I left my window cracked open last night and my window sill is a little wetter than it should be this morning. Whoops.
- Anyone who knows me knows the year 1989 will always hold a special place in my heart:
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) September 24, 2018
- And while this is still true, the Cubs have to start holding up their end of the bargain. Things are getting tight in the NL Central.
- Here’s a headline I love reading: Khalil Mack Is Pass-Rushing Perfection (Deadspin). AGREED.
- Laurence Holmes of 670 The Score believes Mack is exceeding expectations. No argument here. Mack’s performance through three weeks has me appreciating every moment he’s on the field in a Bears uniform. He’s doing the sort of things that haven’t been done here (or anywhere) in a long time.
- Still a great trade for the Raiders though, right …
Khalil Mack on 91 pass rushes this season: 18 total pressures
The Oakland Raiders on 460 pass rushes this season: 23 total pressures.
— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) September 24, 2018
- The Bears were one of four teams whose defense forced at least two turnovers and came away with at least four sacks during Week 3. And for the first time this year, the Bears were held without a defensive touchdown. Aw, shucks. There’s always next week!
- Speaking of which, Jameis Winston is preparing for his return to action:
All month @Jaboowins led a team of former & recently cut NFL players thru the Buccaneers exact regime including early morning film sessions, walk thrus, 20+ period practices. All done at the exact time of day the Bucs would go. pic.twitter.com/0bJp1UoKSn
— George Whitfield Jr. (@georgewhitfield) September 24, 2018
- Meanwhile, ex-Bears safety Chris Conte was trending on Twitter for all the wrong reasons:
RIP Chris Conte pic.twitter.com/8VvgP79Um5
— Josh Frydman (@Josh_Frydman) September 25, 2018
- Chris Conte getting worked by an opposing pass-catcher … now where have we seen that before? It’s unfortunate that Conte will always be remembered by Bears fans because of one blown coverage in 2013, but I suppose it’s worth pointing out that Conte has started 41 of the 47 games he has played in since leaving the Bears after the 2014 season. He has even come away with five interception, forced five fumbles, and even scored on a pick-six. Clearly, Conte is doing enough in the eyes of Tampa Bay’s evaluators to keep his spot in the lineup.
- Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy is confident his offense will carry its share of the load when the time comes, and there might not be a better time than Sunday against a Buccaneers team that is airing it out at a dizzying rate. Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, and Chris Godwin are a load at receiver for a team with healthy defensive backs. Get well soon, Prince Amukamara.
- Even after another prime-time game with whack calls by officials, I can vibe with this sentiment:
More roughing the passer calls will further this idea that the NFL is getting soft. I don’t think that’s true. I saw plenty of big, legal hits tonight. The NFL is just very bad at writing rules. Rarely do they accomplish the desired intent. Catch rule. Kickoff changes. All bad.
— Steve Contorno (@scontorno) September 25, 2018
- The Ravens added to their offensive line depth by signing a name that’s familiar around these parts:
We have waived DB Robertson Daniel and signed C Hroniss Grasu.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 24, 2018
- The Bears drafted Grasu in the third round in 2015, but injuries and inconsistent play kept him from reaching his potential. Grasu was a stud center at Oregon who earned All-American honors twice, but played just 14 games (12 starts) in three years before being released after the end of the 2018 preseason.
- The Bears have unveiled “Real Bears Fans Wear Pink” t-shirts that are available for purchase online. Proceeds will benefit organizations providing care and support to Chicago breast cancer patients and families, which is a noble cause. Keep doing good things off the field, please.
- Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has been placed on leave, reports Dave Campbell of the Associated Press. Griffen did not play in Sunday’s game and has been already ruled out for Thursday night’s showdown with the Rams. It’s a complicated story that certainly has Vikings officials concerned: