Why Do I Like the Chicago Bears This Week?
I always like the Chicago Bears…
…but 2020 is starting to inch towards 2014. That year, the antics of Marc Trestman and Aaron Kromer off-field fueled my disdain for that disgraceful bunch. This year, the broken offense has broken me. I don’t want to watch it anymore. And I certainly don’t want to WAIT ALL DAY FOR SUNDAY NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT.
What the Packers Numbers Tell Us
The Packers are vulnerable at every level of their defense but the Bears don’t have an offense capable of exploiting any of those vulnerabilities.
The Bears have scored 63 total points in their four games against Green Bay under Matt Nagy.
The Bears have scored 63 total points in their last four games this season.
Why would anyone think the Bears are going to find a way to score more than that average – 15.75 points – Sunday night? And why would anyone think that will be enough to beat Aaron Rodgers?
Does the Quarterback Matter?
If Nick Foles starts, the offense will look exactly as it has over the last month.
If Mitch Trubisky starts, he’ll probably avoid pressure a few times, extending plays, but then he’ll miss open receivers down the field when he does. For those expecting Mitch to suddenly start running for multiple first downs after ANOTHER shoulder injury…why?
If Tyler Bray starts, it’s Jonathan Quinn. Craig Krenzel. Henry Burris. (It’s probably not good when your “hype video” has several bad throws in it.)
Listing My Favorite Bar in the States I Have Visited
I have never been to Wisconsin. I have never been to many states. So I decided to list my favorite bar in each of the states I have been to because I don’t want to write an in-depth breakdown of Bears/Packers.
- Mobile, Alabama. Veets.
- Scottsdale, Arizona. Rusty Spur Saloon.
- Arkansas. NBV (No bar visited).
- Groveland, California. Iron Door Saloon.
- Aspen, Colorado. The J Bar.
- Westport, Connecticut. Black Duck Cafe.
- Newark, Delaware. Klondike Kate’s.
- Ponta Vedra Beach, Florida. Clubhouse Bar at TPC Sawgrass.
- Atlanta, Georgia. Manuel’s Tavern.
- Chicago, Illinois. The Original Billy Goat Tavern.
- Indianapolis, Indiana. St. Elmo’s Steakhouse.
- Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Old Owl Tavern.
- New Orleans, Louisiana. Napoleon House.
- Baltimore, Maryland. Sharky’s Bar and Grill.
- Boston, Massachusetts. Salty Dog Seafood Grille. (I don’t like Boston.)
- Mississippi. NBV.
- Newark, New Jersey. Krug’s Tavern.
- Gallup, New Mexico. The 49er Lounge.
- New York City, New York. Jimmy’s Corner.
- Charlotte, North Carolina. Dale Jr’s Whisky River. (I’ve never left Charlotte airport.)
- Oklahoma. NBV.
- Ohio. NOBV (No open bars visited).
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. McGillin’s Olde Ale House.
- South Carolina. NBV.
- Nashville, Tennessee. Springwater Supper Club.
- Amarillo, Texas. Zombiez.
- Richmond, Virginia. Penny Lane Pub.
- Lakewood, Washington. Lake City Pub.
Bears on the Hot Seat
- Offense. All of Em. Pick one. Does it matter who starts at quarterback? Does it matter how the five offensive linemen shake out? Does it matter who calls the plays? I’d argue it is a resounding “no” to all three of those questions. This offense is completely broken and there’s no one on the Bears payroll who can fix it.
- Defense. Khalil Mack. If the Bears are going to win this game, they need heroics from Mack. They need him to be unblockable. They need 2-3 sacks and a forced fumble. Is that asking a lot? Of course. But the Bears need to be forcing the Packers to punt from deep in Green Bay territory and hope those punts are not very good. That’s the only way the offense will get on the board. That’s going to require a big night from Mack.
Bears get their best defensive performance of the year, including a defensive touchdown. They get nothing from their offense and hold on for dear life.
Chicago Bears 15.75, Green Bay Packers 15
But a gun to my head…rock bottom.
Green Bay Packers 22, Chicago Bears 0
[Note: The game preview is appearing early this week as we’ll have some filler-type posts over the coming Holiday period. Enjoy Thanksgiving. Stay safe.]