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Data Responds: Bears at Bengals

| December 10th, 2017

Is this real life?

The Bears dominated on both sides of the ball, scored 30 points for the first time in over two years, and generally rolled over the dormant Cincinnati Bengals.

I know Cincinnati is bad and banged up, but so are the Bears, and this was a lot of fun. More importantly, this as led largely by young players for the Bears, which bodes well for the future. Let’s take a look at what happened.

Offense

  • The Bears came out and threw it on their first 2 plays! The first resulted in an awful Jordan Howard drop (drink), while the second was a beautiful play action rollout to Josh Bellamy for a 1st down. This unsurprisingly caught the Bengals’ defense off guard, and they backed off the defense into standard 7 man boxes instead of loading 8-9 up. As a result, the Bears ran it the next two plays for about 40 yards and a touchdown. That marked the first time this season that the offense scored a touchdown on their first possession of the game.
  • Before I get too down on Howard, how about giving it up for a great game from Chicago’s stud running back? He had his 12th 100 yard rushing game in 26 career starts and passed the 1,000 yard mark for the 2nd year in a row, making him the first running back in Chicago history to start his career that way. That’s pretty remarkable when you think of the great running backs who have played in Chicago.

  • The offense continued showing good things on the second drive, giving rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky a number of quick passes to get into a rhythm. As a result, Trubisky looked more confident and did a much better job making accurate passes for the 2nd week in a row. I’ve given offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains a hard time this year, but he had a pretty good day today. It was the 2nd time in 9 games with Trubisky that he actually tried to run an NFL offense.
  • Don’t look now, but Mitchell Trubisky has been playing better. It’s now been two weeks in a row that he’s completed more than 75% of his passes, thrown a touchdown, avoided turnovers, and posted a passer rating above 110. In 5 games since the bye, he’s avoided throwing an interception 4 times, and posted a passer rating of 88 or higher each of those times. His completion percentage and yards per attempt continues to creep up as he gains more experience. Continuing to watch his progression these last three games should be fun.
  • Running back Tarik Cohen had a painful day with two touchdowns called back. On the first, a long run down the sidelines, he was correctly ruled to have stepped out of bounds. On the second, a quick screen in the red zone, right guard Tom Compton had a blatant block in the back that was completely unnecessary. The dynamic rookie continues to make plays when given the chance (14 touches for 85 yards), and I look forward to seeing how a creative coach will utilize him next year.
  • Speaking of penalties overturning big plays, that was a bit too much of a trend today. The offensive line in particular picked up a number of them. To the OL’s credit, though, they generally did a good job holding up against a quality Cincinnati pass rush and opened some nice holes in the running game.
  • On Chicago’s 2nd offensive drive, Trubisky made a throw after running past the line of scrimmage and was correctly penalized. For some bizarre reason, John Fox decided to challenge, which he quickly lost. That time out really would have helped them later in the half as they tried to mount a last-second field goal drive.
  • After ignoring him the last two weeks, the Bears went back to rookie TE Adam Shaheen, who showed he is clearly the best tight end on the roster. He made three big plays in succession late in the second quarter, but unfortunately the drive ended with him dropping a touchdown. In the second half, they looked to him in the end zone twice in a row from inside the 5 yard line. On the first play, he drew a pass interference penalty, and on the second he caught his 3rd touchdown of the season. Unfortunately, he came up holding his right shoulder, but it doesn’t seem to be serious, as he was back in later.
  • We also saw a few mistakes from Shaheen, most notably when he gave up a sack early in the 3rd quarter after missing a block (though Jordan Howard was supposed to help and also whiffed). Unlike his mistakes against Philadelphia, the coaches didn’t bench him in this game. What a novel idea.
  • The Bears went for it on 4th and 3 in Cincinnati territory in the 2nd quarter! That was nice to see. Regardless of whether they converted or not, it was the right call, but it helps that they did convert on a nice catch by Shaheen.
  • It was a quiet game for Dontrelle Inman, who didn’t even see a target, but Kendall Wright stepped up in a big way. He caught 10 of 11 targets for 107 yards (Chicago’s first 100 yard receiving game of the year) and proved to be a reliable target all over the field, especially on 3rd downs. It seemed like Wright was open on slant routes all day long, and Trubisky repeatedly took advantage of that. I’m looking forward to seeing Inman and Wright as Chicago’s 3rd and 4th wide receivers next year.

Defense

  • What is it about Chicago cornerbacks and dropping interceptions? Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara both dropped gimme ones in the first half today, with Fuller dropping a second easy one in the fourth quarter. This continues a season-long trend for both players, who have generally been solid in coverage but struggled to make game-changing turnovers.
  • The defense was incredibly banged up, missing 6 starters (Eddie Goldman, Mitch Unrein, Jerrell Freeman, Leonard Floyd, Willie Young, and Adrian Amos)  and 2 more guys who would be starting due to those injuries (Quintin Demps and Pernell McPhee). It showed at times, as the Bengals were able to run the ball pretty well and there was very little pressure on Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton. But credit to a banged up unit for playing well overall, helped by an awful day by Andy Dalton.
  • Christian Jones played mostly outside linebacker today due to injuries there, which meant we saw a lot of Nick Kwiatkoski inside next to Danny Trevathan. This was a good way to get a long look at two young defenders instead of only playing one of them.
  • The personnel decisions at safety were not quite as good. Veteran retread Chris Prosinski started and played most of the game over 2nd year man Deon Bush. I don’t know if Bush is better than Prosinski or not, but I do know Prosinski is not good, and Bush at least has some developmental potential. Of course, Bush promptly got burned for a touchdown when he finally did come in.
  • With Mitch Unrein and Eddie Goldman both out with injuries, we saw a lot of defensive linemen Jonathan Bullard and Roy Robertson-Harris today. This is great for development of the two second-year players, and RRH flashed with a sack (almost a safety) late in the 2nd quarter.
  • Outside linebacker Lamarr Houston also had a sack, his second in two games since re-signing with the Bears. Cutting him at the start of the season was a mistake. If I’m the Bears, I think seriously about keeping Houston around as a 3rd or 4th OLB next season.
  • Another young player who looked good today was rookie safety Eddie Jackson, who celebrated his birthday in style. He made a few nice plays in coverage, including snagging his 2nd interception of the season off of a tipped pass by Bryce Callahan (who also had a solid game today). Later in the game, Jackson stripped AJ Green to force and recover a fumble. The Bears are now 2-0 in games in which Jackson forces two turnovers.

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  • MichiganBearFan

    Boo Ya!

  • BearDown100393

    Will continue here just to annoy the Viagra deficient resident drunk.

  • willbest

    so no new tackle?

  • willbest

    they cut houston because they saved 5.5 million

  • Irish Sweetness

    As predicted!

    • BearDown100393

      Expected the win.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        You sir, are a riddle, wrapped in an enigma, smothered in secret sauce.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Houston had two sacks BTW …

    • Nope, “his” 2nd sack was credited to Howard Jones. And rightly so, Houston didn’t touch him until after he was down, Jones took him down.

      • Big Mike

        Love practice squad guy getting the sack. Love it love it

        • especially because Jones had an earlier sack taken away by a penalty in the secondary

  • Juan Stone

    If the Bears finish the schedule looking like they did today, I will have no problem if Fox remains the HC next year.

    • CanadaBear

      Trac, no you didn’t!

      • Juan Stone

        Hey, there is a slight possibility Fox is not the reason the Bears sucked moose balls this year. If this last game was Fox’s answering the Bell to give all his detractors the finger and we see the same results in the weeks to come then hey… why not? Remember “Oh Canada”, I did preface my statement with a pre-requisite.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Didn’t like what I saw from Inman today. He didn’t really work his routes or seem aware of the game around him. He’d turn his head for the ball after the play was over.

    • Big Mike

      Fun game. We won

      • Irish Sweetness

        All of that was great. We kicked somebody’s ass and pissed on their playoff hopes!!

  • Big Mike

    That was fun

    • willbest

      confusing. like why didn’t we see this against the packers

  • EnderWiggin

    I think the O line played fantastic today. A couple of those big penalties were Leno and Sitton (I think) being down field when Mitch forgot to throw the screen. Can’t hold those two plays against the big guys.

    The Bengals are bad. How did they win 5?

    • willbest

      they get to play the browns twice

    • Irish Sweetness

      There was no Burfict out there, or 3/4 of their DBs … or their RB.

      • BearDown100393

        Too bad. No opponent cares about Bears injuries.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Never do, never will.

  • BuddhaJoe

    They cut Houston bc he was hurt. Agree with most of the rest.

    • he was healthy in early October. Keep him inactive for a month.

      • BuddhaJoe

        Don’t remember their injury situation at the time so you might be right. I can see why they cut him though.

  • BearDown100393

    3rd Qtr: Mitch trust K. Wright and this guy needs to be back next season in camp.

    • Irish Sweetness

      We ignored him for the whole season.

      • BearDown100393

        Shows vertical ability and hands. Not sure if that is teachable. He just has “it”.

    • remember when the Bears played Tanner Gentry and Tre McBride over Wright for Trubisky’s first 4 games?

      • BearDown100393

        And I probably complained loudly about the wideout drops also

      • I really like a WR group that has Inman and Wright as the 3rd and 4th options next year. Meredith + a FA as the top 2.

        • BearDown100393

          You might be on to something really great

          • you don’t need one stud if you have 4 solid guys who the QB can rely on. Add in Cohen and Shaheen (plus hopefully a better #2 TE) and that’s the kind of versatile offense Pace is trying to emulate from NO.

          • BearDown100393

            Still want the stud to play mental gymnastics on the opposing DC and unit. But this might blossom next season.

          • we saw today what you can do just with multiple solid options. Inman has been their #1 option since the bye. He didn’t get a single target today, but Trubisky tore them up with other options (largely Wright and Shaheen) since they took him away. Pick your poison.

          • BearDown100393

            I want all the poisonous threats for Mitch next season……

        • Tortured Bear fan

          repeat with me, Mike Wallace…

  • Big Mike

    Fucking Packers.

    • A blowout Bears W + them losing at home to the Browns would have been the perfect football Sunday. Oh well, you can’t have everything.

      • Big Mike

        Bastards are going to sneak into the playoffs

        • BearDown100393

          And get blown out. Maybe re-injure Erin in the process.

      • BearDown100393

        Always take a Bears win.

        Always.

    • BearDown100393

      No explanation needed.

  • Bears O looked like an NFL O for once with the playcalling.

    “That marked the first time this season that the offense scored a touchdown on their first possession of the game

    • This reminded me of the Detroit game 3 weeks ago. The PHI game changed them back to bad habits, they finally opened it up again.

      • The question is if they’re gonna keep mixing it up, or go back to the run-run-pass BS.

        I think the playcalling and the Oline were the biggest difference today.

        • We’ll see against DET next Saturday. Against PHI, Trubisky threw an early INT, and I think that caused them to turtle back up for the rest of that game and the next one.

          After today, there’s no reason they should go back, but an early mistake next Saturday might change that.

          • BearDown100393

            I expect the Bears to win next week.

          • I won’t be able to watch either of the next 2 games live. Before today, I was ok with that. Now? Not so much.

          • BearDown100393

            Important progress type game for these players.

            I expect them to do well.

        • SC Dave

          The latter of the two for sure. Now if Mitch can figure out how to not throw the ball behind Howard two thirds of the time, I’d get encouraged.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Apparently, I should not watch more often.

    • SC Dave

      Apparently.

  • BearDown100393

    Fake hand off and Mitch gets his 1st rushing TD against a confused over matched Bengals D.

    Nice job

    3rd Qtr.

  • leftcoastdave

    Pace draft picks all suck and Fox does not know how to develop rookies, right?

    • BearDown100393

      I agree with the 2nd part.

      He doesn’t.

      • EnderWiggin

        Stewart, Williams, Peppers, Delhomme, Howard, (maybe Cohen and Trubs). Foxxy may suck ass on Sundays, but he CAN develop good players.

        • BearDown100393

          Maybe 15 seasons ago.

    • Irish Sweetness

      We have 4 wins. Just beat a bad team … I’d say hold the kool-aid?

      And Jordan has a fantasy day of it as soon as we turn into a passing team. They just didn’t trust Mitchell. They should have.

    • So you’re arguing to KEEP Fox?

      • BearDown100393

        Must be victory beers talking.

  • leftcoastdave

    JW: “The Bears spent a month playing Mike Glennon over Mitchell Trubisky and
    Tanner Gentry/Tre McBride over Kendall Wright. The last 2 weeks with
    Sims over Shaheen. Ignored Cohen for 2 months. Can anybody explain why?”

    Timing is everything.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Inexplicable actions:

      1. Cutting Deonte Thompson.
      2. Ignoring your ‘No.1’ receiver, Kendall Wright.
      3. Ignoring Cohen/Shaheen.

      • BearDown100393

        Not playing Howard in the beginning of 2016….

        • CanadaBear

          By his own admission, Howard was not in shape.

          • BearDown100393

            Then he will be an even more beast next season

          • CanadaBear

            Yeah, he wants to be great. He really improved his fitness in the off season. Maybe this off season he will work on the passing game.

      • Deonte Thompson has caught 19 of 36 targets for 266 yards in Buffalo. He had a monster first game and has done nothing since then.

    • SC Dave

      Perhaps because they were not ready? Although that does not explain Wright not playing.

  • BTW, Trubisky was 16/18 for 156 yards and a TD throwing to Cohen, Inman, Wright, or Shaheen today. And that doesn’t include the TD to Cohen that was called back.

    Since the bye, he’s 62/79 (78%) for 636 yards (8.1 ypa) throwing to that quartet, with 3 TD and 2 INT. That’s a passer rating of 102.3. Those are going to be 4 of the probably 7 main weapons on the roster next year.

    • Irish Sweetness

      And he hit 8 different receivers.

    • BearDown100393

      He is outplaying his coaching.

    • SC Dave

      And if he can stop throwing the ball behind Howard…

  • BearDown100393

    3rd Qtr.

    Eddie Jackson’s INT. Shows Jared Allen awareness……

    • Irish Sweetness

      Did he stop playing after the ball hit the ground though? Who recovered? Looked to me like he stopped playing. A loaf on Marinelli’s defense.

      • BearDown100393

        Huh?

        • Irish Sweetness

          I thought he ripped it out, it hit the deck, but he didn’t follow it? Who recovered?

          Ah: I just watched it. He got it.

          • BearDown100393

            Ball was up in the air and Jackson retrieved it. The play is on the Bears website.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            And the refs blew the whistle if I remember. Otherwise it’s off to the races.

          • BearDown100393

            It is all good.

  • Pretty Boy Assassin

    Worst part of Sunday Game of the Week? Joe Buck.

    • BearDown100393

      No.

      Bears losing.

  • BearDown100393

    If this team can beat AFCN opponents (remember the hyperbole after Steelers – Bengals), it has no excuse with a proper coaching staff not to beat its divisional rivals in 2018.

    • Pace is going to have to get a lot of things right next off season to climb out of this hole.

      – Choose right coach
      – Draft well
      – Sign impact FAs

      • BearDown100393

        He has a busy off season indeed.

      • Bender McLugh

        In Pace we trust

        • BearDown100393

          Not after Giraffe. He has to earn it back by hiring a proper coaching staff.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Bears are pretty challenged on those first two.

  • BearDown100393

    Pace is going to enjoy watching Mitch’s completions to Wright on this game tape.

    He should be interviewing HC candidates with the clips and asking how they would build upon it.

  • BearDown100393

    Some of these Bears starters who did not play today may be on the outside looking in for 2018.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      Never thought I’d say it, but Kyle Long hurt the team by playing this year. If he can’t get back to something close to his old self, he’s no longer the best option at his position.

      • BearDown100393

        Switching his position contributed to his deterioration. I cannot fault a warrior wanting to play. He deserves to get healthy and be in camp next year. If it ain’t there, it ain’t there.

      • Yeah, I realized this sad reality last yr when that Oline completely dominated a good Vike’s D (without Long)

        We saw today when Compton was pulling and clearing out lanes what a healthy OG can do.

        That’s why I was kinda hoping we could trade Long before the deadline cuz I just don’t see him getting healthier, and he won’t come out unless he’s on 1 leg.

  • This is the first game that I can honestly say that Trub didn’t look like a rook.

    Aside from the stats, he just seemed more comfortable in the huddle and pocket.

    Like when that overload blitz came at him clean.

    He quickly recognized it, coolly rolled to the right away from it, threw a lazer for like an 8 yd complete.

    He just seemed more confident and less jittery. .

    • BearDown100393

      He outplayed Dalton, a seasoned veteran.

      • I would like to see him given some audible powers .

        There were a few times when they stacked the box.

        Be good for him to be able to check out from some of those run plays, or even something minor like changing the direction of the run.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky

          Maybe. But he seems to be juuuuuust be getting comfortable reading what he sees. I would not overload him just yet. He’s going to have to spend the next 8 months just watching film over and over and over.

          • BearDown100393

            I want Pace to hire a HC who has done his homework on Mitch in 2017 and can blueprint a progressive plan moving forward in 2018. This should be an exciting opportunity if not plagued with upstairs dumbness.

    • SC Dave

      Definitely looked better than I’ve seen him. Encouraging.

  • BearDown100393

    Lamarr seems composed and just wants to make plays and skip the dancing.

    4th qtr

  • Most surprising thing.

    Bellamy catching balls.

    Least surprising.

    Howard not catching balls.

    If Bellamy actually begins catching, that would be a huge boost.

    Dude always seems open.

    • BearDown100393

      Both played well today.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      Howard is breaking Bears franchise records. Who gives a shit if he catches the ball? I’ll take the yards. I’m thankful we have a pure runner. Dude is an absolute stud.

      • BearDown100393

        If he can break tackles, he can learn to catch balls with the jugs machine.

        Howard will be even better next season.

      • His stone hands limits the playbook big time though.

        No wheel routes, him lined up in the slot, mismatched against LB, even screens and flats

        His stone hands cost important yds. (and howard’s all but gone in the 2min drill and comeback mode)

        The entire playbook isn’t available to Trub now, but down the line it might factor.

        I said it before, but he reminds me of Alfred Morris

        A great zone runner who gets those tough yds Forte was never able to.

        Wish we could somehow merge Forte and Howard , but I guess that would be like asking for Walter 2.0

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky

          And that’s what I’m getting at. I’m going to enjoy watching him be a Bear and not lament his receiving game for one second. There aren’t vary many active players at the position, playing at his level. Plus he’s been healthy. I’ll take it.

        • SC Dave

          The QBs don’t throw the ball in the right place to him consistently. NEVER throw the ball BEHIND the damn receiver on a swing pass. Ahead where he can see it, or find another receiver if there is no space.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Yesterday, 3rd and 1, 1st and goal. We pass. That’s when you call Jordan’s name, That shit has to stop.

      • Loveblanket

        Yeah, the pass catching rb is not my favorite. I want a pure runner as my number 1 back and a second back like Cohen that catches on tricksy plays.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I’ll take Barkley and piss on the two of ’em thanks!

  • Eagle’s TE. 2TDs

    Ertz. On my bench. Fuck.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      damn how many points are on your bench.

      • Too many. Hunt-Howard-Ertz (I was gonna get Burton as backup, but all reports said Ertz was ready)

        Fuck.

        I went out with a chick last night. I didn’t get back till this morning, watched some games, then knocked out tail end of Bears game.

        Woke up, no Ertz playing . My backup TE on the Cards already started.

        Deum

        And Artoo is going bonkers with Dak, Hopkins, and Gore.

        SERIOUSLY, fucking GORE for 30 points? moses christ.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis
  • BearDown100393

    Entire different kettle of fish for this week moving forward after a road win versus the downtrodden of the last 2 months.

    Now lets get a coaching staff assembled to move the blueprint forward for 2018.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    200+ yards rushing
    250+ yards passing

    not going to lose many doing that. Great all around game.

  • BuddhaJoe

    Good deflection. Fuck Alshon.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    dammit – Eagles need to start putting the wraps on Gurley

  • BearDown100393

    I do not want the Bears to be next season’s LA Rams.

    I want Chicago to be even better.

    • Loveblanket

      They won’t be in one season. A good record expectation next season, if they make the right offseason moves would be 8 or 9 wins, but probably still miss the playoffs due to Packers and Vikings. I would hope they would then be competitive in 2019 for a division title. These things take time. Remember that even some of the best took a long time to win a title. Elway, Favre, Peyton Manning, etc. You need skill and luck in equal measure.

  • Pretty Boy Assassin

    Very questionable unsportsmanlike in LA. Very questionable. Big stop. Let them jaw. It is called “football.”

  • BerwynBomber

    Would completely suck if Wentz is lost for the year.

    The Cheese game was depressing too. Fucking CLE.

    • Yeah, Wentz was on fire.

      That’s one of the dangers of a running QB. Eventually, just get whacked.

      Ideally I would like to see Trub run more like Wilson and less like Wentz.

      Curious how Foles will look. He’s a high end backup. If he looks good in relief, than Flip will continue shooting up my short list of HC/OC candidates.

      • BerwynBomber

        Wentz is reckless. Even Rodgers is a tad reckless and he’s small and skinny compared to most QBs.

        Yeah, Wilson is innately smart in how he absorbs hits. Plus, that is one area where being short helps. Not as exposed. And he’s relatively thick.

  • BerwynBomber

    The first thing you mention about the D are the dropped INTs? LOL.

    D played awesome, especially given the injuries. And don’t look now but our corners are arguably a top half of the league group. And yes, Eddie Jackson is proving to be an excellent mid-round pick.

    • Big Mike

      It’s just a thing with the bad hands. 2 easy interceptions. Great win. Winning is fun.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        bad hands, thats why they play DB and not WR

        • Big Mike

          But really, really bad hands even for a DB.

    • This is kind of stream of consciousness. I type as the game goes. That one happened early, I wrote it early, never moved it.

      Very impressed by the D today minus all the guys they were missing.

  • SC Dave

    More class from those assholes in Seattle.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      what they do?

      • Loveblanket

        Tried to attack fans,.

    • Pretty Boy Assassin

      Love that commercial with Petetee talking about how they coach them to tackle…it is just safer that way.

      That team sucks at tackling the way every team sucks at tackling. They hit dudes in the head just as much.

  • SC Dave

    Asshole Seahawks. Miserable cocksuckers. A fucking disgrace.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      again what did they do?

      • SC Dave

        Three personal fouls with two guys THROWN OUT on consecutive plays after cheap shots on Jacksonville OL who were in the fucking victory formation running out the clock.

        I shit you not.

        Reprehensible, classless pieces of shit.

        • willbest

          they were engaged in playoff shenanigans in the regular season.

  • SC Dave

    Well, have not seen the game yet, but Thayer on the radio replay immediately said had Trubisky thrown the pass to Howard in the right place, “he still be running”. I’ll judge for myself when I see it, but damn, we cannot throw a fucking swing pass for shit.

    • BearDown100393

      Bears win. No complaints here.

    • Pretty Boy Assassin

      Cohen doesn’t seem to have difficulty catching them. Or Cunningham. Langford could catch them with 3 QBs last year. I wonder what the problem is.

      • CanadaBear

        He has zero feel for it. He’s stiff as a board on his routes, may or may not get his around in time and then has about a 50/50 chance of catching the ball. Howard wants to be great and last off season he got in MUCH better shape. Maybe this off season he works on his hands.

    • willbest

      Lot of people making excuses for why Howard can’t catch.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      Trubisky was excellent today. Nothing short of it. One slightly “errant” pass is nothing to stew over. Happens to the best of the best.

      • willbest

        He had a clean pocket pretty much all day

      • BerwynBomber

        Agreed. Best game of his young career.

        His stats were good last week too but they seemed like empty calories. Not today. His PR was reflective of how solidly he played.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky

          He’s finally starting to throw to receivers before they come out of their break. He’s spreading it around. He’s starting to navigate the pocket a bit as well as leave it and make plays. But the big one for me is when he’s trying to extend/make a play, he’s still protecting the football. He’s got the knack for ball security, coupled with the tools to make plays.

          • BerwynBomber

            Agreed. Looks damn promising. Very efficient.

          • The poise, anticipation and accuracy were def encouraging.

            Just gotta remain consistent, which is difficult for most rooks.

          • SC Dave

            He figured out Kendall Wright, that’s for sure.

      • SC Dave

        The second screen/swing to Howard was in the right place, and he caught it. The swing pass to Cohen was perfectly thrown. The drop by Shaheen in the end zone was behind him.

        Trubisky looked his best all year, but “one” errant pass is way optimistic. And yes, I’ve watched the game now.

  • CanadaBear

    Really happy for the Beloved. Apparently Cin was so beat up, they lost the fire (not to mention Marvin Lewis is just a pinch better than Fisher). Gotta enjoy it! Apparently the 2017 Bears are the Emperors of the AFCN (if they beat Cle). Really odd stat for this year.

    Stafford looked like his young self today. He’s supposed to be really beat up too. Maybe the Bears do the unthinkable and win a few in a row. I have no idea!

  • willbest

    G leads 9ers over the Texans giving the giants a shot at the #2 pick. Eagles regain the #1 seed in the playoff hunt. NFCS is wide open. Packers inch closer to the 6th seed

    • CanadaBear

      Even with vintage Erin, the Fudgies would get bounced in the first rd.

      • willbest

        they could win in LA, there would be 45,000 packers fans in that stadium. Against the NFCS team not so much.

        • SC Dave

          I think they would beat Atlanta. Carolina and especially NO not so much.

          Unless, of course, they had the right zebra crew. Then all bets are off.

      • BerwynBomber

        Yeah, they’re incredibly fortunate to be 3-4 with Hundley. Bears, TB and CLE all shit themselves to help them notch those three wins.

        And no offense to the Beloved, but those are three pillow soft opponents. Hell, CLE is tracking to be 1-31 over two years.

    • BerwynBomber

      Fucking CLE. Epic choke job.

      PHI is toast if Wentz is done. Foles is a high-end back-up but he ain’t winning an SB. And probably not getting to one either.

      Weird that this seems like the strongest NFC in years and the two best teams at the end might be QBed by Case Keenum and Nick Foles. Can you say NE’s sixth ring?

      Huge game next week between LAR/SEA.

      • BearDown100393

        ACL torn

        • willbest

          Possibly, but he did play the next snap and walked off on his own power.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            probably an mcl

          • willbest

            If its an MCL he could be back in time for the playoffs. They will probably still earn a first round bye if Foles and the D can come up with another win in the last 3 (Giants, Raiders, Cowboys)

          • BearDown100393

            Probably not.

          • BerwynBomber

            IIRC, so did Jordy Nelson when he tore his a couple of years ago …

          • BearDown100393

            It is torn. He is done.

          • willbest

            You his BFF? Did he text you 30 seconds ago after the doctors performed the MRI?

          • BearDown100393

            Yes. He cried.

          • willbest

            I hope you called him a pussy and hit unfriend.

          • BearDown100393

            Never kick a man when he’s done with a torn ACL.

            Kick him after fully recovered.

          • willbest

            actual reporting has it as inconclusive if the ACL was a full tear and an MRI will be necessary.

          • BearDown100393

            Fake Eagles news.

            Don’t be fooled.

            The ligament is shredded.

      • SC Dave

        NE has to get by Pittsburgh

        • BearDown100393

          Steelers are 2 headed coin.

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog Retweeted Adam Hoge ✔ @AdamHoge #Bears right tackle Bobby Massie on if he senses Mitchell Trubisky’s command: “Oh, hell yeah. Mitch will tell us, ‘Shut the f*** up’ in the huddle. Mitch has got some balls. He’s going to be a good quarterback.”

    Jeff just pulled out the KY and his Play the Kid t-shirt.

    • BearDown100393

      Not a kid anymore

      • BerwynBomber

        Wait, have you just dropped your he-is-a-bust insinuations because of one game?

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          he does not accept failure.

          • BerwynBomber

            Reminds me of Irish with Fales. He spooged over him for two years then Fales finally saw live action, shit the bed and Irish acted like he had never heard of him.

          • BearDown100393

            I do not spooge.

          • SC Dave

            SpLooged, dude.

          • Irish Sweetness

            No, I didn’t. You’re a dick.

            Support your players instead of shitting on them.

          • BerwynBomber

            Who am I shitting on?
            And grow up and cool it on the name-calling.

          • BearDown100393

            I do not.

        • BearDown100393

          Might still be a bust. Just not a kid.

  • BearDown100393

    McCown broke his hand

  • evantonio

    If you take away all those games the other team scored more points than us, it’s been a damn fine season.

    • BearDown100393

      A season for the ages

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  • Wouldn’t it be so Bears to beat the Steelers, Ravens and Bengals and give the Brown’s their first win?

    • willbest

      Fun Fact, the 2013 Bears were 4-0 against the AFCN. You have to go back to 2009 week 15 to the last time the Bears lost to an AFCN team in regular season play.

    • Bender McLugh

      and so it is written

    • chitownproud85

      I assumed this was already canon/set in stone/a certainty for which there is no hope or potential for change.

  • wreckinball

    Saw some of the game on Red Zone
    Bears Bungles wasn’t a high demand game at the bar I was at
    They do better when I don’t watch them

    • willbest

      The people that watch RZ regularly were probably like “WTF are the bears doing on here all day”

      • wreckinball

        Yeah had another random Bear fan next to me so it was fun in the 2nd half
        They dominated RZ

  • wreckinball

    Maybe they should join the AFC North

  • willbest

    I am reviewing the end of the seahawks game, and the Rams look like they are going to be gifted a couple seahawk player suspensions. Michel Bennett for cheap shots on the center. Jefferson not heading to the locker room after being ejected and getting into it with fans and attempt to charge up into the stands.

    • SC Dave

      Gifted? Are you fucking kidding?

      Those assholes deserve suspensions.

      • willbest

        Entirely irrelevant to who is lucky enough to play the seahawks the week after they shoot themselves in the foot.

        • SC Dave

          What it entirely irrelevant is who they are playing next week. What is relevant is that those shitstains deserve suspensions.

          • willbest

            Not if you are the rams and cand use the week to get a full game lead on your chief rival.

  • Russian Hacked Pacebot 3.0

    Wow, the Steelers got robbed on that DPI call. I call it getting “NFL’d”

  • SC Dave

    Ok, so I had to watch it again. Kendall Wright was a fucking monster today. Caught everything.

    Nice.

  • beninnorcal

    Today wasn’t a good day for those who thought the afcn played good defense.

  • WTF kind of playcalling is that for Steelers?

    they could’ve ran the clock down to 1 second.

    Instead, they throw two incompletes and give the ball back with 45s seconds and 1 TO for the Ravens. And they have a great K.

    Stupid.

    • beninnorcal

      Apparently, it worked. Game over

    • beninnorcal

      Or do you mean the Ravens?

  • BearDown100393

    Uh wow.

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  • Irish Sweetness

    Man, Lomachenko made Rigondeaux quit, Did you see that? Six rounds and he made him quit. He quit. In public. Wow.

  • Irish Sweetness

    After watching a very enjoyable game and sleeping on that, I’ve watched the extended highlights a couple of times.

    WTF were we doing not-throwing at Kendall Wright all season? The dude is a stud. Or … no Pacman or Dre Kirkpatrick (and missing safety) gave them all free rein?

  • chitownproud85

    Good morning fam, and welcome to the all-too-rare victory monday. enjoy!

  • That Guy

    So, this is the feeling you have when your team largely plays up to its potential and dominates an opponent.

    Sad that it took until game 13 to happen. If anything this game is as big an indictment of Fox’s coaching as the Hundley MVP game.

  • Viva

    You’re slacking, Hughes!

    • beninnorcal

      I figured there would be a new thread around here by now

      • That Guy

        He’s hungover on Mitch Juice.

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