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Data Responds: Bears vs. Steelers

| September 24th, 2017

 

  • Bears win! It’s been so long I’ve forgotten what that looked like. Hell, I had forgotten what it looked like for them to have a lead, as this was the first game that happened at any point since the first half of week 15 last year.
  • Good teams find ways to win close games, and bad teams find ways to lose them. Despite trying their best to throw this one away with a litany of stupid plays, the Bears still found a way to win. Hopefully they can build off of this going forward.

Offense

  • We’ll start with the good and focus on all three running backs, starting with a monster day by sophomore Jordan Howard, who looked like his rookie self for the first time this year. He ran hard, was decisive, and finished runs with power. Holes were there better than they’ve been so far this year, but credit Howard for playing better as well to take advantage of it. Howard did have a 3rd quarter fumble (though on replay it looked like he was down) that let the Steelers back in the game, and he had to leave the game twice with his injured shoulder in the 2nd half. Still, he came back and finished the game in OT, and finished with 138 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. Just for good measure, Howard also led the Bears with 26 receiving yards.
  • Tarik Cohen rebounded from a poor week 2 effort as well. He made a big play in the first half and a huge play in OT that jump-started the Bears’ offense and should have won the game (he was incorrectly ruled out of bounds, costing him a tochdown). His electricity showed up in limited touches (though 16 is still too many). Perhaps equally important, the Bears finally started using him properly. His small size means that he can’t sustain as many touches as he’s been getting, so this week they started using fakes to him to open things up for others. They ran him around on a fake reverse several times, and this helped open up the running game for Howard.
  • While we’re talking about running backs, Benny Cunningham was back from an ankle sprain today and made a few nice plays on 3rd down. Twice he caught checkdown passes way short of the sticks and turned them into a new set of downs for the Bears.
  • Now for the quarterback, which is a lot less fun to talk about: it’s been 3 weeks and 3 bad games for Mike Glennon, who completed 5 passes (none of them to wide receivers) on 8 pass attempts for 31 yards in the first half. Despite this incompetence, the Bears still held a ten point halftime lead; just imagine how good this team could be if their quarterback wasn’t completely terrible. It stunts their entire offense, from the play calling to the run game.

  • To be fair to Glennon, there were a few more drops in this game, so it wasn’t all on him. But he doesn’t really provide anything positive to help the offense or receivers out. This marked the 2nd time in 3 games that Chicago’s passing game had less than 40 net passing yards through three quarters. Yet somehow, the Bears were in both games (leading by 3 in one, trailing by 3 in the other), which is a testament to their defense and running game.
  • To illustrate just how little the Bears trust Glennon, they called two straight screen plays in the first half after getting to 2nd and 29. There was no benefit to getting into field goal range or anything, they just thought it was better to take the sure punt than let their quarterback try to make a play and end up turning the ball over.
  • And it’s hard to blame the coaches for that approach, as they let him try on 3rd and 7 in the 4th quarter and he promptly threw an awful pass behind his target (stop me if you’ve heard that before) that was intercepted. With 8:00 left in the game, Glennon had completed more passes to the opposing defense (1) than his own wide receivers (0). Glennon finally completed a pass to a WR when Deonte Thompson caught a checkdown for 9 yards on 3rd and 16 (stop me if you’ve heard that before).
  • The Bears had a chance for a game-winning field goal drive in the last 4 minutes of a tie game. They at least picked up a few first downs to mostly run out the clock, but much to exactly nobody’s surprise, Glennon was awful again. He threw another terrible pass behind his wide receiver that was almost intercepted and checked down short of the chains on both third downs.
  • The game-winning touchdown drive in overtime didn’t feature a single passing attempt. That was the 2nd touchdown drive in this game (and 3rd of 6 total on the season) where the Bears didn’t let Glennon do anything but hand the ball off.
  • The Bears finished the day with 84 net passing yards, which is just plain embarrassing. Even worse, only 26 of those came from non-running backs. Their top three pass catchers in both number of catches and yards were running backs. They won this game in spite of atrocious quarterback play.
  • Tight end Dion Sims was an offseason acquisition who’s supposed to be a good blocker, but he had a rough blocking performance today. I saw him chasing his man into the backfield a few times on busted plays.
  • Shout-out to RT Bobby Massie for recovering a Tarik Cohen fumble on the last drive of regulation that saved the game. Have to give credit to the big guys when they make a play like that.

Defense

  • We’re starting with Marcus Cooper here, who had about as terrible of a day as you can. For some reason, he started ahead of Prince Amukamara, but getting torched deep twice in the first quarter led to his benching fairly quickly. He then had a blocked field goal fall right into his hands on the last play of the first half, but inexplicably stopped running short of the end zone, fumbling when inevitably hit and costing the Bears four points. That was one of the dumbest football plays I have ever seen.
  • Somehow, Cooper re-gained his starting job after halftime. To his credit, he played better in the 2nd half, though he did pick up a holding penalty in the end zone that turned a 3rd down stop into a 1st and goal that the Steelers ultimately scored. Still, the 2nd half featured several key pass breakups and was easily the best he’s looked as a Bear.
  • Outside of Cooper, it was a good day for the secondary. Kyle Fuller, Prince Amukamara, Bryce Callahan, Quintin Demps, and Eddie Jackson are all solid players who had solid days. Fuller in particular made a number of quality plays on the ball, and Callahan forced a sack/fumble on a blitz. There aren’t any studs in the secondary, but there aren’t any terrible players on the field either, which is a big step up from past years.
  • The front 7, on the other hand, did not have a particularly good day. They were unable to generate enough pressure on Ben Roethlisberger, leaving the secondary hanging out to dry for too long. Part of the problem was that Vic Fangio kept dropping back 7 and frequently 8 men in coverage, and the 3-4 guys who were rushing weren’t able to get home.
  • Pernell McPhee did show up with a big sack on 3rd and 2 in the 4th quarter. The sack kept the Steelers out of field goal range and took enough yards off that they had to punt instead of going for it on 4th and short. This was huge because it let the Bears hold their 17-14 lead. That’s now 2 big plays for McPhee in 2 weeks after he forced a fumble last week. This is realistically the best the Bears can hope for from McPhee, make about 1 impact play a game in limited snaps.
  • Overall, it was quite an effort from the defense. They held an explosive Pittsburgh offense to only 17 points, 10 of which came on short fields off of turnovers. They even forced one turnover, and came awfully close to bringing in 2-3 interceptions as well.
  • The defense was also much better in three key areas where they’ve struggled. They forced turnovers (even if 2 came from defenders playing special teams), didn’t give up points on the first drive, and held the Steelers to 4 for 11 on 3rd down. They need to win those areas consistently going forward for this team to win games.

Special Teams

  • That’s right, the special teams gets their own section today. They made enough big plays to justify that.
  • Have to hand it to Sherrick McManis, who might have been the best player for the Bears today. He forced a muffed punt in the first quarter that led to the first points of the game, and then blocked a field goal shortly before the half that led to one of the strangest sequences I’ve ever seen. Those two turnovers led to 10 easy points (should have been 14), which is exactly the type of impact the defense and special teams have failed to provide for most of the last 3 years.
  • It wasn’t all good on the special teams front though. Kicker Connor Barth missed a 47 yard field goal attempt early on when he pulled the kick right. That was a huge blow, as the defense had finally forced a turnover to give the offense the ball in good field position and they got nothing out of it.
  • A bad holding by Roy Robertson-Harris in the 4th quarter also undid a beautiful punt return by Tarik Cohen, which would have set the Bears up just a few yards away from attempting a game-winning field goal.

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  • 1st to say, congrats on the 1st win!

  • I 2nd my own motion of needing to trade for a WR.

    • BearDown100393

      For who?

      • 49ers like our picks. I’d try for Garcon

        If the Colts are tanking this season, maybe Hilton?

        Have to see who’s out there.

      • Irish Sweetness

        For whom, brother.

    • can we get a non-shitty QB first? Then we can evaluate our WRs.

      • Bender McLugh

        I agree with this. We dont know how good they can be unless someone gets the ball to them.

        • I have a few good football guys I follow on Twitter who were at the game today and said their were open WRs, Glennon just wasn’t finding them.

          I can’t confirm that’s true, but I know he locks on to short stuff early and is very slow to move through progressions.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            Last week was the last time I saw a game in full in a long time.

            Glennon can’t read. And by that I mean not being able to read an NFL defense.

            I think he can’t read a book.

            Not even Doctor Seuss.

          • SC Dave

            I’m sure he does great with books. And probably playbooks too.

            But there is theory, and practice. On the former Glennon may be great. On the latter he is pretty clearly lacking.

          • Joecashflow

            He threw the exact same short pass, middle, right into waiting MLB hands. This time the LB dropped it.

          • Irish Sweetness

            There’s nothing wrong with our WRs. Mitchell connects with anybody.

      • Pretty sure the Bears lead the league in drops or are up there.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        I saw several plays where there throws to be made but Glennon checked down.

        • SC Dave

          So, what happened to the 47-7, (M)HBP?

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I was wrong, but I am happy to be wrong.

      • SC Dave

        Sorry, you prediction of it being impossible to win with Glennon in the game was wrong. So let’s look at some WR, eh?

        • Yes, Glennon’s 101 yards passing were the difference in this one.

          Bears won in spite of their QB. Dominant everywhere else to pull out an OT win.

          • SC Dave

            Again, your so intent on the narrative you refuse to acknowledge the only reason overtime was needed was because of some asshole watching the Jumbotron.

          • Yep, that play was terrible. So was Barth’s missed field goal.

            You know what else was terrible? The fact that they only scored 7 points in regulation that didn’t come on short fields off of turnovers despite a dominating run game.

            Glennon sucked for the third week in a row. Why does anybody try to deny this?

          • Joecashflow

            Unfortunately Fox will say he played great. Cooper should be docked a months pay. Most ignorant play ever by a Bear. And there’s been plenty.

          • RedBulls83

            I don’t get how anyone can defend Glennon after how awful he’s looked. Cutler got berated for less.

  • So here’s some fun with stats:

    Passes to RBs: 12/12, 73 yards
    TEs/WRs: 3/9, 26 yards, TD, INT

    Plays involving RBs: 47 plays, 288 yards
    Plays not involving RBs: 14 plays, 15 yards

    Credit the RBs for an outstanding day, but I don’t think that’s a sustainable formula for winning games.

    • CanadaBear

      Good post!

    • chitownproud85

      Might be when your RBs are Tarik And Jordan? 馃榾 nah its not. warriors, both though

    • SC Dave

      So the lesson is? Yes, our WRs SUCK.

      But nice to see Shaheen get his first NFL TD

      • Irish Sweetness

        If he’d dropped the ball on that, he had about five minutes to pick it up.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Yet Hoyer had his fans.

    • RedBulls83

      I’m scared with the heavy work load for both Howard and Cohen, we will lose on of them for the season. Howard is already banged up pretty badly, and we’re only 3 weeks into the season.

  • Sactowns#1

    Good win. The RB’s deserve the game ball. Now a GB loss would make Sunday great.

  • willbest

    Packer looked down

    • so did Jordan Howard

      • willbest

        Clear evidence here

    • AlbertInTucson

      But the PI call on Pac Man was bogus.

  • Basically, everything went right for the Bears today (or as right as it can with Glennon playing). They got 3 turnovers, the running game dominated, the defense played great.

    And Glennon is such a handicap that they STILL barely won, in OT.

    That’s why Glennon shouldn’t be playing.

    • AlbertInTucson

      He definitely did not help his case today.

    • Bender McLugh

      Ksepernick must be better, there’s no way he isn’t better.

      • the answer isn’t a QB who doesn’t know their offense (though Kaepernick is definitely better). The answer is to try the QB with superior talent currently sitting on the bench.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          and we have 2 sitting on the bench with superior talent.

        • Bender McLugh

          Obviously! But that’s not what Fox will do.

    • SC Dave

      Oh fuck off. The game would have been over in regulation, but for a guy that I would have sent home at halftime watching the FUCKING JUMBOTRON TO SEE HIMSELF SCORE instead of FINISHING THE MOTHERFUCKING PLAY.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’d cut him on principle.

        • Joecashflow

          And Belicheck would. But Fox, doubt he even gets a reprimand. It was brushed aside in half time interview.

        • SC Dave

          Yeah, I probably would have told him to clean out his locker at halftime.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Tarik Cohen’s play was called back, and he was in, and Howard gets the second TD, so the fantasy Gods were messed with.

      • SC Dave

        I was thinking about that when I watched the replay on Condensed.

  • AlbertInTucson

    But, Professor, “How can you watch this shit and care?”.

    • SC Dave

      Jump these guys, Al. It’s been SOOOO fucking tiresome.

    • Joecashflow

      Well they one 1 of first 4, which I would never have guessed. They will get blown out Thursday. Always happens.

      • SC Dave

        We’ll see. Cutler will not be in there, and if there was one major fault of Jay as a Bear, it was his inability to play versus Green Bay.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    I’m glad I’m not a sports gambler….because looking at the scores this week across the entire league I would have been f***ed.

    • Irish Sweetness

      What was the lien on Chicago?

  • chitownproud85

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    Packers on Thursday.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Congrats to Shaheen for his 1st TD catch, also his 1st catch of his career. All the guy does is catch TDs

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  • I find it batshit crazy that 3 of the Bears’ 6 TD drives so far this year have featured zero passing attempts.

    • and 1 or 2 of the other 3 have come in garbage time (for sure the TB one last week, possibly the ATL one in week 1, depending on your definition of garbage time).

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    You are all very welcome.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Big Thanks you da man. hope you did not lose too much.

    • Bender McLugh

      Lol

    • Did MIA even score? Rough day in the Waffle mancave.

      On the bright side. Bears!

    • CanadaBear

      Bless you my son!

  • Bender McLugh

    The promise of a power run game is showing to be true, and I’m LOVING it. Cohen is special, excellent tandem.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    LOL, Glennon just said they have a lot of guys that can catch the ball. BUT HE DOES NOT THROW IT TO THEM!!!

    • Maybe we should bring Forte back. Probably our best WR.

      • SC Dave

        Put him in as WR2

    • CanadaBear

      Kinda nitpicking aren’t ya!

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        NOPE.

        • CanadaBear

          You do realize I’m fucking with you?

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            YEP.

  • Why does this feel like a defeat?

    It shouldn’t , but it kinda does.

    • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

      Because we know what we saw….

    • CanadaBear

      I’m happy as hell. I’d love to see the stars come together on Thursday and see the Beloved pull out another one. Then switch to MT. Although if MG is his usual self, bring him in at halftime against the Fudge.

      • I think that game is going to be ugly. Capers is a super-aggressive DC, and GB D plays a lot of aggressive man coverage.

        That plays to Glennon’s worst traits. I think he turns it over 3+ times, gets sacked 4-5x, and loses his job on Thursday night. They won’t throw Trubisky in on the road in that situation, but my guess is Trubisky is the starter after a long week to prepare in week 5.

        • CanadaBear

          As much as it pains me to agree, this wouldn’t surprise me. Although mop up duty might not be a bad time to get his feet wet. Who knows?

        • SC Dave

          Yeah, and we couldn’t beat the Steelers.

          Whatever.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Single high safety is what he plays – and that means the only QB who can beat that, is on the bench.

        • RedBulls83

          Hopefully you’re right about Trubisky. It would make the most sense to get him ready.

      • I was jumping up and down when Cohen and Howard scored.
        I was excited.

        But sooooooo many fuckups. I mean, Cooper’s shit took the cake, but others accumulated.

        Bad 30 punt when we REALLY needed a pin
        Cohen fumbles it to almost end the game. Luckily recovered.
        Missed FG.
        That BS series that took us out of FG range.
        The horrific time mismanagement by Fox.
        Howard clearly inj. And oh yeah, Demps inj too so back to Amos
        Low snaps. Off Throws/INTs. Drops.
        WRs had like 20 yds combined.

        I don’t know how the fuck we won that game. I’ve never seen a team try so hard to fuck themselves over yet still escape w a win.

        I guess one can look at it the other way.

        Focus on the preference.

        But man. That game was just rough.

        • honestly, based on how Demps has played so far this year I don’t know that replacing him with Amos is a downgrade.

          • Demps is better than Amos in coverge though.

            Teams, esp the Puke, were just picking on Amos last yr through the air.

            Maybe it’s diff now with Jackson back there, but no doubt Amos is a liability in the pass.

            This is why I wanted Pace to make a move on TJ Ward. because neither Demps or rookie Jackson are sure things.

        • SC Dave

          Cooper. Nothing else to say.

    • AlbertInTucson

      No
      It feels like a win.

      Just like when your QB throws for 350 or 400 yards and 3 TDs but you lose 27-24 doesn’t feel like a win.

      • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

        It feels like defeat because it gives a coaching staff and GM the opportunity to hilariously continue to justify hurting the team.

        • AlbertInTucson

          A win, is a win, is a win.

          Unless he lights up Green Bay, I agree with the assessments that have Trubisky debuting vs. the Vikings who will still have Case Keemun at QB as Minnesota doesn’t expect Bradford back before week 6, if then.

          • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

            The whole point Jeff is trying to make is that you are wasting the season and all of the heroic performances of the rest of the team keeping Glennon in.

          • AlbertInTucson

            He contradicted himself in consecutive tweets.

            The point he’s making is that he should give up the booze, again.

            Permanently.

          • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

            Well I’m any case, that’s my point them it’s a waste because you can’t just rely on games like that.

          • AlbertInTucson

            At this point, I don’t disagree.

            One of the main fears with the rookie is turnovers.

            Glennon has now made that point moot.

        • SC Dave

          I dont see how a win hurts the team.

      • SC Dave

        This. Absolutely this.

        The ONLY stat that matters is points on the scoreboard.

      • Irish Sweetness

        To win … is to expect more wins.

        I thought this season was set to tank. It appears we can’t even lose properly now.

    • BearDown100393

      It is a win. Not style marks in the NFL.

    • SC Dave

      Why? We got more points, and should have won in regulation if not for
      1) A missed 47yd FG (shitty, but it happens)
      2) Some asshole watching the fucking Jumbotron and pissing away 4 points — INEXCUSIBLE

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        dave if he was staring at theJumbotron he would have seen the 2 guys tracking him down.

    • Irish Sweetness

      It fucks with the top pick of the 2018 draft narrative. I don’t want 8-8, I want three first round picks for Darnold.

  • wreckinball

    Wow
    Go figure
    Steelers could not stop the run and game ball to Howard

  • wreckinball

    Glennon is bad but O line and the backs took over

    • SC Dave

      The D did pretty well too. I was surprised at how well the secondary played. They mostly looked like professional football players today.

      Did *anyone* other than Antonio Brown do jack shit?

    • Scharfinator

      O line was maddening for me. Great runs, runs that got stuffed in the backfield, no time for Glennon, plenty of time for Glennon as he decides to just… check down. With that caveat, I think they did okay.

  • wreckinball

    Weirdly having lived in Pittsburgh for a few years Bears seem to have a little whammy on them

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      what does that even mean?

      • madscout12

        Lived there for 8 years starting in 08. They have never beaten us since.

        • SC Dave

          Thanks!

      • wreckinball

        Bears beat Steelers
        That’s what it means
        Didn’t think it needed further explanation

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          I can honestly say i have never heard the term ‘little whammy’ before.

          • wreckinball

            Learn something new every day.
            Good win though

          • CanadaBear

            He was “modestly” casting spells.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Somebody said we’re 12-1 against the Steelers at home.

  • AlbertInTucson

    How great was it to see Kyle Long contribute?

    • CanadaBear

      Not a coincidence that the running game picked up when Kyle was back in the lineup. Has to restore some semblance of order.

      • Bender McLugh

        And Whitehair back in center

        • AlbertInTucson

          Yes, please stop “The Whitehair Shuffle.”

          • Grasu with a cast likely means that’s over, at least for a few weeks.

      • BuddhaJoe

        Good to see, hopefully Sitton can come back and Whitehair can replace Garbage Grassu.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          Grasu hand is in a cast, no way he will be able to play center.

        • Bender McLugh

          Grasu had a cast on his right hand, hope that means he’s done at center.

  • BearDown100393

    First we take Pittsburgh, then we take Green Bay.

    • Bender McLugh

      Leonard reference, nice

      • BearDown100393

        All I got right now.

        • CanadaBear

          That’s enough. Leonard’s songs were always pretty sparse. That’s the beauty of them.

          • BearDown100393

            The man was cool.

          • CanadaBear

            100% Really a shame his mgr ruined him financially but it sure was lucky for his fans. I don’t think he ever would have toured again if he didn’t need the money. I also think it was a good break for Leonard in a way because I think he finally realized at the end of his life how beloved he was, esp in Canada.

          • BearDown100393

            Neil, Joni, Geddy, Alex, Neal, Gord, Gordon, it is gonna be painful in the next decade or so.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’m taking Joni Mitchell’s records to my Desert Island, do what you will with Mr. Cohen’s ….

    • SC Dave

      One game at a time.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Do they grease Cohen up every time he is goes to the sideline?

    • BearDown100393

      Like a pig.

      Pig Cohen.

  • BearDown100393

    Grimace is gonna pass out in that heat.

  • madscout12

    This fudge D doesn’t look good against the run. Good, good.

    • BearDown100393

      Agreed. Pig and Bowling Ball are going to move downfield next Thursday.

      • madscout12

        And with decent QB play, that’s a win

        • BearDown100393

          Well….. if the kid had gotten some snaps earlier in regular season, yeah it could have been a bit of a coming out party for him on prime time.

          Primetime Mitch.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            yeah. instead we’ve been forced to watch Glennon.

            Primetime Bitch.

  • BuddhaJoe

    Can you imagine what this team could do with a good QB? Hung tough against the Falcons and beat the Steelers with absolute garbage QB play. ESPN says it was 101 yds, 1/1 for Glennon. Fucking pathetic.

    • wreckinball

      Not sure what the downside of putting Mitch in.
      Can’t imagine worse than Glennon

      • AlbertInTucson

        Glennon turning the ball over at this rate Would seem to negate any advantage to not starting Trubisky.

      • Irish Sweetness

        It’s that you can’t really go back the other way if the wheels come off, I suppose.

  • Through 3 weeks, Mike Glennon is averaging 5.7 yards per attempnder.t and has more turnovers (4) than touchdowns (3). Remove the garbage time stats from the 2nd half last week, and the yards per attempt and TD both drop, making it look even worse.

    Mike Glennon’s 8.5 yards per COMPLETION are worse than 5 QB’s yards per ATTEMPT so far this year. It’s hard to overstate just how atrocious he’s been.

    And yet the Bears are almost 2-1 with that at QB. Their running game has been dominant in 2 out of 3 games, and their defense has strung together 3 quality performances.

    This team is both an ideal situation to play a young QB and a not-terrible QB away from being a playoff contender.

    • BearDown100393

      I would appreciate a new statistical rating for quarterbacks that does remove “garbage time”. And then review how bad Giraffe truly has been.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        I got a scale for you 1-10. 10 being great and 1 is Clausen. Glennon is a 1.

        • KentuckyBearsFan

          Chad Hutchinson must have been a 0 then.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            wasn’t he a baseball player.

      • I looked at it prior to this week’s game defining garbage time as down by 9+ (2 scores) in the 4th quarter. Remove those stats, and he was 34/51, 278 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT, 64.0 rating (+fumble).

        Add in today’s stats, and that translates to 49/73, 379 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT. That’s 5.2 yards per attempt and a 67.0 passer rating.

        • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

          Being down 9 is not garbage time. That’s a TD and a FG.

          • down 2 scores in 4th quarter. Not a perfect definition, but I went for it because opposing defenses usually sit back more in that situation and stop playing their normal D.

            If you want to modify it, add in 1 more TD for Glennon from the ATL game.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Stats or not, he doesn’t pass the eye test.

          • SC Dave

            You went for it because it fits the narrative.

      • SC Dave

        Dont use it on Cutler. His defenders here will hate you for it.

    • madscout12

      A case can be made for a win in Tampa too. Bucs can’t key on the run and it is a different game.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Not to mention his turnovers in Tampa

      • Irish Sweetness

        Mike Evans reported “it was great not being doubled in Chicago.”

    • BuddhaJoe

      Did he attempt a pass over 15?

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        I think his long was 17 to Miller and Miller was hit right away. so yep.

      • he took one deep shot to Wheaton today. To be fair, it was a good throw that Wheaton couldn’t quite come down with. Looked like it should have been DPI, as the DB grabbed his arm to inhibit the catch but got away with it.

        • BuddhaJoe

          Shit. you’re right. I remember that one. Even commented on it below. Still, I think his inability to throw downfield is killing them.

          • SC Dave

            There was NOTHING wrong with that throw. But yeah, he’s afraid to try them.

            That needs to change.

          • Scharfinator

            TRUBISKY Time

    • The running game today was the MAJOR difference.

      I know Howard was a warrior, but some of those lanes you can drive a truck through.

      Maybe Long/Sowell combo is a thing going forward.

    • Scharfinator

      He’s SO bad. We get an average QB and we can win 2/3 of our games down the stretch.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Sounds like one of Jay’s games!

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Rodgers just threw a pick 6

    • Bender McLugh

      Only his 2nd ever? Damn

      • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

        Well, we saw one against the Seahawks that was mysteriously called back….or whoever cliff avril plays for. That’s who was called for possibly the worst block in the back in history on Rodgers.

  • BearDown100393

    Erin just pic’6d.

    He doesn’t caaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • AlbertInTucson

    Pick 6 Bengals!

  • Bender McLugh

    Vaaaaaaaddgheeeeeerrrrrs

  • AlbertInTucson

    No flag to save Erin THIS time.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Seahawks big time cheap shot on Mariotta.

    Richard Sherman should be ejected.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Retaliation turns it into offsetting fouls.

    • Major cheap shot

    • SC Dave

      That dirty asshole never will be ejected.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Nice day for Stefan Diggs against somebody not named The Bears.

  • madscout12

    Pack getting run all over. Don’t worry, bears fans. They’ll figure out how to stop it on Thurs. Not like the QB can make them pay.

    • SC Dave

      Clearly, that stopped the running game from working against the Steelers. And we know the Packers run D is far better.

      • madscout12

        Have you not watched the Bears the last decade. Doesn’t matter that they suck against the run…the Pack will sell out and take it away. Boy, do I hope to eat crow on this.

  • BearDown100393

    Bengals are not a great team and more than handling the Pack today.

    • AlbertInTucson

      It’s early.

      Plenty of time for them to self-destruct.

      • This is exactly the type of game GB always seems to pull out of their ass, especially at home.

        • AlbertInTucson

          You know that song, too.

      • BearDown100393

        Keep making GB work in that heat.

        Sauce for the goose.

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    Titans just got ROBBED on a BS block in the back to negate a key return TD. Big apology letter being sent to titans this week.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Big day for the Zebra.

      Cohen never stepped out.

      I thought the Loins had beaten Atlanta.

      • SC Dave

        The Seahawks always get away with being the dirtiest team in football.

        • madscout12

          Steelers are a close 2nd. Always lead with the helmet.

          • SC Dave

            No argument from this quarter.

      • Irish Sweetness

        When you look at the Cohen run reverse angle you can see it.

  • AlbertInTucson

    GB Backup LT getting exposed.

    • 3rd string LT, I believe. The backup is Spriggs from Indiana, who a lot of Bears fans wanted instead of Whitehair. He’s also out hurt.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Breaking my heart.

      • SC Dave

        Let’s make sure our ROLB is in pass coverage all day.

  • Big Mike

    I don鈥檛 agree withData鈥檚 analysis of the defense. Front 7 did a great job.

    • madscout12

      Limited one of the best backs in the league.

      • Big Mike

        I was impressed with our defense. Kyle Fuller’s best game in 2 maybe 3 years. Goldman and Hicks were violent to day. Trevathan was solid. Secondary was solid. Holding them to basically 10 points. Not counting when Bears turned it over at the 15 or something like that.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Sacks, blocked FG, Trevathan 8-1 tackles. Good stuff.

    • I would agree with you. I pre-wrote some of this a little bit, that was from halftime. They got more pressure in the 2nd half.

      And game plan was clearly conservative, not blitzing.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Big Ben also is a different animal on the road than he is at home.

        And not in a good way.

        • I can’t think of a more schizophrenic team esp when you consider that their home games aren’t domed or anything.

          It’s truly baffling.

          (Not that I’m complaining today)

      • Big Mike

        Well there you have it. 馃檪

  • AlbertInTucson

    Bengals saved from stupidity because the clock ran out.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Oooh. Trevor Simeon threw an HORRENDOUS pick against the Bills.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Did you see the penalty on Vaughn Miller today?

    • Joecashflow

      That’s a Clay Matthew’s classless trait.

  • SC Dave

    The Bears did not win. Jeff, AD, and Data all said it was impossible to win with Glennon at QB.

    • willbest

      It took a lot of favorable circumstances
      1) Steelers not sticking 10 in the box
      2) Howard sacrificing his season for this game
      3) McManis being en feugo
      4) The Zebras, on the balance, not dicking us over
      5) The DB’s making more plays than they gave up.

      • Scharfinator

        1) Looked like they had 10 in a lot of plays.
        2) I hope you’re wrong, but you may be right.
        3) Yup, but you need players to make plays. That’s why you *play* games.
        4) How about that?!
        5) Once again, players are supposed to make plays.

      • SC Dave

        All points irrelevant. They said the Bears could not win with Glennon at QB, and they did.

        Case closed.

        • TomC

          Some of you seem like it makes you happier to have some shit to sling at the site writers than it does watching the Bears win.

          Just an observation.

          • leftcoastdave

            To point out the delusions of grandeur and alternate whining, bitching and presumptuous pontificating is to be expected from grown ups subjected to the tantrums purely designed to say “I told you so” when the plan was always to bring Mitchell in when he is ready, and not until.

            The team is meshing with a conservative game plan. Let it happen, and bring on Mitchell when he is ready.

            Which is to say, the whining is shrill from the writers who want nothing other than to be able to say, “I told you so.”

          • Scharfinator

            Is this Jeff’s throwaway? 馃槢

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          To be fair, “They” said that the other phases of the game would have to be damn near perfect for us to win with Glennon. Which they damn near were.

  • Bender McLugh

    Booming goal line stop on cincy on 2nd down

  • Scharfinator

    Holy shit, had no idea Sherrick was on BOTH of those important ST plays. Game ball to him.

    • Big Mike

      He鈥檚 our best ST player week in week out. But when he鈥檚 in the secondary, we are in trouble

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  • AlbertInTucson

    FF Post to follow…
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    We left Chris Hogan ‘s 2 TDs on the bench but have still served up a 50-burger today, (A LOT of points in my league) with 3 players still active including the Dallas kicker.

    • Don’t feel too bad. I left Howard on the bench. SMH

      • AlbertInTucson

        Since I am winning, going away, I don’t feel bad at all.

        Still, this IS a “no-playoffs” league and the tie breaker is points scored.

        Hogan was questionable, as were Gordon and Gronk. Couldn’t start 3 Qb.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Along with Sterling Shephard and Doug Baldwin, everywhere.

  • BuddhaJoe

    Is it just me or is Romo really good in the booth? I don’t want to mute this and thats rare.

    • That Guy

      He’s actually good.

      I know; it’s a shock to me, too.

    • madscout12

      Hasn’t bothered me. Neutral is good.

    • Scharfinator

      He’s had some uncannily good play calls from the booth too.

      I guess maybe not uncanny given his experience, but a welcome change from blathering announcers.

    • BearDown100393

      I do not notice him. He just chips in some information now and then.

      I like it.

    • Big Mike

      He鈥檚 been very good.

      • AlbertInTucson

        And, he sounds like he is having a great time.

  • BearDown100393

    PacMan never stop yappin’

  • madscout12

    This has Vadgers comeback written all over it. Least it helps my FF team

  • SC Dave

    Props to Deonte Thompson on that blocking on the last play of the game.

    • Cubsnlinux

      I was sure the was going to get flagged for that.

    • I think that was him driving his man inside while Cohen popped off that long run at the end too

  • BearDown100393

    Erin ain’t Aaron anymore.

    • Scharfinator

      72 yard bomb in the 4th?

    • Big Mike

      Fuck the Packers

    • King of DBB

      Whoops. Take that shit back, huh?

      • BearDown100393

        Yeah. Ef me, jinxed it.

  • BearDown100393

    Sigh

  • Big Mike

    BTW. Catching up with news from the day. Odell Beckham is a douche

    • CanadaBear

      But we knew that!

  • Sactowns#1

    Man. Remember when the draft came along and I was screaming for a certain QB. He’s starting in the league as a rookie and looks mighty good.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Man. Remember when the draft came along and a lot of people were screaming about the picks of 2 small school players. One is looking mighty good at RB, and the other got his first catch for a TD today.

      • Irish Sweetness

        If anyone sees Shaheen catching a ball when he was alone in the endzone as any kind of justification for being picked in the second round …. well, then they’re a big rubber johnny.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          TE are notorious for not making impacts their first year and taking time to develop. It was a pick for the future. Miller is going to be gone next year, so that leaves us Simms and a bunch of JAGs.

  • I’ll focus on the good parts. We won, after all.

    1. Fuller looked good. He unloaded on TE Jesse James pointing to him perhaps not being a pussy any more. He also looked decent in coverage.

    2. McMannis. I mean, what more can you say? He practically willed the team to win, on specials. Best sp teamer since Corey Graham (non-KR naturally)

    3. Oline. Some pressure, but by the end of the game, those lanes were yuge. Long/Sowell gives hope. Whitehair should stay at C period.

    4. WR blocking. Maybe they dropped too many, but they help spring those runs. This is esp helpful for Cohen who can bounce it out at the drop of a dime.

    5. Fangio. Came in with MAJOR questions. I know the Steelers are diff on the road and perhaps in a “trap” game, but he LIMITED a very potent offense (again). That CB blitz by Byrce Callahn helped win, and hopefully shows more creative and aggressive trends going forward.

    6. Didn’t it seem like Timu was in on everything? Gotta go back and review the tape, but if he improved his pass defence, that dude could be a baller. He’s got great instincts, aggressiveness and energy.

    7. Cohen. Aside from his football side (which is great), I just LOVE his energy. While Fox maybe is moping about on the sideline, Mocha Ninja is just playing with enthusiasm and energy. Reminds me of when Hester returned. It just lit up the entire team. No one wanted to miss it. I love it.

    8. Perseverance. In spite of the numerous fuck ups (I listed above/below), they still pulled it off. They WANTED to win. They still had pride. A lot of teams across the NFL were playing for pride this week (9ers, Jets, Bengals, etc) and I’m happy they still showed heart and didn’t just fold when they easily could’ve on numerous fuckups.

    Hope this is signature win that FINALLY makes them turn the corner.

    • King of DBB

      Timu was actually released and then signed back after Strawberry Kwik went down. I am sure that made him as hungry as he’s ever been.

      • No doubt. And he usually plays with his pony-tail on fire anyways. A hungrier Timu could be a game changer.

        I’m gonna review the tape and see how he did.

        But Bell is one of the best catching HBs who runs WR routes, so the LBs must’ve done well covering him and the TEs. I thought that’s where the Steelers were gonna attack.

        Could be like I suggested though. Could be Fangio lined up Tre on the TEs and HBs in coverage, and let Timu do what he does best – tackle.

  • wreckinball

    Great win
    Hopefully the D line and O line can continue on on Thursday

  • Suns Out, Buns out, Ciggy In

    I was going type this huge angry post out about the lunacy of black millennial millionaire football players disrespecting the country that provides a once in a lifetime opportunity and multi-generational wealth (most of it squandered) to guys that run fast and are big but i won’t. Let them rage as they walk around in 2,000 suits, 200K cars, mansions, food fit for a king, literally a fucking king while the black community poisons itself to death while blaming the white devil.
    I’m going to miss the actual football but I will not support the players that benefit so greatly from this country that piss all over it. The NFL won’t miss my money but i just cancelled the Sunday Ticket and will not contribute to it. I’m probably out. I just cannot do it anymore. Man, i loved football, the great fucking equalizer.

  • leftcoastdave

    It be the trenches! Thursday night will be fun to see. Now using Tarik the Freak to spread the D with the fake reverse/jet sweep. Did Irish dis Shaheen earlier this week?

    I predicted 9-7. Queens looking better than PS, the Pack not so. The kitties will be competitive, but we’ll beat them twice.

    This will be a fun season with a great foundation in the trenches.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I think it was a monumentally bad move for the second round. He caught ONE pass today, and I could have caught that ball aged eleven. He was completely ALONE in the endzone.

      Nothing to see here.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    So the whole National Anthem thing apparently pissed off Waffle enough for him to swear off the NFL and delete his account.

    • willbest

      He commented earlier

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        refresh, all his comments are deleted.

        • willbest

          Hm… I was out for most the afternoon did he express anger at it being stating the world is going to shit?

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            The last post i read of his was something about the black millionaire millennials disrespecting the country. And that he canceled his Sunday Ticket and was not going to contribute anymore.

            I went to comment on it and said it had been deleted. So I refreshed and all his comments had been deleted.

          • -He lost mucho $ betting against Bears.
            -Lowly Jets dominated his Cargo Fins which is doubly bad for him cuz he has many of them running in FF (though they did get garbage time stats)
            -Almost entire NFL from owner to ball boy protested being called unpatriotic SOBs
            -Glennon looked like a cuck. Hoyer did NOT

            Rough sailing on Tradewinds this NFL week apparently.

          • TuPic Poseur

            haha, sorry my friend, i could give a shit about the 200.00 i lost to ensure that the Bears won. I made 10,000 today because i work my balls off and was never handed anything.
            I can’t support those who i don’t respect.

    • TuPic Poseur

      I had to cancel it to help with the separation process but i want to stick around for fantasy obligations and because i’m sure i’ll have to ween myself off of football. I didn’t want to rant and be all pissed off and take away from in season posts and stuff. I’m incredibly frustrated right now and it feels like it just gets jammed in your face over and over and I’m just not interested in sitting there and taking it.
      I’m not going to disappear but I just cannot support these players. Sunday Ticket was an easy cancel because the feed sucks balls. Quitting it altogether would be hard since i’ve been in love with football since i was 6. I’m just going to ease back on the throttle.

      • TuPic Poseur

        maybe i’ll just become that creep that starts hang out at high school football games for the purity of the game.

        • TuPic Poseur

          But since an 8yr old football team just took a knee at a game in IL the other day I”m sure this won’t be changing course anytime soon.

      • Cormonster

        It’s not as hard as you think. I haven’t been able to completely give up on the NFL, but I have transitioned from the rabid fan who watched 5-7 games a week in 2014 to a casual fan who half ass watches just games only. I’ve pretty much banned all sports related articles, podcasts, radio shows, and TV shows aside from this blog.

        I do other shit now on Sundays, especially until the snow flies, and I really enjoy it. The NFL is not my first priority anymore. I half ass watched about 5-6 Bear games each of the last two years, and watch a little more football when the playoffs start since January is a pretty boring month.

        Once you stop investing emotionally into the games, it’s easier to watch. I don’t get angry on Sundays anymore like I did before I cut back. The anger wasn’t always from losing, but the shitty officiating, the lower quality of play, the changes happening in the game, the character of many players, and the mind numbing stupidity and toxicity of social signalling announcers and commentators.

        I STAND in solidarity with you Waffle. Frankly, your one of the few reasons I still lurk at the blog. If you check out, I’m out.

        • TuPic Poseur

          I’m not disappearing, just dialing it back noticeably. I followed the Bears game on the internet drive tracker today while working then watched highlights.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Sorry to see you go. I simply don’t understand why people get so worked up over these peaceful protests. To each his own, I guess.

    • leftcoastdave

      Too bad politics is infecting so much of our culture. The loony left needs to grow up. The virtue signaling demonstrates a lack of gravitas.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        probably doesn’t help when you refer to them as the ‘loony left’.

        • leftcoastdave

          Their actions define them.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’d say once a person has made up their mind without hearing the issue, they’re fucked.

            If you are either a democrat or republican then this is kind of what you’re forced into.

        • leftcoastdave

          By virtue signaling, they self identify.

  • 505Bears

    Good job Bears… Trubisky needs to start. That’s all

  • willbest

    So the STD is a pile of shit based on the first episode. No wonder they put it on all access instead of broadcast. Trekies will pay for anything if you slap star trek on it. But Proctor and Gamble and Honda as buyers are a bit more discerning

    • Irish Sweetness

      FUCKING STAR TREK IS OUT??????

      Ohhhh my panties are bunching……..

  • FresnoBear88

    Is Thursday’s game only televised on NFLNetwork? I was thinking some other local channel got dibs on TNF also.

    • I think the 9er game was on local tv in L.A. on NBC I think. But maybe cuz they played the Rams?

      Dunno how TNF handles the TV thing. I think later in the year they tend to show them on the major networks.

      Oh, and hey, could you not start another QB? Did it not let you?

      The lineups usu get locked a few minutes before kick-off for future reference. It’s an ESPN thing, so just make sure to double check your lineup like 10 mins before (though Bradford was ruled out earlier in the week I believe)

    • EnderWiggin

      They just said “NFL Network and CBS.”

    • beninnorcal

      Pretty sure it’s also the first game to stream on Amazon, right?

  • Hope Birdcage looks at how the Skins use Thompson.

    Could employ lot of same concepts with Cohen

  • Cuck Cooper

    How does Cooper get away with what he did?

  • AlbertInTucson

    A Josh Doctson sighting!

    Heretofore he had the Redksins version of Kevin White.

    • Helluva catch. Looked like Alshon high pointing.

      • AlbertInTucson

        He, apparently, has a lot of ….wait for it…UPside.

  • BerwynBomber

    The few times I see Carr play he never impresses.

    Cousins is playing well but the story of this game is the WAS D. Wonder if OAK is in for a significant drop this year.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Cousins looked like shit when Carr was putting up the points previously. (shrugs)
      Swings and roundabouts.

  • AlbertInTucson

    This SNF game is another stunner.

    Shocked that the Redskins D has be able to completely stuff Carr and the Raiders.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Whoops.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Sounds like a LOT of Raider fans in DC tonight.

  • BerwynBomber

    Unfortunately missed most of the game except bits and pieces of the 2nd half and OT.

    Nice to hear about McManis’s game. A lifelong ST guy has his day in the sun, though it would have been much better if Cooper hadn’t authored the biggest bonehead play of the year.

    Nice to see Howard regain his 2016 form and Cohen continues to amaze.

    Glennon, of course, remains Glennon.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      sounds like you saw the best bits and pieces.

      • BerwynBomber

        Funny enough, I caught Cohen’s near TD in OT but missed Howard’s game-winner. Go figure.

    • You missed the the craziest game since the Cards.

      So many ups and downs. Watching it knowing the outcome will save you gray hairs

  • BerwynBomber

    Saw that McCown completely outplayed Cutty (though Cutty padded his stats with a garbage time TD).

    Surprising result. Thought the NYJ had a shot at 0-16.

    • I was gonna post Jets as my upset of the week, but didn’t want to be accused of Cargo hate.

      It really had more to do with the Jets playing for pride. 0-2 teams can be dangerous.

  • AlbertInTucson

    The showing of today’s defense, offensive line and backs as well the special teams would seem to be the perfect setting to place a (talented) rookie QB into, no?

    Our wideouts are pretty pedestrian but a good QB can lift his receivers.

    Pretty obvious, now, that Glennon is not capable of raising the level of player around him.

    • BerwynBomber

      Can’t imagine they will start him on a short week away against a division rival and marquee (from a TV standpoint) team. And after a win … no way in hell.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        not sure Howard will be good to go either. BUT I say play him, I have seen more than enough of Glennon

        • BerwynBomber

          Me too. And as I’ve said a few time, I would even settle for Sanchize for a game or two.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            agree.

      • Yeah, I truly believe if it was just another regular week against any other team, that Trub gets serious consideration.

        But on a short week, vs div rival, on primetime?

        Fox is too conservative to throw him out there

    • madscout12

      Amazing what throwing to WR can do for how they look. Every week, guys are open when we need them. We just have a cuck who is throwing for 9.02 per completion and 5.7 per attempt.

  • PAR7

    Glennon is the shittiest qb i have seen play for the bears in the last 10 years. WTF are the coaches doing?

    • King of DBB

      It’s like when you try a new pizza place, and the pizza is expensive but really shitty.

      Ryan Pace is the kind of guy that forces himself to eat that pie cause he paid for it.

      • BearDown100393

        Pace is the king of guy that forces the fans to eat that pie cause he used their $ to pay for it.

    • Worse than Hanie and Clausen?

      Hmmmmm

      • Big Mike

        No. Not even close

        • KentuckyBearsFan

          Agreed. I’ve seen way worse as a Bears fan.

          God what we really needed this year was Kyle Orton.

          With this team, Orton would have won 10 games at least. Maybe 12 with luck.

          • willbest

            Orton wins 8 with luck

      • PAR7

        yes i think he sucks worse

  • PAR7

    So embarrassing 84 yards passing? I like winning but come on it was like we were trying to lose. I had company over from out of town and they thought Glennon was a joke, and trying to give the game away. I believe in playing your best players, and clearly Glennon is not the answer and shouldn’t be starting.

  • BerwynBomber

    Bad RZ series from Carr there. He’s lucky that first pass wasn’t a 100 yard pick six.

  • BerwynBomber

    Caught some of the Cheese game (and got my first earful of Romo — not bad btw).

    But same old Cheese. Rodgers and some competent skill guys. Not much else. CIN truly had the superior talent on the field.

  • Foreskins holding the Raiders to 95 yds total (not including this junk time)?

    Wow. Didn’t see that coming. That Dline dominated an excellent Raiders Oline.

    They played mostly zone behind it, and hammered the WRs (knocked Crabtree out legally. Prolly ribs)

    Just punched them in the mouth.

    Lynch looked old tonight.

    • Big Mike

      Weren鈥檛 the Raiders supposed. To be good?

      • Lot of experts were already making their SB rings.

        This is the time of yr when teams truly begin forging their identities.

    • willbest

      Lynch looked old 2 years ago

  • madscout12

    The Steelers were not bad today. The bears were just good. Shut down the running game. Other than some dumb play, good plays on the ball from Fuller and Cooper. Ran the ball effectively. Really effectively.

    I salivate to see this level of effectiveness with a QB who can roll out, keep his eyes down field, and throw a dime to a diving WR 20 yards down field. A guy who we feel comfortable enough with to pass on 1st down. A guy who himself is a running threat.

    Christ, we could be a good team.

    • I wonder if this win makes Fox think the same and start Trub.

      Naturally, he’ll prolly do the opposite and echo “if it ain’t broke…” mumbling something about momentum.

      • madscout12

        No. Glennon bought himself a few more weeks with today. Even though he was the same terrible QB we’ve seen. We won despite of dumb plays a piss poor QB play.

        Jeffe is right. We could be a good team. It is there. We could have blown these guys out today with the play of the RBs if there is a throw or two made.

        • BerwynBomber

          One more week. If he shits the bed in GB as badly as he did in TB, I could see him getting benched before MIN.

        • willbest

          This team is either young or injured. It’s not a simple matter of plugging in a competent QB.

  • Irish Sweetness

    WE WON!!!! Wait … is that good …?

    1. I will never ever understand players who celebrate TDs … before they’ve scored the TD. Payton set the tone, you don’t even celebrate the TD, that’s your job. The ONLY time I have noticed Cooper since we signed him … was that.

    • BerwynBomber

      It was Lamar Houston-level stupid.

      • Johnnywad

        It was even worse than Marion Barber running out of bounds in Denver stupid.

      • Big Mike

        But Lamar did eventually redeem himself and become someone that a lot of fans appreciated. I was listing to Big Cat and Olin on the Score after the game. Their comments were essentially ‘it was a real stupid play, whether he is disciplined, cut, etc will be based on his practice habits and how he carries himself” So if he’s a hard worker, studying his playbook, going hard in the weight room, off-season, practice etc, his teammates have his back. If he’s has a bad work ethic all the time, he’s got a tough road ahead of him.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          Houston redeemed himself?

          • Big Mike

            He was widely considered to be a + player, instead of being a joke. Fact that he got cut, speaks to the Bears鈥 improvement at the position.

    • willbest

      Cooper is our best DB.

      He is tiny, from a small school.

      I don’t think that the plan was ever to tank, it just feels like it when you refuse to play your future QB when your bridge has demonstrated an inability to run the offense

  • BerwynBomber

    Case Keenum???

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