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FrontRowTickets.com Game Preview: Welcome to the Brock!

| November 20th, 2015

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The Bears now have a chance to find .500 by beating Brock Osweiler at home. A win would thrust them into playoff consideration and create Must See TV on Thanksgiving night at Lambeau. And so the season continues for one of the most entertaining Chicago Bears teams in recent memory.

THE GAME POEM

In Denver I ate a hot dog once

It was bigger than expected

The stuff they piled on was fine

The dog itself neglected

Don’t sell me on your franks, dear sir

Because they’re wrapped in bacon

The wiener is the thing, kind sir

The other shit is fakin’

THOUGHTS ON THE DENVER BRONCOS

  • 32 sacks. That’s the story of the Broncos season. While their offense was struggling under the quarterback formally known as Peyton Manning, the pass rush was carrying them weekly.
  • There’s nothing the Broncos defense does poorly.
    • 1st in yards allowed per game.
    • 3rd in points allowed per game.
    • 1st in passing yards allowed per game.
    • 7th in rushing yards allowed per game.
    • 3rd in opposing passer rating.
    • 9th in opposing completion percentage.
  • The expectation is Brock Osweiler’s entry into the starting lineup will mean a return to the classic Kubiak style. That means the days of 11 carries for the running back (last week) and 14 total for the backs (two weeks ago) are in the past. They’re 30th in the league in rushing attempts. Don’t be surprised if the Broncos run the ball 25+ times this Sunday in Chicago.
  • If Osweiler gets time to throw, the Broncos wide receivers are actually a difficult matchup for the Bears secondary. Both Emmanuel Sanders – if healthy – and Demaryius Thomas should be able to test the corners deep down the field. This is the kind of game that feels like Kyle Fuller needing to turn around once the ball is in the air or the Broncos end up with easy yards.
  • This has little impact on the coming game but Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post writes a scathing indictment of how the Broncos have managed the end of Manning’s career. Once Elway hired Kubiak, Manning should have been dealt elsewhere. An excerpt:

Whether the call by Manning to play against the Chiefs was courageous or foolhardy, he was called into Kubiak’s office Monday and told to take a seat … until further notice. More disappointment for Manning: The coach benched him for the next game in Chicago. As Kubiak admitted, it wasn’t the news Manning wanted to hear.

So what else is new? The truth is the Broncos have done almost nothing in 2015 that has catered to Manning’s wishes. The team cut his salary by $4 million. In Kubiak, Denver hired a coach whose offensive philosophy did not fit Manning’s skill set. Elway took an inexperienced offensive line to training camp and refused to make a trade to acquire Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas at the trade deadline, which put an immobile quarterback in a very tough position.

BROCK OSWEILER HIGHLIGHTS

Not only a cool clip of Osweiler playing high school basketball but also quintessential, shitty local TV sportscasting. Thanks to the Denver Post for providing the video link.

WATCH OUT FOR OMAR BOLDEN

Bolden averages:

  • 24.2 yards per return on kickoffs.
  • 47 yard per punt return on two returns, with a touchdown.

Nobody understood why the Rams refused to return kicks out of the end zone Sunday. Especially against one of the worst return defenses in league history. It would seem unimaginable to me that the Broncos would make the same mistake. In the meantime the opposing kick returner continues to occupy this space until further notice.

THREE BEARS OF INTRIGUE

  • Is anybody confident when Robbie Gould lines up to attempt a field goal? Even though the screen and short passing game dominated the Rams a week ago, one would have to imagine the Bears will need to fight for every point they can muster against this top of the line Broncos defense. That means Gould. That means not leaving three points on the board at any point Sunday.
  • While neither Kansas City nor Indianapolis had a terrible amount of success running against this defense, they both committed overwhelmingly to the effort. If the Bears game plan includes a 30-type carry effort, Ka’Deem Carey is going to be a primary component.  Over the last three games, Jeremy Langford has totaled 12-18-20 carries. I can’t imagine the staff wanting to extend him beyond that number.
  • Lamarr Houston has four sacks in the last four games. By any metric available, that’s good. If Pernell McPhee is able to get on the field, this could be the most dynamic the Bears pass rush looks all season long.

GAME PREDICTION

Impossible to predict in any meaningful way what the Brock Osweiler offense will look like. But I’m going to give the edge to John Fox and Vic Fangio.

Chicago Bears 20, Denver Broncos 13

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  • Viva

    FUCK ISIS

    • Captain Obvious

      Call them Daesh. They don’t like that name. Don’t call them “Islamic State” or ISIS or ISIL, that’s what they want to be known as.

      • willbest

        What about inbred kiddie diddlers?

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          thats pretty good. i was thinking the “Fuckity Fuck Shit Fucks”

    • Trac

      The D team?

    • The GP

      I’m thinking the Radisson in Mali is the most dangerous hotel… in the WURRLD.

      • MB30SD

        Hotel Rwanda?

        • Irish Sweetness

          Radisson Death star … when Vader gets hammered. And obviously at the climax of the rebel assault when Luke hits the exhaust port.

        • Trac

          The Hillbrow Hilton?

  • The Yes Guy

    YEs?

  • Trac

    Anyone that orders a hot dog wrapped in bacon deserves what they get. Just sayin.

    • MB30SD

      Raptor

      • Trac

        Did you get you one?

        • MB30SD

          Nah, I have a large phallus. Hahaha

          I keed, I keeeeeed

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      that sounds amazing!!! is there something wrong with it? is there a story i am missing?

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        Nevermind, i never read the Poems… my bad

    • Sactowns#1

      You obviously don’t hang out on the Hispanic side of town often enough. Bacon wrapped dogs are a drunk mans dream come true.

      • Trac

        I don’t get people that dig bacon with anything but breakfast. I’m all for finding ways to disguise the taste of a hot dog but bacon ain’t it.

        • DaMurph

          disguise? bite your tongue heretic!!!! No Portillos for you!

          • Trac

            Take away the pickles, onions, relish, cheese and poppy seeds and whatta ya got. Nuttin!

          • DaMurph

            A steamed vienna dog is fine solo, sliced into some beans, wrapped in a slice of white bread. You term is disguised, I think of it as dressed up!!

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            steamed dog in beans?? You must be from the East side.

          • DaMurph

            why yes i am! Hahaha!

          • Trac

            Jess, that too.

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            cheese and ketchup? what in theeee hell?

          • Trac

            Hahaha. It’s true.

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

        The Bacon wrapped hot dog is the un-offical Dog of L.A. and as a matter of fact, I think they were trying to make it the offical dog of la.

    • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

      ever travel in iceland? bacon wrapped hot dogs are the jam. but their hot dogs are real lamb’s meat — not the lips and assholes we’re accustomed to here.

      • Trac

        I can dig bacon with some things, hots dogs ain’t one of them.

        • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

          you sound like a man who’s never tried it.

          • Trac

            Also, Bacon does not belong on a burger either. Take that!

          • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

            relax, rabbi. it all goes together beautifully.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    It’s all about the Denver Defense and Our O-line.

    I’m telling ya, I got a good feeling about this game…

  • BearDown100393

    Cutler has a golden opportunity to bury his former team and get his current one back to .500. Bears will win.

  • AlbertInTucson

    This week’s poem reads like an epic-length Burma-Shave!

    • The GP

      minus the genius

  • CanadaBear

    I know it was a rhetorical question but yes Jeff, I’m confident when Robbie lines up to kick a FG. He’s hit 20 out of 23 for an 87% rate this year.

  • MB30SD

    Let’s. .. Run. Tha. Motherfucking. Table.

    Drink up my bitches!

    • AlbertInTucson

      Almost HAVE to in order to have a chance.

  • MB30SD

    Let’s… Run. Tha. Motherfucking. Table.

    Drink up ma bitches!

    • CanadaBear

      Second verse same as the first.

      • MB30SD

        Not sure what happened there. Gnomes still checking in

        • CanadaBear

          Not exactly like the old site!

    • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

      bears can’t go 11-5 without passing 5-5 along the way.

  • Scharfinator

    Awesome poem this week! Nice work Jeff!

    I am confident in Gould this week. He doesn’t have bad games more than once a season.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Grasu, Shea, Rolle all LP on Weds/Thurs.

    • MB30SD

      Oh no!!! Not one play shae!

      Baaaahahahaha… so pleased with myself right now. Just made that up, and like…. it tooootally rhymes!

      • DaBearsBlog

        One Play Shea is actually a funny fucking nickname. And totally fair.

        • Irish Sweetness

          And so he is christened …..

          • Sactowns#1

            I’m going to go with Big Play Shea and hope he lives up to the new moniker.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)
    • Sactowns#1

      From what I’ve read the coaches are being vary cautious knowing they have two games to play within 5 days. Anyone who is slightly banged up is getting a rest.

  • The GP
    • Sactowns#1

      Agh! Get out of here with all these facts from them there liberal media outlets. Just give them your money and don’t ask any questions.

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        I think you missed some of the main points of the article. Tell me what would happen if these operations weren’t happening in Africa dude. Holy crap. Did you not read about the bleak outlook that all of these nations have for Africa DESPITE intervening and trying to stem the growth of these fucking lunatic groups?

  • MB30SD

    So here’s a question.

    Our specials SUCK Deez. Robbie can’t get it out tha back no mo. (Which is really sad)

    We have O’Donnell boomer… why isn’t that mo fo kicking off??? Besides, he’s a badass, bet he’d light a guy up if he ever had to be the last man standing.

    • CanadaBear

      I’m guessing the coaching staff has looked into it. Although if you’re expecting POD to light someone up you weren’t paying attention to the last punt returned for a TD. POD back pedaled himself all the way into the end zone and then said he had no chance to make a tackle. Seemed pretty suspect to me.

      • The GP

        Brian Dennehey should kick his ass for being a wimp.

        • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

          Like he tried with Rambo, John J.?

          • The GP

            NOTHING IS OVER! You don’t just turn it off!

          • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

            OSCAR!!!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Wouldn’t you just die for that #5 chick though?

      • MB30SD

        I can’t tell!!! Maybe she’s crosseyed dude!!!

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

      Yeah, I don’t get it either. How hard can it be to teach a P to kick it from a T as far as possible?

      Then again, I think a backup C should also be a longsnapper, but at least in that case I can cite different body types and tackling

      • Jokey

        Heard it answered on talk radio that they are different skills with different muscles used.

        • MB30SD

          Booo

  • Scharfinator
  • Irish Sweetness
    • The GP

      “Chicago is kind of like that: ‘Well, see ya later, Matt.’ I’m like, ‘Man, I’ve been here going on eight years — y’all just going to throw me to the side like that?’ But that’s the nature of the NFL. And I don’t mind. I will play wherever I end up after that.”

      I think Forte is stung more than he lets on just how vocal the usual talk radio morons have been (as well as the callers) in saying good bye to him. Lawrence Holmes has done several bits with the theme “is this how you want to treat Forte?”

      I, for one, want Matt back and playing. And while I mock blogfather for his insane loyalty to veterans whose game has left them yet still want to be paid big – Forte is not that guy. He’s got 2 more years, and I don’t want to see him doing the Marcus Allen as a Chief thing.

      • BillW

        I was about ready to write something similar. I’m no cap expert but I think the Bears will have more money next year than they can effectively spend (that is, not overpaying any FAs). Which if true could put them in a position to franchise Alshon and pay Matt for two more. With the understanding that his snaps will be somewhat reduced.

        I don’t want them throwing money at FAs that aren’t worth it, like has been done in the past (Jerrod Allen) or on someone a year or two later we regret for whatever reason (BMarsh).

        • The GP

          Allen was so stupid. To a man, everyone here at the blog mocked that deal when it was signed.

          A 260 pound turf-based 4-3 DE whose game is all speed rushing. And we’re goint to set him down in the soft swampy grass of SF and expect results from him in his 30s?

          Making that guy a 3-4 stand up guy was a joke. Allen’s agent leaked to the press how extremely unhappy he was being asked to do it in the offseason even though he tried to put on his brave face for the press once the season started. He had no business being out there, you could have called Adam Archuleta out of retirement and had a better 3-4 DE for those games. I hated, hated, hated watching him out there.

        • willbest

          Money matters. Say they give Forte 8 mil guaranteed 15 mil 3-years. They really going to pay him to ride second fiddle to Langford and back him up in case of injury? I mean I guess they did that to him with MB3, Bush, Taylor but that was old management.

      • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

        I agree, but he’d have to agree to a paycut. I’m not sure that happens.

        Forte has always been under-respected. He uses it as fire. He’s the Rodney Dangerfield of Chicago running backs.

        • Scharfinator

          CAN’T GET NO RESPECT

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

          Gotta agree, but Forte’s agent might look at Lynch/Gore contract and want something similar. I just don’t see him taking that much of a pay cut.

          I would LOVE Forte back, but if he’s going to be rotated with Langford and Carey, he’d be 1/3rd worth what he’ll demand.

          Forte would be smart to actually want to stay in CHI and be spelled out since it can save his body (post retirement) and perhaps make him more effective for longer, but I think he’ll want as much money as possible, and that’s his prerogative.

          • CanadaBear

            I think the Bears offer him a decent 2-year deal and somebody else will offer him more money/year with a 3rd year guaranteed. Can blame him for leaving if that’s how it plays out.

        • DaMurph

          He has to realize this is where Walter Payton played! In Bear fans eyes it will take something special to have them show the same appreciation. Hes a great back, but he aint Walter Payton.

      • Trac

        It’s been nice Matty. See ya. Hahaha

        • BillW

          I can see know he wants the NFL respect that comes from a big contract and a being a the key player on the team. The bears are not a good fit for him in that sense next year.

          The Matt Forte farewell tour will be (probably) happening in a different uniform.

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        Forte has been paid like a motherfucker. We all know that Matt has a great skill set. he is a prolific pass catching running back and is awesome in the screen game. However, he is 30 and needs to realize that there are guys on this team willing to fucking die for a chance to be the next Forte. Willing to die for that first down. That’s what we need right now. Guys willing to do whatever it takes. Forte can be a part of it as long as he realizes that and takes a team friendly deal. He won’t and therefore he won’t.

        • CanadaBear

          I think he probably sits Sunday and kills it on Thursday. I was reading he’s doing really well but there is still a lot of swelling that needs to go down. With two games in five days, there’s no way his knee will hold up to that.

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            agreed. I’d like him back for Thursday if possible. I need to see him take a screen to the house against the Pack.

          • SC Dave

            Or three

  • The GP

    You know what I love about this 2003 Onion article?

    How god damn prescient it was.

    http://www.theonion.com/multiblogpost/this-war-will-destabilize-the-entire-mideast-regio-11534

    • Sactowns#1

      Hilarious. But but but… it’s all Obamas fault!

      • willbest

        I don’t know if you are being sarcastic, but of course it is. He has the one who has been dealing with the issue for 7 years. And his policy on the matter has been inconsistent. Bush might have been misguided (or a moron) and Putin is a thug, but at least they knew/know who their allies were/are. The best line I heard on the whole US involvement in Syria was “The most exciting thing about going into war in Syria is solving the mystery of what side we’re on”

        • Sactowns#1

          He certainly isn’t the dove we all thought he would be but come on now. Bush broke the vase and you’re blaming the guy that’s just trying to put it back together.

          • willbest

            I will try a metaphor. Angelo/Lovie broke the Bears and Emery/Trestmen were brought in to try and fix it. Who was responsible for 2014?

            Now ultimately you could say the McCaskey’s or the American Public since they put those guys in power. But if you are are analyzing who is responsible for the present clusterfuck, you have no choice but to go with the guy who has been dealing with it a while.

            Because otherwise, why stop at Bush? Its not like the middle east was a model of stability before he got the bright idea to go topple the evil dictator in Iraq that was executing these ISIS fuckers on the regular.

            The whole thing has been shit canned since the fall of the Ottoman Empire

          • Sactowns#1

            Just as we all still blame Emery for his horrible drafts, the shit stain from the Bush era will take more than 2 terms to clean up. He will go down as possibly the worst President in US history right above Hoover and Nixon.

          • Cormonster

            Nixon should be every liberal’s wet dream. He ended the draft, had wage and price controls, OSHA, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, etc.

          • CanadaBear

            Too bad he was a horrible crook, liar, backstabber and paranoid as hell.

          • willbest

            Well the first 3 are pretty much requirements to be a great politician. It was the last one that got him into trouble.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Iraq was indeed a model of stability before it was invaded. Since 1945 the USA has been destabilizing south America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The USA are the #1 trouble makers on the planet. This is all recorded history.

          • willbest

            Sure if you consider executing your political enemies in order to retain power stable.

            Calling the US the #1 trouble makers is a bit like saying the police cause the most trouble. You could argue we shouldn’t be doing that. But the fact of the matter is nobody on this planet is all that interested in staying out of other people’s business.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Bush and his guiding minions fucked things up for the USA in the world’s eyes … for maybe forever.

            “You’re either with us … or you’re against us.”

            As soon as he said that, the whole world said “FUCK. YOU.”

          • willbest

            You won’t have to wait too long for forever. The US will not survive another 100 years in its present form. I might also point out that Germany is pretty well respected now and it was responsible for the deaths of over 20 million less than 75 years ago. Even with maximum attribution GWB doesn’t even clear 10% of that.

  • The GP

    When is the last time the 4-letter pimped a Bears game in advance?

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/14169768/john-fox-succeeding-latest-rebuild-nfl

    • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

      i’d say bears-packers with playoffs on the line in The Tresticle’s first season.

      fucking conte.

      • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

        I’ll never forget that GB fumbled ball that we just let roll around on the ground. it will haunt my dreams.

        • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

          Mel Tucker’s #1 rule for his defense: STAY AWAY FROM LIVE FOOTBALLS

          • Scharfinator

            You treat them like live fireworks! I mean, you saw what happened to JPP right?

          • The GP

            Some smart ass New Yorker made this picture with JPP as Gumby.

            Cause he has Gumby hand

          • MB30SD

            Liiiiink!

            Ewwwww

    • AlbertInTucson

      Can you say “Kiss of Death” boys and girls?

    • BillW

      Somewhat interesting and yet lazy at the same time. He talks of the disastrous 0-3 start with no context – that is 3 playoff teams from 2014 at a time when the Bears were still figuring out what they had and didn’t have.

      He basically is saying the Bears have improved from being the worst team in the league (a compliment) without suggesting that maybe they actually weren’t the worst team in the league – just a victim of the schedule.

      Along those same lines – and I know I’m getting ahead of things too much – we may look back on the Packers current losing streak the same way.

  • willbest

    Bronco’s game isn’t terribly important beyond the need to get to 10 wins (bears aren’t going to win any WC tiebreakers with a 6-6 conference at 9 wins). The critical ones are the 3 remaining division games, and probably the redskins game (but that is too far away to tell at this point). Tampa is probably the best game to lose.

    • BillW

      It’s great to realize the Bears have themselves on the fringe of the playoff conversation this year. But I’m not not thinking of them that way until next year. I don’t want to end up thinking of this rebuilding year as a failure. Yet I’m sure many “fans” will look back and say “if they didn’t blow those games against DT and MN we’d be a Wild Card.”

      Fox has put a process in place that looks to be showing dividends. There may be a bump or two in the road coming up and that doesn’t mean anything negative overall. The next step in the maturation process will be being in a position where they lose as a favorite and how they react to that.

      Given I wondered if they would even BE favored in any game this year that is a big step.

      Obviously I hope that doesn’t happen but it inevitably will sometime. Happens to all good team, and the Bears are becoming a good team.

      • willbest

        Sure if they didn’t blow those games they would be 6-3 and in contention. But if Cutler hadn’t performed a miracle in Oakland or KC we would be 2-7. 500 is as 500 does. Which describes 11 of the NFC teams at this point.
        It is however nice to see that it shouldn’t take much (of course after the ’14 implosion I won’t take that for granted like I did after ’13 when it was just a couple of pieces too).

        • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

          I can’t remember the exact number, but I read a stat recently saying that something like 80% of the games this year have been decided by a TD or less. Which is to say that 80% of the losing teams can say they “shoulda” won their games. A play here. A play there….

          You are what your record says you are.

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

            This team first needed to learn HOW to win.
            Now they’re on to the next level, how to close.
            After that comes, how to beat teams you’re supposed to beat, and upset teams.
            Then, how to dominate and rest your players in the 4rth.

            We’re still learning how to close out games which is evident sine we still haven’t fucking scored in the 3rd.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Yeah, lots of interesting free point for teams this weekend. BUF +7.5, SF +12, IND +6, TB + 5.5 … and I would be worried about backing ARI when Cincy are spotted 5. They were an offensive powerhouse before last week.

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

    So who’s favored in the Minny-Packer game?

    • BillW

      I saw MN by 1

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

        So Queens -1?

        Wow. This is the Fudge at their absolute low point, and arguably the Queens at their absolute high point (since Favre). Plus, AP has a history of running all over them and is just coming off a 200 yd game.

        If the Queens don’t beat them this week, perhaps they never will.

        • BillW

          Agreed. But if the Pack does lose, they will REALLY be fired up against us.

          And even with a 4 game losing streak, they could finish 12-4

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

            So pull for the Pack so that they fall asleep on us?

          • BillW

            Que sera, sera

          • Scharfinator

            Or Vikings break Vadger’s vadge.

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

    When did people start referring to receivers as WR1 and WR2? Is that a
    fantasy thing or a video game thing? And how do we make it go away?- Jeff

    Hasn’t it ALWAYS been around? For instance, Rice is a WR1 and Taylor more of a 2. I heard that even back then.

    It might be used more now cuz of fantasy. For instance, Julio Jones is a lock WR1, Marvin Jones WR2, etc…

    • BillW

      When did they stop referring to the second receiver as a flanker? Where did the fullback go?

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

        A lot of top receivers play everywhere now. Flanker, slot, etc maybe that’s why it isn’t used as much anymore.

      • willbest

        Fullback? Isn’t that what you call it when the TE lines up between the QB and RB?

    • The GP

      It’s a FF thing.

      Prior to FF, nobody used those terms. They talked of playing true SE vs FL, but the 1,2,3 thing comes as a ranking for FF slots

      • AlbertInTucson

        Yes, it’s a fantasy thing, but the terms “spit end” and “flanker” had fallen into disuse before the advent of FF.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Split?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Spllit End as opposed to tight end.

  • The GP

    Butcherooney

    Since you are FF Commish – what, in your estimation, is being good at FF indicative of?

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

      I think it’s indicative of a few things.

      For one, player evaluation which takes into consideration many factors like for example, WRs.

      Is the QB any good? Do they have chemistry? How many targets does that WR usually get per week? Do they have a good D, and therefore, don’t need many points coming from behind or in junk time? How’s their schedule? Are they playing a lockdown CB this week? Are they ailing? etc etc

      And that’s just with WR. Then again, all those things could point to “start” and you get a 1 point game from Allen Hurns like I did, so even after those types of evaluations, shit happens.

      And that’s just WR. I have other criteria for HB, QB, TE, D, but I’m not about to give away my secret recipes!

      I know the big argument right now is that it’s a game of “chance”, but if that’s the case, then why have I always finished in the top 4 every year? (and won a championship every year except last in which I was the highest scorer?) It’s like that line from “Rounders” “Same 5 guys end up at the Poker championship almost every year”.

      I sorta compare it to the stockmarket. Naturally, chance is involved, but skill tends to MINIMIZE chance. It’s not a coinflip, but it’s not exactly sharp-shooting either. I like it cuz there’s a lot of moving parts, and I am responsible to put them all together like a GM. I can’t say, “fuck, why didn’t he draft so and so, or pick up Barnidge off waiver wire, etc etc”

      So to me, a good FF player is ultimately a good scout who understands TEAMS, schemes, matchups while weighing “upside”/”floor/consistency” with a dash of luck.

      Also, gotta be vigilant about “hand-cuffs” and trends BEFORE injuries happen. For instance, got David Cobb off the waiver wire cuz I think he did pretty good in college and know Antonio Andrew BLOWS and the Titans might give the rook a chance in a lost season.

      Will that happen? Don’t know, but it’s better to have that lottery ticket over some WR3 you know you’ll never start.

      Gotta think one-two weeks ahead, which involves a little forecasting.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Titans can’t run yo. I think Barnidge’s purple patch is over (Miller’s begins).

  • The GP
  • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene
    • The GP

      I like how the first comment is:

      rumsomeone says:Nov 19, 2015 5:34 PM
      Jay Cutler is still a punk…

      Ahhhh….. the interwebz.

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        haha

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

        It’s been a rough year for Trent Dilfer.

    • Sactowns#1

      I told ya’ll that yesterday. Come on man.

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        I had ISIS on the brain.

        • Sactowns#1

          Ewe, gross. Just remember this. 500,000 people die each year because they don’t have access to clean water. Don’t let the terrorists terrorize you. There are far worse things out there.

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            I’m not afraid. I’m a water and science guy so I understand the big picture.

          • Trac

            Yes you’re right, it’s much more dangerous to be a baby in the womb.

          • MB30SD

            Dude

          • Trac

            40,000,000 per year. 40 million. I am not a member of the silent majority.

          • MB30SD

            Dooood, go post that sheite on Huckabe.com then. Come on maing.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And ponder 40 years down the road with about 16 Billion people and their trash… oil and clean water requirements … nice.

    • willbest

      That was to be expected. And its probably more critical that we won’t have Jeffery who was limited on Wed and then off Thurs and today. I mean who would even be our WR? Bellamy and Marini?

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        Miller Time and some Unicorn sightings.

      • Sactowns#1

        That 1st round pick looks even more disastrous now. But I do expect Alshon to play and I expect him to be impactful.

        • willbest

          I expect Denver to not play him scared like the Rams did by double teaming him all game and letting our running game do its thing. So he needs to play and be effective if we are going to score points on that D

      • Irish Sweetness

        Meredith!

  • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

    Jeff, who’s making the Miller Time shirts?

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

    Ware being out is a huge blow to the Donkeys. That dude was wreaking havoc early in the year. Couldn’t believe it was the same guy. I thought he was over the hill.

    I think Alshon plays but might be a decoy. I also don’t think the Broncos are gonna play that cover-2 the Rams did cuz they trust their CBs one-on-one, esp vs a gimpy Alshon, so the TEs might not have a big day (see what I mean by FF forecasting?).

    This might be one of those old-school Cutty days where he’s just gonna trust his receivers in tight coverage, which is always dicey.

    A strong run game would take the pressure off, but I think the Broncos are gonna load up the box and force Cutty with a gimpy Alshon to beat them.

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      Langford with runs on the edge and in the screen game and working the flats.
      Miller Time and Unicorn on early downs for quick 5-8 yd gains.
      Langford and Carey straight up the gut for tough 1 to 3 yard situations.
      Cutty keepers strategically placed including that semi read option look they have.
      Need Gould to be perfect.
      Make Osweiler drive the length of the field so no big plays to let them off the hook.
      Don’t let Talib hurt you/know where he is at all times.
      Understand that Travathan will try to knock Cutler out for the game so please don’t get cute on dropbacks.

      • Sactowns#1

        Can we get some play action my brothers?!

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

          I don’t think we’ll have enough time for PA. Plus, who’s going down field. A gimpy Alshon? Wilson?
          I guess the TE dragging across the middle, but no need for PA for that.

          If anything, I foresee Gase calling more read-option or even shotgun to give Cutty a little time to survey the field, which he’s been great at this year.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Miller-Time.

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      I know he’ our back up TE but no one and I mean NO ONE is playing with more confidence right now than Miller Time. Miller will be used extensively. Unicorn will be used as well. I predict a Cam Meredith sighting as well because they can’t afford to have Alshon come up lame during the game and ride the rest of the way with Mariani, Wilson and some TE’s. Just don’t throw it to Wilson if he’s covered by Talib. That would be a disaster, like Knox being covered by a Talib. Abuse will ensue.

      • AlbertInTucson

        They’ll NEED production out of Miller with Jeffrey questionable.

        Broncos have good corners.

        They get Talib back.

        He is tough.

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

          The thing with Miller is that I TRUST him. He’s like a faster Jason Witten. Just Mr. Reliable with apparently 4.5 wheels.
          As athletic and tough as Unicorn is, every time Cutty throws his way, I wince a little. That’s like the opposite of a “security blanket” (an anxiety pillow?)

          I agree about their DBs, and I think they’ll challenge our WRs one-on-one while stacking the box and blitzing.

          That’s why I think this might be the ultimate test for Cutty.

          He’s going to see those one-on-one matchups and get a chub like diabetes Cutty. Hopefully, he continues playing within himself and doesn’t audible out of the play cuz the Broncos are tempting him (it’s a trap!)

          For that to happen though, our run game has to be respectable. This might end up being a low scoring affair since I think the Donks on O will get back to the Kubiak run heavy scheme with shots to Demaryius and the TE off bootlegs.

          • willbest

            As stout as MN and StL are, Den is the best D in the league. So yeah ultimate test. Incidentally, Cardinal’s D is no slouch either and he has moved the ball against all of them. Considering a billion punts, I think we would have beat Seattle if Cutler had played.

  • Scharfinator

    Where are MB’s titties? I am much disappoint.

  • Shady

    Somebody probably already posted it, but have you guys seen John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight bit about daily fantasy?

    Somebody do me a favor and reply with the link. Thaaaaanks.

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

        Alright, what does YRFW stand for?

        You requested from work?

        • beninnorcal

          I’m thinking it’s
          ‘You are(R) fucking welcome’
          just a guess

      • MB30SD

        Brilliant. And hilarious

  • Bender McLugh

    Love the game poem. Makes me crave some Portillo’s.

    Damn I love Portillo’s preparation of a Vienna Beef hot dog…..to me the best dog on the (insert hyperbole here) planet.

    Same goes for the beef, a great old school Italian recipe done consistently well.

    • Bender McLugh

      I think the beef they use for the sammich is also Vienna Beef.

    • DaMurph

      I read Vienna manufactures the Portillo hot dog, but its a different recipe than the regular Vienna dog sold in grocery stores and used in other hot dog joints.

  • Bender McLugh

    Good Bulls game so far. No Rose and the white boys are stepping up. Is McDermott leading the league in 3pt percentage?

    • Bender McLugh

      And then they lost

  • Bender McLugh

    Build prediction for the game:

    Fuller learns from his past and turns his head for the ball to break up a pass. More than three times.

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

      That is indeed bold since I think I only remember Fuller turning his head on time maybe once all season.

  • Irish Sweetness
    • MB30SD

      dude… dooooood… fuuuuuuuck that lanky dork.

      Hey Viva, Yonny… Osweiler?

      • Scharfinator

        Amos needs to make him 3’4″ on a hit.

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        Muerte

        • MB30SD

          eeeeeeejes.

    • BillW

      OK. So he will be able to see over his linemen when he gets picked

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        and anyone that sacks him will get flagged for hitting to low.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Taking 3 more this weekend:

    MIN -1 ….. Vadge’s shoulder v Minny defense

    OAK ….. if they can’t beat Detroit they stink.

    BUF +7.5 … If Ryan takes Gronk out of the equation, the Pats are vulnerable with that line. No Edelman, no Lewis.

  • Irish Sweetness

    For anyone betting on the Arizona game, that looks trappy. Cincy allow the fewest points in the league, and Arizona could be without both receivers not named Larry Fitzgerald, and Guard, Mike Lupati.

    Also interesting, this Sunday will be the FIFTH time the Falcons have faced a backup QB this season. Their scoring ability has gone into the toilet the last 4 weeks. Hasselbeck has elite-ish numbers this season as a starter. Their strong safety has 5 interceptions.

    • MB30SD

      I didn’t understand that last sentence. What does that mean?

  • BillW

    Bold prediction
    One Play Shea gets a pick
    Muff Mariani fair catches everything
    Fourth Quarter Porter seals the game after
    Smokin’ Jay smokes the Denver defense in a game winning drive

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

    So Kap is put on “IR” (yeah right). I think SF just didn’t want to risk him being injured and cashing him out.

    Any takers for him as a back-up?

    If Gase is around, the pistol-read with him and Langford while White and Alshon block, go down field might be appealing (Behind Cutty, naturally)

    • EnderWiggin

      Yeah, I’d be a taker. Although I think his contract keeps ballooning, so that would need to be addressed.

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

        Yeah, from what I read, the 9ers structured it so they could cut him without much KAP hit (oh, yes).

        So yeah, his contract would absolutely have to be restructured. I think we paid 3.5M for Campbell who at that time was the top back-up and Imagine that would be about the going rate for a high-end backup.

        However, I don’t know if Kap or RG3 will concede being back-ups so early, esp when QB needy teams like the Jets, Texans, Rams etc might take fliers on them.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          would be funny if Rams pick up RG3 in the off season.

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      I’d love Kap on my team…..
      if i had 3 pro bowl O linemen, a fringe possible HOF running back, a TE that runs a 4.3 in 2011 and a D with 4 ALL PRO’s that score at least once a game. Bring him on.

      • MB30SD

        I see what you did there

        https://imgflip.com/i/uiw17

        • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

          Lol

      • Irish Sweetness

        We’re talking Madden, right?

    • willbest

      No. He is a 1 read and run guy. In order to win in the NFL you need a quality pocket passer and a stout D, or you need one of these read option guys with an elite D

    • BearDown100393

      He is supposedly to have surgery on his non-throwing shoulder.
      Supposedly.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Cleveland might take him as a backup ….

  • CanadaBear
  • Trac

    The Michigan/OSU game is going to be awesome GP. I’d love to be there and I’m not even an alumni.

    • The GP

      MSU knocked em off. MSU is a tough team

      • willbest

        Going to be interesting. Don’t know if they will take a 1 loss MSU into the playoffs. Big Ten probably is going to need Iowa to go undefeated.

      • Jack Lacan

        Urban Meyer lost one – Goodbye, Columbus

  • MB30SD
    • The GP

      fu

      • MB30SD

        That’s my favorite surf spot this morning… been surfing there for 20 years GP. Looking south to la jolla at the point down there, where I grew up.

        Was only 73 when I took that pic. Brrrrrrrrrr

        • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

          Terrific!

  • Trac

    LSU got spanked 3 weeks in a row. I love it.

  • EnderWiggin

    I thought our backup QB had claws….http://brocklobster.corgiorgy.com/

  • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

    I’m heading off to sleepy town and I’m going to dream about 2 things. Olivia Wilde and Jay Cutler to Zach Miller….and not necessarily in that order.

  • Jack Lacan

    Google: brock ostweiler’s wife

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