St. Louis Rams at Chicago Bears Game Thread

St. Louis Rams at Chicago Bears Game Thread

Look at mustachioed #24. Bottom row. Last seat to your right.

Three final thoughts on today's contest:

  1. Is this a must win? There really are no must wins when it comes to the third week of the season, are there? This is a should win. If the Bears don't win today at home they will make the road ahead far more difficult. My five projected losses at the start of the season were at Green Bay, at Dallas, home Houston, at San Fran, at Detroit. If the Bears lose a game like today's they'll need to poach one of these trickier games to have truly successful season. (Still I'd be very surprised if they lost today.)
  2. Jeff Fisher knows how to coach and Jeff Fisher teams know how to get under the skin of their opponents. Someone needed to be in Jay Cutler's ear all week, repeating a single mantra: "Smile and play. Smile and play."
  3. Pay close attention to the area surrounding J'Marcus Webb. It will be fascinating to see how much help Mike Tice throws his way. Part of me knows that putting a tight end (Spaeth) at his side or a chipping back (Bush, Bell) behind him is the intelligent move when it comes to scheme. Another part of me wonders if giving Webb constant assistance is the equivalent of placing a bandage on an axe wound.

Bear down.

Picks Contest Side Note: An inordinate number of us have the Bears today. Can't say I like that.

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  • First beyouches!!!!!

    let's go 2-1

    BEAR DOWN!!!

  • axe wound our maybe??? a flesh wound???

    Webster the Black Knight????:

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    No I think Webb is beyond a flesh wound. Phrase was chosen purposely.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Webb's performance against GB turned me off to the All-22 tape. It was frightening. Made me think shoving him was not enough.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    I though Webb was your boy? You've slowly but surely moved away from your Webb as future LT stance over the past couple of years. Can't say I blame you.

    Hopefully Guyblow Rachal (and Mike Tice) will offer JWebb some support today.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I think his boy is blue...

  • While most have written Webb off, I still believe in him. He's still learning. Maybe chip his side a little bit, but let him man up. By the end of the year, he'll be the biggest suprise on the roster.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Jesus crown.... just.... jesus

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Kids, please take note: spiking your rolling papers with PCP results in things like this. Just say no!

  • Remember, MB, when the Bears have the ball in the red zone you and the other fans need to stfu. Silence Lloyd, is fucking golden.

  • In reply to Shady:

    you just going to leave me hanging in yo hone town???? Really???

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ...oh, and two words for you. D. BAG.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I told you my Aunt and Uncle are in town from NY this weekend, no sure how they would take the "I'm meeting up with a guy I met online" excuse.

  • In reply to Shady:

    hahahahaha.... i'm sure it's nothing new for them.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bang Bang!

  • The defensive line needs to attack the right tackle, Barry Richardson and not give Bradford time to pick the secondary apart. The Rams fumbled the ball three times versus the Redskins. Two fumbles were very simple forced fumbles that Tillman could have made in his sleep.

    The Bears offense will have to account for Robert Quinn and Chris Long at all times. I would attack the rookie cornerback Jenkins as much as possible and exploit his inexperience. The run game will be needed to help slow down the pass rush and to make the linebackers bite on play action. If the Bears do not try to establish the run game then they will be in for a long day.

  • Rams at Bears

    UPGRADE: Michael Bush
    DOWNGRADE: Steven Jackson, Matt Forte

    Matt Forte isn't officially out, but consider him that way. The ankle sprain could do with another week of rest and, without any real lateral movement, he is a worse option than Michael Bush. Steven Jackson is an unknown now, not because the groin strain is bad, but that it's just bad enough to give Jeff Fisher cover not to give him the normal touches. Let's call him a GTD- at this stage, but it's very fluid. Rodger Saffold is out, which could give Sam Bradford some more headaches.

    Read more:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Lovie said he was out yesterday or day before that.

  • interesting non-football post of the day (learn something damn it):

    Ok, off to the game gents. BEAR THE FUCK DOWN!!!! Boo YAH!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Have not read the article, but after last Thursday, I'm a tad more inclined to believe in hell.

  • Gonna have to agree with Jeff regarding the # of folks who picked Da team this week. Feels like bad juju.

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    It's okay. They can all be wrong, and we can still get the W. Just win by 6 or less.

  • @StaceyDales
    Just confirmed - Steven Jackson WILL play - after testing out groin on field - true gametime decision!

  • The Bears will need to wrap up when hitting Jackson. The guy can break tackles like no other.

  • Dude, nice Strahan impression:

  • Yo Fifth, get your picks in maing...!

    Go Bears!

  • Gotta love the noon kickoff.

  • In reply to Shady:

    no dia bee tuz

  • Is Evan Rodriguez active? That dude needs to be leading the way today.

  • Okay, I gotta say this. I love NFL films. Who doesn't? Ed Sabol created it and Steve Sabol carried it on. When we lost Steve Sabol earlier this week because of brain cancer, we lost an important part of the NFL. Steve was a huge part of NFL films and as I said, who doesn't love NFL films?

    But I just watched Fox pregame show eulogize him and with no mention of Ed Sabol, they said Steve Sabol was the creative force behind NFL films. He invented the camera's focus on the incoming tight spiral (they said). He invented Bloopers (they said). He did it all, according to Fox.

    I mean, I get that we lost a great person in NFL circles and I'm as sad as the next guy. But can we please not attribute his fathers innovations to him? I mean, Christ. Do they think we're stupid?

    Leave it to Fox to fuck up what should have been a poignant moment remembering one of our favorite NFL sons.

  • +1 ...Doc

    Fox would fuck up a wet dream...simple

  • In reply to lobotobear:


    Obviously, were Steve there, he would have set everyone straight about his dad.

    It's actually hard to watch this without tearing up...

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Yeah, they certainly have this way about not following the Democratic Party line like all the dutiful little networks.

  • Oh yeah....

    BEAR THE FUCK DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cower just ripped Cutler hard.

    "Cam Newton sulking is fixable. Cutler, in his 7th year, I don't know he's fixable anymore."

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He's right.

  • Run the ball. Run the ball. Run the ball.

    All passing and no running makes Jay a dull boy.

  • Now it's Rob Riggle, the Daily Show flunkie, who replaced Frank Caliendo as the funny man on FOX.

    "I'd like to nominate for best dramatic actress for the Emmy: Jay Cutler"


  • Soldier Field giving a tribute to Steve Sabol for the crowd. Nice....

  • Link?


  • Holy Sheite 12 yards on a run...


    no first sack on our first play


  • Evan Rodriguez hurt in first play

  • JMarcus beaten badly again

  • Cutler gave Webb a little shove as he went down.

  • Hard to believe, but the Saints coach said "our defense needs to put a little hot sauce hurt on Reggie Bush to slow him down."

    Yes, I know.

  • I wouldn't just bench Webb, just flat out cut him. What a mummy.

  • Webb makes Quinn look like a hall of famer! Webb seems to be getting worse as time goes on.



  • In reply to gpldan:

    Edwin in at LG, why not?

  • This guy is beaten or almost beaten every play so far.......come on, no one can be worse, lets try something else!!!!!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    An orange construction cone perhaps?

  • In reply to Shady:

    +1 Shady

  • In reply to Shady:

    +2 Shady

  • Oh Jay...

  • Steve Sabol would have loved to film that play....

    It's Rams ball, but I could have played a game of Madden 13 in the time it's taking them to decide that....

  • Sheesh

  • This offense needs an enema.

  • game post?

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    MB has probably already screamed his voice out and is drinking heavily...

  • this is painfull to watch,
    this is painfull to watch on first row sports
    lets go offence

  • I know this might be an overreaction, but is it possible that Tice is Jay's worst OC yet?

    The idiocy of Martz with the predictability of Turner??

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    No, not overreaction. When they named him OC, I was skeptical because of his lack of experience as a coordinator.

  • Harry Melton.

  • Here's where Clutts would be useful.

    Let's line up and pound it some more. This is a 4th Q game, and our D is better.

  • Chilo has 2 penalties now. I still cant figure why CW, isnt our LG.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Me neither. Evidently having a swing tackle is more important than a LG that can actually play.

  • Good things the Rams are giving up a lot of penalties, it's the only way we can move the ball.

  • Dykes are ruining the niners...I love seeing harbaugh squirm.

  • MBs first "Bear Down Chicago Bears" at Soldier Field. Wonder if he knows the words...

  • In reply to Shady:

    We know how much he loves bush...

  • In reply to Shady:

    I bet he knows it. You should have heard the rousing rendition we did at Cortlands Garage for the draft party.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    He was there?

  • Lovie's halftime adjustments?

  • In reply to Shady:

    He's lost both Kyle Adams and Rodriquez to shoulder and knee, respectively. So he's going to be short a set of formations.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Great, not that he would ever take ownership of the offense though...

  • Front 4 and far so good.

    We need to run it MORE. Bush looks like a beast when he finds daylight.

    I'm NOT satisfied with fucking FGs against a mediocre defense like the Lambs...shit Finnegan is about their whole defensive backfield. I want this game to blow up and watch Jay keep control and pick them apart.

    BEAR DOWN and fuck the lambs...

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:


  • Cutty is still bleeding out of his... thumb.

  • Jennings to the Pro Bowl

  • yeah gp, Jennings playin BIG this year!

  • way to predictable offense

  • Pizza Paea is bringing it today.

  • W T F

  • Duh offense or dud offense...

  • Defense has been carrying this team for a long time ....

  • Maybe it's just me but I'm having a hard time paying attention to this game.....

  • Tim Jennings AGAIN, you kidding me?

  • That woke me up!

  • Um, why aren't we giving it to Bell twice on 2nd and 2? Is Bush hurt too?

  • 6 sacks today, Bears must be leading the league in sacks. I know they are in takeaways. More things change, the more they stay the same. Inept O, Great D. Looks like we shoulda spent that first rounder on O lineman.

  • In reply to Scoom:

    Do NOT get us started.

  • Paea is no longer flatbread.

    Amazing what two legs can do for a player. He can push into a double team.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Is it official? Has his nickname been removed now?

    He was beast today.

  • I'm lost on the ERod thing. Tice hates him some true FB, so he gets this kid who is an H-back and a speed guy with the ability to run deep and make the over the shoulder grab,

    And then... we just turn him into a FB. And then... he hurts his knee because he's nowhere near big enough to knock any of these NFL LBs backwards. And then... we don't have a single play that has that position go down the field. Glad Adams made it back for the 2nd half, because at least he's got the size to make the block.

    Also, glad nobody picked Bell up, because Allen looks like an explosive talent... for a high school team.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    E rod is a fail if you consider we gave up Clutts for him.

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    + a lot

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The injury to Booker really saved Allen's bacon.

  • Minnesota beat SF convincingly and Detroit's about to lose to the Titans. . I don't get this league...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Spoke too soon re Detroit...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    any given sunday, my man

  • If someone hasn't already said it, game ball to Tim Jennings.

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    Game ball? Tim Jennings is playing like an All-Pro so far this year.

  • I didn't wanna jinx Minny but I live in SF and everyone here was on cloud nine. I knew the Vikes were a trap. SF offense is as suspect as many.

  • We win the game, by more than two scores. The defense plays lights out. No touchdowns allowed. And while I admit that the offense isn't where I thought they'd be, I'm a little surprised at the lack of positiveness on the board today.

    C'mon people. I don't need shouts of SB, but I wouldn't mind a little celebration. We won, no real injuries, and the defense looks as good as it ever was.

    Go BEARS!

  • The defense actually looks better than it ever was....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Clearly you weren't alive in '85.

  • Oh, I was around in 85. I meant like in the last couple decades...


  • Doc, I think its just we all expected the O to carry the D sometimes this season. We are happy we won, it's just some of the obvious things on offense that temper our enthusiasm . Positive note, Urlacher is looking pretty good.

  • I'm with you, they ground it out and I'll take the win! I'm stoked! So far a better start than last year, bring on Dallas.

  • Hell yes, Doc! A win is a win is a win.

    And it was emphatic.

    Refs did us a favor by calling that Personal Foul on Peppers - after that, Bradford was a dead man. The line was PISSED.

  • I've said this before; St. Louis isn't a horrible team. They have holes, and they need to get a lot better, but they're not horrible. The defense holding them to 2 FGs is a big deal.

    I'm befuddled by the offense, though. Granted, without #22 and with an injury to the only "FB" on the roster, the offense was limited, but there were wayyyy too many missed opportunities.

    (By the way, did anyone other than me notice the blatant PI call that was missed on Culter's INT?)

    Defense: solid A
    ST: B+
    Offense: D+
    Coaching: D+ (bad use of timeouts, craptacular adjustments in 2nd half--e.g., running game got WORSE)
    Refs: D- (calling Peppers for the PF, while ignoring the one committed against Carimi the previous series? sheesh)

  • We're gonna be ok. Cutler will come back from these last couple.

  • Anyone see what happenned to Stafford?

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    Broken v'jay jay.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Fat lesbians all over cringe in sympathy.

  • And Okoye was awesome today. I know JA got him last year, but Emery gets credit for getting him back this year.

    Alshon Jefferey is a man among smaller men.

    But both he and Earl need to catch the damn ball when it hits them in the hands. That's what they have done before, and so I expect them to do it every damn time.



  • Nitty - tell me you saw my post about the Packers ticket on the last thread.

    BTW, I am not a gambling guy, so if the line was in favor of the Jets (-3), and they won by 3, did they cover or not?

    If they did, then double fuck Miami's kicker right in the forehead.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    That's called a push. That means they didn't cover the spread and the Dolphins didn't beat the spread. If it were vegas, you would owe 10% for the vig and that's all. On here, it means you didn't win. I'm not sure if Jeff counts the push as a tie or what.

    Checking previous thread right now.

  • Here you go -
    same seller, same row, same section...must be the mysterious fifth ticket that got pulled when we purchased the other ones.

  • Thanks man. I won't be able to swing it for two more weeks, but I'll be there. Count on it.

  • Funny, the one gimme game today was, I thought, the 49ers over the VIkings.
    However, I ignored all the typical symptoms of a trap game.
    One, you never see it coming.
    Two, a road team that has been getting blown by the media for the first two weeks of the season.
    Three, a Harbaugh was involved.
    Four, you never count out the Ponder.
    Five, I lost count and am just happy the 49ers came back to the pack a little. We don't want them getting a lead in the NFC standings.

    Now, go Seachickens!!!

  • Bear down, Chicago Bears, make every play clear the way to victory.
    Bear down, Chicago Bears, put up a fight with a might so fearlessly.
    We'll never forget the way you thrilled the nation with your T formation.
    Bear down, Chicago Bears, and let them know why you're wearing the crown.
    You're the pride and joy of Illinois, Chicago Bears, Bear down.


    My thoughts from the game:
    • Awesome. Got great pics of the field and going in and everything. Just fucking awesome.
    • Everybody was totally flat… including the crowd
    • Webb is fucking terrible
    • Chilo needs to fucking get reps, get his head in the game, and/or get the fuck off the field
    • Gotta catch the ball Brandon
    • Gotta catch the ball devin
    • The D was awesome
    • Pep, what in thee fuck was that bullshit!?!?!?!
    • Timmy J!!! told you guys
    • Still love DJ
    • Paella looked strong, so did izzy and okoye
    • Pringles is actually looking a lot better this year… IFF he can stay healthy
    • Erod out, Bush out, fucking matty out. Fucking Armando Allen!??!!? Didn’t we cut him? Jesus, hopefully this is only early season and everyone will be ok for the playoffs
    • The stats tell it all… the o is NOT clicking on even half of the cylinders, but seems to be more of an early year sloppiness thing. Hopefully
    • Ashlon is the shizzy. GREAT pick. Seeing him on one side and marshall and Bennett on the other… yikes, once we get clicking again, we’ll be unstoppable.
    • Jay just seems… off. I think his thumb break and surgery really looks to me to have changed the mechanics of the way he throws the ball

    Story of the day….

    So we’re walking out of the stadium with the stream of other fans. Hundreds of urlacher, hester, butkus, ditka, and the occasional funny “orton” or “Grossman” or I even saw one “Olsen” jersey that made me chuckle. I told the partner guy that I want to get an archuleta jersey to wear to the dec game.

    So we keep streaming out with the rest of the herd and ahead of me I see this dude in an old lions #20 sanders jersey. I turn to the business partner guy and say, “what in thee fuck… why is that dude wearing a lions barry sanders jersey to a home bears/rams game.” We just laughed and continued walking.

    So we get to the first tunnel where people are getting a little rowdy shouting and singing and shit. We get to just before the entry, and the guy in the sanders jersey is right in front of us now because the crowding has bunched everyone up.

    Then out of nowhere, right next to me, I hear LOUDLY, “Dude…. What the fuck are you wearing? Why are you wearing a fucking barry sanders jersey to a Bears home game… against the RAMS?!?!? Why? Why? Why?

    I turn to see a drunk bears fan, early 20s, in fucking zumbas and a lach jersey just abusing this guy. We were crying. Truly funny.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Glad you had fun, man.

    The Pep thing was no big deal. The volume was off at the bar I was at, so it may have been after the whistle, I couldn't tell, but it was just a little shove.

    Bush didn't get hurt did he?

    The defensive line has got to be the best in the league right now. Conte, Pringles, and Jennings are quickly making me forget our secondary worries. Always loved Peanut. If Lach can return to form, and I thought he played pretty good today, all we'll need from our offense is games like they gave us today. A few long plays from the Receivers and a decent ball control running game.

    Hester is getting closer and closer to breaking one, and I'm glad the coaches finally realized you don't take the greatest returner of all time off of Kick return duties because he MAY be good at WR, which he's not.

    The Specials looked good too.

    We'll be in every game this year and if the offense can be even a shadow of what we think they SHOULD be, we're going to make some noise this year.

  • Considering we won by 2 1/2 touchdowns, this writeup in SI is hilariously negative.

  • new thread btw

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