Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears Game Thread

Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears Game Thread

Three final thoughts:

  • The steam has really escaped this regular season in a way I can't remember it happening in the past. One of the major reasons for that is the remarkable separation that's occurred at the top of the respective conference tables. In both leagues an argument can be made only playoff spot is currently up for discussion. The Bears can go a long way towards cementing an appearance in the postseason by beating the Seahawks today and one hopes they'll match the desperate intensity sure to be on the visitors sideline.
  • All eyes on the offensive line today. If Cutler is sacked less than three times Bears win easily.
  • The Seahawks will make taking Brandon Marshall away item number one on their defensive agenda. It will be up to Marshall and Cutler to beat double and sometimes triple teams if they are going to be successful. Other than Cutler to Marshall the Bears have done little else reliably this year.

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  • "...little else reliably..."

    I don't know, Jeff, and I'm sure I'm not the 1st to suggest that they've reliably pretended that Devin Hester is still a major retun threat.

  • I second that.

  • Two weeks until...

    Packers.

    Bears.

    Soldier Field.

    NFC North Title.

    Drunken bloggers blitz Bear-town.

    can't freaking stand it

  • Fathers, hide your daughters...

  • Well, starting today till the end of the season will tell how hungry the Bears are to be a SB contender and to win the NFC North is gonna take winning all three final games unless the Packers fall flat on their faces..which seems unlikely less Rodgers gets taken out. If it's a tie between us and the Packers would not the Packers take the NFC North cuz they beat us first. Not sure how that works, maybe one of our esteemed experts can enlighten me as to how that works.
    So the real fun begins today....

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Since we'll be beating them on the 16th, the tie breaker will be nil.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Who beat whom first is not among the tie-breaking criteria.

  • December 2nd and it's 60 degrees at Soldier Field? Dafuq?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Welcome to thew "new" Chicago. It's got Nashville's climate.

  • Bears are going to need their TEs to step up today.

  • Lol surprise surprise...Jackson from four letter network picks Seattle over Bears. I hope Cutler looked at the camera walking into Soldier Field and said "Fuck You Jackson, say hi to your mother for me"

  • Let's all pray for the health and safety of Jay Christopher Cutler today...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuAUI_0knfk

  • the playoffs start today, biatches!

    I hope I don't end up cursing out our Oline on this thread today...

  • Kumar...

    DEAD!

  • C'mon gotta get off the field on 3rd and 8.

  • Well, that works too! haha

  • BALL BALL BALL!

  • Bears pass pro looking better than run blocking right now.

  • EARL GOING AIRBORNE!

  • Earl the Motherfucking Pearl! Welcome, back.

  • Nice to see the other wideout perform.

    Weems in the slot: Come on dude.

  • Ruh-roh. Medical staff looking at Marshall's knee on the sideline.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Appears to be OK...

  • Paging the run defense....

  • McKayla Maroney is not impressed with Eric Weems' fair catch abilities.

  • A successful screen!!!!

  • Cutler to Marshall all day.

    Oh and Jay, slide bro. I love the agressiveness but we need you alive for the rest of the season.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I think if he slides there, he doesn't get the first down.

  • You guys who know, how's Carimi doing?

  • I think the checkerboard texture that runs down the top of the Seahawks helmat may be the gayest thing in the NFL.

  • For god's sake, what was wrong with 3?

  • C'mon QB sneak there.

  • Carmini run blocking: not so much

  • What the hell Lovie? Kick the damn field goal! Damn it.

  • stupid call. Points are gonna be at a premium. Get the 3 points.

    I'm normally for aggressive play calling, but not here.

  • Well, that didn't go well....this early in the game I'd a taken the three.

  • Now you have to worry about momentum shifting...

  • Not a fan of the call but it was a nice drive with a fucked up ending. At least we're moving the ball in the air.

  • Back bitches.

    I (heart) brandon Marshall

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh, and I (HEART) BUUUUUSH!

  • wow, never seen that before

  • Jesus Earl, how do you NOT catch that ball?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Fuck me, that's aggravating.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Damn. I guess nobody expects to see the sun in Chicago in December. That was weak.

  • this game should be 21-0 right now.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And that worries me...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    You are our resident worry wort.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I know, I worry about everything. That's why I never had children...

  • what the fuck was that!?!?

  • Tim Jennings just fell down.

  • that drive was bullshit. gargabe man.

  • I hope that Earl drop doesn't come back to haunt us. Fuck.

  • how was peppers not being held on that TD?

  • I wonder if Peppers could have possibly taken a DIFFERENT play off than the Seahawks score.

  • I hate Pete Carroll.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I kinda think he's a bad ass... although I think we agree he's kind of a geek.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He's a slimey weasel.

  • Any links for the game?

  • In reply to Sirwiz:

    http://www.thefirstrow.eu/watch/156811/1/watch-seattle-seahawks-vs-chicago-bears.html

  • Been a while since a pick-6....

  • I'm sad I tuned in

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    It's only 2 quarters, Dave....we're good. It's all good. Cutler is a 2nd half terror.

  • Thanks Tobijohn

  • In reply to Sirwiz:

    You sure you want to watch this?

  • Why don't fucking bears just let them score the touchdown. Stupid foul brian.

  • dude, seriously?

  • This is pathetic. It's just like the Bears have always been - just cannot make a stop when they need it

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Except by luck maybe

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Yer muttering to yourself...and yer not making a ton of sense. It'll happen. Second half - be there.

  • Not only am I worried, I'm upset....

  • How absolutely fucking typical. I refuse to watch this shit.

  • no TD

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    there is no way that's a TD, and it's not close at all fuckwit

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    BOOM!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What a gift....

  • Killing ourselves with errors. Need to clean it up in second half. Not gonna be easy.

  • sloppy sloppy 2nd Q

  • AC/DC on the PA in Soldier Field?

  • Like I said in my preview, by the 3rd there's gonna be a lot of nervous Bears fans.

    We need to run the ball better. Cutler seems on today, so I have some confidence.

    Our D needs to get more pressure.

  • Our D needs to get more pressure.

    This has been my mantra for about the last six games. No idea where it's going to come from at this point.

  • Nice Hester move there...

  • They got lucky, let's hope they play better the 2nd half. And receivers...,catch the fucking ball for christs sake. Damn, Bennent...you better than that.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    If you're talking about about the long pass on first down on the final Bears drive of the half, you may wish to consult an optometrist. Or get a better TV :-)

  • Cutler will come out on fire in the 3rd quarter, and the Marshall is going to lock it up early.

    Ok, fine, a little corny, but it was the best I could do today. I should go to the Wit Store, max out my Visa....

    But we are a 2nd half team, and I really believe we're going to shut 'em up.

  • Hope so. Historically, at home, we've done better 2nd half.

  • Bad mojo. Dropped sure TD passes ALWAYS come back to haunt. I hate Pete Carroll.

  • Why oh why, do these guys hold?

  • Zizzenfucker and Weems ain't doin it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Bennett out concussion.

  • In reply to Shady:

    jesus man.

    our injuries are really pilin up. not the right time for that

  • Awesome opening drive, guys.

  • what happend to conte?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Flu like symptoms....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Flu. Started the game, but left in the 1st quarter, I think.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    With 3 minutes left in the game, the Fox crew finally noted that Conte wasn't playing. They gave no indication why.

    I hate brain-dead TV play-by-play/color combos.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    thanks gents

  • Fuck Kumar.

  • seems like we're close to breaking one on almost every run play.

    Also, Tice is turrible... just turrible.

    Nice Roy Williams first down by weems

  • I don't care what, take a FG if you can....

  • Anyone else notice we aren't talking about the tattered patchwork o-line today? Props to 'em all. Not flawless, but they're getting the work done.

  • +1

  • so is forte's vagi... I mean ancle ok now?

  • he was never touched!!!

  • That was obviously a TD.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Agreed.

  • Hmm, Lovie might have a point based on the replay...

  • boom

  • 11 play 94 yd drive, a thing of beauty.

  • In reply to Shady:

    7+ minutes

  • Now a defensive score would be just what the doctor ordered.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I'll take a 1-yard drive, though.

  • By hook or by crook.

  • Lovie's on fire. Oh, uh, nevermind!

    Forte TD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pizza Paea, sack lunch.

  • Finally a chance for some decent field position...

  • BOOOOM!

  • dude, 9ners 7, rams 2 in the 4th. WTF!?!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Last I looked, the Rams were on the 49er's 4 yard line..

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    yeah, that didn't work out so well for them

  • Let's march down the field and stick another one in there!

  • so fucking predictable

  • scary, but fucking cutty is the man.

  • The Year of Living Dangerously...

  • Who's in charge of the PA out there? First AC/DC and then Metallica/Enter Sandman. I'm impressed....

  • Brilliant 3rd and 12 call, Tice.

  • Well that run on 3rd was pretty silly...

  • that was the fucking dumbest call I've ever seen. Holy shit.

  • we need a pick-6 here boys. Common TimmyJ and/or The Nut!

  • D is overdue for a TD....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    WAY overdue

  • nice d series. strong.

    Kinda funny we're dissapointed when they don't get a pick-6

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1. Heh. Nice call.

  • Brilliant D call.

    On 3rd and 7 they spied Kumar with Shea.

  • OMG sanchize SUCKS!

  • go watch that rams TD right now. wow.

  • shocking

  • forte is not right... he ran RIGHT into the only dude there.

  • can't do this guys!!!!

  • D looks winded..

  • Bad things always seem to happen after a missed INT...

  • Somebody make a play, please. My heart can't handle this.

  • I cant help but think back, how cant we make 4th and a foot?

  • This is tough on the old mans heart!!

  • Defense going limp. Unbelievable.

  • How can Rice keep being this fucking open!!!

  • Maaaan....here we go.....

  • UN FUCKING BELIEVABLE

  • In reply to Shady:

    fuck fuck ufck fuck fuck this defense fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck

  • Unfuckingreal!!

  • are you fucking kidding me!?!?!?!

  • Fuck me with a 12-foot pole.

  • Sad. This is not a playoff worthy team.

  • 97-yard drive? Really?

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    If you let a team drive 97 yards on the last series, you really dont deserve a win. I have to agree with gp, we really arent looking playoff worthy.

  • Shredded by another first year starter.

  • Fucking shit defense to end the game.

  • I keep thinking about 3rd and long situations... Why did we keep running it up the gut?

  • I can't even believe this man. I can't even believe it.

  • ....Release the hounds....this one was lost, just flat lost. We had it.

    Then, we didn't. On a day when the most doubtful, statistically improbable 0-line in the entire season showed up and got the job done.

    Marshall gets over 100 yards, Cutty runs for a couple of 1st downs, Forte woke up and broke a few, and...wow, just wow.

    The post mortem on this one is going to have the D on the autopsy table for days, and will have little to do with Bennett's drop.

    Whoda thunk?

  • Nice tackling...

  • WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING, WEEMS!?!?!?

  • wht in thee fuck would you take that out!??!?! WHY!!?!?!

    I am fucking PISSED!!!! We don't fucking deserve this win.

  • Wow. Marshall. Wow. Cutler.

  • HOLY CRAP!! Are ya kiddin me?

  • Pete Carrol looked like he was gonna cry!

  • This could have been for the win if Lovie didn't go for it on 4th. Just saying.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Nice kick Robbie!

  • In reply to Shady:

    Eh, everything would've unfolded differently. Going for it on 4th and 6 inches in opponent's territory is almost always the right call.

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    In reply to Ufficio:

    Not at home it isn't. Going up 10-0 at home is the ONLY correct call. Believing otherwise is simply to misunderstand NFL football and the role momentum plays in it. Seattle might not have scored the drive after this but the whole complexion of the game changed from their standpoint. It gave them life. The worst thing is, I think Lovie would have kicked on the road. Players love him, which is probably worth a win or two, but he's not a coach at the level to win a Super Bowl, simple as that.

  • This is why that dumbass fourth and short and not take the three points from Lovie Smith just bit him in the ass. Stupid ass dumb muther fuckin asshole.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Agreed. In retrospect, a huge dumbass call.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yeah, calls that don't work out are always dumb calls in retrospect.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    True dat.

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    In reply to gpldan:

    Taking that FG is ALWAYS the right call at home. Going up 10-0 or giving the other team an opportunity to switch momentum? It's an easy and obvious call. It was wrong at the time and wrong in hindsight. Disagree and you just don't understand this game.

  • I cant fucking believe it!!!!

  • What an emotional roller coaster

  • &*^%$#@!(*&^%$#@!.........ceeeeeeeeeeeeriiiiiiiiiiimineeeeeeee

    wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  • Insanity. Bring a jar of vaseline over to Pete, we're about to fuck him sideways.

  • ahhhhhhhh!

  • Defense has a chance to redeem themselves in OT.

  • The D has a chance to redeem themselves with a turnover...

  • The fourth and inches call is OK with me... IF we convert.

  • here comes our pick-6 to end the game.

  • common guys. tackle

  • Yeah, defense is done.

  • oh fuck man

  • How do you give up 10+ yard on a fucking check down? We're not the fucking San Diego Chargers.

    Now Jennings is out? Fucking fuck fuck.

  • You think this fucking rookie might run the ball? YOU THINK?

  • In reply to Shady:

    AGAIN! fuck me

  • COMMON!!!! FUCK!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How do you not contain?

  • They have a much better team...

  • Are you fucking kidding me? We don't deserve this man. pathetic.

  • Idonije aint having a career game

  • And a much better OL + QB, so...

  • These fucking rookie Qbs man, what the fuck is going on? WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?!!?

  • NO way that's a TD. He got knocked the FUCK out... that was a turnover

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He was across the line first. Don't kid yourself.

  • Game. I'm out.

  • We were gassed. O needed to put some points on the board on some of those 4th-quarter drives

  • This defense should be embarassed. Fucking embarassed.

  • wow man. just wow. we don't deserve that game. we pissed it away

  • Ahhh well. Our D looking very mortal. Back to back drives for the Chickens

  • Can we won a game versus a good team, please?
    Playoffs? Playoffs?

  • FUCK.

  • out

  • Our D lost us a game. Wow.

    They were just gassed.

  • In the end, Kumar fucked us.

  • Lovie Smith and the defense fucked us.

  • That took the starch out of me. If they couldn't win that one then outside of maybe the Cardinals, there's no reason they can't lose the rest of their games....

  • Again, Lovie fails to win games against quality teams or makes shitty teams look awesome. This is all on the coach's inability to prepare our guys to come up with the plays that makes or breaks the game. So tired of seeing rookie or very inexperienced players making our D look like amateurs.

    I would rather that we just stop getting ourselves set up for false high hopes and get the some decent draft picks. Can't think straight right now, so pissed

  • Well.defense is too old. Packer's will take the NFC North and I'm done making excuses for Lovie Smith. Fed up with the stupid ass decisions by this clown.I'm done for this year. Actually, I'm done with football altogether. Was a lot of fun reading this blog but I've had it with this team.
    Cya

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    First fan of an 8-4 team ever to give up on the season?

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Awww. We'll sure miss ya. Don't let the door hit you in the fanny on the way out.

  • Those of you who have given up on the season....

    You're dead to me.

  • We played old.

    Hope Jennings is ok.

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    I love this team. But they were gassed on defense. Read option wore their ass out. 12-4. No problem. How does Earl Bennett pick a TD play to have a drop. He never drops the ball. How does #99 whiff near the goal line. So many 3rd down conversions. Needed a stop on one of two 90+ yard drives, but couldn't get it. Father time, table for 11. Defense looked old.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    I've watched this team for 47 years. That last Seattle drive is what the Bears do. Time and again.

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    In reply to SC Dave:

    I've got 40 years in as a die hard. I don't think it's what they do very often. But it does seem when they go down, they do it painfully or spectacularly....

  • THIS one could have a hangover.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Especially if you drink until you can't feel feelings.

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    Tight Ends, Tight ends, has anyone seen a Chicago Bears Tight end? They all belong on Milk Cartons.

  • Well that sucked, but I'm not too depressed about it (pending injury reports).

    Wilson totally fucking killed us with his feet.

  • 1. Cutty..YOU ARE A FUCKING BEAST!!!!!!! All you haters FUCK YOURSELVES!!!!

    2. RELEASE THE KRACKEN!!!!!....... BEAST.... I am so glad you will be breaking WR records for the Bears for years to come!!!!

    3. You "ARE" still the Heart of this team...It's to bad our O IS SHEITE!!!!!! that you have to play 3 of 4 quarters on the field ...not easy....

    4. E-Train...time to look into next years draft for O-Line and or FA...btw....DO you remeber me saying I need two mauling FUCKERS for Guard..well ad a whole fucking O-Line while your are at it.

    5. LDL and those who have been with this blog know what LDL stands for. Wow very uninventive , aggresive ,passionate...what other fucking adjective could I add. sheite to many are spilling into my skull.

    6. Double Deuce...pathetic

    7. Welcome to second place in the NFCN

    saddest part of this...I will stay with you till the end BEARS...why I bleed Navy Blue and Burnt Orange to my last breathe.....

    to day I turned my Bears Flag upside down......after the game....ugh

  • Buffone making me laugh on the Score ripping LDL.

    "NOTHING HAS CHANGED since KYLE ORTON!"

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He was hyperventilating about the 4 and 1 call.

  • You other old timers will definitely recognize this game. I did not watch, but I did not need to. In 47 years of watching the Bears, I've seen this script one hundred times at least.

    Just need a stop to win. And I'm not talking goal line defense, I'm talking stopping the other team from marching all the way downfield to score the TD at the end of the game.

    But that drive has to be one of the longer ones for sure.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Yeah, been there, seen that.

  • OTOH,

    Luck did the Luckfuck on the Lions in a big big way. Lions were stunned. Fuck them.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yeah, that was nice to see. After he tossed the ball, he sprinted forward to try to block for his receiver, too. I don't want to slobber his knob too much, but I think he's a pretty solid QB.

  • Games like this are the wons that hurt the worst. SF loss was a blowout, and so it was easy to call it a loss and move on. GB & Houston were close fora while, but mental mistakes (fixable) lost those games--but those losses weren't surprises.

    Games where you fight and fight and then snatch defeat from the jaws of victory... those suck worse than anything.

    The worst part--the absolute worst part (i.e., worse than that douchebag Pete Carroll winning) is that if any one of a dozen plays had gone the other way, this would've been an easy win. Earl catches the damn ball. Wright catches the damn ball. Lovie doesn't go for it (I supported the call at the time, but what do I know?). Either of the HUGE uncalled offensive PIs against Seattle were called. Seattle doesn't convert on 4th and long. Urlacher doesn't get called for a horseshit horse-collar.

    And one of the things I hate about games like this is that I blame the refs (who otherwise called a pretty solid game--it's pretty brave to reverse two significant calls in favor of the same team). Seriously, can Seattle receivers EVER get called for Offensive PI? Jennings was pushed, Peanut was pushed.

    I hate guys who go all doom and gloom after a loss, but I'm worried about the future (this season and beyond). The defense showed weakness--they were gassed for both of Seattle's late TD drives--and Lack wasn't on the field for the game-ending play.

    Cutler showed that he is an elite QB, and Marshall showed why he's an All-Pro WR. But what I worry is that their window is opening while the defense's is closing (and the O-Line is still latched shut).

  • *ones (not "wons")

    I am SO looking forward to this blog going somewhere we can edit our posts to remove stupid typos and brainfarts.

  • Why are you harping on the O-line today?

    They kept Jay VERY clean and mostly upright (1 sack) and the Bears rushed for 130+ yards against a defensive line that is definitely NOT "chopped liver".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    O-Line did great today, except in the running game early.

    But there's no way, no how, that this O-line is ready for prime time. This is a stopgap line. Louis comes back, Carimi works as a RG (or even a RT), Webb continues to get better as a LT... well, that leaves a G/T open (is Jonathan Scott really the answer?), and Garza is not gonna work much longer--he's old, man.

    Long story short, the O-line still needs major work for it to be a strength and not a liability.

  • I'm not giving up on this team but I'm pissed that besides the usual stuff, I've now got to start worrying about the Defense as well. While I can no longer count three of the four remaining games as sure wins, I still will be shocked if the Bears don't make the playoffs. They've got four weeks to start firing on at least six of eight cylinders which should allow them to be at last competitive for the first round or two....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Yeah, I think everyone was thinking that getting through SF, Houston, and Seattle at 2-1 would've been great, and 1-2 wouldn't have been a disaster.

    0-3 for those games leaves no room for error in the final 4. Gotta sweep Minny & Detroit, and split with GB for the division. Arizona is gravy.

    In the end, it all comes down to winning the division. 3-1 does that (as long as all 3 wins are NFCN). None of the games will be easy, though. At Minny, after AP put on a clinic (though it's even money that Jared Allen blows a knee). GB at home--they're tough anywhere. A trip to AZ isn't necessarily a gimme, no matter how bad they look lately. And then to Detroit for the division, when they'll want to be the spoilers.

    I'm not thinking wild card; this team can (and hopefully will) win the division. And the way SF keeps shitting the bed against teams like St. Louis, it's still possible for the NFCN champ to get a 1st-round bye.

  • I hear you IBNO and I tend to agree, but the injury bug is bighting hard. Hopefully 26, 69, 54, and 80 aren't dinged up too badly.

  • I think the only remaining game GB could possibly lose is against us (and boy, after today, it takes a lot of Bears kool-aid to type that) which means we have GOT to win out to finish on top of the NFCN. Even if GB loses to us, if we lose another game, I think they still win the NFCN (will need to check potential tiebreakers to be absolutely sure of this)....

  • Final thought from me regarding games & broadcasts today:

    Shame on the NFL, on Fox and CBS, for not taking the opportunity to say/do something regarding Belcher's situation.

    Run a piece on bipolar disorder, or domestic abuse, or the gun culture in pro sports. Do something to give the tragedy some meaning other than "a guy killed himself after murdering his wife. Let's play football."

  • Ok, I'm not so PISSED any more...Goddamned Lovie Smith, maybe the 3 points wouldn't have won the game but it just pisses me off to see points left on the field when they could have been on the scoreboard. It would have given the game a different life path and maybe had some sort of psycological effect on the Seattle that would have been in the Bears favor AND I HAVEN'T EVEN BEEN DRINKING!!!!!!

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    YET!!!!!!!

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    It was actually very un-Lovie not to take the 3, dont you think?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Then who called it..Tice? Lovie has the final say, so he's just as responsible!
    Yep, gonna be an uphill climb the rest of the season. Hope the Bears are up for it.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    I think yes, it might have been Tice's call. Pretty sure that's the last time it's going to happen too...

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    What would have been so wrong about going up 10-0 at that point, Lovie? I mean, it wasn't like your running gameswas tearing things up and you only have the most reliable kicker extant on your team.

  • The Rams beat the 9ers and Indy is 8-4 just like us. Whoda thunk this shit?

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    ...And along those lines, Murph, the Ravens just lost.

    AT HOME.

    To the "No Big Ben Today" Steelers led by the immortal, Charlie Batch?!

    The sky is NOT falling boys and girls. This IS the NFL.

    And somewhere, "Parity" Pete Rozelle is smiling.

  • I was born in Chicago in 1940 and have lived here since.

    This is what I have regarding our sports teams.

    Bears - '21,'32,'33,'40,'41,'43,'46,'63,'85
    Bulls - '91,'92,'93,'96,'97,'98
    Blackhawks -'34,'38,'61,'2010
    Cubs - '07,'08
    Sox -'06,'17,2005

    Twelve championships (do I remember '43 Bears are a dim memory) and not once did I or some Chicagoans have the supreme confidence that our team would kick the living shit out of their opponent.

    Except the '85 Bears (and there were some jamokes that thought the Patriots were what is now called a "trap" game - whatever the fuck that is - is it a game that one loses, but 'we should have known')...also the 2010 Blackhawks were winners because even the third, fourth, fifth and onward were great hockey player.

    Will we ever just beat the shit out of any team with confidence.
    Even Kornheiser and Wilbon say they will try to do better next time.
    Surely we can do better that this pathetic demonstration of professional incompetence season after season.

    The NFL is a piss poor reality T.V. show now.

    The best one can say about Philadelphia sports fans is that they boo and walk out on their loser (losing) teams. We in Chicago just share the shame and pay more.

    Once again to the vomitorium.

    All best -
    Jack Lacan

  • In reply to Jack Lacan:

    Jack, you've got a couple decades on me but I was around for the 85 Bears. Everyone remembers that remarkable run through the playoffs and the SB but in addition to the Monday Night blowout against the Dolphins, there were games where they were far from dominant. In fact, a number of them could have gone either way. That takes nothing away from what they accomplished and these Bears sure aren't those Bears but look around the NFL these days. There are really good teams getting beaten by bad or mediocre teams all the time. I find it incredibly exasperating but unfortunately, that's the lay of the land...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Let's not forget the game at Minny, when McMahon had to come off the bench and save the day by throwing--what--4 TDs?

    And the one game against Tampa was a barely-won.

    It wasn't until the Dallas game that the '85 team started kicking the shit out of their opponents week in and week out.

  • In reply to Jack Lacan:

    Yeah, I gotta call BS on this, too.

    Partly because if you were born in '40, you'd be, at most, 3.5 years old during the 1943 season. No games on TV, WW2 in full swing, I don't imagine a 3 year-old could form any memories about games on the radio (doubt you were reading the paper at 3), and I don't know many people in this day and age--let alone 1943--who'd take a 3 year-old to a pro football game.

    I jump on this, because my wife is a psychologist and my daughter is a couple weeks shy of her 3rd birthday, and I'm looking around at her life, wondering what her earliest permanent memory will be--knowing that earliest memories are typically very emotional ones (most often traumatic).

    And on the rest of it, holy crap are you insane?

    The Bulls dominated the 90s. The Bears had a couple very exciting years in the aughts (2001 & 2006). The Sox and the Blackhawks each won championships in the last 10 years. Aside from the Yankees buying championships while the Giants or Knicks have won championships, I can't think of a single city/market that has been so blessed with championship sports teams.

    And lets remember last year's Giants. Not saying that the Bears can make a run like that, but it's not necessarily the best/dominant team that wins the Superbowl--it's the team that gets hot at the right time.

  • I was going to let it go but you're an idiot so i figured I'd address it.

    Jack, your confidence was lacking when the Bulls were winning championship after championship and we had Michael Fucking Jordan on the team? Wow, you're a tough sell. If there was ever such a thing as a lock it was the Bulls in the 90's with Jordan.

    #nonsensical

  • I agree. Every time I watched that Bulls 90s team, esp that 70 win season, I had NO worries.

    When the 4rth came around, I KNEW they would somehow pull it out. It was a strange sorta confidence that I have yet to experience with any other team.

    But common, man, no ad hominem on this board, esp with a long time reg, unless he condemns you to everlasting fire on the boards!

  • I have to admit. A lot you are funny.

    The team that won the Superbowl last year had a beat up oline with a guard playing left tackle, they squeaked in with a 9-7 record (With two of those losses to the 5-11 Redskins), and somehow beat one the best Head Coach/Quarterback tandem in the league.

    If you want to throw in the towel then be my guest. I just know you will be back around January. Why? Because Jeff has said it. Many have but no one seems to listen. Just get into the playoffs and win when it matters. 8-4. That's a team with a winning record.

  • I think a lot of fans are beginning to realize these Bears are a wildcard team.

    Some have concluded this with the 9ers game, others with the Texans game, others (like moi) were more proactive and decided that after the Packer game.

    Nothing wrong with being a scrappy wild card team, which is what this team is (for better or worse).

    We beat the Vikes and Ariz, we're a 10 win team.

    We just gotta stay healthy, like all teams.

  • I'm also not totally depressed because JA is GONE, so if the Bears totally shit the bed down the stretch, I think Emery cans Lovie.

  • Yeah, that is the silver lining. I think in some ways Lovie has done a good job with the team this year, but the bump he gets from this year doesn't obviate the stink of failure year in and year out. "Failure" meaning "failure to utilize talent to its potential, failure to gameplan and make adjustments, failure to make the playoffs with a deep and talented roster, failure to make it to the Superbowl more than once in Lack's career." I put a lot of this on JA, but Lovie has underperformed his roster.

  • Anyone have any injury updates?

    I think (hope) Lach was just gassed. But I'm more worried about Jennings. Bennett just has to pass the concussion tests during the week I think.

  • MRI for Jennings tomorrow. Shoulder...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I'm not sure whether to be relieved or not. He looked groggy when they took him off the field, and I was sure it was a concussion.

  • I think Urlacher had a hamstring.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Hamstring? Shite.

    Lach did look like he was wincing and hobbling a bit, but he's looked that way all year.

  • It's performances like today that are going to get Lovie fired. The decision to go for it early is one thing, but if he and Marinelli don't break a foot off with this defense and they continue to lose games, he could end up losing his job.

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