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Week 7 Game Preview: Panthers at Bears

| October 19th, 2017

Why Do I Like the Chicago Bears This Week?

I always like the Chicago Bears. And I like this match-up.


What’s Next For Mitch Trubisky?

Let’s update last week’s areas of focus.

  • The Roll Right, Cross-Body Throw. This was the most prominent “mistake” he made in his debut and he made it differently each time, culminating with the game-ending interception. (All three, interestingly, were throws to Zach Miller on plays that has essentially broken down.) Biscuit has to understand how much steam those throws lose and how quickly NFL defensive backs close on the football. Often the smart play is just tuck it and get a few yards with your legs or throw the ball into the sixteenth row.

Grade: A+. Trubisky had a half dozen opportunities to make throws that were not there but chose instead to fling the ball to the sideline. Solid signs of maturity for a kid making his second professional start.

  • The Left Side of the Field. Trubisky did most of his work to the right half of the field which, if you read this blog, was fully expected. But Baltimore defensive coordinator Dean Pees has been DC for Nick Saban (Michigan State, mid-90s) and Bill Belichick (New England, mid-2000s). Those men approach defensive football the same way. They want to take away the thing their opponent does best. Trubisky should have to open up the field Sunday.

Grade: INC. The Bears did very little work on the left side of the field in the passing game because they did very little work in the passing game. They will not be able to run it 50+ times on this Carolina defense so Trubisky’s development will be entirely about how much more of the game is placed on his shoulders. 

  • Cadence. The offensive line never looked comfortable Monday night partly due to their being off the snap. They also had a few pre-snap penalties, with Charles Leno clearly not knowing the count on several plays, including the strip sack of Trubisky. Are those on the quarterback? Possibly. Only the players actually know. But it’s now on Trubisky to get this group comfortable and that only happens with time and experience.

Grade: B+. The Bears took 80 offensive snaps in this game and were better pre-snap (zero penalties) and getting off the snap. Remarkably, as Brad Biggs reported, the Bears ran for four yards often on first down, even when facing run looks from Baltimore. That speaks to the toughness of Jordan Howard’s running but also the push from the guys up front.

In Summary

Unless the Bears open the playbook and let the kid do more, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to see Trubisky develop beyond the basic fundamentals of playing the position, which include leadership. On that note…


Tweet of the Week


Three Reasons The Bears Win

  • Cam Newton has been throwing the ball to the other team this season – 8 INTs thus far. And he’s probably thrown 10 other passes directly into the hands of defensive backs in the last two games alone. With the Bears secondary coming off their best performance in years, Cam may be meeting them at the wrong time.
  • Panthers wideouts Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess are big-bodied, power forward types. The Panthers ask them to get ten-to-fifteen yards down the field, box out the defender and get to the sideline. (They throw this route more than any team I’ve seen in the league.) Nobody has corners the size of these wides but the Bears will be sending two six-footers at them in Amukamara and Fuller and it’ll be difficult for the Panthers to get the ball over the top.
  • Carolina has struggled defending the tight end, especially in the red zone. (The Bears only have tight ends!) Rob Gronkowski hit them for 80 yards – unsurprising – but over last two weeks both Detroit’s Darren Fells and Philly’s Zach Ertz got them for a pair of touchdowns. Will be surprised if Zach Miller is not the Bears leading receiver Sunday.


Three Reasons They Don’t

  • Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula figured out how to use Christian McCaffrey last week and that’s not good news for the NFL. McCaffrey is not a workhorse tailback. He’s a match-up nightmare and the only linebacker the Bears have who can stay with him in space is Leonard Floyd. Problem is this will take Floyd out of the pass rush far too often on passing downs.
  • John Fox’s conservative offensive approach was not productive against Baltimore Sunday but the Bears won the game and that will be enough to convince Fox his approach is the right one. Is it? No. Fox got an absolutely dominant performance from his defense – including a score – and still found his team in overtime. Points come from the passing game and the passing game will be required to beat Carolina’s defense.
  • Cam Newton’s ability to extend drives with his legs is still one of Carolina’s most lethal weapons. Cam doesn’t just scramble for a first down here and there. Cam gets chunk yardage. Cam scores. And the Bears haven’t faced a quarterback like him this season.

My Favorite Thing About North Carolina

Born in Greensboro. Wrote his best work – The Gift of the Magi – in a booth at Pete’s Tavern in New York City.


Don’t Be Surprised If…

Ed Dickson plays a major role for the Panthers.


Photo of the Week

Hey, the Bears are playing a cat team this week! Here is Bear the Cat living that #DishRackLife.


Don’t Gamble But If You Do…

Okay, this one is a reach, but think about it.

The Bears are +150 on the money line (win outright) right now. Green Bay are +200 with Brett Hundley under center. Using the always trusty parlay calculator, you’d know that a $20 parlay on these two winning will pay out $130.

Do I think the Packers are going to win Sunday? No. But why not hedge your emotions? If Hundley plays well and beats Drew Brees, we all might as well make some money off the shitty outcome.


Links! Links! Links!

  • “Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers was on the practice field on a cold, overcast day in January of 2004, when coach John Fox gathered players around to hear from linebackers coach Sam Mills. The words that followed he’ll never forget.” Read the full ESPN piece HERE.
  • A sad story out of North Carolina once again reiterates how good a person Greg Olsen is now and has always been. The two best men who’ve played for recent Bears teams are Olsen and Charles Tillman. Interestingly, both spent time with Carolina.
  • One of the best thing written about the Bears this year: Dan Wiederer’s How a covert visit to Chapel Hill solidified the Bears’ conviction in Mitch Trubisky.
  • From Brad Biggs’ piece on the maturity of Ron Rivera in Carolina: “I think I have grown tremendously and I think I have a ways to go,” said Rivera, who is signed through 2018. “Something new always comes up and it’s something different, something you never prepared for. The biggest mistake I made early on was I didn’t have a former head coach on my staff. So when (crazy stuff) was happening, I didn’t have anybody to go to and say, ‘Well, what do you think?”
  • So many fans emailed me before the 2017 NFL Draft that the Bears should take Jamal Adams in the first round and then grab Brad Kaaya in mid-rounds. Kaaya, cut by the Panthers this week, will now be looking for his third team before playing his first game. Why the hell did he leave Miami early? Who advises these kids?

Game Prediction

Here’s the stat that guides the prediction: Carolina allows 280 yards per game (4th in the league) & Chicago is allowing 302.7 yards per game (6th in the league). Even without Luke Keuchly I have a hard time seeing the Bears being able to mount a consistent, productive rushing attack. Mitch wins it. And why not? In overtime.

Chicago Bears 19

Carolina Panthers 16

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  • Cuck Cooper

    I approve this message with the exception of the gambling part because unless you are the bookie, it’s a losers game.

    • Irish Sweetness

      30 on the Bears to cover and beat the under (40) … fair bet at 3/1 if you like that score.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Kelvin Benjamin might not be playing this week. He has a knee issue. He left practice yesterday. If he does play not sure how effect he will be.

    • DaBearsBlog

      I’m not even sure how to evaluate the Panthers without him.

      • SC Dave

        Funchess isn’t exaxtly explpsove, but seems to get the job done.

        Maybe less so with Benjamin out, but only the game can tell us.

    • Irish Sweetness

      He fucked it weeks ago. He’s done. If we blitz their line all day that’ll do it.

      • Bender McLugh

        “Blitz Blitz Blitz!!!” – Irish

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          I think it is more like this.

          “Blitz Blitz McMahon Blitz McMahon McMahon Blitz!!!” – Irish

    • AlbertInTucson
  • SC Dave

    Is the prediction going to be “Mitch to the rescue” every week? I suppose it has the advantage of eventually being right.

    The Bears were not supposed to be able to run against the Steelers. They did.

    The Bears were not supposed to be able to run against the Vikings. Were not for a b.s. holding penalty, they would have.

    The Bears were not supposed to be able to run against the Ravens. They did.

    The Bears are not supposed to be able to run against the Panthers. Recent history says they will.

    • DaBearsBlog

      The Bears had one good run against the Ravens in overtime. Other than that, they were barely over a 3 yard average.

      • SC Dave

        That’s how running in the NFL works. If you want to use that argument, understand that had the “one long run” counted v Minn, Howard would have had 5.95 ypc on 20 carries, and we’d have very likely won the game.

        • BerwynBomber

          Yeah, never understood the “but for that one long run” argument. Do certain fans value a long run of only, say, 22 yards but with same YPC average as the one with the 54 yarder? It’s kinda silly. Guess I could understand if the long run occurred in garbage time of a blowout but that is true of all big plays — offense or defense — in garbage time.

          • AlbertInTucson

            If you can keep pounding the opposition on the ground, it usually pays dividends.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Nearly cost us the game. How do you come back at a team .. ont he ground when you’re up against the clock.

            No one’s arguing against run-heavy, but not to the point of negative return in your mission – to win the game.

          • AlbertInTucson

            BAD special teams is what nearly cost them that game.

          • willbest

            It blows my mind that people seem to be forgetting the 14 points they coughed up followed by the shanked punt to give the Ravens a chance to win it in regulation if they had anything resembling a competent offense.

          • CanadaBear

            “How do you come back at a team .. ont he ground when you’re up against the clock.” Your avatar is shaking his head. I don’t think anyone loved that play calling other than Foxy but they won the game.

            Every week will be different and the more the kid plays, the more the playbook will get expanded. We both love the fact the kid threw away a bunch of passes. Everything I’ve read he picks stuff up really quickly. After the Phi game there are some so-so teams. By then it should be fun to watch.

          • willbest

            You would need to do that with passes too. I mean for all the high flying passes you gotta truncate them at 20 yards or whatever.

          • SC Dave

            Yeah, if not for the one Sims TD, the passong game…

          • willbest

            The passing game is pretty bad. Trubisky (5.9 yards) is actually averaging less per attempt than Glennon (6 yards).

            Fun fact. POD leads the league in passing yards per attempt averaging 38

            Fun fact #2, Cohen ranks #4 on that list. The first starting QB is Alex smith with 8.6

          • CanadaBear

            If people discount “that one run”, Walter’s stats would go down by a couple thousand yards (at least). He played in a lot of games not unlike last Sunday. Not that many carries but 20 some carries at 3,5 and then pop one.

        • DaBearsBlog

          The one long run came in overtime. So you’re saying that was part of the strategy? If the defense doesn’t play a masterpiece, the Bears lose in regulation.

          • willbest

            If the ST didn’t shit the bed the Defense would have just had to have been competent.

          • SC Dave

            You sure love to cherry pick. How about the STs only screw up once rather than twice?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Only twice?

            I saw 2 returns AND that shanked punt.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis
  • DaCoaches Mustache

    Fuck Cam Newton in the ear.

    • Cooper

      Superman my ass. More like super mouthy.

    • fishing florida

      5 year old comment.

  • willbest

    I think you are grading on a curve

  • willbest

    Tis a pity. I thought the 1 good thing to come from Kaep would be a new commish, but the owners still seem intent on giving Rodger a 5 year extension, 2 years before his current deal expires. What’s he make? 50 mil a year? Viewership is down like 10% from 2 years ago. He keeps stepping on political landmines left and right… Makes sense… If he has the incriminating CTE evidence on a dead man switch

    • Cuck Cooper

      It’s the CEO’s job to shield the investors/owners. He’s done a marvelous job so far, why would they fire him?

  • Cooper
    • Cuck Cooper

      She looks like a sweaty back. Smh… I never learn…

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’m sure it was a very good high school.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      I’ll see your LinkedIn profile and raise you the best classified ad I have ever seen. https://m.imgur.com/gallery/LY5dY

  • leftcoastdave

    Hoyer the Destroyer benched! (Sooprize, sooprize.)

    C.J. Beathard (Iowa) starting this week after beating out Barkley for the number 2 spot on roster. He was drafted by the 9ers in the 3rd round along with his TE George Kittle taken in the 5th who has quietly become the 9ers third best receiver averaging 10.1 yards per catch.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Is Kittle worth adding in fantasy?

      • leftcoastdave

        Don’t know the game, don’t know the answer, but love them Hawkeyes.

      • who’s ur starting TE?

  • WP4Life

    My first read of this above: Dan Wiederer’s How a covert visit to Chapel Hill solidified the Bears’ conviction in Mitch Trubisky. To me – inspiring and exciting.

    • Cuck Cooper

      Hmm..

      Stick around WP. One day, just getting out of bed will become inspiring. Exciting? That’s easy…. stay married long enough and there will be plenty of excitement when you piss the wife off. Hee hee

      Here’s looking at you MB. Lol

  • willbest

    “When Jeff Immelt traveled, he wanted to take no chances of running late. The former GE CEO used to have an empty private plane follow his own on trips, the Wall Street Journal’s Thomas Gryta and Joann S. Lublin report in a story about the new CEO’s cost cutting efforts. The extra jet was meant as a spare in case the primary plane suffered mechanical problems.”

    http://www.businessinsider.com/ge-jeff-immelt-two-private-jets-2017-10

    I am sure he has brought great awareness to the issue like Leo, so we can forgive the fact that his carbon footprint is larger than than the bottom 60% of the planet combined. Not that it is really surprising the CEO of GE would act this way. GE has basically been CO2’s primary pimp since Edison founded the country.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Jack Welch’s book was good. CEO from 81-00. Execs would shout “bullshit!” from the back of rooms where boring presentations were given. It was encouraged.

      • CanadaBear

        A girlfriend back in the ’70’s worked in a federal govt office with a ton of co-workers in a huge room. One of the men she worked with was a huge bullshitter. Everyone was complaining about it one day when they came up with the perfect solution. Whenever the guy would stop by and start talking bullshit the listener would exclaim “FANTASTIC” instead of bullshit. The more outrageous the story the louder they would yell. At some point the entire office was in an uproar because everyone was in on it. The doofus finally figured it out and transferred to another office.

        • Ha! Office culture can be brutal

          One of my girl coworkers noticed that one of the male coworkers tucked his shirt into his underwear.

          She quickly told everyone to casually go over and check it out.

          Sure enough, he did.

          From then on, he was just a joke. Nice guy. But I think everyone referred to him as Johnny Skidmarks from then on.

          • CanadaBear

            Luckily I always worked in a Control Room with no more than 3 or 4 people working in the room. Usually just 1 or 2. At night and weekends by yourself. Lots of people going in and out but they usually didn’t stay too long and that was only M-F during the day.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Remind me what you did CBear. When I see “Control Room” I automatically think nuclear power because that’s the world my wife’s in. But it seems like it was something else for you.

          • CanadaBear

            Gas and electric in the States (your local provider, we provided both to about two thirds of Iowa) and Natural gas pipeline in Canada. The company in the States owned one quarter of a nuclear plant.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            That’s right. Well hopefully you got out when the pensions and retirement health benefits were the best around. That’s a pretty cut throat scene these days.

          • CanadaBear

            That was the good part about working in a Control Room. They are already down to bare minimum with the regular rotation. Otherwise, you’re right. Things aren’t great for them right now. I’ve been retired for 3 years.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Panthers list 5 “DID NOT PRACTICE” (including Keuchly and Benjamin) and 7 “LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE”

    Bears 3 DNPs and 4 “Limited.

    http://www.nfl.com/injuries

    • willbest

      McMannis missing is going to be felt. Hope Kwait gets up to 80-90% by the weekend. Take him over Jones. Can’t really afford Gentry to be gimpy.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Gah. CJ forced a fumble last week. We were pretty good back there. Nick is just a kid.

        • CanadaBear

          The staff really like Kwiat and when I saw him this year he looked good. Playing way faster than last year.

          • He did look like he took the next step.

            And naturally, gets hurt.

          • CanadaBear

            I was a naysayer all off season because I thought he was slow and didn’t really bring the wood. Hope he heals up and is available soon. At least he didn’t screw up a knee or ankle.

      • CanadaBear

        I haven’t seen anything about Kwiat getting close to playing. I’m guessing he won’t be back for a few more weeks. CJ played pretty well last week. Not that he’s great but he held up his end.

    • Sactowns#1

      I cant see how Keuchly could possibly play. he’s had what, 4 concussions in the NFL now? Each one takes longer to recover from. If they play him Sunday they’re risking his long term health.

      • BerwynBomber

        CAR is claiming he did not have a concussion. At least they were a few days ago.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        He needs to quit being a pussy; rub some dirt on it, walk it off and get back out there.

        • willbest

          And if he wanders over to the Bears bench by mistake slap the orange and navy on him and tell him to go hit the white team.

          • Malice Halice

            ON MY MOMMA!

        • CanadaBear

          What could go wrong?

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        He’s already fucked. If Tao in his brain matters, he’s fucked. Might as well play ball at this point.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Who’d have thunk Devante Adams plays after the (supposed) big hit by Trevathan?

  • Bear Instincts
    • Sactowns#1

      I really don’t want to see what happens when Howard lowers the boom on him. Sit it out big guy.

    • Sactowns#1

      Jeesh. Considering these fans have been rewarded with playoff births just about every year, how can they have so little loyalty? Of course idk what the weather looks like for the next few games so ….

    • CanadaBear

      Cormonster has told me their fans are beyond spoiled when it comes to QB’s. They just kinda assume it’s their destiny to always have a HOF QB. Cormonster lives among the enemy so you know he has to hear this all the time. Poor Bastard!

      • AlbertInTucson

        They weren’t born until AFTER the likes of Scott Hunter.

      • Cormonster

        Ever since about 1995, they have considered themselves to be the greatest NFL fans in the world. Right around that time, the amount of Packers gear and merchandise sold just skyrocketed and it really hasn’t diminished much since.

        My brother lives about 45 minutes from Lambeau, so just out of curiosity I looked at tickets for Packer games on the resale market this year. I was kind of shocked at what they were going for compared to 10 years ago when I went to a Bear-Packer game there. For almost every game, resale tickets were WAY lower than any game 10 years ago. When I went, the absolute cheapest tickets were going for $150 in the back of the end zone. For almost every game this year, prices were starting around $90-100. That’s a pretty damn large drop, and this was before the Rodgers injury. A friend even offered me his great box seats for the game this year for face value cause he was just trying to get rid of them. In the past when offered, it was like he was doing me a favor.

        Not sure if lower prices on the resale market is a league wide phenomenon or not, but if it is it’s not a good sign for the NFL. I’ve also noticed a lot of empty seats for some of the games I’ve watched this year, like the Ravens game last week. It’s starting to remind me of NASCAR and its fall after the product started going to shit with the new cars.

        • Malice Halice

          Half of Mn r fudgers fans as well. I seldomly see bears fans here so when I do, there’s a connection.

          • Cormonster

            I’m on the MN border, so the Vikings – Packers rivalry is much bigger, and they all feel sorry for Bears fans. There’s a good amount of Bears fans where I am. Lots of Chicago transplants.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Are you married, Cor?

    • BerwynBomber

      Can’t ding them for that. If Bisky pans out and we are an every year contender (see Rodgers/Cheese) I’m sure the resale price on those tickets will be significantly higher than the Mike Glennon-can-we-win-three-games-this-year resale prices.

      That’s just common sense.

  • Interesting factoid of the week.

    Road teams one game over .500

    And on that note…

  • FresnoBear88

    Lived in NC for a bit while my dad was stationed at Camp Lejuene. Great times and great ppl. I watched the 06 Super Bowl out there. Them southern cats didn’t know I can run Grossman in madden I made sure to lay the beat down!

  • FresnoBear88

    Other note I’m coming back in FF and I’m doing it with scrubs

    • I don’t know about scrubs.

      Gordon in the last two weeks has scored like 80 points.

      Evans, Jordy Nelson. Not shabby.

      You got meh QBs, but your real weak link is you have two third down HBs after Gordon, not a true #2 HB.

      Meanwhile you have Hilton on the pine.

      That’s why I offered you Howard for Evans.

      Though relying on Trevor Simeian week to week is not ideal, that’s for sure!

    • Malice Halice

      I got jimmy Graham startin. Wondering if I’ll regret putting Zach Miller in at da swing over Tarik. I got gordan n Howard starting

      • Irish Sweetness

        Tarik is on like 2 YPC and not scoring. He won’t be doing the Dan Marino every week.

  • Sactowns#1

    Sounds like someone is a little upset this week. Maybe he’ll be off his game. https://deadspin.com/the-nfl-will-investigate-why-cam-newton-skipped-his-pre-1819697028

    • BearDown100393

      The NFLPA should negotiate a CBA allowing media participation choice. Either answer questions directly as per current guideline or field a public response through social media. Forced media participation is antiquated.

      • willbest

        CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC won’t pony up billions on game broadcast without the additional access. And you aren’t going to get public monies for your play palace without a little tit for tat with the local press

  • BuddhaJoe

    Did the TV contracts change? Chicago vs. Carolina is on our CBS affiliate according to their site, I thought they were were primarily AFC and Fox would show NFC. Not complaining since I don’t have to find a feed but it seems wierd.

    • AlbertInTucson

      The old AFC on CBS and NFC on FOX changed a while ago. I think with the Sunday, Monday and Thursday games, there just aren’t enough intra-Conference match-ups to go around anymore.

    • willbest

      the general rule is the visiting team AFC (CBS), NFC (Fox). However under certain circumstances the assigned network might change if the base network elects to show a different game or if the schedule overloads one or the other networks.

  • What is up with defenders vs Smith?

    2nd cheap ass shot in 2 weeks

  • Hunt has great feet and balance.
    Just makes subtle shifty moves to gain those extra yds.

  • So much for zone being the Chief’s kryptonite.

  • willbest

    goodnight cubs, see you next year

    • Can they really top last year?

      It’s like the 85 Bears.

      Nothing short of a perfect season will be as memorable.

      • madscout12

        ’05 Sox was the 85 Bears and 95-96 Bulls. 99 wins. 11-1 in the postseason. Nuts out of this world starting and relief pitching. Good the next year but not great.

        Cubs went like a hot knife through a weak league. 11-6 in the postseason. Almost blew it in the WS.

        • Yeah, but when is the next time the Cubs are gonna break a century WS drought?

          • madscout12

            Hopefully, in a century.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Run a QB draw with a guy coming off a fracture in his back.

    Smart, Raiders.

    Come off the bench and shove an official.

    Even SMARTER, Marshawn Lynch.

  • madscout12

    Christ…who thought this was going to be this scoring frenzy? The biggest kick in the nuts: had Carr and Cooper. Dropped Carr after injury. Dropped Cooper after 6 weeks of sucking. I expect a waiver rush on Cooper.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Isn’t it always between these two? KC’s defense gives up a lot in the passing game, and they might have the best offense in the league.

  • AlbertInTucson

    VERY entertaining game.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Stands”?

    Looked like “Confirmed” to me.

  • What a game!

    Instant classic

  • AlbertInTucson

    Way to have the stand-by mic ready, TV crew!

  • madscout12

    FF Post
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    Who’s the start? Mariota or Newton. Do I bet against the Beloved or take a risk with a QB coming off injury? The Browns suck at offense and against the pass. We all know who the Bears are.

    • I think Marriotta will do better. Only two things with him. He won’t run now that he’s inj. They may blow the Browns out early, so you’re hoping he does most of his damage in 3qtrs before they just run out the clock.

      I think I would give him the slight edge over Cam.

      The Bears aren’t pushovers anymore in the secondary, and if Benji sits, that’ll hurt Cam. You’ll basically be counting on Cam’s running.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Mariota is hurt. He sticks in the pocket, can’t run. Cam all day.

  • BerwynBomber

    Still don’t buy the Carr as the next Rodgers stuff. He doesn’t have Rodgers freakish abilities or smarts.

    The guy he actually makes me think of is Cutler, that is, if Cutler had been everything we hoped or even thought.

    Anyway, definitely a franchise guy but still not buying OAK rest of the season. Thought they would take a small step back and will stick to that prediction. Nice win, though.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Not saying Carr is Rodgers but, Carr is in, what? His 3rd season?

      I believe Rodgers was still riding the pine behind Narcissus at that point in his career.

      • BerwynBomber

        Oh yeah, he’s ahead of Rodgers on that front. I just meant the skill set/how he looks/level of athleticism.

        (Good one on the Narcissus allusion.)

    • A7Xthebest

      My first impression of Carr was that he is a compromise between Rodgers and Cutler, the Denver edition.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Bob Ewbanks just showed up on the TV for TAX DEFENSE GROUP.

    He looks pretty good for 79 and he still sounds like, of all people, Bob Ewbanks!

  • AlbertInTucson

    Pretty sure Lynch gets more than just a disqualification and a fine for shoving a zebra.

    • CanadaBear

      Not to mention running on the field to do it. What a dope!

  • Irish Sweetness

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Very good. Bears (2018) would love to see 8 games of Trevathan/Kwik in the middle this season.

    We open up a channel for offenses to run through? What has Nick done to win the ILB job? What is everyone seeing?

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