf. Better off going high risk high reward.

        • BerwynBomber

          They (the media, fans, coaches, etc.) want him to be Rodgers or Brady. Ain’t gonna happen. Better off letting him play like a poor man’s Favre in terms of productivity vs. mistakes.

          • johnnywad

            Agree again. If it weren’t for misplaced expectations when he came in, largely applied by media folks looking for clicks, I believe the entire experience would have been different for Jay and the fans.

          • SC Dave

            *Poor* man’s Favre? You must mean a *rich* man’s Favre.

  • huntinbare

    The dreaded 3rd down…gotta work on that…that woulda been a good 2nd down play

  • FantuzPhysics

    Is Pat O’Donnell really any better than Podlesh?

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/player/_/stat/punting/sort/puntYards

    • FantuzPhysics

      Tress Way #1 in yards/punt this year…O’Donnell #24

      • RenoBear

        I noticed that… Too bad Emery used a draft pick on odonnell

        • FantuzPhysics

          Not the biggest sample size, but we did have Tress Way in camp so it is a bit of a sting

          • johnnywad

            Would have been a different story had O’Donnell not been a draft pick.

          • RenoBear

            Absolutely. I liked the kid. Heard he’s a fan fave in Washington. We know he gets a good bit of work

    • SC Dave

      Yes

  • huntinbare

    Great return on that punt….what no return?…oh that is all the leg he got into it…good googly moogly

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    don´t try to sound pessimist but TB is a TD and a 2 conversion to tie

  • RenoBear

    Ahhhh… Thank you classic Lovie end of game play call/clock management etc…

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    it´s done, check a W

  • Jack Lacan

    Can we move to the NFC South?

    • johnnywad

      Yes. Let’s. It never snows in November there either.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Mike Smith mismanaged the clock into a loss today in Atlanta.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Outdueling Brian Hoyer who tried to give the Falcons that game with both hands.

  • Jack Lacan

    Ahhh! That morphine drip of game over is just so pleasant…

  • BearDown100393

    On to Detroit.

  • Jack Lacan

    The Lance Groin Show…

    • huntinbare

      He should rub some BBQ sauce on it and take a seat….time for the rooks to get experience….Fuller stood up after that TD play
      Jones got some good time today and chased down a fumble Lance would not have gotten to…young D line was in the backfield much of the day

  • wreckinball

    Gotta pull for AZ now

  • AlbertInTucson

    So, when it’s 10-0 Bucs, Heath Evans, with his 2-20 hindsight and chomping down his Papa John’s Pizza, is telling us, as if he knew all along, that the Bears should have kept McCown and let Cutler wlk last year, as if Tampa had already won the game today.

    Heath. You’re a doofus.

    • huntinbare

      He fell for the “sandbag” we threw down for Lovie in the first half

      • johnnywad

        Excellent planning on Marc’s part. Never saw that coming.

        • Jack Lacan

          I truly enjoy the “flaccid” and “irony” content in these posts..

          • johnnywad

            I think we wandered a bit on “flaccid”. It got a little mixed with some other descriptive terms that don’t fit. Nonetheless, the erection arrived in the third quarter as the Bears D delivered the much needed Cialis encapsulated turnovers the Offense so desperately needed.

      • AlbertInTucson

        His comment sucked but he really handled the pizza well.

    • johnnywad

      McCown is not a good quarterback. He played three good games in Chicago last season which represents his most successful stretch in a long career. And it still sparks lunacy. I can’t get my head around it.

  • johnnywad

    The Lions are now 7-4 with a bullshit win. A delay of game penalty as your kicker misses a game winning field goal should never extricate you from a loss and give your team another chance at a mid range field goal whereby you then go on to win the game. They should instead be 6-5. If that influences the playoffs in any way, shame on the league for not simply making a delay of game a declinable penalty. Plus I hate the Lions, so I’ll be extra pissed.

    • BerwynBomber

      It was a non-play. There was no missed FG because they didn’t get the snap off on time. And the game clock was frozen.

      • johnnywad

        I understand the intent of the rule. Nonetheless, they did run the play, and the Lions missed the kick. If the opponent could decline the penalty, like so many other penalties, the Lions lose, as they should have.

        • BerwynBomber

          Yes, but it wasn’t a play. I’m assuming the whistle blew before the kick. Essentially declining the penalty would have only given them another shot from the original spot.

          The rules committee might re-write a rule where such a penalty could take time off the clock but by the current rules the Kittens won that game fair and square. Just bad luck for Atlanta.

          • johnnywad

            I agree with you there. They won the game according the rules in place. Something just seems inherently wrong when they line up, kick it, miss it, then find out they broke the rules of the game, so they get to go again, subsequently make it, and win. Its counterintuitive to the notion of fair and square.

          • BerwynBomber

            Yes but it is like a FG being made only to find out the opposing HC called a timeout an instant before the snap. You saw a missed FG so you are thinking of it as an official play but it never was. Hence, there was never any missed FG.

            But dumb luck certainly smiled on Detroit.

          • johnnywad

            I concede. You’re right.

          • BerwynBomber

            LOL. Sorry.

  • AlbertInTucson

    The Lions and TDs have become completely estranged. Whaddya bet they fix that Thursday?

    • huntinbare

      Let’s see if we can get into the backfield and disrupt Stafford…he gets outside we are toast for the Thanksgiving stuffing

    • BerwynBomber

      The Kittens are not that good of an O team. But Stafford is considerably better than McCown or Bridgewater.

    • johnnywad

      My head and my heart are very much at odds on the Bears’ prospects in this next game.

  • Jack Lacan

    Note the avatar – there is another generation of Bears fans…nothing is over…

  • AlbertInTucson

    No “Gray Area” for Belicheck.

    Score 4 TDs and then oversleep for a practice?

    Have a seat.

    • Jack Lacan

      Your wisdom continues — my avatar in 2009-2010 was Lance Briggs – a fellow comic book reader.

    • johnnywad

      Think he’d sit Brady for the same offense?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Get real. I bet Brady often is there to greet Belicheat in the morning for practice.

        • johnnywad

          Probably. Nevertheless, were Brady to oversleep, no way he gets benched. I’d guess he’s screwed up more than once in fifteen years or whatever it is now. Some are likely more equal than others.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Brady has a long history of responsible team behavior.

            Mr. Gray has no such history.

            Brady’s eaned some slack.

            Mr. Gray is lucky to have a spot on a roster.

            The better question is: How many OTHER coaches bench a guy who just rushed for 4 TDs if he oversleeps and misses prcactice?

          • johnnywad

            Trestman sure as hell wouldn’t. He’d probably buy him breakfast.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Belichick servant. Guys…this is a Patriots fan !!! Right here, guys. That’s him !!!

          • AlbertInTucson

            You really need to pay closer attention.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather Tweet: “I – as opposed to most in this market – admit when I’m wrong. Was wrong on Paea. Can be dominant player in right circumstances.”

    “Under the right circumstances.”?

    Huh? Wha?

    You’re either dominant or you’re not.

    • BerwynBomber

      Blogfather doesn’t admit he is wrong as much as he thinks either.

    • huntinbare

      Playing against Lovie?

  • Jack Lacan

    Listening to Trestman in post-game comments – sounds like the Bears are “building” – “going to the youngsters”…and….”togetherness”…

  • Jack Lacan

    Looking at Jay in post-game – if he had glasses he’d look like Leon Trotsky…

    • Cormonster

      The Mexican communist?

      • AlbertInTucson

        The assassinated Mexican Comunist?

    • BearDown100393

      Best dressed hobo.

  • BerwynBomber

    Btw, the worst loss of the season is looking more and more like the Carolina game.

  • wreckinball

    Ugh with the NFC west not sure even 10 6 gets it done

  • johnnywad

    Packers clown Bears. Bears beat Vikings comfortably. Packers sneak by Vikings. Strange game.

  • wreckinball

    RG3 looks awful

  • BerwynBomber

    Miami’s looking like a formidable team. Tannenhill a bit similar to Kap. The good Kap that is.

    • BerwynBomber

      Giving up that 3rd and 20 was deadly for the Fish. Would be surprised if they win this now. You can’t let Manning up off the mat.

  • GPLDAN

    Good turnaround in the 2nd half.

    We owe Josh McCown a Christmas Card. That was some bad play.

    • BearDown100393

      McCown was just following Lovie Smith’s half time adjustments for the Bucs’ offense.

    • SC Dave

      No. The offense *finally* woke up from their abjectly pathetic slumber

      • huntinbare

        Hibernation

  • Big Mike

    Bears!!!

  • Cormonster

    I’ve never seen so much excitement on the board after a glorious Bears victory.

    • NewBearInTown

      Yeah, I think everyone is pretty anemic about this one. We’ve beaten two bad teams in a row by not a great margin.

      • SC Dave

        All wins look the same in the standings.

  • Cormonster

    Bears defense (and Forte) 14, Bucs 13. What an anemic performance by the offense. I’ll give them credit for one freaking drive early in the 3rd. Other than that, they sucked moose wang today.

    • SC Dave

      Far too many dropped passes. Conditions were bad, but still…

  • wreckinball

    Hey its a win It will get tougher next week

  • Cormonster

    Matt Forte reached another milestone number today. His 112 yards from scrimmage against the Bucs puts him at 11,005 yards in his career, moving him up to 72nd all time after passing Gary Clark and Shaun Alexander.

    Barring a terrible game, next week Matt should move up to the 70th spot by passing Freeman McNeil and Maurice Jones Drew. If Forte gets 130 yards from scrimmage next week he will also pass Priest Holmes.

  • AlbertInTucson

    You KNOW the Lions are thinking “TheBears.A great chance for us to get well on Thanksgiving Day!”

    • wreckinball

      Lions will score Bears O has to do something

      Not confident

  • BerwynBomber

    Still not sold on the Cheese as the second best team in the NFL. Their D, though improving, is still porous. And with their recent post-season struggles against SF, they may be chasing after Kapernick yet again in January.

    Bears are still in the WC picture if only because of that early SF win and two games remaining with the Kittens. But they will have to be perfect the rest of the way and I tend to think these last two games only succeeded in saving Trestman’s job. Temporarily at least.

    Kittens might be a bit of a mirage but they are still less self-destructive under Caldwell than Shorts. Their GM would be smart to look for a dependable grinder of an RB in the next draft.

  • wreckinball

    That was fucking crazy Beckham

    • underway

      they had just shown a segment about his hands and his pregame workout where he was making similar plays. practice like you play… incredible

  • Shady

    Mel Tucker (and Josh McCown) saved Marc Trestman’s job today.

    • BerwynBomber

      For all the talk after the Cheese and Pats games, Tucker has still had a better year than Trestman and Kromer.

      • johnnywad

        You’re right. And that’s insane. Tucker had two historically bad games. He’s been halfway decent to good outside of those. The offense has sputtered away most of the year. So given the talent discrepancy between the two units, he’s far outperformed Trestman.

        • NewBearInTown

          More importantly, Tucker has coached his team through a really difficult patch and kept them playing hard for him. These past two weeks have shown improvement and even some really strong performances.
          Trestman has basically seen his offense regress all season long. Nobody looks to be playing hard for him, nothing has changed from one game to the next, and the whole group just generally looks sloppy. Our power passing game, which was supposed to be the strength of the team, is still struggling every week to generate consistent production.

          • NewBearInTown

            I don’t think this week did anything to help Trestman’s job other than limit the number of losses he can blamed for. The only positive this week is that Tucker is more likely to find work once the ax falls.

        • Doc Hamstring

          THREE historically bad games. Don’t forget the first Packers game, where Green Bay didn’t punt. At all.

          So Tucker has had “historically” bad games 1/3 of the time this year. That does NOT earn him a pass.

          • johnnywad

            I agree. No pass for Tucker. My point was that he receives a higher coaching grade than Trestman at this point, especially given the talent gap between offensive and defensive personnel. To be clear, I want them both out at season’s end.

        • SC Dave

          Far outperformed Kromer you mean.

          • johnnywad

            No. I mean Trestman. This offense is the only reason he’s here. Trestman designed and built it. The whole thing is his. Kromer’s title is bullshit.

  • johnnywad

    Couldn’t watch the game today? How did the linebackers hold up with Briggs out again? Wondering if the difference was obvious.

    • John Doe

      Hopefully, Briggs is done for the year and with the Bears. Hate how butthurt he has been since Lovie firing and has been undermining Tucker and Trestman.

      Btw, he did not look happy on the sideline today has Bears were winning. guess he wanted Lovie to win.

      Play the young guys through week 17. Get rid of deadwood Lance Briggs, DJ Williams.

    • The entire defense played really well, but esp the defensive line. The interior line, Ratlift and Paea, kept penetrating – making McCown very uncomfortable. Made him into “Bad Jay”. It was uncanny.

      The TE didn’t have a big game, and their run game never really got going, so yeah, I would say they played well.

      Didn’t miss a beat without Briggs either as far as I could tell.

      • johnnywad

        I was beginning to feel Brigg’s overall dropoff in speed/athleticism was too much to overcome. Sounds like it may be so.

      • BearDown100393

        Improved without Briggs.

  • NewBearInTown

    So here’s the thing. If the playoffs were tomorrow, we’re out, but let’s say a bomb lands on a couple of NFC cities and we get in as the sixth seed.
    That puts us against the winner of the ridiculously bad NFC South – maybe New Orleans. Does anybody feel good about the Bears not getting embarrassed playing the Saints in Louisiana? Do we feel better if its the Falcons in Atlanta? What if its the Cowboys or the Cardinals or even the Niners again? Or the Pack?
    There isn’t any playoff scenario right now where we feel like we’ve got a puncher’s chance of getting a road win. That’s why everyone is down.

    • 6th seed would play 3rd seed, which will be winner of NFC North, East, or West. 5th seed is the lucky bastard who gets to go play some sub .500 team from the South.

      Either way, I just cannot see this team winning out.

      • NewBearInTown

        You are right, but even if we did end up playing the worst playoff team (the point of the hypo), we’re just not competitive.

        • johnnywad

          I agree. But at least we’d have I games that count for something between now and then. Sitting here knowing the season is already over in November sucks.

        • johnnywad

          I’ll take my chances with Atlanta. Can you arrange that please?

  • BerwynBomber

    Best news coming out of the last weekend before T-Day? End of the byes. Full slates from here on out.

    Btw, all three T-Day match-ups look compelling.

  • The offense has been held scoreless in the first quarter in six consecutive games and has been shut out in the first half of three of the last five games, putting the Bears in a perpetual hole, one they escaped this time with three takeaways in a 4-minute, 35-second span of the third quarter. ….

    Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker used a new twist, or at least went to a seldom-used portion of the playbook a lot more, walking down a linebacker to the end of the line of scrimmage to give the Bears five against Tampa’s five offensive linemen. The Bears also relied on more stunts than they typically show.
    Biggsy

  • Too much evidence surfaced Sunday to argue otherwise, particularly in a
    first half in which the Bears managed only 68 yards and plunged into a
    10-0 halftime hole…

    “We stopped ourselves,” Trestman said again.

    And the Bears coach didn’t need a detailed postgame film review to diagnose the problems.

    “To me it was very easy,” Trestman asserted. “Dropped balls. Penalties. Tipped balls. All of that. And as I said to the guys at halftime, there was no one guy (to blame). We passed it around to everybody. You just can’t be efficient playing football that way.” – Dan Wiederer

    • AlbertInTucson

      In other words, they don’t look like a team that

      A) Could beat good team or

      B) Was “This close” being 6-4 at the start of the day.

      • johnnywad

        You’re wrong on this on Al. You don’t agree that they damn near beat Buffalo and Carolina? Nobody is saying they ARE 6-4. Those were close games the Bears just as well could have won. They just didn’t. Some games are that way.

        I already know you’re going to comment on how they were “that close” to losing other games that they actually won. And thats fine. The point is, with the tiniest bit more good fortune, the season is still live. It happens in the NFL every week. Teams lose games they have in the bag and teams win games on flukey plays, like Matt Forte fumbles that are about as common as unicorns, or passes that bounce off of helmets and divert themselves to the defense.

        Its a fair point to just say “their record is their record”. Because it is. But for those of us still looking for something to be positive about, its more fun to look back at how perhaps two plays could have changed everything about their current position.

        • SC Dave

          The season is not over yet.

          • johnnywad

            That’s what my heart says. My eyes are in profound disagreement. I’d love to see them beat the Lions and really breathe some life into this thing.

          • Bernsy

            Detroit is reeling right now. A Bears win on Thanksgiving day could be the beginning of the end for Detroit’s season.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Everybody seems to “get better” against the Bears.

            Tampa’s defense came in ranked at or near the bottom, they were down to 4 healthy linebackers and they STILL had to be betrayed by their own offense for the Bears to put up 3 TDs IN Chicago.

            EvenTrestman knows they were outplayed yesterday and couldn’t hide his disappointment.

        • AlbertInTucson

          We disagree. That doesn’t necessarily make me “wrong”.

          • johnnywad

            That’s fair. If didn’t say that well.

  • Forte’s vision, balance and cut backs are really remarkable.
    If he were just more explosive with long speed, he would be a slam dunk HOFer

    • BearDown100393

      His versatility and consistency generating yards on the ground and air still make him a strong HOF contender.

      • johnnywad

        Agreed. I think its more a question of longevity at this point. If he can get a few more seasons behind him without that killer injury, I think he’s got a real chance

  • Bernsy

    It was damn fun watching the D get after it yesterday. The Bucs continued to drop back in a constant rain for deeper passes and you guys saw what happened as a result. I mean look at how many drops there were yesterday for the Bears. I noticed that the offense got conservative with 3rd down playcalls which was the right thing to do. The Bucs and McCown paid the price for trying too much in those conditions and the result was sack fumbles, drive killing sacks, poor passes tipped and intercepted and just plain intercepted by solid Bears D plays.
    The Bears gameplay was solid but the execution was off. There were at least 4 drops in the first half alone and 3 of them came on what would have been drive extending first down plays. That is the story of the first half. The D held strong though and kept it close.

    Watching the D force turnovers in the 2nd half and then having the O capitalize was very satisfying. Robbie missing another field goal was concerning though. He is not some random FG kicker. He is one of the best to do it and now he’s 0-2 on his last 2 tries. Granted it was a 54yarder but that’s why he’s not paid 50,000 he’s paid millions and has the talent to hit that.

    A win is a win in this league and just because it wasn’t the Pats or Packers doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. The game i was really bummed about was the Dallas game last night. That last second win over the Giants means the wild card just slipped away even further. At this point now even 9-7 won’t get a team into the playoffs unless you’re in the NFC South as the champ at 6-10. With the season all but over winning 4 or 5 of the last 6 would be a huge boost going into next year.

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