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Across The Middle with Andrew Dannehy

| October 14th, 2015

• The Bears have two wins because they have a good coach and a good quarterback. You were told that they would win some games for that reason, I know you were because I’m the one who told you. (Pats self on back).

• Through five games in 2014, Matt Forte had 118 touches. Through five games in 2015, he has 120. I don’t know when we should start worrying about over-usage, but he looks damn good right now. He isn’t the only one getting the ball a lot, the Bears backup running backs have combined for 26 touches after totaling 42 last year. Fox wasn’t kidding when he said he wanted to run the ball, the Bears are 12th in attempts after finishing 30th last year.

• Coming into the game, there was a debate about which team had the better quarterback. That debate is dead. You saw on Sunday why turnovers aren’t the end all, be all when it comes to quarterback play. The guy still has to be able to make plays. Smith can’t. Cutler can.

• That said, this formula isn’t sustainable. There isn’t a quarterback in the league who doesn’t need help and — while Jay can make chicken salad out of chicken shit as well as anyone — the other shoe is bound to drop. He’s either going to get hurt again because of how much he has had to run around or you’re going to get the inevitable four-interception game because he has to force throws into tight spots. When that happens, the anti-Cutler crowd will be back and the last two weeks will have never happened in their mind.

• This week’s game makes me nervous. The Lions are bad, but not as bad as their record or as bad as they’re perceived to be. They’re not just hungry for a win, they’re starving and they’re always tough to beat at home. Add in the fact that the Bears just might be a little too high and it isn’t hard to see how this could go poorly for the Bears.

This Still Doesn’t Make Sense

After the game, Pernell McPhee indicated that he’s capable of blocking field goals at will, or when he feels disrespected. So why didn’t he save us all a heart attack and block the potential game-winning field goal? McPhee said that he felt disrespected by Kansas City running at him three plays in a row in the third quarter, so he felt he had to make a play. That play was a blocked field goal. Did he not feel the need to make a play when the game was on the line? At what point do we question his desire to win? OK, I’ll shut up now. The dude is a beast.

Player of the Week

Jay Cutler. After Cutler threw the game-winning touchdown pass, notorious Cutler hater John Lynch referred to him as the Bears “best player.” That was the 23rd game-winning drive Cutler has led and the 16th game-winning touchdown pass he has thrown. How improbable was it? Consider this: An Aaron Rodgers-led team has never won a game in which they’ve trailed by 10 or more in the second half. The Bears trailed by 11 with 3:05 left in the game.

Goat of the Week

The chicken or the egg. Andy Reid of Alex Smith.Tough call, but Smith is Kansas City’s quarterback only because Reid wants him to be, so Reid wins…or loses, I guess. They had to try a 66-yard field goal to win the game because they knew their quarterback couldn’t — or wouldn’t — heave it that far, or anywhere near it. Smith’s refusal to try to make plays down field hurts everyone around him, especially the play caller. But when the play caller chose him as his quarterback, you can’t really feel bad for him, can you?

Bold Prediction for Week 6

The Lions are going to try to pick on Kyle Fuller, but he’s going to make them play with a big interception.

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  • Viva

    Fuck the Loins.
    Bear Down!

    • Trac

      Now I’ll say YES to that.

  • beninnorcal

    I’m actually worried about the Lions game as well. Not that the Bears are suddenly this winning team, but it feels like a trap game.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      i said it in one of the last few threads, I don’t see Fox, Fangio, and Gase allowing this team to become to confident or unprepared.

      • beninnorcal

        That’s kinda what I was thinking, that if an ill-informed fan such as myself can think of this, they’d be all over it.

      • Trac

        The big dick is actually onto something here.

    • chitownproud85

      Feel same way about the Lions game that I did about the Chiefs – logic would indicate that we will likely not win – 3 wins in a row, for this team? Back to back road wins, for this team? This team isnt very good. But…betting on the Lions to do anything, ever, is risky business. Head says Lions, Heart says Bears – Mouth says fuck the Lions. I really dont know. I could see the Lions diving into full on self immolation, and I could certainly see the Bears getting the L they were so close to in both games they won. Tough call…but I will go Bears 20, Lions 19 1/2.

      • Trac

        Stop being such a doubting Thomas.

      • beninnorcal

        They are the Lions after all, really living up to their reputation so far this year.

        • Viva

          Loins

          • beninnorcal

            My bad, forgot. Loins it is.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Four FGs and a TD? I can see maybe a TD, but they’e not getting into range 4 times on us. Stafford is rated low 70s, throwing more INTs than TDs, and is generally a divvy. They are by FAR the worst rushing team in the NFL with 2.8 (!!) ypc.

        So, they can’t run it at us, and we’re the 3rd best pass D in the NFL. How does this 0-5 train-wreck of a franchise score on us five times??

        I think I’ll back us twice.

        • CanadaBear

          My only worry is that rookie RB goes off. He’s supposed to be a burner. I hope McPhee and Young smoke the Fat Lezbo. I REALLY dislike that jackass.

        • chitownproud85

          My 20 – 19 1/2 score was to reflect how close i thought it would be, not that the lions would literally score 19 1/2 points. I’m trying to keep the faith here by voting for a Bear win, because it is indeed POSSIBLE. Damn…3 in a row though? Thats a tough sell. Hope you are right, Irish. I hope those worthless shitbags dont even “get into range” 4 times.

      • Pissed Off

        All I can say is thank God it’s the lions. One of the most lowly picked on franchises in sports. If it were almost any other team in the NFL, I might be worried.

    • Trac

      Worrying is a sin my son.

      • beninnorcal

        I repent. Bear down.

      • The GP

        It’s odd that so many religions instill worry into their flock as SOP, then,

        • Trac

          Do tell?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Is worrying about sinning a sin?

        • The GP

          St. Peter at the pearly gates gives you a 30% discount off meta-worry.

          Good news!

          • MB30SD

            hahahaha… cracking me up today.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I am long time “Lapsed Catholic”.

            He will probably point me to the express elevator and tell me to hit “down”.

            At LEAST to Purgatory.

            Damn.

            I’ll likely be doing time with god knows HOW many Packer fans.

          • CanadaBear

            Recovering catholic here!

          • EnderWiggin
        • BillW

          Remember Father Guido Sarducci’s routine about “paying for your sins”; and his dream about showing up to heaven being 25 cents short?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Better still, George Carlin’s routine about growing up Irish-Catholic.

            It’s on the CLASS CLOWN album.

            I think I still have it on vinyl.

            Classic routine!

          • The GP

            Find the Pope in the Pizza.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            I was born and raised catholic. Dropped it like a bad habit when i got out on my own and the church sent me a letter requesting 10% of my gross wages as a tithe. I wrote them back that i was doing Gods work by donating money to the local strip club to help cloth the poor girls. Interestingly enough i did not receive any mail from them after that and i quit attending church. I think it was hilarious that one of the largest and richest “Private” organizations in the world was asking my broke ass for money, implying it was my duty.

          • BillW

            To say nothing of paying for their legal bills.

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

    The Bears’ backup RBs are averaging 13 snaps and 5 touches a game.

    I wouldn’t say that’s “touching the ball a lot.”

    • Trac

      You don’t say? he he

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      how does that compare to past years for the bears?

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

        last year, Bears backup RBs averaged 6 snaps and 2.6 touches per game.

        But more telling to me is Forte’s usage. Forte averaged 63 snaps and 23 touches per game, this year he’s averaging 60 snaps and 24 touches per game. He was overused last year (highest snap total in PFF era by over 50 snaps) and is on basically the same pace this year, plus his touches this year are much more carries than receptions, so he’s taking more hits.

        • Big Mike

          Last year he had all of those touches, with Alshon and Brandon both available. I suspect when we get Alshon and Royal back, Forte’s touches will go down. The last 2-3 weeks the game plan has been developed out of necessity. All offensive stats should toss out the Pickle game in Seattle.

        • CanadaBear

          You’re right about him taking more hits but I saw Forte take 2 or 3 horrible hits last year due to the terrible scheme. IMO it’s those horrible hits that shorten careers. No doubt the overuse will do the same thing but it takes longer for a guy in the kind of shape Forte is in. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are going to use him up this year and not re-sign him.

    • Andrew Dannehy

      Point is a lot more than last year.

  • The Yes Guy

    Yes.

    • Trac

      Not this time.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Are you really a chick … and of African-American origin …?

  • Trac

    Hey Andrew? Trust me, the Lions suck.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Lions beat the Bears? No way known. I just doubled the Bears to win (13/10), with ATL -3 (5/6). 3.2 to 1.

    • TheBigCheesy

      from 2-3 to 3-2? That’s quite a victory.

      • Joecashflow

        Irish math

  • Irish Sweetness

    Peyton Manning has 34 QBs rated above him ( not including Kellen Clemens) . There are 32 teams.

    Soon there will be no more shameless huckstering from this turtle-headed nonce.

    And Julio Jones is playing, so mortgage those children.

    • Pissed Off

      And yet he’s undefeated. Props to a great defense as well but that’s more than most teams can say.

      • AlbertInTucson

        What’s the story on Demarcus Ware who limped off with aback issue last week?

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          he hurt is back.

        • Pissed Off

          Seems to be hush hush, hurt his back in the 2nd quarter and now he’s out at least one week. Day to day is the old adage I’m sure.

          • AlbertInTucson

            And, of course…

            “We’re ALL ‘day to day’.”

  • Pissed Off

    The nice thing about Forte is he continues to be durable relatively speaking, year after year. Even with this kind of usage I’m not overly concerned about him wearing down later in the year.

    I think Fox will coach the team up and the leaders won’t let the “trap game” scenario play out. The Bears, while they have 2 wins, are still hungry themselves.

    McPhee is a beast but he cant’ say that shit. At will…..Pahleese. If a team wants to double you, you aren’t blocking every FG you want to. I love the guy because he’s a stud but hopefully he doesn’t come down with say stupid shit syndrome ala Russell Wilson.

    • MB30SD

      Mmmmm…yes, quite.

      We know someone else with that syndrome don’ts we… my precious? ♡

      • Pissed Off

        Yes, yes we do

        • MB30SD

          see, we can fuck around and not get all bent out of shape maings.

          I seriously doubt I jumped down your throat on the old thread (i’ll happily eat crow if you can produce said throat jumping). I was probably just fucking around, which is my default… and can be taken seriously.

          Ps. You loved the heart didn’t you. Be honest. (btw: doooooon’t caaaaare!)

          • Pissed Off

            Didn’t even know you were talking about me. Scroll down on the disqus comments thread and you’ll see I posted the names of a few famous bears fans….your immediate comment….”again, who give a fuck”. I’m not gonna go look for it cuz knowing you it’s probably deleted and no one cares anyway.

            All I was doing was getting you back for that when I asked who gives a fuck on your post with the link to whatever it was…didn’t even open it, didnt care…so start eating.

            I could be totally wrong but what i think is that you’re the blog bully and you think it’s OK to post whatever slander you want from behind your computer and when someone takes recourse you hide behind a blog buddy (if one steps up) or you get worked up. Someone who posts “dont care” as much as you do definitely cares. Just know that if you are replying to me in a derogatory way you will be called out on it. You can disagree with me and post your opinions or tell me where I’m wrong all you want but when the vulgarity starts you’re getting it right back cuz it don’t fly with me maing so be prepared. You can spout off all you want to others or about others but when it’s me you’ll hear back on it….simple as that.

          • MB30SD

            OH MY GOD. that was a total cut on you and a hex on your entire family. seriously? And btw, aside from Al trying to keep the peace, did you see my response to yours… I fucked with you right back. I didn’t get my feelings hurt.

            my initial thought is… waaaaaaa dude. blog bully is such a victim stance and makes me roll my eyes. Common, that’s what whiners say when their feelings get hurt about stupid shit. Do you know how many times guys like shady and doc and murph (and all other regs) have fucked with me, basically calling me a weenie?

            If you want to be lame and cry about that kind of shit, that’s cool. just prepared to be called on it. I take and I give buddy. And the internet tough guy thing is ridiculous. First, I’m a lover not a fighter, hence the heart. Second, if we ever meet up feel free to take a swing rocky balboa. hahaha

            Net-net, we all fuck with each other, there are differing personalities and just like in real life people get their feathers ruffled, but we’re dudes, so get over it and move on.

            My god, it’s like a telanovela in here sometimes. Buck up camper. Can’t believe I actually wasted minutes of my life typing this kind of shit AGAIN.

          • CanadaBear

            I remember just yesterday I may have hinted around that you just might be a weather weenie. Don’t remember the blog burning down.

          • AlbertInTucson

            “The Truth is it’s own defense.”

          • MB30SD

            FUCK YOU YOU CANADIAN MOTHERFUCKER! HOW DAAAAAAARE YOU!

          • Scharfinator

            Mmmnn much butthurt in this thread, there is.

          • Pissed Off

            Dude you’re just echoing my sentiments. Move on and stop crying. Almost none of what you said makes any sense, very hard to read, might want to re-read before clicking post. You got called out on something and it’s over….until you need to be called out again.

          • MB30SD

            suuuuure.

    • AlbertInTucson

      There’s no such a thing as a “Trap Game” when you”re 2-3.

      • Pissed Off

        Touche

      • Pissed Off

        But it feels like we’re better than that…..must be the 2 wins in a row after a couple of terrible showings.

        • AlbertInTucson

          There IS opportunity to be seized upon!

  • The GP

    Fuller will make them play with a big interception?

    I hope not.

    • Pissed Off

      That would require him actually looking at the ball

      • Joecashflow

        How many interceptions hit the back of the helmet first?

  • Sactowns#1

    Guess what I get to do today kids. That’s right, I get to.replace the old cast iron plumbing under my house as one of the pipes has busted. Oh joy of joys!!

    • AlbertInTucson

      Ew.

    • CanadaBear

      Watch out for critters.

    • Johnnywad

      That blows. Been there Sac. Thing that sucks, other than the hard work, is you spend all that damn time and money, and what do you get? You get water. You had water until something got fucked up. That’s what I hated about it. Thousands of dollars in, and you get to take a hot shower, just like everybody else. Hell, just like yourself just days before. Fuck old pipes.

    • Joecashflow

      Better now than January

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    “This week’s game makes me nervous”. U must, Cutler most of the time play garbage visiting Lions

    • Sactowns#1

      Me think Cutler play good now.

      • Viva

        Me three.

      • Johnnywad

        Ghost is foreign. VERY foreign. He’s a good soul though.

    • beninnorcal

      Too lazy to look them up, but his career numbers against the Lions are pretty damn good.

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

        not the last year or two, but otherwise yeah.

      • Joecashflow

        Suh be gone now.

  • MB30SD

    so, wait… didn’t we already fucking waive fales once before???

    Did he just get double waived?!?! Daaaaaamn!

  • MB30SD
    • The GP

      Putting his dick in Khloe Kardashian was the beginning of the end.

  • TheBigCheesy

    Aaron Rodgers may have never come back from 10 down, but Matt Flynn has a 23 point comeback win!

  • The GP

    So apparently Odom’s blood is testing clean for controlled substances…. EXCEPT herbal viagra.

    He was fisting that stuff – pardon the pun.

    http://thebiglead.com/2015/10/14/lamar-odom-herbal-viagra-4-day-prostitute-binge-paper-claims/

    4-day hooker binge. Damn that’s a lot of saddle time.

    • MB30SD

      WTF is herbal viagra, and where can I get some?!

      • AlbertInTucson

        Because YOU want to found unresponsive in a brothel, too?

        • MB30SD

          hahahaha… I don’t need a brothel Al, I have online dating.

          I was kidding. I use the real shit when going on my 4-day sex-benders. And I’ve never used viagra, it’s all about Cialis (Vitamin-C). Stuff is awesome when you plan on having sex more than 2-3 times a night.

          • CanadaBear

            I haven’t planned on having sex once a night for a very long time. If it happens, awesome, if I plan on it, it never happens.

          • MB30SD

            hahahahahaha… ahhh, the married life!

          • AlbertInTucson

            “More than 2-3 times a night”.

            OK, now I’m depressed.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahaha… I was married for 8 years, and with her 16 Al. Trust me, I’ve been on the other side as well.

    • Viva

      Lots of chaffing.

      • CanadaBear

        Like Alan Arkin said in Little Miss Sunshine, “3rd degree burns on my Johnson”.

  • MB30SD
    • CanadaBear

      I see D. Levy is out. That’s a break for the Beloved. I still worry about ST’s (esp KO’s). Their rookie RB is averaging 31.5 yds per KO return. The Bears looked better last week but I’m still very concerned.

      • MB30SD

        agree canada, specials have def been our weakest link (save pickles) since the beginning of the year.

        I don’t even know who our specials coach is… sheesh. Maybe we were overly spoiled with Toub, but one has to believe we can find a coach that can at least squeeze mediocrity (no TDs scored against and only 20 yards – against) out of this squad. I don’t even expect a bunch of return TDs for us, a la old hester, I just don’t want us to give up silly shit. can’t be that hard.

  • Viva

    New thread, jackasses.

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

    “The Bears have two wins because they have a good coach and a good quarterback. You were told that they would win some games for that reason, I know you were because I’m the one who told you. (Pats self on back).”

    Isn’t that a comma splice?

    unpat back.

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