Chicago vs. Arizona Preview

If you're bored and in the New York area in the next two weeks, come see a reading of a new musical.

Without further adieu, and with hope on the line...

YOUR 4-3 2009 CHICAGO BEARS
over
Arizona Cardinals

Why do I like the Chicago Bears this week?
  • I always like the Chicago Bears.
  • Because writers are launching attacks on the head coach and players are being forced to come to his defense.  When Lovie's back has been to the wall, the Bears have provided big time efforts and ended speculation about his job security.
  • Because I'm expecting a big performance out of Jay Cutler against the league's 20th ranked pass defense.  Cutler's year has been mediocre, marred by shoddy offensive line play and poor red zone decision making.  Expect Ron Turner, feeling intense pressure, to allow Cutler's arm to win the ballgame.  300+ yards.  3 scores.
  • Because Matt Forte had his best game against the Browns last week and showed a bit of a burst to the outside.  The Cardinals' defense was shredded by the same style of running from Carolina.
  • I don't expect the defense to be able to hold down Warner and the Cardinal passing attack so the Bears will need to dominate on specials and they're certainly capable.  Return score coming, most likely from Devin Hester.
  • Because Brad Maynard doesn't punt like that two weeks in a row.
  • Because I can't handle the thought of the season being over on November 9th.

Chicago Bears 30, Arizona Cardinals 28

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  • i simply predict victory.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Jeff is right. Special Teams will be a huge factor in this game. if we can get good field position and maybe a quick score that will be huge. Cutty will play huge. Rogers-Cromartie is begging to be beat deep.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    To whomever posted the site with the Payton tribute video on it THANK YOU!!! We could sure use some of his passion right about now, because we are on the cusp of failure and success.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Great post, I agree with all your points Jeff. We need that one game where every phase is firing on all cylinders to get this thing going, including the fans. 5-3.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I'm looking forward to seeing the Bears' coaches and players show some attitude this week. They need a Dick Butkus pep talk in a big way.

    Let's see the D give Warner another five picks for his stats.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    As I previously mentioned, the Cardinals were INCREDIBLY generous last week and, despite FIVE interceptions (including a pick-6) and be run over by DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart and making no real big plays downfield, THEY WERE STILL IN THE GAME in the 4th quarter until Warner's sack-fumble puit an end to their hopes.

    I'm not from Missouri but I am here to say "SHOW ME".

    I just wasn't that impressed by the running game, considering it was only the Browns, who had been shredded the week before by the Packers. If the Cardinals run defense is ripe for shredding, SHOW ME, early and often.

    Where in heck are the Rod's RUSHMEN? This would be a good week to show up because if Kurt Warner has the time that Derek Anderson had, look out. SHOW ME some pressure.

    Until I see otherwise, the Bears have .500 written all over them
    and I am afraid 4-4 looms on the horizon.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    The Cardinals are going to take away the nonsense that is the Bears' running game. After all, look at what the Cards did to the Giants IN New Jersey just two weeks ago--Jacobs and Bradshaw combined for 107 yards.

    We know the Bears are susceptible to giving up the big pass play. With Warner and all of the talented receivers they have, forget it, this is going to be a field day.

    Unless... unless... we have rain and wind in Chicago. But if the weather is comfortable, I think the Cards will light up the Bears secondary.

    Take the Cards +120 and bet the house on it.

    Cards 31, Bears 17.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    By the way, it's "without further ado," meaning "without letting more stuff get in the way." Adieu is French for "to God," meaning "farewell, we'll never meet again until we're dead."

    Saying "without further adieu" not only looks stupid, but it's a non sequitur, as you're saying "without further final farewells."

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Repeat after me. The Bears play well at home.

    They just do. Forte is running better as well. Cardinals won't have Boldin. Bears win.

  • In reply to StarkyLuv:

    I'd feel better if they didn't have Fitzgerald who's due for a HUGE game. However I agree, I think the Bears will find a way to win, whatever it takes...15 missed field goals by the Cards or whatever.

  • In reply to StarkyLuv:

    I like that the Bears seem pissed off and frustrated after the win againts the Browns. I think they take it out on the Cards. Gaines Adams gets his first sack(s) as a Bear this weekend. Bear Down!!!

  • In reply to StarkyLuv:

    Since everyone seems to a big fan of stat here... I thought you might find this interesting:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/kerry_byrne/11/05/sacks/index.html

    I know it's not much of a consolation, but there it is. Like the nerd in school, it

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Another good article MB, and from SI again. Kind of surprised by that. Here's a good parody of one of many "Tom Brady rules". http://www.theonion.com/content/from_print/tom_brady_clearly_receiving

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Even a blind squirrel

  • In reply to StarkyLuv:

    Sorry for the bad grammar and misused word... was in a hurry... don't hurt me.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Have to agree with Lou, Bleed.
    Your grammar lesson is akin to citing every typo that comes along.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Really?! Do you believe that people should hold expectations of the article no higher than of the responders?

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    This is a great blog Jeff put together for our enjoyment, and I'm guessing he doesn't get paid anything for doing it. Here's a whimsical video response to this absurd topic.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrllCZw8jiM

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I love that movie. That is the biggest fucking fish I have ever seen Cormonster.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Hey guys. I'm glad that "bufforillas" has taken off. I've been pretty silent this week because I was stricken with H1N1. I don't know how, but it happened and I was down for the count. I'm on my way to being fine now, so you all can say you know someone who got it!

    I've got a good feeling about the Cardinals. Coming off a hard loss to Carolina, the Cards are weakened. Kurt Warner threw 5 picks! I think the improving secondary will exploit that. In being bummed out by a lackluster offensive performance, I forgot to think about the secondary. They really looked good against the Browns...yeah I know, it was JUST the Browns. But they covered recievers well and Manning made the best athletic pick I've seen in a couple years from that unit.

    Likewise, I predict big numbers from Cutler and the offense because (as many media authorities are predicting) Ron Turner is going to start coaching for his job. This Cutler guy is one of the top 5 QBs in the league, let him show us how he got to the Pro Bowl last year.

    I'm going to be even more generous than Jeff, Chicago 34-Arizona 17

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    BaM, I believe the Cards DID own the best rushing defense 2 weeks ago. Apparently though, the Panthers were not impressed.

    That just shows once again what a week-to-week proposition the NFL is AND, that statistics are for losers.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    After watching the Sunday Night and Monday Night football games.. I know how our line can improve. It is simple really, all four of the other teams I watched did it all game. You hold. Every lineman, every play, you grab their ass like a mother and hold on. Refs aren't calling it very often and even when they do, wouldn't you rather have 1st and 20 than 2nd and 17 with a flat Jay Cutler?

    And Ron Turner... you should pare down your playbook, by removing the absolute trash plays that never work. Some of that crap has nothing to do with lack of execution, it's just a crappy play. How is it that Orton had 2 or 3 plays to decide from relayed in quick enough for him to get to the line and read the D, but you can't get 1 play into Cutler in the huddle before he has to waste time-outs? God this year is frustrating.

  • no... Hester has better numbers than even Boldin. Hester is 2nd in receptions in the entire NFL over the last three games to Fitzgerald. He is turning into a real #1 WR. And as a trio our group is 6th in the NFL. Receivers are not our issue, it is getting the right play in vs the right D and keeping our QB clean long enough for the play to unfold.

    And Breaston may not see a lot of time either as he tweaked his knee in practice.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Exactly. Our issue is Ron Turner.

  • And in more incredibly frustrating and somewhat laughable news: http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=6271

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Here's Wrong Turner's fight song!

    Pare down, Chicago Bears, reduce every play clear the way to simplicity;
    Pare down, Chicago Bears, put up a fight with a simple play.
    We always forget the way you thrilled the nation with your T-formation. So it's not in the playbook!
    Pare down, Chicago Bears, and let them know why you're wearing the plays on your wrist.
    You're the pride and joy of Illinois, Chicago Bears, pare down.

  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1225042/Germanys-bald-bears-Fur-disease-afflicts-Dolores-baffles-vets.html

    John Hoke Syndrome.

  • I have to say I am looking forward to watching the bears play at home. I hope the weather is in our favor. I want to see the play calling as more creative this week. I will be very disappointed if every play is predictable.... Hope our 2ndary does well this week... Big challenge for us...lets get some more defensive touchdowns. I believe in miracles, I believe in our bears, no matter what the critics say. I don't care how we win our next four games... Just do it!

  • In reply to BEARSFAN78:

    50 to 60 degrees with little wind. Too bad they don't come here in late December. One at a time, 5-3.

  • Yeah really, put a sock in it grammar nazi. That would have been better in an email to Jeff. To you, I bid adieu. Jag.

  • In reply to Perno:

    Without further a douche. Shawn Gayle would be proud of you, douche.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    It's Shaun Gayle, not Shawn!

    I see your Hobbit name must be Doosh Baggins!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I like it Mac, I like it. BTW - he wasn't being a grammar nazi, it was incorrect usage of a word - albeit French. Funny to see the attacks on anything remotely intelligent though, eh ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    lol it's fans like you that make me cringe w/ your "elitist" attitude and shit. and you missed the whole point on those posts, but in due time, maybe you'll understand

    *p.s. i know i used a conjunction to start a sentence....don't get on your high horse and red-ink me sir.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Girlfriend is synonymous with strippers. If I didn't have a girlfriend, I'd just go out to the bar to pick up bufforillas with everyone else. Strippers don't kiss and tell, and there's nobody to see me to report back to the drill seargent. Also, we've been together for more than two years now, and live together, which as everyone in that sitch knows, means I'm lucky to get any once every two weeks. Tops.

    Yeah. I grew up in Ohio. Women there are pretty much either knocked up by age 17, or 250 lbs. by age 22, or both. All the pretty/smart ones move to Chicago, etc. Cleveland is actually the cream of the crop for Ohio tail (after Ohio State students), which is like being the smartest retard in an Englewood Special Ed class (lots of gay jokes on this blog, retard/South Side jokes are fair game).

    Side note: Everyone here should check out "The League" on FX. Thursdays @ 9:30 after "It's Always Sunny..." All about a bunch of Chicago dudes and their FF league. Most I've laughed in years.

  • In reply to BearsTransplant:

    Bufforillas!

    Hil - arious

  • In reply to BearsTransplant:

    My predictions for this week:

    1. Alex Brown and Marcus Harrison get sacks.
    2. Vasher has a pick 6 at safety.
    3. Earl Bennett has 100 yrd game.
    4. Kellen Davis gets a redzone TD.
    5. Wolfe scores a TD off a screen.

  • In reply to BearsTransplant:

    Hey does anyone know if 'our' AP is going to play at all?

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Our AP has been practicing DMB, so I'm guessing he will be playing. He is one of my favorite players on the team and I think one of the most under valued. No one has ever given him a legit chance as the backup RB in this town, but everytime he gets the ball he gets positive yards and makes something happen. Plus, I find it admirable the way he deals with his stuttering issue.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    I really, really want to predict a Bears win. And even though Zona made it to the Super Bowl last year, I had this week penciled in as a "W" for the Bears after preseason was done.

    Not sure about that anymore.

    I'm just hoping 1) Lovie and Marinelli found something in the Carolina film that'll give them some good ideas on how to get more pressure on Warner and 2) Boldin's out.

    Arizona 27, Chicago 26. But if my boy Rackers were to miss a clutch field goal, I wouldn't be too upset about it. :)

  • In reply to Dmband:

    I Bleed... was immediately and deservedly spanked for his Grammer post. On the other hand, he wasn't BANISHED. C'mon back into the pool, I Bleed, the water's fine!

    Per your points raised, Alex,

    1) I've got good news and bad news. The good news is that I know for a FACT that Lovie and Rod saw something in the Carolina film from last week that would help them put pressure on Mr. "TYJ"* Warner!
    The bad news is that that something is named Julius Peppers and he won't be lining up in Navy Blue & Orange this Sunday.

    The Panthers got good pressure with just 4 "rushmen" forcing Warner to throw against 7 man coverage without the time to "shop around" and the ensuing results were UGLY for Arizona.

    "TYJ" likes to make his living against teams that want to blitz him, as evidenced by what he did to the Steelers in the Super Bowl.

    On the OTHER hand, if you drop 7 but get NO pressure from your "rushmen", (sound familiar lately?) the opposing QB doesn't even have to be Kurt Warner to light it up.

    2)Neil Rackers has a VERY STRONG leg, but he has trouble kicking consistently in his own climate-controlled crib, let alone among the wind gusts and vagaries of THE toughest venue in the league in which to kick field goals. Toughest, that is, unless you happen to be Good As Gould.

    If the Bears are going to get to 5-3, they are going have to get some help from the Cardinals in the form of continued generosity with the football.

    Footnote: TJJ* = "Thank You Jesus". And DON'T get me started on THAT nonsense.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    TYJ*= "Thank You Jesus".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Don't you mean, "Thank you JeBus" ?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Is it Sunday, YET!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    The PLAYBOOK NFC guys (Sterling Sharpe, Joe Theismann, etc) picked the bears this week.

    The Fox radio Sunday morning crew( John Fricke, Chris Landry, et. al)are going with the Cardinals.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    From the "Nobody wins a Championship after 7 or 8 games" Department:

    ESPN reports that the heretofore unbeaten Colts'star safety, Bob Sanders, who was already a resident on MIKE BROWN BOULEVARD and JUST got back into the lineup is now OUT FOR THE SEASON with an elbow in need of surgery.

    But wait, THERE'S MORE!
    A 2nd Colt starting DB is ALSO gone for the season!

    BUT WAIT, THERE'S STILL MORE!!

    A 3rd Colts' starting DB will miss at least a month!

    In hockey they call that a "hat trick"!

    In football it's called a "Recipe for disaster".

    The Colts face the Texans this week.

    What? Wait a minute. Shh. Listen....

    Yep. I think I JUST heard the sound of Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson yelling "YIPPEE!"

    Timing is everthing, no?

    Have a nice weekend, Colt fans!

  • In reply to BearsTransplant:

    How likely is 8-3?
    I consider that just slightly less likely
    than going 9-2 this season.

  • In reply to BearsTransplant:

    Sorry I've been gone, boys. Thanks for keeping the site/debate lively. To the guy who killed my use of "adieu" - I'm keeping it up. Why? Because I wrote it at 3 am and I actually meant to spell it that way at that hour. I may make it a trademark.

    Bear down.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I know Sunday will tell us a lot about where the Bears will be by the end of the month, but any predictions? 8-3 is possible, but how likely is it?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'll puke if I read another "..special teams will be crucial in this game ...." when ST are crucial IN EVERY GAME !! Gawd.

    Both teams should be able to move the ball through the air no problems, neither will be doing it on the ground. Edge to the Cardinals straight away, although Boldin will likely be out. A must-win regardless against a team 3-0 on the road ....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Now THAT'S some top shelf analysis. Thank you for your contribution...

  • In reply to Perno:

    Agree with whoever said the Bears play well when angry and when the media is on them (and Lovie - about time). I think they will play well. I read Turner as saying it's time to stop trying to do things we can't do well (run) and let Jay be Jay. The fans are restless after a 24 point WIN and the players sense that. I predict the crowd will really be in the game from the start and it's up to the Bears to seize that and build on it.

  • In reply to Perno:

    Any gramar misteaks or spilling eros are purley akzidental.

  • In reply to Perno:

    Went to the Admiral on Sunday after watching the game. A bunch of [classless, hillbilly] Browns fans got kicked out... just for being generally disrespectful and gross ("Hands!" "HANDS!"). They were talking smack to some local gangsters. Didn't stick around to watch them get their country asses kicked.

    Going to a sick tailgate setup for the Cards game. A couple maniacs I know are going at 4:30 AM to set up there early. Good times. We'll see if I remember the game on Monday.

    Got my shirts in the mail yesterday. They're pretty bitchin'. Gonna give one to the GF for her birthday on the 21st. I hope she gets it, and doesn't think I'm implying that there's a big fuzzy mammal down her pants. Though there is, of course.

    BEARS!

  • In reply to Perno:

    The best part is the Admiral and girlfriend reference in the same post.

    I tip my cap to you sir...

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Agreed. Great stuff Transplant. I can understand dudes from Cleveland getting a little hands on. All the women I have met from Cleveland have been wildebeests.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Indeed!

    You must be the same lad who posted a few weeks ago about the halftime BJ

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    I just think it is awesome that Hester is turning into more of a receiver with every game. That TD catch and run was sick. He looked so fucking quick and agile. It was great. Then he returns a fucking kick for a TD. I don't care if there was a penalty. Old Hester is fucking back and now he shows that shit on offense too. I love it. Ron just needs to get him open in the middle of the field on crossing routes and needs to hit Knox deep. jeff made a good point a while back that really good things usually happen when we send Knox deep. bears try....birds die.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    my mistake, he got down to the 1yard line, but it was still awesome.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    No matter that Hester didnt' score. He is a real threat in space again and has to be accounted for. God - can the line give Jay enough time for a couple deep ones every game? what a difference that would make!

    (I see the grammar-Nazi left.)

  • In reply to Dmband:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6l8VM1IcUU

    Best compilation I have seen. Our D should watch this right before the game.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    "All the women I have met from Cleveland have been wildebeests"

    LOL is an understatement.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b5/jamdawg/bangles-hob-cle/cle-hob-me-bangles.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Exactly gpldan, amazing find! You are hilarious. Respect on the Shaun Gayle correction, my bad. I'm not bullshitting on halftime BJs MB, but I'll try and refrain myself from over-sharing. 5-3.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Crown,

    Share away my man.... suffice it to say that the rest of us poor bastards can only enjoy vicariously. My hunch is that you're either not married, you gots one of them mail order brides from Serbia, or you live with a very enlightened woman (or a combination thereof). In any case, well done!

    Bears by 7 this Sunday btw boys. BIYP!

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    So I was watching the

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Forget it. Ron Turner is not capable of those things.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Going to the game, and can't wait. This is the game that defines this season. Win it, and they can make a run. Lose, and the mission to mediocre is on. Bear Down!!!

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Has anyone else read this post from the eternally brilliant Clark Judge on CBS:

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/12473255/rating-big-trade-winners-losers-at-midseason

    According to his analysis, the Bears would be 6 - 1 if they had stuck with Orton. Personally, I think Orton would be on IR or dead if he was still here.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Right now, Denver has the edge in the Cutler deal. Not just based on the record, but based on the obvious fact they have a decent QB and 3 draft picks. Remember - they thoguht of doign the deal with Washington but liked Orton better than Jason Campbell. Id' rather have Orton than Campbell too.

    But lets see at the end of the season. Orton will continue to be who he is, and Jay's upside is obvious. Notice that Clark (in his "wisdom") fails to mention the most obvious difference - the OLine.

  • In reply to BillW:

    He also doesn't mention that the Bears' wide receivers are doing pretty well despite not having Orton throwing them the ball.

    I guess it doesn't matter that Hester has more catches and yards than Brandon Marshall so far. That couldn't have anything to do with Cutler.

  • In reply to Perno:

    See, thats what makes football season so great.

    "Hunny, where are you going?"

    "Im going to watch the games....be back at 3 am".

    and thats acceptable.

  • http://www.gooseisland.org/graphics/bears/park_bear2.jpg

    Looking for Cardinal.

  • Yikes!

  • http://melaman2.com/nfl-fightmusic/Oilers__%20Houston_Oilers_No_1.mp3

  • Anyone up for a good laugh? Listen to the 6-7 minute part of the Childress press conference regarding Farve's groin injury. "I was watching him from behind, doing what you do with that injury, grabbing and rubbing it, the lower chain". It's strange listening to a large part of the presser.
    http://www.vikings.com/media-vault/videos/Childress-Postgame-Presser-111/27417c74-8760-42e4-b81e-dfe162d25dbb#?id=ec11b8f6-ad89-4ca1-a2d0-1b718747d550

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Yeah I heard that on the radio yesterday, kinda creeped me out. It doesn't exactly help that Brad Childress looks like a child molester either.

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