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FrontRowTickets.com Game Preview: Bears Host the Arizona Cardinals in Week Two

| September 18th, 2015

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The Game Poem

I entered this NFL season

Abounding with patience and reason

A week in the books

Da Bears dug in their hooks

I hope they weren’t only teasin’

A Not-So-Quick Thought

Sunday is a playoff game for the Chicago Bears – figuratively speaking.

The Bears, whether they want to admit moral victory or not, gave many of their fans hope for a 2015 campaign that began with the tiniest expectations in more than a decade. They had every opportunity to beat one of the best teams in the league. So why is a contest with the Cardinals in week two a “playoff” game?

  • The NFC is not particularly deep and the Cardinals will be a team in the mix for one of the six spots in the tournament. If the Bears pulled off a win Sunday, who is going to argue they can’t be playing meaningful games in the month of December?
  • Fans were pleasantly surprised Sunday but remain skeptical. If the Bears improve off Sunday’s performance you could see expectations rise around the city of Chicago very quickly. Fans want to believe. Will the Bears give them that opportunity?
  • The Bears are not going to win in Seattle in Week Three. And they are not recovering from an 0-3 start.

Sean Payton on the Cardinals Defense

From NOLA.com:

On if they had to take what was given to them on offense:

“One of the things we saw others have success with a year ago was misdirection. It is a pressure defense, they do a good job of getting after the quarterback. We had a few of those different plays in for this plan. We had some opportunities though. (Zach) Hocker did a great job. You hate to be kicking four field goals, and as that game was unfolding, he did a very good job.”

On if he felt that the Cardinals were susceptible to running screens:

“We felt like we couldn’t sit back there and allow that pass rush to rush five and pressure the QB. We needed something to counter that a bit.”

Expect quick throws and lots of Forte in the passing attack.

Irish Video of the Week

One of the greatest songs ever written.

(Okay, maybe it will be recurring.)

Carson Palmer Moves…Not at All

The Bears pass rush was non-existent a week ago against the Green Bay Packers and if they no-show Sunday Carson Palmer will tear their secondary apart. He has plenty of weapons and those weapons have plenty of speed. The Bears front needs to collapse his pocket and collect trouble at his feet.

Three Bears of Intrigue

  • Pernell McPhee remains the top item on this list until further notice. Vic Fangio should not need to manufacture a pass rush when the team is paying McPhee the fortune they are paying him. Carson Palmer is the least elusive quarterback in the league not named Peyton Manning. McPhee needs to hit him. Often.
  • New Orleans moved the ball at will against the Cardinals defense (on the road) but stumbled in the red zone. Why? Because the Saints exiled arguably the best red zone target in the sport, Jimmy Graham, to Seattle. Adam Gase and Jay Cutler need to isolate the talented Cards secondary on their receivers and then attack the middle of the field with Martellus Bennett.
  • Someone has to cover Larry Fitzgerald and I’d be surprised if the Bears didn’t give the responsibility almost exclusively to Kyle Fuller. Fitz is going to get his catches. Fuller has to limit the damage afterwards.

Watch Out for Darren Fells

Palmer went to Fells in big situations throughout their game with the Saints and the Bears don’t necessarily have a player capable of covering an athletic tight end on this defense. Might this be the first time we see how Shea McClellin or Christian Jones handle coverage assignments? Might it be time for Adrian Amos to show up on the game tape? Fells is the wild card in this Cardinals attack.

Take a look at his 2014 season as compared to his first game of 2015.

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ARIANS ON CUTLER

From a piece at ESPN.com:

“I met a guy that was very passionate about the game, wanted to win and was willing to do whatever it took to win,” Arians said. “I always felt he might be the most misunderstood quarterback in the league.”

Arians understands some of his struggles better than most, having been a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. Cutler is on his fifth offensive coordinator in seven seasons with Chicago.

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“It’s hard,” Arians said. “It’s a lot easier when you stay in the same system your whole career, but when you go through three or four in four or five years, it’s extremely hard on you. He’s a very bright guy. It’s a matter of learning the language, all the little scenarios of hots and blitzes and those things, especially if you are changing personnel, which he has had to do.”

Phil Emery is still the Bears GM if he hires Bruce Arians.

Game Prediction

Bears continue their commitment to run and controlled passing game, keep game close and win on a late Robbie Gould field goal from 47 yards out.

Chicago Bears 27, Arizona Cardinals 24

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  • Viva

    BEAR DOWN!

  • Viva

    Palmer….

    • MB30SD

      FUCKINGDEAD!!!!

      • Viva

        Get Some!!

        • MB30SD

          Ohhh Rah!

    • 505Bears

      Rosie

  • NewBearInTown

    Phil Emery is still Bears GM if he hires Arians.

    By hiring Trestman isn’t just fired from the Bears this season, he’s out of the league.

    • Trac

      He was retirement age anyhow. He got a nice nest egg from the Bears.

      • The GP

        he stands on the clean edge of history’s footnote

      • Irish Sweetness

        What about Angelo? Did he make 50 .. 60 million out of us? It’s fucking unbelievable.

    • Big Mike

      Trestman bad.

      • Viva

        Trestman = pile of foul smelling shit of a coach, and an even worse play caller.

        • Big Mike

          Not a fan. I’ve made myself clear on how detrimental to the Chicago Bears Trestman was. He was least shitty at play calling. He might not ruin the Ravens franchise, because of the presence of a top flight HC. But he will set them back a game or two this season. I’ve come to the point where I just say Trestman=Bad

          • CanadaBear

            Did you notice in the same article there was a quote from Cutler about Arians being a man’s man and other such descriptions? It was a quote that absolutely couldn’t be applied to Nessman (which I thought was Cutler’s real point).

          • Big Mike

            Canada, you may know from my posts that I coach a youth football team (8th grade). I’ve been involved and around the game my entire life. I’ve spent time at coaching clinics with Pete Caroll, Jim Harbaugh, Nick Saban and a littany of top notch college and HS coaches. There were all types of coaches, cerebral, macho, charismatic and so on. But all of the top Head Coaches were powerful leaders. Alpha’s to alpha’s. Most coaches are strong willed, manly men. The HC has to be dominant in that pack. I’ve been a HC, Coordinator and Assistant. Everybody assumes their role, but the HC needs to take the reins, and be the dominant voice to the team. If you don’t have that, you won’t win. Trestman was a pussy. He made everyone weaker. His Coordinators, Assistant Coaches, position coaches and quality coordinators. Our laundry team probably got soft.

            I distrusted him as a HC the moment I learned there would not be designated Team Captains. Football players like it or not, want to be led. It’s a build in need. Some of them need it simply so they can revolt against it. Others want to know what to do and and need a leader to tell them, this is going to work. Let’s get it. Not “give my your opinion on what works”.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Does “No Captains” sound way to much like “Everybody gets a trophy” ?

          • Big Mike

            It does. I wish I had thought of that.

          • CanadaBear

            I was gone for a while Mike but I still remember your coaching background. Totally agree. When Nessman was hired Tim Brown was interviewed and he was incredulous. He didn’t come right out and say Nessman was a Wuss but that’s the only way you could take his quotes. It was very troubling for me because you just don’t hear that about HC’s in the NFL.

          • Jokey

            laundry team, that’s clasic

          • MB30SD

            holy shit! He’s ALLLLIIIIIVE

          • Irish Sweetness

            That’s why I loved Ditka. He had huge stones. Trestman was Mr. Mackey. Ditka had rings and a HOF jacket. Whether he was right or wrong, everybody knew exactly what was being asked of them, and playing like girls was unacceptable. He didn’t even mind losing as long as the players gave it everything. As much as Mac and Ditka didn’t get along, they respected each other.

            How do you respect a guy like Trestman?

          • Big Mike

            Not as a HC, that’s for sure.

          • Pissed Off

            I feel like fox won’t allow substandard play regardless of the name as well. That’s why I think he’s the right guy and the arrow is pointing up. Hes too old for that and this is probably his last stop and when he takes this team to the super bowl he’s going to actually win it and go out on top.

          • antityco

            I remember Ditka getting out coached by Walsh game after game. The screaming Neanderthal bit only takes you so far in the NFL.

          • The GP

            Trestman = OC of Ravens

            Flacco’s first game as QB: 1 FF point. Terrible outing, looks like a different guy.

            Coincidence? Hmmm…

          • Big Mike

            Not a coincidence at all.

          • Trac

            I noticed that too.

          • Irish Sweetness

            1 ???

            In fairness, he’s always on waivers …. nobody even puts him on their roster.

    • SC Dave

      Were that the case, I’m glad he didn’t. We needed him drafting like we needed Glitchy.

      • CanadaBear

        He hit on a few picks but clearly not enough.

        • MB30SD

          chicken. dinner.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’d like to see Timu get a shot at Shea’s spot. Baller. More ballers please.

      • Irish Sweetness

        “If he hires Arians …” … and if my aunty had balls ….

        He didn’t. He hired a complete cock in Trestman. End of.

  • Scharfinator

    Ride Forte, get pass rush, Bears win. It’s my three step program.

  • Players and coaches I’m keying in on this week (many of them overlap with Jeff).

    Offense:

    1) Alshon Jeffery. Want to be the next WR to earn one of those fat new contracts? Making some plays against Patrick Peterson is a good start
    2) Kyle Long. Terrible in his debut at RT this week. How quickly can he turn that around?

    Defense:

    1) Adrian Amos. Palmer loves to throw it deep. Amos will be tested, a lot. Can the rookie stand up to the pressure and make some plays?
    2) Pernell McPhee. Arizona’s RT is no Bryan Bulaga. Time for McPhee to show he’s not just another Baltimore FA bust.

    Coaching:

    1) Vic Fangio. Disappointing debut. Will he better utilize front 7 versatility this week and not leave his best run stuffer on the bench?
    2) (just to match the 2 from the others) How will Adam Gase open up the offense now that the WRs are seemingly more healthy? I’d like to see a healthy dose of play action.

    What are you guys hoping to see/looking for?

    • SC Dave

      I want to see the calm Jay Cutler we saw most of last week. Of course, that may be harder with a stronger pass rush facing him. Just be chill, Jay. And watch for LBs that aren’t busy other than looking to jump a route.

      I want to see the dline and ILBs limit enemy yds per carry… somewhere below 3.2.

      I want to see our coverage unit look like it deserves to play in the NFL. Or Robbie put every KO out of the back of the endzone, if he still can.

      But its all secondary to …

      I want us to have more points than them when the gme clock expires!

      • Irish Sweetness

        Will they stick with Allen/McPhee, or give some other guys a go? Acho is a Bear again.

        • They HAVE to go with McPhee. That’s their first big move.
          Allen on the other hand they owe nothing, but I doubt they sit him.
          How can they try to get other 4-3 ends to convert to 3-4 rush if they sit Allen? Maybe that’s part of the rational.

          Still, I too would like a little Pete Carroll in FOX. Start the guys making the most plays regardless of contract.

          • Big Mike

            It was Aaron Rodgers… He simply kept us off balance with an up-tempo game and completing 90+ % of his passes. Getting the ball out under 2 seconds almost every time. Play calling was briliant. pass, pass, pass, Lacy.Lacy, pass, lacy, lacy, lacy, pass, pass..

      • RELAX.

      • Pissed Off

        I agree. The problem is that when Jay turns the ball over it just always seems at the absolute worst time. Never a great time but cmon man.

    • Big Mike

      Alshon, looks very much like an aging #2 receiver. Not an up and coming #1 who is setting the table for his second contract. Long was not terrible. In his very first pro start at LT he was better than everyone else on our team. He will get better. Fangio got caught not being able to get the right personnel on the field. It looked to me like the Bears were effectively in a 4-3 most of the game.

      I want to see Cutler drive the ball and conned in the 10-20 yard range.

      • willbest

        #2 WR? Nonsense. Name 32 WR you would rather have than Jeffery. Fantasy skewing reality. Only about 10=12 I can think of that I would rather have and maybe 5-6 I am indifferent about. He is a clear NFL #1 WR. And the guy blocks almost as good as Marshal does.

        • MB30SD

          I think that’s taking it a bit far, but I def think we need to see what he does when he’s not totally injured.

          He was very obviously hobbled last week. Not sure how it seemingly turned around so quickly, but once we see him full-speed then we’ll be able to make a better determination.

          • Big Mike

            That’s what my comment was about. He is obviously not an aging receiver, so it follows that I do not think he is a #2. Implied is that his injury makes him look that way.

          • MB30SD

            you’re too smart for me mike, I just post titties maings.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            and you have been slacking at that…

          • MB30SD

            I know. (hangs head in shame).

            I promise to redouble my efforts!

          • REAL ones, por favor

          • MB30SD

            I down voted that absurd comment

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            here are some gifs to help get you bouncing down the right track

            http://thechive.com/2015/09/10/things-that-bounce-thursday-15-gifs-16/

          • MB30SD

            Well done. God I love boobies

          • Big Mike

            Where? when? Not here recently. Need some curated updates of boobies.

        • Irish Sweetness

          He was a clear #2 when he was on the same team as Brandon Marshall, I don’t care how many TDs he caught. He doesn’t put those numbers up without Brandon.

        • Big Mike

          My comment was “he looks like an aging #2 receiver”. Implied is ‘because of the hamstring injury’. Healthy and in game shape I think he’s a solid #1 WR with the potential to be very good.

      • Trac

        Long started at LT? I thought it was RT.

        • willbest

          You are correct. Long was RT. Bushrod was LT

        • Big Mike

          Yeah, my bad. Brain said RT, fingers typed LT. That happens…

          • BerwynBomber

            Age …

          • Big Mike

            I guess so…

      • Irish Sweetness

        I never got the Alshon love. He was a nice look-off from Brandon. Tall. That was it though. Now Brandon’s a Jet, AJ doesn’t suddenly become that game-changing receiver. Front office knew that and drafted Kevin.

        Just for fun :

        If there really was a locker-room impasse when the bromance broke up, the following was possible :

        Cutty goes to NJ, not Brandon, we get their pick, sign Fitzy, and draft Leonard Williams.

        Which do you prefer?

        Cutty + Kevin ….. or ….

        Fitzy + Brandon + AJ +Leonard Williams + cap space ?

        • you crazy, Irish.
          Alshon is not a top tier WR, but when healthy, he’s like a young Marshall. Remember, Marshall himself had a case of the drops esp in the redzone early in his career.

          Though I agree. White has higher upside.

          • Pissed Off

            Maybe it was just me but I thought alshon looked good last week in action with no bmarsh. Considering the injury and such. Not saying he’s top tier yet but last week actually have me confidence that he will be ok and not just a sidekick.

        • SC Dave

          It’s been one game, Irish.

        • NYJ weren’t giving up their pick for Cutler or Pace would have done it, and then traded both those picks plus whatever else it took to get Mariota.

          • MB30SD

            Oooooooohhh!

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Carson Palmer Moves…Not at All”

  • Now Alshon Jeffery has a hamstring injury. Didn’t practice today, questionable for Sunday.
    Is this guy ever going to be healthy?

    • MB30SD

      sigh

      • Scharfinator

        SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    • Irish Sweetness

      Meredith is 6’3, I think Omodu is 6’4. I’d be happy with those two guys out wide – they’re healthy, tall, and have good hands. Bellamy in the slot. Have to cut somebody to promote Ify though.

      They should bench Royal until he’s healthy too.

      • We need someone who can stretch the field, anyone.

        • Big Mike

          He’s on the IR pup list for now.

          • SC Dave

            And maybe comes back unable to stretch the field.

          • Big Mike

            That’s the real fear. Missing 1/2 of all of this season is unfortunate, but not being able to be live up to the potential he had prior to the injury is the real downside.

    • Alshon seems to have a case of the Julio Jones, always something or other.
      And that’s probably why we drafted White, who went down, ironically.

      This is why the Bears are waiting till the end of the season to pay him. If it’s inj riddled, that might lower the price.

      He should get paid less than Hilton, but who knows, Alshon might want more.

    • Big Mike

      He was hurt most of his rookie season. Very frustrated by this. They need to just sit Jeffery. After the catch, he ran like he was running with rocks in his shoes last week. Bears need to play like the Packers or Broncos would when a guy goes down. No change to the game plan, no excuses for the 2s somebody step up and make plays. The end.

    • AlbertInTucson

      ‘It’s always SOMETIN!” – Roseanne Rosannadanna.

  • If Arians liked Cutler so much, why didn’t he trade for him last season when they were still in the playoff hunt with 3rd string QB?
    Cuz he rather roll with an old as dirt inj-prone Palmer over Cutler, that’s why.

    Maybe next year Arians can have Cutler.

    • Big Mike

      Too expensive, not available, mid season trades for QBs are very rare.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Mainly too expensive.

        • yep, no cap space that time of year. Plus what are you going to do with a QB who doesn’t know the offense?

          • BearDown100393

            Hire Jay Gruden?

        • SC Dave

          or not good enough

    • BerwynBomber

      They gave Palmer a nice, fat contract halfway thru last season, so it would have been doubtful they would have taken on Cutty’s too.

      I took Arian’s comments as a successful coach tossing an often criticized player a bone. Most coaches aren’t going to badmouth opposing players. And in terms of the dedicated stuff, I never really doubted that in Cutty. The numerous OC stuff? Another story …

  • Irish Sweetness

    David Fales is on the PS.

    • superbowl!
      Told you guys he’s most likely clearing waivers.
      Only question I had was whether the Pats still had some interest in him. Guess not.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    McPhee listed as questionable…

    • It almost doesn’t matter the way he’s been playing. Might be seen more of as a pass coverage liability vs a team that will likely air it out.

      • he’s being paid a lot of money to be a pass rusher. Will be in coverage <10% of the time.

        And he'll play

    • Irish Sweetness

      Good.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Which is the overall description of this year’s Bears.

      • MB30SD

        Al, please tell me you haven’t started yelling at kids in your neighborhood to, “get the hell off my lawn you god damn kids!”

        • AlbertInTucson

          I live in the desert. Don’t even HAVE a front lawn. Or a back one, either.

          • MB30SD

            “You damn kids! Get off my rocks, dirt, cacti, and rattlesnakes!”

  • As always, FF analysis is much more in-depth than the other “experts”. Here’s some interesting tid-bits from Matthew Berry who is more of an entertainer than hard core analysts, though he is gifted many interns to dig up factoids, like so:

    “Carson Palmer, Cardinals:
    NOW do you see why I was talking him up so much in the preseason? Take
    out the game when he got injured last year and he’s now thrown multiple
    touchdowns in each of his past seven starts. Two first names and two
    last names, double the crowd pleaser. Yes, I do know someone named
    Palmer. How many Bears-are-bad stats do you want? Let’s say three, all
    since the start of last season:

    1. Only one team has allowed more fantasy points to QBs than the Bears.

    2. Bears have allowed opponents to complete 67.3 percent of their passes.

    3. They have also allowed the most completions and highest completion percentage on deep passes (15-plus yards downfield).

    Wait
    a minute. What’s this one doing on the floor? Chicago has also given up
    37 passing touchdowns since the start of last season, most in the NFL.
    Damn. They really are not good. But that’s it. Seriously. I’m done. No
    more. I promise.

    By the way, super random, but did you know that
    since last season, one of every 10.4 completions against the Bears has
    resulted in a touchdown?

    I lied.

    • MB30SD

      arrow up baby!

    • Shady

      As we mentioned yesterday Matthew Berry is just another booya shill for DKs.

      http://deadspin.com/espns-matthew-berry-sells-credibility-to-draftkings-1731566734

      • willbest

        Mathew Berry gets mad props from me. Take a hobby you like and make a couple million doing it. It is the American dream.

        • Shady

          Sure, glad he’s been so successful. Just don’t pretend to be something you’re not.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Any of you aware/care that the USA is in the Rugby World Cup which just started?

    You’re in a pool with South Africa, Samoa, Japan, and Scotland. Top two go forward.

    Bonus point system in use.

    http://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/world-cup/clive-woodward-highlights-the-need-for-fans-to-be-aware-of-world-cup-bonus-point-system-31537891.html

    • MB30SD

      VERY.

      Now if I could only fucking find the games on the good ‘ol TV here… where they think ladies golf and basketball are more interesting that the RWC. SMFH

      • Irish Sweetness

        (MB sneaks out the old Springboks jersey for the quarter finals and starts saying “Ja, boot…” a lot)

        • MB30SD

          already have on both accounts matey!

          Now if only bafana bafana was worth a shit. smh.

      • SC Dave

        Rugby? Pussy game. You want REAL manly competition? Try this!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Oh and C-Bear, Canada v Ireland, Saturday 9 A.M. E.T.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    hmmm a team deciding early in the season that their turf sucks and installs artificial turf.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/09/18/texans-decide-to-cut-the-grass-install-artificial-turf/

    • Might help them.
      Foster is going to be coming back. He’s a one -cut zone runner. Might help with his cuts.
      Hopkins is doing well.
      Clowney and Watt will be a bit faster now too, which is scary.

      Never happen in Soldier Field though.

  • Shady

    How is there no mention of Calais Campbell? The guy is a game wrecker.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m most worried about John Brown. He’s no only going to eat Fuller’s lunch, he’ll take his car, wallet and keys too.

      And who is at RG? Kyle will work it out at RT, but Ducasse mightn’t …

  • SC Dave

    A better song

    • Irish Sweetness

      Ah, Tom. His piano has been drinking….

      He really surprised me when he stepped into the new millennium with ‘Hoist that rag’. More songs should be written about the stupidity of flags.

      But props to the Blogfather for a Christ Moore Vid. “Up Down”. In case you haven’t heard the jewel in Christy’s crown, Jefe, here it is. ‘Me and the Rose’ – about meeting the Rose of Tralee as a Ban Garda (Irish five-oh). 13 minutes long !!

  • Waffle

    Martellus Bennett and Cutler usually find each other fairly easily …. except when they run the seam route that Bennett never runs correctly and that Jay throws too far to the inside causing trouble every time. If I can see that Bennett does his best and cleanest routes when he’s not opening up in the seam to the inside why the fuck can’t the coaches????

  • BerwynBomber

    Here is something rarely mentioned: Olin Kreutz, like Lance Briggs, is borderline HOF material. A six-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro (first team once, second team the other) and second team All-Decade team for the 2000s.

    Like Briggs he probably won’t get in but he should get some consideration.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Kreutz certainly doesn’t deserve to get in before Hilgenberg, if he deserves entry at all. 7 PBs, 7 X All-Pro, SB winner. Never missed a game, started every game in his career.

      • BerwynBomber

        Valid point. But Hilgenberg was “only” AP All-Pro 4x (twice first team; twice second team).

        Anyway, as I said, Kreutz isn’t getting in; but he has honors warranting a look. As obviously Hilgenberg does. In fact, I would not be surprised if Hilgenberg eventually gets in.

  • BerwynBomber

    HOF Prognostications for the most recent era of ex-Bears:

    Urlacher ILB (Lach is a lock)
    Hester PR/KR (flip a coin but the Ray Guy enshrinement helps his case)
    Briggs OLB (will receive consideration but not get in)
    Kreutz C (see Briggs)
    Tillman CB (doubtful he gets a sniff)

    FWIW, Peppers may some day get in, but he feels more like a Revis-like mercenary than an all-time Bear.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      Kreutz and Briggs wont be considered.

      • Kreutz will get discussed, since he was all-decade in the 2000s. Briggs will get discussed too. I’d be very surprised if either gets in.

        • Bender McLugh

          What top-10 center for 10 consecutive years hasn’t made it in?

    • Trac

      It would be a shame to see Hester make the 1st ballot. Make him wait, just like we had to after he started playing wideout.

      • Bender McLugh

        Too soon

        • Trac

          When he is eligible

  • Pissed Off

    I think ariens will have something real nice dialed up for the bears on Sunday. If I had to make a gun to the head pick I’d say cards by a td. But can we win this game….hell yeah. I heard some clown on espn today list cj2k as a fantasy sleeper. That dude scares no one and hasn’t for half a decade. My money would be on David Johnson if anyone to have a breakout game. Not sure Palmer scares me much either but if he was still shaking off the rust last week he could be dangerous. Wouldn’t mind seeing something…..anything out of Allen.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Apparently CJ is looking the part now. More worried about Carson getting time to hit Brown downtown.

      • Bender McLugh

        Even without McPhee the rush should get to that statue of a qb

  • Irish Sweetness

    For the semi-youngsters on the board, try and get to see the Nigerian Nightmare on A Football Life. Much bigger and faster than Jim Brown. It as north/south only, but he was fun to watch and nobody wanted to tackle him.

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/a-football-life/0ap3000000533176/A-Football-Life-Learning-Football

    • MB30SD

      then there was my man Steve atwater

      • DaMurph

        Thats 15 yards for helmet to helmet these days. The days of the “big hit” are almost over, you dont see it much, and when you do its a penalty.

        • MB30SD

          So very sad

          • Bender McLugh

            Trent Richardson’s broken career

  • Viva

    Bears 28
    Cardinals 16

    We win. They lose.

  • Irish Sweetness

    IRE 29 – 0 CAN …at the half.

    • MB30SD

      England smashed fiji too. I was a bit surprised at the margin.

      50 – 7 now. ouch.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Should have ended 50-0 too. A South African(!) ran into a kick-pass as soon as it left the guy’s boot, ran the length of the pitch like … um … a springbok!

        Fiji are very good at 7s for some reason. I hope our Italian friends can stick it to the French and keep them under 4 tries.

    • CanadaBear

      The Canucks are just getting warmed up. Or not.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Tough ask, C-Bear. Italy will be no walkover for you guys either. Surprises are very rare in rugby.

        On to Chicago.

        • CanadaBear

          I used to pitch for for a softball team full of rugby players. I was the only one on the team that wasn’t playing rugby. After the softball games we’d all go out for a liquor lobotomy. By the end of the night they would have me talked into playing hooker for them (at the time I was 5’3″ and 150 lbs). When I woke up in the morning, I no longer had any desire to play rugby. Used to go to their games but that was it. I’ve never watched rugby on TV. Great game, just not for me.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Wow. Springbox and Japan level at 19. Never thought I’d see SA losing lineouts to the Japanese!

  • Irish Sweetness

    Incredible. Japan beat the Springboks. That must be the biggest result in the history of Japanese sport. The South Africans will now commit seppuku in their dressing room.

    • MB30SD

      I am right now. Fucking ridiculous.

      Jesus, now both our national teams suck.

      Thank god we’re still strong in cricket

      • Shady

        …yeah…

        • MB30SD

          Oh be quiet skunky

      • Trac

        #Kiss…of…death

      • Irish Sweetness

        I only saw the second half, but the last 10 minutes was ownage.

  • EnderWiggin

    Hurst cut, Dunn elevated.

    Holy shit, its Saturday.

    • MB30SD

      Wow, I liked Hurst

      • Scharfinator

        Man, whatever other conclusions you make, at least management is willing to pull the trigger.

      • Pissed Off

        I was thinking that too right away not sure he did anything to lose a job. I’m not a coach I guess but maybe we didn’t need so many guys in the secondary. Reports say if he clears waivers he will be back with the bears in some form but that could be coach speak.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I can’t believe he was still on the team with guy like Ify, Anderson and Williams on the PS. Glad Dunn is back. That pass rush was dog link last week.

        • MB30SD

          Irish.it’s called the practice squad for a reason mate. Just think of those guys as the SA ruggers team. Smha.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Source? Hurst is still on the active roster on the mother site. Mind you he’d be the first guy I’d take off the roster. We need to promote Ify or Williams or Anderson.

  • Shady
    • MB30SD

      idiot

    • Pissed Off

      I love when idiots do shit like that….not so funny though when it’s an idiot from your favorite team.

      • SC Dave

        But it’s ND, so its awesome!

        • Pissed Off

          I have no allegiance to nd other than I’m Catholic so whatevs I guess!

    • Trac

      It just looked like a standard chest bump.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Let’s overly celebrate doing our jobs.

  • Shady
    • Trac

      Too late the hero

  • Bender McLugh

    Saw Alabama Shakes last night at Merryweather Post Pavillion. Excellent show.

    Bears win 27-17.

    https://m.soundcloud.com/relix-magazine/alabama-shakes-dont-wanna-fight-no-more

  • Bender McLugh

    Who is Fangio sending on a S-CB blitz? Sherrick is healthy now so maybe

    • Bender McLugh

      Who the hell is our fastest guy in the secondary? I’m sad I don’t know this

      • EnderWiggin

        probably Fuller. It is sad we don’t know this.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Mitchell? Amos is the rusher I thought.

  • Cormonster

    I’m going to be working during the game tomorrow. Does anyone know a site or link where I can listen on my phone? I thought I tried to listen once before on my computer to WBBM, but the game was blacked out.

  • AlbertInTucson

    This game should be a better measuring stick for this team.

    If they can improve on last week’s performance we may actually have reason for optimism.

    Of course if they DON”T improve…

    • BerwynBomber

      Was thinking the same.

      One thing that worries me is if AZ stonewalls are rushing attack. Our D looks improved from last year but at the same time I don’t see them winning us many 10-7 games. And Palmer has some proven WRs. More than what GB had.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Brian Bulaga is out 6-8 weeks. Hate playing a healthy packers line.

    Forte threw our receivers under the bus by saying we don’t have another Alshon on the team. That’s a fuck you to Meredith and Ify. Weren’t exactly Jerry Rice yourself last week, Matty.

    Unfortunately it looks like Royal is dragging his bum hip onto the field again this week.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Stat of the week from CB.COM. Whenever Jared records a sack against the Cardinals, he beats them.
    5-1. I guess that means we should start Sam Acho.

  • messile

    i just don’t believe in this bears team. there’s no talent on the roster, no depth, and jay “never fails to throw a pick” cutler is still our qb. the cardinals will stuff the run, making forte useless. then the cardinals pass rush will get to jay, forcing a few fumbles or quick throws that result in interceptions. and since we have no decent healthy WRs, we’re going to see a lot of 3 and outs. meanwhile the cardinals will wreak havoc all over our pathetic front 7, and make our garbage secondary look terrible. fuller’s a bust in the making so he can’t do anything. neither can shea or allen or houston or young or any of the garbage we have up front. and mcphee is already looking like another baltimore free agent bust. all that blathering from him about being “violent.” well you sure weren’t violent against the cheeseheads, mcphee. and arians knows how to coach up an offensive line, so i doubt you do anything here, either. it’ll be cardinals 30, bears 9.

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