Schedules of the Wild Card Contenders

Schedules of the Wild Card Contenders

Because this is what comes from losing these last two miserable games, now attention must be focused on those teams competing for the wild card slots in the NFC.

Chicago Bears

home Green Bay, at Arizona, at Detroit

Thoughts: Who the hell knows but it seems almost likely the Bears will be 8-6 heading into Detroit with a win-and-you're-in scenario. If they beat Green Bay at home next weekend their road is considerably easier.

Seattle Seahawks

at Buffalo (Toronto), home San Francisco, home St. Louis

Thoughts: They don't lose at home and their win in Chicago has clearly reignited their season. I think they'll be the only contender to run the table and that will buy them an express ticket to a first round beat down in New Jersey. (It looks like you would much rather be the 6 seed than the 5 seed in the NFC.)

Washington Redskins

at Cleveland, at Philadelphia, home Dallas

Thoughts: Two things working against the Redskins right now. (1) The health status of Bob Griffin. Kirk Cousins will be a good player down the road but I'm not sure he is ready lead a team on a playoff charge. (2) Cleveland and Philly are not pushovers right now, especially with Nick Foles.

Dallas Cowboys

home Pittsburgh, home New Orleans, at Washington

Thoughts: They've lost to Seattle and Chicago so Dallas needs one of those traffic jam tiebreakers to happen. If Seattle is the team I think will run the table, Dallas is the team I think will slowly walk the table and MAYBE win one of their last three.

Minnesota Vikings

at St. Louis, at Houston, home Green Bay

Thoughts: I think Minnesota's win over Chicago was their Super Bowl. They will be significant underdogs the rest of the way and I think they'll be content to finish 8-8 and make their decision at quarterback in the off-season. (They can't start 2013 with an unopposed Christian Ponder. Someone else must be brought in. Alex Smith?)

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  • So what you're saying is.... "Shut the fuck up we're about to be 8-6?"

  • In reply to Shady:

    that's funny.

  • Don't care at all about the other teams. If we keep playing the way we are it won't make any difference. So what if we got lucky and squeak in. We would get smoked for sure. If we start playing better, who knows?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Nail on the head, C-Bear. Lumping this roster into the playoffs is like the Eighties teams rolling into the playoffs without McMahon every year ... and then rolling straight back out again, Just don't want to see it. If you go to the ball you'd better be in a nice clean tux and have on some shiny shoes.

    Turning up to the show dressed like a homeless crackhead is not kosher. High draft picks please.

  • so you're tell me there's a chance

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqdNe8u-Jsg

  • There is always a chance in football...The reality of Football.

    1. The Bears may make the playoffs and then get pummeled.

    2. They may not make the playoffs at all and we'll all call for Lovie's bald head on a pike.

    3. They can make the playoff and get to the Superbowl just to lose the the Patriots, etc.

    4. They may go all the way and destroy all in their path and win the Super Bowl, then we'll make a bronze statue of Lovie Smith and put it in the middle of Grant Park for all to worship!!

    Possible and Probable are very different words...

    Probable...#1 because that would mean Lovie would stay and That's exactly what I do NOT want to happen. I would rather have either #2 or #4.

  • I know that Forte and Alshon have to step the fuck up on Sunday. They will be working hard to stop Marshall and Jay needs to get the ball out of his hands quickly or throw it away or run for a couple and slide. We get in trouble when Jay creates time with his feet and then tries to jam it in when he sees an opening. Sometimes you just tuck it and get 6 and slide.

    This will be an epic game and after my prolific volume of blogging today I have to stop until Thursday so I can get some work done in advance of the most ill timed business trip in recent memory. I will be unable to attend the Bears Packers game this weekend. Sorry boys. If you met me in person you'd understand that half of the shit I talk is sarcastic banter and that I don't really want you to die a fiery death when you disagree with me.

  • sad man.... common!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    it's business that gots to be attended to. I did everthing I could to move it back a couple of days.

  • sad

  • " We get in trouble when Jay creates time with his feet and then tries to jam it in when he sees an opening. Sometimes you just tuck it and get 6 and slide."

    From your keyboard to Jay's mind.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    yes Dave, and that is exactly what he did against the Vikings converting what was it 3 first downs with runs over 10 yards each???

    All of those years when he didn't have Marshall he tried it and you got 2009 where he made some of the greatest throws in Bears history and some 4 pick games. One of which was the 09 Packers game where he threw 4 picks and then drove all the way down the field and scored the winning touchdown with a little over a minute and then GB drove down the field right after that and won.

    Unfortunately we need him to do everything on the field.

  • And unfortunately, Rodger's nemesis won't be on the field. Missing you already Brian.

  • Someone call Sisqo!!!

    http://cbschicago.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/aaron-rodgers-black-thong.jpg

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    awesome... and disgusting at the same time.

  • Robbie Gould injuring himself in warmups leads to this:

    http://www.wsbt.com/chi-source-chicago-bears-holding-tryout-for-kickers-20121210,0,1856853.story

  • In reply to Shady:

    holy shit, if this shit show wasn't leverage enough for Robbie to get a new contract I don' know what would be:

    what kickers will be present but free agents that have been popular in tryouts for other clubs recently include veterans Billy Cundiff, Olindo Mare and Neil Rackers.

    Cundiff, Mare and Rackers. Talk about russian roulette of heartbreaking misses.

  • I'll always have a place in my heart for Neil Rackers for putting the cherry on top of this Sundae on certain Monday Night in 2006:

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

  • In reply to Shady:

    It will never get old.

    I need to see a Bears victory this weekend and the momentum that allows us to run the table heading into the playoffs.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Wow, I had totally forgotten that game came down to a missed 41-yard FG.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Ah yes, the gods were with us that year - all the way up until the end of the first quarter of the Superbowl...

  • I don't think that Seattle will run the table. SF may lose or tie StL, and the Seahawks may win at home, but I don't think SF is going to lie down for them unless it has already sewed up the 2 seed.

    Depending on RG3's condition, Redskins seem to have the clearer path.

    If the Bears beat Green Bay (not likely at the moment, but who knows), they end up with the clearer path through the last two games.

  • hey doc, rabbit... I just reserved us a dinner table at Ditka's on sat night. Last time I was in town they said a lot of the players go there before the games. I can cancel any time... interested?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Why not?
    But somebody is going to have to go in on the raw bar with me.
    That looks phenomenal.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    what's the raw bar... oysters?

    Disgusting.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh, how many people btw.... I booked for 4, couldn't remember if both your bros were actually coming.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    They are meeting up with us on Sunday morning.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Geeeez, ya forget me already? i was the first to commit, and I'm dissed already. I'm gonna go eat with Hunti!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Murph! I knew you were in, but you never said for what? We're tailgating with you?

    What are you in for sir?

    btw, I'm super fired up to meet and hang with you maings!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Weather is looking good, so there's about a 90% chance I'll be at the game. I'll be visiting old friends and family on Friday and Saturday night, but seriously considering going to the Field Museum on Saturday during the day.

    I wish I could offer for you guys to tailgate with us, but it's not my show and my cousin immediately shot me down before I even mentioned who you guys were (I was gonna bring a bunch of Italian Beef and sausage). It's too bad because my uncle is a 30+ year veteran tailgater and a pro. They owned a bar / restaurant for many years and offered people tailgating experiences many times, but got burned too often so they have a policy of not even offering.

    What are your plans for tailgating? Does anyone have a vehicle to tailgate from?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Doh!

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    thanks for thinking of us Corm. Man, your cousin's not only big, black, and buff... but he's mean too!

    Don't worry about it maings, I totally get it.

    Zero plans... no one's really stepped up with a plan to include us (*sniff*). If no locals host us, we’ll just get there and have as much fun as possible. I’ll bring my tablet so I can post and tell you guys where we are/going.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I thought you wanted Pizza? I'll cancel the pizza reservation.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    murph, do you have MBPs email address?

    Let us know what you want to do and when and we will make it happen. I just didn't know that we'd locked anything up yet.

    Do you want to do Ditka's on Sat... see if we can run into any of our boys? Whatever you want, we'll do my man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Whatever you guys want is good by me, I'm just bustin your balls. Doc had expressed the interest in Pizza a couple threads ago. Check with him and see what he wants to do. Ditkas aint no cheap date, and the last time I was there it was a dress code thing, no jeans. So if Doc wants to drop $100 on dinner and drinkin I'm all in. I dont have anyones email. Ill give you guys this email which I never used for anything personal, then if someone spams it up I wont care. When I get an email I'll send you my everyday one and I can get some numbers so come Sat I can keep in touch by text or whatever.
    statelinereunion@gmail.com

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    email sent murph.

    Doc, MBP, get online tonight and let's chat.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll be on @ 930 Eastern...

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    ok

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Email back at ya MB

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    gave you my mobile murph. Best of luck with the procedure! Let us know how it goes.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So Murph is having the penile reduction surgery? I had it done years ago, it's really not that bad. Plus afterwards, they let you eat all the ice cream you want...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    hahahahaha... awesome

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How the heck ya know i was having that penile reduction? That aint you Dr. John is it?? No privacy even on DBB!

  • always funny: http://www.sportspickle.com/opinion/14931/honest-nflcom-headlines-week-14

  • http://profootballmock.com/nfl-qbs-on-facebook-opposite-day/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That stuff is funny..

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The last line was brilliant. Twist!

  • jesus, chucky is a spastic fucking monkey. take your Ritalin dude.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Would someone PLEASE hire him as their HC so we don't have to listen to him anymore?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    exactly

    Are you guys watching the texans get fucking SPANKED btw?

    Jesus, can we get Cam Cameron as our OC please? Damn, he's calling some pretty amazing plays (yeah, having tom brady doesn't hurt either)

  • texas getting schooled... damn the pats are tough in dec.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    watching the Offensive creativity and pace of the Packers and Pats and comparing them to Tice's fucking short bus 1946 style attack with no tempo, no urgency, no imagination, no aggressiveness is fucking embarassing.

  • ha... just said the same thing below. fuck man... like night and day isn't it?

    Sucks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    er, above.

    btw, is it just me or do you also keep expecting to see Ted in the stands at foxburough?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Agin2uMRb2E

  • fake screens , quick hitting playaction, actual pass patterns with the running backs creating mismatches against linebackers, holy shit Tice looks like a south side highschool freshman B team coach.

  • formations where their tightends are split wide and isolated and have to be covered man on man by safeties.

  • yeah, cam cameron is a very good OC... and he has Tom Brady calling audibles. Pretty fucking amazing O

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, I think you mean Josh McDaniels. Cam Cameron was the Ravens OC who just got canned....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    sheite, yes... He's an immense butthole as a person, but he's a pretty damn good young, aggressive, and creative OC.

  • Hell, I'm just impressed by a team that doesn't have to take a timeout once a half because the play doesn't get to the QB in time.

  • NE's got better material at every position to work with, other than BM and Forte. Especially an offensive line.

  • I was pumped about The Belly initially, but I have to admit I thought we should be seeing results by now, or at least some kind of offensive philosophy to show for it. If it wasn't for having the best/second best receiver in the NFL then we wouldn't ever have been talking playoffs in the first place.

  • The 1946 Attack. I like that. Yes, we are The 1946 Chicago Bears. We even wear their fucking uniforms a couple times a year.

  • I'll betcha Lovie is around in 2013 and Tice is the sacrificial lamb. Which puts us right back where we were prior to Mike Martz - who wants to be the OC for a lame duck head coach? Maybe Jeremy bates...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    fuck me. you're right of course. fuck man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bates isn't necessarily a bad thing. In Denver, he worked under Rick Dennison who has been the Texans OC for the last few years. They've scored about a hundred more points than the Bears offense so far this year...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    well we have dropped at least 49 pts worth of TD's and at least 12 pts in field goals but i see your point.

  • Which is what separates winners from losers. Winners score more points than their opponents. Nobody deserves a Superbowl ring, but it sucks that Brian won't get one now.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I would like to try it. I think making a young hungry creative and aggressive guys with something to prove and need a way to jumpstart their careers your OC could be a huge win if the guy in there sucks balls. Why not try.

    officially leave everything as is, just have him calling plays not tice.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    There is precedence for that. Lovie did it to Babich a few years back. However, I get the impression that Mike Tice is nobody's flunkie. Not sure how that would go down...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    It would go down like this.. "Hey, uh, Mike, take this and try calling plays from the booth next year."

    http://www.shopping.com/sakar-victorious-microphone-stand-as-shown-one-size/info

  • Guys, you could have Brady and Bellicheat running the offense in Chicago and it wouldn't matter behind the beyond patchwork offensive line Angelo assembled and Emery has so far neglected.

  • In reply to Shady:

    agree.

    get online now fool, mbp and i are playin

  • In reply to Shady:

    I'm just referring to the creativity and pace. We could run quick hitting plays all day. It's how we got to the NFC Championship with Forte and Bennett and Olsen.

  • Are you proposing we go back to good ol' seven-step-drop Mad Mike?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I would go back to that in a heartbeat (minus the seven step drops, and maybe the tricksy plays on 3rd down), and I hated Martz as much as anyone.

  • I keed, maan

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    He had so much promise if he just could have cut out the 7 step shit and modified the use of the pass catching tight end.
    fucking Martz.

    oh well, let's just hope this ends well.

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  • MB, i got kicked out of our game. I don't have the new boards and can't remember my password to log in to buy them. ooops.

  • Nice to see the Texans exposed for the shit they are. By rights they should have lost in Chicago and Detroit.

  • Mb, you do realize that Josh McDaniels would never work here? I mean, as long as Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall are around.

    That being said, he has shown that he can help offenses but he didn't work out too well when he was the offensive coordinator for the Rams.

    I am pretty sure we wouldn't like the Ravens offensive coordinator that much. He was criticized for not running the ball enough and letting Joe Flacco air it out.

  • I wasn't really thinking of poaching him from NE, that would NEVER happen.

    I just think we need someone in the same mold as him to be OC.

    young, creative, aggressive, smart and a visionary... but not as big an ahole.

  • I have to admit. I really haven't met very many people my age that truly like the Bears.

    I wonder if it's because the Bears haven't won a Superbowl in a long time or if it's because there hasn't been a player as special as Walter Payton.

    Is anyone on here really close to my age? The only reason I ask is because I don't meet many Bears fans that are my age. It was funny to me when I read Johnny's post today but it made me think. All of my life, no one my age liked the Bears, but everyone that did was usually way older than me.

    I'm not saying any of you are old but it's really sad that most young fans don't like the Bears. I mean, seriously, who the hell are they rooting for?

    I was saving this story for a blog I wanted to write but I feel like you all will enjoy it more than a bunch of random people.

    I was at the Buffalo Wild Wings in CA when the Bears played 49ers. I was the only guy there wearing a Bears jersey and everyone laughed a gave me funny looks. Hell, I didn't care. I was just happy to finally be able to watch my dearly beloved on a big screen.

    I arrived 2 hours early to watch the game. About 20 minutes before the game actually started, a man in his 40's or 50's walks up to my table. He politely says hi and ask if I mind if another fellow Bears fan joins him. Of course I said he could join me and we watched the game.

    The stories he told me were priceless. All about the Bears and all about Payton. My favorite player will always be Urlacher but there is not doubt that Payton is second. I have never seen the guy play and I will never meet him. But the impact he left of my grandfather and this gentlemen was so profound and moving that I can't help think the guy was more than a football player. To many, he truly was.

    During the game, my wife got off work and "Johnny, she is working on something that I can't disclose but you were damn close." she joined me and the gentlemen. I told him about how I write occasionally about the Bears and how she works for the military. We all ate together and she told him about the game we went to and how she made the costume. Lydia's favorite part of the whole story is how they cut her out of all the pictures.

    Anyways, I kid you not. The minute he saw how real I was about the Bears and the fact that my wife serves our country, he took our bill and paid for it. At the time, I was still looking for a job and I gave him my number in case he heard of any openings or whatnot.

    I haven't heard from him or been able to go watch any of the games but something tells me he still goes to BWW to just watch the Bears and waiting for Bears fans to show up.

    In the end, I know I will not get to meet all of you but damn, I want to try. There is something about Bears fans that are different than others. I enjoy talking about the Bears with you all and I wouldn't have it any other way. This whole story might sound gay but think about it. Most legitimate Bears fans are the nicest and generous people that I have ever met. Which makes me wonder, did Sweetness make that big of an impression on people?

  • As big of a role model that Sweetness is, that nice 'ol guy bought you dinner probably because of the GS Halas influence. My father tells me all about Halas at least a few times a year, even though he knows I have read all of the lit I can get my hands on. "You know son, Papa Bear always took care of his players back when they weren't paid shit. If something bad happened to one of his old players, their family was always helped."
    You are correct in a weird sort of way though. Bears fans do seem nicer. Then again, it may be an "older person" thing, most people seem to get nicer as they get older.

  • The world is full of substanceless posers. They tend to be disloyal. They can't identify with or draw inspiration from or truly understand and appreciate a player like Walter Payton.

    Those people get weeded out over the long haul. What you're left with are the kind of people you've been meeting.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    On the other hand, any asshole can be a fan, and what's not to like about Walter Payton if you're a Bears fan?

    I had an Uncle who was so full of bile his teeth were ground to the gums. He loved Payton and was a lifelong Bears fan, although he seemed to enjoy hating the Bears for their failures a lot more than he enjoyed celebrating them for their successes. He liked Payton mostly as an impossible standard by which all others could be judged unworthy.

    So I take back my previous answer and replace it with, "You haven't met enough old assholes from Chicago."

  • Walter? He's the only reason I fell in love with football, Erik. I'd seen this weird sport on TV for about two years and could take or leave it, but when I saw Sweetness do his thing I was hooked. Bears fan.

    Getting Neal Anderson towards the end of Walter's career was unbelievable luck. He was great too.

  • Great story Artoo. I'm 22 in Feb next year and would love to celebrate it with a Superbowl win.

    The only people I have a few friends that watch the NFL but they aren't Bears fans and they don't follow it as closely as I do.

    Outside that, I have seen a couple of people wearing Bears jerseys but when prompted they've said they had no idea about the Bears and only bought it cause they liked the look of it when they visited America. I've seen more Tebow jerseys than Bears jerseys....and those folks probably won't talk Bears. This blog is all I've got really and that probably ain't gonna change as long as I live in Scotland.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Wow. I didn't even detect an accent.

  • With regard to Lovie and his OC I only see two likely scenarios. In both of them, Tice is gone.

    1.) Lovie rights the ship this weekend and backs into the playoffs. If so, Emery might give him one more chance to coach his way into a new deal. But Tice is gone. The only likely candidate at that point for the OC job is Bates. No seasoned vet is taking that job for a lame duck.

    2.) If the Bears lose Sunday, I think Lovie and Company are all gone. Its a difficult trip into the playoffs from there. Phil Emery seems like the type of guy that wants to put his stamp on this team. Drafting 99 was his first chance to mark his turf. Why else take a guy that projects as a standup 3-4 OLB? I don't think the window on the defense is closing , I think we're getting ready to look through a different window. It will likely be a 3-4 built around McClellin, Melton, Jennings and Wright (Maybe Hardin?).

    My guess is the second scenario. Lovie's strong suit has always been defense. The pieces of the defense that make his scheme work are old and nearly done. The offense is flailing, despite having key skill position players. Outside of a late season surge and playoff run, I just don't see Phil bringing Lovie back.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I always felt in my bones that McClellin needs to be standing up and chasing people, shedding blocks and wrapping up the carrier. He;s the only guy of comparable size to Urlacher.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Wad, even though I would love to agree with you, I don't think Lovie will be fired even if we lose the next 3...He can easily say we had to many injuries to make the big one and save himself once again. And for some odd reason the McCaskeys will drink the kool-aid once more.

    It makes me sick to think of it...really. I WANT to accept your First scenario but I've rode on this "Hope Bus" too long now not to doubt. I've believe it when I see it.

  • I haven't heard if Jay singed a contract extension or not but I were him and he hasn't, I'd be telling the Bears that I wouldn't until the beginning of next season to see what efforts are made to fix the oline problems.I'm sure there are some teams that would love to have Jay and be willing to put together a better O line than we have now.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Looking at the NFL these days, it makes sense just to build the wall first and then slot in your QB, RB and receivers. Build the foundation of your house first. There appears to be a disagreement at Halas hall about who represents the foundation. The QB or the O-line? Brings us back to the Cutty deal .....

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Jay pretty much inferred that if certain positions were not addressed he wouldn't be opposed to looking at other offers.

    I don't blame him. Emery will address it though so I don't see it being an issue.

  • new thread... doc.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i'm going to keep deadposting like when i sneak up on you with set a claymore and you turn....and....poof....you gawn.

  • my goal from now on will be to catch you trying it and blow you and your claymore up before you can kill me.

  • If Seatle wins out then they might take their division. SF @NE @SEA ARI. If NE beats SF (3 point favs right now), assuming SEA handles buffalo then week 16 is for the division title. Of course STL could play spoiler for SEA like they did for SF I suppose.

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