Why the Patriots Don't Particularly Scare Me

I know this headline is going to have some folks raising an eyebrow or two.  I recognize that the Patriots are clearly the class of the AFC and look to be unbeatable at home.  I understand they may possess the best head coach/quarterback combination in the history of the sport.  But I think the normal, almost understandable reaction to their 45-3 thrashing of the Jets will be an overreaction.  The Patriots are not as good as they played Monday night.  The Jets are certainly not as bad.  But perhaps most importantly, the Bears defense is far better than this current Jets defense and better equipped to play the Pats.  Let me explain.
  • If Tom Brady is given time in the pocket, he's lethal.  The Jets have struggled all season long to generate pressure with four men and been forced into predictable blitz schemes.  This made them susceptible to the screen and short routes all night.  The emergence of Israel Idonije opposite Julius Peppers seems to have cured this issue for the Bears. 
  • The Pats can't run the ball effectively and the Bears are not a team they'll want to spread out and throw 50 times at - a la their approach to the Pittsburgh Steelers. 
  • The Pats passing game is the kind of passing game the Bears love to play.  They thrive on the short slant route.  They don't really have a home run hitter on the outside since Randy Moss was shipped to Minnesota.  The Bears are more than willing to make Brady go 10-12 plays each drive, stiffen up in the red zone and force Shayne Graham to make big field goals.
  • On the special teams front, I thought the game went errant for the Jets with the combination of Nick Folk's ten-yards short field goal attempt and Steve Weatherford's twelve-yard net gain punt in the first quarter.  The Bears don't make those kinds of mistakes.
  • How many Patriots receivers were able to settle in the middle of the field and wait for the ball from Brady?  The Lovie Deuce explicitly prohibits this behavior from receivers and it does so with the guy wearing #54.
  • The player that worries me is Gronkowski from the tight end position.  He reminds of me the Jeff King-type player that always makes the big play in the seam against the Bears.
  • But the Pats defense is not good.  Don't think last night was their defense.  The Jets offense does not score points against good opponents.
The Patriots are good.  They're damn good.  But this is a league of match-ups and the Patriots don't create a lot of mismatches for the Bears.  This will be a game about discipline for the Bears defenders.  They have to tackle the players in front of them.  They have to hold the front at safety.  And if they do that, they can win.    

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  • 1st on here
    1st in the DBB league
    1st in life.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Ugh, I'm having trouble breathing suddenly.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hahahaha.... both funny posts.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    that's a thing called "loser's air." you should get that checked out good sir.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Too much time spent in the Motor City, I guess.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    This could be sort of like the Pats dismantling the Vikes a couple seasons ago, when the Vikes were #1 against the run. The Pats didn't run it, almost at all. Brady methodically marched down the field. The problem here is Brady is capable of doing just what is mentioned in the post -- taking 10-12 plays to score a TD, over and over again, without making a mistake. What would really help us is really shitty conditions. Are there any HS games lined up a Soldier Field before Sunday?

  • In reply to jdawg:

    That's the thing. They'll eat up the clock on us as we let them march up and down the field, but they'll score when they get there. These boys score 11 points a game more than we do. Let Doc do math on that ...

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Bears win 27-24

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    No, its called autoerotic asphyxiation.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    INXS! INXS!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    rofl. this is why i love this blog.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Hey, there's nothing wrong with sticking an orange in your mouth, wrapping a belt around your neck and choking yourself while you whack off in a wardrobe, okay? It's the most natural, beautiful thing in the world ...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    This game is Maranelli's definition game. Is he a great DC, or is he mister 0-16? Being a great DC is holding cards. Playing them when it is not expected.

    One thing the Pats and Brady will not plan or expect is the corner blitz. I do not remember us bringing Jennings or Tillman in this year. We bring Harris or DJ Moore in. That is what they will expect.

    This is the week that Chris Harris sits down and Pringles steps up with Manning back there. This is the game where - if you have an exotic blitz or disguise - put it in. Everyone thinks the book on the Bears is that we line up base C-2 and just react on the matchups. Now is the time to go Balboa and switch to southpaw.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That should be the plan if the front 4 can't get pressure. If they are blitzing should be the last option. The Pats don't have a solid running game and the more you drop back in coverage the more chance for a turnover. I agree with you about the Pats O-line and I think it's really going to be tough to get after Brady with just 4 but if it takes more than that it might spell trouble for the Bears in coverage.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Pretty much what I said on the last thread. bring the blitz from the outside and don't give Brady the time to do his checkdown, he'll be forced to run or throw short. Pretty much what happens to Jay when they do that..only Jay can run! Another thing I noticed is Brady doesn't tuck the ball tight when he scrambles, should be able to strip from him given a chance.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    http://www.tauntr.com/content/goddamn-snack-time-rex-ryan

    This is embarrassing to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU4d90YIvbI

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That's bad bro, but have you seen this one?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJLvCM4j2mg

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Baaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahhaa...

    Yeah, but that montherfucker was FAST!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I'm going to relish this opportunity to beat what everyone now thinks is the best team in football.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Especially since we've done that twice already this year.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    GB and the Eagles? +5. Maybe throw in the darlings of the early and misguided Superbowl predictions too, da Cowboys.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Yep - Cutler dismantled what was supposed to be a playoff contending D.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I am not worried about this game, not because I think we'll win, but because I don't care (relatively speaking) if we lose. If ever there was a game you can afford to lose (and that is debatable), it's this one.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Far more important to come out healthy than to win this one.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Jeff - I think your analysis is part thoughtful and part wishful thinking. Of course we CAN beat the Patriots and the scenario you describe will do nicely. But I don't see Brady having a bad game and I dont' see us getting to him with any regularity. So in my mind the key is keeping the ball out of his hands with long drives. If we get TOP up near 40 minutes we win. Especially if we get the record for Hester this game. (Got to learn that the punter IS in fact an eligible tackler.)

    Another key will be if we can get turnovers. MAybe Peanut has another strip in him.

    Regarding a letdowndown against the Vikings if we win - that would be a nice problem to worry about. But I agree the Bears get full of themselves when they win a big game like Philly. Maybe the lesson from the first half of the Lions game will be fresh in their minds shoudl they win the PAtiots game.

    This is a potential defining game for the entier staff and the defense and for Jay. I'm optimistic but I won't be crushed if they don't. They have two winnable games after to set them up for the showdown with the Packers.

    It's been a surprisingly enjoyable season so far. I didn't expect we'd be playing meaningful fottball in Decemebr (and hopefully beyond.)

  • In reply to BillW:

    I think the Jets beat themselves last night and as Jeff pointed out that was probably the only way they could lose to the #30 defense. As long as the Bears dont roll over and pee on themselves like the Jets did there shouldnt be any worries. The Bears have a run game and far more speed as a team than anyone the Pats have played thus far.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Dark yellow urine stains can still be found on Mark "Filthy" Sanchize's pants.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Just looked at the forecast for Sundays game...low of 12 hi of 19..then diving to -7 overnite. Waaay too early in the season for that shit!

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    Kinda glad I was out voted...Dress warm Shady!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Hahahahaha

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I plan on warming my soul with booze and victory. Sweet, sweet johnny drama like victory.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Yeeeeeah.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Hee hee: http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2010/12/06/ben-roethlisberger-needs-surgery-for-broken-nose/?icid=maing%7Cmain5%7C5%7Clink6%7C29749

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Broken nose and broken "rape foot".

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Stache - that is the fucking funniest comment I've ever read, hands down. My wife started laughing because i was laughing so hard in the other room.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    funny.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Did he break his foot pushing the toilet door closed?

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    http://masshysteriasports.blogspot.com/2009/01/rex-ryan-hateability-guide.html

    Yikes! and double yikes!

  • In reply to kenbill:

    "Now, Buddy Ryan owns a horse farm in Kentucky, where he turns horses into Elmer

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Rex Ryan tries to equate last night with '85 Bears against Miami.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/news/story?id=5896064

    Oh, Rex. Did your dad pull that analogy out of his ass last night on the phone? He's probably senile, you know that - right?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The Jet does not have 1 player that would start on that 1985 team. So shut your yapper Rex, you giant ooey goey bag of man shit.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Disgusting... by the way, I see you down there Coach, you're fucking on so much fire tonight that you're the opposite of myspace.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Wouldn't Rex have to have an awesome unbeaten juggernaut of a team in order to be anything like the Miami game in 1985?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Yes.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Just in case you don't hate Trent "Penis Head" Dilffer enough now: http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/20578/week-14-power-rankings-nfc-north-2

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I watched this and almost did a spit take at Dilfer. He criticized the Bears for having strong defense, special teams, but no ability to drop back and pass the ball in situations where you absolutely have to get a first down on 3rd and long situations. And that is not the formula to win in the postseason. Was he even watching the last few weeks? That is exactly how the Bears have been getting first downs at a greater than 50% clip since the bye. Cutler HAS been dropping back and hitting those 6+ yard 3rd down passes. And another thing. How exactly did Dilfer's Ravens win the super bowl? Strong defense, special teams and ball control offense, right. This guy is the 2nd coming of Sean Salisbury. A never was QB who is trying to make his money by forgetting who he is and where he came from. He is going to piss the wrong analyst off and not have a job with ESPN anymore real soon.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Well said and I hope you're right.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "To Build a Fire" - Jack London - Tom Brady ain't makin' it back to Foxboro without some cold hands.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    wow wtf. Does Espn pay their employees extra if the hate more on the Bears? what the fuckin shit man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Good ole Phalic head is still pissed off about being the only QB to lose his job after winning a superbowl.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I remember all Dildo scanning all the reads, don't you?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Jersey mating dance, brah

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1sh7KfXw34&feature=player_embedded

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Solid Capri jeans.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Capri jeans.. for hot chicks and creepy German dudes.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Okay, cultural blind spot here - WTF was THAT?! Male prostitutes on acid? What ?

  • In reply to Crowned:

    It would be scary if we beat the beats, Coach. Then we'll expect to win the Super Bowl and be gutted when Lovie gets out-coached again. Especially if it's to the Pats ...

  • In reply to Crowned:

    You scarred me, Crown. Fuck that!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! That's worse. That's brutal. That's a Deion Sanders analysis. Damn.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ohhhh. Did he say 'Oh shit ..'?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'd love to see them sneak in Manning behind Peppers, and this is definitely the time to sit Chris Harris.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Deion Branch and Brandon Tate are perfectly capable of beating Jennings and Peanut on the deep ball. Let's not pretend that somehow Brady will West Coast them because he doesn't have Moss. That's false reasoning from a bullshit premise.

    The Pats take what you give them. The problem is, they have the best O line in the NFL and Brady will coast back there unless we bring Briggs in from time to time.

    The Pats are scary. Give me the Pats and I'll give you the 3.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The Pats definitely take what you give them and I'm pretty certain we won't be playing Brady like we did Vick with the safeties starting 15 yards back and dropping to 20 at the snap.
    I think it is true however, that the Patriots won't be able to take advantage of the deep ball if we dare to go single high. They simply don't have a Calvin Johnson who will abuse the single high safety every single time you dare to try it (that 46 yard TD at the end of the 1st half & the non-TD at the end of the first game).

  • In reply to buckbear:

    One of our corners will release responsibility to Chris Harris, who will blow the coverage or take a bad line line to the ball. They don't need a Randy Moss as long as their guy is five yards ahead of ours.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    So let me take a different tact here gents:

    I won

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    damn spell check swapping words.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If we lose this game, hope we play it close and lose by one. That fucks the Vegas line and the east coast shitbirds on that line and sets up for a Super Bowl rematch.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I get your point MB, but it's based on the idea that our Bears aren't mentally tough enough to beat a lesser team after a big win. If we're going to go far in the playoffs we're going to need mental toughness, and beating the Pats and the Vikes will build that and much more.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sunday - BEAR WEATHER - Welcome to the den. Those Foxboro boys remind me of "the boy" in Jack London's story that freezes to death.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Jack London reference +25. Note this outscores a MC Escher or Edgar Allen Poe reference by 5 points.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    But what if he slices open his sled dog and uses the heat of his innards to stay alive? Hmmm...

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    ... or there is no overhanging tree to dump snow?

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Got to be at least 5 points there for a possible taun-taun reference from Ep. V.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    It wasn't exactly BALMY in Foxboro Monday.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Yeah - cuz the Pats don't know what it's like to play on cold, wind and snow. Brady is the best bad weather QB in the bizz.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You beat me to it; the Lions game was more important than this one.
    Now, it's a statement game and it would be absolutely fantastic to beat the Patriots after they dismantled the Jets.
    BUT, in the grand scheme of things, it's the NFC games that matter right now and being healthy for Minnesota is more important than beating the Pats. Besides, GB still has to play them at Gillette...and they WILL lose there. I would bet the farm on it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't entirely agree, but that was one helluva rant. Wow. Bravo.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I actually think we'll win Sunday IF Mr. Terriffic isn't given the opportunity to get out too far ahead. If the Putz get up 14-17 points, we may never catch them. If it stays close I think our D will add the boost we need to win.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    He's a lot of things, but the dude is not a putz. Simply by marriage if nothing else. I know a whole shitload of putz' (the threeeee putzs'!), and Tom Brady is no putz.

    Douche... yes. Asshat... yes. Part gay... maybe (not that there's anything wrong with that). But not a putz.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    A mensch?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Maybe, don't know him Irish.

    He's a total badass on the football field and that whole 'millionaire with a supermodel wife' thing doesn't suck either.

    On the other hand he's kind of what we call a "Doos" in South Africa. It's in Afrikaans and literally translated means "box", as in vagina... but it's much more synonymous with tool or dbag.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ja, boot!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No. Putz = Pats. Although his 'stylist' may be a putz....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh jeez MB. You didn't really do the "(not that there's anything wrong with that)" thing on here again did you? Don't you remember what happened the last time one us did that? Holy shit. I'm just sitting here waiting for the angel of death to smite you.

  • In reply to mikev:

    Thanks Mike. I'm already being smote by two sick kids and a long ass day unfortunately.

    Wait.... Jebus works in strange ways! I don't even believe in jebus!

    Save meJebus !

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sorry man. I hope the little ones are better soon.

  • In reply to mikev:

    Sick kids rule. Literally.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Lobo's favorite of all the Jebuses, little Baby Jebus, believes in *you* MB ... well, if we beat the Pats you can light a candle for him anyway. I think his birthday is coming up soon, maybe he'll give us a shutout against the Packers.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I expect a loss, or we squeeze out a close one. It's all about the GB game. That's all that matters.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1

    And I don't agree they can't run the ball effectively, they did so against a very good run defense - 3rd in the NFL. Like GPL says, they'll take what we give them, and we give a lot up underneath.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    FLAG! excessive celebration.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    you're going to need a flag for this ass-whooping you're going to get in the playoffs. just worry a/b making it to the finals.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSuvOVH0aSQ

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Da Site is reporting that we have plucked Herman Johnson (Arizona Cards) off their practice squad. The only reason I give a shit is because last year I was hoping we would draft him in the 4th round. Instead, Arizona snagged him in the 5th. Needless to say -he is a beast. 6'7", 370 lbs with "raw" talent. Mike Tice, meet Herman Johnson.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Wonder if that means Garza is not getting healthy.

    BTW via Wikipedia:
    "At birth, Johnson weighed 15 pounds and 14 ounces, making him the largest baby ever born in the state of Louisiana."

    16 lbs??? That's like two and a half normal babies!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    thats like two and a half of my kids...holy cow!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Six of mine ...

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    More like two nowadays.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    or the size of Major Wright's tripod!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    my 2 cents:

    1. Congrats Coach on coining the term "rape foot" when desribing Raperburgers foot injury. That made my top ten post list.
    2. Belichek beat Martz because Martz wouldn't change his strategy and actually told his team that during halftime when told the Pats were defending solely against the pass. Martz 2010.0 won't fuck up like that.
    3. Our D matches up with what they do on O. Missing Pisa will fucking hurt though.
    4. Jeff is right about our D weakness and the Pats don't do what we are weak at. They might try but that is when it is up to our front 4 to rip Brady into the pieces when he tries to drop back deep.
    5. Solid, violent tackling is needed. Keep them in front of you and make them run off 12 play drives. Make them earn every fucking point. The more times we tackle Brady, Branch, Welker, Woodhead, Gonzalez and the polish dude that seems to be on every team in the league, the better chance we have to create turnovers.
    6. Hester will take one back this week and Knox will have a big game going deep this week. I can smell it.
    7. Their outside backers can't run with CT and Forte. Martz! I'm talking to you! Start them in the backfield and split them out wide in motion. You can thank me later.
    8. Our field conditions had better be shitty. I know some guys that work for the park district so i will have them schedule some sort of Rugby match the day before or maybe an impromptu Stones concert.
    9. Brady is dead. Woodhead is dead. Welker is dead. Gryzbylski or whatever the fuck his name is...dead too.
    10. Bears 10-3, King, Banks, nameless internet beat reporters will go limp with shame. That is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass.

    "You see what happens Larry? You see what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass? This is what happens. You see what happens Larry?!?!?!"

  • In reply to hollywood1:

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

    This is what happens when you find a stranger in the alps.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Performing extreme violence blocking and tackling will beat the Pats. I really don't care what the "experts" blurt.

  • In reply to flobflo2114:

    Winning the line of scrimmage typically wins football games. The Bear linemen, the D-line in particular, have their work cut out for them.

    But if what I read is accurate, the d-line we played last week is better than what we will see this coming Sunday.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    check this hockey madness out:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Video-USHL-s-Travis-Walsh-brings-the-nasty-on-s?urn=nhl-292335

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    crazy shit

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    That is MORE that 2.5 regular babies... my boy was 7.1 my little girl 6.13. Fuck me... I can't even picture that... and probaby don't want to.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I am a mom. I do not want to picture it.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    I remember this kid in the combine OMG is he big. I remember him telling the media the bears were one of the teams interested in him. I was hoping (like you Viva) the Bears would pounce before he was snagged. I think he was projected as a guard even though we could use a RT. Sounds like the bears are trying to light a fire under Jamarcus Webb. By the way how would you like to run into those two guys in an alley?

    http://valleysports.freedomblogging.com/2009/04/26/the-cardinals-new-house/

    As a newborn, he weighed 15 pounds and 14 ounces.

    15 pounds!

  • In reply to Shady:

    My god man... his afro is bigger than me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think he's there to light a fire under and quite possibly replace Garza if he can't get right.
    I don't seem him moving to one of the tackle spots.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I don't see him moving.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    At 370, I don't think he'll have to do any.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I doubt they'd use him at RT, he'd have to be slower than Webb, and that's fucking slow.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    There must be some positive discrimination obesity quota in the NFL. Every team must have at least one fat bastard. A Pat Williams, Vince Wilfork or a Herman Johnson.

    Death-Star Johnson. Bears fullback.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I agree. He would go at RG.

    It would be interesting to see him collide with Suh. You could collect neutrinos or cause electromagnetic interference.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Our new fullback?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Wildcat QB.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    We have a winner.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    a a a relax homes... haha

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    the bears will lose. cutler will throw 3 picks. final score 35-10 patriots

  • first to raise an eyebrow

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Seconded

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    With the pats blowout of da jets and our close W against the Lions, you know NONE of the national "gurus" will give us any chance in this one. None of them will pick us. That gives us a chance to thrive off that us against the world mentality that seems to usually work in our favor.

    I would have loved to have blown out the Lions by 30. But, the advantage of winning such a close game is it proves to the players and coaches there is still A LOT of work to do. I could have seen a big letdown this week, if we would have won big against the Lions after beating the Eagles. Da Bears heads would have inflated probably too much.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I'm glad we didn't blow out the Lions and give us a false sense of security. The national media always goes against the Bears against any team with a winning record. The only time they pick us is when we're playing teams like the Lions. The only national media guy I've heard pick the Bears to do anything is Teddi Bruschi.

    I really think the field is going to slow down those quick slants and will lead to turnovers. Our defense is going to be motivated and if the Eagles game was any indication, the fourth phase is going to make it like a playoff atmosphere and really create problems for the patriots.

  • The Bears need to keep Brady of the field.Martz must exploit NE's pass defense.Keep those long drives on offense and chew the clock.

    Go Bears!!!

    I'm in Greece and oh I wish I could be at Soldier Field this Sunday....

    Next year

  • The opening line has the Patriots -3.

  • First to say make it rain bear claws.

    We will know if our D-line is truly legit after this one; going against a consistently all-world o-line. If we can get to Brady, we can cause havoc on anyone. I expect DJ Moore, C.Harris and Pringles to be bringing the blitz heat on occasion if we can't get pressure early. Leave our LBs in coverage, thats wehat their best at.

    Would rather have a Pats team coming in with a one game cushion as opposed to a team scratching and clawing from behind to say atop their division. They're coming in a bit more comfortable and quite possibly with huge heads after blowing out the over-hyped Jets. Hopefully, they blew all their nut on the regular season superbowl. F that shite, the real game in the AFC was Sunday night.

    If I have to hear that Moorehead is 5'6 but plays like a 6'8 guy one more time. It's time to shut down all those non-athletic kids'dreams that look at a guy like that and say, hey maybe I can play in the NFL. No you can't son, no you cannot.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Haynesworth suspended for the rest of the year. Now he can perfect the bear claw rain.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/33129/albert-haynesworth-had-to-be-suspended

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Some poor Winchell's cashier is wondering why God hates him...

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Hey, it only took the University of Pittsburgh 6 years to find out what Bear fans already knew.

    Hey, Broncos! Wanny's available, again!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Ok, I will admit I was feeling pretty concerned this morning, but Jeff, you have pointed some things out that make me feel a hell of a lot better about Sunday.

    I say bring on the Beautiful Brady. Perhaps he won't be so beautiful Sunday night.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Brady blows dudes hard.
    Uggs Cardigans GQ
    Thats not football fuck.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Giselle is a beard

  • In reply to pongjinn:

    and are you some sort of gnome?

  • In reply to Crowned:

    so sorry brady you fucking round eye!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    ...which is fine by me.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    the Pats -3, that is.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Prisco has us at # 3 in the latest power rankings. If he knew about Brady blowing dudes we might be #2.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/14397774/power-rankings-colts-no-16-but-manning-still-no-1

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Nice article Jeff. Any team can beat any team this season it seems. Did I imagine the Jets to be tromped like that last night? No way. Does anyone in the sports world press think or admit that the Bears will have a chance this Sunday? I'll guess no and so be it. Screw the press, they have it out for the Bears all the time anyway. I say keep the faith and Bear Down. When the bear beat Brady this weekend will they say "Wow the Bears are for real." Hell no, they'll say "OMG what happened to NE and how did they beat themselves?" Give me a break...

    GO GET THOSE NE PUSSIES BEARS...EAT THEM ALIVE AND GNAW ON THE BONES!

    BEAR DOWN!!!

  • Brady blows dudes.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    classic

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    So does your momma

  • I actually disagree. There are two parts of the field where the Bears are susceptible. One is the space between Urlacher and the safeties and one is the space over the corner and under the safety at the sideline.

    Every team in football allows the quick in-route. If you get up on the slot guy every down, you'll get burnt.

  • I'm confident that the Bears can beat the Cheatriots at home. I'm just glad that we didn't have to travel to them, because those guys just don't lose many games at home. We've got our work cut out for us, but we can no doubt beat this team. If we can get at Brady early and keep him from looking like that All-Star, Drew Stanton in the first half, we'll be on the right track.

    Speaking of which, where has Trac been?

    Bear down boys!

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    Why yes Lance, I'd love a bottle of vodka. Awesome avatar.

  • And our LBs are big, fast, and mean enough to make those smurfs hurt. I look to see at least a couple of crushing hits on those guys. They may be tough as nails - but I will say I'd sure like the Bears to find out. More than once.

  • I think our smurfs match up better with their smurfs than any other receiving corps we've faced this year.

  • that was covered in the post. "time to go Balboa" (Rock was a southpaw) and "switch to southpaw" (go into Balboa mode).

  • What scares me about this game is more Belichick versus our offensive line. I think on Defense we will be able to clamp down enough to hold them in the mid 20's points wise.
    But the bottom line is that our offensive line is still garbage, and being held together by duct tape and elmers glue. The job Martz, Tice, and Cutler have done this year is truely amazing. My fear is however, that Bill Belichick will find away to truely expose this group on sunday. He is the master, and did do a number on Martz in the 2001 Super Bowl.

  • In reply to alott96:

    forgot about that...Hoody boy figured out the greatest show on turf

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    ...AND "Hoody Boy' also figured out how to lose a Super Bowl with and 18-0 team against a team he'd SPANKED only weeks before.

    Just sayin'.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    uhhhh....they won that regular season game by 3 points.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    OK. A "light" spanking.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    That anything like "Heavy Petting"?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    A tap.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    David Tyree's helmet.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Not exactly breaking news here but if you can get consistent pressure up the middle with 3 or 4 rushers then you can stifle Pats offense just like you can stifle ANY offense. 2007 were the rare team that had the studs to do that all game long. If you can't do that then Brady will hang 30pts on you.

  • In reply to ERM10:

    Meant to say 2007 Giants were the rare team with the ability to do that and that's why they upset the Pats.

  • In reply to ERM10:

    I was cruising the web, trying to find a good link to post here. All I got was angry.

    "Hey, he's Tom Brady" seems to be the general consensus. This game is already in the bag.

    I know beating Minny and GB is more important, but after all I read, I want the Bears to beat the Patriots (even by 1 point) this week.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Yup, this game is like a heavyweight title fight.

    Martz vs. Belichick

    My prediction. Hester wins it with a kickoff return TD late in the 4th quarter

  • In reply to Joseph:

    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

    I got it written down!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Except this isn't the greatest show on turf. This will be grind-it-out-football on shitty sod. Our offensive and offensive line have already been exposed. They were exposed before the season started. The Bears are winning on offense now because they are executing a game plan that (hopefully) limits turnovers and utilizes our offensive speed, while limiting our OL deficiencies.

    I think we'll be able to handle whatever the Pats throw our way.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    This is the schizophrenic show on turf.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Ryan says_
    "It's funny. I've been around this game a long time. That was the worst defeat in my coaching career that I've been a part of," Ryan said of the Monday night loss to the Patriots. "But there's another defeat that I think was probably just as humiliating, just as bad ... and that was the '85 Bears against Miami."

    HAHAHAHAHAH! This guy is high of his own shit...

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    What a douche

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Fucking BLASPHEMY!!!!

    You fat asshole

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    And it was all your Dad's fault Rex. He blitzed too much just like you.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Belichick vs Martz or Cutler vs Brady

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfbAFgD2mLo

  • In reply to alott96:

    I hadn't thought about that Martz vs. Belichik Super Bowl either. I think my stomach just dropped and I peed myself a little simultaneously. I may have to re-evaluate how I talk up this game at the office. I will say that Martz' crazy tendencies have been corralled in by Lovie this year. Another reason why I'm not so down on Lovie this year.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    WHO ARE YOU?!??! I DON'T EVEN KNOW YOU ANY MORE!!!

  • They're the best offense in the league and he's the best QB. To say he doesn't pose a MASSIVE threat to us is just head-in-the-sand-stuff. Brady will expose whatever the Bears give him. Period. He's got two proper TEs that can exploit either seam. Welker, Edelman, Branch, Woodhead, Ellis, you name it, he has at least two mismatches on any front he sees and audibles and changes things up like the whole offense was linked into his brain. We can't stop the Pats offense - you can't stop a great offense headed by the best in the business - the balance is always tipped in the offense's favor. All we can do is win the special teams battle and attempt to outscore them.

  • Rex Grossman / Rex Ryan - That makes two losers named Rex - so far.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    ha!

  • Then there's Oedipus Rex.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Ty Rex?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    But not Rex Racer, brother of Speed Racer, thought to be dead.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    What was the fake singer
    In Empire Records named? Sexy Rexy something.... Hmm.

  • Where in thee hell have you been boy!?

  • Q: Where do you buy Prozac cereal?
    A: Trader Joe Namath's.

  • Man, sorry to hear that SD. Did you get in touch with Crown...

    Crown H. Parker can get you 2.1 million dollars!

    Hope you're ok Sd. Oh and because I didn't mention it Doos is pronounced (Dew-us) but all together in one sylable.

    (laughing my ass off right now thinking about all of you trying to pronounce that out loud with your wives giving you the, "What in thee fuck are you doing right now jackass" look. It's beautiful actually.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Let me try it out ...

    "Look at this Dew-us, I focking hate prawns, men."

    Yep, works for me.

    Yep, that wor

  • why Da coach got my vote this week... nothing against you shady.

    We gots to send the coach to a game soon.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I know. He had me at rape.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Ahhhhhhhh !! AHHHHHHH-HHHHAAAAAAAA !!!

  • In reply to Shady:

    Oh that was good. I nearly forgot why I mosied back on over here ... m'boy Roy with the film. I love our Super Jumbo line on the goal line with Webb as Left-Left-tackle and Shaffer as Left-Left-Left-tackle with manu as H-back. Now if we just put Hercules Fatboy in as RB .... then a D-line full of Rosie O'Donnells ain't blockin' that shit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOYOxI7nDyY&feature=bulletin

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Glad to see Roy point out the obvious palm punch to the back of Cutler's head by Suh. I saw it live, and it amazes me that people thought it was not a foul.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Holy shit the Lions fans I was near were so mock offended. Child please.

  • In reply to Shady:

    We lost Freddie barnes off the practice squad.

    And from the trib ...

    "The Bears also signed wide receiver Jeff Moturi(smurf), an undrafted free agent from UTEP, and linebacker Marcus Buggs(smurf) to the practice squad. Moturi, who had 170 receptions and 26 touchdowns in his career for the Miners, has spent time in Green Bay and Indianapolis."

    And apparently Death-Star was signed to play tackle, not guard. He can't be any worse than Webb, can't saw saw-dust. His gravitational pull alone will trap defensive ends.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    That sucks. When did we lose Freddie? I was thinking he could possibly be another Earl Bennett. Not fast or anything just knows how to get open and run routes. Didn't he have a buttload of receptions at Grambling? I know that's like being the smartest kid with downs syndrome but I watched a few highlights of him after we picked him up and he looked solid.

  • You've heard this, right?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmXacL0Uny0

  • Yeah, keep up us fresh with Afrikaans lingo, MB.

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