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FrontRowTickets.com Game Preview: Vikings Make First Visit to the City of Chicago

| October 30th, 2015

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The Game Poem

“I don’t know what to expect from the Bears on Sunday, but I wouldn’t be surprised if something crazy happened. Something ridiculous that you just can’t believe. And, if it does, I’ll know why.

Goodbye Dad. I love you. Go Bears.”

-From Andrew Dannehy’s farewell to his father. Better than anything I could invent.

Three Actual Quick Thoughts

  • What the hell is Teddy Bridgewater? He doesn’t do anything particular well. He doesn’t do anything particularly poorly. He completes a high percentage of his passes but not for a particularly high amount of yards. Is he getting better? I have no idea. Because oddly enough, tape study doesn’t teach you much about Bridgewater. He’s just there.
  • Stefon Diggs is emerging as a star in the Vikings offense and his speed should frighten the Bears. He’s averaging more than 18 yards per catch the last two weeks. I’d expect Norv Turner to dial up a lot of play action and take shots against this Bears secondary down the field. (If he does, it will work.)
  • Adrian Peterson is averaging 4.4 yards per carry but he has a 75 yarder already. If you remove that run he’s averaging only 3.8 yards per carry on 119 carries. His return season is being exaggerated. Bears don’t need to shut him down. They need to limit the big runs.

Irish Video of the Week

Turn Off the Play Clock!

Remember a year ago? From Matt Vessel in the StarTribune:

With 2:03 left, the Vikings took possession of the ball. They trailed by eight points, 21-13, with no timeouts and 66 yards to cover to get to the end zone.

Bridgewater didn’t have a clock to look at. The referee announced the time remaining after each play.

“That was the first time I ever experienced anything like that,” Bridgewater said today. “I think we could have handled the situation a little better. When you’re not aware of how much time is left on the clock when you’re down on the playing field, it forces you to make some decisions that you probably wouldn’t have made if you were aware of the game clock or the play clock. I hope it doesn’t happen again this year.”

Bridgewater ended up throwing an interception in part because he thought it might be the final play of the game.

As coach Mike Zimmer has continually reminded them this week, the Vikings haven’t won at Chicago since 2007.

“They have a great crowd,” Bridgewater said of the Bears. “We have to play the way we play at home on the road. If we do that, I think we have a pretty good chance of going in there and just quieting the crowd.”

One of My Favorite Plays I Saw Live

Bears. Vikings. 2009.

Statistics of Note

  • Teddy Bridgewater has thrown 7 more passes than Jay Cutler. But he’s played a game and a half more.
  • Adrian Peterson is the only back in the top 20 in the league in rushing with 3 or more fumbles through the early part of the season.
  • Peanut Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. The Bears have only forced one fumble through six games. Shouldn’t have to tell you that’s the league’s lowest number.
  • Neither Chicago nor Minnesota have a receiver in the top 47. Diggs’ 324 yards come in at 48th in the league. (On the Bears side a lot of this has to do with injury…but it’s still jarring.)
  • Bears have passed for 225 yards per game through 6 games. This includes a 63-yard masterpiece from James Clausen. Take that game out and the Bears are at 258.2 per game, 10th in the NFL. Minnesota is 30th at 197.2.

Watch Out For Eric Kendricks

Kendricks is an inside linebacker and one of those players in the draft who fell into the second round for no particular reason other than there’s far too much time between the college football season and the player selections. (And teams just aren’t that smart.) Look at his numbers from the inside over the last three games:

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4 sacks. In 3 games. That’s an inside linebacker with instincts. The interior of the Bears line will be tested.

Three Bears of Intrigue

  • Hroniss Grasu. (See: Watch Out for Eric Kendricks)
  • Adrian Amos. When Adrian Peterson gets 7 yards, Amos needs to bring him to the ground. And it would be nice to see Amos land one of those big hits on Peterson that make it difficult for him to leap to his feet and sprint back into the huddle. The Bears have frequently been out-muscled by Peterson. Amos is the first hard-hitting safety they’ve featured in some time.
  • Martellus Bennett. Eric Ebron and Travis Kelce had tons of success on the Vikings defense over the last two games, primarily because Mike Zimmer coaches his linebackers to be aggressive, attacking players. The way to counter that aggression is by getting the ball out of the quarterback’s hand quickly and Bennett in the middle of the field is the most plausible option.

Game Prediction

This has all the makings of a real bore. Two teams that want to run, run, run and rain in the forecast. Cutler makes one or two more plays than Bridgewater late and that’s the difference.

Chicago Bears 23, Minnesota Vikings 20 

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  • chitownproud85

    First?

  • Irish Sweetness

    Grasu will be a Bear of intrigue as we’ll be wondering what happens to the line in his absence.

    In other news, I may have inadvertently made my weekly bet twice, and to a higher stake. 90% of my bankroll is now riding on Arizona, Green Bay and Carolina all winning. Bugger.

    • Viva

      Porque?

    • Viva

      90 percent of your bankroll on a parlay??? Undo it.

      Now.

  • Viva

    Bears 34
    Switchkings 28

    • AlbertInTucson

      Laying 34 on the Minnihaha D will be a task.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        pessimist!!
        Bears 63
        Bi Queens 13

        • AlbertInTucson

          “Pessimist” ?

          No.

          “Pragmatist”?

          Yes.

      • Viva

        Spirit of Sweetness…

  • The Yes Guy

    Yes.

    • The GP

      Once there was an ugly barnacle

      And the barnacle was so ugly everyone died.

      The End.

      https://youtu.be/0lQl-oVig3w?t=62

      • MB30SD

        Hahahahaha

      • Trac

        The sad part about this post is that I found myself watching a good portion of the video.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    i have never understood this “If you remove that run he’s averaging only 3.8 yards per carry on 119 carries.” you can’t disqualify any play to show stats. I understand the thought process but AP has proven capable of breaking a 75 yard run at any point. Where do you stop? AP also has a 43 yard run and a 48 yard run, why not remove them also. Take those 2 runs away and AP averages only 3 yards a carry. I might understand it if every other carry AP had went for less than 10 yards, but that’s not the case. Almost all RBs have long runs that “inflate” their stats but its the nature of the game. You can’t disregard the play making abilities of these players.

    • Viva

      I think it is ok to disqualify kneel downs, but I get your point…

      • DaBearsBlog

        When a single play adjusts an average .6 yards it’s significant enough to point out.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          you are discounting his play making ability by removing it. The guy has 6 20+ yard runs, 3 of those are over 40. The big run has always been part of his game.

          • BillW

            You are spot on. As a statistician I heartily approve your message

            The mean is the most meaningless statistic by itself. But it is used because it contains information about the distribution of the data. And as you point out that is vital in understanding it.

            Real stat heads only start with the mean. SD, skewnwss, kurtosis, quartiles, outliers etc are all important

            Peterson is scary dangerous and no tricks with numbers can minimize thst

          • Viva

            Roger that.

          • Trac

            And he’s on my FF team. Take that GP!

          • Pissed Off

            I think one year AP ran for 175 yards on us but if you take out his 60 yard run, his 20 yard run, his 25 yard run and his 35 yard run we held him in check pretty good.

          • AlbertInTucson

            AND, if you take out the fact that the Bears lost to the Lions, they’d have won!

        • Trac

          Unless Exhibit A happens to be Jay Cutler? He he.

        • Trac

          Did you factor in AP ‘ S rusty 1st game back after being suspended for a year? I didn’t think so.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Touche’!

          • Trac

            Quite, old boy.

    • AlbertInTucson

      File under: “If your aunt had a pair she’d be your uncle.”

    • Sactowns#1

      In statistics it is common to remove outliers. But if Jeff is going to do so he needs to also remove his shortest run from the calculation.

  • BillW

    Just saw Jeffs tweet on the 4.5 line swing. Is that just heavy money on the Bears? Or is there is information in there? I doubt that kind of thing happens much in the absence of a key player being in or out unexpectedly. Neither team changed since it was set. So…?

    Definitely going to the game. Likely my only one this year. Supposed to be great football weather. Haven’t seen the new video boards yet.

    BEAR DOWN!

    • Irish Sweetness

      He said the Bears were favored by 1.5 points. They’re not, they’re the dogs. They opened at +1.5 too, so there has been no swing. The Beloved are now +2.5 so they’ve gone out in the betting., likely with the news that we lost our second center. People are backing Minny.

      • BillW

        So Jeff was wrong? Can’t be. I saw it in a tweet!

        • DaBearsBlog

          Bears were -1.5 this AM. Now back to +1.

          • TheBigCheesy

            Na Jeff is right, there was a huge push early yesterday afternoon in favor of the Bears. RJ Bell speculated that a group of sharps all pounded the line at the same time in a coordinated effort. That resulted in an incredible 3 point swing.

    • Viva

      Center is the 2nd most line-altering position in the game… (Godblessyou is hurt)

    • DaBearsBlog

      Apparently huge money came in on Bears. But it evened out.

      • AlbertInTucson

        …just like the bookies want it to.

    • Sactowns#1

      I never saw those lines. When it opened I saw the bears at +2.5 dawg but when I got my sheet it was at +.5 so I didn’t see as huge of a swing. If anything that would tell you people were putting a lot of money on Mini and they needed to make Chicago more attractive so they brought down the line.

  • Sactowns#1

    I haven’t seen anything saying Hornus isn’t playing this Sunday. Sounds like a lot of speculation. If he wants to move up in the ranks he’ll gut it out and start.

    • Johnnywad

      That’s what I’m talkin about. It’s just his neck. He needs to not be a pussy.

      • It’s only a flesh wound!

        • Sactowns#1

          He aint got time to bleed.

          • MB30SD

            That’s only for Alabama ticks

      • AlbertInTucson

        Which is NEVER an issue.

        Unless it’s MY neck.

  • Big Mike

    Been away a few days. What have we decided?

    • Johnnywad

      We still don’t like Trestman.

    • MB30SD

      fuck the vikings…. and AP

    • Cormonster

      Deep-fried bacon on a cheeseburger is better than just regular old fried bacon.

      • Sactowns#1

        My buddies and I have this debate all the time. When judging who has the best burger in town do you take into account all kinds of fancy accoutrements or what? I say no. A good burger should stand on its own merits. 2 of my buddies say you should include them in the running because it’s “overall flavor profile” that counts.
        Irish- have you found a good burger in Thailand?
        Irish- have you found a good burger in Thailand?

        • Johnnywad

          Why do you keep asking him over and over and over…….? GOD…..

          • Sactowns#1

            lol. Idk why but lately Disqus is doing repeat lines.

        • Cormonster

          The only thing a good burger needs is good cheese. Must have cheese on it.

          • AlbertInTucson

            ..and mustard.

          • AlbertInTucson

            …and ketchup.

          • AlbertInTucson

            …and pickles.

            Sit DOWN, Jimmy, I didn’t mean you.

          • AlbertInTucson

            ..and onions.

          • AlbertInTucson

            But that’s all.

          • Viva

            Little mayo never hurt.

      • Viva

        I don’t think I’ve ever tried deep fried bacon. Is it deep fried in bacon grease? Because that would be fucking awesome!

        • Cormonster

          The place that does it just uses the regular grease, but I like your thinking. I’m pretty lucky to have a really good Chicago style beef joint right down the street from me. The guy used to have 2 places down in Chicago, but moved to La Crosse because he got sick of the gang violence and shakedowns. His place is filled with Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks stuff.

          • Viva

            If you can walk to a beef joint from wherever you live, you have a life worth living.

            Ask that dude about bacon grease…and here is another idea I just had…deep fried walleye in bacon grease!!!!

          • MB30SD

            Bacon DOES give you cancer now.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            LIAR!!

          • MB30SD

            It’s fact now, ask the fda

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            just a plot by PETA because they don’t want pigs slaughtered. they have infiltrated the upper levels of the FDA. next they will say steak gives you HIV.

          • AlbertInTucson

            PETA wants us all to eat grass, nuts and berries and live in caves.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I believe that was a pronouncement from the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION.

            The same folks that declared Liberia “Ebola free”, TWICE this year.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, couldn’t remember which ridiculously flaccid and useless govt org it was al, thanks for the correction.

          • AlbertInTucson

            “WORLD…”.

            Even WORSE than US Gov. agency.

          • MB30SD

            it’s all govt run Al. garbage.

          • AlbertInTucson

            But if it’s connected with the UN it’s our money wasted buy 3rd world thieves.

            I think like, 2% of UNICEF donations actually go for helping kids.

          • MB30SD

            disgusting. I think they should blow this stuff up (figuratively)… and start with the UN. SMFH.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Chicken-fried chicken in a french baguette with melted Swiss and sweet peppers?

  • Sactowns#1

    And while Miami didn’t keep it close as I hoped they did keep it low scoring and the under hit making it a wash.

    • Irish Sweetness

      You need a really good reason to back against Brady, especially at home. NYJ have the defense to temper Brady, the Fins do not.

  • BearDown100393

    Jerry Ratliff declared himself as Satan and wanted to kill the Bears.

    • AlbertInTucson
      • MB30SD

        Ho.ly.sheite.Muslim.

        Wow, Jerry was off the reservation man. Dude was having a psychological break. Yikes!

        Did you happen to pay attention to bennett’s comments at the bottom. Guess who’s going to be the next pain in the ass… or the same pain in the ass again at least

      • Wow. Getting a little too much into Halloween.

        I read on PFT that the Bears contacted the Cowboys about Ratliff (since Rat lives near them).

        That’s serious shit.

    • willbest

      Pace stood up to Satan? mad props to him then.

      • BearDown100393

        And fired him. He smite Satan down!

    • Irish Sweetness

      And then said he didn’t remember saying it.

      • BearDown100393

        Maybe Ratliff just needs an exorcism.

  • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

    You can’t leave out Petersons 75 yard run, Jefe! He’s been ripping those off his whole career. It is those runs that have always boosted the average. It’s not like those runs are an anomaly for Peterson. In fact, against the beloved, they’re the norm.

  • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

    Happy Friday, bitches!

    • Viva

      and you!

  • I wanted Eric Kendricks in round 2 so bad. He’s gonna be a stud. Thankfully Goldman is playing well too.

    • You wanted Kendricks at 7!

      • in round 2. He was still there eat 39
        I would have loved him in round 2, and then the Bears would have needed DL so Henry Anderson in round 3. Would have been spectacular, though Goldman/Grasu are looking pretty good.

    • TheBigCheesy

      I am still incredibly butthurt that the packers didn’t take Brooks Reed in 2011. I didn’t even care if he was was any good. The fact that he has had a solid career makes it sting even worse.

      We could have had 3 blonde linebackers. That would have been soooo fucking rock and roll.

      • SC Dave

        Lol. That wins. All youd needd was olsen as your te

  • “Amos is the first hard-hitting safety they’ve featured in some time.”
    Which is pretty unexpected, because in college he played S like a CB. His run D was my biggest worry for him heading into the season, and I never expected him to lay the wood like he has.

    • MB30SD

      that’s what she said data… that’s what she said.

    • I did see him make some solid hits in his college tape. They did call him “The Hulk” after all.

      He really flashed and that’s something I look for in a draft prospect.

      Trestman was so flaccid. Vereen is so him. Just a bum who never made a play in his life. A safe boring pick.

      Give me guys who ball hawk or blow ppl up but have to work on other stuff.

      I need a slight chub from a draft prospect, if not, why bother?

      Hopefully POX share the same philo.

      • Trac

        I really liked Zack Bowman and hated to see him go. He always seemed to be around the ball on D.

  • MB30SD

    It’s Friday boys!!

    Fuck yeah… ass and titties!!

    I mean: http://fuckyeahassntitties.tumblr.com/

    • Irish Sweetness

      Oh Jebus. #2, and the black chick, and the chick with the cherry hairband.

      • MB30SD

        how about the black girl with the red afro and the leather get up. My god she’s hot. I would wear her like a horse’s feedback for days. yikes!

        • Irish Sweetness

          Ruin that.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “If you remove that run …”

    Another phrase I detest.

  • Stats aside, AP doesn’t look vintage. First time I saw him break a long run and get caught from behind. I think he’s still a great player, in the Bell tier, but I no longer see him as a transcendent HB in his own tier, much like Gronk at his position.

    Some new blood might be crowing themselves, namely, Gurley and Freeman.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Is Gronk that much better than Kelce or Barnide or Reed? Or is his QB the GOAT?

  • As for No-DIggity…be afraid, be very afraid.

    I picked up ODB last year cuz I saw him flash.

    I see a LOT of ODB in no-diggity (including big ass mitts).

    He gets targeted a lot and is obviously Teddy’s trusted receivers.

    Wallace blows off the top, while Diggity works everything else, but he too goes long. Like ODB, he seems to accelerate when making cuts and breaks, which is no good if Fuller is trying cover him.

    If we go zone, he’ll eat that up too (think Steve Smith).

    And god help us if they line him up in the slot (and they do) and McManis has to cover him. (Hopefully the Bears put Mitchell at nickle now)

    Maybe Porter would fair better, but then you’d have Wallace going deep vs Neck Brace which is an instant PI or big play.

  • Pissed Off

    Devin Aromashadu beating Antoine Winfield…..they still talk about it on KFAN Minnesota Radio.

    • AlbertInTucson

      On MNF, too.

      And after Nacissus had tied the game, late.

      That was fun.

      Where was THAT O.T play-calling last Sunday?

      • chitownproud85

        THIS. Play. To. WIN.

    • Irish Sweetness

      SHABBA!!!

  • TheBigCheesy

    “Hey @robertmays – come to DBB? We have very little money and A LOT of fun!”

    Lol, Jeff. Have you ever listened to “Mays” talk about his beloved Bears? He’s not nearly delusional enough for this blog’s editorial board.

    • beninnorcal

      And yet you still come back all these times all these years.

  • Harley Weewax

    Zimmer has found his Andy Dalton.

  • Sactowns#1

    And next weekend will be SD on MNF!! We’re going to need to organize a large tailgate party. We’ll be a party of 8 and will have a truck to tailgate at.

  • Sactowns#1

    Sounds like AP is a little banged up. Lets hope he’s a little hobbled on Sunday. “Peterson had hurt his finger this month against Kansas City, and was also listed on the injury report with hip and ankle injuries. He had a sleeve on his lower right leg during practice on Friday”

    • AlbertInTucson

      Meh, smokescreen.

      The list everything from fractured skulls to to a bruised pinky.

      All I know is every time I sit a guy in FF listed as “Questionable” he seems to go off for 2 or 3 TDs.

      I’ll believe he’s not 100 % when he runs for less than 100 on Sunday and not before.

      • Scharfinator

        Maybe we can convince him to swallow some more chewing tobacco.

  • AlbertInTucson
    • BearDown100393

      Decent writing has no place in ESPN.

  • Trac

    Not sure if someone else posted this piece on Amos. It’s good to know we finally drafted someone in the secondary that might actually make it past their rookie deal.

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/10/29/bears-rookie-safety-adrian-amos-strives-for-flawless/

  • willbest

    Greg Garber must have done lines before he wrote this

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/14003550/trades-see-chicago-bears-jay-cutler-washington-redskins-kirk-cousins-draft-pick

    A 3rd and Cousins for Cutler? F that noise. Cousins is on the last year of his rookie contract, and news flash, isn’t a franchise QB. So you are basically trading Cutler for a 3rd? And lets talk about the 3-4 Redskins which could actually win the NFCE if they had any talent at QB. They are the desperate team not the Bears. That means they should be overpaying. A first and Cousin for Cutler at the very least.

    And sure the Bears don’t need to spend $18 million on a QB this year when they aren’t headed to the playoffs, but then what the hell are they going to do with all the cap they have if they unload Cutler. Piss it away on an army of FA’s the way the Raiders do? How is that working out. Not to mention we already have 6-7 critical personnel moves to make for 2016, and adding QB to the list at is idiotic unless we are also handed the resources to solve that problem.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Moronic.

      • BerwynBomber

        You mean your fear of losing Cutty is?

        • AlbertInTucson

          No, these “I’ve got nothing to write about so I’ll make stuff up” trade articles.

          • BerwynBomber

            Fair enough.

    • BerwynBomber

      “Then what the hell are they going to do with all the cap they have if they unload Cutler.”

      Buy two or three Pernell McPhees?

      Good Lord. I get that 95% of you want to ride Cutty’s jock and think this is the year “he finally gets it”. But this idea that his money can’t be spent wisely without him is absurd.

      Look, (conditionally) he has looked good this year. But you have seen the Jets, right? That’s the template of unload Cutty, invest in the D and get the semi-proven journeyman.

      This notion that we are hanging onto Brady or Manning is absurd. Or that a decent journeyman QB is a tremendous drop-off … it just ain’t realistic in relation to Cutty’s career up to this point.

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        you need a god damned NFL caliber qb in this league and we have one. there are other fucking issues.

        • Johnnywad

          That’s it right there. That’s the whole thing in two sentences.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Yup. pass-rush. A defensive line that has a nick-name they’re so good.
          It’s “The Chicago Law Firm”, and we’ve been waiting a really long time.

      • Trac

        You know what you end up with if you trade Cutty with no #1 pick? The Buffalo Bills!

      • willbest

        Bears have 37 people under contract next year and will have somewhere around 65 million in cap (that includes paying Cutler). They will need to make decisions on Jeffery, Forte, and Jenkins (who if he keeps it up will play himself into some decent but not blockbuster money). McClellin and Porter are unlikely to cost much more than vet min, everybody else they might want to bring back would be on min deals.

        So they could go get Von Miller, Eric Berry (assuming they are available) 1-2 other key guys, keep Cutler, sign their draft class, fill their roster, and still have 5 million to tuck away for emergencies or perhaps extend Long with.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Y’all laughed when I said we should pick up Fitzy for 5M …..

    • Irish Sweetness

      We’re paying Cutty, what, $12M in 2017/18? He’s the best value QB in the league at those prices.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        his cap hit in both those years is still $16/17M.

      • Trac

        I think will is saying that Cutty is an illusion this year. Kinda like all bank deposits being Federally insured. He he.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Like … he just seems to be playing smarter, but he really isn’t ? Mmkay.

    • BearDown100393

      Jay Cutler and Dan Snyder would indeed make a glorious couple.

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu9TKEKia9s

        c’mon bro, you’re killing me. At 7 in the fucking morning that’s what you come with?

        • Trac

          It’s way too early to be sipping Tradewinds Yonny. I think the blank canvas will was staring at this morning was begging for attention. Cutty has destroyed wills opinion in 6 weeks and he doesn’t like it.

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            sometimes you have to express frustration at the continuation of the narrative. Hub expressed his frustration last night and i let a little bit out this morning. It’s all good.

        • BearDown100393

          This is an epic rant. Well done. Cutler and Snyder would be magic! And throw in Jay Gruden along with RGIII as the backup? Oh baby, that is pure dyn-O-mite!

    • Viva

      Greg Garber is a hack.

    • Viva

      Love your last sentence, will!

  • take the stats one step further.

    ” If you take out Adrian Peterson’s two best carries over the past two weeks, he’s averaged 1.39 yards on
    43 totes. Granted, big plays have always been part of Peterson’s game,
    but perhaps he’s already fatigued after spending 2014 at home. How he
    fares against a Bears Run D allowing 4.5 yards per carry and 125 yards
    per game will be instructive.”

    • Trac

      Yeah, that approach really works when negotiating with a players agent come contract time.

      “Ah, no Mr.Agent, if we don’t take into to account your clients 75, 43, 92, 26, 17, 84 53, 67, 33, and 99 yard runs last season, your client had a shitty year. You’ll have nothing and like it.”

      • MB30SD

        I want a hamburger… no a cheese burger..

        • Trac

          I want a Haka! Hee hee

          • MB30SD

            down vote

      • Yeah, I think it’s funny to fudge the stats like that, but that is an interesting stat.

        I bet if one takes away Forte’s two biggest runs from the last two weeks he probably still averages a robust 4.0 yd per attempt.

        I would wager Forte is among the most reliable in that dept, though naturally he doesn’t reel off those 50+ runs for a TD either.

        • willbest

          One of the years (I think it was last) he went something like 9 games without a 20+ yard carry.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            last year Forte only had 1 game with a 20+ run. and that was in week 11.

  • BerwynBomber

    “Adrian Peterson is averaging 4.4 yards per carry but he has a 75 yarder already. If you remove that run he’s averaging only 3.8 yards per carry on 119 carries. His return season is being exaggerated. Bears don’t need to shut him down. They need to limit the big runs.”

    Meaningless stat (unless you haven’t been watching Peterson’s entire career.)

    AP, like Barry Sanders, is almost ALWAYS trying to hit the home run. Hence, the -12 on three carries and a 55 yarder on the fourth is not uncommon. He has been operating that way his whole career.

    Though I would agree that he ain’t the back he was five years ago. But that should come as no surprise.

    • Trac

      #thedayprofessionalismdied

    • AlbertInTucson

      “If you remove that ….”

      …left leg of his he’d be almost ineffective.

    • AlbertInTucson

      File under

      “There are lies, damn lies and statistics.” – Mark Twain

  • AlbertInTucson
  • FourFeathers

    Vikings 28
    Bears 16

    • Trac

      That sounds about right but I do hope we can win the game. It could just as easily go either way.

    • MB30SD

      always the bastion of positiivity

  • Trac

    How bout dem All Blacks Irish?!

    • MB30SD

      Meh, should have been:

      1. Boks
      2. All-Blacks
      3. Aussies
      4. Who cares (see what I did there Ghost?(

      • Trac

        Lol. Love #4.

        Scotland was pretty good this year, I’d put them up there.

        • MB30SD

          against your birth country. traitor. tee hee

          SMMFH

          • Trac

            Doen woet.

          • MB30SD

            yuss

      • Irish Sweetness

        Boks gave them their biggest test, for sure. But you can’t lose to Japan and call yourself world champions. The Kiwis consistently play the best rugby on the planet and it’s not even close. They’re awesome.

        • MB30SD

          agree… kind of. if wed have gone through aussie to the final, I think we’d have come out champs mate.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Best team won the competition, right? As soon as the Wallabies got within 7, they tightened up and pushed away.

  • As for trading Cousins for Cutler, that would be like trading Diabetes Cutler for Gase Cutler. Lunacy.

    No thanks.

    ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim said the team will not extend Kirk Cousins unless they see more consistency down the stretch.

    “As of now he’s too inconsistent to warrant a big contract and the belief that he’s the long-term answer,” Keim wrote. “My last conversations about this with people in the organization suggest they
    won’t do anything until they see that consistency.” Cousins has led comeback drives two of the last four games, but he also has more interceptions than touchdowns in four games this year. Cousins is not
    the franchise option the Redskins are after, and it would be surprising if they gave him a ton of guaranteed money on a long-term deal. Cousins will be an unrestricted free agent following the season. – Roto

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      i would not mind having him as a backup

  • Viva

    Do you guys smell that?

    • Viva

      It smells like a W.

  • speaking of Rugby. I wouldn’t mind this guy on the team. Powerback with special teams perks. Needs to adjust to the NFL, but worth a flier at the very least on the PS

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/10/31/49ers-cut-australian-rugby-star-jarryd-hayne/

  • The Tonight Show?

    Bears LT Jermon Bushrod (questionable, shoulder) has been benched.

    Bushrod is healthy enough to return this week, but has beenpassed by Charles Leno on the depth chart. It’s a surprise considering Leno has PFF’s fourth worst tackle grade through six games (three
    starts). Bushrod should regain his starting job if Leno’s struggles continue – Roto

    • willbest

      Why would they lump his RT grade in with his LT grade?

  • NewBearInTown

    I am not at all disappointed in Goldman thus far, and its possible Kevin White will be tremendous once he starts playing, but I do want to point out that I was stumping pretty hard for Kendricks this off-season.

    Guess you can’t draft’em all.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Go Carson Palmer.
    Go Vadgers.
    Go Cam.
    Go Bears.

    COME ON !!!!!

  • Trac
  • Trac

    This is what the NFL is chasing. They’ll never be able to catch it. Never!

    http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/video/121767

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