Houston Texans at Chicago Bears Game Preview

Houston Texans at Chicago Bears Game Preview

They are both 7-1. They both play terrific defense. And they are both looking for a signature win for this 2012 regular season. One of them will get it Sunday night at Soldier Field. But who will it be?

WHY DO I LIKE THE CHICAGO BEARS THIS WEEK?

  • I always like the Chicago Bears.
  • I think the Bears are splitting the next two and I think San Francisco, on the road on Monday night, is a tall order.

PERTINENT STATISTICS

We know the defenses are terrific. Let's compare each team's big 3.

  • Brandon Marshall has 59 catches, 797 yards, 7 touchdowns. Andre Johnson has 42 catches, 562 yards, 2 touchdowns.
  • Arian Foster averages 4 yards a carry. Matt Forte averages 5 yards a carry. But here's the point: Foster has 85 more carries than Forte. 85! (Foster has 12 catches for 77 yards. Forte has 20 catches for 179.)
  • Matt Schaub and Jay Cutler are having incredibly similar seasons in terms of completion percentage, yards and touchdowns. But there two major exceptions. Cutler has twice the interceptions (8 to 4) and Cutler has been sacked 18 more times (28 to 10).

STOPPING ARIAN FOSTER = THE GAME

Is Arian Foster a great running back? I don't think so. But I think he is one of the more versatile backs in the game. (Outside of the tear-jerking press conference that opens the below video, just watch how many ways Kubiak uses Foster in their offense.)

The Texans want to stretch the Bears defensive line with Foster early and allow their own big, fast athletes up front to control the line of scrimmage. This will set up the cutback run game that has hurt the Bears in the past. (Head coach Gary Kubiak learned the zone-blocking system from Shanny in Denver.)

The Texans haven't been as likely to throw Foster screen or line him up outside to this point but don't be surprised if that element returns Sunday night. This defense is a test for any coaching staff and the Texans have a good one.

If the Bears hold Foster down - he has scored one touchdown in 12 straight games -  they can dominate on the defensive side of the ball. If they dominate on the defensive side of the ball, I think they win.

PARALYSIS BY ANALYSIS? SURE...

  • Owen Daniels is one of the five best receiving tight ends in the league, with 37-478-5. The Bears have done a solid job handling Jason Witten, Jared Cook and various other TEs but Daniels is Schaub's go to man in the red zone.
  • There will be a moment in this game where the Bears require a big punt from Adam Podlesh. That could mean a bomb off the Bears goal line or an angled shot to pin the Texans deep. He's been sub-mediocre in both areas throughout 2012 and the Bears will struggle in field position battles (this week, next week) without solid efforts in the punting game.
  • Okay, let's talk about it. How are the Bears going to handle J.J. Watt? In truth, they probably won't. They don't have an individual on their offensive line capable of handling him in a one-on-one match-up and when Kellen Davis gets involved it seems only to compound the problem. For the Bears, the answer is simple: put Sunday night on the running game and don't allow Watt or Antonio Smith or Brooks Reed or anybody else to tee off on the quarterback. And if the running game CONTINUALLY fails it does not mean the Bears must drop Cutler into a pocket and have him survey the field. Bubble screens to Hester. Roll out dump offs to Davis. Screens, screens, screens. Keep this pass rush off balance. Like this:

THRIVE/SURVIVE!

Thrive: When a team is as committed to the run as Houston, a big tackling linebacker can have a career game and I would not be surprised if Lance Briggs finished Sunday night's contest with 15-20 tackles.

Survive: Well, I mean, of course it's J'Marcus Webb. Webb was embarrassed in Green Bay by Clay Matthews and one would imagine that tape will be on a continual loop in J.J. Watt's living room this week. Even though Carimi has been statistically worse, Webb will be the target. If Webb keeps a clean sheet Sunday night it could provide a necessary turning point for his career.

WHAT DOES THIS GAME REALLY MEAN?

It is very difficult to contextualize individual regular season games. If the Bears dominate the Texans Sunday night there will be a great many analysts and "experts" pointing to the weak schedule Houston has played and asking the Bears to repeat the effort the following Monday night in San Francisco. If the Texans dominate the Bears, those same individuals will point to the weakness in the Bears first-half schedule and claim they have little chance of making a deep playoff run against legitimate clubs with legitimate pass rushes.

The truth is neither would be true. The Bears need to be getting better each week. They need to start rushing the passer more consistently. They need to run the ball more. They need their offensive coordinator to improve at coordinating the offense. They need their quarterback to continue throwing the ball to his own players.

Would it be great to win Sunday night? Of course. Would it be doomsday if the Bears lost? Of course not. But ultimately both results will be forgotten with a solid or horrible performance in San Francisco the following week. That's the sport in modern times. Nobody remembers the previous week. Hell, folks were saying Cutler and the offense have yet to have a game-winning drive on NFL Network Monday morning...8 days after Cutler and the offense executed a game-winning drive to beat the Carolina Panthers.

It's the most important game of 2012 for the psyche of the Chicago Bears. Until the next most important game of 2012 for the psyche of the Chicago Bears.

PREDICTION

I love both defenses to control the line of scrimmage, pressure the opposing quarterback and limit scoring. But the Bears defense has some freakish Mojo working and Chicago's specials are more capable of making a game-defining play. Couple those with the a fan base craving a game of this magnitude and you get...

Chicago Bears 16, Houston Texans 13

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  • That was a great post. I agree with every point. That has never happened before.

    The run game and the short quick passing game will ultimately destroy the Texans.

    Bears.

  • Good post Jeff. I'd rather win next week (conference game, not to mention they are one of the teams I love to hate) but why not win both of 'em!

    Hey Irish, it's all good my man. Heck, you and I go all the way back to the Trib board. No sense giving up on a long history.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    C-Bear, I swear, no matter who mentioned the trade thing the pot was boiling over - that wasn't aimed at you or anybody in particular. We all get to have our say, glad it's all good.

  • No worries. You're a passionate guy that I consider a friend.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Aw shucks.
    (hugs)

  • fags

  • Good One!

  • Ah. I remember why I started reading WCG and stopped coming here.

  • I don't want the post mortem on this game to be titled

    WATT Happened?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Dork

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    hush your mouth man.

    You should know better by now.

    That's not dork, that's old skool whit.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Not telling you what to post but needlessly insulting regulars is not exactly going to endear you to the clan.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Yeah only MB can get away with that.. jk

  • I'm just not sure that Johnny knows (wait for it...)

    WAD he's talking about.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    You're all a bunch of dorks. That said , I would still like entrance to said clan.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Nice. Waffle once told me to "fuck my couch" followed by a racial slur. Now that's an insult. "Dork" is more of a term of endearment.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I'm emoticonning right now. I just erased it because i don't emoticon in public.

  • thank you erik.

  • I can't add much to this analysis.

    I think the Bears will go out and put the focus on Foster, and dare Schaub to beat them. This worries me, as committing to stopping the run means a TE can run wild across the middle.

    On defense, then, the Bears' success or failure will hinge on the push up the middle. On offense, the Bears' success or failure will hinge on protecting the edge (on passing downs, and when Forte is gashing off-tackle).

    This will be an old-fashioned game: run the ball, stop the run. If the Bears can do both--which, given the venue and the ferocity the fans will show the home team, I think they can do--then they'll win 19-13.

  • At least Chicago Now is back to DA BEARS.

    Your comments about containing J.J. Watt show what the real determinant will be--whether the offensive line does its job. I'm not thinking just about on Watt, but can they open the holes for Forte?

    Otherwise, your analysis indicates that this is a fairly even game on a high level, and both teams will be tested on whether they can win one.

  • we never should have let Danniel go. You chose... DM or conte?

    Uhhhh... DM please.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Manning was out of position more often than not. I know he was a rookie, but I will never forgive him for forgetting to cover Reggie Wayne in the Superbowl. That play was fucking huge. He started to come on the last year or two here, but I don't think he was ever a good fit for our cover two. He's too fucking stupid. He reminded me of Forest Gump on kickoff returns. All that was missing was a sign in he crown that said run.

  • the last 6 games he was with us he did a great job coach. I am 100% with you on his intellect and his play before that, but once it clicked and he got it, he was a really strong player... then angelo trades him. Brilliant!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Manning did get his shit together finally, but he was just so fed up with playing every position on D that he just left.

    I think it was good for both parties. Manning's more athletic than knowledgeable, and that fits a 3-4 system better.

    Our base D requires discipline from our safeties and that's apparently rare because a lot of safeties like going for the big hits and the ints like the Swole, which leads to 70 yd bombs that demoralize a team.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Conte

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    dave, you're incorrigible

  • We need Kelvin Hayden to shut down Owen Daniels. I've been a big fan of DJ Moore's, but it's becoming obvious that Hayden is a more physical player and better in coverage. DJ may be more of a ball hawk, but he's a circus midget and can be out physicalled in coverage.

    Starting out fast on offense is going to be key in this game. The more we allow them to keep it close, the more they can lean on that running game. If we can manage to get up a few scores early in the game and make them one dimensional, game fucking over.

  • get up a few scores early?

    From your mouth to god's ears my man. I'll take one.

  • Coach, you are correct about Hayden. Since he is completely healthy he has taken over the spot from DJ permanently. They kind of addressed it subtly in the press but DJ is out Hayden is in. The Bears are better for it against teams with big receivers and big fast tightends.

    Owen Daniels is a threat and must die.

  • http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/07/bears-could-be-without-tillman-against-texans/

    Kinda changes things a bit. I think we can still get the win, but this would be a major challenge.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Induce, Peanut! Induce!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Had the thought as well to be honest. But from the sound it, I think they are planning to induce on the Monday if she doesn't deliver sooner. Hence the comment "Monday at the latest." Either way, it sucks for us, but I'm glad he's got his priorities straight.

  • So the dark colored corporate sock puppet was elected instead of the lighter colored corporate sock puppet. Woopdeedoo!

    The whole system is broken. You could put Mario Andretti behind the wheels of a bus without brakes and he'd take it over the cliff just like anybody else would.

    In the next 20 years, the world's population will approach 10 billion people. Hundreds of millions of people will become climate refugees due to climate change (man made or not). We will not have enough food, drinkable water, or energy resources to continue life as we know it. The countries infrastructure will continue to deteriorate to a point of disrepair that all of our cozy lives are going to seem like science fiction. It matters not who drives the bus off the cliff, it's still going off the cliff. (1% of me believes that I am wrong about all of this. God I hope I am)

    But hey, a harmless stress relieving plant has recently been made legal in 2 out of 50 states. So we have that going for us. Not that nonsensical prohibition laws ever stopped anyone from partaking in her righteous rituals.

    So....how bout them Bears?!?

  • whenever I bring up the impending clean water crisis and world food shortage (usually after a couple of drinks and if asked) I always get reactions like how that could ever happen.

    I can see a time where meat production is severely limited because of the amount of consummable grain that it takes to produce a pound of meat. there simply are not enough resources to handle the exponential world population growth.

    I'm already involved in hydroponic agriculture financing and the studies that are used by my clients to get the gov't to fucking throw millions of dollars of grants at their deals should be a sign to you guys that there are people out there that know that shit is going to get crazy. At least some people are looking for solutions now.

    We are living high on the hog but trust me that the fun times are going to come to a fucking grinding halt over the next 15-30 years.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Thank God the handle is back!

    Yup, we're at the end of cheap oil, clean water will become scarce, and 90% of our food comes from 3 crops - one bad harvest in any of those will cause a global food shortage. The free-for-all in logging the things that make our oxygen, the Co2 build-up in our polluted oceans and the population overload will all make the next generation very interesting indeed. If we don't blow ourselves up first because some people say their prayers differently.

    So the Lombardi needs to come back to Chicago toute suite merci beaucoup.

    Fuck.

  • end of cheap oil i can deal with. the rest of the world has been making due with high prices - i'm sure america will find a way to adjust. end of oil, however, is scary. i live in brooklyn and haven't even tried to move my car since Sandy because i don't want to have to deal with finding a gas station in the borough that actually has gas.

    mad max is coming, amigos.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Here is some data on birth rates. Many of the largest countries face significant intermediate-term population declines, assuming that there are no breakthroughs in life extension.

    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2127rank.html

    The figures really are rather striking, in that 18 of the top 20 in fertility rates are in Africa. Not surprisingly, all of these nations are part of the 36 African countries that are at the end of this list:

    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2102rank.html

    The on-going tragedy of Africa really does not get much press in the US... just too damn depressing I suppose.

    ===
    As an aside, demographics is the main reason I don't worry too much about Chinese adventurism. With so many single child families, enormous pressure exists on Chinese youth to produce in order to support the four grandparents each of them has. One could hope that the Chinese really *are* as far-sighted as the stereotype would have us believe, and that the trillions of dollars they have accumulated might be a reserve for elder care in the coming decades.

    The Chinese should be (regardless of whether or not the aforementioned speculation has any basis in reality) terrified by the insane deficits and money printing that is going on right now. All those decades of giving us real items in exchange for fiat currency may lead to nothing at all. And they can't exchange the USD for most other currencies, as most central banks are forced into creating oodles of their own currency to keep US products from becoming too cheap thereby ruining their domestic producers.

    Were I running China, I would be buying up natural resources all over the world* and gambling that military means are not needed to protect them. In other words, exchange all those soon-to-be-worthless US dollars for something that can produce a stream of real wealth going forward.

    * Oh wait, they are!

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    i've depressed myself a bit thinking of the studies and projections in my computer so will be switching gears to just Bears over the next couple of days.

    I know the Bears play a quasi-meaningless child's game that diverts my attention every so often from the harsh realities of the world but i'm sorry, i just really love it.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Brilliant. That's the beauty of football. It doesn't mean anything, but thinking about the other stuff really can be depressing .... and sorting out your plastics for recycling just isn't going to do it.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I'm told by Chinese teachers that once you go outside the main towns, they're rutting like rabbits in the outer provinces. Nobody can control/collect the taxes incurred by having 'extra' children. So really, the one child policy is un-enforceable. And so it goes ...

  • I believe you. Tradition does not go away by government decree.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    You don't need to indulge in Neo-Malthusian food scarcity arguments--mainly because those arguments are faulty. Sure, if you want to talk about global climate change and its effects on food production, yeah, there's something there.

    Water is the bigger worry, world-wide.

    But worldwide caloric output increases year after year, and is outpacing population growth. The problem isn't growing enough food, it's the types of food we're growing, and distributing food in a way that doesn't wreck local markets.

  • "whenever I bring up the impending clean water crisis...."

    "I can see a time where meat production is severely limited because of the amount of consummable grain that it takes to produce a pound of meat".

    I think you're overthinking your comment a bit.

  • Something that surprised me, but shouldn't have, was lower voter turnout for the Presidential election. Obama got about 10 million less votes than 08, but Romney got 2 million less than McCain did in 08. The one positive to me was a divided Federal Govt. I didn't want either party to control the House, Senate, and Presidency.

    I wouldn't be too happy about the pot legalization yet. We'll have to see what the Feds and the DEA do. The Supreme Court already ruled that under the Commerce Clause, intra-state cultivation of medical marijuana in California some falls under inter-state commerce. Not sure how they came up with that ruling. Interestingly, it was the "Liberal" justices, along with Kennedy and Scalia, that wrote the majority opinion. O'Connor, Rehnquist, and Thomas were the dissenters. O'Connor and Thomas wrote some great dissenting opinions in the case.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gonzales_v._Raich

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Like I said. I've never let Johnny Law stand in the way of a good time. What is worth getting excited about though, is that apparently more than half of the voting public in Washington realize that weed is not that big of a deal. And that's a step in the right direction.

    And actually, the law passed would give DUI's to those caught driving under the influence of weed. How will they test for it you ask? Blood samples of course. So what's the problem? Weed stays in the system for 30 days. I'd literally always be breaking the law when I drove. So that's bullshit.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    The anti-freedom "Liberals", supported by that jackass Roberts, sided with them that it was okay to FORCE people to buy a product.

    So yeah, expect the Feds to exert control.

  • http://www.thebiglead.com/index.php/2012/11/06/fast-girl-running-back-absolutely-owns-this-boys-youth-league-video/

    Awesome, and not just because it has two of my all-time favorite bands in the soundtrack (the second one is the beasties old skool stuff btw).

    Oh, btw... better enjoy it sweetie. too bad there's something called sexual dimorphism, it’s coming soon and there’s nothing you can do about it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That girl has patience, instincts, speed, toughness...

    Impressive.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Somebody just needed to clothes-line the bitch.

    Hey, it's football!

  • NICE!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Didn't we already go down this road with Garrett Wolfe?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    THAT was funny tobi

  • In all honesty im astounded that 50 million plus people voted for a morman candidate. These people must have never been exposed to Mormons and their rather unique culture.

  • The South Park episode on Mormonism was brilliant. I don't know that it's any less believable than the Jewish zombie carpenter who's mom got knocked up without the old in-and-out though.

    This is an awesome thread and it's only 23 comments old.

    Sorry Jefe, football was it?

    Wading through the stats for this weeks plunder (ATL-NYG-BAL btw), I noticed that only about 5 teams actually have more rushing attempts than we do per game. The Pats are a running team, who woulda thunk it? Houston have a better run defense than us (#2 vs #6)which amounts to just under half a yard less allowed and nobody has scored a rushing TD against them. They don't give up long runs either. We run the ball for 0.4 yards per carry more than they do.

    They allow 17 pts/game we allow 15. We allow the same yards per pass. We have about the same number of sacks, but we have almost twice as many interceptions (we're tied with NYG at 17, HOU have 9). We have 21 forced fumbles, they have 11.

    So the difference between the Texans and us?

    Probably Optimus Prime.... so punch it out before Sunday, Peanut .

  • They have a bad ass fucking o-line...

    Jeff wants the pass rush to show up this week.. I hope they do but I seriously think it will be tough.

  • They looked like dog shit against the taintsniffing Packers.

  • Like you said, different team and time.

    Packers game planned well for them. Something the Bears should look at.

  • Idk who said it but when Mitt's own state didn't vote for him, it should have made you think. Of course, I remember when TN didn't vote for Gore. Funny how that turned out.

  • The 47% thing sank his boat. Yeah, imagine people wanting healthcare, welfare and education. Selfish bastards. Sheesh.

  • Selfishness is expecting someone else to pay for everything for you.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Hope nobody in your family is ever down on their luck, Dave. Jesus.

  • I used the word "expecting". There is a huge difference between feeling grateful and feeling entitled.

    And you of course have no idea what luck, up and down, my family has had.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I'm sure you get my point, brah. Argumentative though you clearly are.

  • Just as sure as I am you don't get my point. So I'll spell it out for you.

    My family takes care of our own. Guess that makes us suckers in the modern USA. Oh well, I can live with it.

  • Exactly. Your family is lucky enough to take care of its own, Dave, good for you. But shit happens and certain people live in certain circumstances. I guess it comes down to whether or not you see the inter-connectedness of all things and can feel compassion, or sit there and think, "look at all the money I have. I'm successful. Fuck everybdy else. I'm all right."

    We live in a society that supports the banking scam ver actual human beings. Our system is designed to support shareholders, not people.

    " First they came for the communists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

    Then they came for the socialists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

    Then they came for me,
    and there was no one left to speak for me."

    - pastor Martin Niemöller

  • When corporations are deemed more important than the weakest among us - then fuck that society .... and the sooner WWIII happens the better. We have wasted the wonderful gift of life.

    Reagan opened the floodgates - which is what happens when you let uneducated actors run countries - and listen to the Fed's "experts"

    What happened after the very carefully designed crash recently? Did they say "You know what? That was terrible, we need to regulate the banks again." ?

    Did they fuck.

    I hope they address the 'money-as-debt' system we live under in the new Lincoln movie. Isn't it funny how every President that tries to ends up assassinated?

  • Not funny at all Irish.

  • If you have time read Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer. The book is about the hsitory of Mormonism. The main story in the book concerns 2 brothers that kill their other brother's baby because they are pissed at his wife. She won't let the 3rd brother join them in a fundamentalist sect of Mormonism. True story. Krakauer also wrote Into Thin Air, Into the Wild and Where Men Win Glory (the story about Pat Tillman). He's a very compelling writer.

  • Before I get lectures on how I should wait to have kids, we are and it will be a very long time, why would any have kids after reading all of your doomsday post?

    Back to the Bears, I want you all to do me a big favor when watching this game. It shouldn't be hard but watch the o-line.. not in pass protection but run blocking. Forte has made this o-line look a hell of a lot better than most people realize. Hopefully, I am imagining things and we see humongous holes Sunday against the Texans defense.

    Back to politics, this pretty much sums up how I feel about it. I hope the same goes for you. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=550258425003615&set=a.223098324386295.105971.205344452828349&type=1&theater

  • Artoo, don't wait too long. In all honesty it's the fucking greatest. The doomsday shit that we are talking about will be battled by some brilliant guys and girls that invent some awesome shit to delay the destruction of our human race....however we will eventually and ironically fall because of a scenario very similar to the backstory of the Matrix/Terminator.

  • Honestly, Artoo, I can see why not having kids would seem the sensible option. I second guess my tremendous procreation exhibits all the time. What kind of world will they live in? What will their quality of life be? And while I do believe that shit is going to hit the fan, I refuse to live my life as if it already has. As long as there's a chance, I'll give my kids the opportunity to experience this mortal but great world.

  • you have exhibited some excellent procreation skills.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    thrice

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    is that olde english for "in a 3 way"? Doc, you had a 3 way? That is way cool. I always wanted to do a chick with my buddy accidentally touching my leg with his scrotum. Was is completely nervewracking like peeing at Wrigley field?

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Here's a tip, waffle. If you ever have a three way, make sure it's just you and the girls. Don't invite the buddy.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    i couldn't have been kidding more. That's the disadvantage of blogging I guess.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I have had that... it's the sad and much less interesting/erotic cousin to the real 3-way.

    Anytime there are more dudes than chicks, it's bad. I'll just say it was really hard to get off (no pun) looking at my buddy 'across' from me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i keed i keed

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I know.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    We know.

  • It's a hard choice, Artoo. But you seem optimistic, driven to be successful, literate, and moral - exactly the type of person that *should* be having children. And for those reasons, I predict your children would be better off than many.

    Assuming our society does not "progress" to the point where the first two of those attributes are completely eroded based on a flawed notion of the fourth. Fostering dependency though social engineering is not moral.

  • Pull out my young friend, pull out. Tits can't have baby's.

  • Goddamn that was funny.

  • Marshall thinks the Texans will man up on him a lot more... I know they have a good corner and a good safety but I think they learned their lesson against the Packers..

    If not, the Beast will go into Beastmode again.

  • @vxmcclure23
    Marshall has decided on ``The Closer'' nickname for Cutler based on his quarterback's fourth-quarter success.

  • i wonder why he didn't go with my suggestion (long form):

    Cutlers flesh cannon of sweet death that will reign down fire upon the infidels of GB, Minny and Detroit and whose double barrell middle fingers shall be raised in defiance against all those who would doubt his power as we plough through the competition, as Doc plows headfirst in his quest to create a basketball squad, to the promised land that is the superbowl.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    3 on 3 tourney's maybe. Remember,.... ORNAMENTAL.

  • Just watched the highlights from last week's game, and Andrew Luck is *really* good. Already.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Seeing his composure in his first game was impressive. It was all about RGIII, but his team are 3-6 and he's thrown one TD in two games. He was expensive, Luck was solid.

  • I try to stay out of the political arena but here's a couple of stats for you. If it wasn't for immigration Canada would have a negative population growth.

    More people die from AIDS in Africa everyday than died in the 9/11 terrorist attack. If an African nation doesn't have some natural resources to exploit, the Western nations really don't care about them. That's how you get the genocide in Rwanda and the complete chaos of Somalia.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I washed my hands of the UN after Rwanda. All those blue berets there, armed and ready, and all they did was 'monitor' the situation. For 'situation' read 'disgusting mass genocide'. Belgium are responsible for a lot more than chocolate, great beer and waffles.

  • Read Shake Hands with the Devil by Romeo Dallaire. He was the head of the peace keeping forces in Rwanda during the genocide. It is a deeply disturbing book. He pleaded with the UN to send more forces and nobody would lift a finger. His hands were truly tied and had so few troops it wouldn't have made a difference. In 2 months time 600,000 people were killed. In 9 months the final tally was over 800,000.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    It's a shame for those people that they had no oil in the ground, or a communist country next door. Somebody might have helped them.

  • god they do have great beer.

    (and waffles for that matter... Leige waffles are the best shit ever)

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Couple things on africa.

    * Africa will always be africa. 100% on the west only giving a shit when there are rapable resources.

    * Africa is a tribal nation that has ALWAYS had inter-tribal warfare and genocide. Life means zero in most african nations... because there is usually nothing there. What I mean by this is we 'anthropomorphize' african's lives and put the same value on it we do as spoiled westerners with great lives. Most africans live in abject poverty (or are subsistence livers), thus life has much less meaning to the average african. Thus snuffing it out ain't that big a deal

    * The UN is a sham and a joke. Why anyone would put any confidence whatsoever that the UN is going to do anything for anyone is beyond me. Pathetic, useless organization meant only to perpetuate power and money at its top levels. (how do I feel about the UN you ask?)

    * That said, doesn’t make any of the horrors perpetrated by Africans on Africans or the west on Africans any better.

    * Nothing will EVER change in Africa… ever.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You've obviously been there. As far as food and water shortages go, it really doesn't matter. America is modern day Rome. You can either whine about and/or fear the fall, or you can get loaded and enjoy the circus (football). Bring on the circus, and kindly direct me to the vomitorium.

  • Ha. I thought I couldn't have kids, Artoo, shit happens.The best laid plans of mice and men ....

    Jefferson was the man. I'm sure it would take a herd of wild horses for old George Takei to withdraw from a friend. Ouch.

    Can we run it against Houston? I guess we'll find out. Has a 14-12 feel about it if the defenses don't score. Let's all join in prayer for Mrs. Tillman's waters to break tonight.

  • "best laid" has a contextual nuance here. Well played, Irish.

  • Picks to click this weekend? Last weekend i called Hayden.

    This weeks I'm picking Bennett on offense and Peppers on D.

    I also Hester will have a momentum building return. I don't know if it will be to the house but it will help us put points on the board.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I like the way you think Johnny! I was reading about one of Houston's favorite plays is the naked bootleg on the stretch play. That might work on Chicken Dinner but I'm pretty sure Pep will smite Schaub mightily if he tries that while Pep's in the game.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Thanks Canada. It means alot to me to know that my ideas and viewpoints can transcend cultures so different as the US and Canada. If I can do it, we all can do it.

  • Well, back to football. Oh, and if anyone else thinks my non-football comments are condescending, screw you! j/k

    Actually, I sort of type that stuff with a smirk, but "tone" is hard to get across messing around without a lot of "lol"s and other emoticons, which I shall not do on this blog.

    Anywho, to each there own. GP must really be hating this blog cause I know he would have a manifesto up by now lol (see!)

  • I'm done with manifestos from the classical liberalism point of view.

    For those of us that have lived awhile, we know that Nixon would interview Obama and look at Obama's actions and declare him farther to the right on the spectrum than he was. If Obama tried a China play like Nixon did, Fox News would be burning crosses on the South Lawn.

    Sc Dave just doesn't understand entitlement. He's never going to. He doesn't under TARP, he doesn't understand that corporate welfare dwarfs any entitlement culture that he thinks poor people have, it's all a big smokescreen and intellectual chasm for his hatred of a brown person in charge.

    If you want a cogent, well reasoned manifesto about where this nation is right now, here is one, written better than I could write it:

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/election-day-is-finally-here-tonight-is-going-to-suck-no-matter-what-20121106

    Here's what America is about: I am getting mine, fuck you getting yours.

    That's it. Right there.

    The attack on Obama for his "you didn't build that" line summed it up. The two speakers at the RNC convention who were on prime time gored Obama for that comment. Turns out the woman with the textile factory made her fortune with a no-bid contract for clothes to the Federal Government, because of her GOP ties. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzt. Sorry, sit down - YOU DIDN"T BUILD THAT.

    The other guy also had the Feds as his biggest contract. Ross Perot made his millions by getting EDS to build mainframes to run Medicare.

    Craig T. Nelson admits he was on welfare, and that it carried him while he was a struggling actor, but now it should be abolished.

    I'm getting mine, fuck you getting yours.

    No amount of manifesto has SC Dave seeing this. No amount of manifesto has SC Dave looking at the budget and doing the math. SC Dave blames the brown people for whatever life he has now, and no amount of stories about how Bush had AC-130s fly in stacks of cash amounting to >$100M to bribe Iraqis in cash during the heady post-invasion days is going to change SC Dave's mind that it's poor americans and their shitty attitudes bringing the nation down.

    As for me, I prefer the story a single dad in Ohio told, with his 8-year daughter who had Leukemia. Obama's health reform stopped his insurance company from stopping her treatment payments. SC Dave would call that "living off the teat". I call that an America that is in it together.

    Fuck Red States. Fuck them in the face.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I didn't know SC Dave was a racist, and Fox News was run by the Klan. Thanks for the informative post.

    SC Dave, why do you hate brown people?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I don't have much to add to this, except that it was a $billion in cash we flew into Iraq. And much of it was "lost"; i.e., it went away and no one kept track of it. It was, after all, meant to "lubricate" our occupation--that is, bribe the hell outta everyone.

    But we were greeted as liberators, right?

    Right?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    My wife died of leukemia.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I'm sorry for your loss Dave. That sucks. Its easy to make sweeping proclamations on the blog without really knowing the back story of the other guy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Obamacare is just Romneycare. He took it word for word from what Romney brought into Mass. when he was running for Governor. At least that was peddled for truth in the documentary 'The Choice 2012'.

    What choice though? Do you want to be fed to the private shareholders of the 'Federal' Reserve by a guy wearing a blue tie ...or a red one? That's the only choice there is.

    He'll throw the Reps a bone and give Romney a job. These fuckers all eat from the same trough.

  • "their"

    On to the Texans...

    Well, here it is boys and girls (didn't we used to have ONE gal on here?)

    I was so pissed after the Packer game, I declared Cutler a Romo until he proved he can beat "Elite" teams. I never doubted he could beat "Wild Card" teams like the Cowboys, Lions, or even the Colts (how 'bout that?), but ELITE teams who non-coincidentally also show off a good pass rush and can score points. I only thought 3 teams on our schedule fit the billing, the Packers, Texans and 9ers.

    Cutler failed the first test, miserably. Now he gets another shot at redemption. I'm not dreading it as much as I thought. If anything, I'm more curious. I'm curious what kind of game plan Tice will create to attack the Texans, which will greatly determine Cutler's success.

    The Packers destroyed the Texans because they did the same thing to their D that the Dolphins did to the Bears D in 85 - they spread them out. The heart of the Texan's D is its LBs and one Watt. The Packers deprived them off that, and the up tempo probably wore out Watt and the pass rush as the game went on, enough to slow them down.

    By the time the Packers got so up that they negated Texans of their other strength, Foster. They were forced to pass, and as others have observed, Schaub is avg at best as a throwing QB. Andre Johnson can still be dangerous, but he's no Mega, and their second best WR is Owen Daniels.

    As much as I want the Bears to run the damn ball (rinse wash repeat), I can't help but get this nagging feeling that Mike "beautiful mind" Tice is going to sling it a lot more than I'm comfortable with.

    Hope I'm wrong, but who knows?

  • The TExans have the second best run D in the NFL to our sixth. We'll have to either win it in the air or take it away and run it back on the same play.

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    Did anyone notice the teams Foster was doing his running against in the video? Jacksonville, Washington, Arizona, Dallas, Indianapolis, St. Louis... Are there any top defenses in that group?

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Ariz's front 7 is actually pretty solid, but their anemic offense gives the ball right back, so their D is under constant duress (sorta like us last year when Cutler went down).

    But I definitely think we can shut down Foster. And by shutdown, I mean 70yds and no TDs. We've proven year after year that we're a top 3 run stopping unit, which is pretty remarkable considering how many sacks and turnovers we're producing this year. Usually teams who give up big plays and gamble a bit get sacks and turnovers, but we're not only producing them, but also playing fundamentally sound.

    Crazy D.

    Sidenote. Does anyone know how our D fares against zone-blocking Os? I think the Titans used it, and we bottled up CJ until our 3rd stringers went in.

    Maybe I'll check out the stats later.

  • Foster and Ben Tate run behind the best offensive line in Football.

    this is not Carolina. Not the Titans. This team has some horses pulling that wagon. They block as well as a unit as anybody.

    We're going to see a total war in the trenches, come Sunday night, when the Texans have the ball. We're going to see if Lack is really back, because this team WILL get to him before he gets to the line of scrimmage.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Thank you for pointing that out again GP..

    Texans have an insanely good offensive line.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The next two weeks will be the toughest tests for our D-line. Houston and San Fran both have really good lines. If we can generate pressure with 4 in those games, our defense is unstoppable.

    Worth pointing out that a dangerous front 4 attack is what won the superbowl for the Giants both times. Tom Brady is a great QB but he has enjoyed some of the best protection in the history of the game. The same was true of Aikman in the 90s. Beat the protection, beat the QB, win the game.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    War. That about sums it up. Battle of the turnovers.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    With the exception of Washington and Arizona.. The Bears have faced those same teams. Thus, you can't sit there and judge them without judging us.

    That being said, the Cardinals and Cowboys have pretty solid defenses but even defenses have bad games.

  • ESPN sports science (one of the only things i really like on there) just did a breakdown of peanuts ball punch.........pretty cool......

  • I think the biggest thing that came out of yesterday for NFL players is that some states, like Colorado, legalized Maryjane for non-medicinal (i.e. party) purposes.

    I can see a whole lot of the NFL rejoicing over that one.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I read something along the lines like this..

    It's legal for them to use it in that state but Sports, military, and other organizations have the right to test drug them for it. Thus, the organizations don't have to hire or keep their employees if they fail "their" drug test.

    How or whether that is true is beyond me. Lawyers please explain

  • Sure. There are already a ton of perfectly legal performance enhancing drugs that are grounds for penalties if used by players.

    The interesting question would be if a ban on marijuana had any rational relationship to the job of playing football. But I think the league's stance would be something like: "Marijuana is extremely controversial; we want our players to be role models; role models need to be held to a higher standard and therefore avoid controversy."

    Of course, a player can rack up $300,000 in bills at a strip club and the league doesn't say a word. Likewise the players that father multiple children out of wedlock and then have to get hunted for child support.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I would think that marijuana can benefit football players a lot.

    They're already taking a bunch of pain killers with all sorts of addiction and side effects (Favre, anyone).

    If marijuana can alleviate the pain of terminally ill, chronically embattled patients, I would think that it can do the same for football players who continually claim that each week is like a car crash.

    Perhaps it's just the whole Chic and Chong stereotype that bud makes people stupid and lazy, which I can attest from first hand experience is not the case. Two or three of the hardest workers I know puff it up. They have steady jobs, families - they just prefer that to drinking or smoking cigarettes.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Glad to know you have such lofty goals.

    But it's cool - I'm all about freedom. Something that GP will never understand.

  • I think it's funny how some of us can be unwaivering in the faith and ability of a certain football team in a certain city by a certain lake but so doom gloom and boom Marc Faber style when it comes to the world. It seems like I'm the opposite. My general outlook on the future world remains relatively optimistic while my Bears outlook remains in constant cynicism and turmoil.

  • In reply to Shady:

    You might like this, then:

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/11/the-american-president.html

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Andrew Sullivan can go f'k himself.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I keep telling my John Birch Society Blue Book toting/NRA lifetime member/Fox News loving father that for a foreign born Muslim, Obama really hasn't done that bad of a job....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    that was funny.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Party propagandists like to generate false hope among their followers on election day, even when they know the numbers show their candidate will lose. Here's how to avoid disappointment next election cycle.

    http://mlb.sbnation.com/2012/11/7/3613678/nate-silver-baseball-statistics

    http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I find that if you never get your hopes up you'll never be disappointed.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Or you could always keep your hopes up, no matter what happens.

  • In reply to Shady:

    ... and if you, ahem - I mean if one never has hopes/dreams one will never achieve anything.

    "Success is the progressive realisation of a worthy ideal."

    Earl Nightingale I think.

  • Houston has only given up 10 sacks this season and 33 qb hits..

    Chicago has only give up 28 sacks this season and 48 qb hits...

  • only?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Sounds like less than last year at this point. Canada? You got numbers on this?

  • According to Football Outsiders Houston has the 32nd ranked Special Teams DVOA. Number 1? Da Bears

    Time for Devin to get back to greatness

    http://www.footballoutsiders.com/dvoa-ratings/2012/week-9-dvoa-ratings

  • In reply to reprisal:

    According to ME, Houston... has a problem.

    It's called Peanut's Patented Ball-Punch.

    Forecast for Sunday: Mostly Sunny with a 90% chance of Fumbles.

  • peanut MAY be at the hostpital while his new daughter is born.

    If you have a luck rabbit foot, better start usin 'em now boys.

  • I'm aleady so sick of the politics.

    Here, read this instead: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8603746/tim-tebow-lost-emails

  • Damn.

    Jock. Sniffing.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/week-10-power-rankings-184808522--nfl.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow. You want scoring, how you like these apples?

    "In the first quarter of their 51-20 win over the Tennessee Titans, the Bears scored a touchdown on a blocked punt, an interception, a running play and a passing play. That was the first time in NFL history that had happened"

    All that was missing was a fumble recovered for a TD, and punt return. Dang. Is it me, or are the Bears doing a lot of things this year that have never ever taken place in the NFL?

  • did I do thaaaaaat: http://www.aol.com/video/total-blackout-with-jaleel-white/517530743/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl10%7Csec3_lnk3%26pLid%3D231181

  • btw, I'm back online bitches!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Are you sure I shouldn't surf in Monterey?

    I know.. I know.. It's just damn.. the waves look so good and inviting.

  • yes, do it.

    You have a better chance of getting hit by a car while you cross the road than you go getting eaten by a shark.

    Of course, if you're that one unlucky dude, it's probably the worst way to die except for slow torture or being burnt alive.

    Btw, even if you’re the best athlete and pick everything up very quickly, surfing will be the toughest sport you’ve ever done. Get ready for at least a couple weeks, if not months, of abject misery while mother ocean ass-fucks you relentlessly. Have fun!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "You have a better chance of getting hit by a car while you cross the road than you go getting eaten by a shark."

    What if the road was filled with water and the cars were actual prehistoric killing machines?

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