Data Entry: Self-Scouting Chicago’s Defense

| November 6th, 2017

Now the defense.

Chicago’s defense has generally been good so far in 2017. They’re 8th out of 32 NFL teams in yards per game and 14th in points per game. They have been pretty solid both against the pass (10th in yards per game, 16th in passer rating, 15th in yards per attempt) and run (11th in yards per game, 14th in yards per carry).

These basic stats are easy to look up, but there’s a lot of information that they don’t tell you. In order to break it down a little bit further, I used the NFL Game Statistics Information System to look at Chicago’s defensive stats in a bit more detail. I broke down rushing and passing success by areas of the field to see both where they are targeted the most and how successful they are. Let’s have a look.

Run defense

Here’s the data for Chicago’s rushing defense so far in 2017. The line at the bottom is the line of scrimmage, runs are split into 7 zones, and attempts and yards per carry are listed for each zone, with ranks relative to the rest of the NFL in parentheses (all ranks through week 8 only). The height of the bar is proportional to yards per carry, and bars are colored green for top 10, red for bottom 10, and yellow for middle 12. Note expected yards per carry varies by region, so the colors are relative to their peers in that region.

This isn’t beautiful overall, but is a big improvement from Chicago’s 2016 performance, especially between the tackles. Let’s give it up for the improvements made by Chicago’s front 7 from 2016 to 2017. I have a few more detailed thoughts to share here, please feel free to add yours in the comments below.

  • The outside run defense has not been particularly good, although teams aren’t targeting them there much. I wonder if that will change as the season progresses and teams figure out Chicago is struggling there.
  • Teams seem very hesitant to run up the middle on Chicago, and with good reason. That is a nice change from 2016, when they were the 2nd worst team in the NFL defending those runs. I’m guessing that has a lot to do with a healthy Eddie Goldman.
  • I think Akiem Hicks primarily plays opposite the left tackle and left guard, which is surprising to me considering how much they’ve struggled in run defense there. This matches the same trend as last year, when the Bears were able to defend the right side better than the left.

Pass Defense

Here’s the data for Chicago’s passing defense so far this year. The number of plays, completion percentage, and yards per attempt are given for 6 zones. Each zone is colored according to the average of the yards per attempt and completion percentage (green = top 10, red = bottom 10, yellow = middle 12).

Here’s a few of my thoughts. As always, please add yours in the comments below.

  • Hello, Kyle Fuller! The resurgent CB has played almost exclusively on the right side this year. Teams have targeted that side often, but with little success. There are nearly as many plays toward the right (127) as the left and middle combined (135). I’m guessing the targets will start shifting more towards the middle and left side of the field, where Fuller is not and teams have had better luck.
  • For the other 2/3 of the field, the Bears have been somewhere between middling and bad in both completion percentage and yards per attempt. I think this generally reflects the bend but don’t break philosophy the defense generally employs, which has paid off well in limiting opponents’ total points scored.
  • Unfortunately, I don’t know what zones the touchdowns and interceptions have come in, so I can’t get a passer rating by zone. Those would vary wildly with relatively small numbers for some of the zones anyway; at that point, a single touchdown or interception would have far too big of an impact.

Overall Takeaways

In the 2nd half of the season, I’ll be watching to see if teams start to attack the Bears on outside runs and avoid throwing at the right side of the field more. Based on the 1st half of the season, those would be wise things for opposing offenses to do. Now let’s see if Chicago can be prepared to handle those adjustments.

What are your thoughts?

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  • If you want to make a case that Kyle Fuller belongs in the Pro Bowl, I’d say that image is a good place to start. Hot damn.

    • Bender McLugh

      good stuff in both these articles Data, thanks man

      • Thanks! I enjoy looking at this roughly halfway through the season, and then again afterwards. It’s pretty simple to work up, and I find it fairly informative. I haven’t seen anybody else do this kind of stuff, and I don’t get why. These 2 articles combined took me maybe 2 hours, probably less.

        I’m more excited for what’s coming tomorrow though. Looking at Chicago’s play calling tendencies by down and distance in Trubisky’s 4 starts.

        • Where is the D in sacks/pressures and TOs?

          Just curious.

          • Pressures depends on who you ask; I don’t have those numbers. They’re currently tied for 9th in sacks.

    • I think the case for Goldman, Fuller and Hicks in the PB can def be made, but since they’re on a losing team, think they may get over looked.

      • Cockney Kirk

        Hicks is a PB shoe-in.

        • Seems like his stats won’t be able to get ignored (assuming he continues that level of play).

          Kinda hoping Fuller barely misses the PB since it’s obvious he wants to get paid and that may drive his price up for a cheap ass Pace.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Cheap? Mrs. Glennon disagrees.

          • Ok, so he only grossly overpays for bust QBs.

            Maybe we give Simean $20M next off-season.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            In Mitch we trust.

        • CanadaBear

          If he gets to double digits in sacks (unless he gets injured he will) he should be good to go. Not that Goldman and Fuller aren’t playing at a very high level but the Beloved will have to win a bunch of games in the second half to make that happen.

    • SC Dave

      I have been saying for three weeks that he has been playing like an All-Pro.

      Not a mere Pro Bowler.

  • Good stuff, Data.

    Goldman in the middle makes a YUGE difference. Last yr when he went down, they were gashed up the middle. That’s why I wanted another true NT in FA in case he went down again. Could’ve been they just quit later in a lost season, but Hicks himself said Goldman is a difference maker, and I believe it.

    The struggle off right end is a bit surprising. Hicks is on that side, and so is Fuller who is a solid tackling CB. Is it because we were shuffling ILBs? (Jones, Anderson, Kwik). Or are McPhee/Acho slow/weak?

    Odd. I would think opponents would attack the Unrein/Floyd/Prince side with more success.

    Either way, teams are finding some success with running on the perimeters.

    This might be due to the aforementioned shuffling at ILB.

    Sweeps and such typically have OGs pulling targeting ILBs. Maybe they’re not instinctive, strong or plain fast enough to get to their spots.

    Could be the OLBs or some Fangio scheme thing.

    On the pass D, wow. that is impressive with Fuller. Teams have been targeting him, and he seems to always step up. Dunno how many batted passes he has, but it feels like a lot. Maybe the CBs overall are playing more aggressively knowing the pass rush and safeties are much improved.

    Also, I think on the right side is typically where the nickle lines up, so Callahan seems to be doing his job too.

    The short left struggles makes sense. Prince was inj, Cooper and I think even LeBlanc played some.

    Deep middle struggles is squarely on ILBs and S. Again, with the shuffling of ILBs and Demps, that might have affected this stat.

    Once Tre and Amos returned, and Jackson got more experience, I don’t recall the deep middle being a problem. But I’m just going from memory here.

    Also, all this must be taken into points scored context, and Fangio’s squad has done an admirable job of keeping some high flying teams out of the endzone, esp considering the anemic O.

    Great work, Data. I think I enjoy these pieces from you the most because it puts solid #s to what we’re seeing on Sun.

    • SC Dave

      I was going to post that it would appear the Unrein is a fair amount better than this blog seems to want to credit him.

      • Well, we all know the old saying…lies, damn lies and stats…

        Just looking at the stats, one might assume Unrein is better than Hicks, but we all KNOW that ain’t the case.

        That being said, I like Unrein. He’s a lunchpale guy and seems to be durable, which goes a long way with our history.

        It might just be Fangio’s D.

        Like I remember reading an article back in the Lovie days that his D funnels runs to the WLB so it’s important to have a sure tackling one in that system

        (Some actually cited this as reasons why Briggs or even Brooks racked up the stats)

        Could be something along those lines.

        Or could be that since teams are doubling Hicks, they’re running off tackle that way anyways and taking their chances with McPhee/Acho.

        I’ll be paying more attention to off-tackle runs now.

        But what’s impressive is that when they run right at Hicks, in spite of him usu being double teamed, he still holds up allowing only 2.7 YPC.


  • Cockney Kirk

    Well now we know why Facebook and Twitter accepted all those fake news submissions from Putin’s shit stirrers.

    They have their hand up Zuck’s butt.


    • “When all was said and done, Milner owned roughly 8% of Facebook
      and 5% of Twitter, according to The Times”

      Hmmm, I wonder what that package gets you. Can you show dic pics on FB if you own over 5%?

      “Facebook and Twitter have taken center stage in recent weeks,
      particularly after it emerged in September that Russian “trolls”
      used the platforms to organize divisive rallies and spread
      misinformation to sow discord among the American public
      leading up to the election.”

      So a lot of those “Crooked Hillary” trolls on internet threads where really russian hacks trying to control the election narrative to get their guy in.

      Well done, comrades.

      • Cockney Kirk

        Well said.

        I wonder if they also set Zuck up with his Chinese mail order bride.

      • willbest

        Your theories get dumber each month. I mean you don’t have to read FoxNews, but for the love of all that is holy would you please read to the end of the NYT article.

        • What exactly is dumb?

          That russians used social media to elect Trump or cause general turmoil?

          • willbest

            Facebook revenue is like 20 billion dollars, the Russians snuck $100,000 of advertising on there. As if they would need to own 5% of the company to manage that special favors. They wouldn’t have even need to have talked to a live person to set the ads up for that small an amount.

            The parties, candidates, and outside groups spent like $2 billion. That $100k could even move the needle is preposterous. Oh and the ads weren’t exclusively anti-Clinton.

            Its exactly like all those people bitching about Obama taking outside money in 2008 (which he did and gave back a bunch that he was caught taking).


            It wouldn’t have changed the results. It didn’t delegitimize the election. Yet somehow people think that this is a big deal. I would be shocked if we didn’t spend 10 times that much trying to influence the Moscow school board elections.

            And yet you keep adding more and more people to your conspiracy theory, because now Zuckerberg is on the take. I mean do you walk down the street wondering if every person you meet is a Putin agent?

            Honestly, at this point, I would be disappointed if the Kremlin didn’t immediately call up the FBI after Hillary blamed Putin to scapegoat her complete ineptitude, and tell them where to find the ads. Or at least the ads that supported that narrative. They probably got $100k ads that are mostly anti-Trump through different shell corporations to have gone the other way if the election was different.

            Quite frankly I think think of a better bang their buck. I mean usually for the US to fuck up a country as badly as this Russian story has done here, we have to invade it.

          • The FBI isn’t arresting a bunch of Trump’s circle for “theories”.

            It’s rather simple logic.

            – Trump had russian business ties since forever.
            – This made Putin believe he could have more influence, or leverage, on Trump
            – The status quo (Dems and Rep) were rather cold towards Russia. “Frenimies”
            (Check out Oliver Stone’s Putin inteviews)
            – Ergo, they preferred yahoo Trump to be president

            (not to mention they knew Trump would be a divisive bozo who would sink the nation into turmoil, thus distracting the U.S. from what Russia is doing)

            Last time I checked, the Dems don’t run the FBI (unless you are a “NWO” conspiracy nut yourself).

            I don’t believe Zuckerberg or others were in on it. Nor do I believe that the social media russian strategy was terribly effective.

            But it’s just further evidence that they were TRYING to get Trump elected.

            You’re the king of Et Tu.

            Yes, we do it all the time too. We prefer certain heads of states for national self-interest; now ask yourself : why were Russians actively tried to get Trump elected?

          • Cockney Kirk

            What’s clear from the Sandberg mea culpa is that Facebook turned a blind eye to money coming in for articles that they knew were from a hostile foreign power.

            But because 8% of Facebook was owned by Milner, they chose to let it slide. That doesn’t mean Zuck is the Russian’s bitch, it means that he views himself as a international capitalist unbeholden to the interests of his home nation.

            To not see that correlation is idiotic. But then again, I assume you are arguing with that idiot.

            As more and more connections emerge, he will twist in the wind. Once Mueller gets into Trump’s taxes, it will be a shit storm. Kushner is next up for AML. That will be such theater.

          • Like that article relayed, Mueller is pulling a classic prosecutor move in using one crime to target the bigger crime. He’s not doing this for the fun of it. He’s doing it because he believes there is a connection.

            It’s like every single Law in Order when Detective so-and-so tells some punk.

            “Hey, we could send you upsate for this dime in your pocket, or you can rat out your underboss Vinny”

            Most rat.

            This is not good for Orange Vinny.

            I’m no lawyer, but I wonder if the U.S. government can make it illegal for businesses such as FB to take $ from certain shady russian investors or banks like the VTB.

            I know they can do it with more extreme examples like Alqueda affiliated $ launderers, but Russia isn’t exactly THAT much of an enemy.

          • willbest

            How you going to know when its a blind trust in the Cayman’s?

          • Sactowns#1

            And this is exactly why I look forward to the near future when there are no secrets and transparency reigns supreme!

          • willbest

            Do you know how easy it is to manipulate and defraud people now? Can you even contemplate how easy it will be when secrets are harder to keep?

          • Can’t they just make a law: no cayman island investors?

            For instance, if the VTB is known to be a Putin bitch bank, put that on the ban list.

            Sure, he’ll then funnel the $ other ways, but at least it’ll make it that much harder.

            Also, I’m pretty sure the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc have a pretty firm grasp as to where banks, corporations and offshore accounts get their $.

            That’s how they’re able to freeze and seize assets from terrorists and drug traffickers.

            Naturally, it’s a tit-for-tat, but my guess is that Russia would lose a lot more by being black-balled by U.S. companies than the other way around.

            And countries must be put on notice that fucking with the U.S. elections will NOT fucking stand.

          • willbest

            Look, I am not Trac, but you think the people that run Wall Street are going to let that happen?

            But even if they did here is the result, why wouldn’t they just invert and become an Irish company with a US subsidiary and not deal with the US laws?

          • willbest

            The Russians knew they could play ball with Hillary though. That is evidence in the record. So your theory falls apart.

            And honestly, it is now a fact in record that Comey’s draft of clearing Clinton was written before the FBI interviewed key witnesses, so I don’t know how anybody could come to the conclusion that the FBI is impartial.

          • “The Russians knew they could play ball with Hillary though”

            So they then met with Trump strategists and campaign managers to deliver damaging emails which would hurt her election?

          • willbest

            Just a thought.

            Say for a second you are Putin. You know Hillary is going to be willing to overlook your officials bribery/pay to play nonsense. You are pretty sure she is going to win, but you don’t like the wild card option of Trump.

            What do you do? You set him up. That way if he wins, he is discredited. Because what did that Russian lawyer deliver? Nothing. And what did they charge Manafort with? Not paying his taxes. And who else are the investigating related to this not paying of taxes? Podesta. Manafort isn’t a trump inner circle guy. He is a political hired gun. Trump brought him on to wrangle delegates at the convention and then fired him once that was done.

            So for all the supposed collusion that went on between Trump and Putin, nobody can find out what Trump actually got out of it. $100k in FB ads is what you are hanging your hat onto? Oh and supposedly the Russian hacked Hillary’s e-mail and gave it to wikileaks. Problem is that server was never examined by the FBI so it lacks serious credibility, and whatever it had left got thrown into question with Donna Brazile’s … well whatever the hell she is doing…

          • Sactowns#1

            I draft documents for work all the time on a “in case I’m asked” basis. Does that mean it’s a big NWO conspiracy? hmmm

          • willbest

            Did they find the other draft? The one where he recommended indictment?

          • A7Xthebest

            Most Americans in general want to get along with Russia.
            They are the one single country on this planet that our military might means virtually nothing against; yet residents of both parties seem maniacally in love with the idea of starting a war with them.
            That’s the only explanation for the Russian narrative, no one actually believes that it actually manifested itself the way it was initially reported.
            But people are still grasping to deal the the election and refuse to blame those directly responsible.

          • madscout12

            Easy to use negative language with no positive message. That and not visiting key states is the story of the HRC. Not weak evidence Russian meddling. Hell, they’d be stupid not to meddle. Doesn’t mean that if HRC was a decent candidate, that she wouldn’t have trounced the orange one. Sanders would have creamed him.

          • WP4Life

            No doubt is was HC race to lose; Trump deserves credit for making it happen.

            This 100k is all the Russians did, this isn’t the whole iceberg, some of it we/nobody will ever know.

          • WP4Life

            Dumb is all relative…Circumstances, context etc.

      • A7Xthebest

        There were plenty of us to go around before “Muh Russian Hackz.”

  • SC Dave

    All from pro-football-reference boxscore pages:

    Deep middle by game:

    Atlanta: 1 for 1, 88 yards (that TE pass that lost the game)
    Tampa: 1 for 2,16 yards
    Pittsburgh: 1 for 2, 23 yards
    Green Bay: 1 for 1, 58 yards
    Minnesota: 0 for 1
    Baltimore: 0 for 0
    Carolina: 1 for 2, 17 yards
    New Orleans: 1 for 1, 53 yards

    As expected, getting burned for the big plays. The Atlanta one was particularly egregious, being the only one that went for a TD. Speaking of which, TDs given up by pass location:

    Atlanta: deep middle
    Tampa: short right
    Pittsburgh: short left
    Green Bay: short left, short mid, short right, short right
    Minnesota: short right
    Baltimore: no TDs
    Carolina: no TDs
    New Orleans: no TDs

    Thee games in a row without giving up a passing TD. Something is working.

    Regarding INTs:

    Baltimore: deep right (Callaghan), deep right (Amos, TD)
    Carolina: short left (Jackson), short right (Trevathan)

    • great.

      The deep middle confirms my suspicion.
      A lot of it was with a very green Jackson and sucky Demps.

      Once Jackson got some experience, and Amos came in, I don’t recall it being a major problem, though obviously from time to time they’re gonna give one up (unless Fangio lines up a LB one on one with a TE).

      Since the Minny game, the D has been playing lights out IMO.

      I mean, Saints just pasted Bucs for 30 (could’ve been more). put 34 on the Panthers (good D) and hung 54 on the Meows.

      Bears D is def trending in the right direction.

      The INTs are always a bit random. Sometimes it’s tipped passes. Sometimes it’s jumped routes. One of them was a hard hit that jarred the ball in the air to be INTed.

      The biggest help to the D going forward will be the O getting their shit together.

      And they better. Hope Fox took a long look at his old teams the Donkeys this weekend and observed how a great D can be demoralized by an inept O.

  • willbest

    The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has had a busy week rounding up relatives for trial and exiling others.

    • It was like the Godfather II.

      He took out all his enemies in 1 day.

      I don’t know if I am impressed or worried.

      Supposedly the prince is “moderate” and wants Saudi Arabia to be more “modern”.

      But I think the U.S. viewed Saddam as a “moderate” secularist once upon a time too, which when compared to some of those other jihadist, maybe was in a fucked up sorta way.

      • willbest

        Well Kushner visited with him a week or a month ago? And supposed he talked with Trump yesterday. So we know Putin is on board with it. =)

        • Hey, a helicopter with a prince and his entourage “coincidentally” went down around the same time.

          Never know over there.

  • Nancy Glennon

    Mikey has been so happy. Mr. Fox just told Mikey that he will be starting against the Packers. Evidently pretty boy Mitch has not been grasping the playbook well enough and they want a real QB.

    • WP4Life

      Tell Erin – we say Hi. (hahahhaa)

    • Cockney Kirk

      I have this weird vision of Nancy gluing a toy giraffe to one of the bases in electric football and then painting #8 on it.


      • Nancy Glennon

        That is too old school. One of my nephews hacked the Madden games for me and inserted Giraffe Mikey.

  • Sactowns#1

    Ok Gents – what are your (serious please) predictions for tonight’s game?

    • It’s all part of the plan

      Stafford will get kicked out of the game 1 ff pt before I defeat Biskit and Titties.

    • Cockney Kirk

      Lions by 20

      It’s at Lambeau Right?

      • Sactowns#1

        I’m going over 43 pts and Lions by 10.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      Lions won comfortably. Matthews knocks Stafford out for the year.

  • Cockney Kirk

    Rick Smith Texans GM publically stated they are looking at Kaep

    His boss “Warden” McNair might not know about that

    • It’s all part of the plan

      Tom Savage is such a fucking disgrace to white QBs and McNair is not a billionaire for nuttin…..imagine the locker room energy when their guy is there. Sources said it was like a funeral when he got hurt.. He will be signed. McNair escapes the inmates shit, Texas is reeling from millennial mass murder and they will tell Kap to keep it civil.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        it would probably be a good PR move for McNair after the inmates comment. Also the collusion lawsuit would be out the window. Other owners probably telling him to take one for the shield.

        • It’s all part of the plan

          They risk alienating some crazies but Houston strong and shit and you know Watt will publicly endorse it. He could run for mayor of Houston right now.

          • Wouldn’t it be funny if Kaep makes them win and takes them to the playoffs?

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            And when he shows he still sucks?

          • willbest

            I don’t know, if he is done with that whole Vegan thing he might be able to throw a football again.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Doubt it. When’s the last time he even practiced?

          • That’s completely possible. I mean, which QB was thrown into a brand new team after 10 weeks?

            But all he really has to show is that he gives the team a better chance to win than Savage even with no reps, chemistry or playbook knowledge.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Shit. He can do that with half the field on the option stuff and PA.

            Savage fucking suuucks

          • “Can you throw it hard at Hopkins or Fuller 40 yds down field?”
            “You got the job”

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            That was his problem though. Couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn before it was over.

          • It’s all part of the plan

            Then NFL and owners win, Kap and the movement win and then we wait for the next “event”

          • willbest

            I would presume the crazies are part of the 20% that aren’t watching the NFL anymore.

          • It’s all part of the plan


    • Isn’t Kaep’s lawyer subpoenaing Smith’s electronic messages for the collusion case?


      Can you work for a boss you got a case against?

      • willbest


      • It’s all part of the plan

        Condition of employment is dropping collusion case

        • Smith wants to hire Kap.
          Kap says “Fuck off”
          Smith files collusion case v Kap!

          • willbest

            So Kaep is colluding with his girlfriend to not work for the NFL in order to sue the NFL for not allowing him to work for them.

            Ahhh!! but they don’t know that we know that they know!

    • It’s all part of the plan

      GMs don’t cross owners on something like this unless theyve been given expressed consent and any particular terms of employment

  • Dis Guy Trublinsky

    Is Brett Hundley chewing gum?

    • SC Dave

      Probably cud, given he’s in Wisconsin now.

  • madscout12

    Taking notes, Dowell?

    • I’ve concluded that Bears don’t wanna win.

      Why else not throw in some read options, sneaks, draws, shotgun, or other plays even my JV team ran?

      • SC Dave

        Maybe because we have no receivers?

  • madscout12

    Time for the Pack to find out what it is like to watch football without a HOF QB.

    • Ppl always wanna say how Grimace has guided the Puke to all these div championships and playoffs.

      OK. Grimace.

      Mesmerize us with your brilliance.

      • madscout12

        The first 15 were good. Since then…not so much.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      I just need Hundley to do enough to remain the starter for at least one more week.

  • AlbertInTucson


  • madscout12

    Awwww….Grimace doesn’t sit next Vadgers at team help sessions. Vadgers misses that big hand on his thigh.

  • Should do the lambo leap.

    This is gonna be a blow out at home.

    Love it.

    • madscout12

      They deserve it. They deserve to feel what it is like to not have a savior for once in the past 25+ years. FTP.

      • SC Dave

        You just jinxed us. Hundley is now next.

  • madscout12

    The Loins can’t run for shit. Good thing the Packers can’t stop the run for shit.

  • willbest

    I move that Mueller be replaced with Weinstein.

    Two private investigators from Black Cube, using false identities, met with the actress Rose McGowan, who eventually publicly accused Weinstein of rape, to extract information from her. One of the investigators pretended to be a women’s-rights advocate and secretly recorded at least four meetings with McGowan. The same operative, using a different false identity and implying that she had an allegation against Weinstein, met twice with a journalist to find out which women were talking to the press. In other cases, journalists directed by Weinstein or the private investigators interviewed women and reported back the details.The explicit goal of the investigations, laid out in one contract with Black Cube, signed in July, was to stop the publication of the abuse allegations against Weinstein that
    eventually emerged in the New York Times and The New Yorker.

    Over the course of a year, Weinstein had the agencies “target,” or collect information on, dozens of individuals, and compile psychological profiles that sometimes focussed on their personal or sexual histories. Weinstein monitored the progress of the investigations personally. He also enlisted former employees from his film enterprises to join in the effort, collecting names and placing calls that, according to some sources who received them, felt intimidating.”


    • It’s all part of the plan

      He will kill himself by the time it’s over. Au revoir Shoshanna!!

      • madscout12

        –Y’know… Utivich ‘n myself heard that deal you made with the brass.
        “End the war tonight”?… I’d make that deal. How ’bout you Utivich, you
        make that deal?

        -I’d make that deal.

        –I don’t blame ya! Damn good deal! And that purty little nest you
        feathered for yourself. Well, if you’re willing to barbecue the whole
        high command, I ‘spose that’s worth certain considerations. But I do
        have one question. When you get to your little place on Nantucket
        Island, I ‘magine you’re gonna take off that handsome-lookin’ S.S.
        uniform of yours, ain’tcha?… That’s what I thought. Now that I can’t
        abide. How ’bout you Utivich, can you abide it?

        -Not one damn bit, sir.

        –I mean, if I had my way… you’d wear that goddamn uniform for the rest
        of your pecker-suckin’ life. But I’m aware that ain’t practical, I mean
        at some point you’re gonna hafta take it off. So. I’m ‘onna give you a
        little somethin’ you can’t take off.

      • I hope not. I really don’t.

        I hope he has to go through the public humiliation. The protracted trial. The scandal and shame. I want NOW to throw bloody tampons at his face while he walks out of the courtroom. And for his his cellmate to be a guy who strangled with his bare hands some dude he caught raping his daughter. Preferably tattoed up to his neck, with some forehead and lip tats.

        Then, and only then, after he gets gang raped American Me style, maybe he can hang himself with soiled smelly prison sheets from the sink slowly and inefficiently like Aaron Hernandez.

        Or, we can re-create the last scene from Braveheart with Weinstein playing Doucheheart.

        that’ll work too. Cinematic.

  • It’s all part of the plan

    Will this be my finest hour? Will Stafford seal this victory with an epic night?

  • BearDown100393

    Grimace’s Gangrene sucks.

  • SC Dave

    Bitch all you want about Packers coaches, but no Chicago team in my life had their shit together enough to kick that field goal.


    • madscout12

      Word. Fuck ’em.

  • BearDown100393

    “Amazing what happens when teams lose their starting QB.”

    Giraffes were meant to roam on the serengeti. Not Soldier Field.

  • SC Dave

    Baker Mayfield… I was just looking at that shit at lunch. 598 yards on 24 completions.

    Oklahoma State must really suck at defense.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Oklahoma’s defense wasn’t much better.

    • Cormonster

      That game was a joke. There were 7 TD’s and a FG in the 2nd quarter. I only watched a little bit but there was absolutely no defense played by either team. I think I seen 4 TD’s during the halftime of the Iowa vs Ohio St. game.

  • SC Dave

    It would be great is Trubisky ends up as good as Stafford.

    • BearDown100393

      Set the bar higher.

      • SC Dave

        That bar would make him the best Bears QB in my lifetime.

        But yeah, better would be better.

        • Bender McLugh

          Why not

          • SC Dave

            Exactly. Except I truly think MT will not be better than Stafford is right now.

            But that’s ok. The Lions dont have our defense, or Jordan Howard

            Just get some professional receivers!!

          • Bender McLugh

            his ceiling is unknown right now, which is good & bad of course. Here’s to improvement, onward & upward!

        • BearDown100393


        • Irish Sweetness

          Dave’s 25??

    • madscout12

      Stafford now. Not 5 years ago.

      • SC Dave

        Why would I talk about five years ago?

        And after all, MT won’t have a Megatron to ruin his development.

  • BearDown100393

    Hundley’s helmet looks like an eggshell.

  • BearDown100393

    How the hell can you play quarterback and chew gum?

  • SC Dave

    Wow… stupid decision in that 4th down. Yikes.

    Kittens fans loving that one.

    • Malice Halice

      Great to witness! Dilly! Dilly!

      • madscout12

        Dilly! Dilly!

    • madscout12

      Grimace. You only see him do that in the playoffs…cause usually playoff teams are better than his.

  • Bender McLugh

    Bears have the best D in the division. Special Teams should be better but I think will get worse. O will improve & impress

    • Malice Halice

      I say our D is da best out of shear Bear-ism. Da queens D is just as stout as us with a WAY better defensive minded coach tho. As I think now I guess Hicks is better than E.Griffith (tho he just made an elite record) Floyd n Danny by far better than the entire LB Corp but the secondary is quite finicky. Sendejo n Smith don’t fuck around but our boys Jackson n Amos startin to come about tho. Da cb might be in da queens favor but Fuller been good. Coaching? Going to da queens.

      • SC Dave

        Sigh… a better DC than Fangio?

        Go fantasize somewhere with irish.

        • madscout12

          That D in Minny has freaking stars all over it. Ours? Not so much, yet. Fangio is squeezing a ton out of less.

          • Irish Sweetness

            That’s one opinion. The other side of that coin is we’ve got some very good players on D, but they’re being suffocated by their DC.

  • BearDown100393

    There is nothing good about the Fudge.

    • madscout12

      Except that sweet sweet STs play.

      • BearDown100393

        Whoopee doo

        • SC Dave

          Actually, dude, it was awesome. A play that no Bear team of the last 55 years was well enough coached to make happen.

          Toub never did it.

  • madscout12

    Boo all you want, GB. Without golden boy to bitch to the refs, you don’t get those calls.

  • WP4Life

    Looks like a good ref crew, if so hope they do next mnf.

  • Dis Guy Trublinsky

    I’d not set your hearts on watching Trubisky sling it next weekend lads. They’re going to run the ball all over this Packers D. And if Hundley is still their quarterback, the Packers probably won’t score.

    • madscout12

      I’ve never wanted them to sling it all over the yard with Trubs. I just don’t want them to consistantly only throw it on 3rd and long. Run the damn ball in the shotgun and under center, and pass off it.

    • SC Dave

      Stop jinxing us lest Hundley start his walk to the HoF next week.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        Wouldn’t be the first time, would it?

  • Grimace “invested” 3 yrs into Hundley, eh?

    • BearDown100393

      It shows. Those happy meal delivery runs paid off.

  • EnderWiggin

    10 more points from Stafford for me to get Waffle’d… Again!

  • SC Dave

    Detroit sucks.

    Goddamn we never have QBs, but at least we get RBs.

    • BearDown100393

      And still having their way against the Fudge.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Amir Abdullah”must translate from Farsi to English as “Hands Of Stone”.

    • madscout12

      Detroit is French for “can’t run”.

    • evantonio

      Unfortunately, “Jordan Howard” also translates to English as “Hands of Stone.”

      • AlbertInTucson

        That would be funnier if “Jordan Howard wasn’t already IN English.

        • willbest

          but if you mix up the letters up you get draw joor hand. Which means drag your hand

  • BearDown100393

    Howard would have got the rock over the line 2 downs ago.

    • SC Dave

      Most likely.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      You see he’s the fastest Bears RB to 10-100yd games? 23 games. 5 fewer than Sweetness. That’s rare air.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Meh. I don’t think the Bears pound it in from in close a whole heckuva a lot better.

      • It’s all part of the plan

        That was a cooter reference right?

  • madscout12

    3 plays from the one. Fucking soft.

    • I guess we can scratch Jim Bob Cooter off the list.

      • madscout12

        Imagine having a HC in Chicago named “Jim Bob Cooter”. So many joke headlines.

      • AlbertInTucson

        No fullback on the roster.

        • Yeah, he’s on ours.

          Howard says, Thanks.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Good point by Gruden.

            Loins can’t find eve ONE wide body to double as a lead blocker?

          • That was my worry about Jim Bob.

            You’d figure with a name like that, he’d be ground and pound.

            But he gets too cute with all these fairies at HB, no FB, and weakass TEs.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Fairies at HalfBack? (scratches balls)

            No Fullback?? (spits baccy against the wall)

            Jim Bob COOTER? I know what Cooter I want ….

  • Both these teams can eat a bag-o-dicks.

    how the hell can we possibly lose to these chumps rest of season?


    • Malice Halice

      We gone get in dey ass! No colonoscopy tho

    • AlbertInTucson

      Trubisky goes down, Giraffe returns. What then?

      • I seriously think Sanchize can beat them.

        Heck, in the short term, he might be better than either.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Would they GO to Sanchez.

          That would be the question.

      • Irish Sweetness

        A decent draft pick?

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Super Bowl.

  • Malice Halice

    Stay down big fella. Stay down

  • BearDown100393

    Beluga went bellyup on the beach.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Bye, bye, Bulaga?

    That does not look good.

    • madscout12

      Is he holding the ground too?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Looked like something went “snap”,

  • BearDown100393

    The Lions loining again.

  • madscout12

    Detroit looking great between the 20s.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Nice throw. Nice catch by a good receiver.

  • AlbertInTucson

    The Packer defense rises to the occasion.

  • madscout12

    Yes! Yes! I drink your tears, GB fans. Whine. Whine at your future!

  • 4 points Ender…

    • madscout12

      Also, Grimace theme song:

  • Cockney Kirk

    Hundley ain’t shit

    • BearDown100393


      More like diarrhea.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Rodgers thought bubble:

    “Really hard to keep from smiling when I watch us without me.”

    • BearDown100393

      Erin doesn’t caaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • AlbertInTucson

    Careful not to get trampled heading for the exits, Packer fans.

    • madscout12

      Lambeau sure sounds empty. Love seeing those benches.

      • BearDown100393

        The wildlife outside the stadium being molested and abused a little earlier than normal though.

        • madscout12

          Angrily…without joy this time.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Badger-worrying? Otter-bottom-assault? Shouting at old mice?

  • 3 points, 5 yds, Ender…

    Obvious pass situation…

  • BearDown100393

    Prater is a bit fat.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I’d take him over Barf.

      • BearDown100393

        Well yes

    • Irish Sweetness

      Some leagues -like I’ve just noticed my two work leagues – give you 4 points for 40-49 yarders, and 5 points for 50+ yarders! Prater is a bit of a fantasy stud in relation to long kicks.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Lost because I played the wrong kicker.

  • BearDown100393

    The very definition of garbage TD.

    • I bet the TD cost ppl a lot of $

      • RenoBear

        It made me a little extra discretionary spending cash outside of the corporate card for my work trip to San Diego for the rest of the week

    • madscout12

      Garbage flag, then garbage TD.

      And they show the BS Hail Mary that should have never been.

  • BearDown100393

    No Lion wants Hundley’s jersey.

  • madscout12

    Stafford hugs Vadgers…

    “Stay on the sidline, bitch.”

  • BearDown100393

    Rock bottom: Being in a marching band and playing to an empty Lambeau Field.

    • willbest

      was it really empty? what spoiled ass cheeseheads. i get if you suck for a decade, like us. but half a season….

  • AlbertInTucson

    ESPN’s Louis Riddick:

    “The Packers should not be inept and get blown out at home”.

    Why the hell not?

    Sorry, Louis, but it was already widely accepted that,without Rodgers, the Packers were LESS than ordinary and since he’s been gone, they have done NOTHING but confirm that.

  • BerwynBomber

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog Most overrated man in the NFL is Ted Thompson.”

    And second and third most overrated are Mike McCarthy and Dom Capers.

    Rodgers should move elsewhere as soon as his contract is up. Even a team like the Jets would be a better bet for another ring than the Cheese.

    And oh btw, we sure the hell better throttle this team in six days at Soldier.

    • Rodgers to Chicago?

      Imagine him with that D!

      Let Trub sit till we win our 4rth SB, then, unleash him!

      • Irish Sweetness

        Butch tossed his empty glass onto the bar, “Gotta take a piss…”

        Out of the corner of his eye, Irish looked over at Jimmy the Shank. That was all it took. Butch had dinner plans with the Dairy Queen kid, but she was going to find herself stood up tonight. The only thing Butch would be eating was a lead sandwich followed by a Colombian Necktie for dessert.

        One comment … one look … and it was last orders for the Butchmeister.

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    • madscout12

      Wouldn’t it be like Fox to botch this game. We better come out and murder Hundley and that running game better not gain an inch.

      • BerwynBomber

        Right, can you imagine if we lose to the Rodgers-less Cheese at Soldier? Good lord. Fox should be fired on the spot.

        • Irish Sweetness

          And at half-time, in front of the whole stadium … at the 50-yard line …..
          ….bags around his ankles …. and a random seat number gets called out … the winner gets to Ro-Sham-Bo Foxy right in the sisters.

      • Knowing Fox, his whole week to prepare will add up to 3 points by half time.

      • Irish Sweetness

        It could happen. Run it all day … ball-control … yada yada ….eventual TD maybe. Quick score by the Packers … and we never really pull away, and then they do it again.
        But if that happens then we don’t belong anywhere near the playoffs anyway.

        They MUST let Mitch throw that thing 20 times.

    • willbest

      Packers have Rodgers by the balls. he is under contract through the end of 2019 and they can tag him for about 26 mil. At which point he will be 36. He will probably have a couple good years in him after that, but give his hits and the injuries that are starting to pile up, you aren’t going to want to risk lots of guarantees

  • BerwynBomber

    In other post-game news, DET needs an RB. Specifically a banger. Abdullah has fumbleitis and is too inconsistent anyway. Riddick’s an excellent 3rd down pass catching RB but he’s a shitty every down guy.

    Don’t know if I will ever COMPLETELY trust Pie Face (still has just a touch of Cutty in his game) but imagine their O with a guy like Howard. They’d probably have league-leading production.

    • They don’t have a system for a banger RB.

      They don’t even have a FB or a good blocking TE.

      I wouldn’t be shocked if 80% of the time they line up in shotgun

      • BerwynBomber

        They ran over 30 times tonight and often from traditional under center/single back sets.

        I actually thought JimBob and/or Stafford were too loyal to the run. That Cheese D looked like it could have burned even more with play-action.

        • A banger I don’t think would mesh with their O.

          It’s kinda like Trestman with his H-back bullshit.

          Let’s say you drop Howard in that O.

          I guess he would be ok in Goalline but outside of short yds, he’d kinda be useless with their attack.

          It’s the same reason the Aints traded AP. A bigger back that can’t really run routes.

          If they were smart, they would emulate them.

          A Sproles type (like Abdulla)
          And an all-around medium back like Ingram

          It’s just a matter of them getting it right with the Ingram type.

          They were banking on Zenner and Dwayne Washington (6’1 223) to be their Ingram, but both are underwhelming.

          • BerwynBomber

            But I’d argue Ingram is a banger. And as far as I know he’s not a disaster catching the ball.

            Look at Fat Eddie with the Cheese. Yeah, I know … the Rodgers Effect. But Lacy looked to have okay hands.

            Not every primary rusher is AP when it comes to pass-catching. On the flip side few are Forte but you can often find a dude who falls somewhere in between.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He’s a baller and a banger, we should try and get him. Alvin’s the new game in town now.

  • Cockney Kirk


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    Over the course of years, Weinstein had the agencies ‘target,’ or collect information on, dozens of individuals, and compile complete psychological profiles that sometimes focused on their personal or sexual histories. Weinstein monitored the progress of the investigations personally.

    Rose McGowan, who has said she was raped by Weinstein in a hotel room during the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, figures prominently in this story, and the actress-turned-activist goes on the record to describe her troubling interactions with operatives from Black Cube who used false identities to secure information from her, including details and/or pages from her forthcoming memoir, titled Brave. One of those investigators masqueraded as a women’s rights advocate and secretly recorded her conversations with McGowan and reported back to her Mossad handlers.

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  • Cockney Kirk

    On the “we are still not the Browns” front:


    The Browns try and get AJ McCarron from the Bengals, pissing in Kizer’s Wheaties and resetting his opinion of himself. The Bengals file the paperwork but through incompetence, the Browns don’t do it correctly.

    So the trade fails.

    Now they have Kizer who they just took the piss out of, and nothing else.

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