The Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field

I'm writing my Week One Bears pick on Thursday morning for two reasons.  (1) I'm too damn excited to wait and (2) I'll be nowhere near a computer for the next twenty-four hours.  So, without further adieu...

YOUR 2009 CHICAGO BEARS
over
those fellas from Wisconsin

Why do I like the Chicago Bears this week?

  • I always like the Chicago Bears.
  • The Packers will score in this game - most likely early.  But Jay Cutler and the offense will respond quickly, allowing the defense to play the final three quarters without the pressure of the last three years.  It'll ignite the pass rush and lead to a big turnover or two in Packers' territory.
  • Brad Maynard has been quietly kicking the hell out of the ball all preseason long.  He pins the Packers inside the ten yard-line multiple times Sunday night.  On the other sideline, Mike McCarthy decides to kick away from Devin Hester and leaves us with too many short fields.
  • Something about primetime football inspires Alex Brown, who made the two biggest plays of the 2008 season in the evening hours.  He's my favorite player on that side of the ball and I foresee mentioning that anyone who'll listen at Josie Woods around 10:49 PM.
  • The Packers' corners are skilled but who is going to cover "Jersey" Greg Olsen?  If they commit a safety to him (Bigby or Collins), look out for big Matt Forte rush totals.  If they don't, look for big totals from "Jersey" Greg Olsen.
  • And yes, we know Forte is a better football player than Ryan Grant.  But
    for the first time in nearly a decade the Bears may have a superior
    offensive line.  The high-flying Chicago Bears take a lead into the
    fourth quarter and the boys up front put it away.

Chicago Bears 34, Green Bay Packers 24

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  • First!! Pumped!!

  • Jeff,

    The only thing I disagree with is:

    "I foresee mentioning that anyone who'll listen at Josie Woods around 10:49 PM."

    You know you say it whether someone is listening or not. 8-)

  • I would certainly take that score.

  • What a way to start a season, huh? The last time we opened at Green Bay, we ended up playing in a Super Bowl in Miami. Let's hope that the results are the same, with a different ending to the script in Miami this time around.

    Bears 27 Packers 20.

  • I'm pumped for this season of football as a whole...the NFC North is Stacked and we'll earn the "black and blue" conference title.

  • Sunday night is gonna be a fucking WAR!! Rodgers Vs Cutler!! I cant fucking wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEARDOWN!

  • Naturally, I hope you are right on the mark, "Swami Jeff".
    A) Because I love the Bears and B) Because yesterday I came away
    with Packers Rogers, Driver and Cosbie along with "Jersey" Greg Olsen among the picks in my fantasy draft.

    Special teams DOOMED the Packers at Soldier Field last season. Unfortunately the Bears played so poorly in Lambeau last year they didn't give themselves the opportunity to take advantage of an area where they clearly had an edge over the Packers.

    FYI: 5 Bears were selected in our draft yesterday. It's only a 8-team league and THAT is a record crop of Bear draftees being selected in the 15+ years I've been in this league. Forte, Cutler, Olsen, Hester and Gould found homes last night. I COULD have had Forte, Cutler and Robbie as well as Olsen but I wasn't about to put THAT curse on the Bears. I would rather have them excel and COST me in fantasy because I DON'T have them rather than have them underachieve because I DID pick them. I'm "takin' one for the team" here.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Thanks for that, Al.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    BDG,

    AP went first, naturally. Then, in a bit of a surprise to me,
    DeAngelo Williams. I picked 3rd, agonized over Forte, finally said to myself "don't go there" and went with Michael Turner. Note: This is a VERY basic scoring league. Yardage bonuses are minimal and receptions count for NOTHING. In a more complex league that scores higher yardage and reception bonuses I would have been all over Forte like white on rice, curse or no curse.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I predict Sunday night starts out like the Denver pre-season game, with Green Bay coming out high on emotion and the crowd really in the game. Once Jay and the boys settle down, get comfortable and relax, they'll go to work. I see Forte early and often against that 3-4, especially if Raji is out or not at 100%. He'll have over 60 yds in the 1st half, with a score, and finish over 110 for the game. That's when Jay does the damage, throwing for around 230 yds with 2 scores and 1 drive of 80+. Gould drops in a field goal before the half, and the defense practices my "21" philosophy. BEARS 27 - PACK 17.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    BDG. I am loathe to pick a QB in the first round. In our league, they only score 3 points for a TD pass anyway. Brees was the 1st QB picked (We actually score TEAM QBs and Kickers because him have VERY limited palyer movements) but it was the last pick of round 1.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I forgot where I read this, but statistics show that if Team A can punt and pin Team B behind the 10 yard line, there's an 85% chance that Team A will be the next to score. Maynard pinning the competition behind the 10 will be very good for The Beloved.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Bobby Wade was released by the Vikings today.
    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/10050736/Vikings-cut-leading-WR-Wade-days-before-opener

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Damn, thought it was news. I didn't see the post before mine. I'm just a few hours late.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    bam-

    If this happens, I think the entire city will implode

    Franchise: 4300 yards, 36 TD,17 int

    Can you imagine a Bears QB putting up those numbers?

    Man, I hope you are right.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I think Aaron got the bulk of his numbers in that 37-3 meltdown we had...lets hope the defense is hungry for revenge and goes out with something to prove.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    by the way...HAHAHAHAHAHA Bobby Wade. I wonder how he feels that the only way he can get his name in the paper is by talking crap about a different team or getting released.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Packer week and we're on big TV. Here's what I'll be looking for. Establish run early and dominate line of scrimmage. Cutler to Olsen over the middle and some quick hitters to Devin. Get a lead early and impose will on D. What I'm worried about is deep balls to Driver and Co. Impressed (as are all older Bear fans) with amount of injuries we've caused in preseason games on opponents. As No 99 Danimal used to say "You better Gas-up the Cart" Abe Gibron "2 guys take out the kicker on all kicks" Watch out GB.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    "Cutler's getting pressure from the left and rolls to the right and there goes Knox with a three step lead on the defender,Cutler see's him and here comes the throw...perfect pass.. Knox grabs it in stride with nothin but empty real estate in front of him....another touchdown Bears!!!...and I woke up before I could see the final score of this weeks game. Damnit!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Just read on DaBears site that DA is on the injury list. Not a good thing to hear!!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    every damn ESPN ass to include our own DA Coach pick GB over us so I say Fuckem all and BEAR DOWN!!!!!!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    just put 35 on DA BEARS!!!!!! let's get it monsters!!!!!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Polomalu had to leave the game with a knee injury

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    They look like a different D without Polomalu even though it was one series. I swear that guy is all over the field. Imagine what the Bears could do with a guy like that. It looked pretty nasty when Crumpler fell on his knee. I don't want to wish him hurt but it couldn't hurt to have him out next week!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I hope Troy Polomalu is okay...but wouldn't be too upset if it took him a week or so to get over that injury.

    Pittsburgh's O-Line is going to cost them Big Ben. I think he's been sacked 3 times in the first half, at least. What did he say on that Super Bowl stage? "Hey, O-Line! Who's laughing now?!"

    I am, Ben. I am.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Big Ben is holding the ball way too long, they are giving him some time

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Why does Gage, a stiff for us, look so solid for TN?

  • In reply to alott96:

    we never threw him the rock

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    oh and this too:

    2003 Kordell Stewart and Chandler were the QB's
    2004 Jonathan Fucking Quinn, Krenzel and Hutch were QB's
    2005 Robbie Gould and the defense scored all of our points

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Yikes! Big Ben meet "The Freak", Jevon Kearse.

    3rd and 12 and you only rush THREE? Woozy Roethlisberger has ALL DAY to find a guy for a first an ten. SHAME on you Jeff Fisher and your DQ, former AZ Wildcat standout safety, Chuck Cecil!

    A POX on the 3 man rush!

    Are you paying attention, Lovie?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Is anyone else getting pretty fed up with that commercial where a half-naked Adrian Peterson is running at you?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I can think of PLENTY of other folks I would rather see half-naked, Ghost.

    HEINZ WARD FUMBLES INSIDE THE 10! HA, HA, HA, HA,HA!

    Don't get me wrong. I respect his ability and would LOVE to have him line up for us, but he runs his mouth like nobody else in the league so I am more than happy to see him served a nice, big slice of "humble pie".

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    YAY! EXTRA FOOTBALL!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Initial word is that Troy has sprained his MCL. Expected to be out 3-6 weeks.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Larry Mayer agrees with me that Devin is probably our emergency QB (OK, that's not EXACTLY what he said, but close)...
    Maynard would be workable too.
    Too bad about Polamalu. He should be a Bear.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    fuck pittsburgh

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    After seeing this game in bits and pieces, I only have 2 things to say:

    1) we're going into week 3 undefeated
    2) we are SERIOUSLY being underrated by EVERYBODY!!!!!

    my friend and I (he's an eagles fan but has a like for da bears) were discussing our potential.....he agrees da Bears will win the North and make a nice push into the playoffs. and pittsburg's D w/o Polamalu is SHOCKINGLY different....and coming into Soldier Field with that shit is NOT gonna be the same. BEAR DOWN!!!!!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    FQ,

    My only problem with your statment is that the Bears had better keep the D off Cutler better than Tenessee's O-line did. Obviously Cutler's feet on Collins body would have helped him out quite a bit, but still they were tearing through the line.

    Hope our secondary does better when the game is on the line too.

    prevent Defense never fails.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    is it a stretch to say our O-Line is better than theirs? if you look at our front 5 compared to theirs, we have a lot more talent (not to mention the best center in the league). as long as O-Pace and Williams do their jobs, we'll be fine.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    enjoy

    http://www.670thescore.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=4014538

  • In reply to shonbear:

    The Williams Wall got away with it?!

    That sucks raw eggs.

    I wish season ending injuries on BOTH of those cheats.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    It's depressing as hell...especially since the MN fans are gonna take this as justice, that their "gentle giants" in the middle who were wrongly accused are now vindicated of such slander...

    What a crock of shit, but who would expect any different from the fan base that welcomed Favre?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    FQD, I like your predictions, and hope you are accurate.
    I just visited the Bears Official site and watched the video "Cutler on Packers" and I just realized something too..

    We are going into week 3 with a quarterback that has a... (drum roll please)(tadadadadada) Neckbeard!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    All pertinent, cogent and considered analysis aside .... CUT-LERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR !!!! WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO !!!! FOOTBALL'S BACK !! FUCK YEAH !!!WOOOOOOOOOO !!! RAPE THE PACKERS !! SKIN THE STEELERS !!! SUPERBOOOOOOOOOOOWL !!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Pertinent and considered analysis . ...

    13-3 record, Division champs, Superbowl champs.
    Cutler : 37 TDs, 20 INTs, 4000 yards passing
    Forte : Rushing :1300 y, 16 TDs

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    2 blown feild goals cost the Titans bigtime last nite. They should have won that one!. Neither Ben or Terry are very fast on their feet. Cutler could pass circles around them. Can't wait for Sunday

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    The Raiders situation is a joke with Richard Seymour
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4463798&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines

    Their coach states the following:
    "I don't have any knowledge of that right now," Cable told the Associated Press when asked about the letter. "I've heard something about that, but I have no knowledge of that right now. It has been nothing more than just trying to get some of these details worked out, that's it."

    Then to top it off they just brought back the guy that they cut when they signed Seymour. What a mess!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    The problem with the Raiders is obvious to me. Everyone else in the league is on Satellite but the Raiders (wait for it)....
    are still using CABLE!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    15-1, Irish? I don't THINK so. This is 2009, not 1985. Unless, of course, you know a leprechaun or 2 who can guarantee that the Bears get all the right answers to the many questions facing them AND every break in this season.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Hey guys-

    What is the word on the corner's if Peanut isnt playing....Are we looking at a Bowman & Vasher....

    I am still lobbying for Graham to see some meaningful playing time in some capacity.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I would like to see the Bears take the crowd out of the game by establishing a running game vs the 3-4. Then, 6 opens up to the tight ends and 23 to mix it up a bit. I can't wait until Sun Night. I think a lot of the "experts" are going to be surprised by the Bears this year. Final...Bears 31 FudgePackers 17. Looking ahead a bit, we'll probably be seeing the Steelers without Polamalu. Bonus!!!

  • In reply to alott96:

    Ahhh. Nice to have REAL football to watch.

    Despite the low score, a very entertaining game to watch.

    Go Titans! Have your boys beat'em up good for us, Jeff.

    Have to echo Al in WI. Gage would look pretty good opposite Hester these days, wouldn't he. In the Bears' defense, I seem to recall that PART of the problem was Gage's ability to stay healthy enough to play a lot. Kind of a Junior Mark Bradley. He did make some nice grabs for the Bears when he DID play. I recall 1 fabulous sideline catch that, at first glance, looked impossible for him to get both feet down.

    Big Ben is getting ROCKED regularly in addition to the 3 official sacks.

    I worry about our guys biting on those, seemingly endless, pump fakes.

    I hear ya, Ghost. I wouldn't mind if "Hair Boy" Polumalu took week 2 off either. Shame on him for that flagrant fask mask. Nothing "incidental" about that.

    Damn! Another nice snag by Gage for a first down.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    nasty looking knee injury to Titans TE Scaife courtesy of Harrison.

  • Titans-Steelers. Tonight on NBC.

    Cliche' or not...

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    As long as Faith Hill asks me and not that creepy metro-sexual cowboy...then yes, I am ready for some Football!

  • We NEED an agressive defensive Sunday. If the Bears can pressure Rogers and hold them in the beginning of the game our new offense should do the rest. BEAR DOWN DEFENSE it DO OR DIE!!! Smash those cheeseheads!!!

  • My guess. I'm most excited to see our Oline smack some jamoks around.

    Forte yard dash: 186 yards, 2 TD's

    Cannon: 224 yards 2 TD's

    One of our DB's will step up and bring one back. Hopeing its Bowman.

    Robbie also kicks one in. just for shits and giggles

    Score. Bears 38- Pack 21

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