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Four Games To Look Forward to in 2018

| May 10th, 2018

Greetings, Bears fans! Happy to be back!

A lot has happened since I went on hiatus. Some free agency moves have been made, the draft is done, and guess what? I’m officially excited about football again!

Truly, I don’t know how anyone, besides those who thrive on constant negativity (or those aiming to write for the Tribune), could consider this offseason anything short of a huge success for Chicago. The only move Ryan Pace made that I even slightly disagreed with was not matching the Saints offer for Cam Meredith, but honestly letting him walk is small potatoes compared to all the great additions made in 2018.

Of course there’s still the potential for roster moves and shake-ups (and God forbid, serious injuries) between now and the start of the season. Still, we have a much clearer idea of who the Bears are and what they’re going to look like, and damn it if they aren’t looking pretty, pretty good.

I figured I’d put all this unbridled enthusiasm to good use by making my return to DBB to discuss the four games I’m most looking forward to in 2018:

Week 1: Bears @ Packers

This one is a no-brainer. It’s:

  • The first game of the season
  • Against our biggest rivals
  • Mitch’s first time playing in Lambeau
  • A game the Bears have a legitimate shot of winning

We all remember what happened last year in Green Bay (as much as we might want to desperately forget), but I’m very much hoping for this game to be a little more reminiscent of the “Brett Favre Night” game of 2015. After all, it’s another big night for the Packers, the first game of their 100th year in existence, and really what better way to spend a Sunday evening than watching the Bears quiet 80,000 cocky Packers fans? The 2018 Bears are not the 2017 Bears, and the 2018 Packers don’t strike the fear in me that they have in years prior. The Bears could absolutely win this, and I’m going to spend the next four months absolutely believing they will.


Week 7: Patriots @ Bears

Because Chicago has an unfortunately early bye-week this year, this will actually only be the sixth game of the season for them. Still the previous five games should give fans a fair indication of how our decently-high expectations are matching reality.

None of the first five teams the Bears face scare me that much given their current rosters. Not saying they’re garbage teams, they just aren’t the Patriots. Now for all we know the Patriots might not even be the Patriots next year. They lost a few key players in free agency, and there always remains the outside possibility that Tom Brady will start to play like an actual person in his 40s instead of an ageless wonder, but they also had a pretty decent draft, and my philosophy has always been to not doubt greatness until it gives you a reason to. So I’m betting on Brady to be as sharp as ever.

This game should be a litmus test to see just how much the Bears have improved, and it’ll be a fun challenge for Tru going toe-to-toe with the GOAT.


Week 14: Rams @ Bears

Many people are hoping the 2018 Bears will be what the 2017 Rams were: A vastly improved, offensive-minded team with a legitimate young quarterback and equally legitimate young, energetic coach. While the comparisons are overly simplistic, it’s easy to see where they come from, and it’ll be interesting to see how the two teams (and in particular the two young QBs) match up against each other.

It’s also no secret that the Rams went ALL FUCKING IN on 2018 with several huge free agent signings, especially on the defensive end. Whether this pays off for them or not remains to be seen, but on paper, this is probably the best team the Bears play all year. That means this game will be another benchmark in the Bears season to gauge just how well Matt Nagy is implementing his new game plan, and how well Trubisky and co. are executing it.

I also fully believe that the Bears will still be relevant in December which should (hopefully) add even more excitement and intensity to this match up.


Week 17: Bears @ Vikings

The last game of the season that actually meant anything to the Chicago Bears was the last game of 2013, and uh, we all know how that went. (It’s best just to never speak about it here or ever again.) 2014 couldn’t have been over soon enough, and while ‘15, ‘16, and ‘17 weren’t quite as painful, fans were all more than ready for them to end.

I don’t plan on feeling this way at the end of 2018’s regular season. In fact I’m cautiously *repeat very cautiously* optimistic that it won’t be the last game the Bears play this season, which is why I’m looking forward to it.

I know a ton of you are probably rolling your eyes right now, thinking I’m just riding the post draft high and preseason hype, and maybe I am, who knows? But when I look at the NFC North as it currently stands right now, I see a fair amount of parity. There isn’t a team that you can say is without a doubt going to be awful in 2018, but there isn’t a clear favorite to lead the pack, either.

If the Bears beat the teams they’re supposed to beat, and also manage to score a couple of big division wins they’re right in the mix come the end of the season. Is it really that insane to think they maybe, possibly, just might have a chance at doing that? I don’t think it is. And since we have an entire summer to get through until any actual football gets played, why not spend that time feeling a little bit of hope?

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  • bearfaninde

    Typo police here. Headline should say Four Games

    • willbest

      Aaron Rodgers will have a broken collarbone by then, and it will be whatever backup that the Bears D makes look like the next Joe Montana.

      • madmatinc

        I doubt that. Not the broken Collar bone thing but the QB Montana thing

        • willbest

          We have a decades long history of making back up QB’s look amazing.

        • Rain, rain go away

          Well, member the last time they traded for a 2nd round QB who seemed to not fit with his old team…

          I member, the previous one was also…just out the door! 🙁

  • Irish Sweetness

    (puts on Barry White)

    Hey Bebbe ….

    • CanadaBear

      The Bedroom Bear!

    • Emily

      I’d prefer Marvin Gaye, if that’s cool with you?

  • Scharfinator

    I’m not particularly excited about the Viking’s game unless we’re in playoff contention or have a chance to ruin theirs. Agree about the Pat’s game – we may get pushed around, but if we can keep it close and steal a win, wouldn’t that be something?

    • Big Mike

      Ever rebuilding team needs that signature win.

      • Scharfinator

        Agree, a sign they’re turning the corner.

    • madmatinc

      Steal? Coming of a bye I see victory

  • BenderMcLugh

    good positive vibes, nice job Emily

  • CanadaBear

    I don’t think you’re giving the Queens enough respect. They are the class of the division. I’m hoping the Beloved are playing meaningful games in December but 8-8 still seems like the high water mark.

    • Big Mike

      Shhh. Get off my lawn

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      oh ye of little faith. 16-0

      • leftcoastdave

        19-0

        • evantonio

          38-0

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            WE ARE NEVER LOSING AGAIN!!!!

          • SC Dave

            37-1, with only a non playoff loss to…

            Cleveland.

    • Emily

      10-6 is my ceiling, and I think to get there, Bears would definitely need to get a bit lucky at the end of some close games, but I’m just not that high on the Vikings. Or rather, I’m not that high on Kirk Cousins. Could definitely be wrong. Probably will be wrong. But I’m keeping my positive vibes until at least August.

  • Big Mike

    Cutting Sitton didn’t raise any flags at all?

    • willbest

      About what?

    • leftcoastdave

      I take cutting Sitton to mean he was expendable and Pace showed the class to let him go out to negotiate a new deal, which he did rather quickly. Lovin’ the yutes, including that udfa T from Hawaii we signed. The middle three is now very, very deep with talent. Will they step up to the NFL?

      • willbest

        It shows class for Pace to say “Hey Josh, we aren’t going to pay your that much this year, take a pay cut and if not we are going to hardball you. Please show up to camp and be a competitor and not get injured, but if we can’t resolve this by week 1 you are going to be sent packing”?

        I think you are confusing economic prudence with class.

        • leftcoastdave

          Are you suggesting Pace did this or should have done this?

          Yes, it was economically prudent and done in a classy manner, unlike what happened in Dallas this year.

          • willbest

            You have no idea what went on with that, other than what people with interest in spinning the situation want you to know. Bryant camp can claim there wasn’t an attempt by the Cowboys to renegotiate but we have no idea if that is because Bryant’s agent shut it down as a non-starter.

            And the only reason Bryant isn’t signed right now is he wants a 1 year deal, and teams aren’t desperate enough to offer him that yet.

            Oh and its nonsensical to say Pace intended to be classy when 2 years ago he waited until after the draft to cut Slausen. The difference between Sitton and Slausen is that Pace new Sitton wasn’t his plan B if he wasn’t willing to renegotiate (assuming he even attempted to).

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I see Dave’s point about “class”. Sitton was cut by the Packers right before the season a couple years ago. As a player you have to scramble to find a new team, new city, new place to live, possibly new schools for your kids. Giving Sitton time to do that is a ‘classy’ thing to do.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Class? I want a roster. Sitton isn’t the future? Slauson? Fine. Don’t need roster spots that badly, and if you do – why is Dion Sims a Chicago Bear.

        I still need someone to explain using a second rounder on Shaheen.

  • Johnnywad
    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      20 year old story, wonder why it is coming out now. Why didn’t the New England reports find this out?

      • Johnnywad

        Kind of what separates New England from the rest

      • willbest

        I would imagine there are a number of factors

        1) Underlying hires don’t get the same scrutiny as HCs
        2) Back in 2004 Lexus Nexus searches probably didn’t include the South Padre Island Gazette or whatever this story would have even be posted in, so it would have been difficult to find, since court records, while public required going to the physical terminal in the court house. And it still might not, Patrica has been the Lions HC for months, this guy had to do some deep digging. Obviously more than the Lions organization itself.
        3) Even if a reporter found it, back in 2004 an 8 year old non-conviction of something the witness wouldn’t even testify under oath about was probably a non-story
        4) One would not ingratiate themselves to the Pats organization who just won 2 SB in 3 years

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          They are in Boston. The Boston Globe went after the fricken Pope, surely they could have done 5 minutes of research and reported on it.

          • willbest

            But its not 5 minutes of research, if it doesn’t show up in a Lexus Nexus search.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I understand that it may not have showed up in 2004, but it is there since then.
            https://deadspin.com/we-found-matt-patricia-s-sexual-assault-indictment-in-3-1825909467

            Just saying in 20 years no reporter ran background checks on coaches for any of their stories.

          • willbest

            I am not a reporter, but what gives you a cause to? Has the guy gotten into a drunken brawl? screamed at a cop during a DUI? Shouted down a reporter in the hall? Anything to demonstrate he might have a more colorful past worth looking into?

            I get due diligence, but if the story isn’t a biography on Pattrica, you wouldn’t even think to do it.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I get it, but he has interviewed for multiple HC jobs over the last several years. The Pats are a very successful organization that has been rife with scandals. I am just surprised that no team or news organization never discovered it. Pats say they knew nothing about it, and the Lions said they knew nothing about it.

          • willbest

            Its my understanding (and this varies because state and federal law are both operating here) that negative information, except criminal convictions aren’t allowed in a standard background check beyond 7 years. I was just reading there is an exception if you make over 75k, that they can dig deeper than that. The Lions obviously are claiming they didn’t, so they failed in the due diligence there. Though its hardly surprising that they just employ the same form background check from popcorn vender up to GM.

  • I see 16 games to get excited about.

    Seriously, though, good stuff Emily.

    • Emily

      Thanks!

      • Irish Sweetness

        (Sprays jeri curl onto ‘fro and puts on Marvin Gaye….)

        We can make it baby!

        SHA-MOAN! OOH!

        Come on come on tonight …

  • Governerd

    I hate to be nit-picky but the packers are celebrating 100 years as a football club but they didn’t join the NFL until 1921. The NFL itself won’t be 100 until 2020.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      I hate to be nit-picky but just because the NFL was not around does not mean there was not “Professional” teams playing football.

      • Joecashflow

        Staley Bears, baby !

      • SC Dave

        It’s best to be accurate.

      • Governerd

        Of course there were, never said otherwise, in fact, I did say they were playing football prior to the NFL.

    • Emily

      No worries about being nit-picky. I do a lot of editing in my day job, so I understand its value! Updated the post to be more accurate 🙂

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Bulletproof cups for the Cardinals after Molina had surgery to fix his balls. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
    https://sports.yahoo.com/cardinals-buy-bulletproof-athletic-cups-yadier-molinas-groin-injury-200546733.html

    There is even a video of them shooting a guy in the cup while he is wearing it.

    • willbest

      Some men get in airplanes that nobody knows if they are safe and attempt to fly them. Some men put on armor and take bullets to the nutsack.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis
    • willbest

      I get when San Diego is trying to be a cheap ass, but if you are going to throw out the boilerplate contract, I don’t understand why these things aren’t signed before they even have the presser at Halas hall.

  • Rain, rain go away

    Eeee! Probably the 4 hardest games! I’m looking forward to the seahawks, they lost too much. Just about every WR/TE we have is new, some chemistry is gonna have to be established. Gotta imagine they get the game tape after the Packers and really start to improve, correcting shit. Got the Seahawks then Cards and Bucs, get some confidence, and be on our way!

  • Joecashflow

    Great stuff, Emily ! Like your thoughts about being relevant in wk 17 for a change !

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