Next Two Games Are What Being a Football Fan is All About

Next Two Games Are What Being a Football Fan is All About

The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off one of the most dominant performances of the 2011 season, playing at a speed the Dallas Cowboys seemed readily unprepared for.  The Detroit Lions unceremoniously and quite sadly (for me, at least) ended the Tim Tebow era in Denver and rebounded soundly from their back-to-back losses at home.  Both the Eagles and Lions share the tavern floor with a group of second-tier contenders in the conference - Giants, 49ers, Bears, Saints, Falcons - as they vie for the attention of the bartender up in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Attention will be paid these next two weeks.  The Bears meet the Eagles under the primetime spotlight of Monday Night Football and the Lions late Sunday afternoon as the now national game of the week on FOX.  Win both and the Bears will be considered the number one contender to the NFC Championship crown.  Split em and the Bears will see their playoff fate determined by how they performance against the AFC West.  Lose both, fall to 4-5, and the Bears will need to a lot of games as the hungry fans and rabid members begin their droning call for the heads of Lovie Smith and Jerry Angelo.

This is why it's fun to be a fan.  The weather has turned cold around the country and the Bears are playing meaningful, exciting football games in the month of November.  The stakes?  Meaningful, exciting football games in the month of December and beyond.

There will be no guessing.  No hypothetical opinions of the Chicago Bears after these next couple of ballgames.  The Bears are will play quality teams in an effort to prove they are a quality.  It will be decided on the field.  And I can't wait to watch.

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  • Exactly right. Gotta love football. The first thing on everybody's mind when the Bears are in the hunt.

  • Games like this... every SECOND counts.

  • Things like the THIRD phase (where we excel), take on a whole new meaning.

  • Every FOURTH and short is like deciding a death penalty case.

  • A FIFTH of vodka doesn't disorient like this kind of football.

  • Getting past Detroit and Philly, our SIXTH win will be oh so sweet.

  • You could even say, SEVENTH heaven.

  • I thought this analysis of Tampa and Josh Freeman was funny; sound familiar?
    "Look for QB Josh Freeman to roll out more in the coming weeks. The team believes a lot of Freeman’s interceptions are the result of throwing the ball off his back foot while backpedaling from oncoming pass rushers. One way to reduce the backpedaling is to have Freeman roll out and make throws on the run. By rolling Freeman out the Bucs can also take greater advantage of Freeman’s running ability."

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I am convinced that that paragraph is just cut and pasted into every article describing why a QB had a bad game...unless you are Rex Grossman, in which case the "Good/Bad Rex" is simply cut and pasted...

  • The colder it gets, the better our team will perform. The same is true for any run first team in the league, but especially ours. We have Matt Forte, Marion Barber, and Tyler Clutts, and our opponents do not. We have a formidable run blocking offensive line that must be utilized in a manner consistent with their strength. This is all about Mike Martz. We can be world beaters if he follows the formula.

    Win the time of possession battle.
    Win the field position battle.
    With this team I must add, eliminate PRE-SNAP PENALTIES.
    Win the football game.

    We have the ingredients.

  • In reply to Viva:

    I dont know about the getting better, and run first in the cold. Did you see that Pats game where we got torched time and again by their passing game? I remember too many games over the years where we were supposedly blessed with Bear weather, only to get badly burned by the other team.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Exactly Murph. It's like the Russians and the Mongols. The only people to ever beat Russia in war were the Mongols. Anyone who tried to fight Russia got beaten back by the cold climate. But it was an even more hostile climate in Mongolia, so Temuchin and his buddies kicked ass. We thought it was cool to play the Pats in the snow, forgetting that it's not exactly Floridian climes in New England ....
    I don't see how weather is an advantage to us against the Eagles.
    The Eagles can run it better than we can. Fact. They have the number one overall offense in the NFL. Fact. Eagles are the 12th best defense in overall yardage, Bears are 23rd. We have a better rush defense than them - but that's cancelled out by their #1 run game as advertised by the former #1 rush Defense in the Cowboys getting absolutely ripped.

    Net net? We need to win the penalties \ luck \ special teams battle.

    Pat Angerer has 90 tackles for the Colts. The nearest guy, Bowman off the Niners has 68, and Poz - the LB we couldn't be bothered signing, also has 68.

  • In reply to Viva:

    All but one. We're the 12th best run defense in the NFL going up against the #1 run offense. If we stack it up to stop the run, they have all the weapons to beat us deep. I think we lose this one away and have to hope we can beat Detroit - Detroit are more beatable than a resurgent Eagles team as they're more one-dimensional.

  • Words of wisdom by the late Al Davis:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fy8t3HYZp4&feature=related

  • I have to agree with Johnny from last thread... Irish, dude... what's up with the bipolar posts maing? Sometimes on the same thread?

    So are we going to be 10-6/11-5, or is vick going to chew us up and spit us out?

    Common mangs, sack the fuck up. Saca la leche caballero.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB for Pope? All absolution goes through your excellency. How many alms for an Irish pardon?

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Wow, I kinda like the sound of that Trac! Pope MB30Sd. Can you put in a good word for me with †ebus?

    Oh,a nd 5 hail marry's and a How's Your Father please Irish.

    Dominus santo, hesto presto, bim salabim... you are absolvoed of all your sins my son!

    (that's how it works in the 'real' world right Trac?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sorry MB, I think you've already been spoken for.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    lucifer?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ???

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    spoken for by lucifer?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Every man has an appointed hour. No one knows but the individual and God. I actually was razzin you but there is a serious answer to you question.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Send tebus over to have a chat with me trac.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I might be wrong, but is there a limit to how many sub-comments you can make? It looks like this exchange has maxed out chicagonow's conversation limit. What a wonderful website.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    that is correct NB. Want to add anything?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Eagles win methinks. We can't win 'em all, and after the Packers it's probably our hardest game. People shouldn't judge them on their early season form in the same way people shouldn't judge us on ours. There.

  • oh, and that picture of fatboy is kinda scary. It looks like he wants to eat me.

  • I'm looking for old-fashioned Bear football:
    - football where witnesses are awed by ursine ferocity
    - football where our warriors refuse to give up
    - football where discipline and thinking rule
    - football where opponents fear to take the field

    I'm looking for victories:
    - victories on the line of scrimmage
    - victories of ball carrier versus tackler
    - victories taking the ball from the man that would advance it
    - victories on returns and kicks

    But in the end, I'd settle. Settle for more points on the board at game's end.

    BEAR DOWN!

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Ursine ferocity. Yes.

  • "Win both and the Bears will be considered the number one contender to the NFC Championship crown."

    Say what? Even though they will, most likely, still be 2 games and a head-to-head loss behind the Packers?

    And I don't care to look too far down the road and , as far as I''m concerned, any thing beyond this week is too far.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    That comment threw me for a loop at first too, Al. Contender is the operative word.

  • In reply to Viva:

    I still don't quie see the Bears as "#1" contender even at 6-3.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Who is your pick?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    How can you pick one at this point?

    The Giants tried to gack it up against the Fins.

    The Saints DID gack it up to the Rams.

    Dallas fails to even show up on Sunday night.

    The Eagles finally look like gangbusters but are only 3-4.

    Detroit needs trip to Denver to correct a 2-game skid at home.

    WAY too early to label anybody a #1 contender.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    The Pack are the champs, and we represent their biggest challenge...hence, we are the #1 contender.

  • In reply to Viva:

    We really need to punch Philly in the mouth - they are the media darlings this week. And I quote from at least two different AM guys today "When the Eagles play like they played Dallas, they can challenge any team in the NFL, even Green Bay."

    And if Detroit gets another win, it'll be right back to them being the media darlings. Except I think if we beat them, it'll just be fuel on the fire of a "grudge match" in the playoffs.

    That would be a crazy playoffs though... Bears and Lions in the two wildcard spots. One of us takes out San Fran, the other takes out Philly or NY. Then its a game against New Orleans away from the second all NFC North title game in a row.

  • Have you heard all the excuse-making and rationalizing the "experts" have been spitting out on behalf of one of their "pet" QBs, Mr. Philip Rivers? They range from "A Great QB having an off year" to "Well, Gates & Jackson are hurting and he's not getting a lot of help from Floyd or Mathews, yada, yada yada...".

    Pass the barf bag, please.

    God forbid Cutler throws 2 picks and fumbles a snap to piss a game away with a minute to play. Those same apologists for Rivers would be at Halas Hall the next day with a cross, a hammer and a box of dull nails.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    +1 this also reminds me of what they do with Tebow. Anything Tebow does is forgiveable but when JC throws a single "INT" in a game ( I put that in quotes because the "INT" bounces off of BOTH HANDS of his intended receiver every other time) the media picks him apart. I'd rather have a solid QB than a media darling. Let's see a win in the Landfill-ala-delphia Monday.

    Chris

  • In reply to irootedforjayin09:

    I agree. All the "experts" are now Rivers apologists. It's an "anomaly" when Rivers has bad games, but when Cutler has them, it's lack of leadership, mechanics, etc....

    HOWEVER, in the past 3 years, Rivers' QB Rating has been over 100; his TD to int ratio has at least been 2-1; he has thrown for over 4,000 yds in ea of those seasons.

    When Cutler gets those numbers (mainly due to being in the same system, having some weapons, but more vitally, protection), then maybe we'll see the analysts talk about Jay like Rivers.

    Then again, Jay could have 5,000 yds passing and still rub journalist the wrong way.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Word. Love fest and aw-poor-baby stories on Rivers, Manning last eyar, but when Jay pulls a face he's a washout loser.

  • In reply to irootedforjayin09:

    hi chris.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    lol hey MB

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Attaboy MB. It's nice to be nice.

  • In reply to irootedforjayin09:

    Come now, that's not true. I think most people just want to see if the guy can sink or swim without the attacks on his faith. The guy definitely has a long way to go as an NFL QB. From what I've seen so far I still say Orton should be the man.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    If my rosters weren't so chockablock full of receiving talent, I'd be stashing Orton on there now.

  • Big Daddy - saw your comment on the last thread.
    It's going to be an interesting FFL weekend; we have enough common players between the two leagues that it's going to be tough to keep track of who I'm rooting for at any given moment.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I still have absolutely no idee how my teams are doing well. The last few weeks I've been gifted some wins.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    I had an absolute perfect storm of garbage this week. Drew Breese, Wes Welker together were under 20 points. Wow.

    Up till this week I was 3-3-1 and had scored the most points in the league by 30+ (not in small part due to two losses by exactly two points). Any given Sunday I guess.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Yup, that's how I got my only loss, to Artoo no less! (where's he been anyways?)

    Mia defenders just give up and give Holmes like a 40 yd TD catch.

    Marshall can't stay in bounds and walk into the endzone coupled with Hillis sitting his ass down cuz of strep throat, I lose by 7 FF points.

    Thems are the breaks.

    GP and MBP are in a dead heat with BD making a strong push in Da Bears Blog II

    Outta be an interesting FF stretch.

  • What the Walrus is thinking in that picture: "No, you pay me for a mustache ride."

  • In reply to Crown:

    eeeewwwwwww

  • Just read that SD will have 10 days to prepare for the Bears game. The NFL schedule makers really wanted to fuck us this year. Payback for all the "luck" last year. FUCKERS!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    SD sucks this year Canada - I think norv was crying at his presser last night. We'll crush them at home in the cold. San Diegans are pussies when it comes to the cold... trust me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Even Tolbert is banged up now. Floyd and V-Jack have zero stats. WTF is going on with Rivers?

  • That picture gives me the willys. Now I know the last thing that a hot dog sees...

  • I know you meant to use the plural "hot dogs".

  • brilliant... you too MBP

  • One game at a time gentlemen. (not to be confused with a show starring Valerie Bertinelli.. my buddy went as Schneider one year for halloween. Great costume!) Anyways Bears need to step it up against the Eagles and keep this streak alive!

  • My lady and I had the best football related costume of the year. I was your basic ref wearing the white and black zebra stripes. She wore a cardboard box with black curtains around it. Any time there needed to be a "review," I just popped under the hood to see if the call would stand or be reversed. FIRST DOWNNNN!!!!!

  • In reply to Crown:

    ahhh, young love.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Crown...first down? wtf more like TOUCHDOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ..............tee hee hee

  • In reply to Crown:

    no one asked the most important question... where was the box strategically placed crown? top-front, bottom-front, or bottom-back?

  • ok, so take a pull through these and let me know what you guys think: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1110/nfl-cheerleaders-week-8-halloween/content.1.html

    The one word that comes to mind is simply: BUTTER.

    Yikes man.

  • I thought you guys might find this interesting... Personally, I couldn't resist: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/podcasts/peter_king/listenlive.player.html?file=http://ht.cdn.turner.com/si/peter_king/audio/2011/11/01/110111.king_leaf.mp3

    btw, nice intro peter you bitchtoilet.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Does anyone remember when Sports Ilustrated had people like Don Yeager around. Now THAT is a sports writer.

  • In reply to irootedforjayin09:

    Yaeger, really need edit comment feature...

  • This is why I have always wanted to get Anquan Boldin...

    "Trailing 24-6 at halftime, the Ravens were booed off their home field, and deservedly so. At the half, Anquan Boldin told the ineffective Joe Flacco he had a favorable matchup on the outside, to the left of the offensive formation. "Come to me,'' Boldin said. Flacco knew this wasn't just Ochocinco-like bravado. And so on the first series of the quarter, he found Boldin for 37, then later threw to him when Boldin drew an interference call in the end zone. That led to one touchdown. On the third series of the quarter, Flacco targeted Boldin seven times, completing four for 80 yards; Boldin drew another interference call, leading to another short Ray Rice score.

    "The thing with Q,'' said Flacco afterward, "is that he might look covered, but he's physical enough to win some battles -- and I can throw back-shoulder to him too. I just had to get the ball to our playmakers.''

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/10/31/Week8/index.html#ixzz1cUQeOFvr"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB..they would call that a #1 WR....but remember,,.............................wait for it...wait for it.... "We are all set" FUCK YOU GLITCHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    You forgot, "We like the group we've got"

  • or my favorite from LDL.."we have a lot of football left, It's one game"..."This is a good football team"

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    "We feel good about the guys here, we're going into the third quarter, we'll take it from there ..."

  • Sac1BF...sheite how the hell could I have forgot that famous quote! hahahahahahahahahaha

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    "Stability is very important".
    Quoted by none other than Lovie himself.
    Ya think?

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Lovie knows his kayaks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    JA made a good offer to the Cards for Boldin... and if I am not mistaken, they got less from Baltimore a year later.

  • In reply to Viva:

    as you know viva... life is all about timing. A lot of luck... and really really good timing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Timing and attitude

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    but think about it... if Anquan can lift the ravens almost single-handedly from 18 down with that shitbird flacco at the helm... can you even imagine what he would do for Jay?

    I know I've posted this a few times already, but just for effect: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cmpGqqhGvk

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Why do these things always have such gawd-AWFUL sound tracks? Thank all the gods for the mute button!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Flacco needs to be told to pass the ball to Boldin. On the Ravens. Jebus.

  • Here is a video featuring how the Giants fans have been honoring the Eagle's legacy, study closely, only slightly NSFW, I think there is one cusword and a very slight bad moment, but funny!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnjICbC6MtU

  • I'd like to thank @NotJayCutler for posting this on Twitter:

    http://gif.bz/images/cutlering.gif

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    niiiiiiiiccceeeeeee.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aiAdL8yy1Q

  • Well, now we know what keeps our fearless leader (sorry, Jeff) refreshed on his bye weeks...

    "@KristinCav Kristin Cavallari
    Just had an amazing spa day with @jaycutler6 now time to carve pumpkins and make tacos. What a perfect day ☺"

    T-minus and counting until there's a mini-Jay in the oven.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    And don't ask me what I was doing reading that reality chick's twitter feed.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    jesus, go see a doctor NOW... an eye doctor.

    Can you only fucking imagine how fucking embarrassed jay is? I can't even imagine my wife posting shit like that to the entire world.

    My god, can't $48M buy your girl friend a fucking PR watchdog?

    Jesus.

  • these teams lost to the eagles this year
    washington --dallas---st. louis
    wash. ran 12 times and passed 22
    dallas ran 9 times and passed 35
    st. louis ran 22 times and passed 30

    these teams beat the eagles this year
    buffalo--n.y. giants---san fran----atlanta
    buffalo ran 28 times and passed 27
    n.y. ran 22 times and passed 23
    san fran ran 24 times and passed 33
    atl.ran 24 times and passed 28

    the eagles have been gashed for 100 + yds 3 times
    2 times they have given up 90+ yds to a back and 85 yds one other game
    the only team that did not run well on them was wash

    i watched alot of there game tapes and they do not tackle well on the outside
    if martz is smart he will give the eagles a steady dose of forte -and barber --led by linemen and clutts
    seal off the ends and mine the outside
    once into the secondary the corners stand aside and let their safeties take the punishment
    some stiff downfeild blocking by our recievers will nulify the corners and maybe clutts can pick off a safety or 2 for some big runs

    play action and also screens have worked well against the eagle D
    once again as much as I was able to see
    they do not like contact
    they use the sideline alot to stop ballcarriers

    a balanced attack will rule the day
    mcoy is quick and fast
    but, he was the benefit of some bad gap coverage
    everybody followed vick and he was walking through some canyon size holes on the back side for some big gains

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Yup. We need to run it a lot and hope that we somehow catch some breaks on defense with Urlacher and Moore doing their thing with a touch of pokery-jiggery from Peanut.

  • Condolences to Eric Kramer.

    http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2011-11-01/california-high-school-football-player-son-of-nfl-veteran-eric-kramer-found-dead

  • So if running the ball outside is the way to beat the Eagles then Mad Martz will run Matt into the middle of the line the first two downs, then have Jay drop back seven steps on 3rd and long. Either that, or he will call 50+ five and seven step drops and 12 runs.

    I'm really beginning to take a serious dislike to our offensive genius.

  • In reply to MikeV in OR:

    Perhaps it would be best to see what happens first

  • In reply to MikeV in OR:

    Yes, I've said this before. Martz must go. He is a serious dead end for our O.

  • As important as these next two games are, to me, almost nothing is as important as getting Forte squared away as a Chicago Bear for life. With the "spurts" now claiming inside knowledge of the Bears making a decision to franchise Matt in 11 & 12, I have to make yet one more conscious decision to overlook the damning effects of F.A.

    Melissa Isaacson has some great quotes from Anthony Adams on this:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4673157/a-reason-to-rally

    There was a day - and in my opinion far better ones in a lot of ways - when being part of the team you were drafted to mattered. Comradarie, loyalty, and production came with that. But if the Bears don't get Forte a contract, and instead franchise him, it will be one more reminder that even the face of the franchise is expendable if you can get someone cheaper.

    It's all about the turnstyle-strategy of "win-it-this-year-or-else", and in my opinion, it's bullshit, and it dillutes the game overall. I actually was naive enough to believe that the McCaskey's would take care of their own, especially a running back like Forte, who couldn't be more of what they like in a player.

    Apparently, I'm just another idealistic idiot that happens to be a Bears fan.

    PAY HIM, Jerry. Do something right for once. It's rdiculous that you are even thinking about it this long.

    Get.
    It.
    Done.

  • i happen to love your idealism
    no need to change and become one of the
    knuckle dragin' creeps who have no self respect

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