Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Bucs in London Game Preview

Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Bucs in London Game Preview

Oh when the Yanks come marching in…

WHY DO I LIKE THE CHICAGO BEARS THIS WEEK?

  • I always like the Chicago Bears.
  • First off, I have no idea what the tone of the building is going to be but I assume there will be more Bears fans at Wembley than Bucs fans.  (Unless the Manchester United faithful will venture across the nation to cheer on their ownership group.)  Needless to say this should be the least road-like road game the Bears play all season long.  If the Bucs had a fan base, they’d be angry.
  • Jay Cutler is hot right now, having played arguably his finest back-to-back ballgames as Bears quarterback without gaudy numbers.  He barked about playcalling last week and the coaching staff obliged.  He responded by showing them how good he can be with a few seconds in the pocket.  I think it continues.
  • The Bucs should be without LeGarrett Blount this week and I don’t see the Bears allowing Ernest Graham to rush for 100 yards.  (Side note: Anybody else notice the Saints have totally mailed it in defensively other than the week they faced us?  No exotic blitz schemes.  Nothing.  Just crap defense against everybody else.)  If the Bears can bottle up Adrian Peterson, they best bottle up Graham.
  • Devin Hester has never returned a kick for a touchdown on British soil.  You think he’ll pass up that chance?
  • Josh Freeman is an accurate quarterback and a solid leader.  He is more than capable of finding open receivers in the Bears zones and can take off and run when the play breaks down.  He’s an easy player to like and if this is your first time watching him, enjoy.
  • Freeman’s top target is Kellen Winslow.  Kellen Winslow is a tight end.  The Bears don’t cover tight ends.  I believe this is the transitive property of the Lovie Deuce.
  • The Bucs also have a couple receivers capable of having ten-catch afternoons, though I don’t see either beating the Bears deep.  Both Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn have good size and good hands.  They are definitive threats on third down.
  • This is a game where the Bears need to be disciplined on defense.  They can’t allow big cutback runs and they can’t allow Freeman to extend drives with his legs.  If they do those two things, Tampa will be kicking a lot of field goals.
  • The Bears are not complicated on offense.  They’re going to get the ball to Matt Forte 20-25 times and let Cutler pick the opponent apart on third-and-manageable.  But it seems Cutler is finding comfort throwing the ball to Roy Williams, Kellen Davis and the Great Dane.  I think he’ll have one more bullet in his gun than Freeman this week.

Chicago Bears 23, Tampa Bay Bucs 16    

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  • Bloody hell, Im first

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ahhh, piss off.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Wankers, da both of yous...

    http://youtu.be/HsSthazKKEY

  • Ernesto Graham ran well last week. He could gash the Bears and stacking Pringles is not an option this week. Freeman is not Mcflabb

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Stacking pringles, get it?

    Thursday is chip joke day.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Tubular ... get it? Cause they come in a tube. Get it?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hey you crazy Limeys, see these? These are chips. That fried batter shit you eat, does it stack neat in a can? No. No it does not.

    No wonder you fuckers lost a frigate in the Falklands! You can't even stack your chips straight! Your chips are more crooked than Camilla Parker Bowles teeth!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Mr. Graham was in fact a veritable truck. I can see Raheem Morris maybe jamming our receivers or doing something that will cause our offense to stutter and turn it over. It's simple. If we repeat last week's performance, then we have a chance. Running a bunch of screens isn't going to do it. Running might. Running and more of those rainbows to Hester. More of that pressure that we got on the Vikes.

    Gerald McCoy is practicing again.

    Adrian Clayborn could cause problems for J'Marcus Webb - from SB Nation - The rookie defensive end didn't show up in the stat sheet, notching just two tackles and a quarterback hit, but he was a key player in stopping Drew Brees. Adrian Clayborn ran circles around New Orleans left tackle Jermon Bushrod, especially in the first half. It was only when the Saints went to a mix of three-step drops and keeping in extra protection that they could consistently move down the field. But that limited their passing game, and the Bucs secondary took advantage with three eventual turnovers. .

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    they call iit the same in SA gp,memories of childhood mang. Those warm french fries in a paper sack with malt vin-ager.... mmmmmm...so good.

    Pringles do fucking rock though.... same with a nice thick Mexican chips. With shrimps... and fresh fishes, with licors.

    (Mexico joke, those who'be been will get it)

  • This overseas bullshit really pisses me off.

    Lets if the bears can be consistent. Consistenct plagues this team.

  • If Jay Cutler shits his Shepard's pie out and it's dark green, the Bears add 10% to all 2-point conversion probabilities. If Ernest Graham's mother dies during the trip, there is a 40% chance the Bears will hold him under 50 yards rushing because he will be distraught.

    If Christ resurrects before halftime, the Bears could win on a Force Majure forfeit rule only applicable in the UK. If it's Allah that comes back, London street violence could make Wembley unstable.

    So stupid...

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:7122717

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I hate those accuscore videos.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    How about this..that fucker is a 100% douchebag....

    "F"ing four letter network.......crikey when the hell did this turn into a weatherman show wt is with the %'s

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Jack Lancanesque

  • Garza said he was so
    focused on the task at hand that he didn’t react to Cutler’s outburst. But he was pretty certain Cutler’s emotion helps drive the offense, even when he’s cussing out his
    offensive coordinator.

    ‘‘His energy moves us,’’ Garza said. ‘‘It’s part of the offense, and it’s what we
    enjoy about having a guy like that in the pocket.’’

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Garza getting all Zen on us.

  • I'm thinking of changing my username to 'Tell him I said Fuck him.' I hope Cutty keeps it rolling. You could tap your feet to the rhythm we had on offense on Sunday. He's been tough and talented his whole career, but the gutsy leadership he's put on display these last two games has been great to watch. If he can get this offense on a streak - because for all Forte has done (which is close to everything), in the end it all comes back to Jay - we'll be talking MVP in early December and Super Bowl in early February.

    I dream big.

  • We...If you can have the avatar right at that moment ..now that would be fucking hysterical!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    That would rock

  • With the Bears in the UK this week, take a moment to remember the dog who was behind the Lockerbie bombing that killed many Americans and sunk Pan Am for good.

    I have a great deal of Schadenfreude for the pig, and I have to admit, I enjoyed watching them kick his corpse and see his dead listless face with a tiny frown on it.

    Btw, it's somewhat graphic, but it's totally him:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/purported-video-of-moammar-gaddafis-body/2011/10/20/gIQALPMV0L_video.html

  • In reply to gpldan:

    regardless of politics, Hussein, Gaddafi, Bin Laden dead can only make this world a little better.

    Hopefully, the next Hussein, Gaddafi, Bin Laden to crop up isn't initially supported by us this time around.

    What's that saying about history repeating...

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    To me, the saddest one is Kim Jong Il in North Korea. Those people are literally starving so he can build missiles.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I realize it's not the same thing as starving, but our own military industrial complex isn't exactly helping our people eat, get educated, or live better lives.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    from a different perspective
    war good god y'all what is it good for
    ABSOLUTELY nothing
    but,
    the wheel in the sky keeps on turning

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Well, to be fair it isn't just missiles. It's also the huge standing army that represents a full 5% of their total population -- the biggest of any country by far. (This BTW equals ~20% of all able-bodied men.)

    That goes back to, of course, the continuous U.S. troop presence in South Korea (30-50k+) and Japan (30-50k+) since the Korean War.

    Anytime you have mass starvation you can fill in the blank ("they are literally starving so he can ___") with any government expenditure. Missile programs aren't cheap, but maintaining the 4th largest standing army in the world with a population of just 24M people is I'm sure a much bigger factor. And not just the cost itself, but removing 1 out of 5 men from the workforce does some pretty bad things to your economy over the course of 60 years. (And that's not even factoring in the massive losses due to central-planning...)

  • In reply to Michael L:

    I mean this in the best possible way, Michael. But you're quickly becoming Da Blog's resident Cliff Clavin.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    probrably spent alot to maintain the elvis doo

  • Dane has turned that office ass into a nice medium sized puerto rican badonkadonk.

  • You're assuming Hester will play. Any word on Hester's injury? The injury report says he didn't participate yesterday. Also no mention of THE DUKE coming back? Should be a good game against 2 pretty evenly matched teams.

  • In reply to Perno:

    Crap yeah, is Earl good to go? Would make a 5/6 Bears very interesting.

    Other seemingly large prices : Denver are 21/20 over MIA, CAR 7/10 over Beck-led WAS, HOU 6/4 over TEN (AJ is back).

  • In reply to Perno:

    I read the Duke fully participated yesterday, but not Hester or Davis.

    This might be a blessing in disguise - an excuse for Lovie to tell Hester, "Just focus on returns this week until you're fully healthy."

    I'd like to see more Hurd, Duke and even Roy - and we know Sanzen and Knox are gonna get their looks.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    I gotta say this too, I've never felt more comfortable about a Bears WR than with Earl the Pearl - what since Waddle? Esp when contrasted against our other options.

    With Earl, Clutts and Spaeth out there, the Martz "genius" experience substantially diminishes, which is fine by me.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Waddle was never any good. He was good at getting the shit kicked out of him and at smelling salt. He caught 55 balls in his best season. Can we banish Tom Waddle discussion from the site forever please?

  • This isn't baseball. Numbers shnumbers. The guy was good. He was tough and caught the balls thrown to him. I hereby reinstate Tom Waddle discussions on this site. Douche bag announcer that he may be, not withstanding.

  • peppers must kill freeman in the uk, be alert of tanard jackson, hold them to field goals, stop EG, last but not least start paea.

  • Jeff- "(Unless the Manchester United faithful will venture across the nation to cheer on their ownership group.) "

    Apparently, the fans hate the fact that the Man U owner also has ownership with the NFL. So more likely, the Man U crowd would cheer against Tampa Bay.

    Bullocks to that statement, Sir Jeff.

  • First off - how much time was spent by Jimmy the Gnome and the ChicagoNow Failures programming the login box so that it shakes every time you click something. God, I hate that. A shimmying login box does not a high tech, well-oiled website make.

    Second, the jerks at PFT both picked the Bucs to win this one... Same thing as last week.

    Who do I hate more Jimmy the Gnome or Florio the Gnome?

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Gnome Zombie Apocolypse

    http://www.buyzombie.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/zombie-garden-gnome.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Nice. That's a must have.

  • I can't wait for this game boys. A balanced offense, maybe a Hester return and some old magic on defense???

    I can't wait for Cutty to shred that D up with Williams, Dane, Bennett, KD and maybe Hester/Knox.

    Don't forget about Forte on the ground and in the air.

    I can feel it coming in the air tonight.........

    4-3 heading into the bye and then Dream Team and revenge against the Lions?

    Detroit plays Atlanta this week so Detroit may be 6-2 or 5-3 by the time we reach them if Tebow and the Mile High Club can get it done.

    If we roll in 5-3 into that game it is our season to win. The NFC South is up for grabs and if we beat Tampa it puts us in the serious hunt for WildCard spot number 2.

    The two teams that have a serious shot at the wildcard are 2 of our next 3 opponents. That is controlling your own destiny.

    FREEMAN FUCKING DEEEEEEEEAAAAAAADDDDDDDDD!!!!!!

  • Nicely done Phil Collins.

  • Will the Brits understand when Tampa kicks the ball away from Devin? Or will they just hate the NFL even more because it will appear Tampa's kickers are horribly inaccurate....

  • In reply to Dmband:

    How about after the 5th false start flag? That's a hearts and minds winner there.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    They will understand the reasoning when Hester finally gets one in his hands and breaks it to the fucking house. Raheem Morris on the sidelines with a blank Lovie-esque look on his face will be proof that it wasn't inacuracy, just common sense. You can't run and hide forever Bucs, sooner or later you have to kick it to the flyer.

    GOAT

  • So it was written. So it will be done.

  • Let's make sure Hester is playing before we start talking about him taking it to the house. Last I read he was still hurting.

    Canadians love the CFL. They're a proud bunch. Not many over the hill NFL'ers in Canada. Just guys that aren't good enough for the NFL or guys born and raised in Canada.

    I hate this overseas shit. If we play like we did last week we win. If Martz reverts to form, we're fucked.

    Did you guys read Pompeii's story about Cutler? Whining about him not being a leader because he told Martz to go fuck himself. I'd love to see that little weasel get smoked about 15-20 times a game and see how polite he is. Jag-off. He's such a company drone. Every week his Q&A's sound like Larry is answering.

    Hope we smoke the Bucs.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    On the score they made a great point regarding this. They referenced NUMEROUS times Michael Jordan cussed out basically everyone on the team (coaches and players). Didnt seem to detract from his leadership abilities.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Didn't we just celebrate Steve Jobs for being a visionary and a leader?

    Cause Jobs fucking screamed at EVERYONE. The nasty saying in the Valley was that Jobs got cancer because everyone else wished it on him.

    So this bullshit, that leaders always stay cool and all that - bullshit. Pompeii is probably still stinging from having Sam Zell call him a loser.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GREAT example

  • In reply to gpldan:

    About time somebody pointed that out. I've been watching the big names in the industry for about 31 years. Steve Jobs was by far the biggest wanker in the industry - an anti-leader, if anything. Everyone hated him. He was an egomaniacal bully who got big off the back of his friend, Woz. Ditto Allen and Gates who - because they had rich daddies - were able to buy PC DOS for twenty grand, buy out their other two partners, change a couple of lines of source code and sell it to IBM as MS-DOS. Bill Gates never invented anything other than woefully buggy software that was stolen off somebody else. Nothing new has happened in computing since networking by Novell in the early eighties. Nothing.

    End-Rant.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Agreed. That reminded me to go refresh my memory on Gary Kildall.

    On the other hand, the one thing that Gates was/is really good at is making money. And of all skills, that is absolutely the first one I want anybody running a company for which I work or own shares to have. So long as it's done legally and reasonably ethically.

    Microsoft and business ethics, or lack thereof, is a topic I'd rather not be responsible for starting here. So please don't continue this. :-)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You get the leadership you need, not the leadership you want.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Shit, how many times did MJ physically go after guys!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    If Hester takes the field on a stretcher, the Bucs will still be kicking it short. You think after last week's "Peppers doubtful" incident anyone is going to take our injury report seriously?

    Morris doesn't want to be on SportsCentral with a stupid look on his face as Hester runs one to the house while Keyshawn is yapping, "Why do they still kick it to the GOAT? C'mon man!"

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Totally agree. My point was not to get too excited about Devin until he's on the field.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Is Fantuz back on his old team?

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Yep. Back with the Sask RoughRiders. I'm not sure if he's playing yet. They suck moose wang this year so I'm sure they're happy to have him back. Some old fart last night in the bar started giving me a bunch of shit about watching Yankee football. I let him know that Fantuz couldn't even make the Bears roster and they have some of the worst WR's in the NFL. Got kind of quiet after that.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    telander sort of hints that jay C let that out
    for the camera to record
    now it's on record without him actually taking it to his face
    he knew the camera's would catch it

    let those who he trusts the least......meaning "the press"
    be the delivery boys

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    I somehow doubt that. That was reportedly picked up by a parabolic mic -- which makes sense as most voices at the line or breaking out of the huddle aren't readily audible. So let's see, according to Telander then... Jay waited for a moment when he could see a guy all the way on the sideline pointing the mic at exactly him so he could be sure his tirade would actually get heard live on TV... instead of preparing to execute the play. Yeah, that makes sense.

    These media guys think they're so smart with their little theories, but seriously... Telander is selling stories (i.e. BS speculation) not logic.

  • Interesting article on peoples impressions of Tebow.
    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/44940531/ns/sports-nfl/

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Agreed. Personally, I think Tebow is cool.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I've got nothing against the guy and nothing against the Broncos giving him his shot. The people who hate on Tebow because of religiosity are the same people who would hate on him otherwise. Who cares. Haters hate. Fuck em.

    By the way, as long as the Chicago Bears field a QB, Tebow will never be the most scrutinized or criticized QB in football.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    The NFL is the ultimate "NO BS" sport (in theory).

    My first round draft pick at QB wants in? Sorry - this 6th rounder is producing, some young kid named Brady. Keep riding pine Bledsoe.

    What? My qb killed dogs and raped women while punching babies on the way to a devil worshiping convention. sorry, he's getting us Ws.

    The problem with Tebow is that it APPEARS he's getting special treatment, like he's not paying his dues.

    Everyone who was there in camp in the preseason, and I mean EVERYONE, coaches, analysts, reporters, unanimously agreed that Tebow was the THIRD best qb on that roster, behind NeckBeard and Quinn. The only real debate was whether he was the 4rth best qb on that roster!

    Now, the counter argument is that he's a "gamer." And I think that's true to an extent. But how many 3rd/4rth string qbs get their own billboards?

    I think that's the what annoys ppl more than the holy-roller stuff, though there's that too.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    good explanations all...he's just easy and fun to make fun of for me. Nothing personal.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    +1

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Tebow is unproven in the NFL. What if he tanks under pressure? Do they go back to Orton with cap in hand?

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Has anyone seen any Broncos games? I know Kyle isn't a bad quarterback. He hasn't got an arm like Big Ben - that's his only knock. With a crappy defense, no running game and all of his good receivers gone, what's a girl to do?

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Come back to the Bears?

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    today i delivered the ESPN The Magazine
    and on the cover was a scitillating headshot of Mr. Tebow
    very tastily made up to be "saintly/angelic/heavenly"
    when I picked it up; and saw his face, a choir
    started chanting hossanah

    how did they do that?

    I wish the boy well
    but, I fear his exuberance will be costly to his health

  • No surprise, Cutler's comment to Martz has sparked a media feeding frenzy.

    Here's what I posted in response to Dan Pompeii's "Cutler's F in Leadership" article:

    Baloney.

    Mr. Martz DESERVED to be told off and in exactly the same language HE is known to apply.

    The evidence this season STRONGLY suggests that his play calling is directly responsible for 2 losses.

    This won't come as news to most of us, other than Mike Martz, but, Jay Cutler is NOT Kurt Warner. Likewise the Bears do not have anything approaching Issac Bruce or Torry Holt at receiver. They do not have a Hall-ofFamer-to-be anchoring the line on Cutler's blind side.

    Stop trying to channel your halcyon days with the Rams and adapt to the personnel that you ACTUALLY HAVE, Mr. Martz!

    BTW, let's attach a camera to YOUR hip for a few days, Dan, and see what garbage we can dredge up.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-1020-pompei-bears-chicago--20111020,0,1295522.column

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    martz acted as though he had no idea
    he claims to be a genious
    how could he not know

    which one is it
    genious, or
    ignorant

    I thinkl calculating is better
    he wont give cutler an ounce of respect or credit
    in regard to this

    a wise man would thank jay for helping him to grow

    let pompay get hit 30 times and see if the f-bomb doesn't start to come out
    that's a Max Mercy comment from Pom-Pay

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Ha ha...

    I think your remarks got drowned out by the 300 hundred other comments calling Dan an F'n Idiot!

  • For those of you saying you want to see Dane, Roy, Hurd, KD, Bennett out there and maybe Hester/Knox... Don't look now but quietly Hester has tied Sanzenbacher for the team lead in receptions.

    Meanwhile Cutler has this to say: "And where he is now, he’s playing really fast, really smart football. He’s a guy, whenever I see him one-on-one or I see a coverage that is going to be in his favor, no matter if he’s supposed to get the ball or not, in the back of my head I’m thinking, ‘maybe we need to try and get it to 23.’” Whose assessment do you trust more -- yours own or Cutler's?

    http://www.csnchicago.com/blog/bears-talk/post/-?blockID=580276&feedID=626

    BTW, looks like the Duke of Pearl is out. He practiced fully but he must not feel ready since reports are he's been ruled out. I doubt they'd pull shenanigans for this -- he's not Peppers, and anyway 2 weeks in a row would be a bit much...

  • In reply to Michael L:

    this is how a great combination is formed
    I think we would like it to just happen....or be there from the start
    but it will get better when jay gets the time to explore the possibilities
    that is why it is so important that martz and tice get plans that build success from wk. to wk.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    a slow, small, undrafted fa in his first year in one of the most complex systems who doesn't even start having as many receptions but with with 3times as many TDs as Hester...doesn't make me sleep better at night.

    Cutler may say one thing, but we all know where he's going on 3rd, and it aint to #23...

    This might change, but we've all been waiting 2+years, so I ain't holding my breath.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    No, I agree with you that Hester isn't and shouldn't be Jay's go-to guy on 3rd down and needing to convert. He's a big play threat, not a possession receiver. That isn't likely to change anytime soon.

    But he'll be part of the reason the other team's best corners won't be on Dane or Earl -- which is a good thing.

    Anyway if you think Dane's catch count equaling Devin's makes Hester look bad... what does that say about Roy, Sam, and Kellen? Why are people so eager to downgrade Devin to "maybe" status when he's performing (and Jay looks for him), and instead dream about guys with only projected performance?

  • In reply to Michael L:

    I don't know about others, but I'm advocating to see a lot more of Roy, Hurd (and Bennett, if he's healthy) THIS week for a couple reasons.

    1) Hester is somewhat injured. How injured- who knows? But I value him much more as a returner than WR, so why risk good field position? Knox can be just as much as a distraction as Hester. Let Knox streak down the field and open up stuff underneath.

    2) We all know what we have in Hester. I'm not 100% sure, and there's still hope, but I'm a lot less sure about Roy and Hurd. I say, give them a shot THIS week. What's the worse that can happen? Hester has ONE rec TD this entire season - it's not like sitting Megatron or anything. And as I said earlier, Knox can decoy as just as effectively as Hester.

    Sanzen will get his underneath and redzone stuff. I don't advocate leaving Hester out completely (depending on how hurt he is) just much more HURD, ROY (healthy Bennett) mix.

    IF they're unimpressive, return to the usual Hester programming next week...this will also clue us in on whether we should use a high draft pick on a WR next year...

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Amen on that last paragraph, Michael. Amen.

    It is like the lovefest for Aromashedu that used to be so prevalent here. I just don't understand.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Michael L - I didn't "downgrade" Hester. I was referencing his injury but didn't make it clear. If there was a time machine on this blog you could go back and review my repeated pleas for the Bears to use Hester and Knox the way they should be used, as deep pattern threats and guys who should be running crossing routes underneath to make guys keep up with their blazing speed. it can't be done and look what Hester was able to do when he ran both of those types of routes in the game last week.
    Williams catching 4 to 5 balls for first downs a game is fine with me.
    KD, when healthy is a huge fucking target in the middle of the field like Olsen was and should be used accordingly. His blocking sucks balls so let's at least get him 5 catches a game.
    Sanzenbacher is a true football player like Bennett. Guys that just instinctively know how to play the game and get open.

    I'm not hating on Hester, i just want him to be used properly. Having him catch screen passes behind the line of scrimmage so he can get blown up by 3 dudes is not proper use of Hester. Running free like the thoroughbred he is smacks of the proper use.

  • And KD is way tougher to bring down than Olsen was. Olsen was speed and KD is brute strength. It's his brain that seems to be causing the issue with blocking.
    See the guy, hit the guy, Beast.

  • I just checked out the Bears upcoming schedule over the next 5 weeks or so. Not pretty. Given that, and given their already slow start to the season, I'd say that this is definitely a "must-win" game. Of course, after losing to the Lions on MNF, pretty much every game is a must win until. They have to win on the "road" eventually, and what better way to do it on a neutral field........

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    **until they catch up.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    The biggest pisser of the schedule (besides going 7 time zones to play a game) is we get a bye, then Philly on Monday night and then the Lions on a short week. Meanwhile the Lions take us on after their bye. Thanks NFL.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    looks a whole helluva lot easier than what we just came out of man. We keep playing like last game and we'll be OK. We'll see which bears team shows up for the next two weeks

  • Oh man, this BU "mic'd up" is awesome, and hilarious...

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/index.asp?mm_file_id=2627

  • Mmmm...yes....quite.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgd9nYqVz2s

    When Britain fi-i-irst, at heaven's command,
    Aro-o-o-ose from out the a-a-a-zure main,
    Arose, arose, arose from out the a-azure main,
    This was the charter, the charter of the land,
    And guardian a-a-angels sang this strain:

    (Everybody now)

    Rule Britannia!
    Britannia rule the waves
    Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.
    Rule Britannia!
    Britannia rule the waves.
    Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.

    The nations, no-o-o-o-ot so blest as thee,
    Must i-i-i-i-in their turn, to ty-y--yrants fall,
    Must in their turn, to ty-y-rants fall,
    While thou shalt flourish, shalt flourish great and free,
    The dread and e-e-e-e-nvy of them all.

    (Everybody now)

    Rule Britannia!
    Britannia rule the waves.
    Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.
    Rule Britannia!
    Britannia rule the waves.
    Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Bloody Redcoats.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I suddenly have the urge to watch CAPTAIN HORATIO HORNBLOWER, with Gregory Peck & Virginia Mayo.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Haha yes let's set sail!

  • In reply to Shady:

    when I played rugby we had a chorus line that sang it this way
    during the party after the game

    Rule Britannia
    Marmelade and jam
    Five chinese crackers up your as-hole
    Bam--Bam! Bam--Bam! Bam
    then you sang your favorite verse of lewd and lascivios
    behavior
    while wetting each break with a swill of kegged nectar

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Nice.

  • Yes, I know - Berry is a dork. But he puts Cutty in his love column for FF.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/football/ffl/story?page=TMR111020

  • Jahvid Best got his third concussion on Sunday, and now their backup running back Jerome Harrison has a brain tumor. "RuhRoh" said the Lions.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    mr harrison has to be thankful for being on the trade block
    wouldn't have known if it wasn't for the physical

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Good point.

    Wouldn't it be ironic if in the end (assuming Harrison can be treated successfully) that Jerome's brain ends up better off because he had a tumor and did not get it scrambled playing football?

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Must be the fumes in Detroit.

  • I CAN'T WAIT to laugh at you chuckle-heads after Tebow starts winning.

    Let's mark this day and time down.

    That "Quarterback controversy" where Tebow was a joke. Isn't it odd that he was the number 1 QB until they couldn't trade Orton? Then he just MAGICALLY appears at 3rd string? That's strange.
    WAIT! Why didn't they put Brady Quinn in the last game then?
    I literally jumped up and started yelling, "I told you guys that was a ploy to keep Orton's psyche intact!"

    And I was right...keep hating for no reason guys. THAT is why I like this QB.

  • In reply to A7Xthebest:

    We'll see A7, i'm a little confused why they got rid of B. Lloyd. Tebow couldn't beat out the other two because his accuracy is brutal.
    He has been a winner all his life but this is a whole new level of ball. He has a shit load of athleticism but that arm is going to get him in trouble.
    I want Tebow to kick ass....because they play the Lions in 2 weeks and it would be fucking sweet if they took the Lions down.

  • lol...you're missing one of the points here: He didn't get beat out by anybody. In fact, he had so soundly beaten Orton AND Quinn out that he was the starter and they were gonna ship Orton to Miami until The Dolphins decided it wasn't worth what the Broncos wanted.

    I even remember Jason LaCanfora saying at the time that it could be a power-play by the Broncos: "You can play with Henne, we'll stick with Orton and we'll see who wins."

    Then MAGICALLY he appears at #3 on the depth chart but when they DO decide to pull the starter HE goes in instead of the listed #2. Why? My explanation is the only reasonable one.

  • In reply to A7Xthebest:

    I want him to kick ass because rushing points count more than passing points and I need to win a FFL championship at work.

    They bumped him up this year because they have nothing to lose and they are trying to shut people up for once and for all. And they traded Lloyd b/c a) he's a fan of Orton and b) he's a deep threat, which certainly doesn't mesh with the type of QB that Tebow is. So, stockpile picks and then wait and see what pans out.
    I just don't think he's even as good as Cam as a passer, and both teams are just not very good - the QB's are the least of their issues.

    That's my theory.

  • Denver are 21/20 to beat Miami, surely that's a gimme, no? An thoughts?

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Miami will win the game. They were flat against the Jets, but they will handle the rocking horses in a close one.

  • Is Vinnie Testaverde really color blind?

  • Chriss harris is back in for the injured Pringles. Good news perhaps when we mostly have Earnesto to worry about.

    Roy Williams has never been outside the United States before this game. I think he gets arrested on this trip.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Douchebag celebrations are illegal in merry ol' England?
    Well, I say bring 'em on, Roy, bring 'em on.

  • R.I.P. little one ....

    By Malcolm Moore

    Friday October 21 2011

    The Chinese toddler who was ignored by 18 passers-by after she was the victim of a hit-and-run has died from her injuries.

    Two-year-old Wang Yue was run over by two cars last Thursday in a market in the southern province of Guangdong.

    Closed-circuit television footage of 18 people walking past her body without helping her has ignited outrage both inside China and worldwide.

    After a week of battling to save her, doctors said her heart had stopped beating at 12.32am this morning (FRI). Her parents paid her a final visit shortly afterwards.

    "For a week, we have spared no effort to save her," said a spokesman for the Guangzhou Military Hospital. "The best army doctors that we have have cared for her, but in the end her traumas were too great. We extend our condolences to her family."

    The toddler, who wandered out of her parent's shop while her mother's back was turned, suffered brain damage and severe organ failure after being hit by two vehicles in a lane of the Guangzhou Foshan hardware market.

    Some of the people who walked past her body, as it lay bleeding in the middle of the lane, denied seeing her. Others said they had been too scared to help her. It is possible that the toddler could have survived the initial accident if one of the early passers-by had come to her aid.

    The episode has deeply shamed China and ignited a national debate about the marked disregard that many seem to have for their fellow man.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Damn Romulans.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Fuck man.!!!!! i posted on this last thread irish. God damn savages. What the fuck is this world coming to. Do NOT watch the video... i couldnt and won't.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    to add to the utter disregard they have for nature in general? Tiger penis, rhino horn, elephant ivory, etc... etc...

    Fuck people, I totally get custom and heritage ... but not when you're desecrating the earth.

    And I'm not a tree hugger in general, but don't get me started on their new industrial revolution and the total disregard of safety and the environment. (I know they are by no means alone, but the size and speed of theirs sets them apart)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Don't get me started.

  • So Harris was benched and didn't dress, and now Pringles is hurt again and he's back - after tweeting his trade shit. Yeah, a trade Chris. It's your last year in the NFL and your a broken down loudmouth with bad PR skills. If Wright is Pringles, your new name is Ruffles.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hee hee

    How about crisps... since that's what the rest of the world calls chips crisps... and that's what Harris got in the lions game.... fucking burnt to a crisp.

    Jesus that was bad and painful. What!?!?! I'm on my first vaca with my fame in %%five years.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    wow... my tablet is going crazy... reboot time.

  • http://nflfilms.nfl.com/2011/10/20/short-take-the-nfl-in-london-1986/

    Could be like a home game for the Bears with 85,000 showing up.

    Ditka's up next on A Football Life too.

  • See? Cutler is a minor asshole relative to Jobs.
    A sort of dwarf star compared to a massive black hole.

    http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/10/jobs-i-will-spend-my-last-breath-fighting-android-a-stolen-product.ars?comments=1#comments-bar

    Gotta love how winners write history. Bradshaw was intolerable as a teammate, but his SB rings negate all of that. Cutler gets one of those, and the press will turn his surly behavior into brooding genius.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yeah, let's do that... that right there.

    Ring please!

    Good call gp

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And Google makes beer!
    http://www.mnn.com/food/beverages/blogs/google-bees-help-make-new-google-beer?hpt=hp_bn11

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I spent waaayy too much time on those computer nerd boards hearing about how Apple stole from Xerox, and how Microsoft stole from Apple...who invented the mouse, tablet, etc...

    There's going to be a Bio on Jobs which should be good reading.

  • This is the turning point in the season. This win marks the playoff run. As long as Harris doesn't give up a huge play because he is still hurt and slower than i am we will win. Cutler will throw for 285 with 2 td's and maybe a pick. Forte will get 90 on the ground and 70 in the air.
    Hester will take one to the house.
    I do predict that Gould will miss his first field goal though. hopefully not a backbreaker.

  • Cut that out!! Robbie is Da Man.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    he is the man, there is just something about the field that is going to be weird. it wasn't designed for NFL football, it's going to look weird. I want Robbie to get a couple of extra points in first before needing to nail his first 44 yarder.

  • The only way we lose this game is if we come out and forget the lessons of Max Protect, Clutts in the backfield, Chipping DE's, no more than 5 steps, RUN THE BALL, THROW SCREENS, etc

    If we forget those rules we will have costly sack fumbles or picks in our own zone leading to easy TB scores. If we (Martz) remembers the lessons then Tampa Bay is fucked. Proper Fucked.

  • The only way we lose this game? How long have you been a Bears fan brother? Oh, let me count the ways how we can lose this game. Not that I want the Bears to lose because I don't, but last time I checked, there's gotta be 100 ways for the Bears to lose this one.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Trac, no way mang, we would have to hand this game to TB in order to lose. Peppers is pissed, the D is looking to rebound from earlier bad performances, the offense has a proven game plan that if executed even 70% will secure victory.
    100 ways my arse.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    don't become jaded like Dan Pompei aka the next Rick Reilly

  • Well..well....Mr. Kreutz

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/10/21/olin-kreutz-leaves-saints/

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Under all that Harry Hardass act, beat the heart of a big softie with bad ankles.
    Olin, ya screwed yourself. Could have retired a Bear.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    A sad end. Gotta agree with your sentiment, MBP, but I really think we're better off without him.

    Not necessarily because of his play, but because it could never be Jay's offense while Olin was on the team. And there is rarely, if ever, a good offense where the QB is not the top dog.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I agree wholeheartedly on that. And Garza hasn't been a drop-off from what my uneducated eyes have seen.
    Jay looks and acts like he owns the team now.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/7131226/agent-center-olin-kreutz-walking-away-new-orleans-saints

    The dude probably wanted to retire a bear, just got blindsided by the Bears' low offer. By the time he swallowed his ego, bears had signed Spencer, and he was left to sign with another team, something he never wanted in the first place.

    I tend to agree with people who say we're better of without him. but that's doesn't change the fact that this guy is a Bear-for-life. respect!

  • In reply to BXLBearsFan:

    The Bears offer was not low for gods sake. it was ridiculously high. He was offered less than half what the Bears offered him. He and his agent were idiots and they know that now. Kreutz even admitted that it was a good offer....albeit 2 months later.

  • low for his taste, i meant.

    the fact that he later said the offer was ok, is, for me at least, he came to his senses afterwards (after he saw what other teams offered him, probably...)

  • In reply to BXLBearsFan:

    proof he came to his senses

  • In reply to BXLBearsFan:

    His agent and his attitude cost him at least $1m, maybe 2.

    He's not going to make that coaching HS football in 20 years. He also cost himself the endorsements of retiring a Bear that could have come on Chicago TV.

    He was, in short, too big a prick for his own good.

  • In reply to BXLBearsFan:

    yeah, that was the craziest free agency period of all time. the Eagles gave Asomugha 5 minutes to make his decision. we at least gave Olin an hour.

    Kreutz was a warrior but it was time for Jay to take over this team. This weekend is huge. Chimay ready to go in my beer fridge. God i love Trappist monks.

  • In reply to BXLBearsFan:

    Reality will do that sometimes.

  • What's the over on Jim Schwartz throwing a punch at Mike Smith? Smith is kind of a fatty, but so is Schwartz. Not sure who would win.

  • ESPN has gotten into showing English Premier League futbol at primetime hours on ESPN 1.

    While Goodell hopelessly forces a game upon Europe that they don't want - already failed - and nobody here wants to go play over there - we're already sowing the seeds for being the last generation that gives a fuck about the sport.

  • i was just on the Bucs website trying to find out if Gerald McCoy is playing and found myself just looking at the Buc cheerleaders section. hot.
    Then a female co-worker saw what i was looking at and i felt dirty. I explained that i was just trying to find out about Gerald McCoy. She told me that she didn't think his injury report would be in the cheerleader section. The fact that she knew who and what i was talking about made it that much hotter.

    Go on there and tell me you wouldn't kill someone in a dark alley for one of those girls. Go ahead...say it.

  • I live in the UK and I have been an avid Bears fan since the 85/86 season and finally I am going to see them. Yes I have tickets for the game and I cant wait.

    I watch every snap on NFL Gamepass, but now I am going to see them live.
    A 38 year old adult male should not be this excited about a football game but I am.

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