Here’s a fun tidbit: Sunday’s Packers loss to the Lions ensures the Bears will be in first place until at least October 21. Let’s enjoy every minute of it, while also hoping that first-place run gets extended as long as possible.
- This best of Mic’d Up has me ready for Week 6:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 8, 2018
- Sunday’s results were almost as good as they could get for the Bears. Green Bay lost a road game to Detroit, as kicker Mason Crosby missed four field goals and an extra point. Crosby, who happens to be one of the best kickers in franchise history, had one of his worst days ever unfold when all eyes in the division were on him. That’s gotta sting.
- Good on Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy for trying to re-instill some confidence in his kicker by allowing Crosby to attempt a late-game kick (which turned out to be a successful attempt!). Those three points turned out to be valuable because a miss would have left the Packers’ point differential at minus-2. That means the Bears would have been the only team in the NFC North with a positive point differential this season (+46).
- The Vikings had kicking issues of their own, recently, as Dan Bailey missed a kick on their opening drive and another in the second quarter. In the end, the misses didn’t matter as the Vikings defense returned to form in a 23-21 win. They sacked Carson Wentz three times and scored on a Linval Joseph 64-yard fumble. On the other side of the ball, Adam Thielen became the first receiver in the modern era to start the year with four consecutive 100-yard games. Quarterback Kirk Cousins continues to play well, posting his third game of 300+ passing yards with a rating of 100 or better in his last four outings. Minnesota is a scary team if their defense puts it together again.
- A statistical oddity emerged from Sunday’s Vikings-Eagles game:
Kirk Cousins is the first player in NFL history to complete 30 or more passes in four consecutive games.
— dan durkin (@djdurkin) October 8, 2018
- Not that I believe in jinxes or anything, but thumbing through the kickers in the NFC North, Cody Parkey might be the best of the bunch. Parkey has connected on 90 percent of his attempts and hasn’t missed an extra point yet. At minimum, Parkey is a quality security blanket in case the offense needs to settle for three when it can’t get six. That’s nice to have after watching Connor Barth the last few years struggle in his opportunities to make things happen.
- For the record, not all kickers had a bad day on Sunday. Graham Gano nailed a 63-yarder as time expired to clinch a Panthers win against the Giants. You’ll want the sound on for this one:
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) October 7, 2018
- Matt Nagy’s old team had a grand ol’ time against the Jaguars on Sunday:
- Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (22/38, 313 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT, 62.7 rating) is human after all. And yet, Kansas City improved to 5-0. Who’s ready for that Bears-Chiefs Super Bowl?
- Moving on to things directly connected to the Bears, Brad Biggs of the Tribune tweets the team opened as a 2-point favorite against the Dolphins. That makes four straight games in which Chicago has been favored. The Bears have won the last three, so it would be neat to see this trend continue.
- The Dolphins are really fighting it right now. After a 3-0 start, Miami has lost two straight games – both in painful fashion. The latest was Sunday’s road loss to the Bengals, in which Miami jumped out to a 17-0 lead before Cincinnati rattled off 27 unanswered points. And to make matters worse, left tackle Laremy Tunsil was placed in concussion protocol. It’s the latest blow to an offensive line that will be without starting left guard Josh Sitton (shoulder) and center Daniel Kilgore (triceps) for the rest of the year.
- I suppose it would be accurate to say things aren’t going well for ex-Bears OCs Adam Gase and Dowell Loggains in South Florida. Check out where Miami ranks on offense on a per-game basis: 30th in total yards (288.2), 28th in passing yards (192.2), 22nd in rushing yards (96.0), and 28th in scoring (19.8). It should go without saying, but rankings in the 20s and 30s in a 32-team league is less than ideal.
- This isn’t the broadcast crew I’d expect for a game between a 3-1 first-place team and 3-2 second-place team:
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) October 8, 2018
- One of my favorite high school professors was a Brother Rice product, so I feel obligated to share this:
CATCH OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE
— Brother Rice Football (@BrotherRiceFB) October 7, 2018