Emissions from the Bears Nebula

by boris13c

Week 15 - Packer week ... time to foam at the mouth
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*  The Bears came close against the Lions, but ultimately failed.  Lions QB Matthew Stafford suffered a dislocated finger on his throwing hand but still led the Lions comeback.

* Matt Barkley continues to impress.  If not for back to back holding penalties and then a dropped pass on 4th down, it would have been Barkley leading a comeback win instead of Stafford.

* Bears now face the hated shitheads from Goon Bay this week, in a game I am really really hoping the Bears are up for.

Bears GM Ryan Pace will most likely be watching Matt Barkley's performance.  There are no slam dunk first round draft picks at QB this year IMO, so taking one in the first round would be reaching for something that isn't there.  If Barkley can continue to be confident competence, he would be a next year option that gives Pace the luxury of going for a quality defender in the first round and taking a QB later.

I am really hoping Matt Barkley does pan out to become a reliable steady starter for the next few years.  The Bears have been masters at screwing up in QB selections in spite of their best efforts not to, so it would be wonderful if random dumb luck does for the team what years of trying couldn't accomplish.  Barkley became a Bear by accident and happenstance, so qualifies as the piece of random dumb luck becoming successful.  And not to whine into my beer too much, but I think it is high time the Bears had something like this go their way.  So I am really rooting for Barkley.

The injured and disheveled Bears defense continues to impress.  The big positive to what they have been fighting through is getting young replacements seasoned during this lost year so they can be solid contributors in what will hopefully be a much more successful 2017.

There have been rumors that Bill Polian, a former high quality NFL executive, might be pondering a return to the NFL.  So of course rumors of Chicago being his potential landing spot immediately began to swirl.  As of now, they remain simply rumors and speculation.  But it sure would be nice to have a top dog like that running the football side of the house, working with Pace and the Head Coach (currently John Fox) to rebuild and move forward, and keeping the football side separate from the business side.

The Bears haven't had to worry about keeping the business side separate, and it is our (the fans) fault.  Because regardless of what kind of putrid ass slurping band of rejects they put on the field in Bears blue, they still make money.  Regardless of losing games by having hated rivals put 55 points on their sorry asses, they still make money.  Regardless of having 3 years in a row added together not equaling 10 wins, they still make money.

Yeah OK, Virginia made public comments about the quality of the team and the need to improve, as did her son George, but was that just lip service?   Because the quotes from assclown Ted Phillips had nothing to do with improving the team, or even caring about the team, just concern over the profit line.  He doesn't care if fans don't show up because he has already counted their money from the tickets sold that weren't used.

Years of futility, and we're still fans.  Years of the team not caring about us doesn't stop us from caring about the team.

We're slightly demented masochists, so we deserve some of it.  But there is no way we deserve the pigshit on a platter the Bears have been serving up and calling it prime steak.

But it doesn't matter to people like Phillips what we deserve or what we want as long as we're stupid enough to keep giving him what he wants.  So a move like hiring Bill Polian and forcing Phillips to keep his hands out of the football side of things would go a long long way to securing an actual rebuilding process that can work.  If not Polian, someone similar perhaps?  Bill Parcells immediately comes to mind as a viable candidate strong on the football side who would have no trouble kicking Phillips in the ass and out of the way.   But Parcells already rejected the bears once, and has made no move to come back to the NFL in any capacity.  So I guess we'll just wait and see if the rumors end up with any validity.

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Weekly picks -

Last week = 9-7
Season = 119-87-2

Goon Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears - I have a deep feeling in my gut the Bears are going to win this game (it's either that or residue from chili cheese dogs ... I choose the Bears winning).

Erin Rodgers is gimpy, and it is going to be cold. Make him run. Chase his ass, hit him whenever possible. See if one or both of his gimpy legs give out on him. I'd like to hear the sound of his hamstring popping right through my tv.

I think Barkley is going to be fired up knowing he can truly establish himself in Chicago with a win over the Packers. And he will have the helping hands of Alshon available to assist him.

Bears win and they will put a serious dent in Goon Bay's playoff hopes, and I am all for that.

A win this Sunday in Chicago can be THE shining light on a total shit season. The Bears have to reach down for any last bit of pride and integrity and make it happen.

Bears 26
Goon Bay 20

The rest of my week 15 picks (home team in CAPS) :

SEATTLE over Los Angeles
Miami over NY JETS
BUFFALO over Cleveland
Pittsburgh over CINCINNATI
KANSAS CITY over Tennessee
MINNESOTA over Indianapolis
Detroit over NY GIANTS
BALTIMORE over Philadelphia
HOUSTON over Jacksonville
ATLANTA over San Francisco
ARIZONA over New Orleans
New England over DENVER
Oakland over San Diego
DALLAS over Tampa Bay
WASHINGTON over Carolina



Barkley & Howard to the rescue

Week 14 - a rare Bears win ... over a shitty team, but hey, they won
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Barkley, Barkley, he's our man ....

Matt Barkley gets his first win as a starting QB, and that should not be devalued just because it was against a 49er team that couldn't find its ass with both hands.  The weather played a role in the outcome,  The Bears and Barkley could pass in it, San Francisco couldn't.  But it did take some adjustments to do so :

"I really had to adjust my arm angle and almost push the ball out instead of flinging it because my thumb would slip out," Barkley said. "But once we got used to that — we were still calling plays and we didn't really hold back on anything in the game plan — plays were open and guys were getting open."

Chicago Tribune - http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-matt-barkley-hot-snow-bits-spt-1205-20161204-story.html

While I am not ready to anoint Barkley as the next Joe Montana, I am impressed he has the presence of mind to actually make adjustments and achieve success.  After just 2 games, he is leaps and bounds ahead of backup Bears QB's that have gone before him (hell, many starting Bears QB's too).  And he simply looks like he belongs.  Doesn't get rattled, goes through his progressions, and this week his receivers caught most of the balls he hit them in the hands with, unlike the Tennessee hands-like-feet debacle.

His accuracy is his strength.  He doesn't try to blaze balls to the receivers, but he does lead them ever so nicely.  Even in inclement weather.  He seems fundamentally sound, which also puts him leaps and bounds ahead of many who have gone before him.

This season ending 4 game stretch against teams fighting for their playoff lives will be a true test.  To pass his test, he doesn't need to necessarily lead the Bears to victory in them.  He needs to continue to show his steady competence and keep them in position for a chance at the win.  The game I want him to have his career best kick ass effort is against Goon Bay in 2 weeks to help ensure they don't make the post season.  I hate the Packers.  Despise them, loathe them, and wish them nothing but ill will and painful defeat.  Unfortunately for me, the Packers have simply laughed at thoughts like these from others as they march towards another playoff game year after year after year.  But this year, they look very average.  And there would be no better way for Barkley to endear himself to the mustachioed meatball Bears fan base than to beat Goon Bay.

Barkley is playing for his future.  If the Bears don't bring him back, he needs to have some positive game tape to lure someone into giving him a shot.  I would certainly love for the Bears to do it.  He has everything going for him to have folks rooting for him :

* injured in his last college season, he didn't have the greatest numbers and his draft stock dropped

* was drafted by a team that really had no use for a classic drop back passer, and Philly promptly jettisoned him

* got some scrub playing time in Arizona but didn't wow anyone

And now here he is in Chicago.  From the NFL scrap heap to Bears starting QB, and what could be an act of redemption.  And I think it would be a hoot for the Bears to accidentally luck into their franchise QB in this manner to further show they have no clue what they're doing when actually trying to find one.

So I'm rooting for him.  May he have a nice 10 year career, bringing a level of stability to the Bears QB position the likes of which I haven't seen in my lifetime.

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Weekly picks -

Last week = 8-7
Season = 110-80-2

Bears @ Lions - Detroit looks like they mean business.  They have the lead in the NFC North, just handed a desperate Saints team a painful home loss, and appear to be pretty solid at the moment.  And they actually need this game to counter their early season loss to the Bears for the divisional tiebreakers.

I think the Bears will give them a run for their money.  I think Barkley will again play well.  But I think Matthew Stafford will play better.

Lions in a close one 27 - 23

The rest of my Week 14 picks (home team in CAPS) :

Oakland over KANSAS CITY
Pittsburgh over BUFFALO
Cincinnati over CLEVELAND
TENNESSEE over Denver
INDIANAPOLIS over Houston
MIAMI over Arizona
PHILADELPHIA over Washington
TAMPA BAY over New Orleans
San Diego over CAROLINA
Minnesota over JACKSONVILLE
SAN FRANCISCO over NY Jets
Seattle over GOON BAY
Atlanta over LOS ANGELES
Dallas over NY GIANTS
NEW ENGLAND over Baltimore



oh the weather outside is frightful,
but my passing is delightful,
so off to a win we go,
watch me throw, watch me throw, watch me throw

Week 13 - Bears WR's have hands like feet
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So now it is the Matt Barkley show.  A guy the Bears obtained after Hoyer broke his arm but that no one paid a whole lot of attention to, thinking he will never see the field anyway.

But this is the Bears we're talking about.  A franchise that hasn't truly had the QB position figured out since Sid Luckman last played in 1950.  So of course Barkley played.  His first actual NFL start.  And he played well.  But he was ultimately done in by his available receivers having hands like feet.  Wilson dropped a TD pass that hit him in the hands (then he kicked the ball into the butt of an innocent security guard).  Bellamy dropped what would have been the game winning TD pass that also hit him right in the hands.  Thompson also dropped one, but his was tougher as he decided to fall down in the endzone without being touched and had the ball go off his chest as he dove forward for it.

So now of course are the chants for Barkley as the man going into 2017.  Because the only QB Bears fans seem to love is the backup QB.  At least until he becomes the full time starter and shows why he should have remained a backup.  Clowns such as Mike Tomczak, who could throw the prettiest passes in practice, and who played well in relief appearance when McMahon was hurt.  So the Bears of course trade McMahon, make Tomczak the starter, and discover he seemed to intentionally look for double coverage to throw into.  The Bears went nowhere with him running the show.

All indications are Jay Cutler won't be a Bear in 2017.  John Fox simply doesn't like or want him.  Which is fine I suppose as Jay really has worn out his welcome.  So now the game of who will replace him begins, and Barkley is a good start to that.  He will be playing for his football life in these last 5 games, either to show he should be with the Bears or as a solid audition tape for someone else.  What that means is he will be playing his ass off trying to win games, which will then lower the Bears draft pick in the first round.  Because that's just how the Bears are.  They save their winning streaks for the end of lost seasons just so they can screw up their draft position.  They've done it at least twice in recent past, so this will be no different.

The QB's slated to be free agents in 2017 are slim pickings.  A bunch of schmoes actually.  Nick Foles is a shining exception, so if the Bears truly are intent on getting rid of Cutler, Foles could be the answer.  So sign Foles, bring back Barkley and Shaw, and then draft a QB in the second round and maybe another one in the 5th.  Hopefully out of all of that, 2 useful QB options will emerge along with a rookie to develop.

Another name being thrown around as a guy "with an arm and potential" is Blaine Gabbert, but to me he just looks like a younger version of Cutler, and his "coachable flaws" have yet to be dealt with.

Guess we'll see.  This off season should be interesting.

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Weekly picks -

Last week = 13-3
Season = 102-73-2

San Francisco @ Chicago - there is no reason the Bears cannot win this game other than their WR's have hands like feet.  But I think even with that they can win this.  I also wabt to see the defense bash the allegedly rejuvenated Colin Kaper-dick around like a rag doll.

The question for many will be, do the Bears want to win this game for a chance to finish the season 3-13?   This is the only game left on their schedule I think they easily handle.  Everyone else they'll be facing will be fighting for their playoff lives when they play the Bears.

I think the players who will be on the field will want to win, and I think their efforts will bear fruit.

Bears 26
49ers 18

The rest of my Week 13 picks (home team in CAPS) :

Dallas over MINNESOTA
ATLANTA over Kansas City
Philadelphia over CINCINNATI
GOON BAY over Houston
NEW ENGLAND over Los Angeles
NEW ORLEANS over Detroit
Denver over JACKSONVILLE
Miami over BALTIMORE
OAKLAND over Buffalo
Washington over ARIZONA
PITTSBURGH over NY Giants
SAN DIEGO over Tampa Bay
SEATTLE over Carolina
NY JETS over Indianapolis

bye = Cleveland, Tennessee


Week 12 - Happy Thanksgiving
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Weekly picks -

Last week = 8-6
Season = 89-70-2

Tennessee Titans @ Chicago Bears - Cutler is out, maybe for the rest of the year, and however weirdly sporadic he may be, he is the best the Bears have to offer.  Matt Barkley gets the start, and David Fales will probably finally see some live NFL regular season action in relief.  And I think Tennessee will do to the Bears what they did to Goon Bay.

Titans 34  Bears 16

The rest of my week 12 picks (home team in CAPS):

DETROIT over Minnesota
DALLAS over Washington
Pittsburgh over INDIANAPOLIS
ATLANTA over Arizona
BUFFALO over Jacksonville
NY Giants over CLEVELAND
MIAMI over San Francisco
NEW ORLEANS over Los Angeles
BALTIMORE over Cincinnati
San Diego over HOUSTON
Seattle over TAMPA BAY
New England over NY JETS
OAKLAND over Carolina
DENVER over Kansas City
PHILADELPHIA over Goon Bay


Week 11 - looking forward to the off season
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boris13c
It is time for all Bears fans to accept what has been suspected all along :  Rex Grossman + Jeff George = Jay Cutler.

In the Grossman era we had Good Rex / Bad Rex.  With Cutler, we have Good Jay (the awesome win over Minnesota) / Bad Jay (the abysmal head-in-the-ass effort against Tampa Bay).

Jeff George's entire career was summed up as a guy with an attitude and big arm, but who could never lead to a win when he had to.  Cutler is his brother.

A football team needs leadership and direction.  The coaches provide the direction, but it is up to the players to provide the leadership.  And it doesn't happen by popular vote, but by players stepping up to the task.  Traditionally, one of the key leaders of a successful team is the QB.  And if your QB has multiple personality disorder, then the results will follow in a roller coaster pattern of success and failure that will drive everyone nuts.  And that is exactly what the Bears are - Sybil in cleats.

There are now stories of this being Cutler's last season as a Bear, but unfortunately there are no follow up supporting stories as what the plan is to replace him.  Brian Hoyer?  Um, no.  A newly drafted rookie?  Would certainly be nice for the Bears to join the modern era and draft, then develop, a young QB.

I say they clean the QB house as soon as the season ends.  Thanks for the good and the bad Jay.  See ya.  Thanks for being a solid backup Brian.  Seek your fortunes elsewhere.  Mr. Barkley?  Practice squad or nothing for you.  Maybe try the Arena League for a while?

That would mean the Bears have the entire off season to see what is available and develop a strategy.  The need to choose wisely, something historically they have been unable to do, and the sorry "wtf?" list of Bears starting QB's post McMahon is a sorry list of ineptitude, with a random partial sprinkling of competence, that proves my point.

They also have a guy with promise recovering from injury (Connor Shaw), but that injury was gruesome and devastating.  And I have not heard if he is even coming back from it.  Would be a sad short career for him if he is done for good since he showed promise in his brief playing time.  I'm wishing him well.

None of the college QB's are being overly fawned over by the "experts", but I see that as a good sign there are probably at least 3 future HoFers in the upcoming draft class.  Deshaun Watson of Clemson is my personal favorite of those who will be available.  And this is mainly because I've gotten to see him play a lot.  He has consistent, if not spectacular, quality with bursts of greatness.  And I'll take that.

So going into training camp, I would like to see Connor Shaw, Deshaun Watson, and a veteran other than Cutler or Hoyer who is cut loose by someone.  Or maybe Mike Glennon can be pried loose from Tampa Bay for a 3rd round pick.

Wiping the board clean and starting over is the only viable option in my opinion.  Anything less will just be a continuation of the current circle jerk.

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Weekly picks -

Last week = 6-8
Season = 81-64-2

Bears @ NY Giants

The Giants can be beaten and Eli can be controlled, and if the same Bears team that beat Minnesota shows up, they can give the Giants fits.

The wild card for the Bears is #6.

If Good Jay makes an appearance - Bears 26 Giants 20

If Bad Jay shows up - Giants 33 Bears 16

I'm rooting for Good Jay.  He owes us.

The rest of my week 11 picks (home team in CAPS) :

New Orleans over CAROLINA
CINCINNATI over Buffalo
Pittsburgh over CLEVELAND
DALLAS over Baltimore
DETROIT over Jacksonville
Tennessee over INDIANAPOLIS
KANSAS CITY over Tampa Bay
Arizona over MINNESOTA
Miami over LOS ANGELES
New England over SAN FRANCISCO
SEATTLE over Philadelphia
WASHINGTON over Goon Bay
OAKLAND over Houston

bye = Atlanta, Denver, NY Jets, San Diego

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Week 10 - let the second half of the season be better please
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boris13c
I pondered little about football during the Bears bye week.  Only a couple of games even had me interested a little bit.  So like the Bears, I was pretty much off from football.  And it didn't used to be that way.

Not that long ago, I lived and breathed football on Sundays.  I prepped for them by watching cartoons rather than any of the utterly pathetic pre-game shows.  But once the opening kickoff of my chosen game 1 of the day occurred, I was in, only emerging from my personal basement sports bar for routine kitchen trips.  Friends knew they were welcome to come over, but that I was otherwise unavailable for other activities.

Not so much any more.  I've already missed a week when the Bears were actually playing (vs Indy), and that would never happen.  For a multitude of reasons, I'm just not feeling it any more.  And apparently I'm not the only one bailing as viewership has dropped significantly according to those who track such things.

I think the current NFL Commissioner can be thanked for a lot of people simply tuning out.  He is a clueless dickweed, pure and simple.  He says the league is concerned about player conduct, yet does not even try to do due diligence on any disciplinary measures until his hand is forced by details of misdeeds being made public.  He says the league is concerned about player safety, yet they continue with these idiot Thursday Night games, head-in-the-ass part time officials, and a fine leavening system that costs a player more for celebrating a touchdown with too much enthusiasm than for cheap shotting and injuring another player on the field.  And of course you have him doing his best to try to make the NFL an international sport with regular season games in foreign lands.  Roger Goodell, you are an assclown.  Go to hell.

The games are often slowed to an almost unwatchable pace by the afore mentioned head-in-the-ass officials.  Let's take this past Monday Night as a prime example of their ineptitude.  Buffalo lines up for a field goal attempt, Richard Sherman jumps off sides and plows into the kicker.  The penalty?  Only the off sides.  According to that bunch of drunken ass remoras the clobbering of the kicker didn't count.  It damn well should have and it should have been a personal foul 15 yarder.  And because Carpenter had to be momentarily looked at by the training crew, he had to leave the game for a play.  So instead of kicking the field goal 5 yards closer, they lose 3 on the spike.  Now there is 1 second left and Carpenter comes in for the field goal.  The officials for some bizarre reason continue to stand over the ball until the play clock is down to 5 seconds.  By the time they set up for the kick, they get flagged for delay of game.  Why no reset of the game clock when the ball was signaled as being in play?  That's what the rules call for.  Oh but that is me being silly expecting a group of jackasses in stripes to actually be enforcing rules.

The NFL's response was typically useless.  They admitted, after it was too late to do anything about it of course, that there should have been a 15 yard penalty on Seattle.  They also admitted, again too late to be of any use, that the play clock certainly should have been reset.  Then today they fined Sherman $9,000 for his illegal hit, while in week 9 there were 3 players fined $15,000 each for excessive celebrations.  And of course Goodell and his band of ass droppings (aka staff members) see nothing wrong with that.

NFL has a new acronym in my book - Now For Losers.  And I think I'm going to stop being one by wasting my time on what is now a terrible product.  I'll watch the Bears game on Sunday, but that will be the only one.  Wean myself away for next year when I cancel my NFL Sunday Ticket and then won't even have the Bears once a week.  And I'm betting if things continue as they are, I won't be the only one doing that.

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Weekly picks -

Last week = 9-4
Season = 75-56-2

Bears @ Tampa Bay

Hope the Bears players did some soul searching during their bye week.  Their 2-6 first half ended on an impressive upbeat note, but was that win a sign of good things to come or merely an anomaly?

Tampa Bay isn't great, but they don't suck either, so this will be a good test right out of the bye week.  Can the Bears reverse their trends and go 6-2 in the second half of the season?  This game will present some evidence of that being possible or not.

I'll go with the Bears.

The rest of my week 10 picks (home team in CAPS) :

Thursday Night shit fest - RAVENS over Browns
Goon Bay over TENNESSEE
NEW ORLEANS over Denver
NY JETS over Los Angeles
PHILADELPHIA over Atlanta (Wentz wins a QB duel)
WASHINGTON over Minnesota
CAROLINA over Kansas City
Houston over JACKSONVILLE
SAN DIEGO over Miami
ARIZONA San Francisco
Dallas over PITTSBURGH
NEW ENGLAND over Seattle
Cincinnati over NY GIANTS

bye week = Buffalo, Detroit, Indianapolis, Oakland

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Week 9 - a Bear revival or just another tease?
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So just when I am ready to accept yet another lost season, the Bears go and play well.  EXTREMELY well.  Their win over the Vikings was the most enjoyable Bears game I've watched in some time.  Offense, defense, special teams all in harmony.

The Offensive Line set the tone for the night.  They established early that Cutler would be protected and Howard would have running lanes, and both excelled as a result (congrats to Mr. Howard for his NFC Offensive Player of the Week award).  Considering the 2 starting Guards that night were listed as backups for positions other than Guard speaks volumes about their character and value.  And the wall of protection for the Howard touchdown run was simply a beautiful thing to wtch be set up.  Howard could have walked in for the score.

The return of Cutler was impressive.  Seemed like he had a lot more focus than normal, which is routinely one of his faults.  Not on Monday Night.  His passes were crisp and on the money.  One of his most accurate throws hit Jeffrey right in the back of the helmet for the comedy play of the night.  Alshon also let a sure TD pass go right through his hands and off his face.  Maybe he forgot about Cutler's arm?

And the defense made Bradford's life in the pocket a living hell pretty much all night.  That allowed them to jump the short routes in pass coverage because Bradford rarely had time to stand back and go through his progression.  Only thing wrong the defense did was allow the garbage time TD with 5 minutes to go.  Normally that would have been time for the opposition to get the ball back and score again on the Bears.  But not on this night.

The Bears proceeded to execute a yardage grinding clock chewing drive that almost ran the clock out.  It was the most impressive display I have seen from them in a long long time.  They just lined up and ran it right down the Vikings throats.  "Hey purple pukes.  We're running the ball.  And you can't stop us."  That was almost beautiful enough to bring a tear to one's eye.

The Bears have their bye this week.  Perhaps it will give them time to reflect upon just how good they can be.  I'm not ready to break out the Kool Aid pitcher again, but the rest of their schedule does not look overwhelming.  And if they can match the focus and effort they displayed in beating a very good Vikings team, they may just have something.  Guess we'll see.

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Weekly picks -

Last week = 6-6-1
Season = 66-52-2

Wtf is with the ties this year?  2 already in 1 season?  I can't remember the last time that happened.

The picks (home team in CAPS) :

Atlanta over TAMPA BAY
Dallas over CLEVELAND
KANSAS CITY over Jacksonville
MIAMI over NY Jets
MINNESOTA over Detroit
Philadelphia over NY GIANTS
Pittsburgh over BALTIMORE
Carolina over LOS ANGELES
New Orleans over SAN FRANCISCO
GREEN BAY over Indianapolis
SAN DIEGO over Tennessee
OAKLAND over Denver
SEATTLE over Buffalo

bye = Arizona, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, New England, Washington



Jordan Howard - NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Week 8 - the return of Jay
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"Long Live Jay!  Oh Jay can you see ...."

Ah, you just know your team's football season has no hope when the best one can come up with is humor from movies to apply to the situation.

Jay Cutler will make his return to the starting lineup Monday Night against the Vikings.  Kind of fortuitous he became healthy enough to play about the same time Brian Hoyer broke his arm.  Not trying to advocate any kind of conspiracy or anything ... or maybe I am.  With the way Barkley played when thrown in against the Packers, Cutler at less than 100% is the better option.  John Fox had some sort of complimentary things to say about Cutler's return as starter.  When Cutler was asked about it, he responded "it's not like he has a choice".

And let us ponder that for a moment.

It would seem things are not at all rosy between Cutler and Fox.  And it is pretty much a given that if Hoyer had stayed healthy, Cutler may have never played again this year.  The Bears can simply let him walk at the end of the year without any impact on the salary cap.  But what sort of impact would it have on the team?

Cutler is the Bears current enigma - all the talent to be a true upper tier QB but one who has never come closer than middle of the pack.  Granted, not all of his failures are directly his fault, but he has contributed.  He has teased Bears fans with the potential of that rocket arm, but has never found a way to win over the city or win enough games.  Again, the losing isn't all on him, but the losses that were at times defied belief and usually involved an interception (or 2 or 3) directly to a defender.

Now what about Cutler's comment of Fox not having a choice?  Well, there's a can of worms.  Historically, the Bears have just never figured out what to do with the QB position and those who play it.  And the laundry list of names long forgotten and those we would like to forget who have lined up under center for the Bears is pretty much the definition of suck.  Or to suck.  Or be sucky.  I think you get it.

Don't know why this is, but really do wish it could/would change.

So with no one but Cutler and a very green and not ready for primetime Barkley to choose from, Cutler was dead on with his statement.  Fox had no choice but to start Cutler because the Bears do not have a QB in waiting.  Nor do they have a QB to groom for the future.  And they don't seem to have a lot of interest in addressing this.

So the likely scenario to begin the 2017 season is Hoyer (Fox's man) as the Bears starter, a who-the-hell-are-these-guys? group taking training camp snaps to see who might shake out as having a clue, Cutler off to another city, and likely no QB drafted.  What a wonderful recipe for success that is, eh?

Maybe it is time to bring back the T Formation.  Or maybe the Single Wing.  Make their default uniform for the season their throwback uniform, and let the team and us pretend it is once again 1925.  Hell, might even be entertaining.

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Weekly picks -

Last week = 9-5-1
Season = 60-46-1

Minnesota @ Chicago, Monday Night - I don't know why the Bears have had 4 nationally televised games in the 8 weeks of the season.  And I don't appreciate that with this game, the Bears are likely going to be 0-4 in them.  Philadelphia showed the league how to beat the Vikings, but not everyone has Philly's defense.  For the Bears to have a chance, they need to do their best carbon copy, if not in design then at least by results.  I don't see it happening though.

Vikings 26  Bears 16

The rest of my week 8 picks (home team in CAPS) :

TENNESSEE over Jacksonville
CINCINNATI over Washington
ATLANTA over Goon Bay
New England over BUFFALO
CLEVELAND over NY Jets
INDIANAPOLIS over Kansas City
NEW ORLEANS over Seattle
Oakland over TAMPA BAY
Detroit over HOUSTON
DENVER over San Diego
Arizona over CAROLINA
Philadelphia over DALLAS

bye week = Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, NY Giants, Pittsburgh, San Francisco



Fox - "So, guess we are a team again eh?"

Cutler - "What do you mean we?"

Week 7 - and I surrender
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boris13c
I surrender all of the hope and optimism I had going into this season.  The Bears leading 13-0 going into the 4th quarter against Jacksonville and losing 17-16 successfully eliminated any remaining burning embers of hope I may have had.

I am deeply dissappointed in this sad sack bunch of under achieving knuckleheads, who along with an ultra conservative, play-not-to-lose coaching staff, might find it difficult to defeat a Division III College opponent at the moment.

Thanks assholes.

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Weekly picks -

Last week = 9-6
Season = 51-41

Bears @ Goon Bay

Oh joy.  The Bears get to embarrass themselves for the 3rd time on a nationally televised game.  If Goon Bay does not win by at least 20, they suck.

Goon Bay 44  Beatable Bumbling Bears 10

The rest of my Week 7 Picks (home team in CAPS) :

NY Giants over LOS ANGELES
CINCINNATI over Cleveland
DETROIT over Washington
TENNESSEE over Indianapolis
KANSAS CITY over New Orleans
Buffalo over MIAMI
Baltimore over NY JETS
PHILADELPHIA over Minnesota
Oakland over JACKSONVILLE
ATLANTA over San Diego
SAN FRANCISCO over Tampa Bay
New England over PITTSBURGH
ARIZONA over Seattle
DENVER over Houston

bye week = Carolina and Dallas



"Look, we're up 13-0.  You SURE we have to
play the 4th quarter?"

Week 6
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Bears lost to the Colts.  Didn't watch the game.  Spent the afternoon outdoors with friends enjoying a sunny warm fall day.

I may not watch this week either.  I think I need to repair part of my backyard fence instead.


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Weekly picks -

Last week = 9-5
Season = 42-35

Jacksonville @ Chicago

2 shit teams

I pick the Bears to be the less smelly pile of shit this week

Rest of my week 6 picks (home team in CAPS) :

Denver over SAN DIEGO
BUFFALO over San Francisco
DETROIT over Los Angeles
TENNESSEE over Cleveland
Pittsburgh over MIAMI
NEW ENGLAND over Cincinnati
NEW ORLEANS over Carolina
NY GIANTS over Baltimore
Philadelphia over WASHINGTON
OAKLAND over Kansas City
GOON BAY over Dallas
SEATTLE over Atlanta
HOUSTON over Indianapolis
ARIZONA over NY Jets

bye week = Minnesota, Tampa Bay



"I dunno ... maybe we just aren't good?
Is it ok if I say that?"

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