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Data Responds: Bears vs. Panthers

| October 22nd, 2017

Well that was fun.

Chicago’s defense scored not one but two touchdowns and shut Carolina’s offense down, staking the Bears with an early lead that held up for the entire game. Even though the offense never really got anything going, this was the Bears’ easiest win in a long time.

Offense

  • The Bears were up 14 points before the offense was really asked to do anything. That shifted an already conservative game plan even farther to the safe side, making them even more predictable. As a result, they went three and out with regularity, picking up only 153 yards and 5 first downs on the game. This forced the defense to spend too much time on the field and get tired; credit them for holding up under those conditions.
  • Credit to the coaching staff for not sitting on a 14-3 lead with just over 3:00 left before halftime, like we all expected after watching their conservative approach this season. They came out and let Mitchell Trubisky throw deep to Tarik Cohen on 1st down, resulting in 70 yards and 1st and goal from the 5 yard line. They were unable to finish for the touchdown, but a field goal (plus a little rest for the defense) on that drive was key.
  • The second half offense was just plain offensive. Prior to the final drive that ran out the clock, the Bears had the ball 5 times, picked up 3 total yards, and went 3 and out five times. At least they didn’t turn the ball over, I guess, and they were able to run out the last 3:36 of clock with two 1st downs on the ground.
  • It was a rough day for the offensive line, which struggled to open holes in the running game and consistently failed to buy time in the passing game. The running struggles are understandable, as teams are stacking the box expecting the run, but such poor efforts in pass protection need to improve. The Panthers picked up 4 sacks in only 11 called pass plays, which can partly be blamed on a rookie quarterback, but is also on the offensive line.
  • It was also a rough day for QB Mitchell Trubisky, who struggled under pressure, held the ball too long, and missed some throws as well. On one particularly bad play, he tried to force a pass in to well-covered tight end Zach Miller, sailed the pass, and almost had it intercepted. He wasn’t asked to do a lot in this game, but didn’t look particularly good when he was. There are always going to be growing pains for a rookie, and they were very evident in this game. Hopefully Trubisky can learn from watching this film.
  • It’s worth noting that Tarik Cohen did not get a single carry in this game. He was involved in the passing game, with three targets (and a fourth called back due to penalty), including two that were down the field. I don’t know if this was a one-game thing based on the matchup or shows a change in how the Bears will use him going forward.
  • Credit running back Jordan Howard, who ran hard with nowhere to go the whole game. Though the final numbers were ugly (21 carries, 65 yards), he ran through tackles late in the game to pick up two key first downs and run the clock out.

Defense

  • After their first truly dominant performance of the season last week, Chicago’s defense looked like they might be headed back to earlier season problems on the first drive. The Panthers marched down the field with ease, picking up nearly 50 yards on their first 8 plays to move into scoring range. Giving up points on the 1st drive has been a continuous problem for this defense under Fox and Fangio. Then the Bears forced a fumble, and rookie Eddie Jackson picked it up and ran it back for a touchdown. This made it three straight weeks the Bears did not give up points on the first drive.
  • Just for good measure, the defense followed that up with two straight three and outs in which Carolina lost yards. On Carolina’s 4th drive, they moved the ball into scoring range again before Jackson grabbed a tipped pass and returned it for another touchdown. The defense proceeded to keep Carolina in check for the rest of the game, making this a 2nd straight dominant performance from a defense that appears to be gelling and making the leap from good to great.
  • Speaking of dominant, it was a good day for Chicago’s pass rush, which logged 5 sacks of Cam Newton and had him regularly running away from pressure outside of that. It was a group effort, as 6 front 7 players got in on the action. Akiem Hicks continued his all pro-caliber season by picking up his 6th sack and also had a 2nd sack negated by a face mask penalty (he also had several big stops against the run). Leonard Floyd also picked up a sack, and had a 2nd slip away when he had Newton wrapped up but Cam somehow managed to throw the ball away. It was a monster game for Floyd, who harassed Newton all day. Pernell McPhee and Danny Trevathan both grabbed a solo sack, and Eddie Goldman and Mitch Unrein split one as well.
  • Cornerback Kyle Fuller continued his breakthrough season as well. Carolina repeatedly threw at him, but he was always in position, and he continued his excellent tackling in run support. On one particularly excellent play, Fuller came up to bring Cam Newton down on a scramble for no gain, then got up barking at Newton. That’s an edge we haven’t seen from Fuller before. He went to the locker room with an arm injury in the 2nd quarter, returned, and then left again after making a tackle in the 3rd quarter.
  • Fuller’s replacement, Marcus Cooper, did not fare so well. He came in and promptly whiffed on a tackle to give up a 3rd and long conversion out of a busted play. Fuller returned the following drive.
  • While I’m talking about the cornerbacks, let’s give a hat tip to Prince Amukamara as well. He tipped the pass that Eddie Jackson caught and returned for a touchdown, and played solid coverage throughout the game. safety Adrian Amos made a key tackle in bounds just before halftime, forcing Carolina to use its last time out. As a result, the Panthers ran out of time after catching the ball in bounds that put them in field goal range.
  • And while we’re in the secondary, how about a little more praise for Eddie Jackson, who has established himself as Chicago’s best safety less than halfway through his rookie season. He became the first defensive player in NFL history to score two 75+ yard touchdowns in the same game this week, and continued to provide solid coverage and run support throughout the game. Jackson had a knack for making big plays in college, and it’s nice to see that start to translate to the NFL.
  • Adrian Amos continued his resurgent season as well, providing several nice tackles both against the run and in coverage. On one key play just before halftime, he tackled the pass catcher in bounds, forcing Carolina to use its last time out. As a result, the Panthers ran out of time after catching the ball in bounds that put them in field goal range. Amos seems to be thriving at his more natural strong safety position, which he can play next to Jackson. It looks like the Bears might have found a good safety tandem for the first time in over a decade.
  • If there’s one bone to pick with the defense, it’s that they really struggled to get off of the field on third down, though to their credit this did improve as the game went on. Carolina converted on 5 of  their first 9 third down opportunities, including several 3rd and long plays where a defense simply needs to make a stop. The Panthers ended up 6 of 15 on 3rd down, so the Bears fixed this problem down the stretch.
  • I neglected to mention Eddie Goldman in my column last week, an error which I intend to rectify now. He’s been very stout up the middle this year, including a big stuff of Cam Newton on 4th and 2 in the third quarter.
  • Another defender I forgot last week was Danny Trevathan, who had a monster game against Baltimore after his one week suspension. He was a monster in this game too, picking up a sack for a second straight week and grabbing an interception in the fourth quarter. In between those big plays, he did a good job defending the run and in pass coverage.

Special Teams

  • It was an ugly effort by the special teams unit for the 2nd week in a row, though not nearly as disastrous as giving up 2 touchdowns last week. This time, they did have a missed field goal, as Connor Barth’s low kick from 52 yards out was tipped. Roy Robertson-Harris also had a holding penalty on a Carolina punt that should have given Carolina a first down, though thankfully the referees mistakenly decided the penalty came after the punt was away.

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  • AlbertInTucson

    Ugly but effective.

    • Bender McLugh

      Ugly on the O side, D was purty tho

    • SC Dave

      [paraphrasing] “All wins look beautiful to me” – Lovie Smith

  • leftcoastdave

    9-7. Was there ever a doubt? Best D-7 in the North.

    Can’t wait until next week to see Mitchell rolling out more of the O.

    Can the D shut out Nawlins?

    • AlbertInTucson

      No.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      if they did decent against Flacco they have a chance.

    • SC Dave

      I went 10-6 preseason. But I’m always too optimistic. Especially since I thought we had a better than average QB. Which we *clearly* do not have yet.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Fangio could not shut out daylight. His brain stem is not connected.

  • willbest

    Trubisky takes twice the number of sacks per drop back as the stone giraffe. That is concerning given he is athletic and mobile

    • AlbertInTucson

      He is still just a puppy.

      • willbest

        It just demonstrates why fox never seriously considered him. And Glennon would still be under center if he hadn’t shit all over his 2:1 td ratio

        • madscout12

          Would he have been better if he had taken all snaps with the ones from the 3rd PS game on? If PS game 2 had been a competition for him and Glennon, which the Rook wins, e.g. Russell Wilson?

          • leftcoastdave

            Maybe if he were still standing.

          • SC Dave

            No. Trubisky is what you see. What are you going the believe, the propagandists, or your lying eyes?

          • CanadaBear

            As long as he’s learning and not repeating. None of this is a surprise.

          • Scharfinator

            Amen. Learn learn learn. Grow.

            He’s not going to get our dicks hard this year – let’s face it. 13 college games of experience means he has a larger curve (HAH, see what I did there?! than most.

          • CanadaBear

            He’s a manly man!!!!!!!

          • madscout12

            I’ll believe it when we run some modicum of a short and intermediate passing game. We don’t. It is run, run, and SAVE US, TRUBISKY!

          • leftcoastdave

            It’s called going to your strength. It has now worked two weeks in a row and also against the Steelers. The Panthers have already beaten the Pats and the Lions. Give the credit where it is due. Fox played safe and played to strength. More will come out when it is needed.

          • SC Dave

            The dreamers want to see Trubisky as the savior, instead of the semi-promising rookie that he is. He does seem to be smart about not being stupid, if that makes sense – i.e. learning quickly the stupid plays to absolutely not make.

            Taking an unnecessary sack is a bazillion times better than throwing an unnecessary interception.

          • madscout12

            Fine to be run heavy. But the passing game should benefit from that. If you want to throw out of shotgun, run out of shotgun. If you want to run under center, pass on some obvious running downs. And not 10 yard routes to a 5’6″ dude on 3rd and 3. Do the easy stuff, then get cute.

          • leftcoastdave

            Timing is everything.

    • BearDown100393

      Zero turnovers today. More important.

      • willbest

        Hard to turn it over when you only have 11 drop backs

        • AlbertInTucson

          Not if you are Mike Glennon.

          • SC Dave

            Or Ja… never mind

        • leftcoastdave

          And that is a problem?

    • leftcoastdave

      He is told to take a sack, especially with a 14 point lead, rather than take a risk. As with Tarik on that last returnable punt. No risk, we’re winning.

      • willbest

        This was before today incidentally and even I you exclude that one, you still have 3 out of 10

        • it’s hard to judge, IMO. So many of his pass attempts come only in obvious situations (last week, 19/26 dropbacks came on 1st and 20, 2nd and 11+, or 3rd and 6+). Those are going to lead to more sacks.

          • leftcoastdave

            What I have been expecting to see is play action right rolling to pass. You’ve got to think that is in the book but being held for when it is needed. Also the Gentry route to the sideline. Crawling to learn the route tree and be able to release for that deep shot down the sideline.
            Is there any doubt that there is more to the playbook than was revealed today?

          • BearDown100393

            The chapter on trick plays was not used today.

          • leftcoastdave

            Not just the trick plays, simple play action passing while rolling right away from pressure. Much left in the can we will be seeing next week I would bet with likely stiffer competition on the road.

          • willbest

            Wasn’t that true of Glennon too though?

          • Somewhat, yes. But unlike Glennon, Trubisky has been able to make some big plays happen to go with the general not much.

    • Joecashflow

      Perhaps nobody is open to throw to ?

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      He needs to speed up his progressions, which is kind of expected for a rookie. He tends to linger too long on his first read.

  • CanadaBear

    Didn’t follow the game thread. My thoughts were once the Beloved went up 14 and it was obvious the Car O was not going to get it done, the game plan was no TO’s and grind it out. Sucks to watch but I’ll take a W any day. You can tell MT still has lots of really rough edges but it’s nice to get a W while he learns.

    On a side note, I thought the officials were just fine for a change. These guys usually don’t call that many penalties. A big bonus having the game on CBS was Eagle/Fouts. I’ve always really liked the pairing.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I don’t see MItchell having rough edges, what I saw was 7 pass attempts where they were all after run-run and you have to pass it. No QB can overcome such insanity.

      • SC Dave

        (oh gawd, never mind)

      • AlbertInTucson

        Improved his yards per attempt.

        • Bender McLugh

          Lol

      • CanadaBear

        He held onto the ball too long several times. Delay of game penalty. A couple of mix ups at LOS.

        • oh yeah, I forgot to write about the delay of game. Most obvious rookie moment yet. Didn’t even realize it several seconds after the clock had expired.

          • CanadaBear

            No kidding. I wasn’t upset but I was glad the game looked safely in hand barring any unforeseen circumstances.

        • madscout12

          Trying to make a play on 3rd and pray will do that. That and not having WR open.

          The delay of game was bad. But the Offense put him there after a 1st down pass negated by a penalty, and a false start.

    • AlbertInTucson

      A win is a win is a win.

      We’ve been on the wrong end of enough of these uglies because the Bears kept turning it over.

    • SC Dave

      Mitch has a lot to learn. A lot.

  • SC Dave

    “It was a rough day for the offensive line, which struggled to open holes
    in the running game and consistently failed to buy time in the passing
    game.”

    The story of the game for the O. Nothing else to see there.

  • AlbertInTucson

    FF Post.
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    So, Just before the early kickoffs, I benched L.Fitzgerald and D. Murray.

    No benefit, yet, as none of my lineup played early, but at least I am not showing two zeros,already.

  • CanadaBear

    Well if any performance was ever gonna drag MB out of lurking status, it will be Eddie’s! I was going nuts on both of them! Faking Cam out was the cherry on top of the pick 6. Most excited I’ve been about a new guy in the DB backfield in years. Amos looks decent at SS and how ’bout Fuller? I dogged his ass last year and during the off season. He’s come to play. He was flying around out there supporting the run game besides blanketing WR’s.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Amukamara contributed, as well.

      • CanadaBear

        100% The Bears DB’s were a bad match up for Car. Those huge WR’s that aren’t all that nifty had no separation all day.

        • AlbertInTucson

          What if we still had Freeman healthy…?

          Sigh.

          • CanadaBear

            Other than when he has to cover a receiver all the way across the field, I thought C. Jones played a good game. I like Freeman a lot more but was happy for Jones. Kwiat must still be a little ways away. DT looked pretty frisky.

          • SC Dave

            I thought Trevathan played his best game as a Bear, and that was *before* he got the INT.

          • madscout12

            Word. He played well.

          • Bender McLugh

            Absolutely.

          • Scharfinator

            His name kept coming up on the Panther’s radio station I was listening to.

    • SC Dave

      Fuller has been playing for three weeks like a 1st Team All Pro. He has been that good.

    • Bender McLugh

      Amos & Eddie. Sundays this Fall

    • Bender McLugh

      It’s really awesome to see that he rose to Fangios challenge

      • Scharfinator

        I have to imagine both the challenge and the fact that he has a real coach contributed to him caring.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Carson Palmer: Broken left arm.

    Cardinals: Done.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Broken, wow. Bye Carson. Hello Mike Glennon.

      • madscout12

        Oh, please, please, please…

      • Scharfinator

        What a fleece of a trade that would be…

        • willbest

          So we give them Glennon and our second and they give us their 6th?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Something like that.

    • willbest

      They weren’t doing much to begin with.

  • Also, I forgot to mention the Soldier Field turf, which had a noticeable impact on several plays again today. Biggest one I remember was Trubisky slipping when trying to dive into end zone. Would have been a TD otherwise, but his knee went down too early.

    • CanadaBear

      What happened to Hicks when he was face down on the turf? Was he just gassed or a stinger of some sort?

      • looked like he got kicked by McPhee in the head. Seemed ok.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Neck.

    • SC Dave

      Maybe. Or maybe the defender was slowed too

      • it’s not that he was slowed down. It’s that he didn’t get the jump he should have because the turf slid out from under him. He had the corner, just couldn’t plant for the jump.

        Both were running on the same turf, so slowed equally down, and Trubisky had the corner.

        • SC Dave

          gotcha.

    • Bender McLugh

      First play from Cohen too, turf slipped out from under his foot

  • leftcoastdave

    The 4 d linemen were awesome. Notice how often only two were on the field in the second half? Hicks was clearly gassed toward the end of the first quarter. We were showing more of a Packer style d set against Cam after building the stone wall against the run on first down.

    • SC Dave

      Yes. Bullard contributed in the rotation, Unrein was his normal “quietly effective”, and Hicks and Goldman both beat people up.

      Me. Likey.

      • Bender McLugh

        Doubles on Goldman all day

        • Scharfinator

          Apparently the big thing on Goldman is that he CONTINUOUSLY forces double teams against the run. Just one of those stats that doesn’t get enough credit really.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Trubisky: 15+ yards per attempt. 26+ per completion.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Incredible, right? And that’s doing it when they know it’s coming.

      We should be running off the back of the passing game, not the other way around.

      • Scharfinator

        I’d be okay with passing off the back of the running game… more than 10 times a game.

        • madscout12

          This. So much, this.

    • They had that one 70 yard play, which really skews things in such a tiny sample size. Outside of that, the entire offense ran 36 plays for 83 yards.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Jesus Mary and Joseph ….

      • SC Dave

        It’s what happens when you cannot block anyone. It was as bad as the oline has played all season, as I don’t believe Carolina has that good a dline.

        Though Peppers single-handedly denied what should have been our sole offensive TD. Bastard.

        • Trubisky still had the TD there, but the turf betrayed him

      • Scharfinator

        I mean, explosive plays ARE part of the game and the offensive stats. Throwing them out isn’t really being true to the data… 😛

        That being said, even WITH that play, the offense was anemic.

        • willbest

          JW point was about sample size. In a season you are going to have 350-500 attempts in your sample. Zeroing in on 11 of them doesn’t give you a particularly grand picture of things.

  • Irish Sweetness

    1. “It’s worth noting that Tarik Cohen did not get a single carry in this game.”

    > Not the first game with no carries either. And we threw him one pass. So we used Tarik ONCE in this game. Converted 18% of 3rd downs!! Fire Dowell Loggains/John Fox.

    2. We did NOT shut down Carolina’s offense. They had over 300 yards of it, and they would have marched up and down the field on us had Fangio not finally relented and actually sent Floyd. They had 20 first downs to our 5.

    3. “It was a rough day for the offensive line, which struggled to open holes in the running game and consistently failed to buy time in the passing game.”

    >Leno/Massie are not the men for the job. Never have been. They are backups. We managed 7 passes and 180 yards total offense.

    4. Take out Eddie Jackson and we lost this game. As the better team!

    5. ” He [Mitch] wasn’t asked to do a lot in this game, but didn’t look particularly good when he was.”
    > And how can you look good when everyone in the stadium knows what’s coming next? HOW?
    Run (nowhere) …RUN (nowhere) …3rd down pass.

    6. “Speaking of dominant, it was a good day for Chicago’s pass rush, which logged 5 sacks of Cam Newton and had him regularly running away from pressure outside of that.”

    >(jumping up and down) IMAGINE IF WE’D ACTUALLY TRIED RUSHING HIM!!!

    7. I’ll mention Christian Jones because nobody else will. He’s been great, but that doesn’t fit people’s narrative on him.

    8. The short and curlies of it is we won’t take the training wheels off Mitchell. He hasn’t passed it 15 times in 2 games has he? Did we ONCE fake a handoff on first down and gone play-action?

    9. Our defense looks GREAT when we pressure teams. Then we get a lead and Fangio gives up.

    10. DL looks good. LBs look good. DBs look good. We could look a LOT better with more pressure.

    11. QB looks good. Backs look good. Miller will catch anything thrown at him. Kendall Wright was ignored today. We have to throw the ball more than 7 times though. Once to Tarik?? Unforgivable.

    A win is a win is a win. But Eddie isn’t going to do that all the time, and we will play good teams.
    This division is wide open, but our coaches suck.

    • Cohen led the Bears (along with Miller) with 3 targets, plus he had a 2nd catch/4th target called back on penalty.

      • madscout12

        And one bad drop.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Considering Mitch threw the ball 7 times, I guess he got some heavy looks in that case.

    • Jones has been solid this year. I’ve mentioned that in past weeks. I thought he struggled a little bit today when asked to cover.

      • Irish Sweetness

        He’s not that guy so much, which is why he’s not a starter I guess. Danny T actually looked great in pass coverage on that interception, read the shit out of it.

      • SC Dave

        He was definitely better than I expected, JW

    • This defense gave up 3 points and scored 14 today. Carolina’s last 3 drives featured 2 3 and outs and a turnover (without picking up a 1st down). How can you say they gave up?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yardage. We kept them out of the endzone, so that’s good, but Fangio just gives up on 3rd down and let’s QBs have their way. It sickens me.

        • CanadaBear

          2 or 3 of those were because Cam was moving around and Jones had to cover too long. No knock on Jones he is 3rd string for a reason.

        • yardage doesn’t win games. And like I said below, Carolina only got yardage because they had the ball so much, which is the fault of Chicago’s offense, not defense.

      • And holding a team chasing a double-digit deficit for the last 3 quarters to 300 total yards, when your offense keeps going 3 and out and putting you back on the field, is absolutely shutting them down. The Panthers averaged 4.2 yards per play, which is roughly equal to Chicago’s offense today (4.1)

      • SC Dave

        Don’t even respond, man. It’s just crazy talk

    • leftcoastdave

      Tarik had three targets and he failed to adjust to one on his back shoulder which resulted in a catch out of bounds.

      They’re learning, and winning, with conservative play.

      • SC Dave

        and winning

        ’nuff said.

      • SC Dave

        Actually, that was not a good throw. Not good at all.

        • madscout12

          Truth.

          The one that hit him in the hands was a good throw. But the one on 3rd and 3 was neither a good call nor a good throw.

          • SC Dave

            Had Mitch thrown the ball 2 to 3 yards further, Tarik could have ruin under it on the way to the house. Then it would have been, of course, a brilliant call.

    • AlbertInTucson

      3 points allowed IS shutting down a teams offense.

      300 yards?

      BFD.

      The only stats that mean anything, week to week are points and turnovers.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Brett Hundley.

    87 yards passing.

    And he has Nelson, Cobb, Adams and Bennett to throw to.

    • madscout12

      And an OLine that can hold all it wants.

      • Irish Sweetness

        YAYYYY.

      • SC Dave

        I bet that changes since Erin is not playing

        • madscout12

          One would hope. No star = no star treatment.

    • and a coaching staff that let him throw (29 called pass plays)

    • CanadaBear

      And it’s his 3rd year with the Fudge.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Of course, Bennett’s been pretty much a bust for them so far.

    • BerwynBomber

      Like ’13, Rodgers will prove he is the MVP by his absence.

      And McCarthy will be exposed as massively overrated.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Zeke has two TDs already.

  • Joecashflow

    Anybody else notice when we had a man in motion in the backfield he always set up on the side they ran to, thereby telegraphing a run and exactly where it was going !

    • Irish Sweetness

      Isn’t that why they do it? If they’re playing zone D, we have a man up. I was too busy wishing death on our coaches.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Agreed on the ST Woodsy. Damn, if we could get them and the offense just to be AVERAGE, we’d have a pretty scary team.

  • Joecashflow

    Biscuit is 2-1.

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  • Bender McLugh

    Goldman is a monster, as is Hicks. Really loving this DL unit

  • BerwynBomber

    The Dline had a fine game but more than half of their sacks looked to be of the coverage type. Newton held onto the ball all day.

    • willbest

      I noticed that too. He also didn’t seem as mobile as I remember him.

    • CanadaBear

      That’s kinda his MO.

  • BerwynBomber

    Been a fan of Fuller and Jackson from jump but really surprised by the play of Amos of late. It’s almost like his benching taught him there is more to the position than tackling.

    Definitely not playing like a JAG. We’ll see if it continues.

    • willbest

      I think its more that there is actually some talent around him and in front of him. When you trust people to do their job then you are free to do yours.

  • BerwynBomber

    Gase is 4-2 and 14-8 in his brief career. He appears to know how to win games and squeeze blood from a stone.

    • Bender McLugh

      Birdcage his protege, right? He still might be, game planning for a raw rookie is tough

      • BerwynBomber

        Being a good OC is one thing. Being a good HC is another.

        We’ll see if it continues for Gase but he is doing this with Tannenhill, Cutler and Matt Moore. Not exactly a Who’s Who of Pro Bowl QBs.

        • Bender McLugh

          True story

  • Bender McLugh

    Hahaha Just saw the Hide n Seek td celebration by Pittsburgh, awesome

  • madscout12

    FF
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    Fuck the Vikings. Latavius Murray gets 18 carries after doing nothing, and McKinnon gets 14. Martin plays like a chump. And Howard can’t get on the field for the Bears. 20 points from my two RB and flex aren’t going to cut it…especially when Mariota forgot how to QB against the Browns.

    Oh, and I had the Vikings D, who despite their 5 sacks, gave up 16, netting me 6 points.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      for what its worth, my Flex was AP and he only got me 3 points, however my 2 RBs got me 66 points so far, McCoy and Elliott.

      • AlbertInTucson

        My opponent’s kicker is Denver.

        Shutout.

        But my kicker is Dallas.

        2 PATs before Bailey gets hurt.

        Dallas uses a safety to kick two more PATs. I will get those 2 points as well.

    • Malice Halice

      I honestly could give 4 fucks about my fantasy I’m 3-5 with great players. Picked up the bears D n benched em over the Seahawks n missed 35 points! It’s pretty much been like that the whole year for me. I’m just gonna trade all da good players to my girl this week n hope we don’t get caught.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I dropped Murray from every team once McKinnon went off. FF is cruel.

  • madscout12

    You can talk about Trubisky being bad today, and the numbers don’t look superb. But I broke down the situations the bears put him in last week, and here are this week’s:

    Average down throwing: 2.5
    Completion percentage: 57.14%

    Dropbacks per down: 2, 3, 9: 14
    Completions per down: 1, 1, 2
    Yards per down(passing and rushing): 70, 5, 40
    Average Yards to Go per dropback (by down): 10, 11, 10.11
    Yards per dropback (by down): 35, 2.5, 4.44

    Sacks per down: 0, 1 , 3
    Average yards to go per sack: n/a, 7, 12.66

    These numbers tell me the following:
    – The bears did not open up the playbook…far from it. Jeff’s comment was true. There was no offense.
    – The bears place the kid consistently in 3rd and long. They continue to play: run, run, and save us, Kid.
    – The kid took sacks when in obvious passing downs and when trying to make a play.
    – Good things can happen on 1st down. What isn’t in here is a 10 yard gain on 1st down negated by penalty, and he’s charged for an incomplete on a drop by Cohen that would have gone for 3-4. When we were running for 2.6 YPC, more variety is warranted.

    The bears better not hope to win like this for the rest of the season, because they won’t win.

    • Irish Sweetness

      you can’t have a 2.5 down, so you’d use modes.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Cutler: Cracked rib.

    • Bender McLugh

      Womp and a half

    • AlbertInTucson

      Miami fans get more Moore.

      • willbest

        He did slightly better in relief than Cutter in relief judging by the stat line.

        • It’s all part of the plan

          Stat lines are for white pussies. Watch the games. The D finally made stops, both QBs threw for 2tds and 1 int and the run game is still anemic. Gase finally stopped running for one fucking yard on 1st and 2nd downs and started taking shots with both QBs and it worked.

          • madscout12

            Sounds like a sound strategy.

          • It’s all part of the plan

            Watching Gase compared to Cage is like watching Air Coryell.

            With that being said, Gase playcalling is incredibly conservative and cost the dolphins at least a game this year.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Man, you’re joking. Have you been watching the Dolphins O this season? They’re terrible.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Goodnight, Broncos!

    • AlbertInTucson

      Denever looking at its first shutout since 1992.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Mission, accomplished.

  • SC Dave

    Rams 33, Cardinals 0

  • BuddhaJoe

    Man not sure how I feel about this game. The offensive play calling was shit, bu they kept the lead.

    Kinda reminded me of the old Grossman days where the D would win the game. Not a long term solution, but hell, it worked.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      That was not even close to a Grossman game. You’re thinking of Orton 05.

      • chitownproud85

        This. Not sure any part of this looked at all like ’06

        • madscout12

          Yeah…out OLine was better then, and TJ was beasting. Grossman was allowed to fail, and early on, he lit up the scoreboards.

          Every bit of ’05.

      • BuddhaJoe

        Yeah I’ll give you that. More Orton than Grossman. They let Orton throw the ball more though

    • Malice Halice

      Yea even though we held the lead it got to the point where I was expecting Cam to become Cam again but our D contained him. Regardless, the O still makes me nervous but I’ll state the ever so obvious he doesn’t have WR to throw to

      • Irish Sweetness

        Was Wright even targeted? 7 passes.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Dallas at san

  • madscout12

    Updated draft order:1 Browns2 49ers3 Giants4 Colts5 Bengals6 Buccaneers7 Ravens8 Cardinals9 Raiders10 Jets— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) October 22, 2017

    Hell, yeah!

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Eddie Jackson, Bears corner.”- Tony “Dungheap”, Football Night In America.

    He’s a SAFETY, Tony.

    Way to do that homework.

    • Scharfinator

      He still struggles with his memory from the horse kick :

    • BerwynBomber

      To me he is the worst NFL marquee guy on all the networks. Even if I don’t like some of the others I generally can see what one of their respective networks might. With Dungy I see nothing.

      • CanadaBear

        It’s like he has a job for life because he’s a nice guy.

  • Malice Halice

    I watched this game twice today! Eddie Jackson shouldn’t have to pay a single bill his tenure in Chicago. As ever so often our play calling is EMBARRASSING! You CANNOT credit Fangio for the defense! That was ALL decision making on the bears. We ain’t goin nowhere as long as the HC, OC, n DC n who ever else opinion matters in the office. That D shouldn’t have been on the field as long. Watching the game the 2nd time I’m convinced our D just can’t finish games (Danny INT is more Cam than Danny). Where the fuck is Adam Shaheen??? I literally forgot about him TWICE

    • willbest

      Sure Danny taught them all defensive schemes while Carolina was huddling and called them on the field. WTF. Players make plays. Coaches put them into position to make those plays. See Mel Tucker vs. Vic Fangio.

      What exactly would it take for you to credit Vic?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Not great timing for an “I hate Fangio” rant.

        • Scharfinator

          Seems trollish almost….

          • SC Dave

            Childish, at least.

            The sort of tantrums that you, as you wrote a couple weeks back, learned did not work by your third birthday.

        • Seriously. In the last two weeks they haven’t given up a single TD, but they have forced 6 TO, scored 16 points, and gotten a bunch of sacks.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Yeah, but other than THAT….

          • Correction: scored 21 points. Td, not safety, last week.

          • madscout12

            …sure, but what has the Bears defense ever done for us?

            The aqueduct?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc7HmhrgTuQ

          • Irish Sweetness

            Woodsy. We’re not talking stats, we’re talking identity/philosophy … having the balls to attack an offense. The player are keeping him in a job, not the other way around.

          • SC Dave

            What an unbelievably stupid comment. Results are what matters. Results.

      • Malice Halice

        As I said. Fangio ain’t got shit to do with our TO’s! None of y’all was amazed with Fangio the past 6 weeks so don’t get bandwagon now! That was PURE positinional play calling on BEHALF the INDIVIDUAL himself. Floyd has single-handily saved Fangio tenure here in Chicago.

        • willbest

          Put the crackpipe down. The D is finally starting to gel. Its been musical chairs at the ILB position, including losing the scheme caller. The DB unit lost Demps and had to find consistency with Amos. Jackson is a rookie. Prince has been injured. Willie Young went down.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          If that is the case, no DC should ever be credited with anything that happens on the field.

          • Irish Sweetness

            ????

            Specifically – where has Fangio been smart? We won that game yesterday because of Eddie Jackson, Fuller etc. NOTHING about it was strategic. In fact the 300 yards they got could have been cut in half. They’re a bad team. We will play good ones.

        • SC Dave

          I am learning to skip your posts entirely. For some time, I thought maybe, just MAYBE, there might be something worth reading in them. But I was wrong.

    • Irish Sweetness

      This is my other account.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Falcons go for it on 4th and 7 at midfield in the 1st quarter?

    “Here’s what we think of your defense, Bill.”

    • willbest

      Did they get it?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Ryan scrambled for the first.

  • madscout12

    New NFL rule: if a player is injured, the commercials they are in have to stop.

    • AlbertInTucson

      The NFL does / will not mess with advertisers over minutiae like that.

    • willbest

      I kind of like seeing Rodgers gay for his dog.

      • AlbertInTucson

        It’s a cute spot.

  • BerwynBomber

    Crushing penalty on ATL there. INTs vs. Brady don’t happen often.

    • AlbertInTucson

      All he had to do was wrap up and tackle Brady and there’s no flag but the guy lowers his head and launches and makes it an easy, obvious call.

      Nimrod.

      He’ll be writing a check, too.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Brady saved from a ridiculously bad throw.

    • AlbertInTucson

      The kind of throw you’d expect from a rookie.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Jones is still looking for his first TD?

    Wow.

    • madscout12

      Oh, I’m well aware. Fucker is on my FF team.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Went for it on 4th and 7 so why not on 4th and 6…?

    • AlbertInTucson

      Oops.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Fog Bowl, Part Deaux.

  • madscout12

    Justin Timberlake…superbowl halftime. They’re just getting lazy. Pop music is dead.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Last time he was there was the famous wardrobe malfunction.

      • willbest

        Oh right. I forgot about that. Incidentally, why would the NFL feel it compelling to bring anybody back? There are hundreds of acts they could bring in

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          He was not the main act. Janet Jackson was. He was just one of the side shows they do every year.

        • BerwynBomber

          Same reason the musical directors of the networks NFL telecasts choose the most predictable classic rock tracks for advertising and cut-aways.

          Unoriginal, conservative thinking.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Looks like they had to fake a Cutler injury again to get the backup playing. I wonder how long this “injury” will last.

    • willbest

      Cutler was doing respectable finally so I doubt that was the case. 12/16 for 138, 2 TDs, and an INT was about the same as Moore’s 13/21 for 188, 2 TDs and an INT

      • AlbertInTucson

        Conspiracy! Conspiracy!

      • BerwynBomber

        Horrendous loss by the Jets. Gagging a 14 point lead in the fourth quarter to a back-up has to be demoralizing.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        NOPE: They wanted him out after the INT. So they made up the injury. They even hypnotised him on the sideline so he would believe he was injured.

  • BerwynBomber

    Matt Ryan and Cam Newton. Beware the one outlier MVP season. Chances are they are more like their previous non-MVP seasons and will subsequently prove it.

  • CRAZYBEARNORTH48

    Maybe one day when I grow up the Bears will have a decent receiver again

    • BerwynBomber

      One of the first two rounds in the ’18 draft. Hopefully. Pace doesn’t botch it like he did with White. My guess is he will avoid all one year wonders.

      • They’ll also be adding a WR in FA, IMO, plus get Meredith back. Looking for a Saints type offense, with several capable weapons more than 1-2 studs.

        • BerwynBomber

          FA too, yes.

          I think they’ll go both — high pick and FA. Much as like Meredith that injury looked gruesome. Seemed beyond the standard ACL.

          • Somebody said they saw Meredith last week and he’s already walking without crutches. I think he’ll be fine by camp.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      I miss the days of Tom Waddle.

      He wasn’t all world but he was a great possession receiver.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I believe we once had Bobby Engram and Jeff Graham, two excellent receivers, at the same time back in the day.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Gault, McKinnon and Gentry were a good trio.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      OC has to be willing to call plays that actually throw the ball to WRs.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        that is so funny because it is true.

        A modern passing game that doesn’t throw.

        Hell Glennon threw the ball more and he sucked.

    • Irish Sweetness

      What’s wrong with Meredith and Wright?

      • CanadaBear

        Not playing.

  • This week, 8 of 14 called pass plays came on 3rd down, with 6 of those on 3rd and 6+. Another 2 on 2nd and 11+.

    Last week, 19/26 came on 1st and 20, 2nd and 11+, or 3rd and 6+. Now 8/14 this week. Only throwing in obvious situations. It kills both the pass and run game.

    • Irish Sweetness

      This. They’re setting Mitch up to fail by design. They’re idiots. Genuine idiots that cannot see the woods for the trees.

  • BerwynBomber

    Pats scuffling along at 5-2. Must be nice.

    Saw a graphic the last two weeks regarding Belichick’s by-month coaching record. His worst month is September and his best is December where he has some insane winning percentage. His teams improve as the seasons progress.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      don’t teams usually play 2-3 games against divisional opponents in December? If that is the case the Pats were getting a lot of easy wins for years playing in the AFC East.

      • A7Xthebest

        That sounds like Patriot-hate logic imo.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          just making the observation that the AFC East sucks.

          • CanadaBear

            It’s a fair point.

  • Joecashflow

    Suggest you take a look at Cam Newton post game. Is that a dollop of mustard on his head? NFL Network ex-player analysts routinely take shots at his hats, but this one takes the cake or perhaps hotdog topping. https://youtu.be/LfCVPvD2MOg

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Cam really is a whiny little bitch when he loses. I get being a little upset, and I don’t expect players to be happy in press conferences but shit, Cam looks like his Mom just died.

    • CanadaBear

      Dan Patrick said he looked like Huggy Bear from Starsky and Hutch.

  • Malice Halice

    We HAVE to take TAKE a WR off FA this year we can’t let one fall in our lap. Sammy Watkins n DeAndre Hopkins need become bears this offseason. I don’t want NO other receivers besides those 2 if not, get more depth at the LB Corp or get some more DE. Ain’t many hotshot WR in da draft from what I’ve read so far.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Hopkins already signed an extension with Houston right before the season. So good luck with that. And Sammy Watkins has not done much in 2 years, and has a injury history.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Watkins? Based on what? And he’s injured. often.

      We need a guy that’s 6’4 … 6’5.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    3 games were shutouts this week. I am a little curious when the last time that actually happened.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Malik Hooker: Torn ACL,

    • BerwynBomber

      Wasn’t there some concern about his durability going into the draft?

      • AlbertInTucson

        I dunno, but it’s been a rough year for first round picks.

  • AlbertInTucson

    This “Super Bowl Rematch” tonight was underwhelming.

  • beninnorcal

    Interesting tidbits on re-watching the Panthers game.
    Anyone see Sheehan destry that db on the 3rd and 10 completion from Trubisky?
    Also, anyone notice, with 7:22 left in the game, how the Carolina slot receiver is lined up over the LOS?

    • beninnorcal

      Ends up being an incomplete pass but interesting that the refs, announcers, and myself didn’t notice.

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  • Irish Sweetness

    Seven passes attempted. Is that an NFL record?

  • Irish Sweetness

    Meanwhile .. .Deonte Thompson – in his first game for the Bills – gets 107 yards. Pace keeps McBride and Gentry. Go figure.

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