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Bears vs. Vikings

I should have titled this post, buy viagra “Is it even worth watching” because let’s be honest, physician the Bears haven’t given Chicago much to enjoy this football season.  The Bears are now stuck with a 3-6 record and over 100 points have been scored on them in the last 2 games.  The soap opera continued this week with lackluster press conferences post a Green Bay butt-kicking, medicine Marshall threatening to fight Detroit Instagram trolls via Twitter, and Cutler’s position in the hot seat due to his lack of motivation and responsibility as a “franchise” QB.

It does not surprise me that fans are encouraging one another to boycott Sunday’s game at 12PM CT vs. the Minnesota Vikings (4-5). However, if you plan on attending or watching, here’s what you need to know:

In the history of the match-up, the Vikings have lost the last six and 12 of the last 13 away games against the Bears and Chicago is 7-3 against Minnesota since 2009.

On paper, Chicago has the better offense and Minnesota has the better defense. However, Minnesota came back to beat RG III and the Redskins, 29-26 their last game while Chicago was blown-out by Green Bay, 55-14.  Minnesota is looking for another victory to begin a potential play-off run; Chicago is looking for a victory because without it, they are a complete lost cause.

Key players on the Vikings:

Rookie QB – Teddy Bridgewater

bridgewaterBridgewater, a rookie QB out of Louisville had a career-high 26 passes for 268 yards vs. the Washington Redskins. He had zero turnovers and was sacked only twice. While Bridgewater might be slightly giddy to face Chicago’s defense, he’s admitted that his caliber of play might not be the same Chicago’s past 2 QB opponents, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. That said, Chicago needs to take advantage of his rookie status.

RBs – Jerick McKinnon + Matt Asiata

Minnesota is known for their running game (currently the 10th ranked rushing offense) but have been missing NFL star RB Adrian Peterson since September. That said, the Vikings have heavily relied on Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata to pick up the slack in Peterson’s absence.  The duo have been performing well; Asiata has six rushing touchdowns and McKinnon has 446 rushing yards.

Key players for the Bears:

QB – Jay Cutler

I feel like a broken record but I honestly can’t figure out the puzzle that is our offense. How can we have 4 pro-bowlers on our offense, yet lack consistency?  At this point, who do you hold accountable?  My fingers are pointed at the man who throws the football.

Jay Cutler

Last week against the Packers, Cutler threw for 272 passing yards with one touchdown. He also turned over the football three times which included an interception that was returned for a touchdown by GB’s Hayward. I understand that Cutler has had a hard time beating the Packers, but watching him fail miserably gives fans and his team a lack of confidence in their QB. Cutler normally does play well against Minnesota, so hopefully he can finally find rhythm with WR Jeffery and Marshall.

DE – Jared Allen

I have to mention Allen in my posts this season but it is definitely time I do so.  As you know, he was a huge off-season pick-up for Chicago and he spent his last 6 years in Minnesota before switching up his jersey.  So far, he has yet to be a defense standout that Chicago so desperately needs. He has only 1 sack this season and has battled pneumonia.  Would be nice to see him pummel his former team and give QB Bridgewater some hell. If there was any better time to prove that he was worth the money, it is now.

My takeaway:

Chicago Bears, are you going to clean up this mess or are you going to continue to drag your heels in the mud?  You need to figure out a way to score points on offense, prevent points on defense and you know, just act like you are a PROFESSIONAL NFL football team!  A desperately needed home victory  vs. a mediocre competitor in our division might convince some fans to follow the rest of your season, especially when your next on the schedule is vs. former Coach Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For your sanity (and your job), I hope you can pull off a victory but sadly I don’t foresee that happening.

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With his contract up at the end of the 2013 season, unhealthy it was a make it or break it year for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, prostate  and despite Cutler’s injuries and inability to take the team to the post season, the Bears front office has made it clear that #6 isn’t going anywhere this offseason.

The Bears announced yesterday that they had inked the controversial Chicago QB to a new 7-year contract that will keep Cutler a Bear until 2020. Although financial terms to the deal were not specifically released, it is being said that his contract includes $50 million in guaranteed money…not bad for a sub-par QB who hasn’t led the Bears to a Super Bowl in his five seasons, is 39-28 in 67 starts, and ended this season with a measly 8-8 record.

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty of the deal and also take a look at how teammates, fans and the press are responding to this generous deal.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • Cutler ended the season with 2,621 yards passing, a 63.1 completion percentage, 19 touchdowns and an 89.2 passer rating. Those stats are a definite improvement from years prior but, in my opinion, they aren’t deserving of a 7-year contract extension. With a new head coach, who seems to work well with Cutler, and weapons like Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall, I knew upper management would decide to give Cutty more time in Chicago but as I touched on earlier, I didn’t foresee such a lucrative deal being put on the table. However, the decision is very important to their salary cap, so it makes sense that they made it so quickly.

    Kyle Long responds to Cutler Skeptic

  • Caption read: “BOOM…JAY 7 for 126…Congrats now let’s go Win”

    Twitter is abuzz with reactions to this big decision. Cutler’s teammates seem to be pleased with the contract extension, namely Brandon Marshall, who’s been playing with No. 6 since college. Right after the deal was announced, Marshall took to social media to express his excitement. Even rookie Kyle Long defended his QB. I can’t say that I’ve seen the same reaction from fans though. Many share my belief that the deal is too generous, others have said it’s ridiculous that he’s even coming back and there’s even a few who think backup QB Josh McCown, should have snagged Cutty’s spot. However, the impression I have gotten from the press, is that they agree with keeping the QB around, some citing that it’s just easier than searching for a new franchise QB, and others saying he is just too talented to let go. Bulls reporter Nick Friedell poses an important question below…what’s your response, ladies?

WHAT’S NEXT:

Marc Trestman and Phil Emery, Photo Credit- Jose M. Osorio/ Chicago Tribune

With new Cutler’s contract, the offense is pretty much set but you should expect GM Phil Emery and Coach Marc Trestman to be making a whole lot of changes on Chicago’s defense. So far this off season CB Tim Jennings (4-year deal) and OL Matt Slauson (4-year deal) are the only other Bears’ who have received contraction extensions – both were announced yesterday with Cutler’s extension. There are 25 more players on the Bears’ roster who have contracts scheduled to expire on March 11, including seven first-stringers on a defense that finished last place in the NFL in yards allowed per play (sigh). Veteran guys like Devin Hester and Charles Tillman are on that long list. Going into the 2014 NFL Draft, Chicago will have the 14th overall pick and from Emery’s quote below, you can see that their goal is clear.

“I will just tell you we’re going to be a younger defense. The draft will be focused in that area…Defensively, it was not about, is it D-line, linebacker, safety…it’s about finding the best playmakers, the guys that can make a dynamic difference to our defense.”

Love or hate the Bears decision, one thing is for sure – this team will look much different next season when the Bears take the field. We can expect many changes to the roster this offseason, let’s just hope they are all for the best.

It has been a pleasure chatting about the Bears with all of you this season and hopefully by this time next year, Chicago will still be fighting their way through playoffs. And as always, Bear down, sports divas!

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It was another disappointing loss full of missed opportunities for the Bears on Sunday in Minneapolis. In their final game of the season in the soon to be demolished Metrodome, viagra the Bears lost to the NFC bottom-dwelling Vikings in a bizarre OT thriller that was more or less a snooze-fest until the 4th quarter.

Despite a decent performance by the offense, clinic the Bears would ultimately blow a 10 point lead losing to a floundering Minnesota team, drugstore putting their playoff hopes in serious question.

A series of unfortunate plays and missed opportunities will haunt the team and it’s fans as this loss signals a season that could slowing be coming to a crumbling end. In a game full of head-scratching moments, it was Robbie Gould’s uncharacteristic miss, a 47-yard field goal that would have given the Bears the win.

Bear nation is shaking their heads tonight wondering what our team would be like if we had a healthy defense line-up like last year’s mixed with the amazing offense from this year.  They are also questioning the remainder of the season and playoff hopes with only four games remaining in the regular season.

It was a crazy football weekend and there is guaranteed to be lots of chatter around the Bears latest loss (along with the crazy end to the Alabama-Auburn game) and while I’d like to forget them both – here’s what you need to know to jump in on the conversations tomorrow in the office.

What You Need to Know:

  • Let’s Start With the Bright Side: Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery had a career game with 12 catches for a franchise-record 249 yards and two huge TDs – most notable his sick 46-yard TD catch over Vikings cornerback Chris Cook.  Jeffery also broke his own single-game team record for receiving yards.  Bears quarterback Josh McCown, was 23 of 36 for 355 yards and had two touchdowns.  The offense has immensely improved and is reliable with or without Jay Cutler, so it is unfortunate that our defense could not step-up more today.

    Robbie Gould

  • Goulden Boy Falls Short:  Unfortunately, reliable Robbie Gould missed two major kicks that cost the Bears.  One of them was a 66 yarder with 2 seconds left in the 4th (I was having flashbacks and panic attacks reliving the Alabama-Auburn game during this kick) and the second was the controversial call made by Coach Trestman to send Gould out for the 47-heard FG attempt on 2nd down  with 4 minutes left in OT. ???  The first miss was completely understandable, however the second was all around strange coming from one of the most accurate kickers in the league.  Robbie and his wife welcomed their first child less than 24 hours before kick-off, at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday. Perhaps it was lack of sleep or concentration, but you can’t blame Gould’s misses as the sole reason the Bears lost the game.  There were enough flubs to go around.
  • Same Old Problems for the Bears Defense: While there were glimpses of kick-ass play defensively (i.e.: Julius Peppers two sacks in the 1st half and Jon Bostic’s crazy good tackle in the 4th), the Bears D simply wasn’t enough to stop Adrian Peterson who rushed for 211 yards. Throw in some costly penalties (taunting = 15 yards), and the Bears simply didn’t have enough to get past a motivated team with nothing to lose.

My Take Away Piece:

“Are our playoff hopes lost?  Are the Bears the Cubs of football?  Will Jay be back on Monday?  Why was Kyle Long wearing a cast on his ankle after the game?  So many questions, so few answers.  The season isn’t over yet, but with the Bears now down two games to the Lions with the Lions owning the tie-breaker, things aren’t looking so good.  My hope is that the defense finds some new momentum (and gets back our boy Peanut) to finish the regular season out stronger…  I’d like to see Jay Cutlercome back and play like he never missed the last couple games.

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In general, I really only foresee a playoff run if we secure a W with every regular season game left… And even then, it might not be enough.  The eternal optimist is also being realistic because we do have a tough remainder of the season, including another match-up with our arch nemesis, Green Bay Packers – who are hoping for a healthy Aaron Rodgers by that time.

What’s Next:

Next Monday, Chicago will take on “America’s team”, the Dallas Cowboys on primetime Monday Night Football via the lakefront in Chicago.  This will be a special night, as the Chicago Bears will retire Coach Ditka’s number prior to the game.  Hopefully they will make DA COACH proud with a victory against the tied for 1st place NFC East (7-5) Dallas Cowboys.  It might be rough, but Dallas has a weak defense just like Chicago and Romo can be inconsistent.  Let’s hope for a healthy Cutler and a solid D to squeak out a victory in attempt to salvage anything that is left of this season.

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Sunday’s 21-19 Bears’ loss to the Detroit Lions was one of those games that reminds you that football can often be a lot like life. Woulda, doctor coulda, shoulda…seemed to be the post game mantra as Marc Trestman’s bad coaching decision to keep an injured Jay Cutler in the game ultimately cost the Bears a critical loss that could have detrimental consequences on the Bears’ playoff hopes.

Bear nation is shaking their heads tonight wondering “What was Trestman thinking?”, ironically less than a week after the Bears’ new coach was hailed a ballsy offensive genius for going for it on 4th and inches in the Bears win over the Packers on Monday night.

Trestman’s decision to keep an injured and strained Jay Cutler in the game while a proven and capable backup waited on the sidelines, will be the talk of the water coolers on Monday morning, and quite possibly a discussion point for the remainder of the season. Here’s what you need to know to get in on the conversations.

What You Need to Know:

  • Wasted Opportunities: It was another game of missed chances for the Bears that will have fans bitching the most. After a smooth start that saw both teams score on their opening drives, things kinda went stale for the Bears as Cutler’s groin issue nagged and the offense just got sloppier as the game progressed. For example, Cutler stringed together a few great drives connecting with Marshall and Jeffery often, that would result in field goals. Safety Chris Conte finally redeemed himself with an interception that set up HAM of the Week, Alshon Jeffery for a touchdown reception that would later be overruled as an incomplete pass. Nothing seemed to be going the Bears way in the second half.
  • The Cutler Controversy: All week long leading up to this game the ‘will he or won’t he’ conversations dominated the airwaves as the word of Cutler’s early return from groin injury shocked and delighted Bear nation. After Josh McCown’ssolid win last week over the Packers, many (including myself) questioned why Trestman would rush to put Cutler back in the game if it meant possibly risking more injury or a poor performance in a critical conference game. Cutler was cleared by trainers and doctors to play, and coach Trestman did what most anxious coaches would do, he played the starting quarterback. Unfortunately, Trestman’s gamble backfired and Cutler’s nagging groin injury surfaced early in the game and a bizarre new ankle injury popped up by halftime, clearly contributed to his lackluster second half, when Cutty went 9 for 22. Cutler was slinging long passes, struggling to get out of the pocket, and just looked like he was in pain as the Bears offense struggled in the second half.

    Coach Trestman

  • Trivial Trestman: This game will go down as the game where Trestman screwed up. Not only did the new coach leave Cutler in way too long, but when he finally decided to put in backup Josh McCown, with less than two minutes remaining, McCown immediately connected with Marshall for a TD, putting the Bears within two points as the team set up for the 2-point conversion. After a costly necessary roughness call on the Lions during the Bears’ first failed 2-point conversation attempt, the Bears were lucky enough to get a second chance. Trestman’s big strike two came when he called in a running play to Forte which was immediately shut down while Jeffery and Marshall looked on wide open.

Your Take Away Piece:

“There’s going to be a lot of finger pointing after this game with much of the fault coming on Trestman for bad decision making in a game the Bears needed to win. With the Lions sweeping the Bears on the season, Detroit now wins any type of tiebreaker scenario if both teams were to end up tied at the end of the season with the playoffs on the line.”

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What’s Next:

Monday morning quarterbacks will be in full force tomorrow as everyone will have an opinion on what went wrong on Sunday, and who exactly is to blame. Thankfully, without Aaron Rodgers the Packers lost to the Eagles and also now sit at 5-4 as the Lions hold the lead in the NFC North. The Bears will face the inconsistent 4-5 reigning Super Bowl champs, the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday on the lakefront, hopefully with a healthy Jay Cutler and a humbled and wiser Marc Trestman.

 

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Bears fans breathed a huge sigh of relief on Sunday when the Bears rallied from a 11-point deficit to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 24-21 in the highly anticipated season opener at Soldier Field. Without knowing what quite to expect in the first game of the season under new coaching, thumb the team looked solid on both sides of the ball with a strong finish that left skeptical fans drinking the Marc Trestman Kool-Aid.

If for some bizarre reason you missed the season opener (acceptable excuses: baby shower, last minute overseas rendezvous, open-heart surgery) then read on to find out what exactly you missed before heading into the office – or into any sport-releated converstaion this week).

What You Need to Know:

  • Damn, it feels good to write this – the Bears offense was GOOD. No opening interceptions thrown by Jay Cutler, no pounding of the fists at halftime screaming “where is the *#$%@ing protection!?”, you could tell the offense has been revamped during the offseason. Cutler completed 21 of 33 passes for 242 yards, two touchdowns and only one interception. Not once was Cutler sacked. #SUCCESS
  • Cutler did spread the love around more than usual but the Marshall/Cutler bromance was back in full effect. Marshall had a huge game with eight catches for 104 yards and one touchdown. Marshall was targeted the most and successfully managed to get open in a nasty Bengals secondary.

    Martellus Bennett

  • The Black Unicorn was in full effect: talk about an upgrade during the offseason: Bears new tight end Martellus Bennett is on his way to stealing Marshall’s ‘diva’ status: the versatile, social media enthusiast had a touchdown and three carries for 49 yards. What an improvement in the tight end position for the Bears – they finally have another weapon out on the field that can catch, block and entertain.
  • Peanut my man: Cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman was back to his usual ways picking off balls and working OT. Tillman had TWO interceptions in the game, despite having to leave mid-game after puking on the sidelines from dehydration.

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  • Solid Gould: Robbie Gould kicked a 58-yard field goal with 13 seconds left in the first half to put the Bears up 14-10. His kick was the longest field goal in TEAM HISTORY. Impressed? Want to buy him a drink and shake his hand? You actually can: Monday night at The Anthem in Wicker Park, Gould is hosting a fundraiser for his foundation, the Goulden Touch. More info HERE
  • Big Finish: Trailing by four in the 4th quarter, 21-17, Cutler and crew showed up in a clutch situation proving that they have indeed made improvements in the offseason. Cutler stringed together an 81-yard drive that included an 18-yard sliding scramble and a successful 4th and 1 conversion by Matt Forte, to set up Brandon Marshall for the game winning touchdown.
Lastly, a few of the Blackhawks were on the sidelines for the game and CSN Chicago captured this footage below of Patrick Kane giving a quick smooch to a mystery gal...is Kaner off the market? Who’s this lucky gal that clearly earns the “GF” status with the sideline date to the home opener?  If you know, tell us! Email us at info@sportsdivasinc.com.

Your Take Away Piece:

“It’s clear that Trestman has had an impact on the offense – simply in their ability to make the necessary halftime changes and with the consistency on the offensive line. However, the Bengals made some dumb mistakes that cost them opportunities that could’ve turned this outcome in a different direction. The Bears still have a ways to go but for their regular season debut, they looked much better than they did late last season.”

What’s Next: 

The Bears will get a few days rest before returning to Halas Hall to prepare for the Minnesota Vikings divisional matchup next Sunday at noon. With Vike’s RB Adrian Peterson in ridiculous form already in Week 1, the Bears D will need to work harder than ever this week as they prepare to contain the #1 running back in the league.
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In celebration of football coming back…Pink’s Pulse this week is all about football. What else on people’s minds these days? Maybe college football. Sit back, treat read up, case and happy Week 1 of football!

HOT

  • Thursday Night Kickoff game: Thursday night the Baltimore Ravens headed to the Mile High city to play the Denver Broncos to kick off the 2013 NFL season. If you watched, you saw Peyton Manning make history by throwing for seven touchdown passes in the game (only five others have done so) and take revenge over the Ravens. Wes Welker looked like the new favorite in Denver, and so did tight end Julius Thomas who scored two touchdowns. Who is probably also being picked up on everyones fantasy teams. A great game to start the season!

 

  • BENGALS v. BEARS: The wait is over and the time has come. The Chicago Bears will open up the season this Sunday at noon against the Cincinnati Bengals. Head coach Marc Trestman will debut his new offense, Jay Cutler will try to start the season off right, and the Bears will look to silence doubters starting Sunday. It will be a lofty challenge as the Bengals and the Bears are a pretty evenly matched teams. It’s a can’t miss.
  • Tom Brady still has it: Let me start off by saying…I do not understand why people have a problem with Tom Brady. Because he wins too much? He’s still one of the hottest men in the NFL and also probably the most closed off. He doesn’t do that many interviews outside of practice and press conferences, so when you see him on TV/in a video you have to watch. Enjoy Brady’s sexy life story told in an UGG commercial. The other video I was going to show wouldn’t let me embed…but basically Tom Brady calls Johnny Manziel a turd. Great stuff.

COLD

  • Urlacher calling out Bears: Earlier in the week on Fox Sports One, Brian Urlacher had a few words about some injuries. Urlacher made the claim that the Bears faked injuries to slow fast-paced offenses. As a football fan for years, I’ve seen this happen many times. But teams try to do this nonchalantly. The face of the Bears franchise for the last decade is blatantly calling us out now? I’m sorry, that’s crossing the line. Urlacher needs to know what he should and shouldn’t say out loud unless it was some ploy by FS1 to generate news.
  • The Jets QB situation: The starting QB job for the New York Jets has been up for grabs up until this week. Mark Sanchez got injured in their third preseason game, and has yet to return to the field. What does this mean? The rookie Geno Smith will get the start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week. The Jets right now are a total disaster. They even signed the pathetic Brady Quinn as a contender. I love making fun of the three-ring/quarterback circus that is always the Jets. But I do think this was their plan all along though. If I was a Jets fan, I probably would have revolted if Sanchez was my starter…again.
  • Riley Cooper is at it…again: Riley Cooper‘s trouble didn’t stop after his comments at a Kenny Chesney concert. Cooper and cornerback Cary Williams got into a fight during the Philadelphia Eagles practice on Thursday. The fight needed multiple people to break it up. Williams was one of the players that openly said he had a problem with the comments Cooper made at the Chesney concert. Cooper is a problem child. The Eagles need to realize that this guy could derail Chip Kelly’s momentum into the season.
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