Chicago at Baltimore Game Preview

Thankfully, thankfully, thankfully...I only have to do this twice more.
Baltimore Ravens

Why do I like the Chicago Bears this week?
  • I always like the Chicago Bears.
  • The offenses that give the Bears fits are the possession passing games.  Teams that are comfortable throwing on early downs and have quick receivers getting open on slants and underneath routes.  The Ravens are run-first, throw-when-have-to.  Their receivers are nowhere as good in space as the those on the Packers, Vikings, Cardinals, Bengals...etc.
  • Joe Flacco wants to drop back and sit in the pocket and I expect the Bears to be very aggressive with their pass rush, leading to a big Peanut Tillman interception in the fourth quarter.
  • Hub Arkush believed that the Bears "decided" to make Devin Aromashodu the centerpiece of their offense against the Packers and I don't agree.  I think Jay Cutler made that decision and I would not be surprised to see Aroma's play total cut.  If it's not, Cutler will look to him and look to him often, especially because Lovie will be coaching not to lose for sixty minutes
  • I got nothing else except this.  The Bears have something of a history of delivering one memorable performance when you think they're down and out.  This is the last game they'll play all season with any influence of the playoff picture and if it's going to come, it's coming Sunday.  Is that enough?

Chicago Bears 20, Baltimore Ravens 16  


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  • R.I.P. Chris Henry

    (that's a sad situation brothers and sister)

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Yeah, puts this horrible season in least nobody died.

    [...and for what it's worth, the whole story to the police sounded weird to me. I'm guessing Henry and his fianc

  • Indeed FQD, that kid was extremely talented but troubled from the get-go. Jeff, it's getting harder and harder to write these huh? I agree with you about DA. While I think Lovie finally got over his Knox hard-on and decided to give DA more reps last week, I think Jay made a conscious decision to target him early and often. Probably more often than the coaches called plays for him or thought Jay would go to him.

    I see Lovie taking away lots of his reps this week in fear that he will have another good game and thus look like an idiot for not calling his number earlier. Lovie probably knows that Jay will throw to him if he's in to show the coaches that they should have been listening to him all along. If Lovie is really just focused on this week, winning out this year, and not the future like he says, he will play DA who was one of the few bright spots last week. If he cuts his time, it is another desperate attempt to hold on for dear life.

    Not playing AroshIcando is yet another sign of desperation like a wasted thrown challenge by Lovie even though he knows he's not gonna win or a bullshit fake FG attempt.

  • I won't lie. I actually believe they're going to win Sunday. But I'm actually not going to be disappointed in the least if they don't.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Wow Jeff, I hope you're right. I think we are going to get hammered and punched in the mouth. I've been seeing this game come along for weeks, and thinking this is the game that Jay gets hurt. Hopefully, I'm wrong.

    Their D is still ferocious and they're hungry for a playoff spot. Their D is what I thought we had here in Chicago, unfortunately they have beaten us in the longevity game. They have a re-surging Ray Lewis; we have a declining Urlacher who has had injury problems and hurts his team with his mouth. They have nasty Ed Reed; we don't have a nasty Mike Brown anymore. Everyone is clamoring over Ray Rice and Flacco is underrated too.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I don't know gents. I have to admit that I've been fully pulled into this thing now and am not only expecting a loss, but am starting to think that the more the merrier.

    I've probably argued on both sides of this one by now. And while I won't wish a loss on my Bears, I don't think I'll have to. Losing is one thing this team does really well. I just don

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    "Hub Arkush believed that the Bears "decided" to make Devin Aromashodu the centerpiece of their offense against the Packers and I don't agree. I think Jay Cutler made that decision and I would not be surprised to see Aroma's play total cut. "

    I heard him say that and I couldnt agree with you more Jeff. Jay was doing that to prove a point. And I think he succeeded. That is actually the only reason to watch this game in my opinion. I want to see Jay go "off the reservation" and just start showing them how bad they are at coaching.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I want boos and empty seats for the Vikings game. I want 3 losses more than I want 3 wins. I want the media to keep calling for King Lovie's head. This is the year to get a head coach, not next year. For some reason, the stars have aligned and there are legitimate top tier, proven, hall of fame type, super bowl winning coaches out there looking for work. This won't be the typical off-season where offensive coordinators you've never heard of are getting a chance to be a head coach. This is the year that once proud franchises start their climb back to the top because they hired one of these legends.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Just something I thought I'd bring up - I read some comments made by Jerry Angelo (as I'm sure many of you have as well), where he calls the wide receiver position a 'position of strength' because of the apparent depth we have.

    Position of strength? We do not have a single position of strength outside of specialists (Maynard, Gould, and Mannelly), and that's the truth. Having an excess of average to slightly-above-average receivers does not constitute a position of strength. How can the man who makes our personnel decisions honestly say that? We all knew what we were getting into this season without a real #1 receiver. He was lucky that Knox developed as quickly as he did. He's trying to sell us some baloney about Iglesias looking good in PRACTICE. Against the Bears' secondary. That's what you call a position of strength? That's what I call ex-GM Jerry Angelo.

    We don't need 'positions of strength' anymore. All that says is average. Mediocre. Stuck in the hell of 7-9 and 8-8 seasons for years. We need excellence. Excellence from our players, our coaches, and our brass. We don't have it.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I hate to say it but I KNOW the bears will lose this one. The only victory the bears may have will be against Detrioit and I stress May. I can only hope that at least the bears will be competive that the bears are able to work in some of thier younger players so we can see if there is any hidden talent on the roster.

    Bears 17, ravens 27.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    If Jarron Gilbert doesn't play this week, I'm going to Elin Woods someone on the brown line.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    I'm with you. Hope inglesias will play. Highly doubt it though. Maybe game 15 or 16.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    The good ol' Earl Bennett Experience.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    So Jeff, your saying that this angry, focused, talented Defense with Ngata and Lewis and Ed freaking Reed, playing on Monday night football with a shot at the playoffs.. and having an offense that just scored a bajillion points last week, is going to have trouble with this toothless turnover prone Bears club who, even when they don't suck, struggles on Monday nights? I'm expecting a complete Bengals like ass whoopin.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    we're playing on Sunday at noon btw

  • In reply to BTiff:

    oh, I thought they said Monday night on the radio, sorry.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    ahh it's the vikings game that will be a monday nighter

  • In reply to dutsami:

    gaines adams and jared allen have really similar body types. now if we could just have him gain about 15 lbs of muscle we should be good. you can't teach mean though and that could be why Gaines may never make it.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    The Ravens are going to pound our asses good Sunday. By what i have been hearing on The score this afternoon,our boys would be rather playing piss poor golf than football.

    Briggs pissing and moaning about who aint here anymore.Hester making predictions of big time changes.Halas Hall is up for grabs and the bodies are piling up under every Bus in the neighborhood.Lovie has lost all control,and it is pathetic.

    No mention today from our Bears about kickin some ass on Sunday,just a bunch of whining,and shit talking.It is flat out embarassing.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Talk about complete and utter frustration coming from every pore on this team, not to mention an overwhelming feeling of futility re: the rest of the year:

  • it's a sad season when the Cubs seem more salvageable than the Bears.

  • I watched the Green Bay

  • In reply to GoBears:

    Except that the Ravens were playing the best defense in the NFL. Ray Rice and McGahee will kick our asses on runs and screens - we don't have a competent MLB. I'm saving our win for the Vikes.

  • In reply to GoBears:

    Ravens are 10.5 point favorites ?!! Damn girl, gimme Da Bears boyeeeeeee !! Shabba-dabba-doo!

  • Ha!

  • Wow, who knew Michael McCaskey was a Superhero ? His alter ego is Scatman - everything he touches turns to shit. Handed countless riches as a child, young Scatman realises that he has the power to f**k up again and again and it doesn't really matter....

  • Interesting from the Trib : "Oddly enough, the numbers don't indict Pace as much as many might figure. According to STATS, Pace has given up three of the Bears' 26 sacks in 11 starts, while Williams has surrendered seven in 13. Williams also has a team-high eight penalties with five false starts."

    And as for Angelo's comment below all I can say is WTF ?

    "Bears general manager Jerry Angelo commented about mysterious rookie receiver Juaquin Iglesias during an interview with the team's Web site: "Unfortunately, we can't get Juaquin Iglesias on the field because we only dress four (receivers) as a rule on Sunday. If you were to see him given how he has been practicing, he would come in and produce and be a good football player for us as well. It really is a position of strength."

  • Oh Jebus. This is the problem right here :,0,5067250.story

    Tommie Harris is a caring, sharing Chicago BEars, always looking out for the QBs health .... tell me I'm dreaming ...

    "As I got hit, and I was turned, I felt my knee start to go back," Rodgers told the newspaper. "Luckily, I really feel (Harris) eased up on me a bit.

    "I don't know if that's because I know him and we've done charity events together, but he was like the first one to be like, 'Hey, Aaron, are you OK?' "

    Bye Tommie. [Sound of airlock decompressing]

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    wtf? o this is horseshit.....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    "Can I drive you home Aaron honey ? Y'okay there sweetie, did that chafe some ....? Tommie kiss it better ...."
    "It's okay Tommie, I think I'm good, thanks."
    "You sure, dinkums ? I can have my people look at that, really ..."

    Clucking Bell !!

    What's Ming the merciless doing ? Is Hampton able to walk ? Seems we've had a bitch invasion on the D-line too ....

    New line for Imrem's article :

    Where did all the dirty, murderous, psycho defensive tackles disappear to ?

    Tommie Nightingale !!!? FCK ME BALLISTIC !!!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    They prolly have the same agent.

  • In reply to SpawnOfDitka:

    Actually, I'm certain they do.

  • In reply to SpawnOfDitka:

    Irish, your post about Williams reminded me that Michael Oher, he of the superhyped book/movie of his life...has essentially the same stats as Williams this season:
    "According to STATS LLC, Oher leads Ravens offensive linemen in penalties (8) and sacks allowed (6)."
    And no one in Baltimore is calling for Oher's head. I expect Williams to really blossom at left Tackle next year, especially if a new position coach lights a fire under him.

  • In reply to SpawnOfDitka:

    Still want Martz?,0,4429077.story

    This should disqualify him.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Never wanted him in the first place SC.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I know. I've been complaining about him since early 2006.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Shany in talks with the 'Skins. Let's hope he doesn't jump the gun before the season is over...just in case we actually fire Lovie.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Saw that 82. I bet he ends up there, Snyder will pay him better than anyone else. Looks like Holmgren will take the GM role with the Browns. My #1, Cowher is still out there, I just don't see Lovie going anywhere. Like most I think Turner is the lamb, unless we lose out, have blackouts, and lots of empty seats for the Vikes game.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Guys...I am with Jeff on this..the only way we push this foward is if we get whooped the next three games. I hurt to say that but damn it , I think we need to hit really hard rock bottom for VM to see it.

    And as for Martz what a FU!@$#$!@#$ING PUSSY!!!!

    I had said before go in the dictionary look up assmunch and his picture is there!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    By the way, while I have been as critical of Tommie Harris as anybody on this blog, I do not have any problem with him passing on the opportunity to end a guy's season and/or threaten his career.
    Aaron Rodgers is just the QB of the Packers, not a member of the Taliban.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    well said

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Al.. I agree but, the guy you have as your symbol pic would not think that way. would he? He played as an angry and possesed man.I wish we had half the passion of #51 on this team...thats all not asking for it?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jesus Fucking Christ... so you guys wanted Tommmie to blow Rogers' knee out? I guess you were rooting for Charles Martin when he body-slammed McMahan.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Nope, just want Tommie to play football without the good health of the QB being his first thought. Y'know, football, defensive tackle goes after QB, bashes QB. Next play. What Charles Martin did was premeditated GBH and he should have been sent to jail for it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    From the Trib - new lyrics:

    "Lie down, Chicago Bears,

    snatch defeat from the jaws of victory;

    Lie down, Chicago Bears,

    let them score and you've lost your dignity.

    We'll never forget the way you bored the nation

    with your punt formation.

    Lie down, Chicago Bears,

    you've failed again to convert on third down.

    Haven't had a man since Jim McMahon,

    Chicago Bears, lie down."

  • In reply to BillW:

    fucking heresy...

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    i want to know what kind of fag comes up with that type of insulting jingle. probably someone who never played the game on a high level. the kind of level where you can fucking die or get paralyzed. you can be frustrated at the coaching, the mental mistakes, the injuries, etc but at some point doesn't it just become a drain on the morale of the team? Doesn't the schtick get old? Being the Rosenbloom of the party? The fucking guy that no one likes to talk to because you are such a whiny prick? these guys that suit up every monday, thursday, saturday and sunday and have since they were 8 are out there to play.
    Don't people get embarassed when they are actually part of the reason that it is harder to win...even at home? What pussy of a father raised these fair weather, cynical, unreasonable fans.
    Be angry, be frustrated, just don't be part of the problem. I can't stand what people have become and what the media has become. you know what i'm talking about.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    By that measure, Jeff is fair weather.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    See the photo ? Those 'fans' are a casting session for Dilbert ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Also I don't know if anyone has mentioned it, it is supposed to snow over a foot all up the east coast including baltimore. this could be one of those sweet cold weather games that don't come around too often. supposedly I hear the Bears are supposed to be good in bad weather...... a boy can dream!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    jdawg..Sdwat52.. not saying that at all.. it's about playing angry..I think the ideal is that playing with passion and focused agression. I am not one of playing dirty but damn..supposedly this is an agressive d-line we have. To be honest I have only seen it a handful of times and minutes of it not a whole game.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Tommie was a beast because he used to be:
    a) healthy, and when healthy he was:
    b) the best tackle in the game. I still have the 2006 first Bears/Seahawks game. He was unblockable.
    I don't remember seeing him knocking anyone out.

    I want to win because Tommie is unblockable, not because he doesn't hesitate to shred someones knee.

  • In reply to SpawnOfDitka:

    It sounds like the Bears have been more focused on pointing fingers this week than they are on the Baltimore Ravens. Sunday could get ugly.

  • In reply to SpawnOfDitka:

    Great info on Mr. Oher, Posse.

    The Ravens are another 4-Letter Network darling and, like the AFC North and the NFC East, were vastly over-hyped at the start of the season. That defense that used to win games for them has failed to put them into contention for the post season. They have been the epitome of a .500 team this season, unable to put any kind of winning streak together. I believe Joe Flacco is playing hurt and is a more stationary target that usual. The Blackbirds may well win this one because Pollyanna Smith is always looking for new and creative ways to piss games away, but this is a nothing game between TWO also-rans.

  • In reply to SpawnOfDitka:

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  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Are you fucking kidding me. Jebus Christo. Know what we have fucking become.... monsters... Inc. of the midpointillist, that was lame, but you get the point.

    What a joke. I'm not for hurting anyone purposefully, but this is fucking football last time I fucking checked. What a joke. Fire that douche right now. We need to find some Bears to play (and coach) for us next year... this sucks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Of the Midway. Fucking Droid.

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