Robbie Gould

Coming off of that Packer victory, pills I was confident that the Bears could pull off another win versus the San Francisco 49ers. Afterall, pharm the San Francisco 49ers were 0-5 on the road and ranked near the bottom for both the offense and defense in the NFL prior to yesterday’s game. Practically all signs pointed to a Bears W, viagra which should have been a huge hint that it wouldn’t pan out that way.

What was a pretty boring game took a strange turn as both teams became stagnant in the fourth quarter, unable to get anything going offensively to budge the score.  However, fourth quarter play has been a Chicago specialty this season, so I was expecting something explosive nearing the end of the game.  And then, something explosive happened…

Quarterback, Jay Cutler threw a pick-six. Cutler was intercepted by former Northern Illinois University star Jimmie Ward who ran it in for a huge TD.  Watch his flip in the end-zone for yourself here.

To make matters worse, our most reliable player on the team was anything but on Sunday.  Kicker Robbie Gould missed a key field goal attempt as the fourth quarter ended.  This was his second miss of the game and put the game into overtime.

In overtime, the 49ers won in a single snap.  A 71-yard throw by QB Blaine Gabbert to WR Torrey Smith clinched the game. Bears lose 26-20.

The wind has been completely knocked out of the Bears sails with this huge OT loss. Sadly, Jay also had one of his worst games this season with 18 of 31 passes for 202 yards.  He threw no touchdowns, one interception and had a season-low 64.2 passer rating. Ouch.

Next Up:

On Sunday December 13 the Bears take on the Redskins at 12PM Central. I would say that I foresee a victory but my predictions are too unreliable. Hey, they beat Green Bay (which I was positive they would lose) and then blow it to the 49ers (which I was positive they would win).  Regardless of my thoughts, the game should be worth watching but keep in mind, a victory won’t be enough to consider the Bears a potential play-off contenders either. Check back next week for the SDI recap.

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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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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 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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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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Join Bears kicker Robbie Gould on Monday, cialis September 9th at The Anthem to kickoff the Monday Night Football season while raising funds for Gould’s Foundation, The Goulden Touch.

Get in for $30.00 at the door and enjoy an open bar and buffet style appetizers all while mingling with other NFL enthusiasts and Bears royalty, Robbie Gould.

Throughout all of the changes that have been made to the Bears roster over the last few years, Robbie Gould has been as consistent as they come. Going into his ninth season with the Bears, Solid Gould is a reliable leader on the field for extra points and field goals.

In 2012 Gould completed 21 of 25 field goal attempts for an 84.0% success rate. Career wise Gould comes in at 85.6%, the fourth most accurate kicker in NFL history.

Gould is coming off a late season hamstring injury that placed him on the injured reserve list at the end of the Bears 2012 season. However, Gould went 4-4 in field goal attempts and nailed all three extra points in the Bears loss to Cleveland in the preseason finale signaling that Gould is back to his normal form.

Gould’s Foundation, The Goulden Touch hosts events throughout the year with the purpose of helping those in need through education, social services, health and wellness, and medical research.

The Monday Night Football season opener includes the normal doubleheader with the Eagles vs. Redskins at 6:00 p.m. and the Texans vs. the Chargers at 9:15 p.m.  Gould’s event begins at 7:00 p.m.

 

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