Back in the High Life Again: Bears Beat Vikings

Back in the High Life Again: Bears Beat Vikings

It was a Sunday that played out perfectly. The Bears rather easily dismissed Minnesota at Soldier Field and the Green Bay Packers were manhandled by the New York Giants at Snoopy in the Swamp. While it doesn't mean much in November, the Bears are back in first place.

Thoughts on yesterday:

  • I'd give Gabe Carimi a game ball. He loses his starting job midweek and responds by playing excellently in limited work early and ultimately playing half the game at guard. Ultimately I think Carimi is going to find a natural home as a tough, run-blocking guard and if Lance Louis is seriously injured that time may be sooner than later.
  • Nice games, Jonathan Scott and J'Marcus Webb. I am going to look at the tape later today to see how much help these guys got throughout.
  • Brandon Marshall is having a spectacular season but he sure does like to drop beautifully thrown touchdown passes, doesn't he?
  • Great job by Fox showing us the replay of Julius Peppers essentially cross-checking rookie tackle Matt Kalil to allow Shea McClellin a free route at Christian Ponder.
  • Henry Melton is going to make a lot of money.
  • Injuries are injuries. The team must deal with them. I'd guess Tillman and Briggs will be fine. It sure didn't look great for Forte and Louis. I'm not sure Devin Hester couldn't use a week or two off.
  • If you didn't know why Jay Cutler is terrific and the Bears can't win without him, you saw on the Bears first touchdown drive of the game. Cutler completed two magnificent passes - one to Earl Bennett and another to Kellen Davis - that Jason Campbell would not have ATTEMPTED. The Bears continue to win games when #6 plays four quarters under center.
  • The defensive play of this game belonged to Chris Conte. 10-3 Bears. Early second quarter. Third and six at the Bears 12 and Christian Ponder floats a perfect jump ball to Kyle Rudolph in the end zone. Conte, who was lost in no man's land, sprints over the knocks the ball from Rudolph's hands. That forced a field goal. That field goal was blocked. 14 plays and 79 yards later the game was essentially over.
  • Dave Toub is a great coach but he's also one of the funniest. Fake extra point?
  • By the way, I have done the requisite statistical research and Adam Podlesh did in fact score the first two Jewish points in the NFL this season with his two-point sprint.
  • And he punted well too.
  • Eric Weems has a bit of Cortland Finnegan in him, doesn't he? He's the proper amount of energy and instigation.
  • I think Mike Tice had perhaps his best guess as an offensive coordinator, despite the injuries up and down the offensive roster. There was a rhythm to his play calling and he continued running the ball despite a low production level outside of short yardage scenarios.
  • If Devin Hester not on the field means Earl Bennett catches more passes then by all means keep Devin Hester off the field.
  • Don't look now but that was Nick Roach executing the Peanut Punch to perfection on Adrian Peterson.
  • Remarkable throw and catch on the Cutler to Matt Spaeth touchdown.

We'll leave it there. Terrific performance and a terrific rebound off Monday night. Bears now face almost the exact same opponent at Soldier Field next weekend - terrific front seven and run game. If they win that one they will solidify their playoff position.

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  • First to give props to Jonathan Scott for a game well played at RT.

    Also, medium kudos to Webb Nation, as he handled Allen mostly through wearing him down with a lot of run blocking such that Allen was on his heels instead of his toes coming off the ball, so when they did pass, Webb could contain him. It was a clinical examination of why the run is so crucial in the NFL, esp. late in the season.

    It might not be the worst thing going with a Bush/Allen combo.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I was likewise pleased with what I saw out of Scott.

  • Also, Hester has mentally hung up his cleats. I'm liking Weems out there as the other wideout. Take him off specials. Is Scrappy still around? Put him on specials. Move Joe Anderson up.

    We DESPERATELY need another wideout that can catch the damn ball. I like Earl's willingness to go across the middle again and again, and of course Marsh is a physical freakshow, just pulling the ball away from corners again and again who have him blanketed.

    But we GOTTA have a deep threat opposite side. Weems can't be that. Hester has hung it up. Roy Williams is wearing a wife beater with mustard stains in Texas somewhere and has gained 30 pounds.

    We need somebody else to catch the ball and get open.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    not sure why, but you're (sadly) 100% right GP. Hester's done... at least he has been. Maybe not forever, maybe not for good... but right now, he's toast. and he's a liability on the field.

    Al, good word down there sir.

    You can thank Jerry for both Ev.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Had to look up the spelling on THAT one, MB.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    i wonder what the O would be looking like had johnny knox's shoulders not touched his anus last season.

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    In reply to gpldan:

    Dane Sanzenbacher is the next man up. He was inactive this week.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Joe Anderson, yes.

  • Two words: Pyrrhic Victory.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    And THAT is what should have been the header today, not "BACK IN THE HIGH LIFE AGAIN"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Indeed. I guess we'll see what the latest patch on the oline will become.

  • remember that time we drafted a LT in the first round then moved him to guard then cut him from the team?

    let's hope we don't have a repeat performance of that.

    cookie sure as shit wasn't a stud tackle, but i think the move to guard actually suited him and his "shorter than the scouts' perfect specimen at tackle" arms. we still haven't really gotten a straight answer on why he was cut.

    bear jew, don't let us down.

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    In reply to evantonio:

    Interesting to note, I don't think Cookie has been picked up...

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    In reply to Big Mike:

    Never Mind, I forgot he was picked up by the Rams... . Doh!

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    yup. but i don't know how much, if any, playing time he's been getting.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    If JA was still the GM, we'd trade the Rams a 3rd rounder to get Williams back.

    (remember him cutting Chris Harris, then trading Carolina to get him back, then cutting him again)

  • yes. yes I do.

    #neverforgetneveragain

  • Enough about the Marshall drops.

    That falls under the heading of
    "You knew the job was dangerous when you took it".

    The drops come with the rest of the package.
    They didn't just start this season. He's always had them.
    Did you think they would suddenly go away just because he started wearing a "C" on his helmet?

    The Minnesota broadcast crew was in awe of him and and I quote :
    "What a BEAST!"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    i think everyone here is willing to take the good with the bad. it's just head-scratchingly head scratching to watch him pull a bullet out of the air when he's surrounded by four defenders then follow up by dropping a perfectly arced ball when he's got 1-4 steps on a defender in the end zone.

    still, i'd let him sit shotgun any time.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Granted he's a professional receiver and a very good one at that. But I always felt the hardest drill as a receiver was an over the shoulder fade where you have to move your head from one shoulder to the other because the ball went over the opposite shoulder the receiver was looking at. I must have tried that drill a million times in high school and never made one catch. It's disorienting. Guess that's why I was a running back.

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    In reply to evantonio:

    That's not an easy catch at all. It was on the wrong shoulder, and would have been an over the head (not over the shoulder catch). It can be caught, but not by many and not that often.

  • Even more than usual, my enthusiasm is tempered.

    A whole LOT of potentially BAD shoes are waiting to drop when the MRIs of all the bad knees and ankles are in.

    Packers lose. Yay. But they know as long as they don't slip 2 games behind the Bears it's no big deal to them. Giants needed that win BADLY.

    Piss on you, Jared Allen.

    "I wasn't trying to injure him".

    Liar, liar pants on fire.

    You were getting WHIPPED, as a team AND as an individual. After you batted that screen pass away you made like Houdini and DISAPPEARED.

    So you lined up a guy for a CLASSIC "Blind-Side-Launch-Myself-And-Lead With-My-Helmet" cheap shot.

    Was that Ndamkong Allen or Jared Suh?

  • btw, nice... get 2 for the trbe adam!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How's the matriarch, mang? Still hangin' in?

  • Thanks for asking doc, I very much appreciate it.

    Bad doc, bad. Lots of sadness and zero hope it'll get better. It's just a matter of time now. Really sucks. She of all people doesn't deserve this... no one does.

    Gotta just keep plowing ahead I guess. In my advanced age, i've realized that life's a lot tougher than my parents sold it as... guess they did too good of a job.

    Hope you, the missus, and the boys are all well, looking forward to actually meeting you in Dec.

  • So the bears got blown out by the 9ers a week ago and many think that game spelled the end of the bears 2012 season fortunes.

    Well...

    The Packers got blown out by the Gmen.

    The Niners go blown out by the Gmen a while back (at their place)

    The Giants got blown out by the Bungles.

    So every division leader, save the Falcons, has been blown out and made to look silly at one point or another this season. And I'm sorry, but the Falcons can be beaten by any of the aforementioned teams.

    So, while the loss the 49ers hurt real bad. It was just a game and we've rebounded nicely. We've set ourselves up for a playoff run and as the Giants have proven, it only matters who's hot in the playoffs.

    Hopefully, people got their shirts snagged on a branch on their way off the cliff last week and they can still pull themselves back up. The story remains to be told...

    Now for the Seahawks....

  • well said, sir. well said. all those teams have been embarrassed. and the falcons, well, they have barely won a bunch of games against teams you would expect them to easily trounce. let's just keep getting better and hope that we can find some rhythm like yesterday.

  • Doc I like your attitude. Not jumping off a cliff but the injuries are very troublesome. Followed the game on the internet yesterday and saw the highlights. The loss of Louis is huge. Not sure if Carimi or the hardest working man in show business will fill that spot. Al was spot on. Allen left his feet and went directly at his head. If the NFL doesn't at least lighten his wallet there is no justice. Hard to tell about the other injuries. I'm guessing that the Beloved will really be out to kick some ass in 2 weeks. Hopefully Allen's on a regular basis. That cheap shotting drunken hillbilly.

  • MB when are you, Danica and Melanie going out for a threesome? Oh my!

    When Jeffery went out last week it was announced 2-4 weeks. Haven't heard anything different since.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    From your moth to God's ears... as my father would say.

    Damn it re: my man ashlon

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Mouth that is.... unless you do actually have a pet moth.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No moth for me. Definitely hotties. Never had a threesome and now it wouldn't make any difference. My Beloved Bride is quite a bit younger and she's all I can handle at my advanced age.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Nice Work, Canada! What are we talking, 10 years younger? 20 years?

  • Thirteen. I'm a lucky guy!

  • The best part about the BiQueens is Ponder. He isn't awful but all his passes are within 10 yards of the LOS. He shows just enough to not give up on him (due to being a first rounder). Hopefully they will fiddle while the Twin Cities burn for another 3-4 years. It will take a house cleaning to get rid of Ponder. If it were me, I'd put Webb in and see what happens. They aren't going anywhere with Ponder. Glad it's not our problem.

  • Not sure if anyone noticed the horse collar on Conte. Not as cheap as the one by that asswipe DE.

  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2012/11/26/seahawks-dolphins-fallout-seattle-players-may-be-suspended-report-says/

  • In reply to Shady:

    With the appeal I'm sure they play against us next week.

  • In reply to Shady:

    apology accepted.

    In other news, I'm honestly thinking about investing in these for the game: http://www.thermacell.com/heated-insoles-foot-warmers

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Apologize? What chu talkin' 'bout Willis?

    And yes, your extremities (fingers, toes, ears, nose, balls) will be the first to suffer the consequences of sitting out in the Chicago cold in the middle of winter for 3+ hours.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I already posted that a couple threads ago.

    I have to admint that I am now a little scared after Crown's frozen balls story.

  • cyber monday deals anyone?

    http://www.sportspickle.com/opinion/14774/cyber-monday-deals-on-professional-athletes

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Man I love sportspickle.

  • Seahawks distracted with drug tests and Pete whining.

    Players have mentally quit on trying to catch the Niners in division.

    Game over before it's played.

    Let's hope.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm expecting a clean win and anything less will be disappointing. It really is amazing to see such a difference in a teams form at home versus on the road. Yes they beat us the past two years at home, but last season we got Hanie'd and the year before we beat 'em when it counted. We pretty much contained AP this week and if we do the same with Lynch then I have no worries about Wilson beating us.

  • As mentioned above by some of you guys, I also agree that this concussion will be the end of Hester. He was already cowering in fear whenever a DB bigger than 5' 6" came to tackle him and this hit will give him shellshock. Time to put Weems on returns fulltime (he didn't fall to the ground at the slightest hint of incoming contact) and possibly pick up Plax or some other body that can just catch jumpballs until AJ comes back.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Plax is a Steeler:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/plaxico-burress-playing-steelers-170153653--nfl.html

    TO is still available. And he should remain that way.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Funny they signed him when the real problem they had was that Charlie Batch was throwing the rock around. I wouldn't take TO or Chad Whateverhisnameisnow under any conditions. Not a lot out there otherwise so we could see the return of Sanzendoodle or even the activation of Joe Anderson off the PS?

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Didn't Anderson make some nice pre-season catches? Maybe Brian Fantusz (Fanutz? the guy from the CFL with his own cereal) will come back to us.

    Where's Juan Iglesias when you need him?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    "Getting Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith to talk about a single young player making an impact is almost as difficult at times as getting him to talk about a Pro Bowl LB's knee injury, but rookie WR Joe Anderson had the coach singing his praises Sunday after practice.

    "We've seen a lot of players step up," Smith said. "A guy like Joe Anderson, most of you don't know an awful lot about where he's from or where he played college ball, but he got an opportunity and made a couple big plays."

    Anderson (6-1, 196) is an undrafted rookie (Texas Southern) who survived the first round of cuts -- possibly because of his two big catches against the Giants on Friday.

    Johnson made a short, leaping catch in the red zone, then on the next play put a fake-and-spin move on Giants CB Bruce Johnson after a short catch to get free and score the game-winning 11-yard TD

    "I like that receiving group, whether we keep five, six, seven (receivers), whatever, we're going to feel pretty good about it."

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/nfl-rapidreports/19928476/bears-extra-points-longshot-wr-joe-anderson-catches-lovies-eye

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Won't be Plax. He signed with the Steelers.

    Not sure about Hester. No doubt he's been avoiding contact. Not sure if he was dinged up before or he has lost his mojo. How he comes back from this concussion will tell the tale. Even if it's the last we see of Devin, I'm thrilled he played for us. Kickofffs and punt returns are the most exiting plays in football and nobody provided more excitement than Devin.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I'm the exact same Canada, it was Hester that got me into watching the Bears in the first place and I will be gutted if that's how he's gonna go out.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    it's really really sad to watch man

    (isn't it shady... you there yet? no? seriously? What's it going to take maings?)

  • holy shit the packers suck

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Finally we agree on something!

    I have no idea how your OL problems don't get as much attention as ours.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    bingo!

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    You have no idea how relieved I am to here you can be at least somewhat objective.

  • Kinda seems like he's overreacting to a single bad game, though, doesn't it?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Or maybe his eyes have finally been opened to the truth?

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Either way, I say Fuck'em.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    I hate when that happens.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    We will get payback on Russell Wilson for ya'

  • By the way, I have done the requisite statistical research and Adam Podlesh did in fact score the first two Jewish points in the NFL this season with his two-point sprint.

    Leave the statistical research to us chosen people, BlogFader. We're good with numbers. Eric Lorig scored a TD in the Bucs 36-17 win over the Vikings in week 8 this year.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13407/erik-lorig

    But no one, Jew or gentile, has ever crossed the goal line with a bigger, goofier smile on his face than Adam Podlesh:

    http://www.trbimg.com/img-1353877841/turbine/chi-bearsap-20121125/1129

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    His facial expression looks like he just saw Joseph Smith.

    (joke)

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Am I the only one who cringed at that play and thought, "Why didn't Toub save that for a FG attempt in a non-blowout game?"

    As it is, Toub just gave the rest of the Bears' opponents tape on a possible fake FG. So if the Bears are ever in 4th-and-short in FG range, in a game when they really need a TD, this might bite 'em in the ass.

  • Lovie would leave the O on the field then anyway. I'd much rather have Cutty taking the snap on 4th down than Podlesh if we actually needed a touchdown. Screw the fake in that instance.

  • Nah, that play was a very specific response to the Vikings overloading on one side of the ball. If another team does the same thing the Bears will call the exact same play with about equal chances - Podlesh had 4 blockers against 3 defenders.

  • Shit, it would be Louis out of all the lineman that the dirty wanker Allen would put on IR. Dirty mullet fuck couldn't take being shut down by Webb so he pulls that crap.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    was just coming to post this. fucking sucks. waiting to see if the league will even review the hit.

    blech. fucking. blech.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Even when Webb plays well, he still somehow hurts our Oline.

  • Louis on IR.

    Shite.

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    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-bears-guard-louis-out-20121126,0,778406.story

    I bet sending a message by sending Chilo to the Non Football Injury list doesn't seem like such a good idea right now.

    Meanwhile Chris Williams sits on the bench in St. Louis. I never thought that was a good cut. He was playing well at guard last year. Godfather of Soul time... ....

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Allen should've been flagged and will be fined. There is a new rule (from a couple years back, I think) that a defensive/return player who blocks an opposing player while headed toward his own end zone is committing an unnecessary roughness foul. I think Mike Peirera had a thing about this in his column a week or two ago.

    I'd find the rule and/or the citation, but I'm fried from newborn & 3 year-old fun.

    Anyway, Allen was clearly headed toward his own end zone when he blindsided Louis.

    Personally, I don't like this rule and think that if you're trying to make a tackle on ANY return, you need to have your head on a swivel, but I understand why the NFL has it in the books.

    Weird that Louis blew his ACL on the play.

    Oh, and Allen led with his head, so I'd like to see at least a $25K fine.

  • DYL..was just going to post that....SSSSSHHHHEEEIIIITTTTEEEE!!!!!!

    the only badass we had on the line...

  • http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/26/bears-put-lance-louis-on-injured-reserve/

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Looks like Carimi is now a guard, eh?

  • Posted from previous thread:

    I was out of town for Thanksgiving and failed to pick for Sunday's game.

    Does this eliminate my chances Jeff or can I still pick this coming week 12-02-12?

    On a side note I thought the Bears looked great Sunday...I just hope the several injuries we suffered don't kill our chances..

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    Email Jeff, he doesn't always read all the comments. (shhhhhh)

  • Self-righteous prick, Matt Schaub, on Ndogkgomgong Suh:

    "You don't want a player like that. The stuff that he stands for and the type of player he is, that's not Houston Texan-worthy," Schaub said. "That's not what we're about as a football team, as individuals, collectively as a group, we're not that type of person."
    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8676866/matt-schaub-ndamukong-suh-style-play-not-houston-texans-worthy

    But Tim Dobbins IS Houston Texan-worthy? Fuck you Schaub.

    Btw, Suh did not "kick Schaub in the groin," he nudged Schaub on the cup with his toe. Schaub went down in a heap, of course. It was his best performance since he claimed to have lost a chunk of his ear after a late hit that cost Denver LB Joe Mays $50,000 and a one game suspension.

    Suh will probably get the same or similar for his toe-tap on Schaub. Ray Anderson, NFL executive vice president of football operations said of the incident: "From my personal point of view, it was unusual, to say the least. Don't know if it was a football move I've ever seen."

    But Suh's judo-powerslam on Cutler was? Fuck you too, Anderson.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    can someone with a twitter account tweet a video of the cutty hit to that asshole with the hashtag:

    #youmeanthistypeofhoustontexansworthy

    fucking clown.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thorry Thu, you're jutht a big meanie.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    You really think Schaub was wearing a cup?

    I think maybe 5% of NFL guys wear cups.

    Which I don't get. Even if you think a cup slows you down, your junk isn't worth a teensy bit of speed.

    I always chuckle when a guy gets a toe to the pork & beans and the announcers awkwardly say, "Looks like Smith is... uhhh... grabbing his abdomen. Looks like he got the... uhhh... wind knocked out of him. We'll take a quick commercial break while Smith...uhhh... recovers from his... uhhh... stomach injury."

    Just say it! "Smith got kicked in the jewels. His man-parts are gonna be sore. We'll take a quick break while he vomits and reconsiders the priesthood."

  • Only 5%? I didn't know that. Hopefully Schaub felt some real pain, then.

  • Fucking Jared Allen. Someone needs to retaliate and take his legs out in a couple weeks. I nominate Kellen Davis.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I second the motion

  • In reply to Shady:

    Davis would whiff.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Ha!

    nice one.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    lol.. no shit

  • In reply to Shady:

    Let Pringles do it. He's good at causing debilitating injuries.

  • Bring back the Bayou SCUD!!!!

    SO perfect for this mission!

  • FWIW, Jonathan Scott is a UFA next year - so he has every reason in the world to kick ass and take names, it could be worth a big ass contract to him if he proves himself.

  • Levi Horn anybody?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    (irish slowly raises just the top half of his head above his cube and slowly rotates his head towards GP with an obvious huge grin on his maw)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Slaw in the maw!

  • In reply to Shady:

    Smaw. Fucking auto correct.

  • In reply to Shady:

    you hungry yo?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I fucking hate coleslaw. I used to simply dislike it before having to actually make it as an intern for Steak N Shake. That's where I learned to hate that vile Charlie Bucket garbage. My iPhone dictionary apparently doesn't know about MW3 lingo like "Smaw" and "Haji" and "Fliesha".

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Where's Irish when you need him?

  • here's lovie getting spittin angry... biblical.

    Man, I've never heard him so angry. That reporter must have been scared to be so close: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/26/lovie-smith-not-happy-about-jared-allens-block/

    (flatline of a heart monitor screams in the background)

  • Any idea why it seemed like Robbie Gould had no interest in congratulating an ecstatic Podlesh. From the replay, which they showed twice, he literally brushed him off.

    It also seems like Kellen Davis is getting no love from his teamates. No helping hand up. Cutler verbally abusing him because of the drops. He shows real poor body language too. Seems like the drops have gotten the best of him. If he can't catch end zone passes and 15 can't either, that has gotta be addressed. Maybe Spaeth needs more chances in the corner.

  • In reply to selliot1958:

    "Yeah. Common guys. Podlesh and Davis need more high fives."

    Fuck Davis. I don't care to ever see him in a Bears uniform again.
    And up until about
    a week ago Podlesh was on the verge of being cut. He's been really bad until the Niners game. Maybe his teammates actually don't like him because it should be impossible to suck
    at punting when its your full time job. Fuck him too. In fact, he and Davis can get together and fuck each other. Save me the work.

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