The Stakes of Thursday Night

The Philadelphia Eagles, and most specifically Michael Vick, put the NFC on notice last night in Washington.  Delivering the finest performance the conference has seen this season, Andy Reid's team looked dominant on offense and advantageous on defense - doing to the Redskins what Jay Cutler and the Bears could not do three weeks ago.  They dominated an inferior opponent.  I've been as critical of Andy Reid as anybody but his teams continue to make the postseason by doing what they did last evening.  (Next Sunday - now in the prime 4 PM time slot, the Bears will get their crack at the Eagles).

Thursday night the Dolphins will most likely be without their starting quarterback.  Their backup quarterback suffered a career-ending type shoulder injury on the third play this Sunday.  That leaves them starting the able yet flaccid Tyler Thigpen.  And you know what they say about Tyler Thigpen?  If Tyler Thigpen beats you, you deserve to lose.  (The Dolphins are also supposed to be without Jake Long but I'll believe that when I see it.  Jake Long is one of the toughest guys in the sport.)
We all know the Bears, during the Lovie Smith era, have not been great on short weeks.  We also know how bad Jay Cutler has been once the sun goes down - explanations ranging from color blindness to diabetic comas.  But this season has been a different kind of Bears season.  When they are expected to win, they lose.  When they are expected to lose, they dominate their opponent.  And now they have put themselves into position to make a run at the postseason.  The dreaming of August has become the reality of mid-November. 
The Bears also must win Thursday night to put pressure on the Green Bay Packers Sunday.  The Pack will be in Minneapolis to face Last Chance Brett and the cast of As the World Turns and if you don't think the purple will reach into the barrel for this one, you're crazy.  We're at that part of the season where scoreboard watching becomes as much fun as game watching and nothing will make me happier than being able to sit in front of TV Sunday and know a Packers loss gives the Bears a one-game advantage.
So prepare them, Lovie.  And throw it to your team, Jay.  And leave Miami at 7-3.        

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  • Watched very little of the game, but there was a comment about how good teams find their identity by midseason and then begin to thrive. Maybe a reach, but that might be happening to our Bears.

    It's a winnable game despite the short week.

    By the way, I want to warn everyone - if you read David Hough (rhymes with fluff) today, don't do it right after eating. His praise of Angelo is sickening.

  • In reply to BillW:

    ya, I read that crap. Angelo misses on rounds 1-3, often gets FAs that bust (Pace, etc) but more than makes-up for it by finding "gems" in the later rounds...crap. U know what kind of team that makes? A mediocre one. A team that goes 29-28 since it's last Superbowl appearance...unacceptable.

    Do the Bear's owners realize that their fans don't just want ONE SuperBowl every 25yrs, but rather demand dynasties? Do they understand the concept of "excellence"?

    Even if we win the SB this year, I still argue for dumping Angelo. Smith is still on probation in my book...

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Exactly

  • I would offer Cutler a SECOND Snickers bar before halftime.

  • Watching Pack fans pick against us is like watching Corky from Life Goes On play high stakes Texas hold-em.

    http://www.packerforum.com/f11/bears-vs-vikes-wk-10-a-24278.html

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Fight the power that be.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kgdikuVQOU

  • In reply to Crowned:

    wtf?........hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Looks like Jake Long will be trying to go against Pep. He needs surgery but is trying to wait until the offseason if possible. Even if he plays he will be banged up. Good thing for Thigpen he can run a little bit. He's gonna be running for his life on Thursday.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I believe Long will miss the game. That's what I see on the IR.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Like Jake Long, I've also tore the labrum in my shoulder.

    Unlike Jake Long, I would never on earth consider playing football with a torn labrum.

    The pain of having your shoulder slide in and out of location is one of the most nauseating feelings I've ever experienced. No way can he go against Peppers.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    McNabb is only getting 3 to 5 milli garaunteed. His contract is basically all incentive-based. Ok, now that makes sense.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Funny article on it...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/17/sports/football/17leading.html

  • In reply to Crowned:

    As much a's I wanted to rub my Skins fans friends face (illiteration oh my) in it last night it was just too ugly. That game broke the spirit of skins fans and players alike.. Did you see their D lineman literally just laying on the field? So sad. Now I'd like to see the Bears do that to Miami on Thursday. I would love to see a dominant D break their only QB in half and then put their league leading run D on display.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Reid for coach of the year thus far. He had the balls to take a chance on Vick when no one else would and had the confidence to trade McNabb within the division. That takes gragantuon nads. And Vick has to be in MVP contention as well.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    From the Onion, Brilliant.

    Report: Michael Vick Getting Confident Enough To Do Something Terrible Again

    PHILADELPHIA

  • In reply to Crowned:

    If reid get's coach of the year nominations it hopefully won't be for that.. he had an oft injured QB in McNabb and a hopeful project in Kolb and brought Vick in to run their wildcat package, that's it, took a flyer on the guy to let him run wildcat plays and spell his aging starter. Then he let McNabb go with Kolb as his starter after he showed promise there; then an injury forces him to start Vick and Vick performs... The Eagles success with Vick is way more something that fell in Reid's lap in the form of a Kolb injury than him seeing some great chance and making Vick his starter when noone said he should and it working out. It is better to be lucky than good most days though.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Reid for GM of the Bears next year.

  • Some stats for you all...

    Aromashodu..starts only 7 games 8 recep and 120 yards.

    Taylor..14 recep and 100 yards

    Rushing

    Taylor 206 yards and only 65 attempts, no fumbles

    Forte 470 yards and 125 attempts, 3 fumbles rushing and receiving.

    The person with the most fumbles on our team?

    Jay Cutler-7 fumbles.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    not sure what your point is with saying 206 for Taylor on ONLY 65 attempts... that is worse production 3.2ypc than Forte's 470/125 3.8ypc.

    And I bet it is common for the QB to lead a team in fumbles as most of the center and running back exchange problems probably get credited to the QB as fumbles on top of the real ones.

    My problem with Cutler is the total brain farts, whether we are talking throwing into quad coverage in the red zone on first down, or holding onto the ball for 8 seconds, or running out of bounds behind the LOS with the ball, or missing a wide open screen pass by 10 feet; then he comes and fires a perfect pass on third and goal to beat double coverage while jumping... if he could just stop doing all the dumb shit he could be amazing.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Where to start... I don't even have time to tell you how wrong this is.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    so which 1 of y'all pissed off trac? lol

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    lol. I missed the argument. But dam Trac has been missing for awhile. But he could be one of these new posters. CMON BACK TRAC

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    All I caught was a Rodney King-esqu "can't we all just get along" comment.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Ok found some of it. Looks like he's gone hopefully he took all the right wing retoric and dirty republican friends with him

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Sac, You leave no doubt you really are from Sacramento. LOL

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    He was here on the gameday thread for a minute and still took a little shot at Doc.

    Just stick to Bears and the funny/disturbing videos that get posted here and we are all good.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    +1

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Say what you will about Thigpen, he's pretty aggressive. It could work out well for the Dolphins. They've been stalling out and settling for 100s of Carpenter field goals. The Bears D needs to make him pay.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    AW..for FUC@!#!$K'S sake...we will have to listen to these shits Thursday Night:

    http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story/09000d5d81a4f6c9/article/theismann-to-be-in-booth-for-nfl-networks-thursday-games?module=HP_event_tnf

    looks like I will be steaming with our homies JJ & TT on WBBM

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I have DirecTV and the problem is how damn far the telecast is behind AM radio because of encoding, compression, terrestrial transmission, decoding, etc etc.

    Maybe I can listen to WBBM on the interweb and buffer it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Nope. The radio.com player will not buffer.

    Stupid idiots.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    agree GP..tried to watch the game Sunday and stream at the same time. It's about 25-35 secs delay...really weird to watch it and then hear JJ & TT get excited about a play after the fact of me watching it.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I meant streaming.......shit.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Dude I would much rather listen to this fool than Troy Aikman ... that guy makes me want to stab my eardrums out with chopsticks.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    I know sac...but I just can't stand how these fu$#@!$#!$cks can never give our boys any love...it's always ..we lucked out, the other didn't come to play..you know the drill...

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Gotta Love DeSean Jackson. "We were like pitbulls, ready to get out of the cage"

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/DeSean-Jackson-s-unfortunate-word-choice-Eagles?urn=nfl-286299

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Coach..........and all you could hear afterward was a pin drop...or MV's anal sphincter whistling..........

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    One guy i would love to bitch slap is Desean Jackson.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    The dude is so skinny I don't know how he doesn't snap in half every tackle. He runs like he was shot out of a cannon though. Him and Ron Mexico are becoming quite the duo.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3320FeI2Gs&feature=related

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeee....in two weeks I hope we do that to MV

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    +1

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    It doesn't whistle much since he did his 18 months...Just a blowing sound whoosh

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Time for 'prison whistle' to hit the urbandictionary.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP...I don't which one has a sicker mind you or Coach..I would of loved to hang out with you guys in College...I can imagine our House would of been this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uepFO4psgKE

  • In reply to gpldan:

    New thread

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +5

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    coach you sick fu#@!$#@$k ....bbbbbbwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    The 6-3, 224-pound Owens has 59 catches for 834 yards and 7 touchdowns this season

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    and his team has won 2 games...Just sayin

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Matt Millen should be banned from football. I'm not even joking. Banned. You're BANNED Matt Millen, YOU'RE BANNED!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Like Jeff mentioned it should be very interesting to see how Jay Cutler and the line perform during prime time considering their poor track records. It certainly helps to get Garza back, but it's going to be tough for the Bears in Miami. They are 2-4 all time in South Beach and Lovie's Thursday Night Football record in terms of penalties for yardage is not good - at all.

    If the Bears are winning the games they should lose and losing the ones they should win, the Bears should win Thursday night.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    from the wtf file:

    "Joe is one of the premier analysts in the business," said Eric Weinberger, executive producer NFL Network.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    So Jake Long was scheduled for an MRI yesterday. Anyone have any updates or any updates on any of our guys?

    "On defense, Dolphins outside linebacker Cameron Wake, who leads the team with 8.5 sacks, had X-rays on his injured hip Sunday and could miss the Bears game."

    Pennington to the IR

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81c24133/article/report-ot-longs-injured-left-shoulder-could-require-surgery

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Dude I would much rather listen to this fool than Troy Aikman ... that guy makes me want to stab my eardrums out with chopsticks.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    I guess he practiced today and is likely going to give it a whirl on Thursday.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    I was talking about ypc.. I was pointing out that Taylor hasn't fumbled yet. Now that you bring it up...

    There is a reason that Chester Taylor is in the backfield when when go to goal-line now. Eventually, Forte is going to lose his starting job because he never fights for yards and fumbles a lot.

    My point about Jay Cutler is he needs to stop turning the ball. The Int and fumbles have to stop. The miscue of fumbling between the center and qb shouldn't even be a problem. I don't care if your qb has the chance to have the most turnovers on your team, he shouldn't make it true.

    Aromashodu and Taylor barely get the ball in their hands and produce those receiving numbers.. they need to be on the field more. Period.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Yeah......QB's always lead the team in fumbles, especially when your line sucks. Any RB with more than 4 or 5 fumbles heads to the bench....unless it's AP

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Don't be an idiot, he fumbled 7 times on 35 sacks. Favre fumbles every other time you sack him.

  • Fantasy newsletter comments that Miami D/ST is an awful play, as they are giving up 5.5yds/play, a league worst.

    So apparently, the fishes can be ripped for big gainers. I expect that they will watch the film of the Vikes game and conclude that Frazier was an idiot for not blitzing more than he did, and bring more pressure. Cutler had some time to throw that ball, and what everyone thinks is the book on the Bears is that you pressure Cutler and he'll fluster and fold his tent.

    Cutler is going to need to show as much foot speed as he did against the Vikes, and being a night game I worry about that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP...agree ...how do we get JC a case of snickers!!!!

    btw that was funny shit....snickers hhhhhhhheeeeeeehhhhhhheeee

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The Queens think "White Trash" is going to get a sack on every other play.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I agree. I think Frazier counted on Allen smoking some OMG, but it didn't really happen.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Philly gets to play what should be a very angry bunch of Giants.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Next Sunday night's Eagles/Giants game will be a huge NFC deciderer (heh heh heh) game.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Eagles are at home but avoiding an "ain't we great" Monday Night let down after the taking the 'Skins to the woodshed could be tough.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Ya, I'm not sure who I'm pulling for in that Philly-Gmen game. If Eag win, they pull that much more ahead and gain momentum and confidence in the shaky NFC, but the Gmen own the tie breaker on us (and it may very well come down to that). Hopefully, it goes into quadruple overtime, and Vick sprains an ankle...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I echo the concern about Thursday nights.... They could offset it by weating the Monsters of Midway Jerseys though... both variables will play against each other...

  • Dear LDL,

    With your stoic facade and your inept flag challenges, I ask you to let your gladiators go out and do what they do. Bringing your Kumbya tone only creates and attitude one sees in a eunuch. Bring the anger,pain, an disdain for the fish. Build on what we fans have seen in the last two games, a team that has the opportunity finally find their identity. This is a chess match not checkers and play it that way.

    Da Bears Fans

  • I have a good feeling about Miami. I think we can and should win that game. I shutter to think of facing the Eagles after last nights performance. If the Bears Defense can stop Vick, either by Pressure or by stopping the run game his and his RBs, then we have a good chance but I don't think I've ever seen a team dominate any opponent in the NFL more than last night. Of cousre the Bears suprise a lot of people when they beat a team that on paper should have won. BEAR DOWN. I'm trying to keep the hope alive...even though deep inside I still can't stand Lovie or Jerry.

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    I don't know how the skins missed the memo, maybe there was too much dust on it, but when playing Vick, keep him in the pocket and make him beat you solely with his arm. They got too caught up in trying to guess what Vick would do each play as oppossed to just staying with a consistent game plan vs him. If we can keep Peterson under 55 yards for the first time in his career I think we should be able to keep Vick in the pocket.

  • Happiness is your fantasy team trailing BIG going into the Monday night game but having Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin in your lineup!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I had a shot at picking Vick up in the DBB1 league before FQD did, but I refused to add him even though I was trying to assemble the all-felon FF team.

    I just despise the guy that much.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    We draft "Team QBs" in our very basic, very limited roster changes league so when I was looking for a back-up (To Green Bay) I thought the Kolb-Vick combo looked decent.

    Here's what a fantasy coach "genius" I am:
    I only played Vick this week because Green Bay was bye.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The Onion may be correct.
    Vick's smile is just a tad insidious. The smile of a psychopath. His move towards God waxes scripted
    GPLDAN's loathing of Vick is very justified.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    from last year, but hilarious.

    http://www.theonion.com/articles/michael-vick-fails-to-inspire-team-with-great-dogf,2820/

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Coach the scariest lines are:

    "I told my teammates that the stakes were high, because if Zebro had lost, I would have either electrocuted him, drowned him, or slammed his body to the ground until he was dead," Vick added. "How is that not inspiring?"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Hey once again, the luckiest team in the world has all the pieces falling into place for them. Next opponent Miami has both QB's out, this is the biggest fucking smoke and mirrors team I've seen since, well, since that smoke & mirror season when the bears went to the superbowl - you know- when you had the slowest, dumbest and shortest QB in the history of the game, as well as the dumbest fucking coach. And got your asses kicked by a real team. I predict Michael Vick gets hurt before the bears play them. You've still beaten nobody.

  • In reply to MrARodgers:

    include the Packers as nobodies; what a fraud team.

  • In reply to MrARodgers:

    Um.. you do realize you are admitting that the Packers are nobody.. since we beat them and we just beat the queens who are going to beat you on Sunday and that after Sunday your team will be 2-2 in the division .. and one of your only division wins will be against the Lions. I think you need to look at the glass walls of your house before you start throwing too many stones.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    or...
    "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw cheese."

  • In reply to MrARodgers:

    Its not the Defense beating teams Im worried about.
    Its the Offense Beating the teams.

    Our D can and will hold any offense to minimal points. Our Offense will decide our Destiny. If they can Score atleast 17 points a game I like our chances.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I'm not worried about the offense beating teams I'm worried about the Bears offense beating the Bears. That endzone interception was inexcusable and would most likely decide a close game.

  • In reply to MrARodgers:

    To quote from the Wizard of Oz...

    "You have no power here. Be gone, before someone drops a house YOU!"

    When your Packers were shooting themselves in both feet and losing in overtime on consecutive weeks you hid from this blog like the cockroaches do when you turn on your kitchen light.

    Go find that other little coward, Phrozentundra. I'm sure you'll be more than welcome in his little Cheese Cave.

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