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Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears Game Preview

Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears Game Preview

And so we encounter the first week of the 2011 NFL season.  The Chicago Bears are good.  I'll stick with that.  And I won't be shy in picking them at home in week one.

WHY DO I LIKE THE CHICAGO BEARS THIS WEEK?

  • I always like the Chicago Bears.
  • I like the incorporation of the quick toss, screen and draw play as offensive means for compensating for struggles by the edge blockers. (These struggles will be more prevalent early on.)  I thought it was the most clearly decipherable elements of this preseason.  Aside from shifting the players up front, I think the Bears are using the playbook to keep Jay upright.
  • The Bears have significant advantages with the kicker, punter and punt return game.  I used to underestimate this.  I don't anymore.
  • But I'll refrain from commenting on the kickoff return game until I see how this new rule impacts play.
  • I think the Bears will shut down the Falcons run game but struggle on third and mid-range plays (3rd and 7, 3rd and 8...etc.).  Falcons have big, physical receivers who'll slide neatly into the holes in the zone and move the chains.  The trick for the Bears will be turning Matt Ryan over a couple times and limiting the length of the drives.
  • I think the Bears will run right at Abraham and Edwards and have much success.
  • I think Jay Cutler has a great deal to prove in 2011 and is on the war path to prove it.  He's in shape.  His footwork is improved.  His leadership is more visible.  I think you won't see Jay Cutler throw ballgames away in 2011.
  • What else do you say for the first week of the season?  The Bears will focus on blocking the edges and are ready to compensate for failure in that department.  The Bears defense will have their hands full but will take the run game away, making the Falcons one-dimensional.  They win.

Chicago Bears 24, Atlanta Falcons 20

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  • First!

  • In reply to Viva:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aN6Okm6-sE

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...thats what our D will look like to Matt Ryan...we seem to be all over the place until we plant his ass in the ground with a sack!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    hucklebutt lobo.... hucklebutt.

  • As you say, Jeff, it's going to be hard to beat the Tackles on the edge when we're running those ends over.

  • Hot off the press:

    Bears sign FB Clutts to three-year deal
    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Chicago-Bears-sign-FB-Tyler-Clutts-to-three-year-contract-090711

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    A former DE who is now FB...So he can be a SP teamer, FB, and emergency emergency DE, so he satisfies Toub, Martz, and Marinelli.

    What's that saying,?

    "Jack of all trades..."

    Something tells me the Bears wanted this guy all along.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    260lbs. Now that's a fullback. Let's roll.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Roll? If he were two inches taller, he'd be round. I see how you did that.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    where you been mang? blog done swole up now that the season is upon us. SWWWOOOOOLLLLLLE

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I cant help but be leary of a guy who was cut from the Brown's practice squad.

  • Need Martz to stay balanced.

    BEAR DOWN!

  • In reply to Viva:

    He needs to stay in the Booth..as I have said before , when he is on the field I think he gets a little chubby and the blood drains from his head ( the one on his shoulders kids) and he doesn't think straight. He's in the booth and the decisions are logical..well close to logical we are talking about Martzy.

  • Hypocrisy?
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82204d24/article/packers-rodgers-calls-sanchezs-gq-spread-embarrassing?campaign=Twitter_news

    I say yes.
    Exhibit A:
    http://multimedia.foxsports.com/m/video/33908517/profiles-rodgers-real-passion.htm

    Now THAT is embarrassing.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wait I think he was in this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tqxzWdKKu8

    this will be for the half time show

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    wait no here is FUCKDODGERS:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km42CG26GZM&feature=related

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    really rodgers.... fucking really dude: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Q4ryTY7SZU4/TIsWla-VItI/AAAAAAAADA4/DkGXoRkz5BY/s1600/MPK_PKRlunch_105e.jpg

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    What a turd...

    Country fucking music?

    Hopeless romantic?

    This was the biggest waste of time ever... and the creepy tension between that bitch and his dick was a bit much.

    Fucking country music?

    I would have had an ounce of respect for him if he broke out a Stevie Ray Vaughn face melter, or even some Jethro acoustic "Skating Away".... even a Beatles jam...

    Brad something or other country redneck?

    Fuck.

    Thank God my QB isn't a little bitch.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    WWG..here you go bro:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU0MF8pwktg

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I think Rodgers was just pissed he didn't think of the ice bath idea first.

  • Real question I seen on Jeopardy:

    In society it's denying one's identity to be accepted by another group; in sport's it's done by Jay Cutler. Correct answer is....

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    What is "getting DeAngelo Hall in Canton"?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Nice.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    What is.... all on swooooollllllleee?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    classic

  • …now I’ll take “bitches with badonkadonk“ for 800 please Alex…

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    An Italian actress, married to Vincent Cassel .....

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    The answer was passing

  • btw, Da Bears by 10 boys.... by 10.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1

  • This has absolutely nothing to do with fooball... but I had to share it wiff you guys. This clip is... simply insane on at LEAST two fronts.

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

    “WHAAAAT thAA Hell!!!! How does Danny Ha sit down with balls that big!!!”

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    tee hee hee

  • Hey Johnny, this is for you: http://www.surfline.com/surf-report/swamis-southern-california-hdcam_4789/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    you whore

  • thanka sir, thanka

  • Bears-V-Falcons.

    - Oline on boths sides are gonna be under siege. We all know about our Oline worries, but the Falcons have a new G (Dahl be gone) and their C is out, so their back-up C will have to play. Can our DT get any kind of push against that?

    - I seriously think the Falcons are going to come out slinging it 1) Our run-d is dominant 2) they got a new toy they traded their draft for 3) Matty can torch zones 4) our midget CBs against their big wrs/te 5) Passing and not running will be their new ID this year, so they think.

    - We MUST convert on 3rd downs, esp with this new KR rule. We may lose about 10 yds starting from the 20 as opposed to the 30 (which was our avg last 2 years). What does this mean? Longer field, longer drives, more 3rd down conversion. We were close to dead last in long drives last year, so Martz and Cutty will have their work cut out for them.

    - We must score TDs and win the turnover battle, so says Captain Obvious.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Teams usually start the season cautiously. I would be very surprised to see a high scoring game. Everyone want's to start 1-0 and the Falcons were pretty much like to have long sustained drives. Contrary to popular belief, they scored by using ball control last year, not the long ball.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    We were top three run defense BD, and I think we just got better. They won't run on us all day, and I feel bad for Matt Ryan.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    New toys and the WR position don't go together. 6/5. Lock of the week. Now, can we agree on two others, that don't have odds of 1/4 .....

  • GP - nice transcription on the last post...

    That song is wonderful.

    Check out "percolator" for more Bears references.... including a fantastic Zubaz cameo.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I need to get that converted for my ringtone, unless anybody has a link? Yes, I'm being lazy.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    got it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_Hx2NjfO3U

  • Guys let me run this revolutionary idea past you:

    Since Jerry has been pretty much average to below average when it comes to the draft what if we employed this revolutionary strategy?

    Trade the first and second round picks of each draft to acquire multiple 3rd, 4th and 5th round picks in future drafts. You can strill pick up a guy or two each year but you could probably score a bunch of future 3rd,4th and 5th rounders for a team that wants a first or second rounder right fucking now. Go after those teams who are truly fucked right now with GM's and coaches who are on the hot seat. Draft a guy or two but stockpile picks that can be used along with cash to pick up proven players through trades and also pick up a prize free agent or two along the way.

    Instead of fucking around with college kids who probably won't do shit on the team we could construct a team of seasoned veterans just by using a bit of cash and the draft picks which we probably would have wasted anyways.

    Boom. And thus endeth the lesson Angelo. That is a brilliant fucking idea....and this is a brilliant fucking song:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_Hx2NjfO3U

  • wouldn't it be easier just to fire jerry and get a GM that's.... I know this sounds crazy... above average?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    then they 4 wouldn't use my idea. my idea is revolutionary. The draft is useless to us. Let's focus on guys that have 4 years in the league. swole.

  • aaaaaahhhhhhh.... geeeeeenius.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dragging him into a back alley and brutalising him with baseball bats a la Nicky Santoro in 'Casino' style?

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    I LIKEY!!!!!

  • There has been a lot of stupid idea's posted on this site over the years. But you my friend win the dumbshit award for the dumbshittest idea i've ever heard. What type of drugs were you on when you thought of that piece of shit? I want some. badly.

  • god i wish we played the Cowboys this year so we could spank their pussies around the field.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d822060dd/article/rookie-ot-smith-hyperextends-knee-other-starting-cb-injured?module=HP11_headline_stack

  • Damn I love that first bullet every week!

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    You and my old cokehead roommate.

  • Dumb white boy question:

    What is the SWOOOOOOOLLLLEEE?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    This?
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=swole

  • In reply to gpldan:

    a jumpin club filled with hot little sluts....and free safeties dressed in blue gucci jeans and shades.

  • Sorry Jeff, gotta disagree with you on the Falcons having success on 3 and long. It's gonna be kinda hard for Matty Ice to complete passes with Peppers boot up his ass. I predict a season ending injury the Mr. Ryan before half time.

    Go Bears.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    that's the truth right there. ryan dead.

  • big 'ol whiteboy: http://prod.www.browns.clubs.nfl.com/team/roster/tyler-clutts/f0b2b362-57a7-4053-b37b-c53a2daf830f/

    Nice number.

    GP... what Johnny said.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    damn that white boy swole

  • ...I'll take hoes with big 'ol titties for 400 please alex.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Meriweather got double the salary of Harris and Wright combined. I think it's safe to say he's going to be starting in week 2. I think his attitude will fit in nicely with the defense. a little swagger like he's walking through the club looking for the baddest bitch.

    I said what you drankin , she said a shottta Patron.

  • You may be right Waffle, but consider that Spencer is in almost the same situation but he isn't tabbed to start anytime soon. (He got the same money Meri did, a good bit more than Garza and Louis combined.) To wit:

    Meri - 3.25 (split unknown, 1 year)
    Harris - 1.595 (1.095 sal + .5 bonus)
    Wright - 0.45

    Spenc - 3.25 (1.25 sal + 2 bonus)
    Garza - 2.175
    Louis - 0.48

    However Spencer's deal was 2 years vs Meriweather's 1 year deal... so that's one difference. Although I'm not sure whether that makes Meri more or less likely to be expected to start.

    However I read he stayed late (until 10pm) with the coaches Tue night, so that sounds like they definitely plan to get him on the field vs Atlanta.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Again, Italian Actress, married to Vincent Cassel

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Very good actor. Yummy wife.

  • as a aside... I personally think PManning is done. Not done trying, but done being ‘good’. I think two neck surgeries is just way too gnarly a thing to come back from 100% from when you're an NFL QB (your arm is attached to your neck you know... kind of).

    He's done after this season, IF he comes back. Just my gut.

    …luckily, he does have those awesome cookie commercials to fall back on… oh, and like a billion dollars.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    yeah, neck injuries are nothing to play with. i see him retiring in 2 years. i don't think he will play for the first 4 or 5 games.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hopefully. Then we won't have to listen to anymore 'greatest QB ever ...' crap. Everyone knows that's Jimmy Mac ....

  • if Cutler is sacked less than 30 times we go to the playoffs.
    If Cutler throws less than 14 INT's we go to the playoffs.
    If we run a balanced run/pass attack from day one we go the playoffs.
    If all 3 things happen we go to the superbowl.

    SUNDAY MOTHERFUCKERS. RYAN DEAD, TURNER DEAD, WHITE DEAD, JONES DEAD!!!!!!

  • Viva, don't forget your locks mang. Babies need shoes.

  • http://s838.photobucket.com/albums/zz306/MikeD-2010/?action=view&current=BM4.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yes

  • Meriweather is P.O.P. (Pimp of the Year)!

    http://youtu.be/pgBeTu6TZi4

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKXwj7ZrHIc

  • Irish, put 400 on the Bears to win the superbowl at 40-1 odds. That's enough shoes mang. that's a fucking lock.

  • 40 to fargin 1 ??? What a joke. There aren't even that many teams in the league ....

    Nah, I'll take it week by week mang. Roll her up!

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    i put 400 on the Bears to bring home the fucking trophy mang. if i win i get 16,000 right? i'm no gambler but that sounds like a nice rate of return that i couldn't pass up for something i already believe.

  • Yes you do.

  • Thank God the season is starting soon. Reading this blog lately is like listening to a nagging wife. Bitch, bitch, bitch about Angelo. It's like listening to a wife or girlfriend who keeps bringing up everything you did wrong since the first time you met. It gets really old.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    because Jeff is holding you hostage forcing you to read Clockwork Orange style?

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Hey I happen to agree with TheFifth on this. Nobody is forcing anyone to read anything -- that doesn't mean it isn't unpleasant sifting through the bullshit to read the non-bullshit.

    Nobody likes JA, we get it. He sucks. I don't need to read about that, that's not why I come here. Once JA bashing goes above a certain threshold (say 20%) it's just not worth all the pain of CN's shitty comment system just to spend that much time reading bullshit I don't care about. Especially during the season when there is so much better stuff to talk about, and when it's ridiculous to conclude anything yet about JA's moves.

  • I was just thinking about Forte and how we fucking pissed away millions and millions of dollars on Manu and Pace and Chester, etc. The right thing to do is offer at least more than Gore got in SF which apparently they didn't even do. That is unfortunate since initial reports were that the offer was for 15mil guaranteed when in fact it was lower than Gore's 13.5 i believe. That's fucked up. Sorry Fifth but Angelo fucked this one up. I have no sympathy for Briggs but that is a completely different scenario. I hope Forte stays healthy and shows everyone how it's done.

  • I predict Forte takes the Bears offer by week 4.

  • I agree with you on the Forte contract. He WAS the offense in '08 and had a great year last year. The man deserves to be paid. I think they'll get it done during the season after everything shakes out and they know how much money to play with.

  • Things I'm very curious to see this Sunday.

    1) How does Bell perform against 1st teamers?

    2) Which Roy will show up? Cowboy Roy, or Vintage Roy?

    3) Kick Returns. Also, no one's talked about this, but the Falcons will have to punt it to Hester.

    4) How many sacks will Peppers get? That boy looked like a maniac in the PS.

    5) How rusty will Briggs and AA be?

    6) Will Cutler revert to back-pedaling when it counts, or will he remain Giddy-lishes?

    7) Will Straight Pimpn, AKA, Gucci, AKA, Pink Cadillac, AKA, Merriweather, be used on SP, the dime, sub-packages (starting!)?

    Manana, Fuck Rodgers will get pawned by the Aints.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    1) Don't think he'll get a look in. Forte all the way.
    2) 4 receptions, hopefully important ones with first down dances, hopefully a redzone grab.
    3) Will there be any kick returns?
    4) How many will the other boys get as a result?
    5) Awesome in ensemble.
    6) Cutty makes his mission statement and nails his colors to the mast on Sunday.

  • Will be get a shot against first teamers? Will be play at all? He DID limp off last Thursday.

    Cogent points, Blogfather.

    Wish I could be as confident some around here (10 point win? Would lLOVE it but I doubt it) but I'm nervous. To paraphrase our fearless leader ..

    "Why am I nervous about the Chicago Bears this week? I'm ALWAYS nervous about the Chicago Bears."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I was being a bit of a homer Al. Trying to be confident and positive... I think it will probably be a closer game.

  • Irish -

    Here are the two games I like the most

    Green Bay
    New England

    Bet 5 to win 2. 40% return on investment (does not include vig)...

  • Wow, 3 bears: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1109/nfl-all-storyline-team-nfc/content.1.html

    And Corm... stop bitching and bitching mang. (ha!)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "and" was supposed to be "about"... man I fucked that joke up.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I shouldn't bitch about bitching. I'm more than guilty with my late night drunken political rants.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I was just ribbing you man. I get it. I just hate seeing angelo's face and the fact that we need to take shitty performance year after year.

    I feel like I have to bring it up.

  • Thanks Viva. Yeah, me too. Throw them in with the Bears and you'd get $429 back on a $100 stake.

    Throw them all in with the Cardinals at home to the Panthers as a 4-timer and $100 becomes $583.74.

    So that's ...

    13/8 New Orleans Saints @ Green Bay Packers 1/2 GB
    4/6 Atlanta Falcons @ Chicago Bears 6/5 CHI
    12/5 Carolina Panthers @ Arizona Cardinals 1/3 ARI
    3/10 New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins 5/2 NE

    What think ye DBB members? Is there a banana skin in there ?

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Yup Irish. 2 actually. The Bears game and the Panthers game. I never bet on or against my Bears and the Panthers/Zona game can very easily go either way. Remember, the redbirds used to call Chicago their home.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    This is good advice. I try to never bet on a team that I am emotionally invested in.

  • In reply to Z Bearz:

    except when they are going to fucking win the superbowl. then it is acceptable...like in this case.

  • For $16,000? That will be awesome. We stay healthy we have a shot. Manning basically done for the year. 1 good team done. Giants are getting banged up bad too.

  • Intersting NFL preview of all the teams from Grantland for any bettors, fantasy heads ...

    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/6918507/part-i

  • I'm going to go ahead and say what I need to say, because it will be unpopular and because Bill Barnwell went out and just said it.

    This is the "Expose Martz" year. We are a 6-10 club looking down the barrel of a gun. Crippled at the get-go by ST rule changes, we are going to have problems and the injury luck is going to statistically normalize.

    Martz and Smith will make some crazy WTF calls on the field, and the Roy experiment will go south and well.. we'll probably start 0-3.

    Sorry to be the doom and gloomer here. I hope to eat lots of crow. But I don't think I am gonna. We ditched Pringles and are bringing in VIP on the Swooollee to start with no experience or pre-season under his belt, because Pringles looked bad in PS. We have Starsky and Hutch beyond that, and Conte looks like a 3rd round poor man's Archuleta. And that's sad.

    I am hoping for good things, but the Giants ripped off big runs on us, so did the Titans. Falcons are going to run the ball.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    my biggest worry is the injury stuff. That's very scary (since it's already taken the barbarian from us... aledgedly).

    ...and perfect use of "on the swoooollleee"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    As in the season ? I thought it wasn't serious?

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    naw mang... just the first most important temo-setting game.

    But this is unsubstantiated.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I agree gp, but does the falcons not having there starting center or guard stop or hinder their run game at all?

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Counting on it Artoo .....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Don't apologize for gut feelings GPL, I felt that way last year. Strangely, and magically, I think Tice might have improved the line. Our DL should contain their run, although they do have a good OL themselves it has to be said. Who are they on defense though? I think Cutty finds a way through, and our D contains and maims. At least I hope they do, I threw 150 on the 4-timer above :o(

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Why you, and Bill Barnwell, are wrong:

    1. Our Special Teams will be special handcuffed or not. D. Toub is a great tactician. He will more times than not have his opponents back-peddling.
    2. Jay Cutler is a great QB. Angelo leveraged the farm for him, this is the year that crop bears fruit.
    3. Our O-Line will dominate the run. Consequentialy, we will increase our time of possesion, convert more 1st down, and score more points, and own the 4th quarter.
    4. The second year in this Offense means fewer mental mistakes by J. Knox (among others) and increased productivity across the board.
    5. Said this a million times, but it bears repeating, football is about possessing the ball, and when you are as bad as we were in the red-zone and in short yardage situations you need to make up for it in other areas. We have been able to do that by getting takeaways. Now we have K. Davis, M. Spaeth, Mr. Clutts, and the Barbarian. Translation: we are going to move the chains, own the clock, and score more points.
    5. I believe that Corey W. will have a break-out year, and that our interior lineman will penetrate at will against our opponents.
    6. Marinelli is a grunt who fought the commies in Vietnam. I love grunts and hate commies. He will be calling plays for consecutive seasons. This is a very good thing.
    7. Our team knows they are good, and know how to turn around their misfortune. Momentum will not phase them. They know the games within the games and they will more times than not win them.
    8. The Skunk will add to his NFL Records this year.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Great post Viva. You beat me to the Cutty point, and added a bunch more. I feel exactly the same as #1-4 and #8, and agree with the rest. Bear down, brother.

  • In reply to Viva:

    #6 is my all time fave Viva. Could I amend it to include, " I love grunts and hate all commies & Cheeseheads"?

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Yes you may.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Back off Big Daddy, unless your definition of a Cheesehead is a Packer fan. There's a lot of Bears fans in Wisconsin. Even where I live on the WI / MN border there's lots of Bears fans, including at least 3 Bears bars in town (albeit out of about 120 bars).

    I totally agree with Viva on his points, but then again I'm an optimist most years. The young receivers and Cutler now have two years in the same system, so they should improve. Martz just better stick with the balanced attack. The D-line should be better this year with Melton breaking out and Ameba slithering through the offensive line.

  • In reply to Viva:

    If #2 and #5 happen (as well as no major injuries), we're SB bound.

    Those are big "IFs" though.

    Like the BlogFather says, I pick the Bears because I always like the Bears.

    Bear Down!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GPL, I have to admit I'm not 100% confident in Martz either. But Cutler is a gamer, that I do strongly believe. And he is on the swole this year. I'm hoping if Martz has lost his edge after all that Cutler will be the difference.

    I'm not sure yet how VIP fits in, and how well he'll do. I think he's more gifted than D.Manning, but obviously has less experience in Tampa 2. I like that he jumped at this opportunity and has been hitting the books, though. The position is a question mark, and we'll just have to see how it plays out -- could be a strength or could be a problem area all year.

    As for the big runs, don't forget that Lance was out. Also AA was out at the Titans. The D killed the run last year, and the front 7 (the front 9 even) is basically the same. Don't get too swayed by what happened in the pre-season.

    Oh and Irish, I don't do moneylines this early in the season -- just too much variability, with new identities being set, rustiness, etc. I especially wouldn't recommend any type of combination bet early in the year either for the same reason -- in fact combos amplify the variance even more. Good luck though.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    that was probably the best use of 'on the swole' I've ever heard... coming from the very serious, very formal Mike L.

    I actually LOLed mike. Well done.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Heh, you liked that? That one was for you guys man. But seriously Cutty came to camp with a purpose, and is ready to ball this year -- I likey.

    Hmm, am I that serious and formal? Gotta loosen it up some more, I guess. Thanks for the heads up.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    yes.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    or did you swoLOLed?

  • In reply to Michael L:

    GET SOME!!

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Agreed on the not betting at the beginning of the year while all the changes teams made are coming together.

    I also mostly avoid playoffs. Pressure gets ratcheted up and some weird stuff starts happening. Some people just can't handle it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Even 0-3 to start I still think we go 11-5 IF we get very fortunate again with injuries.

    The ST rule changes do concern me big time though. That could be some serious lost field position for us.

  • I think the addition of Okoye, 2nd year of Toeina, Adams being back, Briggs being on the field, VIP roaming the club looking for bad bitches, Urlacher being completely healthy, Martz being in a contract year himself, the club knowing the need for balance in the offense, Cutler looking sharp, etc will be huge positives. I still think Williams is going to make plays for us. At the same time I am frustrated that Marion can't go but those calf injuries suck mang.

    It's easy for a writer to say 7-9 or 8-8 or even 6-10 because one injury to Cutler or any team that loses its qb could result in a huge disaster.

    My uncle promised me in the preseason we would suck in 09. URLACHER and PISA proceeded to get hurt in game one and the defense sucked all year. He had the fucking audacity to say "see? i told you so". I hate that mentality because it is a cop out.

    This team is going to go 12-4 if Cutty, Pep, Lach and Briggs stay on the field. The team will go 10-6 if Pep, Lach or Briggs goes down. The team will have a losing record if Cutty gets hurt in the first couple of games. Other than that we are going to stomp on teams just like last year except this time with balance we don't lose those 2 or 3 games we lost last year by playing nintendo football and passing 80 percent of the time instead of real football where we utilize our running game.

  • correction, if Lach goes down we may be 8-8

  • We don't need any of that doom and gloom bullshit over here GP. Do you honestly think that the fact that the Giants and Titans had big runs against us in the fucking PRESEASON is any sort of indicator for things to come? The preseason is the fucking preseason. Every year people pay way too much attention to what happens at those glorified practices. And the kickoff change, do you really think that is going to be that big of a difference? Perhaps you have manure for brains. Perhaps you ate a inordinate amount of paint chips as a child. Perhaps you were dropped on your head. I really don't know. What I do know, however, is that you are dead wrong on the 6-10 shit, fuckface.

    We got bigger up front and are carrying a fullback this year. What do you think that means? We are going to run the ball more. Just like we did post bye last year when we were balanced and fucking awesome. We are not going to have to sit through 6 weeks or whatever it was of Cutler getting the shit kicked out of him with 13 step drops. That shit will be balanced week 1. I'm pretty sure Tice cock smacked Martz pretty good last year, leaving a glorious mushroom stamp of sanity in his mind.

    have a good day.

  • hey hey hey.... Coach... easy mang.

    You want a villan, here's your villan: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/09/06/week.1.picks/index.html?eref=sihp&sct=hp_t11_a3

  • I was dropped on my head as a child.

    Just to clear that one up.

  • Dang dude. Forget to take some meds?

    It's all cool man -- put his opinion in its place sure, but no need to tee off on him over a gut feeling.

  • ¡jajajaja no mames buey, mamona! Relaja.

  • Ha Ha, Viva has his method, Da Coach has his...

    And I do vaguely remember Irish gloomy in pre-season last year, so maybe this will become a tradition. One gloom and doom gut feeling, followed by a winning season.

    Go Bears!

  • I think I mostly agree with Viva. Love #6... fucking commies. As long as our biggest anchors on both side of the ball stay healthy I think we blow shit up this year and have a legit shot at the title.

    On a light note.. http://tv.yahoo.com/news/jessica-simpson-slams-breast-reduction-rumors-love-boobies-134933077.html?nc... yeah, I do too honey.

  • uuuuuhhhhhh ooooohhhhhh...

    a while huh? I think 'ol MB's prediction will come true this year.

    http://nfl.si.com/2011/09/08/jim-irsay-peyton-manning-out-for-awhile/?sct=hp_t2_a3&eref=sihp

    Hey Peter King and Don Banks... eat a dick faggots!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    not that there's anything wrong with that...

  • well, I guess you have to be famous for somefuckingthing. This is prolly the perfec thing for them: http://nfl.si.com/2011/09/08/jim-irsay-peyton-manning-out-for-awhile/?sct=hp_t2_a3&eref=sihp

  • Hmm. I'm Finding a lot of the wanna be journalists and broadcasters are picking the Lions, the Rams, the Cardinals and 49er's to make the playoffs. I'm still looking for the Bears to be mentioned but am having a rather difficult time finding anyone even picking them as a possible wild card berth. A team that got better in the offseason who's starting QB got hurt early in the Championship game isn't even under consideration? These idiots are gonna pay. Jay, you have my permission to flip the bird at the jumbotron after every scoring drive on Sunday.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    you found someone who picked the 49ers?

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    As opposed to the other shit teams in the NFC West?
    They have just as legitimate a shot at winning that division outright as anyone else..maybe more so than Seattle.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Arizona is taking the west. Running away, Kolb will make the probowl this year as a backup.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    I'd put cash money down he does not. I think he'll get exposed as a mirage this year, just like Whitehurst did when he came in for Hasselbeck.

    Don't ask me, I just can't stand Korn Kolb.

  • "Marion The Barbarian" is OUT for the opener ?!?!

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0908-bits-bears-chicago--20110908,0,3781327.story

    Well, CRAP! CRAP! CRAP! CRAP! CRAP!!!!

    Guess we WILL see how Mr. Bell does against the first-teamers.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    We need him healthy.

  • Am I the only one who thinks it would be awesome to put Hester in the backfied in passing downs and just pitch it to him on the edges?

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Why make a vertical threat a horizontal target?

  • In reply to Viva:

    I'm thinking once he beats the pursuit, it could be off to the races for him.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    agree with viva Trac. Our edges need to prove themselves first anyway.

    I'd be up for letting knox have a shot at it.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Not to steal any of Jeff's thunder, because he has been spot on with his screen analysis, but I could see a few designed screens to Hester panning out.

  • In reply to Viva:

    I was just about to post that...!

    What they need to do is design a good bubble screen, or perhaps even better a jailbreak screen, that puts Hester in space with 2 or 3 blockers in front of him -- something that resembles a punt return.

    It's not quite the same because the angles are different, and what Hester (and Toub) is so good at is finding the creases in vertical downhill pursuit. The ideal screen for Hester would stretch defenders vertically to create those same pursuit angles and creases.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Mike:

    Wrong Turner had 2 pages of the playbook nothing but Hester screens. It never worked. I used to get so mad when we ran the Hester screen, as it covered up our lack of run blocking.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    + a lot.

    Hearing the term 'bubble screen' gives me flashbacks and makes my skin crawl. They should have put wrong turner down after that last season. Jesus.

  • Hey Johnny, did you guys see this, wholly shit: http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/09/07/nick-diaz-no-shows-ufc-137-presser-gsp-now-to-face-carlos-condi/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Please don't tell me you watch the boys in tights with small penis's MB. Up til now I had been taking some of your posts seriously.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Indeed I do Trac. I grew up watching boxing with my pops, but boxing's got nothing on MMA. It's much more dynamic and exciting. Don't know about the small penis thing though...

    You should check it out, I bet you'd like it. MMA not small penises.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i'm sure one could find naked MMA on the internet on some crazy german site or some shit.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Diaz is a huge dickhead mang. There is just something wrong with him. People are saying he has to have some sort of condition. He does, it's called being an asshole.

  • To NFL Fans:

    This may be the first week of the regular season, but it has the feel of a Super Bowl week for the NFL. One of the reasons is that we will unite with the rest of the nation on Sunday to reflect on the anniversary of 9/11 and honor the spirit of America.

    All of us in the NFL appreciate your patience and understanding through what was a most unusual and challenging off-season. Now we are ready to enjoy what the NFL is all about -- great players, great fans, intense competition, the performance and passion surrounding America's most popular game.

    Thanks to the hard work of our players, club owners, teams, and staff, the NFL's pledge to deliver great football to our fans has been strengthened and is more secure than ever. We start the regular season and the race to Super Bowl XLVI with tremendous anticipation and momentum.

    We want you most of all to sit back and enjoy it – in our stadiums, on television, and wherever else you connect with the NFL. Football fans enjoying football is what we love.

    Be assured, however, that we believe in better. Players, owners, coaches, team and league staff – working together -- will be putting our collective foot on the accelerator. We have more work to do to improve our league and game on a variety of fronts. We will do that by continuing to focus on the quality of the game and innovation. And we will do it relentlessly.

    On behalf of everyone in the NFL, thank you for your incredible support, and thank you especially for sharing your views with us. Please keep it coming. We value your opinion because it helps make us better. The passion of our fans and communities is what makes the NFL so special.
    Thank you again. Let's get it started.

    Roger Goodell

    TRANSLATION-WHOO HOO BOYS, WE'RE GONNA MAKE A WHOOOLE LOTTA MONEY. HEH HEH!!!!!!!

  • Could the rise of more undrafted FA signings be a result of ball clubs saving some dough? Nah, couldn't possibly be.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/09/08/58-undrafted-rookies-make-nfl-rosters-most-since-2003/

  • Some teams will do anything to make sure Andrew Luck falls to them in the draft.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/09/08/ominous-signs-grow-for-peyton-manning/

  • It's game week gentles.

    Put em on and wear em proud.

    http://www.fansedge.com/Zubaz-Pants-NavyOrange-Zebra-Pants-_2117344405_PD.html

    I've had these bad boys on all week under my dress pants.

  • In reply to Crown:

    http://www.mademan.com/make-your-own-brass-balls/
    You should invest in these to go with the pants.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    OK, so I just wanted to post the "ABC" speech from GGR.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Saw those yesterday after googling Bears Zubaz... This is all following a week of watching Serengeti's "Dennehy" and "Perculators" videos on repeat.

    Sadly, Zubaz hats are going for $100 on eBay, and the official Zubaz company lost the NFL license... So now, your really just buying zebra colored clothes.

    Is $63.99 too much to pay for this?

    http://compare.ebay.com/like/150566519142?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar&_lwgsi=y

    By the way for any of you that missed the wonderfully wonderous wonder of Serengeti's odes to the Chicago man -

    Dennehy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqrtoFWglMY

    Perculators: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inYDswD0Bdg

    Enjoy!

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    man, those things are so fuckiugliawesome

  • In reply to Crown:

    Dude, those things are so 80'sriffic!!!

  • Fresno has all the luck. Payton is his QB in League 1. hee hee.

  • I am praying to the Baby Jeebus and all his disciples for the Pack to get rolled tonight. More than anything in the whole wide world of sports, I want the Pack to fall apart

  • In reply to gpldan:

    so so so with you mang. It would make my year to have those fuckers go 6-10 almost as much as us going to the show... not quite, but you get my drift.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    with 2 of those losses coming from us and 2 coming from the Lions.

  • “Believing Manning would make a full recovery, the Colts signed him to a five-year, $90 million contract extension this offseason. Profootballtalk.com reported that Manning would still collect $55 million from the Colts even if his career were ended by injury.”

    Things that make you go hmmmmm......

  • In reply to gpldan:

    wow. crazy.

    Bet you anything that if his career is over, he gives the money back. He's such a nice young man.

    Where the hell has Doc been btw? Either he goes to way too many maths conferences, or his pregnant wife has stashed his body parts under the floorboards for leaving the seat up again.

  • Two. to. three. months. (which really means 4-5 months... i.e., maybe next year)

    http://nfl.si.com/2011/09/08/jim-irsay-peyton-manning-out-for-awhile/?sct=nfl_t2_a4

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Why don't they put him on the PUP list then fora roster spot?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    just happened today I think GP. We'll see.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dang. Manning out all year, perhaps? I guess since Brady sat out a year, Manning wants the arguments of who's the greatest to be more even.

    I guess this means the Texans are finally going to win their division, by default, not cause they earn it.

  • 85s 2011 NFC Predictions

    (Barring catastrophic injuries for teams, a la Manning)

    Heeeeere we go…

    NFC North:

    1) Pack: win the division; it’s not the Bears fault the rest of the league can’t beat them.
    2) Da Bears - solid season, win enough to make the Wild Card with a few tie-breakers.
    3) Lions - in 2012 Lions fan will say, “I love our draft!”
    4) Vikes - they actually may finish a game off from even. Too bad they’re in the NFCN.

    NFC South:

    1) Saints: good Oline, HB, decent D. Brees has thrown for over 22,000 yds last 5 seasons.
    2) Falcons: somehow games don’t go their way this year. Still enough to get 2nd Wild Card.
    3) Bucs: over-rated. No more easy schedule.
    4) Panthers: Cam wins ugly, but not many.

    NFC East:

    1) Eagles: dream team my ass. They lose some close ones, and some Vick-less games.
    2) Giants: surprised? I’m not. In spite of injury, etc, they find a way.
    3) Cowboys: they always find a way - to lose. Aikman’s “blowing up team” idea looks good.
    4) Skins: Rex. ‘nuff said.

    NFC West:

    1) Rams: someone has to win this div. They’re decent all around, and that’s enough.
    2) Cards: not sold on Kolb, but he proves a good Orton for this team.
    3) ‘Hawks: T’Jack. ‘nuff said.
    4) 49ers: Andrew Luck sweepstakes. Coincidence, or some Machiavellian master plan?

  • 85s 2011 AFC Predictions

    AFC North:

    1) Ravens: finally get over the Steelers/Flacco hump.
    2) Browns: yup, my surprise Wild Card team, and not just cuz Hillis is on my FF team lol
    3) Steelers: much like the Lakers, I think this year they just get old.
    4) Bengals: do I really need to rationalize this?

    AFC South:

    1) Texans: win div by default. They’re still the Colts lil bro.
    2) Colts: yeah, still good, just no longer 12 win good.
    3) Jags: other than qb, solid. Qb is kind of a big deal though, so I hear.
    4) Titans: Young’s almost going to be missed - ALMOST.

    AFC East:

    1) Pats: unless you live in NJ, this is a no brainer.
    2) Jets: beat Pats in play-off doesn’t fly for me. Get Wild Card though.
    3) Bills: Fitzpatrick better than ppl think.
    4) Fins: Chad Henne - ‘nuff said.

    AFC West:

    1) Chargers: only good team in div. Rivers and Vjack r gonna tear it up.
    2) Broncos: Orton is who we thought he was - 500. Von .Miller D rook of the year.
    3) Chiefs: much like the Bucs, come crashing back down from orbit.
    4) Raiders: is Al Davis still running that team? Yeah, just checking.

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