Analyzing the Opener: Final Score All That Matters

Analyzing the Opener: Final Score All That Matters

The 2008 Chicago Bears struggled to defend throughout the preseason and on opening night - against the Indianapolis Colts - put on a road clinic and won 29-13. (Adewale Ogunleye looked like he was headed for Defensive Player of the Year honors.) The team finished 9-7 and out of the money. (Ogunleye did NOT win Defensive POY.)

The 2009 Chicago Bears lost to the Green Bay Packers on opening day. Doomsday! Season over! Raining frogs! The Bears subsequently won the next three games and it was hope! Love! Charity! All it took was a bye week for the season to fall apart. 7-9. Well out of the money.

The 2010 Chicago Bears opening day victory over the "lowly" Detroit Lions was overshadowed by a still-popular discussion of officiating. Calvin Johnson ridiculously laid the football to the turf after scoring the "game-winning touchdown" and the local media let us all know the Bears were opening their campaign with an asterisk. The Bears took it to heart. They went to the NFC Championship game.

2011 is fresh in all our minds but do you remember how it started? With an absolute Shermanesque shelling of Atlanta. The Bears dominated the Falcons at Soldier Field 30-12 and all was right with the world. It only took losing three of the next four games - often in glorious fashion - for the entirety of the Bears universe to forget the ecstasy of the opener.

Because we love the NFL. Because we love the Chicago Bears. Because we have all waited nine months to see the Bears play an official NFL game again we are all prone to analyze and over-analyze every snap of this week's opener against the Indianapolis Colts. We will place way-too-much emphasis on Shea McClellin's debut, Brian Urlacher's knee, Cutler's chemistry with the wide receivers and Evan Rodriguez' ability to fill the void at fullback. And the truth of the opener is this: the performance has almost no historical connection to the season's outcome.

The result absolutely does - especially in today's NFL. The Bears are playing at home. They are almost a double-digit favorite. They are facing a rookie quarterback. That rookie, while much ballyhooed, is leading the worst team in football a year ago. The Bears must win this game because they are the superior team but also because this is the deepest NFC in almost a decade.

And that is a point not to be understated. Eagles, Giants, Cowboys, Packers, Lions, Panthers, Niners, Panthers...etc. Not only can 9 or 10 of the sixteen conference sides make the postseason but 6 or 7 can actually make the Super Bowl. 10 wins may not be enough to earn the final wild card position, nevertheless top the league's best team (Green Bay) for the division title. I've always believed that the first half of the season is about accumulating victories. The second half of the season is about rounding into playoff form. Due to the talented rosters competing for those six tournament positions I would argue it is as true in 2012 as it ever has been.

The Bears must win Sunday. 3-0. 6-3. 31-0. 43-42 in OT. It does not matter. Style points in week one are the equivalent of good looks in high school. They're fun to have but when you're going through a second stint in AA after losing your third wife, the visible jaw bones in that yearbook photo become nothing more than a haunting reminder of what life could have been.

I can't top that sentence.

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  • First to say -

    Bears 48 - Colts 9

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    i'll take that action.

  • Ha! Great first.

  • Nice pic of Devin. Not sure what Indy's ST's are like now, let's hope Devin does his magic! Indy will score some points and their D will stop us at times. I'm thinking 27-13 Bears!

  • Are you turd nuggets ready for another Green and Gold year in the NFC North? How long until the Da Bears Blog delusional naivete is strangled to death this year? November? October? September 9th?

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Here, I'll feed you.

    Now go away - you're full.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    remember when the packers went 15-1 last year?

    i sure was pissed when they turned that regular season magic into postseason glory.

    oh. wait...

  • I got my Koozie in the mail today! Thanks, it looks better in person.

  • Jeff, I hope you still have "The Packer Dance" saved somewhere safe so you can post it next week... Or now. Whenever. Thanks, your loyal reader/commentor Shady.

    So you take your cheeeeese...

  • In reply to Shady:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FwR3PRk_M8

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Awesome. Been a long time since you gave us one of those, gp. Cool, mang.

  • In reply to Shady:

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHahahahahahah!

    Fucking gold... absolute fucking gold.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjvXxwvg8mc

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euojuzYtCDQ&feature=related

    The real reason the trade happened...

  • Bears 27
    Colts 17

    Colts get "lucky" with a few big gains in the passing attack...until Peppers dislocates Andrew Luck's Shoulder very similar to when he did it to Stafford a few seasons back.

    Cutty will control the offensive attack after our line starts protecting him after the first quarter. We'll get at least one field goal 1st quarter.though.

    Bears win.

    That's about the most complete prediction I'll ever give.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    First week of the season usually has some wacky special teams plays, I predict some this game.

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    I will be over analyzing everything that happens. The all 22 view will be broken down. Play calling will be second guessed. I will be evaluating the demeanor of those in attendance. Announcers will be chastised.

    Did I leave anything out? Waited to long to not dive into this with gusto.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    1) The second 'o' in 'too'. :-) Sorry, could not resist.
    2) Don't forget to over-analyze the performance of the referees.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    hee hee... that was funny dave.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    1. concession stands. will the food hold any appetite appeal when viewed in a fan's hand on television.

    2. soldier field sod. how does it hold up after week 1? do we start the calls for field turf already?

    3. audibles. how many does jay call, and how many of them lead to positive gains.

    4. Knoxcerceptions. This is a brand new stat that all of the major outlets will be tracking this year. It measures how many Cutler slant passes to Marshall/Jeffery would be interceptions had they been thrown to Johnny Knox instead.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    I propose a corollary statistic: Chuck Knoxes.

    This is the number of times, when getting chucked at the line of scrimmage by the corner in man to man, the receiver would have been pushed to the ground or fallen down if it was Johnny Knox.

    Usage:

    "Did you see Asomugha Chuck Knox Hester at the line? Hester still blew past him, though."

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I saw how you did that btw GP

    Very clever as usual: http://services.juniata.edu/news/articles/images/1295.jpg

  • 5 days...

  • ^ this

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Three

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Well, tomorrow it will be

  • do we have the money for this: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/football/nfl/09/04/bryant-mckinnie/index.html

  • Hmmmm...that "injured back" scares me a bit and the "struggles with weight" sends me back to thinking he's just a fat ass with little speed.

    Sounds risky.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    remember that you have to ask yourself B4... riskier than J. Webb? He's a known fat, lazy/bad pos.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Reminds me of Orlando Pace the year we had him..How'd that work out?

  • mmmmm.... not. good.

  • How long before Alshon is officially the #2 receiver? I don't think Hester makes it past September. He'll be back to full time returner, and end around guy where he should have been the whole time...

    I predict Luck actually shits himself on Sunday. Bout halfway through the 2nd quarter his fancy white pants will have a visible stain.

  • coach, I imagine your apartment smells like all three, no?

    http://www.archermen.com/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    My poon lair smells like excellence dipped in success, sprinkled with greatness.

  • It's nearly pointless to throw to Hester in Madden 13. He catches about 1 in 4.

    Gems and Dragons! Huzzzah!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    We all know that Madden is the ultimate in realism and a perfect predictor of real-world results.

    I want the Wall Street version.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    In the Wall Street version X+X+X+Circle gives you the "Gekko"

  • Apologies for this in advance MB, but I'm posting a last call for the Pick 'Em League...heck, you should join yourself, it takes 5 mins of your time a week and shows who the spread savvies are on the blog.

    TO JOIN:

    http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/pickem

    Click on 'join a group'

    Group ID#: 19489
    Group Password jwebbnation

    Remember to at least get your Giants/Cowboy pick in before the game tomorrow!

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    no worries DYL... Gems & Draggons!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Huzzah!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Huzzah!!!

    http://vimeo.com/2367494

  • In reply to gpldan:

    holy...fucking...shit.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    do you see how MY draggons have TWO g's? Soooo coool.

    Speaking of super geeks... checked out Kick Ass for the first time last night. Good flick.

  • hee hee: http://espn.go.com/nfl/powerrankings/_/year/2012/week/1

  • Regarding the game on Sunday...we will win, but we will do the Bears tradition of building a nice lead before letting it get a lot closer than it should get in the 4th

    Bears 30, Colts 24

  • I got NFL GamePass seeing as I have no other means of watching the bears other than through certain questionable sources, with it I can get live and archived access to all games this season, as well as archived access to all the Superbowls (watched Superbowl XX yesterday, utterly fantastic) for £99 (~$155). I feel like that's good value, but is it really?

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Value. Hmmm.

    1. How much do you like football?
    2. Have you got Romney money, or izz you po'?

    I always wonder when people get the "watch every game" packages, do they really watch or follow more than one team? I don't know anyone who follows more than one NFL team religiously who isn't a bookie.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    True, I don't pay as much attention to the other games as the Bears aren't involved, but it certainly gives me something for those monday/thursday nights when the Bears don't play.

    I like football more than Lions players like the whaccy baccy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I follow the Packers, watch them every chance I get, and know more about them than most Packer fans, because I hate that team so much. My two favorite teams every week are the Bears and whoever plays the Packers.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Hmmm. It's cheaper than any Sunday Ticket Package. I've not heard of this. Is it through your computer, PS3, what?

  • don't do it doc... eye on the prize lad, eye on the prize.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Speaking of eye on the prize, when we buying dem damn tickets?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    let's do it this week. Your call for day/time. We should just all get online and talk it through.

    Can you tweet jeff and let him know we want to get er done this week? He said he wanted to be a part of it.

  • It's through the computer, but I think it's only available to folk outside the US. We don't get redzone, and with the package I bought I won't get the post season, but I'll jump that hurdle when I get to it.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    dunno if you can get this overseas, but there's an "NFL Rewind" package that gives you archived access to games and superbowls for only $70.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.neulion.android.tablet.nfl.gamerewind

    Nice thing about it is it gives you access to the 22-player coach's camera. Bad thing is you can't watch live.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Nah, just stateside for that.... looks to be good value though , and watching live wouldn't have been that big an issue for me as I sometimes work sundays.

    I can't even get the NFL.com app on my phone cause that's with Verizon and that ain't happening over here.

  • booking flights and hotels for the 22nd - 24th gents. Got flights, now need a good hotel downtown in the middle of the action.

    The partner is right next to ORD so that helps that I guess.

    So, happanin but not too expensive hotels anyone?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1f9c0_holiday-inn-ft-ludacris-and-snoop-d_music

  • In reply to Shady:

    fucking shady. not what I was looking for you ass.

  • Game one predictions:

    Hester returns one for a TD, and as a play it's quite the gem.
    Briggs plays fiercely and Lances-a-Luck, as a knight does a dragon.

    Bang, bang, Coach!

  • tried you on M13 shaday, but you not on.

    gems & dragons! Flaming Dragons!

  • Gents, allow me to introduce my the newest addition to my family. A few hours ago today the wife gave birth to our third son :) A healthy 8 lbs 7 oz.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Mazel NB! Well done.

    ...but you're obviously as crazy as Doc.

    Enjoy it sir!

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Mazel Tov maing, just in time for his first season of Bears football.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Congratulations, NBIT!
    He couldn't miss the season opener, could he...hope Hester returns one for a TD as a 0th birthday present.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Nice. Congrats man!

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Awesome, man. Congratulations! Only 8 to go and you can field a lineup.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Congratulations.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Congrats NB. Hopefully mom and baby are doing well.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Mazel, mang!

    Trust me. It's your ultimate Dream/Nightmare scenario.

    Props to the Mrs.

  • locals? hotel help? trying to book asap... thanks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g35805-d90985-Reviews-Hotel_Allegro_Chicago_a_Kimpton_Hotel-Chicago_Illinois.html#REVIEWS

    or the W downtown.

    Or hook up with some hot late 20something and stay at her place all weekend and buy clothes as needed.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I stayed at Allegro once... Free happy hour action. That was a plus.

    Beat the pants off Hotel Felix, where HotWire puts me every other time. Nice thing about Felix is it's 20 feet away from Portillo's.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    + beef with hot peppers

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i've stayed at the Public a couple of times while in town on business. can get king rooms for under 200 (a little over 200 for 2 doubles, i think).

    it's up in gold coast, though, so it's a bit of a hike from the stadium. but it's right by lake shore so a taxi wouldn't be too horrifically horrific.

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g35805-d87629-Reviews-PUBLIC_Chicago-Chicago_Illinois.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    thanks boys. Much appreciated!

    Johnny, I like your plan most of all... will book a room somewhere and see if I can make your plan work instead once I arrive.

    We get in a 2 on sat and already have plans for dinner and partying that night with our partner. Leave at 5 on Tuesday. Would love to meet some of you guys inbetween if we can make it happen. I should have some down time...

    ...unless I can execute on Johnny's master plan.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I assume you're planning for the Rams trip.

    Blogfather, WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH THE TICKETS TO THE DECEMBER 16TH GAME. 5 ARE GOING FOR SURE: MB, MBP, Myself, and MBP's two bro's. We'll be wearing free advertising for da blog.

  • Forgive my technical ineptitude. Why the hell aren't the links you guys post live on my phone? I can't open anything posted here. Help anyone?

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    they're not live here on the computer, either. it's all about the copy and paste.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Thanks E

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    We refer to it as Gnome Code.

  • Noted. I am really beginning to hate gnome code. Even commenting from my phone turns into a mess about half the time.

  • Love the shirts, thanks Blogfather! And I am so stealing your week one quote...

  • Listening to Sam Spence all day to get myself all lathered up for kickoff tonight. Real football is here boys. It's finally here... Except for the refs.

  • In reply to Shady:

    get back to work taking orders for worthless paper...

    oh and say hi to our hairy friend for me. Dooooooooooooooooood!

  • In reply to Shady:

    don't worry shady i'm sure the replacements refs will do an adequate job misinterpreting the horsecollar and defenseless receiver/leading with the helmet rules as their "regular" predecessors did.

  • I fear that Melton Cheese and Toe will not be able to stop the run, that's my fear right now, because with Roach starting (pretty sure Child Support is holding out for the Pack game), we don't have good run stopping outside of Briggs.

    What's the over/under on Pringles making it until halftime without a season ender?

    I do think the offense will roll, but the D is giving me the Debbie downers.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I've been worried about the run D too. Usually Big Toe is solid. I'm hoping with #54 back the D will start to look familiar. Our DL is better than last year's. Hopefully they can get some pressure on Luck. For some odd reason, I think Chicken Dinner has a big game.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    We are at home, FWIW. I am expecting a repeat of last year's Falcon's game. We should win, convincingly.

    Indy was the worst team in the league last year. Luck is the most talented, polished rookie to come into the league since another Stanford kid named Elway. But he's a rook. Elway struggled his rook season pretty badly. Luck will get his checkdowns early and often, I see alot of passes to the Tight Ends for Indy.

  • Got my Tee! Thanks for the shirt Jeff, it's great and the wife's jealous, have to get her an orange one on the next shipment along with some koozies.

  • So, I know most coaches - and Lovie especially - "one game at a time" it.

    However, you can't deny the fact that this week seems like a cake-walk compared to week 2.

    That being said, do we go preseason-like vanilla in our schemes/plays (knowing our vanilla can beat Indy's rainbow sherbet) or do we toss out some things specifically for tape-material for the Packers?

    I think we'll keep everything interesting under wraps for the first half, see how things go (up 21 pts)... and make Lovie adjustments at the half (which means nothing). Saving everything of any interest for week 2.

    Whaddayasays?

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    on any given sunday.....

  • In reply to Waffle:

    We beat them on 9/10 any given Sundays, 99/100 borrowed Sundays, and every single stolen Sunday.

    LUCK FUCKING DEAD!

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    LUCK DEAD!!

    ....but have to treat is like real game with no vanilla shit.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    why did I type that like a dp eastern european

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Watch out or he's going to send you a "bagel dog" post from his hut in Kazakhstan.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I like!

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Agreed... IF it's a game. No need to use the Contra code to get past the first level.

    I don't think they pull out all the stops if we continue to trounce them with a plain jane game plan, series after series.

    Why would you? Unless, you WANT the Smegma to have something to over-analyze for week 2.

    If the front four get pressure, why blitz? If we gain heaps of yardage through up-the-gut runs and dump off passes why run the Annexation of Puerto Rico?

    Then again, Lovie plays checkers... and I seem to be assuming he has the foresight to play chess, parcheesi, candy land... Hell, even slapjack.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    oooohhhh, I love candy land... soooo fun!

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I say that rainbow sherbert sucks.

    That plan sounds interesting, but could be dangeroooz

  • I know what you look like, HB...errrrr MB.

    Mwahahahahaha.

  • HEY!!!! motherfucker!!!

    EASY MAN EASY!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hey those are my initials too! Haha i knew you were going to freak out, hey, at least Doc didn't go all Skinner on you:

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=Qu3WTghLUtA

  • In reply to Shady:

    seriously? That is fucking weird man.

    ...'sides, I didn't know Moshe starts with an "H".

    (btw, when you post youtube links from your phone they break on a PC)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's actually Herschel. Herschel Berkowitz.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Hahahahahahaha.... awesome.

    Glad you're part of the Tribe my man.

  • Another couple of predictions...(I know they are late but, I wanted them to be originals)
    1. Bears and Lions play for the NFC North title in Detroit.
    2. Bears sweep both the Packers and Lions. Bears lose one to A.P.
    3. Cedric Benson pulls a hammy as Urlacher hunts him down like the dog that he is. Some kind of lame call goes against Urlacher, perhaps taunting after the play.
    4. Bears have back to back shutouts to open the season. Don Banks moves the Bears up to #5 and the Pack remains at #3 on his power rankings because Aaron Rodgers is that good.

  • In reply to MichBearFan:

    Don banks can suck a bag of dicks.

    Fuck that guy.

  • Are you ready for some football?!

    Tonight is a jerk circle of the perennially overhyped Cowgirls and the perennially underhyped G-men.

    Last year, I predicted the G-men would take that division cuz in my infinite wisdom, and I quote (myself) "The cowboys always find a way to lose, while the G-men always find a way to get it done." (I did have a few stinkers too though - I did not believe in the 49ers because I did not believe that a rookie head coach could make Alex Smith NFL quality).

    I think the Eagles (also perennially overhyped...sensing a trend) take the NFCE. Cowboys still choke, and G-men just wear out. They have a brutal schedule, and ppl forget that they were 9-7 and lost to the Sexy Rexy's Skins TWICE.

    The new MW3 flack Jacket Vick now sports keeps him alive just long enough to lose in the playoffs.

  • All I can say about tonight is that FINALLY we have a real regular season game, even if it is with replacement refs...
    I can't wait.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    STILL an improvement if the scheduled ref was to be Ed Hochuli.

  • On the Bears. I just listened to Skip Clueless actually claim that the G-men "destroyed" the Bears in the 3rd PS game. WTF? Cutler didn't even get sacked; we didn't have Lach; Run game is always non-existent in PS (kind of our thing) and we were leaving Peanut on an Island like he was Revis. It was obvious both teams were playing vanilla. Skip still has us going 11-5 and the Lions missing the play-offs, so he's not totally deranged.

  • Have you seen the video with Mark Cuban ripping into Skip?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv2jqFd2-qI

    Absolute classic. Skip should share that bag of dicks with Don.

  • "Clueless" struggles mightily daily to be meaningful. Then fails to be.

  • Screw you and your Power Rankings Don Banks....

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/don_banks/09/05/season-preview-power-rankings/index.html?eref=sihp&sct=hp_t11_a0

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    Banks is worthless and the whole power ranking thing is a joke.

  • I think the Niners won in spite of Smith being decidedly not NFL quality. It always felt like a surprise when he strung together completions. Felt like the Ravens team that win the Super Bowl to me.

  • MB30 and Doc, how does 7pm PST on Friday night sound for tickets? I'm going to drop Jeff a note on twitter to confirm, so long as that time works for you.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'll be at a My Morning Jacket concert Friday night. I'm thinking of just sending MB some money and have him proxy for me. Let me know anything you can ahead of time: docnitty34@gmail

  • Rock out Doc! Hey, if you happen to run into the band, can you ask each of them for a lock of hair? It's for my music scrapbook.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Friday night maings... that's prime time. I'll be out most likely.

    How about something a bit more friendly to us Jack Trippers?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hah!
    How about Saturday night...I'm in the depths of work hell after that.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    MBP, I know it's been a while mate, but I hope to be out that night too. OAM baby!

    SaturDAY?

  • Moon Mullin:

    "CSNChicago.com colleague and former NFL quarterback Jim Miller offered that the Bears have the best offensive line in the NFL. I second that."

    uhhh what?

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Wait, what?

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Much improved... yes..let's start there.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    I thought Miller damaged his shoulders, not his brain. Perhaps they meant "the best offensive line in the city of Chicago...this year.".

    I would contend that it may be the best offensive line in the NFC North this year, because the other ones are so bad, but even that's a stretch. We don't know - certainly not with any degree of certainty - how good they are until they face real schemes.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I used to think we had the worst O-line in the league, then I saw a few PS games, and changed my mind.

    Cards - HORRIBLE, even with all those Olinemen they drafted instead of us. Skelton's 50% completion rate ain't gonna help any.

    Cowboys - HORRIBLE. Injuries have severely handicapped him. Romo's gonna be running for his life, and Murray will not survive the season.

    Steelers - HORRIBLE. I give it until week 4 before Roth begins limping around.

    That's just 3 off the top of my head. I seriously think we're going to be 17-20ish in the pass (due to scheme and our run game), and top 10 in the run (which will take a little while to get going).

  • I agree with all of those. The Steelers have been just as horrible as us the past few years. Rape burger has taken more hits than Jay and has been out injured, but everybody seems to forget that.

    The Cards were terrible before and now they've lost Levi at LT, they have two bum QBs and two injured RBs. No chance.

    And it's always forgotten that the Packers OL is just as bad, if not worse than ours. I bet they give up more sacks than us this year.

  • It just shows you the state of offensive lines in general, these days ,in the NFL.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Yup. I've read a lot of blogs and football info this off-season, and I haven't run across one expert, fan, homer, troll brag about his teams Oline.

    I think the Texans might have the best, but even they lost their PB RT to the Chiefs (perhaps the 2nd best Oline).

    But everyone seems to be hurting, esp at the OT position. One of the funniest quotes I've ever read when the Jets and Rams traded OT (from WalterFootball).

    'trading Smith for Hunter is like trading a turd sandwich for a diarrhea burrito'

  • http://www.chicagobears.com/

    please click on the website and look at the picture they have on the homepage. All of the players looking stoic and determined, tough and gritty.....even Gould and Podlesh?

    If you need to brighten your day with a laugh or a smile please view that photo and notice our kicker and punter being displayed like they are Jason Statham and Chael Sonnen.

    Gould looks like a supervillain pedophile in that picture and Podlesh looks like an alcoholic brother in law at a bbq glaring at cousin terry who he blames for the decline in his consulting business.

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE:

    Tonight we'll have a game thread.

    Tomorrow we'll have an announcement of the new picks contest with some excellent prizes some friends around Chicago.

    Friday we'll have the game preview.

    Saturday's the Reverend's Rant steps out from the shadow of the podcast and onto its own stage.

    Going to be a fun few days. (Also several new Bears Blog Original Songs will be released within the next week.)

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    oh, the Rev Rants! His language makes sailors blush. Can he possibly be irate before the season even starts? I sense a "FUCKN LOVIE AND HIS 8-8 DREAM COST US LACH & OUR SB RUN" diatribe coming...

  • The rant last year about Sam Hurd was gold.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Yes, but on the flip side, the rant about Olin Kruetz was completely LAME>

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    DEC 16th GAME TIX BUY JEFF!?!

    We'd like to include you... thoughts?

    Also, a DBB meet up that weekend would be sweet too.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I admire your tenacity, MB. But it's clear that His Bloginess just doesn't give a damn.

  • Colts analysis

    This is what's gonna happen, germs and gents (and anyone who has listened to my rants in the past knows I'm somewhat accurate with my Bear game day prognostication. I'm no Negrodamus, but who is?)

    http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/szbbz4/chappelle-s-show-negrodamus---michael-jackson

    Did you watch that Redskins PS game? Yeah, well, you're gonna get deja-vu with the Colts. The Redskins used a lot of double-TE sets, most likely to protect RG3. What did the Bears do? They blitzed Wright. As the commentator correctly pointed it out 'when teams play two TEs, that moves up safeties.' The Colts drafted two TEs this draft and are gonna use them. Their coaches are trying to remake them into a tougher team. Wayne and Collie aren't gonna burn anyone - they're gonna catch a lot of those underneath balls and inch their way down the field. They got a versatile and VERY underrated HB in Donald Brown who will get some yards with screens and dump-offs.

    The problem is their Oline. It's not gonna hold up to a hungry and healthy Pepp, Izzy, Melton, Paea and the blitzes (due to not fearing an outside threat). Luck will look like an all-pro, but sacks, penalties, and just enough mistakes will limit their Os effectiveness.

    On D, it's gonna be weird watching the Colts in a 3-4, even weirder seeing Mathis and Freeney standing. SS Zibkowski (one of the many Raven cast offs on that team) is athletic. If we go pass heavy, we'd be playing right into their hands. That's why I doubt we're gonna air it out in this game. 3-4 is susceptible to the run, esp with speed LBs.

    Tice will want to establish the run right off the bat - get the Oline gelling b4 the Pack game. The Bears will still be creative with multiple formations that will befuddle that new Colts D. What is Mathis gonna do when Forte lines up as WR? Is Freeney really gonna drop into zone and cover Hester over the middle? Will the Colts dare to blitz their Safeties and gamble that their sub-par CBs can cover Marshall one on one? Who's gonna take Rodriguez coming out of the FB spot?

    The Bears O will keep their D really off-balanced while they work out the kinks between Bates-Tice-Marshall-Cutler-Forte-Bush, but ultimately even a raw Bears O is too much for them.

    Bears win by the 3rd before the Lovie prevent makes the game look closer than it really was in the box score

  • your thoughts are intriguing and I'd like to subscribe to your newsletter.

  • I'm with you except for the Donald Brown part. I think you have to be productive to be underrated.

  • Also, based solely on the Trib headline, if Luck thinks he's going to pick on Lach across the middle, I expect two things:
    1) one of the rookie TE's on the Colts will get decapitated by Lance Briggs
    2) Lach has a near miss on an interception, possibly turning into a pick by one of the safeties.

    There's my Grabowski predictions for the game.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Donald Brown is 5'10 215 and runs a 4.4 with soft hands. Teams just loaded up the box last year because they had PAINTER as their QB, the one QB who gave Hanie a run for his crown. Brown got a little nicked up too, but he will def test the perimeter of our D and Lach's knee (oh, that rhymes).

    http://youtu.be/iOzhucCO8E0

    I'm also very curious how Briggs and more specifically Roach handle the TEs. I feel like last year they couldn't cover any TE, but maybe I'm recalling it wrong. Luckily, they're still Rooks, but it ought to be a nice dry hump run for our LBs.

  • Briggs is, I hate to say it, not great in coverage - that's why I'm hoping he levels their TEs...because I don't have high hopes that he'll be able to disrupt catches until after the fact.

    We'll see about Brown - he didn't seem to break out of the pack in Indy last year, but it's not like I paid alot of attention to that team...can you blame me?

  • btw, again... what in thee fuck is the nfl doing making us play our first 2 games of the season with only 4 days rest.... the second of which is our arch rival and only challenger for the NFCN (the lions can suck a bag of dicks)!?!?!?

    Fucking ridiculous.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well, at least we're playing the Colts, as opposed to playing the 49ers like the Fudge.

    However, traveling to GB, a team that went 15-1 and happen to be our rival, on a short week is pretty brutal.

    I just hope that 49er game becomes play-off caliber and players hit the shit out of ea other.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    They saw dollar signs as soon as GB played us in the NFC championship two years ago. I agree with 4ever that it could be worse...I think the advantage is heavily on our side.

  • I also hope that some crazy call cost either NY-Dal a game on national TV while everyone watches. Then I want to see either Mara or Jones tell us with a straight face that these replacements are just as good.

  • Passed along by my mom...
    http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/curb-chinese-currency-manipulation-by-passing-to-brandon-marshall

  • My favorite thing about Skip Bayless is that his toupee looks like it was weaved with straw. Like an Amish hat.

    Maybe Bayless is really Rumplestiltskin. Maybe that's it.

  • Maybe there should be a contest. That fucking Amish hat on Bayless' head vs. Merrill Hoge's "This is a buzz cut not a fucking throw rug, I swear" thingy on top of his head.

    The winner is the hairpiece that looks the most like Kate Upton's muff. The prize is Ditka's pubes in a jar, to add to the weave for effect.

  • Lack spoke to Mr. Roboto Jeff Joniak (I'm fairly sure Joniak and Mike Adamle are, in fact, synthetic life forms. Replicants) and Lack said that the entire GB playbook and D scheme is already in place. That the time between the Colts and GB is for rest and travel, they don't need to work on shit - it's all ready to go.

    Mully was debating if this was good or not. I think he just needed something to talk about. I don't know what the Pack could show against the Niners that would make one re-script the playbook.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The GB play-book is pretty simple. Hike, Rodgers runs around a bit, then throws a dart to Jordy or Jennings. 2nd down - some sort of draw/play-action boot. Rodgers runs around a bit, throws a dart to Jordy or Jennings. 3rd down. Maybe a screen, dump off to Kuhn, or Rodgers, their best HB, runs to the sideline with the ball sticking forward for a 1st.

    Next series, repeat. Maybe throw in a reverse or bubble screen to Cobb.

    They're not creative, just effecient. We just gotta make Rodgers pay when he runs around.

  • Hopefully, Willis makes him pay for us, and we can send him a fruit-basket.

  • god I always wait for the guy to get lit the fuck up when he's running around back there like a fucking chicken on crack.

    It will happen one day... and then... HEGONE!

  • Make no mistake, troops. This is a MUST WIN. Colts don't figure to be near as terrible as they wer but they do figure to be among the have-nots and games against such have to go in the "W" column, especially with the depth of quality
    in the NFC.

  • My god man... we're doomed: http://worldwideinterweb.com/sports/item/2267-the-50-worst-nfl-fan-tattoos-of-all-time.html

  • this is amazing. If you have a queasy stomach do NOT watch this video: http://vimeo.com/48857883

    (watch it you pussy)

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