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The Minnesota Vikings hadn’t won a game at Soldier Field since 2007 but they changed their losing-streak with a field goal late in the fourth to secure a victory against the Chicago Bears. What I currently find most frustrating is the fact that these fourth quarter drives by Chicago never seem to be enough to lock a victory and now that we are almost half-way through the season, stuff many Chicago fans are struggling to keep the TV on for the full game each week.  In fact, drugstore my husband told me that I should just title this post, generic “Bears Suck, The End” (Note that he’s a Cowboys fan, so ugh, whatever).  Alas, while many of you frustrated fans turn off the TV, I still sit through the game to highlight the bright and dull points of the beloved Bears games. For those of you who missed the game, here’s a quick recap below:

The Bears offense struggled most of the first half, which was to be expected with Minnesota’s blitz-happy defense.  In fact, they only managed 70 yards before Cornerback Kyle Fuller got the key takeaway that led to a touchdown.

Two key Bears players, WR Eddie Royal and RB Matt Forte were out of the game with knee-injuries, so Chicago relied heavily on RB  Jeremy Langford and WR  Alshon Jeffery for offense.  Both played well; Langford rushed 12 times for 46 yards total and Jeffery caught 10 passes for 116 yards and one touchdown.  Even QB Cutler took a dive over a Vikings safety for a 4-yard touchdown.  He had 211 yards, one touchdown and one rushing score.

Cutler’s diving touchdown (which many had believed was the game winner) just wasn’t enough though as Minnesota quickly bounced back to tie the game. And with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter on third down, Chicago had a chance to re-take the lead but RB Langford dropped the key pass that would have resulted in a first down. The Bears short-drive ended up being exactly what Minnesota needed; they moved the ball 48 yards in four plays to set-up the game winning field goal.

Fun fact: Chicago has now lost 10 straight games to NFC teams.

What’s Next:

The Chicago Bears take on the San Diego Chargers (2-6) in San Diego for some MNF on November 9th at 7:30 PM. The San Diego franchise is having the worst first half to a season since 2003 and they lost to the Ravens in Baltimore last week.  If the current Ravens Coach (and former Bears Coach), Marc Trestman can beat the Chargers, we better be able to do the same.  I’m going to obtain a positive attitude for this upcoming game and predict a Bear victory (because hey, we’ve got upcoming games vs. the Broncos and the Packers that we all know we’re not going to win).  Be sure to check back with  me next week for a recap of the game.

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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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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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Chicago Bears Jimmy Clausen

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:

Chicago Bears Jimmy Clausen

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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Aaron Kromer

Alright Bears Fans….  it has been difficult to write this season because the team has been so dismal.  But now it is just getting down right ugly, mind as the drama off the field is greater than the wins on the field.

A few days ago Ian Rapoport of NFL GameDay Morning got word from a source inside the organization that Chicago is having a “serious case of buyer’s remorse” when it comes to quarterback Jay Cutler. This quote is not at all surprising to hear if you’re a Chicago fan, pharm but it is bad to hear coming from someone inside the camp. Could this already bad season get any worse?

Yes it truly can.

Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer has admitted to leaking that information to the media.  The same offensive coordinator who Jay has to report to each week. While Kromer has openly apologized to the Bears, it doesn’t take back the damage he has now caused his team.  If I played for Kromer, I would definitely feel a lack of distrust and lack of respect. These comments will change the already lackluster offense. I mean, why bother to put in any effort when your own coach doesn’t believe in you. 2011 NFC Championship: Green Bay Packers v Chicago Bears

As if Kromer’s comments weren’t damaging enough, the cherry on top might be Marshall admitting, “as a business man, I would have buyer’s remorse too” on his WMVP-AM 1000 radio show this past Monday.  Poor Cutty, even his buddies can’t completely defend him.

And while all these comments might be true, it doesn’t help the team struggle through their 5-8 season and it definitely doesn’t help the players that have been consistently performing each week (RB Matt Forte, TE Martellus Bennett and DE Willie Young).

But unfortunately Chicago hasn’t been able to focus on reliable players this season because as we can see from all the comments in the past few days (and let’s not forget the big locker room blow-out after their loss to the Dolphins) they’re clearly too busy fighting among themselves to worry about playing and winning football games in the NFL.

So what’s next? Even if Chicago is able to trade Cutler away, who’s going to want to pick him up after management has now so openly admitted he’s un-coachable? And even if the Bears trade, what type of QB do they have to fall back on?  Let’s be honest, Clausen is not the answer (and management clearly does not have confidence in him as they still start Cutler week after week).

On top of QB problems, there’s coaching and management issues too.  I say, clean house.  Goodbye Trestman, Tucker and Kromer.  Piss poor planning is equivalent to piss poor performance and the Chicago Bears need an attitude adjustment.

Bears play at home vs. the New Orleans Saints on MNF (12/15) at 7:30PM if you care to watch.

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