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The momentum the Bears (2-4) have shown in the fourth quarter stretch the last few games really made me believe that they could come back to win yesterday’s game. Chicago had a couple opportunities to lock a victory, shop but penalties and bizarre calls did not make it any easier for them.  The Bears struggled defensively to contain Quarterback, Matthew Stafford and Wide Reciever Calvin Johnson and ultimately that cost them the game as the Bears fell to the Lions 34-37.

The game was exciting with a lot of action and scoring for both sides but in the fourth quarter it came down to Chicago Kicker Robbie Gould, who tied up the game to send it into overtime with a 29 yard field goal.  In overtime, Lions when Stafford connected with Johnson on a 57 yard play that set Kicker Matt Prater up for his 27 yard field goal – securing a Detroit victory.  Here’s the key stats and “play of the game” that you’ll need to know regarding this game below.

 

Key Chicago Player Stats:

Running Back, Jeremy Langford, one yard touchdown

Running Back, Matt Forte,  three receptions for 69 yards and one touchdown

Wide Receiver Alshon Jeffery started after being out four weeks with a hamstring injury and it didn’t appear that his leg was bothering him any as he had eight receptions for 147 yards and one touchdown.

Quarterback Jay Cutler had 353 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception.  The Cutler Chicagoans all know and love would have had a full-blown meltdown after throwing an interception, but this new Cutler we’re seeing managed to recover and continue to drive the ball down the field.

 

What everyone will be talking about this week: 

The infamous TD/INT call that was reversed…

The Lions turned a turnover into a touchdown on a play that made many scratch their heads in the first half of the game.  With less than a minute remaining in the second quarter, Detroit Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw to Wide Receiver Golden Tate in the end zone and Tate lost control of the ball.  Chicago’s Jonathan Anderson ended up picking it up for the interception. The officials originally ruled the play a touchback and awarded possession to the Bears, but ended up reversing the call upon further review. Check it out for yourself here.

Why does this matter? Well, it has become almost impossible to understand what equals a catch in the NFL over the last few years.  See here or here, for further confusion and head-scratching. Thanks refs!

 

Next Up:

Bears have bye week and will return to the field against the Minnesota Vikings (3-2) at home on November 1st and 12 PM Central. I would love to predict a victory but I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. I clearly have given the Bears too much credit on previous games so I’m going to be cautious this time around. Check back next Monday for some Bears news.

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Even though a little part of me wants the Bears to lose (merely for draft-pick purposes), stuff there’s still a part of me that’s super happy to see adequate coaching and a few wins for Chicago. Head Coach, John Fox is doing the best he can during the Bears rebuilding phase and it shows. The Chicago Bears (2-3) beat Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) yesterday with nail-biting, exciting fourth quarter play.

The Bears already knew they would be without Wide Receivers Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal and three starting offensive linemen due to injuries going into the game.  However, the Bears also faced the same issues during the game as Linebacker, Shea McClellin left with a knee injury.

However, the hardest injury to watch happened during the game for the opposing team.  Kansas City’s star (and franchise) Running Back, Jamall Charles collapsed on the field during a third quarter play.  Preliminary reports are saying it is a torn ACL and he’ll be out the season, which is a huge loss for the team.  That injury could also be considered a turning point in the game for the Bears, as all the excitement and touchdowns came in the fourth quarter and the Chiefs remained scoreless the entire second half of the game.

Here’s what everyone will be talking about today:

The fourth quarter 67-yard touchdown drive by Quarterback Jay Cutler was one for the books. On the Bears final possession with less than 30 seconds on the clock, Cutler bobbled the snap, recovered and managed to toss a pass to Running Back Matt Forte for the game-winning touchdown. If you missed it, you can relive the moment via the NFL Twitter feed here. After that drive, the Chiefs tried to come back and win the game with a 66-yard field goal that was no good.

Offensive Player of the Game:

Cutty is still not my buddy… especially when he gets sacked, creates a fumble, which turns into a touchdown for the opposing team… all of which occurred in the first quarter.  But that being said, he has stepped up the last two games and performed well in high-pressure situations late in the game (see above paragraph). Cutler was 26-of-45 for a total of 252 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions (thank you sweet baby Jesus).

Defensive Player of the Game:

If you haven’t noticed already, when I talk about defense each week, I mostly talk about Outside Linebacker, Pernell McPhee.  If you don’t know him, get to know him and quick!  He’s quickly becoming the face of the Bears defense.  The notable play? In the third, Kansas City attempted a 27-yard field goal which was blocked by McPhee.  This also helped turn the tide in the Bears favor during the second half of the game.

#GoodAsGould:

Fun fact: Bears Kicker Robbie Gould became the franchise’s all-time leading scorer yesterday (total of 1,118 points) with his third-quarter field goal.

What’s Next:

The Chicago Bears take on the Detroit Lions in Detroit (0-5) next Sunday at 12 PM. Normally the Lions are a great opponent for Chicago (both teams being in the NFC North) but even Wide Receiver, “Megatron” Calvin Johnson can’t seem to help Detroit out lately. The struggle is real and it’s making hard for me to believe that the Lions will beat the Bears. Check back on the blog next week to recap key points and plays.

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This past Saturday, seek I sat in the Hyatt McCormick Place Hotel lobby with two anxious fans who were about to fulfill some big dreams.  Angela Hasse, viagra 18, of Mt. Prospect and Sean Caselton, 24, of Crystal Lake both won a “meet and greet” with Chicago Bears Right Tackle, Kyle Long, as well as tickets to Sunday’s game vs. the Oakland Raiders through Fanwish.

Fanwish is an app that allows every day people to have extraordinary experiences with their favorite athletes and celebrities – for free. By entering contests on the app, winners have the chance to meet their favorite players, attend sporting events, etc. Users can also purchase particular packages or opportunities if they would prefer a guaranteed experience.  Fanwish has already connected fans in Texas and California with their favorite athletes.  In fact, Dallas Cowboys Quarterback, Tony Romo recently partnered with the organization.  Due to its increasing popularity, Fanwish is looking to expand their reach to fans here in Chicago.

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Long (Center) with Caselton (L) and Hasse (R)

“Kyle Long tweeted about winning a meet and greet with him via a contest on Fanwish, so I entered,” said Caselton.  “I am a die-hard Bears fan and my Sunday mood is always based on the outcome of the game; to have the opportunity to meet my favorite player is awesome. I like Long because he’s a good player, he interacts with fans via social media and is good with the media.”

“I agree with all of that but it’s important to mention that he’s cute too,” chimed Hasse, who brought her mother with her to meet Kyle. Caselton brought a childhood friend.

Long arrived around 6 PM and met with the four fans in the lobby for a good 30 minutes. His casual and relaxed attitude made the group comfortable and they shared random tid-bits of information with him; Caselton grew up with a current offensive tackle for Green Bay and Hasse knows Sarah Trestman (former Bears coach, Marc Trestman’s daughter).

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Long chatting about social media trolls with the Fanwish contest winners

Caselton and Hasse also asked questions such as, “How much do you bench?” (More of a clean and jerk guy), “How do you handle social media trolls?” (Sometimes you talk some smack back to them and sometimes you just delete their comments) and “What are your pre-game rituals” (Throw the ball around a little bit/don’t really do any o-line drills and listen to some Waylon Jennings in the locker room to relax).  Long also signed memorabilia, snapped pics and even made time for a few Snapchat videos with the winners.

Long has made a name for himself in Chicago since being drafted first-round by the Bears in 2013; he’s a two-time Pro Bowler (2013, 2014) and named to PFWA’s All-Rookie team (2013).  He’s also the son of former NFL star and current FOX game day analyst, Howie Long and his brother Chris is currently a Defensive End for the St. Louis Rams.

To learn more about Fanwish and opportunities to win your own unique fan experience, visit their website.

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Jay Cutler

Sunday’s game proved to be the most exciting game yet as the Bears (1-3) finally looked alive on the field against the Raiders (2-2) at home.  The team avoided a ninth straight loss and stole a win from Oakland in the final seconds of the game when Kicker Robbie Gould kicked a 49 yard field-goal to seal the deal.

Before you head into the office, sovaldi here’s some quick player highlights/stats from the game below:

  • Jay Cutler After being out with an hamstring injury, Jay Cutler started at Quarterback on Sunday.  I may or may not have cringed when he threw an interception late in the game (flashbacks to the Jay we all know and love), but he managed to regain composure and overall, he played well.  Cutler completed 28 for 43 passes for a total of 281 yards and threw 1 interception.
  • As for the rest of the offense, solid plays were made by Tight End, Martellus Bennett, Running Back Matt Forte and Wide Receiver Eddie Royal.  Oakland’s defense just couldn’t cover Bennett as he caught 11 passes for a total of 83 yards with one touchdown.  Forte had 91 yards rushing and 64 receiving; he now has over 8,000 career rushing yards. Royal also caught a touchdown on the game’s opening possession which set the tone for the first quarter.
  • Defensively, the Bears did a good job holding the Raiders to only 173 passing yards.  However, a couple of injuries make me nervous for next week’s game.  Safety Antrel Rolle left the game with an ankle injury and he did not return.  Note: Rolle hasn’t missed a game since 2009.

Does this win today make the Bears playoff material? Ha! Hardly. But it does prove that they’re identifying their strengths and weaknesses and things are starting to click with Fox as a coach.  The victory was good for the team and the fans; hopefully a few more of those are in our future this season (but I’m not holding my breath).

What’s Next:

Bears take on the Kansas City Chiefs (1-3) in Kansas at 12 PM CST on FOX. In the meantime, make sure to check out my post later today about two local fans who won a meet + greet with Bears Tackle Kyle Long via Fanwish. And as always, I’ll be back to recap the game next week!

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It’s simple really. Seattle needed a victory more than Chicago.  Even though both Seattle and Chicago had 0-2 records going into the game, shop the Seahawks are a team that made two Super Bowl appearances in the last two years, sovaldi sale winning one of the two. Meanwhile, hospital the Bears haven’t even made a playoff appearance since 2010. Obviously Seattle had something to prove, so it should come as no surprise that they stepped it up and shut out Chicago, 26-0.

The game wasn’t the worst Bear football I’ve seen, but it was also not the best. To prep yourself for office water cooler chat this AM, check out some player stats and a quick game recap below:

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Back-up QB, Jimmy Clausen

  • Both QB Jay Cutler and Wide Receiver, Alshon Jeffery did not play, so the Bears turned to back-up QB, Jimmy Clausen for the Seattle home opener.  Clausen was 9 of 17 for 63 yards. Meh. He now also has a 1-11 record. Per usual, RB Matt Forte carried the offensive workload with 74 yards on 20 carries. Defensively, the Bears actually showed-up for a bit and applied some pressure on Seattle QB Russell Wilson. Both Jarvis Jenkins and Pernell McPhee had two sacks apiece.
  • For Seattle, Wilson finished 20 of 30 for 235 yards. Their star Running Back, Marshawn Lynch had only 14 yards on five carries before leaving the game at the half with an injury (calf and hamstring).  The big star for the Seahawks was rookie Tyler Lockett, who returned the ball 105 yards for a touchdown at the start of the second half of the game.  This was the longest return in Seattle franchise history.
  • To recap the game, the first half wasn’t necessarily exciting but it also wasn’t God awful, as the Bears controlled the football for 18:01 and only trailed by six points at the half.  Seahawk fans were even booing their team during the first half based on their sub-par performance. However, Lockett’s TD during the second-half kickoff change the momentum of the game. From there, everything went downhill as the Bears couldn’t keep up with the Seahawks; only gaining an additional 37 yards in the second half and remaining scoreless. Ow.

Next Up

Bears take on the Oakland Raiders here in Chicago at 12PM.  My prediction? A morale-boosting Bear victory, 27-21. (Although I can’t wait to see Oakland’s WR Amari Cooper in action and am secretly rooting for him – sorry!) Check out the game on CBS and check back to see my recap and thoughts next week!

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Hi there Chicago sports fans! Super pumped to be blogging today on the new and improved SDI website. The website revamp happened just in time too, treatment because football is back and so are the Bears! Since last season, see the Bears have made a lot of changes to the roster and to their line-up. USA Today also projected the Bears to have the worst record in the NFL this season. Since nothing motivates a fan more to watch this season’s games after hearing how horrible their team will be, I’m trying to look on the bright side and keep my focus on the roster… Today’s post focuses on the injuries and some of the old and new faces before touching on this week’s match-up against Green Bay.

Injury plagued – what else is new?

Lots of big names have been mentioned this off-season, but not necessarily for reasons fans hoped to hear. New Bears Head Coach, John Fox has been vague when discussing many of these injuries to the media, making it hard to really grasp how severe some of them had been and how they may affect the season. However, at this point it’s obvious that a few Bears will not be playing and I’ve listed some of the key injuries here.

White IR; Ryan Mundy Out; Clausen concussion; Jeffery to play the Pack?

  • Let’s start with Kevin White. If you’re not familiar with the name, White was the first round pick by the Chicago Bears. He played college ball at WVA and had impressed the Bears at the combine – making him a huge part of their rebuilding strategy and efforts for the team. Apparently he injured his shin back in June and re-aggravated the injury in August. Most recently, he had surgery to repair the stress fracture. At this time, the Bears have offered no timetable on his return and have placed him on injured reserve (IR). However, just because he’s on IR doesn’t mean that he will come back this season.
  • Another name on the IR is Ryan Mundy who was last year’s star safety on a dwindling defense. Last season, he led the Bears in tackles and interceptions. He’s out with hip injury and will miss entire season.
  • While Jimmy Clausen might not be on the IR, he might be bumped to third string as he suffered another concussion against Cincinnati last week. This is Clausen’s second concussion in 8 months; his previous one occurred in December when he took a helmet-to-helmet shot against Detroit.
  • The biggest name on the roster with the most questions right now is Bears star wideout, Alshon Jeffery. Suffered calf injury earlier in the pre-season and it appears the Bears are unsure if he will play but are reported “optimistic” about his status. Keep in mind; he was out Monday’s practice.

3rd String QB update

Following-up news of Clausen’s latest concussion, GM Ryan Pace signed 3rd string QB, Zac Dysert from Broncos a week ago. This development could be promising, seeing as Dysert is familiar with the John Fox and Adam Gase offensive program and would be a great supplement to Cutler if needed.

Who is Zac Dysert?   He had 2 years with the Broncos under offensive coordinator Gase (4 preseason games – 24 for 41 with 285 yds and 2 touchdowns and 0 turnovers. You read that right, 0.)


Bears-Pack Preview

We have to talk about Sunday’s game since it is the oldest rivalry in the NFL but I’m going to keep it brief. Last season versus the Packers, Bears lost both games. The worst loss against the Packers was the final loss of the match-up, when the Packers pummeled the Bears 55-14 in week 10. However, there have been 190 games between the two teams since 1921 and the Bears still hold overall wins with 93 to the Packers 91.

Naturally, there wouldn’t be a football rivalry if there wasn’t some smack talk involved. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy told his season-ticket holders last week that Green Bay was going to “kick Chicago’s ass”. Those are some pretty hefty words and it doesn’t help that our own coach doesn’t disagree with the statement. Fox was asked about McCarthy’s comments and he replied that he’s seen their tape and they have a right to be confident.

Ouch.

My Prediction?

Bear beating. Pack-27, Bears- 14.

Either way, Bear down Chicago, we’re in for a really interesting season. Be sure to check out the home opener against Green Bay this Sunday at 12PM on FOX and check back with me weekly for more Bears gossip, player profiles, previews and recaps.

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