San Diego Chargers at Chicago Bears Game Preview

San Diego Chargers at Chicago Bears Game Preview

Norv Turner’s San Diego Chargers come to Soldier Field Sunday desperate to salvage what is left of their season. They’ll meet a Chicago Bears team riding a four-game win streak and on a grand emotional high. Can the Bears make it five straight? I think so.

WHY DO I LIKE THE CHICAGO BEARS THIS WEEK?

  • I always like the Chicago Bears.
  • The Bears front can wreak havoc on the Chargers offensive line, forcing Phil Rivers into the bad decisions that have defined their season to this point. Rivers seems to put half a dozen balls up for grabs each week and the Bears secondary seems to be finding their takeaway spirit. What the Bears can’t do is sit comfortably off the receivers and allow Rivers to develop his own rhythm.
  • I watched the Raiders’ Michael Bush run almost rampant through the Chargers defense. Matt Forte struggled to find holes against the Lions (not his fault) but I don’t see him having back-to-back poor efforts in 2011.  He goes well over 100 yards Sunday.
  • I do think the Bears must be wary of Antonio Gates ruining the game on them. Gates has not been able to stay consistently healthy but when he’s out on the field he’s still one of the best tight ends around. LoveRod looks like they’ve fixed the deep threat situation as the tandem of Conte/Wright have allowed a single passing TD but Rivers is more than capable of finding Gates behind the linebackers.
  • The Chargers have notoriously bad special teams. Notoriously bad. And the Bears continue to be the best special teams units in the league. I can’t imagine Norv will kick the ball to Devin Hester but then again I can’t imagine half the things Norv does prior to his doing them.
  • It’ll be interesting to see how defenses approach Earl Bennett moving forward. Over the last two ballgames, Bennett has clearly emerged as Jay Cutler’s primary target, living in the middle of the field. Once Bennett begins pulling the opponent’s number one corner on a consistent basis, I expect the field to open wide for Knox, Roy and whomever else the Bears line up out wide.
  • I’m not getting worried yet but I’m not in love with Adam Podlesh’s inconsistent distance on punts or Robbie Gould all of a sudden becoming a 75/25 proposition on field goals between 40-45 yards. Clean it up, fellas.
  • If I recall correctly, Cutler and Rivers did not care for each other when they were divisional opponents. I am waiting for Jay to put up one of those 400 yard efforts. It’s going to happen. Will it be this Sunday in front of his old pal?
  • The two guys in the Chargers secondary that stand out to me are corner Quentin Jammer and Eric “Have You Seen how Much I Get Paid” Weddle.  Jammer wants the ball and often sells out in order to get his hands on it.  Weddle is having a terrific year, justifying his huge money contract, but I maintain he can be attacked over the top. The Bears have to test both these guys by allowing one of our speedy receivers to stretch the field. Go max protect, give Cutty a pocket and chuck the thing a million yards to either Hester or Knox. See what happens.
  • What is also strange about the Chargers is I’ve seen every snap of their games against the Jets, Chiefs and Raiders and I don’t get it. They looked like a Super Bowl contender for the first two quarters against the Jets and like the worst team in the league for the last two quarters.  Rivers was taking a snap to center the ball for a game-winning field goal against the Chiefs. A win that would have proven a nice tonic for the Jets loss and possibly stabilized their season. But of course he fumbled it and the Chiefs won. And against the Raiders, SD couldn’t stop the run and let receivers run free in their secondary. I have a feeling the Chargers will have a new head coach in 2012 and that guy is going to add toughness.
  • I don’t see the Bears falling into the letdown game trap. I wrote last week that I believed that everything in Bears universe seemed to be leading up to the Detroit rematch and the team was unmistakably amped. Now after a dominant victory they face a non-conference opponent and the prevailing wisdom in the gambling world is the Bears might not have the required energy level. If this game were in San Diego, I’d be worried. But I don’t think the Soldier Field will allow any dip in energy from this Bears team.

Chicago Bears 33, San Diego Chargers 20   

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  • First!

  • I second everything Jefe. Im just worried about a trap game. Chargers coming off bad losses, and Bears coming off great wins. I dont like the recipe for this game. I do believe however that Soldier Field will keep the boys on their toys.

  • third, you see how I done did that

  • No trap game here. The Chargers haven't beaten anybody halfway decent. Rivers is putting it up for grabs ... they just lost their left tackle and guard. Michael Bush put up 237 yards total on their D. The only thing that worries me is that Rivers is going to be putting up bricks. Floyd likely won't be playing, so that's one Harlem Globetrotter we don't need to be worrying about, but V-Jack and Gates can get up there well enough, and Vincent Browne can get far enough behind corners that he doesn't have to worry about jump balls.

    And who's playing left guard? Is Carimi back? Can he go back to right tackle and Louis slot in at LG ? Or do we want EW in at LG and Louis to stay at RT?

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    EW will start at LG.

  • Even with the defensive disasters early in the season, plus garbage scores in (off the top of my head) the CAR, MIN, TB, PHI, and (2nd) DET games... the defense still manages to rank 6th in the league in net points:

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2011/11/bears_defense_no_6_in_nfl_in_n.html

    This is good stuff gentlemen.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Now if only we could get that pesky offense some yards in the air this weekend that would be great, would it not?

  • Also I wouldn't put too much stock into the FG problem. Robbie did go 3/4 on Sunday, but remember it was windy... hahaha.

    You know, if the "wind" (reportedly 20mph with gusts BTW) gives the Bears D 4 picks including 2 for scores, and the price is just Gould becoming a 75% proposition... I'll take that any day. But keep it in perspective, Robbie is 20/22 on the season meaning he's only had one other miss so far, and that was in Wembley. I don't think he deserves your ire just yet, Jeffe.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    I was going to post the same thing. Overall Podlesh is much better than Maynard. Not worried about that part of the team.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Yup. Podlesh for Maynard, another good move by Angelo and gang this year (I'm just waiting for MBs head to explode)

    Also, Graham is playing like a man possessed on SP teams. I read somewhere that Toub was pissed that he didn't make the pro-bowl last year and really wants him to go this year.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    POP!

  • We're playing SD this week? Da Bears are going undefeated again this week. Ditka 63, Chargers 0.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Little Ditkas?

    http://youtu.be/9P_PhqAGdYs

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4673575/hester-honored-by-payton-mj-comparisons?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Sounds like someone was high lol

  • Sounds like San Diego is going to be missing at least two and maybe three starters on their O-line this week.

    Peppers is going to destroy Rivers.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Gotta agree. As long as the team is amped up to play Sunday it should be a W.

  • And an old guitar is all he can afford
    When he gets up under the lights to play his thing

  • My questions looking forward to this game.

    1) Peppers' big games always include another star on the D-line. Who will step up this week? Izzy?

    2) Is this the week Martz tries to push back and test the heavy passing game again?

    3) Is anybody other than Bennett going to catch more than one pass? Is anybody other than Forte going to step up as our #2 reciever?

    4) Marion Barber did a decent job finishing the game last week. Will we give him another chance to pound the ball and rest Forte's body?

    5) After a week with the first team, how will Edwin Williams look at guard?

    6) Does Hester get another record this week? One more TD return and he ties D Sanders for the most career non-offense touchdowns scored.

    The Chargers are a dangerous team, so I want the Bears to put their best on the field. But I'm looking past the AFC to the late season showdown with the Packers and the playoffs after that. We still need to get a more complete offense on the field - multiple WR threats, two solid RB threats, consistent O-line. These 4 teams are the week to figure out what we can do. That doesn't mean 7 step drops all day long, but it does mean finding out who the starters are going to be in January.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Let's hope the Bears don't look past any of these AFC West games. We need them all.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    and we shall have them dave... we shall have them!

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    1) Melton and Izzy must step up, with some cameos by Paea and Okoye. Rivers is still very dangerous - he put up about 35 on the Pack - and while many think their D is crap, when it wants to win, it's not. They've allowed about the same amounts of points as our D this season mostly playing prevent D.

    2) Martz probably saw that Chargers-Pack game and got a boner. Hopefully, he takes a cold shower.

    3) The Lion's D figured us out. Sorry boys, but it's true. They stacked the box, took away Forte, and challenged Cutler to beat them. And before Hester and the turnover fest, it worked. Expect the Chargers to stack the box and, if they're smart, double Bennett. That would mean that a hobbled Hester, hot-cold Knox, jeckle-hyde Roy, or even Sanzen (remember him?) will have to step up. This could be a big day for our TEs too who can slip out of the 8man front.

    4) I'm actually more worried about keeping Marion fresher! He is a little older and has taken and given beatings for longer. I actually want to see a little bit more of our 3rd HB Bell - he did pretty good in pre-season. Other teams use 3 rbs, why not us?

    5) Ed Williams...luckily for us, he plays LG, which means Garza will be helping him a lot. However, Illinois grad Corey Liuget is a monster. I didn't think he would be that good in a 3-4, but he's a disrupter. Gotta make sure he doesn't just bull-doze that middle.

    6) Will the Chargers be stupid enough to kick it to Devin? The answer is "yes". It's not that they'll do it intentionally, they're sp teams is just horrible enough to actually try to kick it out of bounds, but instead kick it right down the middle.

    If the Windy City Flyer performed that well with a bum ankle and strep throat (yes, Hester ALSO had strep throat last week.. Hear that you ass hat Hillis?!), expect a big game from him or our offense starting around the 40.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Not trying to be an ass (some would say I don't need to try) but your #3 is pretty flawed. Detroit dared us to throw on a windy day with a big lead. The Bears said no thank you. In your scenario they have 8 in the box and two guys on Bennett. If we send 3 guys out, 2 guys not named Bennett on hot reads, somebody is not being covered.

    I think SD will put 8 in the box and the Bears make them pay. Can't wait until Sunday.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Ha ha, how dare you question my logic! j/k

    I should clarify my #3

    Stack the box on early downs.

    Then on 3rd and medium-longs, double Bennett.

    I think that's what I would if I were SD or any team for that matter.

    Make Roy, Sanzen, Knox, Hester beat you.

    Cutler didn't kill us Sunday , which I think is a huge progression not just for him, but Martz.

    However, I'd like to see us regain some sort of O rhythm again.

    But I still think the book on us is: stack the box, rattle Cutler early with blitzes, jam the WRs.

    Until Cutler starts hitting some deep routes (See Ben Roethlisburger and Mike Wallace highlights), I don't see that changing.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Agree with that. I still think we get the W.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I think we're going to win too Canada, I don't think a veteran team like this who has been so disrespected for so long can suddenly feel entitled and begins loafing, esp with the Lions still technically ahead of the them, and the Pack undefeated.

    It's like Brady. He still remembers all the qbs chosen ahead of him to this day, and it fuels him. Somewhere in the Bears mind lies the clippings of ESPN, Dilfer, King, MJD, Vegas spread, last years loss to the Packers at home...

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Amen SC Dave!

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I thought Hester tied Deon last week, no? I have the google machine, but come on, why check it myself when I have you guys?

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    I referred to Pro Football reference (http://www.pro-football-reference.com/)

    Deion with 18 return TDs (6 punts, 3 KO, 9 int), appearing in 188 games over 14 seasons. I did not realize he played that long.

    Hester with 18 return TDs (12 punts, 5 KO, 1 missed FG), appearing in 85 games and is now in his sixth season.

    Looks rather likely that Devin will pass his idol. Hopefully Sunday afternoon :)

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    When you put it in context like that, it is absolutely staggering how good Devin has been.
    If being, by not just a large margin, but an incredible margin, the GOAT at your skill position is not enough for an automatic trip into Canton, then what did they build it for?

    He should break Deion's record in -easily- half the games.
    That is just amazing. And Deion was playing a far higher number of snaps on D than Devin has gotten on O and ST.

  • While we haven't seen a 400 yd game out Cutler yet... We haven't seen a 4 INT game out of him either. Both are due.

    If we can take care of the ball on offense, kick a few field goals, maybe a TD or two... I think this is ours.

    One pick 6 or 3+ INTs and I think we're toast.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I have been waiting for a packer fan to say that lol

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I no longer expect a Cutler 4int game.

    Wow, did I just say that?

    On the flip side, I hope he doesn't rack up 400 yds passing cuz that would mean our D has allowed 30 points to be put up, and that would worry me more that Cutler's stats would elate me.

  • 1. Hand the rock to the MVP with a little sweet gravy of a barbarian.

    2.Peppy makes Rivers go down and Lach gets another pic.

    3.Hes.....get the wheel taken care of and run it down the proverbial throat.

    4. Earl the Pearl..what can you say "Go get some"

    5.toy roy HOLD ON TO THE FING BALL and watch Cutty find you deep.

    6. Cutty becomes the leader we know by expressing to Rivers by saying "To the last, I will grapple with thee... from Hell's heart, I stab at thee! For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee! " after throwing for over 400 and MVP get over 100 rushing.

  • time for our four horsemen to go get some:

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8242fa96/article/season-ends-for-previously-concussed-chargers-lg-dielman

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Holy cow those guys are injury depleted! Our D line should have a field day! Once again I cant wait till Sunday!!

  • Damn... from bad to worse for those guys:

    @claytonESPN: The Chargers practiced Wed minus four offensive linemen _ Marcus McNeill, Marcus Gilchrist, G Tyronne Green, Kris Dielman

    and...

    8 #Chargers were held out of practice, including DT Antonio Garay (hip) the former #Bears player. Yes, Tommie Harris practiced.

    Finally there's this... is this guy fucking kidding?!?!?!? When's the last time you even played in a fucking NFL game asshat?

    BradBiggs about 1 hours ago Lions backup QB Shaun Hill doesn't buy DJ Moore's comments about play that sparked the brawl Sunday when Matthew Stafford dragged him down

    BradBiggs about 1 hours ago Hill: "He got his feelings hurt that he got dish-ragged by a quarterback."

    seriously dude... wtf?!?!?

  • Hub Arkish was the studio guest on B&B Score last night and then later in the night he did his own show, but I didn't catch much of that.

    Hub took Roy Williams to the woodshed. Short of mentioning his clown feet, he openly mocked his lack of coordination and lack of physical play. Saying that the film shows it's even worse than you see on television - he isn't run blocking, he's loafing, and he's laughing at the coaches when they yell at him.

    Hub basically said Roy cashed that 30M from the Cowboys and now it's all just gravy for him, he's completely lost the feel of the game, and doesn't care anymore.

    If what Hub sees on game film (and we don't have any of this, thanks NFL) is true, then bench the fuck or just waive him. Go with Knox, Hurd and Bennett in the slot, with Sonzomashup rotating in for Bennett and doing alot of 2TE sets. I'd rather see that with Clutts lining up to bash some LB's face in then see Roy dog it down the field again.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Good post, GP. I, like most here, have been decrying this acquisition from the outset. He sucks. Period. And here's a question that might drag me too deeply into nebulous land, but I'll ask it anyway...

    Do you think this is a character issue? I mean, if a guy CAN do it, but won't, yet still cash the check, what does it say about him? Isn't this kinda like that worthless V.P. in some office who just wanders the halls trying to look busy and important when everyone knows he's sandbagging it?

  • In reply to Sdwat52:

    Character issues SD???? Naaaaaaaa...

    Roy Williams wants to get back the ring he mailed to girlfriend

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Roy-Williams-wants-to-get-back-the-ring-he-maile?urn=nfl-wp3160

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Cripes. I rest my case. Read the very last line in this piece - is he talking about all of us here?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/11/17/earl-bennett-is-committed-to-his-orange-shoes/

  • In reply to Sdwat52:

    was just about to post that story SD. The fucking NFL is ridiculous. Morons.

  • In reply to Sdwat52:

    Absurd. But Earl should save his money.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    don't you mean save Jay's money? Except that Jay has a scrooge mcduck pile of money that he swims in at night so my advice is don't worry about 5k or 10k that they cough up. It's like you coughing up 80.00

  • Since the money goes to charity anyway, I like to think of it as a good deed by Cutty and Earl.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I know athletes are superstitious, but damn, a good way to break a habit is to charge a person 10k every time they do it.

    You wanna buy a smoke? that'll be $5,000 for the first pack, $10,000 for the second...

  • In reply to Sdwat52:

    I wouldn't say most of us. There were quite a few, including the Blogfader, who thought he was a serious upgrade.

    I have always thought he was a douche and a wasted roster spot.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Okay, so we were a vocal minority, Occupying Williams' locker.

  • In reply to Sdwat52:

    Hub said it was a character issue, plain and simple. He said that in the booth, the sportswriters laugh at him and the way his feet always seemed tangled when he gets the rock.

    That, according to Hub, is just conditioning and effort. And neither have shown up with Roy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    100 fucking %

    Fuck that douche... dude looks like a newborn giraffe in clownshoes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VygGuMyM3Jw

    Earl
    Knox
    Hurd
    Sanzen/Hester
    Spaeth/Davis

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Is it too late for T.O. or Moss?

    As long as Roy catches it and gives the Ds something to think about, I'm ok with him.

    But if he's loafing it, well, the Bears brain trust are caught in dilemma.

    They hate loafing - so much so that they keep count of it. They release Roy to send a message, but then this would mean that they would have to admit that they fucked up. It takes years for Angelo, Lovie and Martz to admit they fucked up, if at all.

  • The spawn of Briggs:

    http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-11-15/Pilot-Season-Week-7-Seraph-book-wields-biblical-power/51221172/1

  • In reply to Sdwat52:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45143935/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/t/seattle-superhero-phoenix-jones-loses-day-job-after-arrest/

  • check out the front page graphic: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/?eref=sinav&sct=hp_nv_a

    Beautiful isn't it shawn hill?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Did you catch Banks' announcement in that piece that he's coming to Chicago to cover the game personally this week?

    I swear, if he opens an account here on the blog and starts posting........

  • In reply to Sdwat52:

    Damn it... who's going to the game this week? Anyone?

    Can someone please make their way down to where he sits and throw a very full, unopened can of old style at his fucking head?

    Anyone?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snhiofL2Rh4

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I understand the sentiment, MB, but can anything by Don Banks be considered beautiful?

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/16/monkey-attack-brazillian-zoo_n_1098174.html?ref=green

    Monkeys are mean Johnny.

  • I'm going this week but I'm not risking losing my season tickets over that guy.

    I must say though that Banks wrote this week what I'm sure a lot of national writers think about the Bears - everytime they are picked to do well (SB prediction from Peter King when they got Cutler) they bomb. And then when THAT looks like the norm, they roar back.

    Is this a trap game? Yes - it fits the definition. And that is why I think they will rise up and dominate again. The defense has a swagger and the Cutler / Rivers "feud" may be enough motivation for them to show who now has the better QB.

    The only fear I have is Martz. I wouldn't mind seeing more passing but it has to be in the context fo a balanced game plan. And PLEASE no wildcat!!

    Hester will have his chances. I think he is one away from tying the record for return TDs of any kind. I think he gets that record this year.

    And I suspect Roy has one more game before Lovie takes control and sits him. I hoped he'd have somethign to prove this year - but it looks like all he is proving is he's a jerk.

    So long as I'm typing: Not sure Pod is an upgrade. I suspect we'll draft a punter low next year. And I hope Cutler tries to get other receivers involved.

  • In reply to BillW:

    If you don't count the missed field goal, he needs one to tie Deion Sanders. But I count it.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Not to mention the SB run back.

    I don't know why they don't count that.

    Shouldn't that count as 10?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Hester has the most punt returns for a TD (12) and the most combined punt/kickoff returns for a TD (17). He has 18 "non-offensive" TDs (that stat includes the FG return), and is one away from tying Deion Sanders at 19. He's further back on kickoff returns, with 5 TDs against a NFL record of 8.

  • If you guys don't read Gregg Easterbrook's Tuesday Morning QB column on ESPN.com, you are missing a very entertaining and at times insightful piece of writing. He also is going to the Bears game this week. He has no column next week - he says it's his bye week, where he rests up and then scouts himself on grammer usage etc.

    And if that doesnt' interest you, he does a "Cheerleader of the Week" item also.

  • In reply to BillW:

    link

  • would you guys rather have the Lions win or the Packers win on thanksgiving. I say Lions because we are shooting for a superbowl win not just make the playoffs.

  • In reply to Sean:

    Packers, of course.

    We want the calls for a perfect season to start - right about now. Nothing sells like watching Shula and those ancient fucks worrying about some fictional record without any context fall.

    And then, we ruin it for them. At Lambeau.

    No better script than that one.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    At first GP I wanted the Pussy's to win just to fuck FuckDodgers..but as I thought more about it..yeah let the fudgepeckers go 16/0 and IMPLODE in LAMEFUCK FIELD with us taking the Halas Trophy.

    And then have Lach do the belt sheite that fuckdodgers does just to piss in their Wheaties...no wait after we win the NFC Championship have all 53 players go to the big "G" and piss on their logo or take a dump..either works for me.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    that's a tough one sean

    That's like asking

    "Which would you prefer - Tyson punching you in the face, or me kicking you in the nads?"

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Nads hurt too much.. As long as Tyson sings with me I can take it

  • In reply to Sean:

    Unless you think Suh is going to crack Rodgers head open, thus putting the Packers in a massive death spiral...you have to root for the Packers or a tie.

    I want to see us putting the Lions in the rearview mirror every step of the way until we're in the playoffs and they are not.

    That is, unless you think they are LESS dangerous than any other possible wildcard team.

  • oh and whats the point of us wanting injuries from the Chargers they suck.

  • The cartoon is awesome.... because it's true

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/11/16/fiorecontag.DTL

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP......funny but as you said...........true

  • I'm ready to Bear down here in Indianapolis where every Colts fan seems to be ready to jump ship this season. Can't blame them...
    and PS: As an official sponsor of Dabearsblog I must suggest you order your Chicago Bear crispie treats for the big game {shameless plug}
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=104612776305946&set=a.104612556305968.4775.100002716724420&type=3&theater

  • Those things are awesome by the way. I wish they were kosher.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    They are whatever you want them to be...made with love, no calories!

  • Anyone else counting down till Tebus Tonight?

    I would LOVE it if the Broncos came out in a spread formation and threw it 50 times...in a Newtonian Universe, this would happen.

    I'm curious to see how Sanchez reacts to Rex's "That's the stupidest call in the history of football ever" last week when the Pats took their souls and crushed it.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    jets are going to rape tebus man. it's going to be ugly.

    It's like the wildcat... the first... and maybe second time you run it in a game dudes are running into each other and shitting the bed. After you game plan for it, they're fucked.

    They will get fucked tonight. Rex has his boys frothed up over getting the beatdown from an average pats team.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm calling it now MB, I think the Jets are gonna play some 46 D.

    When you got Revis and they have a "QB" who completed 2 passes the week prior, why the hell not?

    Also, we're going to see Plax catch a few TDs over defenders and shake our heads...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    As terrible as I -think- Tebus is...(and who coined that btw? It's everywhere now)...I think he is going to put some points on the board tonight. I just feel like the Jets are not going to come into this game with their heads straight and they are on a short week. They have to adjust to the Broncos, not the other way around.

    I dunno - as objective as I try to be, I just have a weird feeling about this one.

  • Also, what is up with these damn fuzzy avatars!? I opened up a damn "gravatar" account just so I can put up cool avatars, then they come out all small and out of focus, WTF!

    One cannot truly appreciate Briggs laying out Megatron properly...

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    yeah, bad. I don't even remember what mine is 4... although I'm damn sure that it is Mike Brown kicking someones ass on the packers. Maybe rodgers.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't even bother. More stupid gnome design.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    If you notice on the right side of your screen, the pictures for the ads and other blogs are nice and clear...

    Jesus Jeff, tell them your readers are very unhappy about all this choppy code...

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Gnomes could give a fuck about us. I tried griping on the dev's blog. Of course, I wasn't too nice about it, but then again, I never am.

    Every browser shows about 2-5" of wasted grey space on the right side of the page. The white to grey looks like 60/40 to me on the style sheet, and that's fucking retarded. This site looks like your high school paper, when it was just that one nerd with Adobe Illustrator and it looked like shit.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think I got a Willie Gault starting lineup figurine on some fool's ugly brown plaid comforter.

    It's been so long, I can't even remember what the good version of CNow looked like...

  • holy shit: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/nfl/11/17/johnny.jolly.ap/index.html?sct=hp_t2_a8&eref=sihp

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    that's just ridicules.

    Jolly's not robbing any banks (although when banks rob people, that's not a crime, but "business") or killing anyone.

    Waste of tax-payer money.

    Codeine addiction, wth is that? The purple drank? Might as well lock up ppl who are addicted to Nyquill.

  • Dj hurt

  • In reply to Artoo:

    DJ Moore?

    How badly? Link plz...

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Biggsy twitter

    http://twitter.com/#!/bradbiggs

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Are we going to see Bowman? hmmm....

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Graham

  • I didn't know the Chargers lost Dielman.

    Rivers is a dead man

  • In reply to gpldan:

    They're down their LG (Dielman), their LT (McNeill) and their RG (Vasquez). Field day on Phil for the front four!

  • Bear Bust Gilbert looks to be trying the Melton Cheese late bloom approach. He's bulked up considerably and the Bengals put him on the active roster

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jarron_Gilbert

  • In reply to gpldan:

    wow...yo-yo?:

    On September 7, 2010, the New York Jets claimed Gilbert off of waivers.[7] Gilbert was assigned to the team's practice squad.[7] On October 27, 2010, Gilbert was promoted to the active roster.[8] Gilbert was waived by the team on November 18, 2010.[9] Gilbert resigned to the team's practice squad the following day.[10] Gilbert was waived on September 3, 2011.[11] He was re-signed to the practice squad on September 4, 2011.[12] Gilbert was released from the practice squad on November 9, 2011.[13]

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    He's like a pool noodle. You can try and keep him down, but he just keeps rising back up.

  • Just checked out Podlesh's stats. The net avg is the one that means the most to me. His is 39.9. Brad's highest ever with the Bears was 38.7. Last year Brad's net was 35.2. Not going to complain about Podlesh's stats.

  • The drank is strong with this one...

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/packers/story/2011-11-17/jolly-prison/51271542/1

  • In reply to gpldan:

    wow...six years really? wtf!

  • Throughout blog history, I had seen plenty of references to "blend your own bacon!"... Never knew where it came from...

    Perchance, is this some Epic Mealtime reference?

    I saw that shit for the first time this weekend, and I cannot get enough.

    If you don't know, find out... then you'll know.

    Smart.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    yes sir. Fed johnny that shit about 6 months ago baby.

    (fed, get it?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    too late...you got MB going....hahahahahahahahahahaha

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    bring out your bacon-cup...yes, that is a cup made out entirely of bacon...

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    You've been on this blog for three years by my count - and you JUSt found out about Epic Mealtime now??

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I know. I know. I know.

    To be honest, I still don't understand the unicorn candy mountain thing, either.

    I know. I know. I know.

    I might get banished or excommunicated.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Dude dont watch that stuff. It will ruin your view of disgustingly manly foods forever! It's like Supersize me but only instead of Mcdonalds its lasagna made out of chilli, bacon and burgers with Fourloko drizzled over it. After watching it you'll never want to eat another lasagna made from fast various foods again.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    don't get MB going WWG....lol

  • Daily Show ripped the fear boner gag off.

    Jon Oliver in segment one talks about his "joy boner"

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/thu-november-10-2011-adam-sandler

  • I'm scared about this game... only because, as fate has often had it, when I go to a rival house to watch the Bears play - they lose.

    I don't think the game is on TV in Slowmaha, but I'll find out tonight. I cannot go through another glitchy, pixelated, laggy streaming version of Sunday Ticket (which may have been programmed by Jimmy G).

    My buddy at work is a Charger fan because he lived in the OC for 8 months (Side note: Nebraskans are surprisingly arbitrary when they choose their NFL teams. Everyone and their godamn mother is a Lions fan now that Suh is there, and victory was oh so sweet. Fuck the Lions and the Huskers.)

    He's got the ticket, and I got an itch to not watch this game on bullshit streaming "HD" video.

    So, if it's going bad.. I'm leaving at halftime for the closest Buffalo Wild Wings.

    I apologize in advance.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    It's televised out here on the Least Coast, so you'll likely get it in Omaha.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'm bummed that I missed the 2nd Lions game in Omaha, but glad I wasn't at the bar there for the first one.
    The only thing worse than diehard Lions fans are the ones that hopped on the bandwagon the day Suh got drafted...and particularly in Nebraska.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Living in Cali I can attest to the horrible nature of the bandwagon fan. Where were all these niners fans in the past? What happened to all the Giants fans this year? They vannished! And no group is a bigger bunch of bandwagoners than the ladies. How obnoxious!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Couldn't agree more MBP. When I lived in Sioux City I used to go to the Zoo Bar for Blues shows. Before the Sat. shows I'd usually have bite to eat first. You'd run into those stupid Husker fans going totally ape shit after rolling over the Cedar Rapids Barber College or some other cream puff. Really a bunch of loud mouthed douchebags.

  • For some reason I can't hit reply. I think the FG return DOES count for total returns, but the SB one does not since it's in the post season. It's returns of any kind (punt, KO, missed FG, INT, fumbles.)

    Link to Easterbrook's column this week:
    http://espn.go.com/espn/page2/story/_/id/7235092/tmq-says-going-games-key-appreciating-football

  • In reply to BillW:

    The FG return counts for total returns but not as a kick return.
    So, yeah, you're right.

  • for you WWG:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuwY8U1AY7k

    and you too MB...lol

  • new thread ladies... you too lobo

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