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Revenge: Bears 24 Packers 17

December 16, 2018

I wish it wasn’t this close, but wow. The Bears actually beat the Packers outright. No awful calls by referees like in past years. No seriously injured playmakers. The Bears finally beat this team lead by Aaron Rodgers. It appeared that the Packers were going to make yet, another comeback. Thankfully, that didn’t happen.

Matt Nagy pulled his idiotic tricks and it nearly cost this team the game. With the Vikings and Redskins both winning, the Bears would have not clinched a playoff spot this week had they lost. That would not have been fun going into the final two weeks of the season. This shit needs to get cleaned up.

Eddie Jackson rolled his ankle on Rodgers first interception ever. Fuck. Let’s just pray it’s a rolled ankle. This gives him three weeks to rest it.

This game gave me flashbacks of five years ago when Rodgers threw the game-winning touchdown to a wide-open Randall Cobb in the last minute to win the division against the Bears during the final game of the regular season. That stung me and it will still continue to. But, this one felt great.

We’ve been waiting eight years for a return to the playoffs. We’ve been waiting 12 years for the Bears to get back to the Super Bowl. And some of us have been waiting our entire lives to see the Bears win the Super Bowl. The first mission is done. The other two have yet to be accomplished this year. We’ll see what happens.

For now, the Bears head to San Francisco to try to stay in the third spot of the NFC standings.

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I can’t figure this team out: Bears 15 Rams 6

December 9, 2018

I won’t call this an ugly win, but I found myself chewing my nails the entire game. I generally am a nail-biter and most of the time, I don’t even realize it. But I did during these few hours. Damn, this felt like the biggest game in years. If you told me the Bears would only allow six points to the best team in the NFL, I would have told you that they would have lost 6-3. That’s because this is the Bears we are talking about and they generally find a way to lose. This team loses to the Giants and beats the Rams? You guys explain this.

Cody Parkey – Okay, I am getting this out of the way before anything else. That missed field goal in the last quarter could have came back to bite this team. The Rams could have driven down and make this a one-possession game. He made the two field goals early on, however. Those misses need to stop.

Mitchell Trubisky – Three interceptions is bad. All of them interceptions were on him. But, on the bright side, offensive lineman Bradley Sowell caught a touchdown pass. Trubisky nearly overthrew that as well. Phew.

Defense – Four interceptions is good, especially after Trubisky throws some that set the other team up to score. The biggest one came right after one of those interceptions by Kyle Fuller. Goff was sacked in the end zone for a safety.

Matt Nagy – Finally, this guy makes the right calls. What took so long? Jordan Howard had over 100 yards rushing. It helped chew the clock up in the second half. Cohen had some carries as well. This is what prevents the other team from scoring points.

Next week, the Packers come to town. We all know Aaron Rodgers always finds a way to make us all miserable. So, let’s just pray for the Vikings to lose tomorrow night so ground can be gained.

Really? This shit again?: Giants 27 Bears 24

December 2, 2018

Everyone is to blame. Nagy for calling a timeout before halftime. The defense for completely falling apart in the second half. The offense fumbling the ball all over the place. Despite the comeback antics of this team, this is exactly what this team is.

Chase Daniel – This guy was bad. Fumbles, unawareness, a pick six on the second play of the game, whatever else. I love the guy, but he had a really terrible game. The last drive in overtime showed it.

Offensive line – Bad. Bad. Bad. These guys really miss Kyle Long.

Matt Nagy – Out of the four losses they’ve had, three were winnable. The Bears had this just like they had the games against the Packers and Dolphins. This goes on the coach. Bad play-calling. Bad time-management. Bad coach. Now, if he shocks us all and is holding up the Lombardi Trophy while confetti falls this February, then I’ll be glad to eat all of my words. But I don’t see that happening.

And here we are as fans, praying for teams like the Packers, Vikings and Panthers to all lose just so the Bears don’t lose ground in the standings. The Bears should be taking care of their own business. This has become repetitive over the years. This loss was really bad. This team just can’t seem to play well in crappy weather. It was really hot in Miami and they promptly pissed it away. Then, this game in the rain. No excuses, however. The other team is playing in the same conditions. This doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season.

Here come the Rams next Sunday night.

Money Well Spent: Bears 23 Lions 16

November 22, 2018

This was another close game. But damn. Talk about fighting it out. Chase Daniel was outstanding. $10 million spent on this guy and he’s earned every penny so far. Sure, he overthrew the ball a couple of times. But he was very much part of this win. It gave Mitchell Trubisky some time to rest. It’s nice to see the Bears actually spend their money wisely on a player. For years, it’s been the opposite. The defense was finally, outstanding in the fourth quarter. There was a stat (cue Yeti) shown that the defense has given up the most fourth quarter points in the NFL. With it being close, the defense stepped up on the final two drives.

Chase Daniel – Read above. In addition, two great touchdown passes.

Running game – This is still a concern. I still wasn’t happy with some of the play-calling by Nagy. There were a couple of situations where it was second and short only to see a passing play. Some may wonder why guys like Jordan Howard can’t get going in a game. He needs more rushes and consistently. Tarik Cohen was great all-around. He had one of the touchdown catches and he put the game away for good by getting a hard-fought first down.

Offensive line – They held it together, despite the four sacks. I guess two games in 85 hours is an excuse. They are missing Kyle Long big time. Credit to James Daniels, who’s been outstanding all year. He helped Cohen get that first down to seal the deal by basically carrying him an extra yard or two. Amazing.

Defense – Eddie Jackson with the pick six for the eventual, game-winner. Kyle Fuller with an interception in the end zone late to get the Bears back on offense. The line did well despite giving up some big runs to LaGarrette Blount, but he was kept to under 100 yards.

Matt Nagy – I am praying he learned his lesson after that idiotic decision to go for two after that first touchdown. That was inexcusable. Take your chances with the extra point. Let’s pray he has faith in Cody Parkey to get points because he did get two extra points and a field goal in this game.

Next up are the Giants a week from Sunday.

Before some well-deserved rest, let’s do this again, shall we?

Heart Palpitations: Bears 25 Vikings 20

November 18, 2018

14-0 lead at halftime? Oh, yeah. I was thinking the same thing too. They were going to somehow blow it. Well, it was looking like we were watching the same movie. Way too close for comfort towards the end.

Cody Parkey – He goes up first in the recap. What a bounce back. He was nails on the three field goals. Outstanding performance and well-deserved.

Defense – They were outstanding for the first three quarters. If it weren’t for turnovers by Trubisky and Cohen, those first six points aren’t even allowed. On the first touchdown by the Vikings, penalties that had no business being called continued the drive and the two-point conversion following. I was still pissed about the last touchdown, but nothing can be done now.

Mitchell Trubisky – Okay, enough of these Cutler-esque passes into triple-coverage. My heart can’t take this shit and my throat is sore from screaming at the TV. Enough. Other than that, I love his mobility to continue drives. The last drive (which resulted in a field goal), he completed a big pass for a first down.

Matt Nagy – I still felt some of the play-calling by him was very questionable. On the third down that lead to Parkey’s last field goal, he called a pass play that ended up incomplete. They could have easily ran it and tried to get the first down or at the very least, make the Vikings burn their last timeout.

A quick turnaround awaits with the Lions this Thursday. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. Before leaving your comments in the thread, I’ll leave it at this:

*CLING x 4*: Bears 34 Lions 22

November 11, 2018

Oh, that’s not even what pissed me off the most today. I’m going to continue roasting Matt Nagy and his idiotic decisions until, you guessed it, he stops making idiotic decisions. What should have been a breeze in the park with winning a game by 30 at least was getting too close for comfort late. Leads of 26-0 and 34-10 were damn near close to being blown. That’s inexcusable.

Cody Parkey – Okay, I won’t roast Nagy for this one. Parkey hit the goal posts four different times and all were missed. How do you do that? Eight points were left off the table. Something tells me that there will be auditions for a new kicker this week.

Matt Nagy – This. Fucking. Guy. In the last quarter, the Bears got the ball back up 34-10. Great. Just run the fucking ball and chew off some time, right? Wrong. Instead, Nagy has Trubisky dropping back near the goal line and it was damn near a safety. Jordan Howard didn’t get the ball much at all during the first three quarters. What happened? Did he bang Nagy’s wife or something? I mean, fuck. Up 24 and their airing the ball out? Stupid. Run. The. Fucking. Ball. Nagy is known for pissing away leads. And if it hadn’t been for the offense scoring on the first four possessions, I could be writing about the Bears losing in overtime.

Mitchell Trubisky – 23/30 for 355 yards and three touchdowns. He was money in the first half. More of this, please.

Defense – They were great the entire first half. Stafford was sacked six times. And after Parkey missed those two field goals in a row, I was scared shitless that they were going to fall apart. Instead, they stopped the Lions both times. I know they gave up the two fourth quarter touchdowns, but I am going to blame Nagy for that. That defense was gassed due to the stupid decisions of the head coach. The offense should have been out there most of the fourth quarter and instead, the defense is trying to catch their breath.

Next up are the Vikings at home on Sunday Night Football. God help us all.

Gratitude.

November 7, 2018

Three Stanley Cup Championships. Second all-time with wins as head coach. What a run. It’s very sad that it ended like this.

Ten years ago, I didn’t even imagine one championship by this franchise. As a fan, I was given three of them. Sure, there could have been one or two more. But that’s still amazing.

The Blackhawks fired the wrong person.

Still not impressed: Bears 41 Bills 9

November 4, 2018

I know. Some of you may roast me for this. But this game dragged on. Once again, Matt Nagy made this game harder than it should have been. “But, they won by 32!” Nathan Peterman may not be an NFL quarterback, but it appeared he may have had a chance to make this game competitive. Thankfully, some blown calls went in the favor of the Bears.

Penalties – Way too many in this game. It extended drives and ultimately, allowed the Bills to score a touchdown late. The Bears were the only team to not yet allow a rushing touchdown. Until today. Unless I am missing something, discipline isn’t part of playing for this team. Players who commit constant penalties need to have a seat. And yet, Nagy has the same players out there the next play or whatever. Inexcusable.

Charles Leno Jr. – Three false start penalties. This is part of the problem. Sure, it didn’t factor in the result. But it made scoring points harder.

Defense – If the defense just scored points today, the Bears still would have won. Everyone contributed (even to the penalties). Five turnovers total, I believe. Eddie Jackson made up for his idiotic penalty last week with a scoop and score in the second. Kyle Fuller had another interception. Even Leonard Floyd got in on the action with a pick-six.

Mitchell Trubisky – There was an interception thrown that was unnecessary. I could easily throw that on Nagy since all they had to do was run the ball. But here I was during the whole game waiting for something to change the course of the game. It’s the Bears, after all. They’ve blown big leads before. I was waiting for it.

The Bears remain in first place for yet, another week. Checking the standings, it appears that not even ten wins will guarantee a playoff spot. This is very important for the Bears and it seems that their only path to the playoffs is to win the division. The next three games are against the Lions (twice) and Vikings. If the Bears don’t win at least two of these games, I’m not liking the chances of getting 11 wins. Those Lions are up first at home.

Discuss.

Stupidity nearly costs the game: Bears 24 Jets 10

October 28, 2018

I should be stoked today. Really. The Bears won the game and they actually didn’t blow a two-possession game (like they’ve done three times this year). But damn, it seemed like they were going to again. Why? Continue reading?

Eddie Jackson: The defense was brilliant nearly the entire game. A drive that would have been fourth and long for the Jets after an incompletion, Eddie Jackson decided to hit a receiver hard well after the play was over? The Jets had no chance whatsoever and this dumbass committed a late hit. 15-yard penalty and all of a sudden, the Jets go marching down and in the end zone for a touchdown.

Tarik Cohen: Good? 70-yard touchdown. Bad? Nearly giving the Jets a first and goal in the fourth when trying to pick up a rolling ball after a punt. Then, almost not even going after to fall down on the ball. This guy needs to stop being a fucking idiot.

Matt Nagy: This fucking guy makes things harder than they should be. The offense was certainly playing better in the second half, but damn. Some of these short yardage plays where all they need is a simple run up the middle, he’s calling running plays going outside or passing? Enough of this shit. Jordan Howard was kicking ass in the second half and he should have had the ball more. Nagy is the top reason why the Bears have blown three games already this year. And as far as the dumbass plays by Jackson and Cohen, he should have told both of them to take a seat. That would be a good move. Those players shouldn’t have played anymore in the game due to those two stupid decisions that nearly cost this team a game. That’s the only way those guys are going to learn.

Kyle Long: Hurt. Again. This. Fucking. Sucks. It appears to be a serious knee injury.

Next up: The Bills in Buffalo.

Annoyed: Patriots 38 Bears 31

October 21, 2018

Another double-digit lead blown by the Bears. I know it was early, but special teams and idiotic play-calling lead to this demise. A team that should have easily been 5-0 to begin this day is now 3-3. This is PATHETIC.

Mitchell Trubisky – When the deep ball isn’t working, you should tell him to stop doing that. Interceptions, near-interceptions and just poor passing isn’t going to get it done.

Special teams – A kickoff return for a touchdown is inexcusable. So is a blocked punt. This was the difference. They were up ten with the ball being kicked off when Cordarrelle Patterson took it back for a touchdown.

Defense – I get it. Tom Brady is Tom Brady. However, not knowing how to tackle for the second game in a row is a big problem. If “defensive genuius” Vic Fangio can’t show these gutless assholes how to tackle, then find different players.

The Bears are no longer in first place. Now, irrelevancy is staring them in the face because the Vikings and Packers aren’t going to be losing many games the rest of the way. Matt Nagy is not the answer for the Bears.

The Jets are up next week. Let’s see how bad this one is going be.