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Week 14: Bears at Bengals Game Preview

| December 7th, 2017

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Why Do I Like the Chicago Bears This Week?

I always like the Chicago Bears. And with the USMNT out of the World Cup, I don’t have another team to root for. But hey, Tiger Woods may be back.


Poem

i hear the fox whisper, whisper to me

i hear the fox whisper, behind the oak tree

come help me he says, with anxious dismay

i’ve lost, oh i’ve lost, oh i’ve lost my damn way

—–

once i could run

now i can not

once i defended

myself from this lot

once all my plans and ideas seemed to work

now here i stand, an omnivorous jerk

—–

his whispers receded, he wandered away

where he was headed, no one could say

i’ll always remember, this time with the fox

but now there may be less than eight in the box


Five Thoughts on Bears / Bengals

  • Andy Dalton isn’t a great quarterback (by any means) but it won’t take great quarterbacking to beat this current crop of Bears defenders. Their best pass rusher is an overworked defensive tackle and the Bengals will stick two offensive linemen on Hicks and give Dalton all day to throw. How much time do you think A.J. Green needs to find holes in this secondary? Answer: Not as much as he’ll have Sunday. Green’s line: 11 catches, 165 yards, 2 TDs.

  • Here’s a stat for you. The 49ers are allowing 123.9 yards per game on the ground. Bears running backs gained 43 yards. The Bengals? They allow 123.8 yards per game on the ground. Can the Bears run for more than 50 yards against what will be at least an 8-man box on almost every first and second down?
  • Oddly enough, the Bears coaching staff sticking with Tarik Cohen on returns is finally starting to pay off. Cohen isn’t Hester because Hester is the greatest to ever return a kick. But he is a player that’s going to force opposing special teams coordinators to adjust their weekly game plans. And the Bears saw the impact of that throughout the Hester era.
  • I’ve stopped asking for the Bears to coach Mitch Trubisky properly. They’re not going to do it. They’re going to run into loaded boxes and then ask Tru to sit in a crowded pocket and wait for the league’s worst receiving corps to shake loose from defensive backs. And guess what? It’s not going to work. For the Bears, the key is keeping Tru healthy over this final month of the season, working on his fundamentals and then getting him the right guidance come January (or post-Super Bowl).
  • Cincinnati is one of the worst rushing teams in the league. And only two teams – Detroit and Arizona – run it less. This is not a game where the Bengals should be able to control the time of possession to the degree the Niners did. That means the Bears will have possessions.

Tweet of the Week


Game Prediction

No pass rush. Stale offense lacking any imagination or creativity. On the road.

Cincinnati Bengals 30

Chicago Bears 17

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  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Our 1st first down will come via penalty.

    • Russian Hacked Pacebot 3.0

      Go to bed

    • SC Dave

      I imagine it will come as the result of a kick.

  • Ohio Bears Fan

    I’d make the drive to Cincy and watch the Beloved for dirt cheap, except I’m pretty sure it will be an epic beatdown, and I’d rather drink my own beer in the comfort of my own living room when that happens.

  • Bobby Douglass

    My memory is failing me as I age, but this is the first time in forever Jeff actually predicted a Bear loss in “Game Prediction.” I’m probably wrong.

    • Scharfinator

      The Trestman era wasn’t THAT long ago! πŸ˜›

      • Bobby Douglass

        Get off my lawn.

    • Big Mike

      I don’t think he has ever..

    • BearDown100393

      He predicts a loss but declares love for a GM refusing to fire the HC who Jeff hates.

      It is complicated.

      • fishing florida

        i believe that is likely on ownership.

    • willbest

      He predicted the eagles win a couple weeks back.

      • Bobby Douglass

        See? I am old.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      “Liking” the Bears is usually but not exactly the same thing as expecting them to win every week.

  • Big Mike

    Browsing through comments and info about the Bears online. No source, but the fact that it seems to be assumed Fox is gone, made me think.. what if he’s not. πŸ™

    • ButtonShoes

      If he’s not, then we’re more fucked than we thought.

    • BearDown100393

      What if Hobo turns out to be Pacebot’s father?

    • Bear Instincts

      pleas don’t put that kind of thought into the universe. he is gone like Cosby’s reputation

      • Big Mike

        I know.. but the thought occurred to me… where do you go with that. SMH. Can’t imagine.

        • Bear Instincts

          i have had the same though but refused to put it in the air. IF Pace did hire Fox with no pressure from George he might just give him another year with the thought that he did not have WR’s or a legitmate QB since Giraffe Gaffe flamed out.

          But that will not happen. Firefox has proven without a shadow of a doubt that he is incapable of grooming a young QB and he is an ineffective coach. Its all about CYA and Pace will do everything in his power to make himself look good and that means getting a new coach to groom his Golden Egg called MT10

          • Big Mike

            I think Pace is on target. Fox was the obvious choice as coach at the time. We were all pretty excited. We didn’t know he’d lost the fire. Guys been coasting for 2 years. Pace has his chance now and 3 years of experience to get this right.

          • CanadaBear

            I was OK with the pick because the Bears were (are) a dumpster fire. I always thought Foxy was a slightly smarter version of Lovie. Now that he’s totally checked out, he’s worse than Lovie.

      • Big Mike

        I put it out there. Now Sports Mockery has written about it https://sportsmockery.com/2017/12/one-chicago-bears-2018-nobody-wants-hear/

    • CanadaBear

      Unless they win out, there’s no way Foxy’s coming back. The team has more or less quit on him (that or the coaches are putting the players in positions to look this bad). If anything I think they are going to lose out (maybe Cle out bads them but I’m not convinced).

      • Bear Instincts

        Rock – The team has more or less quit on him

        Hard Place – The coaches are putting the players in positions to look this bad

      • Big Mike

        I don’t think he’s coming back under any circumstances. But the thought of it, was a great big nah.. wtf? They couldn’t.

        • CanadaBear

          Whew! You had me worried there for a minute!

      • Big Mike
        • CanadaBear

          Ugh!

    • fishing florida

      if he’s not, then bring in hillary clinton to head and bring back the honey bears and g.w. bush and obama to head up the offense. hell, they have been on the offense on the entire middle east for nearly two decades.

      • Irish Sweetness

        That’s all I really want (other than a trophy) …bring back the Honey Bears.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I don’t think he’ll be fired until the end of the season. We don’t fire guys mid-season.

      Oh, you mean like he might stay for next season … wow. That’s hard to imagine.

  • Big Mike

    FWIW, I will save a thousand bucks or so this weekend. This was the game I had targeted for my annual Bears road game. Every year for the last 15 or so, I’ve been to a home game and a road game. Only year I missed was year 2 of the Trestman debacle and now this year.

    • BearDown100393

      Plenty of very cheap tickets available.

      • CanadaBear

        Last I saw tix were as low as $14. That’s what I used to pay for end zone seats at Soldier Field back in the ’70’s.

        • Big Mike

          It’s a whole weekend thing. Travel, Hotel Suites, Entertainment, Refreshments.

          • CanadaBear

            Oh, I know. The cost of the ticket is hardly an issue compared to the other expenses (unless the ticket is for a really hot game, obviously not the Bears).

      • John F

        On StubHub you can buy 18th row 50 yard line seats for $100 per ticket or 50 yard line nose-bleeds for $21.00 per ticket

  • Russian Hacked Pacebot 3.0

    GP, do we even want to talk about the digital elephant in the room at this point?

    • willbest

      Its okay, Bitcoin is bad for the environment. You didn’t want to be a part of it.

      http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/07/technology/bitcoin-energy-environment/index.html

      • Russian Hacked Pacebot 3.0

        haha, did you see the end of that article? Bitcoin Futures Trading is about to start. What could go wrong?

        My wife asked me why i didn’t invest in Bitcoin back when the Winklevii were sinking 11mil into it. My answer was simple: They had 65mil so if they lost all 11mil it would have been a funny story.

        In retrospect, after reading about their family and their badass father, i probably should have just done whatever they did like a mini winklevoss clone.

        • CanadaBear

          Back in the day when 401K’s first came out a lot of us weren’t too keen on the self-directed account because we didn’t follow the stock market. The VP of finance was on the same floor as me. At night when the bldg was empty, I’d check the interoffice mail. If I saw him change his portfolio I’d do the same. That worked until I started working in another bldg.

          • Russian Hacked Pacebot 3.0

            sneaky Canadian bastard.

          • CanadaBear

            Now you know I’m not really all that nice! That’s what I always say about Canadians. We aren’t really any nicer just more polite. BTW I was living in Iowa when I was sneaking around!

        • Big Mike

          It’s a good news bad news thing. Invested $500 in 2014. Had a standing sell order at $100 and $10,000. Just sold it. Bad news is wish I had invested $5k.

        • Sactowns#1

          Paying off a house is generally a bad financial decision. But it does provide a safety net so..

        • Irish Sweetness

          I’m hearing about Eutherium now as an investment. I don’t have money to invest, but have any of you looked into it?

  • BearDown100393

    I expect the Bears to defeat the Bengals.

    • fishing florida

      and, i expect to be elected pope next week.

      • BearDown100393

        Godspeed eminence.

    • CanadaBear

      I’m afraid you’re going to have some disappointment coming your way this Sunday.

      • BearDown100393

        Any player or coach expecting to lose should be cut/fired asap.

        • CanadaBear

          When did you start playing/coaching for the Bears?

          • BearDown100393

            Is it really an arguable point?

  • fishing florida

    At 71 years old and having followed the bears closely since 1958 (i was in the stands in 1963 for the championship game), i am as close to losing hope as i have ever been as a bears fan, none of the current coaches inspire any confidence in me. i greatly respect dave toub and would love to see him given a chance as head coach, but i would be surprised if he is even considered and interviewed and floored if he were hired. bottom line here is i don’t believe in pace and the ownership to climb the bears out of this morass. it has always appeared to me that ownership really doesn’t have a clue. hell, they and the people they picked to run the team, figured a way to to keep a team with as good an NFL roster as i have seen in the ’85 bears to one super bowl appearance. doug flutie?? they should be running another business, not a football team. hell, pace seems like a run of the mill GM.. his drafts have been pretty good, his free agent acquisitions quite poor. and, if it was his final decision to hire fox ( who really knows?) that well beyond poor. bottom line is that players, the roster, are what generates wins in the NFL. and, the current bears roster is still one of the worst in the league. trubisky looks like with the proper coaching help he turn out to be good/very good. but, i now believe pace made a mistake in choosing trubisky over desaun watson. early call, of course, but i will stick with it.sadly, i don’t see a quick turnaround. i see what alshon jeffrey smartly saw. he left, and now he is on a team going places and he has a 4 year extenstion. as a fellow working man, i applaud his decision.

    • fishing florida

      4-12. 2017 bears.

      • First time I ever saw you be optimistic.

        • fishing florida

          lol. they should be pulling players from the stands.

        • fishing florida

          i would love to be optimistic about the bears. but, i’m a realist.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Is that the score for this weekends game?

        • fishing florida

          you’re even dumber than your name.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He gotcha there, Penis!

    • Bear Instincts

      Before you get down on Pace consider the mess he walked into. The Bears were never going to be contenders 3 years after Pace took over. That was the hope but never an actual reality due to bad coaching/drafting/bad cap space/FA acquisition and no franchise QB to lead the team and use as bait to lure good FA’s

      Yes he has struck out in FA more than he has hit gold. No one is perfect. Hindsight is 20/20.

      His decision to hire Firefox at the time was a good one. The man had a reputation for turning bad teams around in 3yrs. He was the prefect fit for what was ailing us. It did not work out. Again hindsight is 20/20.

      We wont know if MT10 over Watson is a mistake for a long time. In the short term it looks that way because Watson came into the league with more experience and went to a team that was more established.

      Most of our expectation for this teams performance came from Firefoxe’s reputation of turning around teams in 3 years or less. We were in worse shape than the Panthers & Broncos when Firefox took over. In the places where Pace has struck out it has really hurt the team (K.White/FA’s). There is not denying that. But I see his vision for this team and believe in it.

      We have a franchise QB to hang our hopes on. We have a RB duo that other teams envy. We have a budding defense.

      Keep the faith old man.

      • fishing florida

        of course i considered what he walked into, i’ve followed the bears for 58 years!! he not terrible, just appears he is not good enough. and, to call trubisky a franchise QB at this point is wishfull thinking. i wish it too, but it’s only a wish at this point.

        • Bear Instincts

          Put MT10 on the Texans and he might look as good as Watson did. Texans have a better environment for a rookie to thrive than we do.

          Plus coaching is not doing this team any favors. Neither is the poor planning by Pace to address the WR position

          • fishing florida

            i agree about the texans. they’re better. their weapons are better but, garrapalo looked miles better than trubisky and his receivers are nothing special either, nor is his offensive line rated well. the planning for the WR positions for the bears was damn near none existent. markus wheaton? his picture should be on a milk carton.you get what you pay for. in this case as close to nothing as you can get.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m guessing if MT had little or no pressure on him and had receivers wide open in the middle of the field, he would have looked pretty awesome.

          • fishing florida

            i doubt it. it’s all opinion at this point.

          • Bear Instincts

            1.Garrapalo was groomed under Brady & the Hoodie and had more college starts than MT10
            2.MT10 has 13 career starts as a rookie plus the games he has played this season
            3.Watson played more games (championship games included) in college than MT10

            We should be looking towards the future with hopes that at worst MT10’s floor is talented game manger like the 2017 Case Keenum

          • fishing florida

            bears fans desperately want trubisky to succeed. that doesn’t mean he will.

          • Bear Instincts

            It’s only natural that we want him to succeed. It’s not a guarantee that he will but it’s not a guarantee that he wont either. How many people knew Brady would become the G.O.A.T. after being left to sit until the 6th round?

          • fishing florida

            already known.

          • BearDown100393

            Just like Jay.

          • fishing florida

            so glad he is gone. only bear in 58 years of following the team that i truly didn’t like.

          • BearDown100393

            He loves you unconditionally.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Did you like the punky QB?

          • fishing florida

            yep

          • CanadaBear

            Cade McNown.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Watson was like 32-3 in college or something like that.

          • Big Mike

            Garrapolo has been in the league 4 years. Training with the best QB in the history of football. Unfair comparison

          • fishing florida

            everyone looks better than trubisky. we all want him to succeed, but he looks jumpy and lost.

          • willbest

            Glennon didn’t look better than trubisky.

          • Irish Sweetness

            A less than stellar OL will do that to a QB. We do not have a good pass blocking line, and we telegraph our gameplans by design.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Last year, Goff did not look better than MT. I would say both Mannings did not look better in their first years either. Just keep perspective, we are talking about a ROOKIE. People tend to look at the success of a few QBs in their rookie years, and think if MT is not like that he will suck and is a bust. However MOST rookie QBs don’t look good their 1st year.

          • fishing florida

            already knew all that and you are the last person i would listen to about anything.

      • DaCoaches Mustache

        We have no idea if we have a franchise QB. None. he’s shown as many or more signs of suckage as signs that he’s the franchise qb. I am hopeful he is, but not optimistic.

      • BearDown100393

        Giraffe was a terrible, horrible stupid signing.

        And Jeff wrote about it since Day One.

        • That $16M could’ve gone into Alshon’s account.

          • BearDown100393

            Yes.

            Burning it in a dumpster would have been more beneficial than $16M in giraffe feed.

          • fishing florida

            alshon wanted to leave the bears. several reports he just wanted a different team. great choice for his career.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And what use would Alshon be on 5 targets a game?

      • Cubsnlinux

        Here is the problem with that analysis. Almost every new GM walks into a shitty situation on Day-1. The reason he is in there is because the previous GM was fired for creating that shitty situation. Now there can varying levels of said shitty situations but at the end of the day they are all shitty.

        Trubisky is a huge unknown commodity at this point and most probably will be after this season is over. So the Bears cannot really say Ok we may have a star at the QB position let’s prioritize other areas. This is the problem with picking Trubisky. He may very well be a star QB after 3-4 years (or whatever you meant by “long time”) or he may be a bust. The Bears with so many holes cannot really afford that huge unknown at the most important position. Also, the timing was bad for gambling on a raw talent like Trubisky without a system in place to nurture him. Your HC has done nothing so far and you may have to fire him after the season. You aren’t really high on any of the assistants to become the next HC. So the new HC whoever might be may not be high on Trubisky and especially some may be deterred to hinge their careers on to an unknown commodity. So why would you take a huge risk on him more so by giving up draft picks to move up by one place?

        Nothing makes sense here . There seems to be no well thought out plan for long term success, the stupid Glennon signing speaks to that. Ryan Pace is the Trubisky of GMs (as someone said here) with no track record and is about to pick the HC for a charter franchise that is in doldrums.

        • fishing florida

          could very well be that pace is not up to the job.

        • BerwynBomber

          The Pace/Fox marriage always seemed out of whack. Like a 27 year old bride and a 63 year old groom. But maybe Pace was so green that he was indeed smitten by the experienced Fox and it was less the shotgun marriage we all suspected.

          Don’t know who espoused the following cynical theory — maybe GP — but maybe Pace’s calculation with Bisky is that he was so unproven it would even bide him (Pace) more time to be judged.

          Regardless, odds tell us that Bisky will neither be an HoFer or a bust (though given how highly he was drafted he probably has the best odds of being the former as one could hope), but if he does fall somewhere in the middle, Pace’s choice of HC to succeed Fox will be his most important decision as a GM.

          You can certainly win with the Ryans, Cousins and Daltons of the world but they aren’t going to overcome a ton of holes or an overrated HC as Rodgers always does.

          Hence, Pace needs a knockout of an HC hire.

          • Cubsnlinux

            Agreed. But what exactly Pace has done so far that would indicate that he would hire the right HC? The Glennon signing is really pissing me off more and more even now. That move is a reflection of a shortsighted panicked stupid GM.

          • Sactowns#1

            Signing a TE in the second round of the draft doesn’t grind your gears?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Ground mine. Damn, you couldn’t draft a top OT at least?

          • Irish Sweetness

            This is it. He made a bad choice of HC …. interim 18M dollar QB … and hasn’t made great decisions elsewhere. Generally. And we trust him to find a HC now?

      • “Yes he has struck out … Hindsight is 20/20:

        Yes, but as a fan you’re hoping that your GM has a better batting avg than you, the casual fan.

        A good GM shows vision and impresses us with his choices.

        A good GM makes a fan think, “Wow. That Kam Chancellor was a homerun. That TJ Watt pick was GREAT” or “Man, Alshon was an awesome FA signing”

        Good GMs CAN turn crappy teams around in 3 years.

        I’m not about to list ALL the GMs who have turned around teams in 3 years

        (Eagles and Rams aren’t too shabby right now)

        But it’s not unprecedented.

        What they all have in common is GREAT (not ‘meh’) drafts and HC hires, usu supplemented with strategic FAs.

        Pace has thus far been avg to below avg, and if Trub sucks, abysmal.

        Pace could’ve fired Fox last yr.

        He could’ve hired Kyle Shanahan or McVay and they could’ve Yoda’d Trub and given us all hope going forward (and DEF have won more than 3 games)

        But Pace didn’t do any of that.

        Why not?

        Defenders might say, “well, who saw Watson or McVay coming?”

        IT’S HIS JOB to see it coming. It’s his JOB to properly evaluate. Pace is getting paid MILLIONS to hit home-runs and thus far he’s only hitting singles.

        • Bear Instincts

          Can we put the 3 year turnaround to rest please. It’s not happening for us. Let it go and lets focus on the reality of our situation: Firefox is gone at the end of the season, Pace is here to stay, we have a potential franchise QB, 2 good RB’s, a decent OL and an emerging defense.

          We don’t even have pocket lint at the WR position. Who is MT10 supposed to throw to. How many QB’s do you know of who are winning in this league without legit WR’s? Blame Pace for that all day. But while you are blaming him consider all the damage that Angelo&Emery did before he got here. Draft after draft after draft A&E put us in the hole. How many players are left from the days of A&E? How many players are left from the days of Emery alone? That was just 5 years ago. 5 years man. What did we get? Nothing. Give Pace a break.

          Yes its his job to evaluate the talent and get it right . He has had
          some hits and misses. How often do you make mistakes at your job?

          I agree with the vision Pace presented “FA is for filling holes so that you have the freedom to build your team through the draft so that you are in a position to contend for multiple championships”. Are we close to that, hell no. But it gives me a an idea of what to expect. We have been a dysfunctional mess for a very long time. It’s not going to get fixed overnight. MT10 will not be Brady/Rodgers overnight. It will take time. If 2-3 years from now we are not in a wildcard game or better then we can light up the torches and sharpen the pitch forks.

          Everything you are saying is in hindsight (20/20) Had he taken Watson and he still blew out his ACL what would you be saying then…”he drafted another K.White…he doesn’t know what hes doing”

      • Bender McLugh

        We wont know if MT10 over Watson is a mistake for a long time.

        Two bad knees now, he was a known injury risk & that’s been proven prudent at this point. He could still come back strong of course

    • SC Dave

      Flutie is all on Ditka.

  • willbest

    Does Demps play? If not Dalton will just pick us apart G style. Since we only play 4 dlinemen, TOP is going to be huge. The o has to get first downs.

    Given Fox I don’t expect that to happen. It’s going to be up to the bungles to lose this one

    • CanadaBear

      After blowing the game Monday night, I’m guessing they come out on fire.

      • Dunno. Bengals could come out beat up and deflated knowing their playoffs chances are practically nil now.

        • CanadaBear

          If it were me, I’d relish the opportunity to spank the Bears.

        • BearDown100393

          The Bengals always do enough to keep Marvin Jeff Lewis Fisher around.

  • willbest

    “Fox sees his buddy Jeff Fisher trying to get back into the league (and
    failing). He knows his only chance of being a head coach beyond 2017 is
    staying where he is. He’s going to pull out every stop.” – Jeff

    At some point in a mans life he realizes that he isn’t going to achieve more than what he already has, and just grinds out. Elway saw it, and we hired it.

    • AlbertInTucson

      If “He knows his only chance…” were true, would not Fox have ordered his defense to let Carlos Hyde score on first and goal last week so he could get his offense back on the field with a chance to win or tie a 19-14 or 21-14 game depending upon weather SF makes an ensuing 2 pt conversion?

      • willbest

        It really was inexcusable. I haven’t coached football a day in my life, and I saw what needed to be done just because I don’t suck at math.

        I get that the offense had done dick all day, but a 20 yard FG after chewing out the clock is a 97% win probability. The odds of a successful 2-minute drive have to be greater than 3%. And as you pointed out, so much better of an experience for Trubisky.

        • AlbertInTucson

          As we all agree, the “W” or the “L” was irrelevant.

          The learning opportunity for your young QB, pissed away, was priceless.

          • BearDown100393

            Pace did a disservice to himself as GM and more importantly his quarterback by not firing Hobo.

        • Fox is senile.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Bears at Bengals. I hope my FF opponent doesn’t have A.J. Green.

  • BerwynBomber

    “Cincinnati is one of the worst rushing teams in the league …. This is not a game where the Bengals should be able to control the time of possession to the degree the Niners did.”

    Really surprised by that given CIN has a stable of good backs in J. Hill, Bernard and Mixon.

    FYI: the Niners largely controlled ToP via the pass. Of their roughly 400 yards, roughly 300 were via the air.

    • willbest

      miscommunications in the secondary and lack of pass rush will do that.

      • BerwynBomber

        My point was that Jeff seemed to be implying that SF ran the ball at us at will when they only had 100 yards on less than 4 per carry. Not horrible #s but at best average.

        Pass attack was where they absolutely gouged us and moved the ball.

        • Pass over the middle over and over.

          We’re a “funnel pass” team.

          Os know that we no longer have a pass rush, and can’t defend the middle, so why run?

          If a team really wanted to, I bet they can get 200 on us, but passing is easier.

    • Olines are SO important, and the hardest for the casual fan to evaluate.
      They sometimes take a while to gel usually because all of them are playing musical chairs with INJs.

      And sometimes they just CLICK out of nowhere and begin mauling team midseason.

      That’s why seemingly out of nowhere HBs blow up or begin getting stufffed.

      FYI the Bengals Oline hasn’t been great all season, but vs the Steelers they looked good and GIO looked fresh and hungry.

      He’s a shifty back. Combine that with a team who’s thrown in the towel, and that’s a dangerous recipe.

      I’m likely starting him over Howard in FF for that reason.

  • So the Giants already have a headstart on HCs and possibly GMs.

    And I’m guessing that they’ll get the top candidate, and Bears will get leftovers.

    They don’t call Chicago the 2nd city for nothing I guess.

    • willbest

      How much of a head start can you get on the coaching search when they are contractually barred from talking to you mid season? Your staff can do the research, but so can Pace’s staff. I guess the college season finished up if you are looking there.

      • BearDown100393

        “contractually barred”

        Everybody has a back channel Jared doing the talking.

        • willbest

          If that were true, then Pace could avail himself all the same.

          And the back channel is more about gauging interest between the parties, and not wasting time for interview prep. If the coach is amenable he will put together a vision for Pace. And Pace’s team will research to coach to determine which areas of concerns they want the coach to have an answer for (ie. Cooter and his lack of running game).

          • BearDown100393

            It is true.

      • Bear Instincts

        They are talking through back channels. Winks & Nods

    • Bernie Accorsi

      I’ll be working with the Mara family to advise.

      • BearDown100393

        Give them Trestman.

  • Ugh, this team is such a fucking soul-sucking herpes infested sewer sludge…

    I’m just gonna post this and remember better times…

    #TBT

    • SC Dave

      That FG return makes me smile EVERY time.

      Dude was incredible.

    • SC Dave

      Speaking of better times…

      • SC Dave

        … yeah.

      • Big Mike

        I was at the game with 4th return against the Vikings. It was bitter cold. We were in the front row of the 2nd level in the end zone that he ran to. It was a great moment. Also 3rd return… shout out to one of my favorite Bears. Hunter Hillenmeyer for a great block.

      • Big Mike

        Thanks for posting. Remember being good?
        https://youtu.be/iNjxh9pmkwo

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      • That Guy

        Goddamn, Tillman was awesome.

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  • willbest

    The Highway department adopts Uber’s surge pricing.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/us/i66-toll-virginia-washington.html

    • Big Mike

      Free market. Prices updated every 6 minutes based on usage. Not enough usage, prices go down.

  • Sactowns#1

    OMG you guys!!!! I got a bottle of Pappy 12yr today. It’s a festivus miracle!!

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      Sac I must live in a whiskey black hole. I couldn’t find any of the bottles you recommended.

      I ended up with a bottle of Loch Lomond Inchmurrin 12. Handing it over this weekend. Did I blow it?

      • Sactowns#1

        It’s a well respected scotch so if he’s into scotch I’m sure he’ll be pleased.
        It gets tough come December because, like yourself, people start snapping up lots of bottles to give as gifts. In my opinion, any whiskey gifted is a great whiskey!

      • Sactowns#1

        Next time you’re in need just shoot me a msg and I will send you a good bottle. You can Venmo me the reimbursement.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky

          Awesome! Very kind of you.

    • BerwynBomber

      Cool. LCD always brags up Jameson Caskmates so I plan to pick that up next time I’m at Binny’s.

    • ButtonShoes

      How much did you pay for it? Give up your left arm?

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    The Kevin White debacle really deserves more attention.

    • BearDown100393

      The situation is all glue now and kicking the dead horse goes nowhere.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      Unless we find out he’s got bone cancer I don’t know what else could be brought forth.

    • SC Dave

      Not really. Just a bust; happens a lot.

  • SC Dave

    Brown’s Exec VP fired.

    Seems their GM equivalent

    • BerwynBomber

      Wonder if Rosen or Darnold will pull an Elway or Eli on them. Can’t say I would blame either for doing it.

  • Bernie Accorsi

    Did you expect Franken to say:

    β€œI’m good enough, I’m smart enough and gosh darn it, people like me.”

    • willbest

      supposedly CNN& WAPO have leads on 20-30 more congresscritters.

  • SC Dave

    I hope Clemson beats ‘bama. Otherwise I don’t care, unless it becomes Mayfield being able to beat Saban.

    Mayfield is just FUN, however. So Oklahoma playing twice works for me.

    Fucking Wisconsin. This would be so much better without Alabama.

    • willbest

      Doesn’t really seem fair that Alabama has 1 less game of wear and tear

      • SC Dave

        Plus the normal end of season bye the SEC always schedules

    • As long as Bama don’t win

  • Malice Halice

    Damn Kamara might be out for concussion

  • Irish Sweetness

    https://www.quora.com/Is-Ethereum-a-good-investment-2

    Ethereum is $420. Who’s holding?

  • SC Dave

    Just watched both opening drives.

    Right down the field to RZ stop.

    3-3

    #playShaheen

    • Remember when Hall was supposed to be a thing at S?

      Yeah. POX preferred starting Prosinki off the street.

  • SC Dave

    Wow… NO FUCKING IDEA what that roughing v Ryan was supposed to be.

    #mobVegas

  • willbest

    Bears nominated Sam Acho for Walter Payton man of the year award.

  • Malice Halice

    I wish we had Lattimore

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    For those that are claiming we should have drafted Watson, just remember he was not even the consensus #1 QB in the draft. He was the 3rd QB drafted. Chiefs traded up to get Mahomes ahead of Watson, and the Chiefs were one of the teams rumored wanting to trade up to get MT. So we know at least 4-5 teams did not believe in Watson as the best QB in the draft. Because they were not willing to draft him with their 1st pick. Those teams are Cleveland, San Fran, Chicago, New York Jets, and KC.

    • willbest

      Over 1/3rd of the league (12 teams) passed on Watson.

      3 of them weren’t in the QB market (Titans, Panthers, and Chargers).
      4 have imminent QB concerns (Bengals, Saints, Jags, and Bills)
      4 were desperate for a QB (Bears, Jets, 9ers, Browns)
      1 team looked like they were planning ahead (Chiefs)

      Those are the facts. It is also at least plausible to speculate that the Cardinals at 13 and the Redskins at 17 also decided to pass on him as he “fell” because it would not have cost them all that much to come up and get him if they wanted to.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Meg Ryan threw as bad a pass just there as you will ever see. Mitchy baby will be okay.

    • Malice Halice

      Pissed I just missed out on 3pts

    • AlbertInTucson

      Only 3 defenders in the area.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Meg Ryan is pooching my playoffs.

    • haha.

      whoever had Kamara going is cursing the FF gods.

      I got Thomas and Julio going.

      Thomas is my floor guy. Julio my ceiling.

      Kinda reversed tonight, but I’ll take it.

      Julio not having TDs has to be the oddest thing ever.

      he can get 250 yds, but not TDs?

      The hell is going on.

  • AlbertInTucson

    β€œMatty Ice” is pissing away points like he was Jay Cutler.

    • BerwynBomber

      Matty Ice is reverting back to form. His Rodgers/Brady-like year in ’16 was a complete outlier.

      He’s a good QB. A B-level franchise guy. But he is much closer to Andy Dalton than he is Drew Brees.

      Then again, this team is too talented to be scuffling as much as they are.

  • Warrick Dunn!

    That’s the HB I hope Mocha Ninja models his career after.

  • Watching these teams, it’s hard to believe Bears are in the same league.

    Like literally league.

    I’m not sure the Bears could beat the Trestman Argonots.

    • willbest

      The NFCS has to be the most boom/bust division in any sport.

    • BearDown100393

      The CFL must be on life support if Trestman wins rings there.

      • CanadaBear

        Not really. The CFL is actually pretty cool. They hold down salaries so people can afford to go to a game. I went to see the Calgary Stampeders and the ticket was around $20 for an OK seat. Had a good time!

  • Dontari Poe.

    Great thing we got Jaye Howard!

  • No wonder the Saint’s secondary is great.

    They hold on every play.

    • BerwynBomber

      Lot of it looks like good, aggressive man2man coverage.

      • Holding jerseys as they run by isn’t great coverage.

        If they’re gonna let em play, then they shouldbt call that very iffy OPI on Julio didn’t even extend his arm fully.

        • BerwynBomber

          Horrors! They actually called a penalty on ATL?

  • BerwynBomber

    Wow, the refs are doing EVERYTHING they can to help ATL win this thing.

    Fucking ridiculous.

    • willbest

      The refs are in a bind. On the one hand, if the Saints win they take a rather healthy division lead. On the other hand, Atlanta needs to lose in order to keep Rodgers in the playoff hunt.

  • Falcons are like the Bengals or Lions.

    Just get the feeling they’ll choke somehow.

    • BerwynBomber

      Nah, they got the refs on their side tonight. The zebras will even overcome Ice’s 3 INTs.

  • Brees got lucky he didn’t get stripped.

    He pulled a Trubisky going lateral or backwards instead of stepping up into the pocket.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Unusually BAD pocket presence by Brees. Another Cutleresque move. He was lucky to hold on to the ball.

  • wow. Nice kick.

  • Damn. Falling like flies.

    Ingram down.

  • willbest

    too much time left to give it back to the falcons. saints need the 1st

  • willbest

    ballzy

  • wow. didn’t take the 15 yd penalty?

    • willbest

      10, but then you give brees a shot

  • willbest

    almost as impressive as millers td catch

  • willbest

    damn

  • willbest

    dont see that very often

  • lol fumble!

    Wow. Holy smokes.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Whoops.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Nice move, Sean.

  • willbest

    wow

  • AlbertInTucson

    9th first down via penalty for Atlanta.

    • Awesome. Hope they keep winning to crush whatever hope Puke have at the WC

      • AlbertInTucson

        They own the tiebreaker with GB.

  • Hotlanta still alive!

  • willbest

    i cant believe they ended that game on a question able penalty

    • This might be the first game where both the half and game ended on penalties.

      That’s a good trivia question right there.

      If he got the TO, 1 more play 40+ seconds off.

      Brees prolly would’ve got the ball with like 7 seconds.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Peyton lost his cool and blew it.

      You can’t charge 10 yards out onto the field and confront a zebra.

      Brees pissed the game away with that last throw.

      • BerwynBomber

        I don’t blame Peyton. That was a total homecooking job. Reminded me of our game last year at DET when Barkley was QB and the Seaman crew was in charge.

  • BerwynBomber

    Nine first downs via penalties for ATL. That is how you overcome 3 INTs, folks.

    Nice play by the ATL LB in the RZ. A bit of an underthrow by Brees.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Collinsworth used the right word: β€œSloppy”.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      all Thursday Night games are sloppy.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Said it before.

        Play the opener and play on Thanksgiving with all the teams involved coming off their bye.

        Problem solved.

        • BerwynBomber

          I’m okay with THURs night games. They are fair (or unfair) to all teams.

          Much worse, IMV, are those ridiculous London games. Absurd travel and one of the teams loses a home game.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            If the NFL went back to a 2 bye week season, they could easily schedule Thursday games for every team to be after a bye. And if they were so worried about safety and quality they would do it.

          • BerwynBomber

            Can’t say I’d be a fan of a 2 bye season. Games seemed thinned out enough. Plus, the season does not need extended.

          • willbest

            its not precisely fair. some teams dont have 4 day turnarounds. half the teams have to use 1 of the 3 days to travel

          • BerwynBomber

            But they are MUCH fairer than those London games.

            Wait till the Bears have to play in London and we have to give up one of our home games.

          • willbest

            Considering the attendance at Soldier Field the McCaskeys might sign up for one next year.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I’m also on record as β€œPiss on those London Games”.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Also ugly.

  • BerwynBomber

    Brees looks like he is losing it a bit. He is still damn good, but unlike Brady he is showing his age. He is a bit of a game manager at this point.

    • willbest

      two division rivals in 4 days?

      • BerwynBomber

        Could be. But a little less zip on his passes and his pocket movement is a bit limited these days.

        One that he has retained? Brees might be the fastest guy to work thru progressions since Montana. He was like that even while at Purdue.

        • evantonio

          Kyle Orton went to Purdue. You ever wonder what we could’ve done with him and a couple first round picks?

          • BerwynBomber

            Neckbeard never did much for me. Once he threw the ball more than 12 times a game he revealed himself to be a marginal starter/high-end backup.

            The Cutler move made sense at the time. What didn’t was Emery doubling down on him after a six year sample size told us what he was and wasn’t.

          • Irish Sweetness

            The Cutler move made sense at the time, but we were actually worse off in acquiring him. We won nothing. The gamble failed. Was Jay worth Kyle, two firsts and a third … in the end? Nope. Not even close.

          • evantonio

            Orton was a serviceable starter. Which was really what the team needed at the time with that Defense and ST – a dude who could run 2-3 scoring drives a game, not turn it over like a twerp, and help kill some clock to let the D catch its breath.

    • AlbertInTucson

      β€œFather Time Is undefeated.”-Charles Barkley.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Baseball PED user/liar Raphael Palmeiro wants to make a comeback.

        He’s only 53.

        • CanadaBear

          I’m sure teams will be lining up to sign him! Or not.

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