I’m not gonna let minor computer-related annoyances bring me down today. Nope, sure won’t. We’ve got good vibes going on thanks to the first-place Chicago Bears.
- The mic’d up Bears have been a hoot this year, with the latest being Eddie Jackson:
- Jackson has been everything Bears fans have been wanting out of a safety for years. That Chicago was able to pluck him with a fourth-round selection in 2017 is a such a stroke of good fortune for an organization that hasn’t had much of it (until recently). Jackson has first-round talent, but injuries and a perception of tackle-reluctance dinged him a bit in the draft. If the NFL got a do-over of the 2017 draft, Jackson would be a first-round pick, no doubt about it.
- Speaking of first-round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, Mitch Trubisky won the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against the Lions. It’s a major award!
- It must be all those screen passes and dump-offs:
Top QB ratings since Wk 4, via @pfref (years with current team in parentheses)
1. Brees 123.1 (13)
2. Wilson 119.7 (7)
3. Ryan 116.1 (11)
4. Rivers 115.2 (13)
5. Trubisky 114.8 (2)
6. Goff 113.8 (3)
7. Wentz 112.2 (3)
8. Mahomes 107.5 (2)
9. Watson 107.3 (2)
10. Luck 105.2 (6)
— Mark Potash (@MarkPotash) November 12, 2018
- NFL insider Jay Glazer LOVES what he’s seeing from the Bears in 2018. Glazer gushes about the new-look NFC North leaders in his mailbag, saying the Matt Nagy coached offense is “doing more than their fair share” in addition to the defense carrying the load. And here’s the money quote: “I think Trubisky and Nagy, these guys could be together for a long time, like Payton and Brees have been, and like Goff and McVay will be.” Giggity.
- For the record, this isn’t the first time Glazer has dropped the Brees-Payton comp on Trubisky-Nagy. That’s ridiculously high praise from one of the most respected league insiders.
- More kind words from the leader of the Vikings:
#Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says there are times that Bears QB Mitch Trubisky "looks like Fran Tarkenton scrambling''
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) November 14, 2018
- Every big play the Bears create is an opportunity to get jiggy with the celebratory fun. Lost in the shuffle on Sunday was this from Prince Amukamara after his interception:
Double Dutch is a game in which two long jump ropes turning in opposite directions are jumped by one or more players jumping simultaneously. It is believed to have originated among Dutch immigrants in New York City, and is now popular worldwide pic.twitter.com/HVTbZsGBWy
— Prince Amukamara (@PrinceAmukamara) November 13, 2018
- Every time I dare to think there’s something that hasn’t been done from a celebratory standpoint, an NFL player pulls a rabbit from his hat. I mean, not literally. But that might actually be the next trick. If someone pulls a rabbit out of their helmet after a touchdown, I’ll be here for it. Hopefully, it wouldn’t lead to a fine.
- No one on the corner has swagger like us:
“Swagger” was a theme of Mike Zimmer’s press conference out of the #Vikings bye.
-Khalil Mack has “added swagger” to Bears.
-Vikings defense can have same edge “when we want to.” … “Some of offensive guys are more celebrities. … Diggs.”
— Andrew Krammer (@Andrew_Krammer) November 14, 2018
- Vegas has been lovin’ on the Bears this year, but it hasn’t always been the case:
The Bears are currently 3-point favorites over the Vikings, making it the 8th time they’ve been favored this season, the most in the post-Lovie era.
They are 6-1 straight up this season as favorites (5-2 ATS). From 2015-17 under John Fox, they went 2-7 as favorites. (h/t @pfref)
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) November 14, 2018
- Things I’m trying to erase from my memory, but have been unsuccessful in doing so at this point: The Bears being favored against the Packers at home last year and losing to Brett Freakin’ Hundley.
- I’m not surprised:
Tarik Cohen is blowing past last year's numbers.
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) November 14, 2018
- I mean, of course Tarik Cohen is blowing up in a big way. Cohen’s big year is a direct result of improved scheme and coaching, as well as better decision-making from his quarterback. On top of that, Cohen is playing on 47.1 percent of the team’s offensive snaps – or 11 percentage points more than his rookie season.
- Let’s put it this way, Cohen was on the field for 40 percent or less in 10 of the 16 games he played as a rookie. That has happened just once this season. The change in offensive philosophy and a fresh set of eyes has put Cohen on the path he is on now. Face it, it’s hard to make an impact when you’re not on the field and your coaches aren’t giving you playing time. Cohen is getting the playing time he deserves and is making the most of it.
- The answer is (begrudgingly) Brett Favre, right?
Who is the one player in the history of your most hated rival’s team that you secretly wish had been on your team?
— Joe Posnanski (@JPosnanski) November 13, 2018
- There’s no way you can convince me that a Favre-led Bears squad paired with some awesome defenses would not have won at least two Super Bowls during his career. Heck, Aaron Rodgers might have a Tom Brady like dynasty if he was backed by some of the high-performing Bears defenses we’ve seen over the years. Sigh.
This morning's Bears statistical nugget:
— The Bears have led by double digits this season for 198 minutes, 14 seconds.
— The Bears have trailed this season for 116:30.
— Dan Wiederer (@danwiederer) November 14, 2018
- Keep up the good work, Cody:
#Bears C Cody Whitehair is the team's nominee for the 5th annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. Each team nominates one player for exemplary sportsmanship on the field.
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) November 14, 2018