Cleveland at Chicago Preview

Reason says...

Your 3-3 2009 Chicago Bears
over
Cleveland Browns

Why do I like the Chicago Bears this week?
  1. I always like the Chicago Bears.
  2. Because if the Bears lose this week, I'll be throwing in the towel on a season earlier than I have since 2004 and will hate the sport I love for the next three months.
  3. Because the Bears are better at every single position on the field outside of the return game.  (And they're only not better in the return game because they have the greatest kick returner ever playing wide receiver.)
  4. Because I can't fathom lifting my head off the Josie Woods' bar if they don't.

Chicago Bears 24, Cleveland Browns 9

Treason says...

Really?  I have to do this game too?  LOL.

For the Browns to win this game, three things need to happen:

  1. The
    game must be a low-scoring affair.  There's no way in hell the Browns
    are going to score three or four touchdowns.  However, if they can run
    the ball well enough (and by that I mean, get four yards per carry and
    not turn it over), they can dominate time of possession, and Phil
    Dawson is good enough to make good on all of his field goal tries. 
    After getting burned by names like *cough* Julius Jones and Curtis
    Benson, if the Bears give up a big game to Jamal Lewis, you can be sure
    Curtis Enis will attempt a comeback.
  2. Derek Anderson can not
    turn the ball over.  He doesn't have to be spectacular (or even
    average); he just can't piss the game away.
  3. Josh Cribbs,
    the best return man in the league, needs to be his usual
    near-unstoppable self and take a few kicks deep into Bears' territory.

I
know asking for all of the above to happen is like asking a mad
scientist to successfully combine the blowjob and pizza slice into one
great affordable invention we can all enjoy with the click of a button,
but hey, if this is possible http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7V1_Swv6CY then ANYTHING is possible.

Prediction: 
The Browns will focus on stopping the pass and dare the Bears to run
the ball.  The Bears will commit a bunch of senseless penalties at the
worst times possible.  The Browns will keep it simple and keep it
close.  Big game for Dawson.

Browns 19, Bears 17.

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  • The Bears will win. I think Forte will actually have a good game (I want us to pass more but not COMPLETELY abandon the run). I hope they bench Omiyale this week.

    I'm more concerned about the defense. They looked AWFUL last week.

  • LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears will start Josh Beekman at left guard in place of Frank Omiyale Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, according to a source familiar with the situation.

    ----- about time......he should have started in the first place after outplaying omiyale in the preseason/training camp

  • In reply to JerseyBearsFan:

    Awesome! A cause for optimism.

  • In reply to JerseyBearsFan:

    A win against the Browns won't prove anything. They will need to do it again next week, and the week after that, and the week after that...

  • In reply to Sarcastiholic:

    As sarcastiholic said, doesn't prove a thing. The Browns are terrible, perhaps the worst team in the NFL. Everybody is supposed to beat the Browns ...

  • In reply to Sarcastiholic:

    What's the deal with keeping Chris Williams at RT ? Why ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    You mean instead of moving him to LT and putting Schaefer or someone in at RT? It's because of Lovie's boner for Pace. If the Bears sign one more Rams "has been" next year I'll crap my pants. Oh too late. :(

  • In reply to Sarcastiholic:

    tell me why i think forte will have 100+ yds. b/c beekman is in there...smh. watch him have a big game

    o and O-Pace is on notice also. he fucks up? time to put in Kevin.

  • In reply to Sarcastiholic:

    If the Bears play conservative and don't give away the game, they should eventually pull away and win. Don't beat yourself. The Browns took Cincy to overtime. They can't be underestimated. If the Bears play solid fundamentals, they should win this game. The Bears are a better team. I think it will be close until the 3rd quarter, and then the Bears will pull away. They haven't shown the ability to blow anyone out early.

  • In reply to Sarcastiholic:

    "A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step".
    -Lao Tzu

    Welcome to "The First Step", boys & girls. When you stand at 3-3, coming off a game where you looked completely overmatched, the playoffs look to be about a thousand miles away.

    Yeah, it's only the Browns, and while they would seem to be EXACTLY what the doctor ordered, the Bears are in no position to take ANYBODY lightly (can you say "Joshua Cribbs"?)OR look a gift horse in the mouth.

    Green Bay's patchwork offensive line allowed ZERO sacks (for the first time this season) vs. Cleveland last week and the struggling Ryan Grant recorded his first 100 yard game of the year as well.

    Cleveland can't seem to get out of it's own way and seems to have decided that they are sticking with Derek Anderson at QB no matter HOW BAD he plays (2 of 13 a couple weeks ago) and oh, thank you very much, Brady Quinn, here are some lovely parting gifts.

    Lovie was a bit testy and trying to be coy when the Chicago TV guys pressed him about the lineup changes today, claiming he didn't want to tip his hand to the Browns. Right! I'm SURE the the Browns preparation will be thrown completely out of kilter if they expect to see Frank "Oh my what an alley" lineup at left guard and instead see Josh Beekman. Please, your Boss already all but said "There WILL be some changes made this week". Do you think the Browns figure that means Haney instead of Cutler?

    Wally O. has a bum ankle and is not expected to play.

    AP should return.

    I would HOPE to see this game over by half-time.

  • In reply to Sarcastiholic:

    Trying not to over react after Sunday. We still have a chance to make the playoffs but we can't lose anymore winnable games. We have to win the following; Cleveland, @ San Fran, Philly, St Louis, Green Bay, @ Detroit and Minn. No doubt we're going to lose Arizona, @ Minn and @ Balt. If we do that we'll be 10-6. Any missteps and it's wait 'til next year. 9-7 ain't going anywhere.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I think they can beat AZ at home on a noon game. The Cards are notorious for playing poorly away from home during early games.

  • In reply to Sarcastiholic:

    I for one am happy that Frank "Frank is our starting Guard" Omiyale is out, I also read somewhere that Hunter is back at the middle calling plays with Roach back on the outside, which also makes me a bit more settled, having the Veteran run the D

  • In reply to Sarcastiholic:

    Angelo reads your blog, Jeff...how else to explain a very pissed off Lovie and the following:
    1) Roach is OUT at MLB (THANK you, baby Jesus)
    2) Beekman is IN at LG (sorry, Frank the Tank...maybe you'll get some reps at RT when Williams replaces Pace)
    3) Tommie actually got his ass off the bench for practice.

    We may just have a chance this week.

  • In reply to Sarcastiholic:

    I know it's been only 1 game, but I'm having second thoughts about the Adams trade

    ...mostly because this is the same staff that thought Arch Deluxe still belonged in the NFL.

  • In reply to KentuckyBearsFan:

    Yeah because it's so similar. Archuleta is 32 and washed up, Gaines Adams is 26 and has shown signs of becoming an elite pass rusher in the league and you're worried from his first game after practicing with a new team/coaches for one week. You are what's wrong with the Internet.

  • In reply to Perno:

    oh no you did not! That was cooooold blooooded Perno. A quick and swift kill strike...like a ninja

  • In reply to Perno:

    Uh...Cade McDown, Curtis Enis, & Rashaan Salaam were young too when they played for the Bears. Age isn't everything. Doesnt change the fact the team when out and actively got those players.

  • In reply to KentuckyBearsFan:

    Oh, by the fucking way:

    TOMMIE HARRIS IS 26-YEARS-OLD TOO.

  • In reply to KentuckyBearsFan:

    Waxing poetically on some great sound bites for Lovie to use...
    Sabin: "They're Killing Me Whitey, They're Killing Me"
    Lombardi: "What The Hell's Going On Out Here"
    Glanville: "This is the NFL which means Not For Long if ya keep making them shit calls, I'll be selling groceries"

  • In reply to Perno:

    Quote from Lovie on the Bears site:

  • In reply to Sarcastiholic:

    Bears are a much better at home, they have sucked balls the last 2 years on the road. Never have they sucked the degree of balls that they sucked in cincy.

    Cleveland is aweful, plus we are honoring Payton at halftime. Wish they would have scheduled that for a game that wasn't against NFL's version of special needs. I think all of the line problems start with Olin, who looked like he lost a step last year, looks that much worse this year. Too bad Franky fattass didn't work out at guard, cause beekmans may be our center of the future.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-28-mitchell-walter-payton-oct28,0,5168438.column

  • In reply to Sarcastiholic:

    Well the honest truth is the Bears could still go 13-3. Will they? Most likely not but the thing about football is that you never know what is going to happen. Could anyone have predicted the Titans fall from grace? Did anyone say the Broncs are going to be 6-0 including a win over the patriots where Josh told Bill you take Brady and Ill take Orton and we'll see who wins? I mean this season is nuts. Why can't we beat the Vikes twice, didnt they just get beat by the Steelers... who we beat? Lot's of things can happen in 10 games.. remember last year through 7 or 8 games and there was a 3 way tie at like 5-3 in the North, noone thought GB would only win one more game the rest of the season.

    It just seems a little like the makings for one of those NFL films about the drubbing that it took to awake the sleeping Bear for their Superbowl run! BEAR IN MY PANTS... I mean BEAR DOWN!

  • In reply to Sarcastiholic:

    I was in Cincy,we got our ass kicked up and down the feild sideways,backward,and forward.

    I dont think a couple changes are going to fix the long range problems of this team,and that is simple,both our offensive and defensive lines suck. Pace is horrible,Olin is done.We cant get to the Quarterback if we send everyone.Piss poor tackling.

    But we can beat Philly,they lost to the Raiders. we can beat The Pack,and the Vikes at home. We could lose to the Loins on the road,San Fran could spank us.

    I dont know what in the NFL is an elite team. The Colts yea. The Saints, the Broncos?

    One thing about the NFL that is true is it aint how you start its how you finish-see last years Cardinals.

    I am hoping last weeks ass-kicking will wake up our aging team that this season is slipping away FAST.

  • In reply to Sarcastiholic:

    I don't know, BaM. I wonder how we would be with Orton. All these analysts say, "All Kyle Orton does is win games." And Orton is rid-ic-u-lous at home...like 18-1 at home as a starter. Orton is a good QB and I wonder if we overlooked much of that.

    Don't get me wrong. I think Jay Cutler is the future of the franchise. I'm more and more thinking that 2009 is a rebuilding year. The Bears need to be rebuilt around Jay Cutler. The 2005-2006 defense is a thing of the past and I don't think anything they do will revive it with the current crop. Lance Briggs is the only consistant player on D. I think the Bears needed to be broken down in order to be built back up. I predicted a Super Bowl run in the next two years, and I stand by that prediction.

    But not this year...

    ...unless I'm horribly wrong...

    ...

    ?

  • In reply to Sarcastiholic:

    Ghost, I say we are no better than 1-5 with Orton and for 2 reasons:

    1) He is getting 5-Star pass protection from his O-Line. He could have made a sandwich on some of his dropbacks against San Diego.

    2) Denver's defense is "born again" with Elvis Dumerville providing
    pressure up front and Brian Dawkins flying around and solidifying the back 7 like Mike Brown used to be able to do for us.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I swear I saw somewhere that Denver's defense has like 6 or 7 new starters this year, that's crazy.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Ghost-

    If this is indeed a "rebuilding" year, we are truely screwed. We have no draft picks to rebuild with in the next 2 years!

  • In reply to Dmband:

    But a pot full of money to spend on free agents. I think without draft picks the McCaskeys will loosen the purse strings.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Ghost, we are going to spend money like Paris fucking Hilton this offseason. it is going to be very un-McCaskey like.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Oh yeah, Jeff. On paper this would appear to be the best offensive line the Bears have had in some time. Six-time Pro Bowler Olin Kreutz at Center. Reliable veteran Roberto Garza at Right Tackle. "Able" newcomer and first free agent signing during the offseason Frank Omiyale on the Left. Talented 2008 First Round pick and second year man Chris Williams at Right Tackle and future Hall of Famer Orlando Pace anchoring the Left. Best O-Line in years...not.

    I think this is a talented group. Physically, I think they should be able to get it done, but they're just not playing up to snuff.

    And I hate coaches who are not forthright. I always admired Jimmy Johnson for chewing his guys out and letting them know how he really feels through the media. I despise coaches who wax poetic.

    Sorry if this posts twice with slightly different wording. I had some god damn computer thing happen where I think it deleted my first post.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Ah yes, the two most misleading words in all of sport: "On Paper".

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    The tributes are starting:

    http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2009/10/29/walter-payton-sweetness-and-sorrow/

    I consider myself blessed, and I'm not the religious type, to have witnessed him perform. One of the truly great people/athletes of all time. I wonder if my son/daughters will be fortunate enough to have the same experience with a professional athlete.

    I miss Walter.

  • In reply to MaineBearFan:

    "His only contemporary rival for that title might have been 6-foot-3, 245-pound Lawrence Taylor, who came along six years later. In fact, one of the great athletic shows never seen occurred at the Pro Bowl following the 1984 season, a punt-off between Taylor and Payton after Brian Hansen, the NFC's punter, sprained his ankle and was questionable for the game.

    It took place in front of a few reporters and a few players at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu -- Payton and Taylor standing side-by-side on the field vying for Hansen's job. Taylor boomed one 55 yards (counting the dropback); Payton boomed one 60. They went again with similar results. Payton got the punting job, but Hansen made it to the game, so he never got to kick one for real."

    I forgot that story. Glad they retold it.

  • In reply to MaineBearFan:

    Treason says: "mad scientist to successfully combine the blowjob and pizza slice into one great affordable invention we can all enjoy with the click of a button"

    Somebody needs to divest his freezer of hot pockets.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Crown... Pre-Madonna? Like 1983? (Falls out of office chair laughing, co-workers stare, BT blushes, rubs some dirt on it, and gets back to work).

  • In reply to Dmband:

    And Ron Turner is a clueless bastard. I have lost all faith in him. It took a long time, but it finally happened. No faith. Fuck off and go somewhere else.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    I am surprised it took you so long. Must be that long view of all the other retards the Bears keep putting in that position. I've hated Ron Turdner since about the second season at U of I.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    "And Ron Turner is a clueless bastard. I have lost all faith in him. It took a long time, but it finally happened. No faith. Fuck off and go somewhere else." - couldn't agree more with you Ghost LMFAO !! Succinct and to the point.

    It's quite amazing how far we've sunk in just a couple of weeks. First, the Packers beat us and we're all thinking "WTF? But we've got a new defense and OL and Jay frakkin Cutler !!". Then we beat the SB champs and it's back to "Ahhhhh ....okay". Now it's panic stations again. Our OL looks like the Marie Celeste after the off-season "improvements". We get off the bus limping. Greg Olsen is the Gemini Man. At 26 Tommie Harris is washed up. Urlacher's history. Our OC is an oxygen deprived child with Madden on the PS2. Bubba Gump is clearly out of his depth. Bear football ? Solid defense and smash-mouth running? Good luck. Audi.

    The only bright spots on our roster are Briggs and Cutler. Two players on our roster I'd vouch for and build a team around. Two. I don't hear too many Angelo supporters from a couple of weeks back still singing his name. Ain't all good Jerry - and it's all on you. Our roster is diahorrea. We got a franchise QB and he has thrown under pressure more than ANY QB IN THE NFL !!! 33% of his throws are under pressure. Peyton Manning ? Doesn't know what pressure is ... 13% of his throws are hurried. Although I guess that pressure is more because the receiver is about to run out the back of the endzone ...

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    And the next person that says why did we get rid of Kyle will get a virtual wedgie ! He sits behind the great wall of China and has enough time to look for family members in the stands on his throws. I think I counted 12 seconds once. He threw the ball after 12 seconds. There was no DL anymore, just people lying on the ground with the Broncos line - heads on swivels - looking for the next fool that dared enter the neutral zone. I wager Wrecks would have bigger numbers right now in Denver .... I'll keep Jay thanks.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Agreed. Although I dont know if the Snyder mentality is goinng to lead to wins in the NFL...seems to me like once these guys get paid, they mysteriously get injured (see Tommy Harris).

    Turner needs to go...I heard somewhere, and I am not sure if this true, but the best drive the Bears had in Cincy was on in which Cutler was calling the plays....not sure if thats heresay or what...

  • In reply to Sarcastiholic:

    From the "What games are YOU watching?" department:

    "We've got a good offensive line,'' Turner said. ``They're good football players. They're playing well. And collectively, as an offense, we've got to do some things better.
    Everyone's talking about the offensive line, and I have no idea why. I like our offensive line. Got good players, good depth."

    --Ron Turner. Chicago Tribune, 10/29/09

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    My God. Classic, clueless, deluded, stubborn Turner. Obstinate to the very end. I just hope to jebus that the very end comes this offseason. Pathetic.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Word

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Maybe he was comparing this year's Bears line to past O Lines he coached at Illinois. Probably compared to some of those Fightin Illini teams, the Bears look good.

    To today's NFL however, they look like shit.

  • In reply to Sarcastiholic:

    Have no idea who'll show up for Bears Sunday. Lovie will still appear clueless on sideline while Bullet Bob acts all concerned but equally lacking any idea of what to do. Now no O-GUN for Browns. Bulls need a power forward so why not let Gain-some-weight Adams put on da shorts. Dude is freaking painfully thin. Just what we need...more light guys on a team already tipping scales as 3rd lightest team in NFL. Boy do I miss the days of having Keith Traylor and Teddy Washington in DT middle. Nobody ran well against that front line of major beef. Pats and Vikings seem to use it well. Just my 2 cents.

  • In reply to JerseyBearsFan:

    Oh, and that was a seriously awesome play, Reason.

  • In reply to JerseyBearsFan:

    that beekman story is the best best news I've heard coming out of Halas Hall since the Cutler trade. I'm serious. About fucking time.

  • In reply to JerseyBearsFan:

    I thought you all might find this interesting: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/sportsnation/coach?coachId=38

    The data is obvious not scientific in any way shape or form, but it does gives you purview into how football fans feel about their team's head coach week by week. Lovie dove to a 17% approval rating this week. Just to give you an understanding of how impactful the cats game and Lovie

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Singletary gets a lot of love too.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ghost, it's a puzzling comment and quite sad. He doesn't know where the criticism is coming from? I don't mind his defending their ability but defending their performance is a bit strange, especially off the specific struggles of the last two weeks. That coupled with the idea of one of his starting lineman being benched this week would lead me to believe that Ronny is starting to feel some real pressure.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm sick of this players-coach mentality Turner and Lovie have had since starting here. They think if they don't throw individual players under the bus, that the players will respect them more and play harder for them. I think this is the easy way out when dealing with these pre-madonna athletes that just care about stacking paper.

  • In reply to JerseyBearsFan:

    This is a no win situation for the Bears. They are expected to win, they simply HAVE to win...there is no alternative. The no win part is that they can't win big enough. Beekman for Omiyale is a step in the right direction, but will not solve the problems on the offensive line. This may be a good time to give Shaffer some snaps, too, at LT. It's a good opportunity to regain some confidence and circle the wagons for the Cardinals.

  • In reply to SpawnOfDitka:

    The Bears play great at home. I'm not really worried about their home games. They'll be something like 7-1 at home. It's on the road where they just reek.

  • In reply to JerseyBearsFan:

    This is a "No Fight Song" game. What we usually do with the Lions. No celebrating. Businesslike. Get ready for the Cardinals.

  • In reply to JerseyBearsFan:

    Agree this is a no win situation for the Bears. A win proves nothing, a loss proves everything. I will go stark raving mad if they lose and I hear Lovie say "well, there's a lot of football left; it's just one game; take nothign away from Cleveland - they really came to play; we'll look at the film and see what our mistakes were and we'll correct them. etc etc

    Seriously, if they lose the Lovie watch begins. If they win, so what?

  • In reply to JerseyBearsFan:

    After last week, this is my Bears anthem for the week:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR14hsxNbm0&feature=player_embedded

  • In reply to JerseyBearsFan:

    They couldn't, they paid Omiyale too much money. But the time is right now. The Bears are 3-3 and this simple but huge move could save the season.

  • In reply to StarkyLuv:

    I totally agree with the move, but is it really a "huge move that could save the season"? I guess we'll see.

  • In reply to Perno:

    Omiyale has been truly terrible, Perno.

  • In reply to Perno:

    Does anybody else think that Tommie Harris is done? his knee is gonna and he is always dragging it. ALSO! we need a FUCKING OLINE Jay cant throw down field because his has no fucking LINE! we cant RUN cause we have no fucking LINE! I think we would be a much better offense if we could fucking block.. these guys are gettin crushed.. kruetz got pushed on his ass last week..HORRIBLE!!!!!!

  • Yes they'll beat AZ and then beat Minn at least once. Philly and SF are both beatable teams too IMO. I'll bet the Bears finish over .500, I'll bet you an Egg McMuffin.

  • Philly and SF can be beaten...and will be

  • No, this staff does not have the *brains* to fix this shit.

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