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Bears at Bucs Game Preview

| September 14th, 2017

Why Do I Like the Chicago Bears This Week?

I always like the Chicago Bears. (But a man can only take so much.)

Tampa Bay in 2016

Aside from their thumping of the Bears, on a day when Jay Cutler couldn’t stop turning the ball over, the Tampa offense was mediocre or worse for the duration of the 2016 season. Their rankings:

  • Yards per game: 18th
  • Passing yards per game: 16th
  • Rushing yards per game: 24th
  • Points per game: T-18th

The fact that a team with these stats won more games than they lost is impressive. But the Bucs made two significant additions to their offense this off-season: DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard. Always. Be. Adding. Weapons.

On Jerrell Freeman’s Injury

Bears had 22 projected starters in July. 11 on offense and 11 on defense. Kyle Long, Prince Amukamara, Cam Meredith, Kevin White, Jerrell Freeman won’t be out there Sunday. Pernell McPhee will be limited. That’s 27% of their starting lineup not out there. And they’ve played one game.

Three Reasons the Bears Win

  • One-dimensional Bucs. After seeing the Bears front suffocate the Falcons rush game, with Freeman, it’s hard to imagine many teams having significant success running the football into Goldman, Hicks & co. That means this game will fall squarely on Jameis Winston and the passing attack. Can they carry the day in their first start and avoid turning it over? Hard to see it.
  • Tarik Cohen. Make no mistake about it, Bucs DC Mike Smith is spending way more time than he expected this week on The Human Joystick. Outside of Chicago, Cohen’s dynamic performance in Week One shook the football world, with Cohen establishing himself as the team’s most explosive weapon. If goal 1 of opposing defenses will be stopping the Bears run, goal 1A will be stopping Cohen. Not sure the Bucs have the personnel to do it.
  • Back to the Ground. Bucs allowed 4.4 yards per carry on the ground last season and over 117 yards per game. Bears will be handing the ball off and handing it off a lot this Sunday. Why? Because they watched the tape of their quarterback from last weekend.

Three Reasons They Don’t

  • The Bears are simply not a hard team to defend with this crop of receivers and, more importantly, this quarterback. Expect the Bucs to play the entire game in a phone booth and dare Glennon to beat them over the top. Since he can’t do that to anyone, it means the Bears will need 15 plays to drive the field and score touchdowns. Glennon can’t execute those kinds of drives consistently.
  • Much of it was scheme but the Bears must be a bit concerned by the complete lack of edge rush they displayed against Atlanta. If Vic Fangio continues to ask Leonard Floyd to keep dropping into coverage, the Bears will be giving Jameis enough time to look deep to Mike Evans and his new toy, Jackson.
  • Two themes of this team lately: failing to make crucial plays at the ends of games on offense and failing to make any plays at the starts of games on defense. Why would anyone assume either of these wouldn’t continue? Starting slow and ending poorly is a solid game plan if your goal is a top five pick in the next draft.

My Favorite Thing About Tampa

Tweet of the Week

Ask yourself this: what do the teams from this Tweet, not playing their home games in Detroit, have in common? Answer: they haven’t played the quarterback position at a professional level over the last two seasons. If you want to win close games, you need a quarterback to do it. Some things are not that complicated in the NFL.

Song of the Week

I have never heard this song before in my life but it sums up how the Bears are starting this campaign with its title.

Don’t Be Surprised If…

Mike Glennon keeps doing what he did Sunday against the Falcons. What does that mean? Nothing. He’ll do nothing. No great throws. No exciting moments. No stepping up into wide open pockets to avoid completely unnecessary sacks. But also no turnovers! Β Yay! Thus giving John Fox no reason to get out his Howard Sims-Apollo Theater hook and bring on the future of the organization.

Glennon is delivering something of a worst case scenario for Bears fans. (More on this coming in tomorrow’s Weekend Show monologue.)

Don’t Gamble, But If You Do… (1-0)

I’m sticking with the under after last week’s success, even though 43 points is a tricky one. But I have reasons. (a) I think the Bears defense is legitimately good. (b) I don’t think the Bucs offense is anywhere near as dynamic as what they faced from Atlanta. (c) It’s going to take the Bears hours to put 6s on the board.

Both teams in the teens wouldn’t surprise me.

Game Prediction

What do you want me to say? Glennon is Glennon. He isn’t any good. Eventually the other team is going to catch one of his errant passes or take the ball away from him during one of his ludicrously taken sacks. Probably happens Sunday and the Bears will waste another staunch defensive effort.

Tampa Bay BuccaneersΒ 27

Chicago Bears 14

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  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    i am so excited to see Glennon play again this week.

    • Sahr Gborie

      i smell sarcasm

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        well. since I was told that I was not well informed enough to criticize Glennon, I have decided to blindly trust Fox and friends, no matter how insane it seems to me. I am so looking forward to seeing at least 15 checkdowns this coming weekend. It makes for such exciting football, and gives us the best chance to win because there won’t be any chance for turnovers.

        • Sahr Gborie

          no turnovers…yeah that’s how you win football games.

    • Yes, we see the avi.

  • Winston takes chances deep. My bold prediction is that we see Eddie Jackson’s first career interception this week.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Oh I guarantee you he rips the shit out of our secondary. He’ll have all day back there thanks to the ball-less one. Mike Evans will kill us, 12 catches plus….. and then there’s OJ Howard who should be good for two massive TD receptions. Probably.

      • Sahr Gborie

        so you’re saying we are gonna be 0 n 2

      • leftcoastdave

        You are guaranteeing that Winston will do what Matt Ryan couldn’t?

        Didn’t Ryan have better protection and equally good receivers?
        What am I missing?

        • DaBearsBlog

          Matt Ryan completed 70% of his passes for more than 300 yards and a touchdown. Did he struggle and I missed it?

      • AlbertInTucson

        From Austin Hooper to OJ Howard,

        (Shudder).

  • Hairy Styles

    I hope Glennon gets yanked, and Jeff gets a new haircut.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Grow it long Jefe. Show people you don’t work for The Man.

  • Corporal Clott

    So the Bears are the Chicago Browns? Do they play each other this year? Sigh…

    • willbest

      Yep week 16 I believe. Also in the preseason

  • Sahr Gborie

    QB’s get paid to win games not to NOT lose the game.

    Im not ok losing every game this season with MT. It’s not my wish but if we did at least I can say “hes going to learn from his mistakes and be better next season”. Can’t say the same for Glennon

    • Irish Sweetness

      It would give us the first pick which would be sweet.

      Do you pick Darnold or take the three firsts? I’d ride Mitch and draft me an OT, a DE, and a LB over three years. 0-16 makes us better, but it ain’t gonna happen.

      Then again, a few more injuries early season will make things very interesting. If we’re going to blow chunks then this is the year to do it.

      • Sahr Gborie

        see the #1 pick for 4 #1’s and win the SB next season.

  • Irish Sweetness

    +7 Bears doesn’t look bad. Jordan and Dion could get a hundred yards each. 6 runs and 6 screens to Cohen and it’s lights out. They can’t run it against, us, but with our secondary they won’t have to.
    + 7 though …..

  • Big Mike

    Will the Bears score more than the Cubs did last night (17-5 win over the Mets).

    • Bender McLugh

      ha brutal Mike

    • Scharfinator

      This can be a joke, but also a serious question with what we’ve seen…

      • Big Mike

        With our WRs, conservative approach, getting to 20 is going to be hard. Need more possessions. Turnovers, special teams etc.

  • Irish Sweetness

    R.I.P. Frank Vincent. 78. Phil Leotardo in The Sopranos. Billy Batts that told Tommy to get his shine-box.

    Let me tell ye a couple o’ three things …

    • DaBearsBlog

      Frank Vincent was also funny as hell in She’s The One, Ed Burns’ follow-up to the Brothers McMullen. And go look up the photos of Vincent and Pesci’s musical act from the 70s. Some amazing, north Jersey stuff.

    • King of DBB

      Go get your shine box was my favorite line

      I guess I will have to retire it out of respect to Billy Batts.

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    I’m very excited!……to achieve a 40% rate of return on my bankroll this week.

    Also, you know you’re going to fucking watch Dolphins/Chargers at 3pm CST.

    “Actual vertical passing, it’s going to look odd at first seeing a ball traveling forward on the field more than 5.3yds but don’t be alarmed because the football’s odd shape allows it to travel through the air at considerable distances into a WR’s arms. It’s quite an interesting concept and not the work of the devil as one might think.”
    – Sid Luckman

  • SC Dave

    The Glennon bashing has become puerile enough to include yet another witless barb when pointing out that handing off against a bad run defense is a good idea.

    The JH and AD articles here have truly become a waste of time.

    • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

      haha, you love it. If Birdcage was ignoring Olsen you’d be shitting yourself with anger right now. Craft beer fueled anger πŸ™‚

      • SC Dave

        Not right now. But not unlikely on game day tho.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Well then sir, this site might not be the place for you!

      • King of DBB

        Who? Dave? Dave? Dave’s not here, maaaan.

        • Corporal Clott

          Oh boy. I leave the blog for a day and I come back to find Anarchy is on the march. Lol

      • CanadaBear

        You might want to be careful with that shit Jeff. I couldn’t get through it either. Your one-note posts are very repetitive and boring.

        • DaBearsBlog

          If you want happy go lucky, go somewhere else. Seriously. This season doesn’t have to be wasted and it’s going to be.

          And the first half of this preview doesn’t mention. You honestly think you can preview this game and not mention the Bears have a terrible QB playing? How would you do that? Fictionalize it?

          • CanadaBear

            We all know how you feel about this Jeff. Why not write about something else?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Sorry, I must have missed where you requested “Happy Go Lucky”, Canada.

          • AlbertInTucson

            PLEASE ignore that “Go somewhere else” suggestion.

          • Sactowns#1

            Seriously. Laziest, morning DJ response ever.

          • CanadaBear

            I don’t take any of this stuff personally. Jeff is usually very patient with me when we disagree. Andrew, not so much.

          • AlbertInTucson

            He seemed to have gotten a bit IMpatient on this one.

          • CanadaBear

            I wasn’t really surprised by it because I knew he was already stressed getting snarly with Dave. I thought the whole point of these blogs was to discuss and sometimes disagree. Oh well.

          • Irish Sweetness

            In fairness, it’s the topic of the day .. our every day … for a reason. It’s a thing.

            It’s the classic QB controversy, and there aren’t many in the league – if at all.

          • SC Dave

            Go watch another team then, Jeff. There are plenty of others. Maybe you will be happier and achieve lower cortisol levels.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Yup. WCG is for the Happy-go-lucky-no-cursing folk happy to be corralled by the though police.

      • Irish Sweetness

        (Clutches handbag)

        YOU GO GIRL!

    • leftcoastdave

      We all know that Mitchell will eventually be taking the field. This is simply front running for an “I told you so.” But I agree that the unseemly snark is unnecessary. I liked much of the game plan and harbingers of things to come, such as Tarik and Jordan wildcatting, possibly throwing and keeping Shaheen in blocking assignments while getting up to speed.

      A new QB with the receiving corp and new pieces he has to work with cannot be expected to roll out a fully tested playbook game one.

      • DaBearsBlog

        My commentary on Glennon would be the same if they didn’t draft Mitch. I killed the signing the day it happened. Except NOW they have a reason not to play him and they still are not.

        • CanadaBear

          And every day since.

          • DaBearsBlog

            You act like I’ve been wrong. He’s been horrible in practice, the preseason and the opener. Why would I stop now? The Bears have a better option. They’re choosing not to play that option. How does this not infuriate people?

          • CanadaBear

            Do we really have to discuss the exact same topic every day? Almost everyone (other than Mrs Giraffe) feels that MT will be better than Glennon. Some of us feel that the coaching staff has a better handle on it than any of the rest of us. That’s it. That’s the entire back and forth. It doesn’t need to be re-hashed every day.

          • Bender McLugh

            This.

          • Scharfinator

            I couldn’t figure out how to put it this PG, Canada. Well said.

          • CanadaBear

            Nothing against Jeff or Andrew, it’s not personal.

          • Sactowns#1

            This is like “who would you rather get food poisoning from, Taco Bell or Del Taco?”

          • CanadaBear

            Yeah, the end result is always the same. Spewing from both ends.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            seems to me he attempted to not mention MT in his main article. However, a couple people got a little snarky about a dig on Glennon being awful, which he is, and called him out in the comments. What is he supposed to do? It is no secret what his feelings/thoughts about it are, yet you expect him to change.

            Also you say that the coaching staff has a better handle, but it is pretty well known that Fox prefers Vets. But you guys act like that isn’t the case here. You don’t even have to go that far back to see that Fox is going to give a Vet a start and let him lose a job during the season instead of giving a rookie a chance, ala HOWARD LAST YEAR. But sure go ahead and blindly trust the coaches, and bitch at the people that don’t.

          • CanadaBear

            Every day?

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            In his article, Jeff did not say MT should be starting, all he did was lightly criticize Glennons performance.

            There is clearly 2 groups here. People that think Glennon sucks, and the people that don’t (or at least trust the coaching staff). One innocuous criticism by Jeff in the article kicked off the arguments today.

            The thing is, and i am guilty of it too, people don’t let things slide. It has really never been the case on this blog. We had years of daily debates/arguments about Cutty, and i am sure there were arguments before that.

            Besides it is a topic people have strong feelings for. And there really isn’t anything else to discuss that does not eventually flow back to the most important position on the team.

          • BerwynBomber

            Probably because some people believe that he can learn better, at least initially, on the sidelines. At least that has always been my understanding of the argument.

          • beninnorcal

            Preseason is meaningless though, lol

          • Sactowns#1

            Zing!

          • Irish Sweetness

            It’s unfortunate, but there’s nothing we can do. I would enjoy watching Mitchell, even if it was making rookie mistakes. Glennon … there’s just nothing to enjoy.

    • BerwynBomber

      I wouldn’t sweat it. Their articles have never been all that .. even pre-Glennon/Trubisky. Especially AD’s.

      The comments section/community make this site.

      • CanadaBear

        100%.

      • willbest

        I mean sure not all of them are home runs, but many have added a different perspective and they do start off the discussion of football for the day even if we wander into other territories (especially in the off-season).

        Its not easy coming up with stuff day in and day out. Most the time Jeff acquits himself quite well, its just he happens to be especially passionate about a fundamental disagreement he has with management and the result is we get to read about how awful Glennon is with our morning coffee.

        • Sactowns#1

          To me, its a laughable argument. We whiffed, once again, by trying to be the smartest man in the room. In reality, the wisdom of the crowd has been shown time and time again. Watson was the best QB in the draft, clearly, but instead Pace tried to outsmart everyone and reach for an unproven longshot. Watson will be starting this weekend and in 2-3 years Gomer wont even be in the league.

          • CanadaBear

            Watson being a better QB than MT is certainly not clear to me (and I’m guessing a bunch of others on here, too). I get you like him a lot better that doesn’t mean he is better than MT let alone clearly better.

          • Sactowns#1

            By any objective measure Watson is clearly head and shoulders above. I get it, he’s not a white guy but you cant deny he’s world better than Gomer.

            https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/deshaun-watson-1.html

            https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/mitch-trubisky-1.html

          • beninnorcal

            Oh, that’s why Canada likes Trubisky better, cuz he’s a white guy? I don’t know Canada well, but he’s never said anything to indicate he’s a racist. Interesting that you know this about him somehow, Sac.

          • Sactowns#1

            Had absolutely nothing to do with Canada. (he’s always struck me as a reasonable and nice guy) It’s more the Chi homers in general seeing this draft through rose colored glasses and a racial lens.

          • beninnorcal

            Fair enough, but you were replying to him directly. Also a bit presumptive to include race in your reasoning. If we’d picked Watson over Mitch, I, and many other homer Bear fans would probably like Watson better.

          • Sactowns#1

            I’m just trying to figure it out and it’s really puzzling. One guy started 3 years, led his team to the national title, had amazing stats, took snaps from under center and ran the huddle. the other guy….. did none of that. It’s like the music man came to town and everyone is suddenly excited for the new marching band. I’m the only one telling you the band aint coming! (maybe Jeff will take this reference to heart)

          • CanadaBear

            There have been A LOT of QB’s in college that were fabulous but their talents/physical stature didn’t translate well to the pros. It’s all about projections. If all it took was to take the guy with best stats at his position all of us could be GM’s.

          • Sactowns#1

            ok. Can you please give me an example of the inverse. Seriously, I don’t watch much college ball so idk but I cant imagine any superstars who didn’t really play in college, didn’t run a huddle or takes snaps from under center then suddenly becoming studs.

          • CanadaBear

            Look at his physical skills. He’s a prototypical NFL QB. He also moves around well and his accuracy on the move is uncanny. The only thing missing is coaching and more reps. I like the arc of MT’s career a lot better than Watson’s.

          • That Guy

            Can we dispense with the “he didn’t take snaps from center” as some sort of issue? First, something like 60% of NFL snaps are taken from the shotgun/pistol. Second, it’s not like he never has taken a snap from center before. He did in high school. And third, it’s not like it’s a hard skill for a QB to learn.

            Also, can we dispense with the “didn’t run a huddle” crap? NFL QBs get the plays radioed into their helmets. “Running a huddle” means “repeating to 10 other guys what the OC just said into his ear.”

            Finally, the knock on Watson is that he’s Cam Newton without Cam’s size. Look how much Cam has gotten the crap kicked out of him with a good organization and decent protection. Watson doesn’t have the size or the organzation/protection to keep him from getting done broke.

            People were shy about Watson not about his skin color, but because of the litany of great college QBs who never could make the leap to being even a decent NFL QB. Another guy in that mold (but for different reasons) is the white savior who now plays minor league baseball.

            I get that Trubisky has a lot to prove, but the difference between him and Watson is that people see Watson’s college success as his ceiling, worrying about how it will translate to the pros. And Trubisky’s college record is all about potential, and his ceiling is projected to be much, much higher than Watson’s–whether or not he lives up to it is another story.

            In other words, many think Watson peaked in college, whereas Trubisky is still on the upswing. It’s not racism, it’s not blinders, it’s not stupidity. So stop treating people who disagree with you like they’re racists, blind, and/or stupid.

          • beninnorcal

            Trust me, I wouldn’t be suprised if Mitch ends up being no good. This is the Bears, after all.
            But I will say that the sample I saw in preseason looked pretty good.
            The only thing I know about Watson, besides what you’ve mentioned, is that he plays for Cleveland. That, on it’s own, is not good.
            But we can’t really compare the two until they’ve BOTH had significant NFL playtime. Time will tell.

          • Yes, But Tebow is no longer in the NFL.

          • willbest

            Yes because blacks can’t play QB. Good lord.

          • CanadaBear

            Glad to read this Sac. I was really wondering where that came from.

          • CanadaBear

            Not sure where you came up with the white/black thing Sac. If you know anything about me it’s that I’m not a racist. Promoting Blues music for 35+ years is not possible if you’re a racist. Again, just because you like Watson better doesn’t make him better.

          • willbest

            Sac has gone native portlandia. Its the whitest city in the country so they get their diversity bona fides by complaining about racism everywhere.

          • AlbertInTucson

            For me, resorting to the insults/name calling is tantamount to running up the white flag of surrender in any rational debate/discussion.

            UH-oh. I said “White Flag”. Am I in trouble…?

          • SC Dave

            Sounds about right.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Yep, insults and name-calling.

            ALWAYS the best way to forward your argument! (Sarcasm).

          • willbest

            The thought on draft day was Watson was going to start. They went with Savage he got murdered against the Jags and they put Watson in. He did

            Watson
            12 of 23 for 102, 1 TD, 1 INT, 4 sacks, 1 fumble (lost)

          • AlbertInTucson

            And saved from another INT by a penalty.

          • Bender McLugh

            you seriously think Watson is better than Trubisky, Sac? I think you are off on this, and of course time will tell

          • CanadaBear

            I wanted Watson over MT because of the “it” factor (coming up big in big games). After seeing MT move around and throw on the run, I can certainly see why the Bears picked him. Gonna be fun to watch it play out.

          • Bender McLugh

            preeecisely

          • Sahr Gborie

            You’re dead wrong!!! Look at how MT played in pre-season. He is a baller. He has the the it factor. Dont get me wrong, I was not on the MT train during the run up to the draft and after until I saw him play.

            I was on the OJ Howard/Solomon Thomas train. Watching MT play I have come to know the value of a QB. How they can bring a spark to the team and elevate the talent around them. What spark has Glennon shown? It’s sad to say but he really is the kind of QB that Fox likes. Pretty Pathetic

            Texans have had more QBs in the past 2 seasons than the Browns. What makes you think they got it right this?

          • Watson was the best QB in the draft?

            U nuts, Sac.

            He’s ALREADY limping around and has only played ONE HALF.

            Dude is going to be hobbling (more) by week 14, watch.

        • I wrote an interesting tid bit about Fangio’s philo and Pace’s aversion for blue chip defenders in FA perhaps being the cause for lack of TOs .
          There’s plenty to write about when the Glennon goggles are off

  • 505Bears

    I’m staying positive this week, but if the offense shits the bed, all bets are off..haha…Bear Down!!

  • willbest

    Did Jeff really throw 2015 Cutler under the bus? Wow, when he moves on he moves on

    • DaBearsBlog

      2016. And it didn’t take much throwing.

      • willbest

        The last 2 seasons include 2015, which is part of that 0-14 the bears put up.

        • DaBearsBlog

          15 is trickier. Larger deficits. 16 wasn’t hard to understand.

      • Irish Sweetness

        So his injuries had NOTHING to do with that? He forgot to play football after turning the corner in grand style in 2014?

    • BerwynBomber

      Inadvertently, I’m sure.

      But facts can be stubborn things, especially if you love Jay Cutler.

  • willbest

    Incidentally, that chart linked where the Lions went 9 for 16 in the 4QC is just more evidence for Jim Bob Cooter being a genius. It also explains why Stafford is the highest paid player in the NFL this year.

  • CanadaBear

    Is anyone paying for the Canelo/GGG fight Saturday? I’m too cheap and patient to pay for it. It will be on HBO the week after. I’m pulling for GGG but this should be a fight that lives up to the hype.

    • BerwynBomber

      I love the fight game … always will. But when I was growing up only the mega-fights were PPV (or even closed-circuit). Many of the other fights — including superb championship bouts — could be seen on regular TV or cable. But that all changed in the ’90s. Specifically with cash cow De La Hoya whose every fight was PPV, even his earliest bouts against tomato cans. Forever prejudiced me against PPV.

      But in fairness Canelo/GGG has the makings of a mega-fight. Hopefully lives up to its expectation. And the irony? It is being promoted by De La Hoya’s “Golden Boy Productions”, correct?

      • Sactowns#1

        This is whats killing boxing. that and having the heavyweight division totally stagnate under the Klitchko brothers. There are kids growing up now who never see boxing. it’s not on TV, at least not unless you do pay per view or HBO/Showtime.

        • willbest

          The ESPN cable subscriber model is dead. So the future of sports is going to lean more heavily on PPV not less.

          The networks will only pay for something if they can sell enough commercials to cover its costs.

          • BerwynBomber

            Not sure about that. Unless you’re talking about PPV rolled into existing services like Netflix or Prime.

            But if you’re talking viewers having to purchase each and every game, the NFL might be in for a rude awakening long-term.

            Boxing’s popularity has slipped significantly in the last few decades. There are many reasons for that but one of the biggest is that PPV left some fans out in the cold. Yes, the HBO, Showtimes, Don King’s, De La Hoya’s and Mayweather’s made gobs of money. But the sport as a whole? Not so much.

            Btw, ESPN’s problem isn’t live content. In fact, if anything that it was they need more of.

          • CanadaBear

            Boxing only has itself to blame. So crooked and so full of criminals (and I’m not talking about the guys in the ring). Truly a shame for the boxers/trainers. Still love to watch it but just the other day I watched a fight where one guy dominated the fight and the hometown guy got the unanimous decision. What a pisser. Ironically the best boxing cards I’ve seen in the last year or so have all been promoted by Oscar. All of them at the outdoor venue in Carson, CA.

          • willbest

            ESPN’s model was charging every cable subscriber in the country for their content because ESPN was a required channel for about 40% of the country. The problem is broadband and streaming put an end to the need for 60% of the country that doesn’t care about ESPN to go along with that model.

            You are absolutely right that ESPN needs more content, but the problem for ESPN is that it no longer has the money to buy new content. Nor is there quite frankly a large market for some of the sports out there. For example, broadcasting bowling seems like a step above a test pattern.

            And the PPV option I think that will most likely get adopted are the season pass styles or monthly subscription rather than per event.

            Keep in mind netflix wouldn’t generally be a good fit for that sort of thing because it would end up with exactly ESPN’s problem where its trying to charge everybody for content that only some people are watching. And you might say that is what they do now, but the content they provide you are basically scripted shows. Live sports is different enough that people will consider jumping to HBO Go or Prime or CBS direct etc if Netflix has to raise prices too much.

          • BerwynBomber

            All things considered, the four-letter has decent content: College Football, MNF, MLB, NBA and Grand Slam Tennis (though I realize I’m in the minority in applauding the latter).

            You’re right about bowling, but they generally televise that opposite the NFL on Sundays. In other words, probably doesn’t cost them a dime because basically anything in that slot would be a loser.

            You’re right about the cable model being a bit outdated too, and hey, you’re a few years younger me and know the cord-cutting stuff better. But I think another thing that killed ESPN was the proliferation of social media, the internet and even networks specializing in specific sports. Because basically all those advances killed the relevancy of SportsCenter.

            For decades SC was their signature show. Hell, they built half their empire around it. Now? They’re trying everything to save a sinking ship. Even having Scott Van Pelt host some silly show as the “new SportsCenter”.

        • CanadaBear

          I guess you didn’t see the Klitschko/Joshua fight. Best heavyweight title fight in 20 years. Both guys were on the canvas.

          • Sactowns#1

            Oh of course I did. But that’s after a decade of one heavyweight title fight every two years.

          • CanadaBear

            It was a great fight. Hopefully Joshua can inject some energy in the division.

          • Irish Sweetness

            That’s because there have been no great fights in 20 years. I stopped watching the HWs about the time the Klitsckos came in. The division lost its shine.

    • Bender McLugh

      aw man, I thought it was live on HBO this weekend. Yeah, not paying.

    • I love me some Canelo.

      A redheaded mexican boxer? What’s not to like?

      That being said…VIP box it is for me…

  • TomC

    I think the Freeman injury is getting underplayed. The dropoff from him to Kwiatkowski is bigger than at any position on the team (except maybe Howard to…whoever is backing up Howard). I worry we’re back to the middle of the field being Open For Business like it was in the Shea / C. Jones / Timu / Anderson / [insert your favorite scrub here] era.

    • willbest

      Tre is lucky to still be playing football. our ILBs are back to Jones/Kwiat. 2 years ago they were Jones/McClellan. Look for the TEs to have their way with us again. Oh wait, they already started doing that last week.

      • willbest

        I said yesterday (or two days ago) I felt our biggest need for next year was ILB. We could grab some WR in FA.

        Pryor, Wallace, Fitz, Jeffery, Floyd, Landry, Robinson. Some are getting old, and have their own problems, but who the hell are we going to get in the middle of the field if Tre’s career is over.

        • I’m not too worried about ILB long term.
          They’re always undervalued in the draft or off-season.
          We got Freeman and Tre for cheap in one yr.
          Just a matter of choosing the right ones

          • Irish Sweetness

            We ignored LB in the draft. Can’t do it.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Jones was listed as “Limited /Back” for practice yesterday.

        • willbest

          wonderful.

    • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

      It’s not going to be pretty. Freeman did a lot of things that don’t get noticed like bullrushing a RB on a blitz, knocking him backwards into Ryan to force a bad throw to a wide open guy on 3rd down, etc. The little big things that impact the game.
      Much rum will be consumed on Sunday.

      • CanadaBear

        It ain’t gonna be pretty in the middle of the Bears D.

      • Scharfinator

        Freeman has been a beast.

      • Freeman was the only one that didn’t get punked by HBs or TEs or QBs trying to move him with their eyes.

        Major fucking loss.

        Only Goldman stands between stuffage and 3 yrd runs that turn into 20 because the ILBs are 10 yds the wrong way and the S take bad angles before bouncing off the HB.

        • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

          I’m concerned but crazier things have happened. Jameis likes to take chances and hopefully we can make him pay once or twice.

    • beninnorcal

      Completely agree. We’re going to be missing Freeman bad.

    • AlbertInTucson

      BE afraid. Be VERY afraid.

    • That Guy

      Kwiatkowski strikes me as a big, slow safety. He gets swallowed up at ILB.

      • CanadaBear

        I agree except he’s not that big. 6,2″, 240.

  • King of DBB
    • CanadaBear

      So much franchising!

      • AlbertInTucson

        That’s where the money is.

    • willbest

      unsurprised. Restaurants are horrible investments. Every now and then I get the idea that this Asian-Burger fusion place I like in Vegas would sell like crazy someplace like Oak Park, and my wife has to smack me

      • BerwynBomber

        I still contend a quality steakhouse would do bonkers biz in the OP/Forest Park area.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Wahlburgers. SMFH. Season 8? Really?

        • willbest

          Bachi Burger is the place I went to in Vegas. He puts a bunch of japanese stuff on top of the burger (and the fries). If you aren’t a burger purest, its quite good.

    • BearDown100393

      Lance ate all the ribs

    • Sactowns#1

      It was a HORRIBLE idea. A large BBQ restaurant (probably some 10,000 sqft) connected to a bowling alley in a strip mall. So guess where the pit is. There wasn’t one! Last time I went there was to watch the draft. The menu had been cut down to a few items and they had no BBQ that day. Restaurants/bars can generate a decent income, if you have any idea what you’re doing.

    • BerwynBomber

      Lasted longer than Frank Thomas’s place. Or the Big Hurt Brewhouse as it was officially known.

  • King of DBB

    TJ Watt is killing it as a ILB for the Steelers. He’s beaten out James Harrison for the start and was all over the field Week 1.

    • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

      haha

    • SC Dave

      One game is not “killing it”

    • CanadaBear

      Love the new avatar!

    • Tortured Bear fan

      avatar is awesome!!

      • BerwynBomber

        Waffle’s Brike was quite good too.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Makes me think of Dennis Green.
        “If you want to crown him then crown his ass. He is who some of us thought he was, but we won’t give him the hook”

    • Yeah but Harrison is literally the oldest player in the NFL.
      Besides, we already met our white ILB quota

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    The article does not mention that Bucs haven’t played in month. Eight of their starters did not play the 3rd preseason game including Mike Evans, Desean Jackson, Gerald McCoy, Will Gholston, Brent Grimes etc. They had only 2 practice sessions since August 31.

    You just don’t show up in live NFL game that counts and expect everybody to be on the same page. They will be sloppy. There will be missed tackles and dumb penalties from Bucs.

    Plus Jameis Winston has 33 INTs in 32 games. And 8 lost fumbles on 62 sacks. That is Jay Cutler level of turnover capability.

    Bears can win this one against a rusty Bucs team ( even though they are more talented than the Bears).

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  • BearDown100393

    “I hate Giraffe”
    Got it

  • AlbertInTucson

    After watching Hicks fall off in the 2nd half last week, I am concerned that Tampa is looking at a high of 90 with 70%+ humidity on Sunday.

  • Tortured Bear fan

    “failing to make crucial plays at the ends of games on offense and failing to make any plays at the starts of games on defense”…. I know a word to resume this. “mediocrity”.

  • CanadaBear

    Haven’t seen anyone mention it but the Bears put Howard on the injury list with a shoulder. Typical Fox. That’s all that’s been released. Howard skipped parts of practice yesterday.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      who cares. Belichick put Brady on the injury list for years, it’s not new for coaches to play the injury list game.

      • CanadaBear

        Back on the limited list again today. Not saying it’s a big deal just something worth mentioning.

    • Irish Sweetness

      He got tackled by ATL and banged up a bit.

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    GP, you bit coin motherfucker! Bought the dip, sold the peak, etc.
    Are you sleeping with Nakamoto? Uncanny timing sir.

    • willbest

      If I made $400k in sept, I would be done for the year.

      • CanadaBear

        If I made $400K I’d be done for a few years!

        • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

          I could stop hooking!

          • Bender McLugh

            as if

        • King of DBB

          My daughter has informed me that she has “decided” to attend Oxford. She’s 12.

          She said “I expect you’ll be able to get me a place over there to live.”

          She is a straight A student, so I figure damn – I’m fucked.

          • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

            Daughter: I have decided to attend Oxford
            (GP mentally calculates the universe-esque expansion of tuition costs)
            GP: I’ve heard Illinois State is really on the forefront of the Communications field…

          • King of DBB

            I have one daughter.
            You have – what? – 8 daughters?

            Multiplication. It will kill ya.

            You know what – you ARE right – Indy sucks. Bet Cards big.

          • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

            I have one daughter at the moment.

          • King of DBB

            Ahhh ok. So in that case, the Cards bet is too risky.

          • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

            Gambling (when I win) is an acceptable subsection of my overall portfolio.
            The goal every year is to double my money and then start the next season with that doubled bankroll.
            I always double it but I don’t play with huge amounts and I always spend the overall winnings on something fun for the family or the wife.
            This year, I’m doubling my money and starting next year with a larger amount. I want to see if I can, in a disciplined manner, grow the bankroll to 64,000 over 7 seasons.
            It sounds crazy but it’s not, it just doesn’t happen overnight and all in one weekend. It would be 112 weeks of only betting if the perfect situation arose.

            #Turturro-esque Grinding

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Or you do as my parents did and tell her “You better get a job and start saving”

          • Should’ve went to Bourbannais w ur daughter and got a 1 on 1 with Shaheen.

            GP, “Heard Ashland is great, right Shaheen?”
            Shaheen “Hells yas brokowski. Go cucked clerks!”

            Plant that in her subconscious GP!

          • King of DBB

            Where is Ashland?

            (I know. It’s west of Halsted. Ha ha.)

          • Irish Sweetness

            Property prices there are probably similar to Manhattan.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I would be retired.

    • King of DBB

      Once I converted it and brought it ashore, I had to declare it as income.
      Yes, that means Uncle Sam gets his 33%. Plus 15% on LTCG.

      So you break out the can of vaseline and bend over and pull em apart. But’s it’s better than watching the potential slip away.

      I’d have much much much much preferred to leave the wallet alone and just spend it notionally.
      Amazon takes it, I did actually spend 1 coin with Amazon and got $4k worth of stuff shipped out. I can buy all manner of things – it’s not just for Thai hookers on the Dark Net anymore.

      Except I knew that once I saw that retirement advisors were going to option it – I knew asswipes like Dimon would see it as threat and the Chinese banned it – I knew there would be backlash so I converted to dollars using a stateside exchange I trusted I could get the money actually transferred out of.

      But i really didn’t want to. I wanted it to hold and then spend it. I was going to see if the special event group at Soldier’s Field would take a full coin for the Packers game and a skybox and have a DBB party. Alas, they do not. I knew the fiat fuckers would come gunning for it and it’s curve was classic bubble. Don’t know if you buy into the curve mapping school, but sometimes it works.

      In the end it was a 10 bagger over 3 years. I’ll take that. I honestly had no clue it would blow a bubble this big. None. Dumb luck. It was flat over 18 months at 200, I was HOPING for 400, not 4000. Probably won’t repeat it and it offsets the ass whooping I took from Trump going long on Gold. That’s another story.

      • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

        P.R.O.J.E.C.T
        P.O.R.S.C.H.E.
        Dark Blue with Dark Blue interior and subtle orange accents. You know you love the double blue!

      • Irish Sweetness

        Trump expects the price of gold to fall.

        Wow. He really doesn’t know who runs things.

  • willbest

    11 out 24 of Fox’s losses as a Bears HC have been by 7 or more points.

    7 of those have been away games, including 1 in Tampa Bay last year. The Bears are now banged up everywhere while the Bucs are coming off 2 weeks of “rest”.

    I am tempted to say they don’t cover the spread since we are basically banking on the Bucs to either be distracted from recent events, rusty because of the bye and lack of NFL level play, or a team that regresses from last year.

    And its not even a question for me of whether its Glennon or Mitch since who is either of them throwing to? Though Glennon’s homecoming does add an interesting element. Does he know the team’s D better than they know him?

    • I got a gut feeling the Bears pull this one off.
      Always seems like tons of Bear fans attend those Florida games so may be a default home game.

      I think Howard is PISSED he dropped that potential game winner. Supposedly he didn’t even give a post-game interview last week. I think he comes out angry looking for defenders to flatten.

      Also, we’re DUE some luck or TO. We’re fucking DUE! (serenity now…)

      Some sorta karmic counter-balance to this

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-QMM2VMePM

      Something unexpected ( tipped pass INT, fumbled snap, sp team fuck up…) will bounce our way to shift momentum and ride it towards a much needed win.

      Book it, danno.

      • King of DBB

        Speaking of…

        I am sure Jordan Howard was played the Bears Extra tape where Dan Hampton said “Jordan Howard has always had lousy hands catching the ball” – then questioned why you would throw to him in that situation.

        • I seriously think if they weren’t running down and hurrying to get a play off that we would’ve scored.

          I said this in PS, but I would love to see Trub inserted when we’re at the 5 or so.

          His running + cohen will stress the D BIG time, esp if Shaheen can become a real TD threat.

          It’ll never happen cuz Fox, but we should roll it out. Be good experience for Trub and help our redzone playbook.

          That cohen wildcat hopefully foreshadows more aggressive creative plays in the redzone.

          We’re gonna need it w/out WRs.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Why would Shaheen be a TD threat? Why do we pay Dion 6M a year … and Miller is on the roster?

          • Miller is an Hback essentially.
            Sims I can live with, but he’s not a 6’6 260 monster, until he is.

    • BerwynBomber

      “Tampa Bay last year”?

      Careful. You may tempt Butch to let the Condor fly.

  • King of DBB

    Uh oh. Harvard just granted Chelsea Manning tenure. And “she” ain’t got no PhD.

    Shit about to get real in the red states.

    https://imgflip.com/i/1vvhwn

    • willbest

      A visiting fellow is not tenure. And quite frankly this makes sense. Given what he is guilty of he probably has a lot of valuable insights to impart upon the average Harvard grad in terms of what to do, what not to do, how to generate sympathy, etc.

    • SC Dave

      Should I care who chelsea manning is?

      • Scharfinator

        Formerly Bradley Manning, leaked state secrets and got a sex change in prison. I think paid for on taxpayer dime?

        • SC Dave

          The world really has gone off the deep end. Commit treason, call yourself a woman, and its all good?

          • Johnnywad

            It really has. Can you imagine even hearing of such a thing when you were a kid?

            Shit, girls that got knocked up just when I was in high school, “transferred to other schools”.

            Crazy where things have gone.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Once more, I choose to identify as a seven foot all Chinese woman. You may call me Yi Ling.

        • Irish Sweetness

          State secrets? Wasn’t it video of innocent people getting shredded by a Blackhawk in Iraq?

          Edit: Hey presto. If this is a ‘state secret’ then I’m all for more of them.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw442y2fTeU

          2 minutes in – this is why I hate the military.

          • Scharfinator

            That certainly sounds like something the state would want to keep secret, yes.

    • That Guy

      Um, no. Not tenure. A fellowship. Which is typically a 1-5 year contracted position, with benefits, and revocable at any time for any reason.

      Sean Spicer got one, too.

      • King of DBB

        my bad. Still some CIA dude resigned from the school in a huff over it.

        Maybe Chelsea could teach Home Ec.

  • SC Dave

    Based on the tweet, the weekend show definitely looks worth a listen.

    Maybe we get back to the Jeff whose material I used to anticipate?

  • Jeff takes.

    ” Bears will need 15 plays to drive the field and score touchdowns. Glennon can’t execute those kinds of drives consistently”

    – Who can? How many 15 play TD drives did Brady, Brees, Wilson, Roth, Ryan complete last game? Did they have any, even combined?

    “Starting slow and ending poorly is a solid game plan if your goal is a top five pick in the next draft.”

    – Welcome to the Fox era. Why you think Elway dumped him then won the SB the following yr?

    “If Vic Fangio continues to ask Leonard Floyd to keep dropping into coverage”

    – While I agree in principle that Floyd rushing makes more sense, still can’t argue the results. Outside that busted play (which may have been cuz Freeman was concussed), the gameplan limited an explosive O.

    Kinda like what the Chiefs did to Brady when sometimes they only rushed 3 to clog all those intermediate routes. Sometimes it works.

    “Answer: they haven’t played the quarterback position at a professional level over the last two seasons.”

    – Did Jeff finally admit his man-love Cargo was a YUGE mistake? Somehow, I doubt it.

    Agree with his assessment about what the Bears will do. They wanted to catch the Falcons off gaurd with Cohen. The Falcons have struggled mightily since last yr against shifty pass catching HBs (see SB) so it was a solid game-plan, but I expect the Bears to go back to Howard pounding them in the ass with some Cohen strategic strikes.

    Wildcard: how the Bucs react after the hurricane + so many days off.

    Do they come out inspired? Do they come out lethargic? Dunno. Be interesting to see.

    Bears 20
    Contes 13

    And for those of you still pinning for Cutler over Glennon, lets open up the time capsule, shall we?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-ZjbVKsUKI

  • AlbertInTucson

    Danny Woodhead to IR.

    Job opportunity for Jeremy Langford.

    Per NFL Network Radio.

    • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

      For Danny Woodhead and his massive muscle structure in his legs to hurt his hamstring so badly that he goes to IR means he must have partially torn it.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        He injured it originally in preseason. Rushed him back too soon.

      • AlbertInTucson

        It’s the “Eligible to Return” version of IR.

    • willbest

      If the NFL were serious about reducing injuries it would end Thursday games, and it would cap player weights.

      • Irish Sweetness

        And would allow PEDs and steroids.

    • Another RBBC to steer clear from.

      Buck Allen and West? will split with some Campenero and maybe now Langford dashed in.
      Cards another clusterfuck. Wouldn’t be surprised if they make a trade.

      I don’t know why HB needy teams don’t call up Carey. Glad they don’t, but I think he’s better than say Kerwynn Williams.

      Maybe Carey is still hurt or something.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Bye Jeremy.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        he was gone a while ago.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Bears will need 15 plays to drive the field and score touchdowns. Glennon can’t execute those kinds of drives consistently”

    For the record, the Bears TD drives last Sunday were:

    7 plays / 75 yards

    and

    9 plays / 75 yards.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      the one they didn’t score on was 16 plays / 68 yards

      • AlbertInTucson

        Yup. That proves Jeff’s thesis!

    • But it wasn’t the magical 15!

      Do those 90 yd drive vs Titans count when their P was pinning us inside the 10?

      Next up: Those drives are too long!

      Need to throw two 40 yd bombs per drive at least.

    • Corporal Clott

      Cue the crickets chirping in Jeff’s basement…

    • willbest

      He is allowed hyperbole, but the most common form of sub 5 play scoring drives results from excellent field position. Something that the offense doesn’t get to choose.

      There is a reason that nearly every 40 yard pass and every 40 yard scoring play makes the weekend highlight reel.

  • It amazes me that teams like the Texans and Colts who view themselves as SB ready started the season with Savage and Tolzien.

    It’s one thing for the tanking Jets, but how do you look your players in the eye and tell them we’re starting those chumps?

    If I were the Texans, I would draft 2QBs every yr until one looks good.

    • BerwynBomber

      Debatable that Colts were ever SB ready without Luck. That would be like the Cheese being SB ready without Rodgers. Ain’t happening ..

      But …

      a) Tolzien seems bottom of the barrel as a back-up. Just by comparison I would take Sanchez over him in a heartbeat were I honestly trying to win games.

      b) Wonder if Colts end up shutting down Luck for the season. What did he have anyway? Rotator cuff? Was it his throwing shoulder? I wouldn’t screw around with that sort of investment.

      • If Colts do shut him down, they may not win a single game and get the #1 pick overall next draft.

        Imagine that.

        They have Darnold there and a beat up Luck.

        I would be tempted to draft Darnold and shop Luck to the highest bidder, though perhaps the cap hit would be too much.

        • willbest

          I just parsed his contract his and here is what we got

          If he leaves the Colts, they would have roughly 19.5 million in dead money.

          If they cut him before the 5th day of the 2018 season they owe him $18 million, after the 5th day its $24 million. Any team that trades for him would therefore be on the hook for $24 million which is his 2018 salary plus $6 million from 2019.

          His 2019-2021 salaries/bonuses are all pretty cheap at about 21.5 million each.

          • madscout12

            Watch him go be a Texan. That would be glorious.

    • willbest

      Didn’t Indy expect Luck to be ready about now? Brady took 4 weeks off and still won the SB last year. That being said, it is clear that both Indy and Texas GMs thought “Jags are going to Jag”, and the Jags had a different idea about that.

      • JAGs may indeed still Jag.

        I can’t imagine Bortles winning that division. They’d have to field the greatest D ever.

        JAGs dominated a Tom Savage – Rookie O.

        That’s not always gonna be the case.

        That div should be wide open.

        I think the Titans are overated too.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Dude, they had 10 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. I don’t care who you’re playing. That defense is for real.

          • Remember that SEA game with Hanie when we punted it every drive?

            Yeah.

          • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

            They Karate Kid 3’d the shit out of Savage and Watson.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Bill O’ Brien has started 9 QBs in 55 games. Wow.

  • Watson arriving dressed like a mortician.

    Might get buried in that bow tie.

    Gimpy. 3 of his TEs have concussions. Missing two Olinemen. Playing on a short week vs dirty embarrassed Bengals on the road.

    Rough.

    • BerwynBomber

      I heard Schlereth the other day say that he was doing film study for a TV gig the previous year and realized that three of the five starting SEA OLinemen were dudes that should not even be in the league. Not back-ups. Not guys on the 53 or PS. But not in the league.

      And obviously we have seen the same thing play out in Indy.

      • I was thinking about the Oline situation.
        It’s incredible how many teams have absolute shitty Olines.

        I don’t ever recall so many teams fielding such subpar Olines across the league.

        I can only think of 3 good ones. Cowboys, Raiders and us.

        The rest are avg at best.

        • willbest

          I don’t even like ours without a healthy Long.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Is it cracking down on PEDs.

          It’s like the light HW division in the UFC. A fat guy called Daniel Cormier is about to get his belt back again, a belt he’s NEVER won. Held but never won. There’s a couple of Jags and has-beens below him.

          I was just looking at UFC 51 last night. 2005. Tito and Vitor were fighting for the 3 and 4 contender spots, below Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell. You had guys like Rampage Jackson et al on the roster. Murderer’s row.

          • Yeah, I used to be more into UFC back when Tito, Vitor, Couture, Chuck were in their primes.

            Dunno what it is with Olinemen.

            It might be a few factors.

            1. Dlinemen in general get paid more (unless you’re LT but even still) so may funnel the more athletic to Dline

            2. The college spread/read is producing dancing pansies (see Grasu) that get bulled back once they play real men in real Ds.

            3. Seems like there’s more injuries, which fucks up the chemistry of the Oline. Maybe this is due to lack of pills, crack down on peds?

          • SC Dave

            #2 may be the root of the problem. But I almost expect the NFL to go to more “finesse” to avoid CTE.

  • BuddhaJoe

    The Glennon butthurt is strong in this one. And holy shit is it strong.

  • Wow. Watson completely oblivious to sitting CB.

    Should’ve been pick 6.

    And now, gets sacked for 15 yd loss.

    #PlayDaKid

    • Almost another pick 6 by Pac Man Jones who jumped that bubble screen college BS.

      And now, sacked again when he should’ve thrown it away.

      Rough night.

  • I wonder how many games Bengals have to lose for McCarron to get tapped.

    Crowd booed him last game, and boo birds already out last inept possession.

  • Clowney running like Sweetness down the sideline lol

  • Great drive by Watson.

    Bengals were eyeing trying to get the ball back to score within 4 mins, and Watson drove the Texans down 80+ yds and ran it for 40 of those.

    9 play drive, not exactly 15, but solid nonetheless

    • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

      #playdakid??

      • He’s looked pretty horrible before that drive.

        like 25 yds passing, two that should’ve been pick sixes and 2 brutal sacks.

        But 40 yd rump for a TD isn’t exactly Marino time. We’ll see how this plays out.

        I think that Bengals D just gassed out cuz Dalton has looked like Hanie.

        • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

          Haha, I know, he’s not good but had to give you shit. Even RG3 could pass.

          • Trub is DEF better. To me, it’s not even close.

            Watson does one read, then puts the ball down and starts running.

            Trub doesn’t do that. He scans the field while on the run throwing lasers to his 2nd 3rd option.

            Then again, we don’t have a Hopkins either SMH.

            That run just saved Sac in FF. Watson was at -1 before that lol

  • King of DBB
    • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

      3pm central this Sunday.

      I’ll be in Ingram’s Twitter feed the rest of the year reminding him

      I’ll send him a signed Cutty jersey when it’s over.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Why the fuck is the Mikado … oh never mind.

  • BearDown100393

    Apparently Watson never learned how to hold a football properly. Peanut would be salivating.

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    It’s amazing how the announcers and talking heads are willing to forgive shitty qb play for the sake of the narrative.

    • BearDown100393

      Roger banged out the script and the bobbleheads simply recite.

  • BearDown100393

    Irvin must be pimpin’ after halftime.

    • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

      Man, he got Watson on the brain. Calling him Michael Jordan. What the fuck??
      Motherfucker almost has 4 pics in 2 halves

      • BearDown100393

        Cocaine. Not Watson.

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    TackleMyRide debuting tomorrow on the NFL Network.
    So Pimp my ride with LaMarr Woodley is what we put on football stations now?
    Man, I wish Trubisky was black. At least we could protest his way into the game.

    Haha, I keed I keed.

  • BearDown100393

    Andy Dalton is the Braverman of NFL starting quarterbacks.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      so he is a Future HOFer?

      • BearDown100393

        To some? Probably.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I think the year before last he was up there with Carr as the two guys with the best ratings when under pressure.

  • BearDown100393

    Kind of odd that nobody on broadcasts mentions “concussion protocol”

  • Less commercials = split screen of Peyton and football stadium.

    Got it, NFL.

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    Dear Mr. Dalton, throw AJ Green the ball.

    Sincerely,

    You fucking suck

    • methinks it’s gonna be a rough yr for AJ.

      Not sure if Dalton even survives the season. Fans already booing him. AJ McCarron with his hot GF may start by midseason

      • BearDown100393

        Pace will trade for him before next season and give Jeff/Andrew heart attacks.

  • BearDown100393

    Collinsworth completely avoided mentioning Cushing being suspended 10 games for PEDs.

  • BearDown100393

    Apparently it is cool with Jed York for the San Francisco 49ers to be completely mocked in a Russell Wilson commercial. Cash before dignity.

  • Eifert getting checked out for INJ already.

    That’s why I dropped him in FF.

    Mr. Glass

    • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

      He fucked his back when he landed on that dude

      • He just returned from some sort of INJ.

        Pretty sure the Bengals wouldve liked him on that crucial 3rd.

        All the rough neck TEs get hurt. Gronk, Reed, Eifert…

        Meanwhile, Olsen gets tackled by a stiff wind, but hasn’t missed a game in forever. Maybe he had the right idea.

        Just fall down immediately after catch.

  • Bengals aren’t even using safeties.

    They’re just putting 9 Dlinemen on the LOS daring Watson to pass it.

    I remember when the Steelers did that to Tebus in the playoffs…

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

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    hmmm 3rd and short. let’s run at Geno Atkins. Brilliant!

  • BearDown100393

    Joe Staley has no dignity either. Must be a new San Fran/Clara thing.

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    Did Hyundai just try to spin off the Gensis as some luxury car company?
    Oh hell no.

  • BearDown100393

    Marvin Lewis’ game face rivals O.J. before putting on those gloves.

  • Another bad throw by Dalton.

    That’s what happens when you’re a soul less ginger

    • Irish Sweetness

      Over-load on the GINGE.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    I would like to see a TD pass to Hopkins

    • I’ll be surprised if Watson completes 5 passes from here on.

      Texans just want to eat up the clock and go home.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Has he ever caught one in the endzone?

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    Dalton you asshole.
    AJ Green is:
    A. Huge
    B. Black
    C. Fast
    D. Awesome
    E. On your fucking team
    F. All of the above

    • BearDown100393

      Trubisky & Green – At least 18 TDs tonight.
      – Incoming Tweet

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Dalton: “All of the above, but he’s got cooties.”

  • Texans, I know you don’t want to, but you’re going to HAVE to pass.

  • BearDown100393

    That arm ain’t bent right.

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    The AfC teams are destroying each other. Cutler and the Fins gonna ride smooth straight to the chamship

  • lol wow Bengals literally have 9 in the box. Haven’t seen that since the Wishbone was first introduced to the NFL

  • Deum. I liked McKinney coming out of college.

    Real LB

  • smart take down by Pac man. That would’ve been 6 by Hopkins

    • AlbertInTucson

      Know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.

  • Pac man can’t cover Hopkins with one arm.

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    Prosch!!!

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    Jay Prosch is 6’1 260 fullback. Fucking wrecking dudes.

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    Should have called that timeout.

  • Can the Red Pee-gun score a TD against a stingy D with 2 mins and 2 TOs?

    Garbage FF stats, here we come!

  • BerwynBomber

    Never trust a ginger.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Ew.

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    Ouch.

  • Oh, Dalton.

    2 games, zero TDs. Boo birds gonna boo

    • BerwynBomber

      Now I see why they didn’t trade McCarron and/or asked too much for him. Or I should say now I at least “some” rationale for it.

      • I know they played against 2 good Ds, but something is def wrong with their O.

        It’s like they have NO mojo

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          it’s a bet, Marvin Lewis bet he could go 0-6 and still not get fired after the season.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Mixson was highly touted but, not much to show so far.

          • There’s an old maxim, “when you got 2 QBs, you got no QBs”

            And mine is “when you got 3HBs, you got NO HBs”

            These 3-headed HBs committee rarely work. HBs need to get in a groove, in ryhtym, get a feel for the lanes, their Olines, the opposing speed. Getting inserted for one play, then yanked, then put in again 10 mins later won’t cut it.

            Bengals are putting in Gio, Mixon and Hill seemingly arbitrarily.

            They’re all gonna suck like that. The Saints tried the same with AP, Kamura and Ingram. Same result.

            The Vikes got it right. They liked Cook. They fed him. From time to time, they spell him. We did the same with Howard last yr. That’s how you establish the run.

            (unless you’re the Pats, but they’re atypical in many regards)

    • BearDown100393

      Giraffe loves Dalton.

  • lol oh bengals.

    White KR thought he was Hester

  • White on white crime!

    haha perfect ending. Get er Watt!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Had to be him, didn’t it? Fucking Super Boy.

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    I can’t even listen to Irvin.

    • Worse than Shannon Sharpe?

      • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

        Way worse

      • BerwynBomber

        The main studio/desk guys on NFL network all seem to suck. Faulk, Irvin, even Mooch. Then again, that’s arguably true of most of the networks.

      • AlbertInTucson

        And death is not an option…?

    • BearDown100393

      Coked.

      • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

        He thought he had tooted all of it but no, his stylist found a bag and just drained the whole bag and dressed Irvin like a a pimp from the future.

    • Irish Sweetness

      “Back when I was playin’ …..”

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    Though he played average you have to love Watson’s character and his story. The young man succeeded at every turn im life when he had every valid excuse not to.

    • BerwynBomber

      He might turn out okay. It looks like he can’t get thru his progressions fast enough to succeed on this level, but I suppose that some guys can improve on that and who knows how many guys were truly open.

      Not easy getting your first win on the road against a D like Cincy.

      And let’s be honest, most rookie QBs look like that.

      All that said, a guy like Wentz looked a ton more impressive last year. At least to my eye.

  • What would a football player have to do to beat out Watt for the Walter Award?

    Bring world peace?
    Invent robot hookers?

    • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

      Michael Irvin will advocate for Watson .

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