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Three Reasons the Bears Can Win Tonight

| October 31st, 2016

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You may think it’s odd but the Vikings are a decent match-up for the Bears. Even with the RapSheet report of turmoil inside the Bears organization, this team has a chance to give their fans a nice moment in what will be their last nationally televised ballgame.

Three reasons they may win.

  • Vikings can’t block the edge and the Bears pass rush is emerging. With McPhee back on the field, Floyd coming off his breakout performance and Young delivering steady performances each week, the Bears edge rushers have an opportunity to wreck the game and force Sam Bradford into some horrible mistakes.
  • With injuries on the offensive line, Jay Cutler’s return is massive.  Brian Hoyer would have been a sitting duck for this Vikings’ rush but Cutler’s ability to extend plays with his legs and actually run for available first downs should allow the Bears offense to stay on the field. (And he’s fresh!)
  • Alshon. It would be shocking if Jay doesn’t float at least 2-3 balls deep to Jeffery tonight. Both men have a point to prove – to this organization and the 31 others – and both will be eager to prove it together. Every time the Vikings isolate Alshon in man, expect Jay to look his way.

Should the Bears win? No. Can they? Absolutely.

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  • SC Dave

    I see no reason the Bears cannot win tonight. Any given Sund… oh wait.

    So, is Jay more fresh than rusty? That may be the ball game.

    On the other hand, I expect that defense to play well and keep us in. So long as they are not on the field for 35+ minutes.

    • Sauron’s right eyeball

      Eye see all…..

  • Bender McLugh

    Sitton a maybe & Long most likely out. Loggains will be tested, we’ll see if Cutty can keep the TO’s to zero.

    • MB30SD

      Uh huh

      • Bender McLugh

        yeah yeah

        • Goin to Hell with Pernell (GP)

          I think it’s more like a 1 with a 0 on the end.

  • willbest

    If Howard/carey can run behind the patchwork line we can win. If they can’t and Jay has to chuck it 45 times, we will lose

    • Goin to Hell with Pernell (GP)

      against the best front 7 in football?

      • willbest

        Exactly, which is why we aren’t going to win. Because Jay will have to throw it 45 times and that will result in quick outs if we are lucky, and interceptions if we aren’t. He isn’t Tom Brady who has apparently decided he only need 12 games to have a 4000 yards 35+ TD season.

  • 505Bears

    Cutler to Alshon, 2 TDs tonight. Mark it down!! Plus, I wore the Culter jersey in honor of Halloween. Have scared half the office already, haha..Bear Down!!

    • Sactowns#1

      I dressed up as Urlacher’s hairpiece.

  • CanadaBear

    I’ll be shocked if the Beloved pull this one out. Zimmer called his OL soft after last week’s performance (he was right). That doesn’t bode well for the Bears. Also, the Bears OL is totally beat up. The Bears RB’s are all JAG’s, Royal is out and it looks like Cutler is being set up to get killed again. I don’t think the BiQueens score a lot of points but I could see the Beloved getting shut out.

    • Bender McLugh

      very hard to disagree and offer some encouragement.

  • Big Mike

    Ok, I’m throwing myself to the mercy of the group. Who is playing, who is not? If they are out, how long? Been on a break from the Bears. (Cubs/gearing my team up for playoffs etc)

    • beninnorcal

      Well, the Strength of our OL(Long, Sitton) won’t be playing, to my knowledge. Smokin’ Jay is back. Nanny Mcphee is back(but limited? only played a few snaps las week. I don’t think Goldman comes back til after the bye.

      • beninnorcal

        I think Langford’s back as well.

        • SC Dave

          Shit… maybe he’ll have a fire under his ass seeing his starting job on the bubble.

      • Big Mike

        Oh joy.

        Get Outlook for iOS

  • Goin to Hell with Pernell (GP)

    If you linked actors to holidays, no actor more firmly linked to a holiday than Tim Curry to Halloween.

    Laverne Cox did a meh performance as Frank-n-Furter.

    Let’s face it, Tim Curry’s performance is the Olivier doing Hamlet of transvestite musicals. It’s so good, so perfectly sexually weird with just the right amount of camp, and his voice is now synonymous with the tunes, it’s like somebody else trying to sing Bruce’s Born in the USA: you can’t. It’s un-coverable.

    • Bender McLugh

      also his clown in IT. perfection of the creepiness

    • Sauron’s right eyeball

      I’ve heard of Bruce Springsteen before. Have no idea who those other characters are. Pretty sure it’s a good thing. I think.

      • Goin to Hell with Pernell (GP)

        Somehow I doubt Texas is big on Rocky Horror Saturday nights.

        • Sauron’s right eyeball

          My daughter gives me a hard time because I don’t even know the name of todays bands or musicians.

          • Goin to Hell with Pernell (GP)

            That’s ok. I play this song on my car radio, fits my mood.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwnC_8_ZeYE

          • CanadaBear

            I saw those guys back in the day. On a bill with Wishbone Ash. Liked ’em both a lot back then.

          • Goin to Hell with Pernell (GP)

            awesome!

          • SC Dave

            Wishbone Ash… holy shit. ,

          • Sauron’s right eyeball

            Should be an appropriate song in the Bears locker room after the game tonight.

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  • BearDown100393

    Erin Rodgers is the Tim Curry of the NFL.

    • CanadaBear

      Is Tim Curry a whiny, little bitch?

      • BearDown100393

        He was in Home Alone

  • Sauron’s right eyeball

    Hey Jeff? Just curious, how long did it take you to come up with 3 reasons the Bears can win? All I could come up with is the possibility of the Vikings coming down with a food borne illness sometime between now and the kickoff tonight.

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd JumpingDaShark (ButchDeadlift)

    I just want a competitive whole game.

    No pre-determined excuses.

    Oline beat up (when isn’t it? Long was playing with one shoulder when he was in, and Whitehair was still raw)

    Royal hurt – when isn’t he? Meridith, essentially a PS player excelled under Hoyer

    HBs not good. Same HBs, with Langford back.

    D all hurt. Again, when wasn’t this the case, and now they at least have their captain back, Mcphee, (and Tre) while Floyd looks improved

    Stupid penalties, player mistakes. Just usu Bear MO. Remember that Meredith fumble? Oline holding penalty in redzone? Carey brutal drop? That Howard Facemask penalty in redzone? That Barth miss? etc etc

    Playcalling. Same damn OC. He didn’t suddenly take stupid pills, so plz.

    The Vikes right now are a better team, but the NFL is full of games where the dogs win.

    Much like in FF, just gotta PLAY better in that ONE game.

    Rise to the occasion. Show that we’re better than the sum of our parts. Show heart. Grit.

    This should be a tight game, much like that GB game. We just gotta show more patience. ALL the pressure is on them. Make them crack under it, and DON’T TURN IT OVER.

    That’s the ONLY chance we have.

    It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Cutler had a 300 yd 2TD no INT game.

    It also wouldn’t surprise me if he has a 200 yd 3INTs, 1 fmble, 7 sack game.

    (yaaay, “excitement”!)

    Let’s hope the former shows up.

    • Goin to Hell with Pernell (GP)

      You are not going to get it. Vikes win by 21 or more.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd JumpingDaShark (ButchDeadlift)

        Yeah, I expect backpeddling LB blindspot only eyes for Alshon strip sack, Cutty

        But I’m willing to suspend disbelief for a night.

        • willbest

          I categorically proved you wrong on Cutler zeroing in on Alshon.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd JumpingDaShark (ButchDeadlift)

            the targets?

            or the production?

            Cutler might target Alshon about the same (depending on the year), but not all targets are made the same.

            I think it’s safe to say that Cutler looks to Alshon first, then everyone gets left overs.

            There’s a reason why nearly EVERY FF analyst bumps Alshon when Cutler plays. And there’s a reason why I bumped Miller, Royal and White up when Hoyer was about to take over (which proved true).

            Some defend the Alshon thing arguing that the ball should go to the best playmaker, which I guess is valid, but tonight will be a good test.

            Let’s see if Cutler can make another receiver relevant.

          • willbest

            Nearly every analyst bumps Alshon because when Cutler throws the 2 deep balls per game to Jeffery he catches at least one of them, and when Hoyer is throwing he doesn’t

            Jeffery
            with Cutler Y/Tgt – 16.75
            with Hoyer Y/Tgt – 7.8

    • Big Mike

      This team its injury situation pisses me off. it’s a fuckin shit show

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd JumpingDaShark (ButchDeadlift)

    Crazy. Pats trade Collins for a 3rd (compensatory) pick?

    Maybe Pats believe LBs are the new HBs and can be replaced easily with mid-rounders.

    • willbest

      Is Shea starting?

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd JumpingDaShark (ButchDeadlift)

        Ironically, I think Bill made Shea a sub-package DE.

        • CanadaBear

          i was kinda, sorta watching yesterday when the announcer said the RB went out on a wheel route for about 20 yds. Trailing the play was none other than CD. Same as it ever was!!!!!!!!

  • Goin to Hell with Pernell (GP)

    Here’s what I have to say about tomorrow’s night Game 6

    https://giphy.com/gifs/funny-or-die-dhqPUjRQ90F2g?ref=fbt

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd JumpingDaShark (ButchDeadlift)

    FF based, but in-depth nonetheless.

    Silva
    Minnesota @ Chicago
    Vegas Projected Score: Vikings 23.25, Bears 17.75

    Vikings-Bears is an epic mismatch, pitting a ferocious Minnesota pass rush against a vulnerable Chicago pass-protection unit dealing with injuries to LG Josh Sitton (ankle) and RG Kyle Long (triceps) and once again quarterbacked by rogue agent Jay Cutler, who was dropped for eight sacks in a little over six quarters to begin the season before suffering a thumb injury that temporarily cost Cutler his starting job. He returns to face a Vikings defense that ranks third in the NFL in both quarterback hits per game (7.0) and sacks per game (3.2), and is well aware he is no longer wanted by the Bears’ organization. Asked Monday if he feels he still has the support of coach John Fox, Cutler replied, “He doesn’t have a choice, I guess, at this point.” It’s a mouth-watering spot for Minnesota’s fantasy D/ST. … Not only is running back usage entirely up in the air with Jeremy Langford (ankle) returning and Jordan Howard’s role diminishing in favor of Ka’Deem Carey, this is a brutal matchup for Chicago’s ground game as a unit. The Vikings rank No. 7 in run-defense DVOA and have limited enemy backs to a combined 109-404-1 (3.71 YPC) rushing line. Carey has been Chicago’s most explosive runner (5.16 YPC) over the past two weeks and would probably be the best dart throw, but ultimately this is a fantasy situation to avoid. Howard’s snap rates over the past three weeks are 95% > 69% > 46%. I still think Howard would be the best option for the Bears’ lead back role, but his on-field performance hasn’t warranted that lately.

    Only two opposing wide receivers have scored touchdowns against Minnesota’s shutdown secondary through six games, and only two have cleared 65 yards. Beyond perhaps Alshon Jeffery, I would put no faith in Bears pass catchers until we see Cutler perform. Jeffery posted stat lines of 4-105 and 5-96 on target totals of 6 and 7 in Cutler’s Weeks 1-2 starts. Unfortunately, Alshon is very likely to be shadowed by Xavier Rhodes, who has shut down Kelvin Benjamin (0-0) and Odell Beckham (3-23-0) over the last month. DeAndre Hopkins did come away with 5-56-1 in Rhodes’ Week 5 coverage, although almost all of Nuk’s production occurred in garbage time of Minnesota’s 31-13 drubbing of Houston. I’m approaching Jeffery as a risky WR3 play. … Cameron Meredith was a thing with Brian Hoyer at quarterback, but it remains to be seen whether he’ll be a thing with Cutler. For most of Monday night’s game, Meredith will match up with ageless Vikings LCB Terence Newman, whom Pro Football Focus has credited with the NFL’s fifth lowest passer rating (49.1) allowed among 116 qualified cornerbacks. (At 37.3, Rhodes has the NFL’s third lowest.) … The Vikings have checked Delanie Walker (3-42-0), Jared Cook (4-31-0), Greg Olsen (6-64-0), Will Tye/Larry Donnell (4-43-0), C.J. Fiedorowicz (4-61-0), and Zach Ertz (1-14-0). Miller’s stat lines in Cutler’s Weeks 1-2 starts were 3-14-0 and 4-33-0. I’d rather chase a tight end streamer.

    Sam Bradford has an average to above-average Monday night matchup with the Bears, who rank No. 18 in pass-defense DVOA, No. 17 in sacks (15), and No. 22 in quarterback hits (32) while yielding top-eight fantasy quarterback performances in three of their last five games. Bradford’s fantasy results have been extremely uneven (QB12 > QB24 > QB16 > QB9 > QB28) since he replaced Shaun Hill in the starting lineup, but this is a good spot to tee him up in two-quarterback leagues. With six teams on bye, Bradford isn’t a terrible QB1 streamer. … Jerick McKinnon suffered what was rumored to be a high ankle sprain in the second quarter of last week’s loss to Philadelphia, returning to the game only to aggravate the injury. He was spotted at the Vikings’ facility in a walking boot Thursday and ruled out Saturday. As Ronnie Hillman is the only other back on Minnesota’s roster beyond McKinnon and Matt Asiata, Asiata looks destined for a heavy workload against a Bears run defense that ranks 20th in DVOA and is allowing 27.1 run plays per game, the NFL’s tenth highest clip. Over the course of his career, Asiata has amassed 15-plus touches 13 times, averaging 83.8 total yards per game with 11 touchdowns. Asiata is the definition of a plodder with 4.87 speed at 5-foot-11, 229, but he can be leaned on heavily in the passing game and will be a strong bet to hit pay dirt on Monday night. He is a rock-solid RB2 option.

    Bradford’s target distribution with Stefon Diggs in the lineup this year: Kyle Rudolph 36; Diggs 30; Adam Thielen 17; Cordarrelle Patterson 14; Asiata 12; McKinnon and Charles Johnson 9. … Despite an early-season bye, Rudolph ranks third among NFL tight ends in targets (48) and has earned every-week TE1 treatment in season long-leagues, even in tough matchups such as this. Improved at inside linebacker by the additions of Jerrell Freeman and Danny Trevathan, the Bears have given up the NFL’s tenth fewest fantasy points to tight ends, most notably checking Julius Thomas (2-28-0), Eric Ebron (4-42-0), and Jason Witten (2-25-0), but yielding productive games to Dwayne Allen (6-50-1) and Trey Burton (5-49-1). … Diggs has frustrated since his fast start, but he dusted Bears DC Vic Fangio’s secondary twice last year (6-95-1, 3-55-2) and simply got swallowed up in a tough game last week wherein the Eagles’ pass rush dominated, hitting Bradford on a whopping 16 occasions with six sacks. Bradford’s pocket should be much cleaner on Monday night. Diggs isn’t the borderline WR1 he looked like in Weeks 1-2, but he is an upside WR3 play at worst against a Chicago back end that was torched by Davante Adams (13-132-2) and Randall Cobb (11-95-1) last time out. … Patterson’s chronological snap rates over the Vikings’ last four games: 9% > 49% > 61% > 67%. His corresponding target totals: 1 > 6 > 6 > 7. In a week with six teams on bye, Patterson needs to be taken seriously as a WR3/flex. In DFS contests that extend into Monday night’s game, I like Patterson as a correlation play along with the Vikings’ D/ST. Patterson has four career kickoff return touchdowns, and you will get double points if he takes one to the house.

    Score Prediction: Vikings 24, Bears 13

  • Goin to Hell with Pernell (GP)

    MB –

    I am not a Bimmer guy, but damn can those South Africans make movies, huh? Good to see Clive back in the seat, those films rocked. And this one is just as good.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzUFCQ-P1Zg

    • MB30SD

      ya, das is goot

  • BearDown100393

    Sam Bradford does not finish this game.
    10-6

  • Sauron’s right eyeball

    Does anyone else realize we have more fun on da blog during the off season? Hmm…

    • SC Dave

      Nothing a bunch of wins wont solve

  • Sauron’s right eyeball

    Don’t tell me the Bears have to lose all thier games to draft a good QB.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/27564/

    Do your job Pace.

  • MB30SD
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