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by boris13c

well that was fun
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Nothing like a heart attack inducing finish to a Bears win to get the juices flowing. It was a close game from start to finish which I expected. I did not expect the Bears defense to have issues stopping Denver on their last drive. But you have to tip your cap to Flacco. Fuller had excellent coverage on their go ahead TD and Flacco just made a perfect pass followed up by a pretty damn fine catch.

Their 2 point completed conversion attempt sucked. The Bears being offsides on their 1 point attempt to give them that opportunity really sucked.

So here were the Bears, 31 seconds left, now behind and in need of a field goal. Given how their offense again was inconsistent and somewhat sputtering, it looked like a tall order. Trubisky mis-firing to get their final drive underway was certainly not a good omen. But on a 4th and 15, he scrambled just enough to find his receiver for a first down in field goal range, but of course the time ran out in the process.

But wait - after a huddle by the officials, it was determined the timeout was called in time and the Bears had 1 second left!

To be honest, I fully expected the officials to break out of their little conference and declare time had expired during the play, game over, Broncos win. Instead, Eddy Pineiro got the chance to ensure he would not be having to pay for drinks in Chicago any time soon.

And from 53 yards away, with the game on the line, he drilled it. No doinks. No doubt.

What a finish.

And if you want to read an inspiring story on Chicago's newest hero, Yahoo Sports has a long article that is a very good read :


The win was exciting and nice, but there are still troubling issues with the Bears offense. Maybe Mitch Trubisky is simply not a pocket QB and never will be. His best passes on the day were when he was on the move, and his best and most important completion on that final drive was when he was on the move. So perhaps that needs to be more incorporated? Some intentional mobility options so he is most comfortable to accomplish things might be the way to go.

The officiating in the game was questionable at best. Both of the roughing the passer calls, 1 on Chicago and 1 on Denver, were complete bullshit. I realize the NFL wants to protect QB's as much as possible but are they really trying to legislate QB sacks out of the game? If that's the case, then have all QB's wear florescent jerseys on game day and flags around their waists.

And even with replay available, they still can't seem to manage to correct errant calls during games. Ask the Saints, who were once again screwed. Apology letters admitting errors that the NFL sends to teams later in the week are not enough. They need to do more to get the game day calls more intelligently dealt with. And I think for that to happeen, the ignorant, arrogant, and apparently blind fat bastard Al Riveron needs to be fired. He is the man in New York with final say on game days, and he sucks at it. And since he is not being held accountable, his minions on the field during games don't feel the need to overcome their incompetence.

A lot of money is being spent on technology to make things better. Now they need to focus on eliminating the idiots who don't know how to properly use it.

Chicago Bears @ Washington Redskins

I think the teams are kind of equal on the offensive side. Case Keenum hasn't been the reason the Redskins are losing, he just has minimal support. And I certainly give the edge to the Bears defense.

I think it will be another close game, but this week is the week the Bears defense gets their first TD of the season. That and a couple of second half field goals will clinch it. The Redskins final score making it closer than it is will happen as time runs out on some weird play that is reviewed for 10 minutes before counted

Bears 26 Redskins 16

The rest of my week 3 picks :

(home team in CAPS)

Last week = 9-6-1
Season = 15-16-1

Tennessee over JACKSONVILLE
BUFFALO over Cincinnati
DALLAS over Miami
GOON BAY over Denver
KANSAS CITY over Baltimore (this is probably the game of the week)
Oakland over MINNESOTA
ARIZONA over Carolina
NY Giants over TAMPA BAY
Houston over LA CHARGERS
SAN FRANCISCO over Pittsburgh
SEATTLE over New Orleans

well, shame on me
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Yet again I was deluded into thinking things had changed for the better.  I had bought in, hook line and sinker, to the story line Matt Nagy preached all off season.  I had expected to see legitimate steps of improved stability in the Bears home opener, with an offense led by the QB the head coach had told us was oh so smart and who had absorbed the Bears playbook.

Then the game happened, and all I am able to say is WTF was that?

Opening game, at home, against a hated division rival, and once again the Bears become the Packers  bitches.

As for the stated "innovative offense" Nagy hailed, there is ample evidence to refute that statement.  I will provide 1 instance that pretty much sums it up.  3rd and short, the team near midfield, and they line up spread out with a KR/WR (Patterson) in the backfield 6 yards behind Trubisky.  And they hand the ball to the KR/WR on a dive play that loses a yard.  That is neither innovative nor creative.  That was just plain stupid.

The entire gameplan seemed void of basic intelligent football.  Certainly had a lot of gimmicy shit.  And that is the weakness.  In order for gimmick plays to work, you must first establish you can execute a functional productive offense.  That is what lays the foundation where you can then later deviate from a standard play using trickery off that base formation.  This seemingly common sense observation was one Nagy never made.  He placed the offense in bad situations rather than placing them in situations for success.  And compounding the bad gameplan was terrible execution, the primary damaging one being Trubisky staring down his primary receiver on almost every pass, making reading and reacting very easy for the Packers defense.

Speaking of defense, the Bears did a very solid job in holding Goon Bay to 10 points.  That SHOULD have been sufficient to greatly favor the Bears to win.  Their only weak moment ended up being the game winner, when they let a Packer WR run unmolested down the middle of the field for a long deep completion to set up the only TD on the day.  That should not have been the game deciding play.  There was plenty of football left if the Bears offense could get out of their own way and execute.  Alas, it was not to be.

What makes this most painful is it yet again happened against the damn Packers.  And I am getting oh so sick of it being such a regular predictable event.

Yes, I was suckered.  Yes I picked the Bears, ignoring that little voice telling me to not be so confident.  And yes, once again a Packer QB was able to drop back and hit a single deep pass that ended up killing the Bears.  Doesn't seem to matter the year.  Doesn't seem to matter the players.  The Packers will almost be guaranteed to hit the big play that matters, and the Bears will not.

So ok, it is just 1 game.  Still a lot of football to go and certainly no reason to throw up our hands and say the season is lost.  But damn it, this was a very bad first step and a difficult one to recover from.  And if the Bears are to recover, they need to be led by someone capable of knocking off his cutesy gimmick shit and incorporate solid base fundamentals.

Pre-season would have been a good time to do that, but oh, the Bears didn't want to play their starters in pre-season.  I understand the desire to not get your starters hurt, but there needs to be a balance between that concern and the ability to actually have the team ready to play once games count.  The Bears were not ready, at least their offense certainly wasn't.  And that means Nagy and pals have a lot to make up for.

Chicago Bears @ Denver Broncos

I had pretty much penciled this one as a loss prior to the season starting.  I figured Fangio had all the information he needs to make Trubisky ineffective.  After the Goon Bay loss, it may be even easier for Fangio to accomplish his goal.

That said, Joe Flacco and the Broncos offense didn't exactly set the world on fire in their opening loss to the Raiders.  So this may end up as a game where no touchdowns are scored by either offense. 

Denver 15  Bears 9

The rest of my week 2 picks :

(home team in CAPS)

Last week = 9-6-1

CAROLINA over Tampa Bay
CINCINNATI over San Francisco
LA Chargers over DETROIT
GOON BAY over Minnesota
TENNESSEE over Indianapolis
New England over MIAMI
NY GIANTS over Buffalo
PITTSBURGH over Seattle
WASHINGTON over Dallas
BALTIMORE over Arizona
HOUSTON over Jacksonville
Kansas City over OAKLAND
New Orleans over LA RAMS
Philadelphia over ATLANTA
Cleveland over NY JETS

"well ... that didn't work as planned ...
on second thought, did we have a plan?"

New year, new attitude, new results
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2018 ended with a thud and led to a pretty unusual kicking caravan to begin 2019.  The winner of that is the guy they traded for from the Raiders, who has some pretty impressive youtube highlights from his college days but an NFL resume that consists of training camp and preseason efforts only.

The only thud we want to hear from this point on is the satisfying sound of Eddy Pineiro's foot hitting the sweet spot on the football to send it through the uprights.  And that needs to happen on a very consistent basis for anyone to not flashback to last year's doinks.

The Bears biggest off season loss was their defensive guru.  I wish Vic Fangio much success with his head coaching efforts in Denver, and certainly hold no ill will that he left the Bears for a chance at the top job elsewhere.  What he left behind is a Bears defensive unit that could very well become one of the best in the NFL, with or without Mr. Fangio.

Aside from the kicking game, the offense is where most of the focus will be.  We have the "experts" telling us that instead of improving in Matt Nagy's offense in his second full year running it that Mitch Trubisky is going to regress and somehow really suck, leading the Bears to a 7-9 record and no playoffs.  The homer in me wants to respond to that with an obscenity fueled rant about how the Bears get no respect.  But becoming a cursing Rodney Dangerfield wouldn't really counter their moronic argument of an imminent Bears demise.

I think Trubisky is smart enough to continue to improve and talented enough to continue to perform at a high level.  I think Nagy has shown enough football intellect and innovative ability to ensure he continues to keep the offense very dangerous to opponents.  Couple that with a defense violently organized enough to create havoc and turnovers, and I simply do not see any way an intelligent football fan could think the Bears would have a 5 game regression from last year's results.

I look at this season as the real solid step forward this organization has been looking for for oh so long.  Where they go toe to toe with the big boys and more than hold their own.  Where they establish themselves as the leaders of the ever improving NFC North.  Where a trip to Chicago is anything but a pleasant experience to the opposition.  Sure, they can come enjoy some Italian Beef and the world's best deep dish but will do so as a salve to the bruises and loss they just suffered as they get their asses out of town.

Matt Nagy welcomes high expectations.  He has not shied away from acknowledging team shortcomings and explaining what has been done to correct them.  And in a recent quote, said :  "You think there's pressure?  Of course there is.  But we like pressure.  Let's go get this thing".

Pretty sure the thing he is referring to is not a deep dish.

Rather than the regular hopes and wishes every fan starts their season with, we have the joy of legitimate expectations.  And it is going to be one helluva ride.

Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears :

For the first time in a while I am fully looking forward to a Bears / Packers game.  The feeling of dread almost overwhelming all feelings of hope is simply not there this time.  It isn't just because the Bears I believe are the better team.  That hasn't always helped them in the past, where a better Bears team found a way to collectively stick their heads in their asses and gift the Packers touchdowns and wins.

It is time for the Bears to man up and slay the dragon.  And it starts now.

Bears 30  Packers 16

The rest of my Week 1 Picks :

(home team in CAPS)

CLEVELAND over Tennessee
Baltimore over MIAMI
Atlanta over MINNESOTA
Buffalo over NY JETS
PHILADELPHIA over Washington
Kansas City over JACKSONVILLE
LA CHARGERS over Indianapolis
SEATTLE over Cincinnati
NY Giants over DALLAS
ARIZONA over Detroit
TAMPA BAY over San Francisco
NEW ENGLAND over Pittsburgh
NEW ORLEANS over Houston
Denver over OAKLAND

Super Bowl 53
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I truly believe the Rams defense can directly affect the outcome. Their pass rush strength is from the inside, pushing to the pocket from the middle, and that is where Brady's comfort zone is. On most plays the pass rusher are forced wide, he steps up into the pocket, and completes to whoever he wants to.

If the Rams can get in his face and prevent that, and keep at it all day, they can slow Brady if not completely stop him. Then their offense needs to put points on the board.

Sounds simple and I realize there is more to it. And also realize the Patriots can and will come up with something the Rams haven't seen.

I'm going with the Rams, and their D-linemen to be the difference makers.

Rams 27  Patriots 24

Weekly Picks :

Regular Season = 166-88-2
Post Season = 3-7

Championship Weekend ...
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... and the Bears aren't in it.

The 4 teams that are should put on a pretty good show.

AFC :  Patriots @ Chiefs

One can never count out Brady and the Patriots.  They are a relentless machine.  I mistakenly thought the hot Chargers would have an answer for them last week, and that game was a 1 sided Patriots beatdown.

I am going for the Chiefs this week as the team that can answer what the Patriots will be bringing.  Mahomes has shown no game is too big for him to handle, and I feel he won’t be waiting to have the torch passed to him but will simply take it by having a big day to get the Chiefs to the Super Bowl.

NFC :  Rams @ Saints

I am 100% rooting for Drew Brees to get his second Super Bowl appearance.  Guy has been a class act and a damn fine QB throughout his career.

I certainly expect the Rams to put up a fight, and look for this to be one of those exciting back and forth games with multiple lead swaps.  But with the Saints prevailing in the end.

Weekly Picks :

Regular Season = 166-88-2
Post Season = 3-5

Bears season ends with a Doink
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A double doink actually.

A doink off the upright, and then a doink off the crossbar, then off the crossbar onto the field.  I know it has probably happened before, but not to my knowledge.  Every kick I can ever recall that hit both the upright and the crossbar went through and was good.  Parkey had no such luck.

When the Eagles called the timeout to ice him, and what ended up as a practice kick was down the middle and true, I had a blip of misgivings.  My mind went to the Pepsi commercial where Ron Rivera and the stadium of fans open their Pepsi’s and “ice” the kicker.  And then the kicker hits the upright.  But the friends I was watching the game with were confident his retry would mimic the first.  Alas, it was not to be.
The day after, the miss was officially declared a block by the NFL because slo-mo replay showed an Eagle defender clearly getting his hand on the ball.  You can debate all you want about how much that may have affected the flight of the ball.

In fairness, Parkey was not the sole reason the Bears lost.  He did make all of his other kicks on the day accounting for 9 of the Bears points.  But this was his moment to be the hero. 

We got to see Mitch Trubisky have his moment in the spotlight on that final drive, and he performed admirably.  So the future does look bright.

There will be changes in the off season, as there generally are.  The biggest will likely be Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio leaving to become a Head Coach (most likely in Denver).  So replacing him will be an important task.  With the talent level of the Bears defense, there should be no shortage of willing applicants for the job.

And then a decision must be made on what to do with Parkey.  Was this (his 7th doinked miss of the season, with 4 coming in 1 game) the final straw?  Or does he get a chance at redemption?  If it was up to me, I’d be bringing in a kicking caravan to compete for the job, and if he wins it from that competition, so be it. 

It was a nice season.  The team achieved above and beyond what most expected of them.  To have it all come to a close in that way on that final play was so deflating and disappointing.

Weekly Picks :

Regular Season = 166-88-2
Post Season = 1-3

Semi Final Weekend


Colts over CHIEFS – the biggest weakness on the Chiefs is their run defense.  The biggest help to Andrew Luck has been the solid Colts running game.  And I think that is what will decide it.

Chargers over PATRIOTS – this is the shakiest Patriots playoff team they have presented in years.  The Chargers proved in Baltimore they are ready and able to win on the road in the playoffs.


RAMS over Cowboys :  just don’t see the Cowboys being able to match up well all day.

SAINTS over Eagles :  time to end the Nick Foles voodoo magic show.  No better place to break that kind of thing than in New Orleans.

Chicago Bears - Wild Card Weekend
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This has been a pretty magical season for the Bears.  And as far as I'm concerned, the main reason is Matt Nagy.  And I came across an ESPN article today that I found to be very informative and entertaining in getting a glimpse of Matt Nagy the man :

ESPN :  http://www.espn.com/blog/chicago-bears/post/_/id/4708927/meet-the-construction-exec-who-helped-matt-nagy-chase-his-nfl-dream

Given the history of the team, with a HC list that rivals the starting QB list for base level incompetence, I can fully understand anyone with misgivings about Mr. Nagy at this point.

During Dick Jauron's magical mystical 13-3 season, we witnessed some game changing (and game winning) plays that defied logic and normal processing.  During Lovie Smith's reign leading to a Super Bowl appearance we witnessed a top end defense trying to pull an underachieving, and sometimes downright incompetent, offense to a title and almost making it.  While these guys won, there was never a complete feeling that the team they were leading had its shit together.  We enjoyed both rides, but were left short of achieving the ultimate goal.

But there is something different with Matt Nagy.

Yeah, I bitch about his play calling being too cute at times, but even that is a minor issue when focusing on the bigger winning picture.

I entered the season with hopeful optimism that has changed to full on roaring appreciation.  And the one thing I can point to as a calming constant is Nagy's consistent competence.  The feeling that somewhere on that play sheet or swirling in his head is something that can be successful and fun.  That he will never face a situation where is is simply lost and unable to provide the required leadership.

Yeah, it is only 1 season, but I'm willing to be all in with Mr. Nagy.  But more important than any fan's support is the fact the team is all in with him, and it shows.

And there is absolutely no question he is on the right track and obviously the man for the job to develop Mitchell Trubisky into someone who can be consistently successful at the NFL level.  Trubisky doesn't have his full A game on every week.  Some of his interceptions have truly been of a "wtf?" variety rather than a simple mis-read or good defensive play.  But it should be clear to everyone how far he has progressed from last season to this point.  It makes me stupidly giddy sometimes to see Nagy and Trubisky on the sidelines just having a conversation.  And to realize this is coach and QB, but more importantly, teacher and student.  While Trubisky hasn't aced all of his tests, he has done enough to show he is capable of learning and adjusting, something that will bode well for him throughout his career.

And of course we cannot forget about the defensive side of the ball.  Vic Fangio has been, in the words of Khalil Mack, an "evil genius".  And like Nagy, he has his defensive charges buying into his plans and schemes while responding with hard hitting enthusiasm that brings ill will to the team on the other side of the ball.

The stories now are swirling that he is a head coaching candidate for the current 8 head coaching vacancies.  I think most everyone shares my opinion that we do not want him to leave.  But if he does depart to be the head man elsewhere, I will certainly hold no grudge and be happy for his success.  He has clearly earned that level of respect and consideration.

But for the next few weeks, he still belongs to the Bears.  And what the hell, maybe soon on a Sunday in February, we will once again witness a Head Coach and a Defensive Coordinator being carried off the field in triumph, Super Bowl trophy secured.

Weekly Picks :

Regular Season = 166-88-2

Wild Card Weekend

Eagles @ Bears

Wentz is definitely out and has absolutely no business playing against this Bears defense with a fractured back (regardless of how "minor" they claim that injury to be).

Foles is working his magic again but is now battered himself.  No broken bones but bruised chest and ribs which could mean a few hits/sacks early and his focus may turn to survival and away from making plays downfield.

I think this Bears defense is the only defense in the NFC playoffs that can go into New Orleans and keep the Saints in check and lead to a win, so I do not see them having any sort of letdown to allow the Eagles foil their presence in that future game.

Nagy has now shown us and the league he can make adjustments and with those, the Bears can run the football.  A running game couple with his gadget plays and a Mitch Trubisky playing under control means a Bears win.

Bears 24

Eagles 16

The other games :

Colts over TEXANS - Andrew Luck is healthy and this Colts team is dangerous.  I am certain the other AFC teams would have rathered the Titans had won their final regular season showdown, leaving the Colts out of the playoffs.

Seahawks over COWBOYS - I think Russell Wilson will be the main element to swing this game in the Seahawks favor.

RAVENS over Chargers - Baltimore had no problem handling the Chargers in San Diego while struggling to keep their playoff hopes alive.  I think their defense will ensure a repeat performance in Baltimore.

Chicago Bears - Week 16
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What a week.

The Bears completed one of their better weeks in a decade with their win over the hated Packers.  They clinched the NFC North Division Championship AND eliminated the Packers from the Playoff picture.  As an added cherry on top, they ended the consecutive passes without an interception streak by Aaron Rodgers.

They again tried to make things difficult for themselves in the second half of a game, something they simply have to do something about once the playoffs begin.  Against Green Bay, it was, in my opinion, an ill-advised fake punt that almost sent things out of control.  The Bears were leading 14-6 and their defense had been making it painful for the Packers to get any traction on offense.  The Bears were in punt formation around midfield.  Instead of punting, they snapped to the up back, who was promptly swallowed up for no gain.  Packers ball.

So of course Green Bay takes advantage of the gift by driving the short field for a TD and the tying 2 point conversion.  Just like that, it was 14-14 and the feeling of the Bears being in control seeping away.  When the Packers tied it up, all I could think of was the opening week game, with the Bears in control for the first half, and then pissing it all away in the second.

I understand Nagy has this mad professor streak and likes to do things differently.  And for the most part, I accept that and all that comes with it.  But I believed this fake punt was a mistake (still do).  If they had punted, it is reasonable to assume the Packers may not have even gotten to midfield on their own the way the defense was playing.  And the Packers would then have punted it back with the score still 14-6 Bears.  If Nagy was so intent on going for it there, he should have left the offense on the field to take a legitimate more realistic shot at gaining the yard needed.

Fortunately the script for this game played out much differently than the week 1 game, and the Bears prevailed in a big way.  So in spite of some unnecessary stomach churning moments, things did eventually work out in a positive way.

Primary thanks goes to the defense of course.  But Mitch Trubisky also gets a nod after having a very good day of his own in out dueling Aaron Rodgers.

Trubisky is a work in progress.  He is getting better, and I expect him to be very much better next year.  I am happy enough with his abilities, and the fact he actually has a legitimate coach to guide him, to be comfortable with him as our QB of the present and the future.

A few of the articles I've seen offer comparisons between Trubisky and Mahomes, concluding Mahomes is the better QB.

Well, duh.

Mahomes had the benefit of a much longer college career as well as being drafted to a team that had the actual interest and intent to transition him into the NFL.  Plus he had the luxury of playing a season behind a seasoned decent vet to learn from, and Mahomes gladly gives credit to Alex Smith for that assistance.

I trust Nagy and Trubisky to learn and develop together and reach a point in the not too distant future where hand wringing about the state of Mitch will be foolish and unnecessary.

And I also trust them to have a clue and a purpose as the playoffs begin.  It has been a magical season so far, but they aren’t done yet.

Week 16 Picks

Bears @ 49ers

This is probably not going to be the blowout I originally thought it to be.  The 49ers are of the opinion they are an actual football team now, their win over the Seahawks was impressive since that was a game Seattle really needed to keep their playoff position intact.

I don't see them doing anything the Bears defense can't handle, but this could be much more competitive than we would like.

I still see the Bears winning by 10 or more in the Robbie Gould Bowl.

Bears 29

49ers 19 (Robbie Gould 4 for 4 FG's)

The rest of my Week 16 Picks :

Week = 9-7
Season = 143-79-2

TITANS over Redskins
CHARGERS over Ravens
COWBOYS over Buccaneers
Vikings over LIONS
Falcons over PANTHERS
Texans over EAGLES
COLTS over Giants
BROWNS over Bengals
PATRIOTS over Bills
Packers over JETS
DOLPHINS over Jaguars
SAINTS over Steelers
Chiefs over SEAHAWKS
RAIDERS over Broncos

WEEK 17 PICKS (since I will be away for the holidays)

Bears @ Vikings

this could be a "who cares?" game with a lot of starters not even playing ... I'm hoping it will be a game the Vikings need and the Bears ruin their day

Bears 28
Vikings 24

Rest of the week 17 picks :

CHIEFS over Raiders
Dolphins over BILLS
TITANS over Colts
Browns over RAVENS
PACKERS over Lions
PATRIOTS over Jets
SAINTS over Panthers
TEXANS over Jaguars
Cowboys over GIANTS
Eagles over REDSKINS
Falcons over BUCCANEERS
STEELERS over Bengals
SEAHAWKS over Cardinals
RAMS over 49ers
Chargers over BRONCOS

Chicago Bears - Week 15
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The win I predicted wasn’t near as sweet as the reality of what the Bears did to the Rams.  It was fitting I chose to watch the game wearing my Richard Dent jersey because the Bears defense turned the clock back to 1985. 

The friends I watched the game with appreciate defense the way I do, and they were oohing and ahhing with me.  But of course they had to bust my chops about the Bears offense not being prime time caliber.  However we all agreed the only TD scored was an enjoyable highlight.
I am very happy with how things are progressing, even with the random Trubisky hiccups.  He is getting better and this year will be incredibly valuable to him from which to build on in 2019.

Ah, but 2018 isn’t over just yet.  And yes I have full blown dreams of playoff success.

This is now the sort of expected success I haven’t had about the Bears in years.  Normal expectations were a hope for success.  Current expectations far exceed that, and the Bears seem to be having a lot of fun living up to our higher expectations.  Just a completely different environment from what we are all used, and it is just such a welcome change.

Week 15 Picks

Packers @ Bears

Over the past 20 times these 2 teams have met, the Packers hold a 17-3 advantage, so this "storied rivalry" has been more the Bears bending over and taking it.

One of the most embarrassing was the 50 burger the Packers put on the last Trestman team, at home in Chicago, on a national prime time broadcast.

The Bears looked to have a different perspective opening day this season, but had an inexplicably chaotic second half of self-inflicted damage that allowed Rodgers to enhance his hero status in Goon Bay.

This Sunday, that shit HAS to change.  This is the most meaningful game for the Bears in years.  They can clinch the NFC North AND put a death spike into any Packer playoff dreams.

I don't want this game to be close.

I want a 20+ point lead at halftime, leading to a 30+ point win.

I want that consecutive passes without an interception record by Rodgers ended by an Eddie Jackson pick 6 and at least 2 more interceptions later.

I want a one sided decimation on all levels.  And for the first time in forever, I don’t think I am being unrealistic with that wish.

Bears 37

Packers 6

The rest of my Week 15 Picks :

Last Week = 9-7
Season = 134-72-2

CHIEFS over Chargers
Texans over JETS
Browns over BRONCOS
FALCONS over Cardinals
Raiders over BENGALS
VIKINGS over Dolphins
Cowboys over COLTS
RAVENS over Buccaneers
BILLS over Lions
JAGUARS over Redskins
GIANTS over Titans
Seahawks over 49ERS
STEELERS over Patriots
RAMS over Eagles
Saints over PANTHERS

Chicago Bears Week 14
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What a wild and crazy game in New York.

I was certain when the Bears recovered the onside kick the game would go into overtime.  When the Giants won the toss and got the football first, I was certain the game would end on a Bears defensive score.

Well, I was half right.

The Bears made enough errors to help the Giants and then made almost enough big plays to help themselves.  Alas, it was not to be.
Sitting pretty atop the NFC North at 8-4 is not something to be ignored.  And their fate is in their own hands as to how things will play out.

I'm now all in with the Kool Aid, so here is my final 4 game scenario :

Dec 9 - Rams @ Bears :  the return of Trubisky has the paid talking heads bleating about yet another prime time QB showdown, but the reality will be the exact opposite ... Bears defense still smarting from letting Barkley get the better of them in the second half of the Giants game make sure Gurley does not duplicate the effort ... on the other side, Aaron Donald will make the return of Trubisky an adventure in not getting creamed ... Bears get 2 defensive TD's and 5 field goals and hold off a furious Rams charge at the end for a 29 - 24 win

Dec 16 - Packers @ Bears : Rodgers will be Rodgers and pose a serious danger to the Bears until a sack to begin the second half removes him from the equation ... Trubisky and friends get back to being comfortable with each other and the Bears avoid another second half meltdown thanks to Rodgers not being around to cause one ... Bears 31 - 20 (Packers score no second half points)

Dec 23 - Bears @ 49ers :  Bears again score 2 defensive TD's (Eddie Jackson gets 1 of them on a pick 6) and the offense plays fast and loose in a game that gets away from San Francisco early ... Bears cruise 37 - 17

Dec 30 - Bears @ Vikings :  Minnesota desperately fighting to hang on to a Wild Card spot will pose a full game challenge for the Bears and come out with a few tricks of their own for an early lead that carries to halftime ... Bears then flip the script and turn in their finest second half performance of the season to pull out a 31-28 win

Bears finish 12-4 and get ready for Wild Card Weekend as they watch and wait to see who survives week 17.

Who’s with me?

Week 14 Picks

Rams @ Bears

Itemized above, I think this will be the coming out party.  And a Bears win.

Bears 29  Rams 24

The rest of my Week 14 Picks :

Last Week = 9-7
Season = 125-65-2

TITANS over Jaguars
BROWNS over Panthers
CHIEFS over Ravens
TEXANS over Colts
Patriots over DOLPHINS
Giants over REDSKINS
Saints over BUCCANEERS
PACKERS over Falcons
BILLS over Jets
CHARGERS over Bengals
Broncos over 49ERS
Eagles over COWBOYS
Steelers over RAIDERS
CARDINALS over Lions
SEAHAWKS over Vikings

"this sitting on the sidelines really sucks ...
time to get back out there ..... "