St. Louis Rams at Chicago Bears Game Preview

St. Louis Rams at Chicago Bears Game Preview

This Bears groups, particularly since Jay Cutler has joined the fray, tends to play to an odd pattern. They are quite fond of playing colossally awful games early in the season and subsequently rebounding as if nothing ever happened. I expect the same Sunday.

WHY DO I LIKE THE CHICAGO BEARS THIS WEEK?

  • I always like the Chicago Bears.
  • They are the better team and better teams punish weaker opponents in their own building. The Bears did not open at 9.5 point favorites for no reason. Vegas knows not to overreact to a single poor performance in the national spotlight.
  • I believe in a Cutler rebound game because I honestly believe he has the mentality of a good baseball closer: he puts the last game away once he hits the field. Cutler is not going to eliminate risky throws - that's how he's made his reputation both positive and negative - but I expect him to understand this passing attack needs their mojo back and he'll do everything he can to provide it.
  • During Brian Schottenheimer's tenure as the offensive coordinator of the New York Jets he did not emphasize the down field passing game. (To the point that criticism of the OC dominated the WFAN airwaves for seemingly weeks at a time.) He liked to run the ball up-the-gut and hit defenses with quick strikes on the outside and under the deep coverage.
  • I would not watch the first two Rams games to see how they'll attack the Bears. I would watch the shootout the Jets and Bears played the day after Christmas 2010. But that involved a heavy dose of Dustin Keller controlling the middle of the field. Now Schotty has Matthew Mulligan and if Matthew Mulligan dominates the middle of the field...Brian Urlacher is very, very injured.
  • The Rams are allowing nearly 130 yards per game on the ground over the first two weeks of the season and neither the Lions nor Redskins feature particularly great running backs. The Bears will slow down St. Louis' athletic defensive ends - Robert Quinn & Chris Long - by serving the Rams a steady diet of Michael Bush and (I'd imagine) Kahlil Bell. I expect Bush to have a big time ballgame. (Note: At this point Matt Forte has not been ruled out of action.)
  • I like the combination of Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins at corner for the Rams but I think both are beatable over the top. The Bears, especially at home, should take a few shots.
  • I think the Bears front will dominate the Rams offensive line and decide this game. 3-5 sacks and a humiliation of left tackle Wayne Hunter by the front. (If Hunter can't go I'd expect them to do the same with whomever is deemed worse than Wayne Hunter.)

NEW FEATURE ALERT!

Each week in the preview I'll name a Bear I think will thrive Sunday and a Bear I think will survive Sunday. Thrive/Survive, I call it.

  • Thrive: Shea McClellin. I think his speed will eat up Hunter on the left side as Shea announces his arrival to the Bears faithful.
  • Survive: Charles Tillman. The Bears tend to let their corners play sides of the field and I'd expect the Rams to keep Danny Amendola away from Tim Jennings - just about the hottest corner in the game currently. That means Peanut will be chasing Amendola's speed all evening long.

PREDICTION!

This just feels like the kind of game the Bears win. At home. Inferior opponent. Coming off a loss. Extra rest.

Chicago Bears 24, St. Louis Rams 13

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  • Jay Cutler our going to serve St Louis a nice penis and mustard sandwich.

  • In reply to Perno:

    ??

  • In reply to Perno:

    Ding, Ding, Ding!
    Perno! Unintentionally or not, that's the weirdest sentence I've read in the last 48 hours.
    I think that gets you a free t-shirt.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    lol, i didn't want to even address it. i'm glad you feel the same way. that was weird. the syntax mistake and the penis and mustard blurt. classic.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    and the fact that his big head is just staring at you in his avatar photo as he says it....

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Sorry, I was writing it from a mobile phone after hours of putting furniture together, and I've got your syntax mistake right here!

    MB&P: It was intentional, thank you! :::bow:::

  • In reply to Perno:

    I'm Johnny Waffle Chicago and I approve of that message.

    I hope Cutty pulls a penis and mustard sandwich out of his pants and jams it in Cortland Finnegans dirty mouth.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    eeeeewwwww

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Who says Da Blog isn't family friendly?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GPL, you going to loan him your Grey Poupon?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    http://pandawhale.com/convo/2452/harold-and-kumar-cockmeat-sandwich

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I am not even reading that url twice, maing.

  • In reply to Perno:

    It's true ... St. Louis love the cock.

  • Finnegan will get into someone's head - he's really good at it. Hopefully is won't cost us.

    Instead, give me some of this!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMSCOYU2chw

    or, "I wouldn't, I'd kick it deep"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJOJh8qkW24

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    And then, "On kickoffs, you've got to kick it out of bounds and give it to them on the 40".... Theismann - what a tool.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    The Knox one vs. the Packers would have been my favorite ever without the phantom penalty, so this one will have to do:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt8FUjk13Y8&feature=relmfu

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    That rams game was the first game I ever watched and sealed my choice as a bears fan. Devin had no right running that back with the recovery team out.

    The missed FG return is also spectacular, made even more so by his pause at the start of the play that psyches the whole Giants team out.

    Close runners up have to be the return against the Cardinals(20s into vid below), the Superbowl return(2:45), or even his two returns against Todd 'biceps' Sauerbrun,who claimed he had no fear of kicking to Hester (5:10).

    Also a shout out to the 'get off me bitch!' stiff arm against detroit at 4:08.

    Finally, Cluwe has given up 4 TDs to Hester. You'd think he'd learn eh?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2Ipo5hWdwM

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Kluwe*

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    I LOVE the seahawks one (7:45)... mostly because of earl's CRUSHING block.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oddly enough, the one I saw in person (Kluwe, go figure) was probably the least dramatic of them all.
    Hester had been very close to breaking one all game at TCF, so when he finally did bust one up the sideline, I was screaming myself hoarse but it wasn't really even top 10 in terms of degree of difficulty.
    I think the one against the Cardinals that broke their will has to be my favorite, but that Bennett block was spectacular.

    Chickenhawks better win this weekend though.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Those are all great. My favorite though, is the record breaker.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRoQ32T32N4&feature=related

  • Did anyone else notice how bad at tackling the Carolina safety was? Nakamura I think his name was. Even former bears coaches can't resist drafting safeties that lead with the helmet on tackles.

    I hope that we don't have to play the Giants in the playoffs, they are such a bad match for us. Besides from the obvious pass rushing of JPP, Osi, Tuck and Kiwi, they have the bear killing athletic tight end and Eli Manning can comfortably throw quick slants to his hearts content (the other great bear killer) to Cruz, Nicks, Bennett and now one of Irish's man crushes in Ramses Barden.

    Also, the hypocrisy of the NFL is unbelievable. Rolle suffered a knee laceration (apparently) because of some fat ass cameraman who just parked his butt on the sideline. This is the modern day, are you telling me that these people have to be that close to get a decent shot? fuck off rodger, and take your fines and refs with you.

  • "- The Rams are allowing nearly 130 yards per game on the ground over the first two weeks of the season and neither the Lions nor Redskins feature particularly great running backs. The Bears will slow down St. Louis' athletic defensive ends - Robert Quinn & Chris Long - by serving the Rams a steady diet of Michael Bush and (I'd imagine) Kahlil Bell. I expect Bush to have a big time ballgame. (Note: At this point Matt Forte has not been ruled out of action.)"

    I hope so, but didn't we think the same before the Pack game. Many, including me, though the Bears were gonna run it down the horrible Pack D to control the clock, quiet the crowd, and slow down the rush.

    We were all painfully wrong. Hopefully Martz Tice choked himself and gets back to the run.

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    Amen brother. This was the story of the week. Not some TMZ like coverage of a non-event between our best and worst player.

  • I'm also curious if Vegas has a line on who will give up more sacks, Hunter or Webb...

  • My $$ stays in the wallet for that bet.

  • Possibly. I see an online book w/ a prop bet: Jay Cutler Total Sacks Week 3? 2.5: Over -135, Under +105

  • In reply to reprisal:

    haha...I would love to see someone take that bet! Where's Irish when you need a crazy Irish man living in Thailand with all the lines when you need him?

  • San Fran, Dallas and Chi-town all -6.5 and covering their spreads this week gents? Yay or nay? About 6-1.

  • I wouldn't trust Dallas.

  • I wouldn't trust us to cover.

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    Bears, you are forgiven for your sins against GB. Back on the road to the Super Bowl.

  • Did, you guys watch the press conferences after the Giants/Panthers game?

    I don't want/need my quarterback hanging his head like a pussy looking extra contrite and miserable for a bad game. Does Cam get a pass for acting extra sorry for pissing away any chance for his team to win the game or at least have a shot? you bet he will.

    Cutler will never act like that big of a faker pussy and i respect him more for it.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    oh and Cam, when you're getting your pussy pounded in 23-0 you probably shouldn't pull off your "hey look at me, i'm doing my patent pending superman td act" touchdown celebration unless you're being awarded 23 points on the play.

    Guys in this league get away with murder if people like you enough. case in point, my buddy sent me a family photo and his 12 year old girl is proudly wearing her Big Ben jersey......

  • In reply to Waffle:

    1. They can do that? You can get 23 points for a TD?!?

    2. Wow. Is your buddy.... ‘deficient’ in some way?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    work buddy i guess. believe you me, i called him on it.

  • Bears 27
    Rams 0

    Our last shutout was in '10. We're due.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Who do you fancy to cover / beat their spreads this week Viva?

  • 49ers, Steelers, Bengals, Colts, Bears and Texans look favourable to me.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    oh you europeans with your silly 'u's. So cute.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Just read that PIT have the wrorst 3rd dwn conversions on O. Thre Redskins are running the ball twice as much as their opponents, combined with a tough defense they're a fair bet to beat the Bengals. Miami's D is leading the league with under 2 yards a carry. They should give Sanchize a few problems and Tannehill and Bush are heating up.

  • The Bills - 3 in Cleveland will be my pick tomorrow...

    I also like the under (54) in the Saints/Cheifs game.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Chiefs giving up the most passing yds in the NFL. Saints D is terrible. High scoring game, possibly over 70 points.

  • Could you imagine the wrath Cutler would face if he skipped out on all of the Offensive Players meetings prior to his team getting handed their ass in Lambeau?

    http://www.aei-ideas.org/2012/09/breaking-obama-attends-his-daily-intelligence-meeting-3-days-in-a-row/

  • In reply to Viva:

    That was for you, Corn.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Your willard romney by 6% ain't looking too good right now Viva. That 47 percent victims comment was game, set. match.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Here's my vote for best Cognitive Dissonance by Hollywood:

    Craig T. "Coach" Nelson, voice of Mr. Incredible himself, is a staunch GOP and FAUX News guy, big begind Williard. He goes on Fox, and no shit he says:

    "When I was young, I was on unemployment and food stamps. So who helped me? Nobody."

    Wow.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    wow that he flipped, or wow that he was po?

  • In reply to Crown:

    53 to 47 sounds about right. Redistribute that...

  • In reply to Viva:

    back from the people who stole it

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You can't write a comment like that the same day you attempt to nominate someone else for a cognitive dissonance award...

  • In reply to Viva:

    Scheduled for 2:30 pm today is our monthly DBB "Rand meant you, not me" debate.

    Popcorn will be available in the lobby - make your own goddamn butter.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    fuck that... it's strange night.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    may the force be with you

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    May the great Ditka look over you and keep you knee deep in trouble this weekend.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Let's reschedule that debate for the bye week, or better yet in mid February after winning the Super Bowl.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Yes, please.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    It's too bad we never had any debates when Bush was President. That was before I was on this blog. We might have found a lot of common ground. The person I've learned the most from regarding politics and core issues has got to be Irish.

  • In reply to Viva:

    hee hee

  • In reply to Crown:

    I dig that you are keeping tabs, Crown...

  • In reply to Viva:

    Cool and well played. Super bowl Super Bears.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Thanks Viva. That was a very clever post.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPWqa2cqWM0

    1. read the first comment

    2. Man Florida has some smokin hot coeds

  • I refrain from my usual corny drama and just say few to the point comments.

    1.) Our front 4...Bradford dead. If he lives then our front 4 should crumple in shame.

    2.) HIt Amendola...no matter what ring his bell. Whatever it takes but we have to plaster this guy the first time he touches the ball.

    3.) Lovie, Tice & our O-line. These 3 entities will determine if we win this game not our front 4...because if our front 4 is on the field for 80% of the game the Bears will fail. We need to control the clock by keeping the ball and running it down their throats. That's up to the calls played and how we react to what they do on Defense.

    4.) It will be a miracle from Baby Jesus if Hester gets to return anything. Fisher is not stupid and we will not allow his kickers to kick to Hester...period.

    5.)A penis and mustard sandwich does not sound positive from either side. (shutters)

    BEAR DOWN! This is OUR HOUSE. Rip the horns off these fuckers!

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    Couldn't agree more, esp about hitting Amendola. He's like Welker JR, and will kill us all day over the middle unless Briggs gets all Briggsy. a 15 yard penalty would be worth it to send a message not just to the Rams, but to all those other WRs crossing the middle on our D. Not everyone has the balls Steve Smith does.

    5) I imagine it's something like this..

    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/104512/bachlor_party_nick_the_dick/

  • more like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WPuQzPsevw

    Still fucking makes me SO mad he got called on that. Total and utter bullshit.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Do you suppose it's part of some grand karma thing for Chicago sports? I mean somewhere, somehow, sometime the city needs to pay penance for all those fouls that never were called on Jordan.

  • Rams: Dirty Mustard Peckers

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2012/09/20/robert-griffin-iii-cheap-shots-washington-redskins-rams/70000811/1#.UFuFM40iZTI

  • In reply to gpldan:

    *SNIFF*

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Those stoneground chenises are DEAD!

  • Keep on Truckin, Motorcycle Mama:

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2012/09/15/lingerie-football-league-quarterback-hit-touchdown/70000408/1?morestories=obinsite#.UFyBNI0iZTI

  • If Tice dials up another 7 step play action drop to open the game again, I swear to Ditka, Wayne Brady is gonna have to choke a bitch.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I didn't know you like to get wet Dave.

  • In reply to Crown:

    I make Brian Gumbel look like Malcolm X huh mother fucker.

  • In reply to Crown:

    http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/bb6875cff8/chappelle-show-daves-night-out-with-wayne-brady-from-uploaderguy

  • In reply to Shady:

    I'll be there, so look for the guy storming the sidelines.

  • Where are people in the city watching the game? Other than being a lucky bastard and having a ticket, where is a cool bar to watch the game at? Any particular one or will they all be packed with crazy f***ers ready to Bear Down!!!

  • In reply to 505 Bears!!:

    http://timothyotooles.com/chicago/index.php

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Chicago's Packer fans hang out here, I don't like the place:

    http://krolls-chicago.com/about

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Burn it down. Down to the gwound.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-M4WXov2lM

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Here's a reenactment.

    http://youtu.be/tdbt-sx5MDc

  • In reply to 505 Bears!!:

    Never been there but this place looks rockin! At least it did back then.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFTo85UfBeE

  • i feel like we're going to see something good from special teams this week. toub knows he got toub'd last week and he's none too happy about it.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    +1. The Touber will step up his game this week.

  • NFL QBs and their Muppet counterparts:

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/benrosen/all-32-nfl-quarterbacks-their-muppet-doppelgange

    Rodgers is a rat. Shocker.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    That shit was funny. What's up with Pretty Boy Brady's Tommy Lee haircut?

    Alex Smith... Bats.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    That was good. Some amazing likenesses, I thought :-)

  • From the Fantasy Files...

    "10. Fantasy-Altering Injury Pandemic (Part III). As of this writing, Steven Jackson was questionable to play in Week 3 because of his injured groin, but if you're a S-Jax owner, I'm not sure you want him to go. Amazingly, when the St. Louis Rams take the field Sunday, they'll have backups starting at four of their five offensive line spots. Center Scott Wells broke his foot Week 1 and is out for the season; Robert Turner, previously a special teams guy, is now starting. Rookie LG Rokevious Watkins hurt his ankle in practice leading up to Week 2 and is out for the season, too; journeyman Quinn Ojinnaka will start for him. LT Rodger Saffold is out four at least four weeks with a ligament strain in his knee, meaning the immortal Wayne Hunter -- whom New York Jets fans ran out of town on a rail this summer -- will have Sam Bradford's blind side against the Chicago Bears this Sunday. And moving into Hunter's place at right tackle is journeyman Barry Richardson. (The only regular starter in his normal place is RG Harvey Dahl.) Suffice it to say that whatever momentum the Rams built in Week 2 seems unlikely to continue in Chicago. The Bears' defense looks great to me, and there isn't a single Ram I'd feel good about using."

  • "Phil Simms T-Bags himself"

    http://www.sbnation.com/2012/9/20/3365420/phil-simms-inside-the-nfl-teabag-gif

    ...one L, two Ms.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://images.sodahead.com/polls/000320757/polls_teabag_1409_860473_answer_1_xlarge.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I wouldn't mind that kind of tbagging... although I'd probably turn around.

  • ok, dinner sat night... I'm looking for somewhere hip (that you don't need to book a month in advance... Abe Froman), great food, lots of dolled up hotties, good bar/lounge.

    Any suggestions locals?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    staying at the hyatt on... whacker... hee hee... under the nom de guerre Michael Keller Ditka, Jr..

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yo, I'm at the W - Lakefront. Let me know and we can grab a brew somewhere.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The pork chops at Harry Caray's used to be awesome. Have no idea about trendy places. Pretty sure you meant Wacker. Whacker just doesn't sound right.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Carnivale, Lasalle Power Company, Lux Bar, Rockit to name a few. I would join you MB if I were in town. The last two are a little less upscale, but very nice and almost always loaded with vajay on the weekends.

  • In reply to Crown:

    http://www.pumproom.com/

    Yes, yes - it used to be where blue hairs went.

    Not anymore. It's a swank hotel and bar filled with eastern europe's finest.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Actually the hotel in the building is not that bad to stay in, and you can take the Lakeshore bus line down to the stadium and totally avoid the shit storm that is the entire Park campus area on game day.

  • Oh, and Boom: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/football/nfl/09/21/time-warner-cable-nfl-network.ap/index.html?sct=nfl_t2_a4

  • My mom lived a few blocks from this place for over 30 years...I can't leave town without stuffing a few $8.00 SuperDawgs down my throat.

    http://www.superdawg.com/

  • oh and Boom:
    http://www.superdawg.com/menu.cfm?section=superdawg

  • In reply to Viva:

    fuck the super daaaaaawg Viva... it's all about the weiner circle maings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo1LPf9mnyU

    You buying me my steak this weekend my brother?

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    THAT FAT BASTARD PETER KING HAS ST LOUIS BEATING US FUCK HIM!!! BEAR THE HELLDOWN!!

  • In reply to Shannon Pankster:

    Peter King and his stubby mustard penis can get bent....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I just laugh about his picks. His Monday column had Washington rated around #12 and we didn't make the top 15. Pretty sure we'd smoke the Skins 10 times out of 10.

  • Haters gonna hate: http://smokinjaycutler.tumblr.com/

  • In reply to Crown:

    I'm sorry but I LOL'ed.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The pick where the ref inadvertently hits Cutler made me piss myself.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Second to that one, this one is my favorite.
    http://smokinjaycutler.tumblr.com/post/31801732605

    I'd wear that on a t-shirt.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I love the one where he's flying bird and the dog is smoking too.

    Fuck that little bitch of a dog btw.

    That little cunt has nothing on shady's dog: http://wrcb.images.worldnow.com/images/19526237_BG1.jpg

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's fat like that because Shady plays too much fucking MW3...
    Walk yo dog, Shady!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    HAAAA!

  • In reply to Crown:

    Can't believe someone dedicates a website to this but it did make me laugh.

  • In reply to Crown:

    My son sent me that... think he found it here a few days back.

    I'm with GP on this one... I had to laugh at that thing. It's just funny

  • After hearing Jeff Fisher defend Cutty this week and generally say all the right things, I got this vibe that was trying to make a point to leave the door open to coach here. Anyone else feel that? And Fuck smegma d bag Peter Queen, one of many worthless POS windbags that somehow made it on prime time....mind boggling.

  • In reply to Guinness Please:

    Maybe about Fisher. I have the feeling DaChin and Gruden are doing the same thing.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    Fisher's got that Buddy Ryan pedigree.

  • I think Lovie will be the next HC in Dallas and hope dave toub replaces him

  • In reply to Viva:

    BOOM!

  • thanks for the suggestions boys. I was thinking of just going to the weiner circle and asking for a chocolate shake instead? Yes?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If your up for hot superficial chicks, shitty dance club music, and spending boatloads of money on booze and cover charges, go check out Rush St.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    the only one out of those that i'm into corm is hot superficial chicks. Thanks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If you got any free time during the day on your trip, go check out some of Chicago's cultural shit. Right across the street from Soldier Field is the Field Museum of Natural History. That place is bad ass. Down the road is the Museum of Science and Industry. The Chicago Art Institute is right downtown too. Any of the above are worth the time if you have the time.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    The Field Museum is pretty frigging awesome.

    Wanted to get to the Shedd Aquarium last time I was in town but spent too much time in the Bears shop next to the parking garage.
    And you know, as far as museum cafeterias go, the one at the the Science and Industry? Not half bad! Way better than the ones at the Smithsonian, that's for damn sure.

  • And if I haven't said once or twice already,
    Go.
    See.
    "End Of Watch".

    Great movie.

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