Few things warm my heart like coming home after being away for a few days, checking my mail, and opening a Christmas card. I’m lucky to have as many good friends as I do.
- I’ve never related more to a tweet/.gif ever in my life:
The Packers' chances of making the playoffs are low. But they're not zero. The Bears can all but make sure of that on Sunday, otherwise the door is open for the Aaron Rodgers bogeyman to meet them in the playoffs: https://t.co/mXN0eA8tSg pic.twitter.com/rTP8UW2Xi5
— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) December 14, 2018
- This is an important read from JJ Stankevitz and it can’t be stated enough: Chicago needs to land a finishing blow on Green Bay. Absolutely. Positively. Needs to be done. No excuses. You can count the Packers out if you want, but they’re the ever-dangerous team playing with house money after firing their head coach … and that strikes an inordinate amount of fear in me. Oh, and they have Aaron Rodgers, too. Please stop this madness before it can begin, I beg you.
- Using FiveThirtyEight’s predictor as our guide, a Packers win would increase their playoff odds from 3 percent to 12 percent. Tack on a Vikings loss and it would move the Packers’ playoff odds to 24 percent and put those two teams with the same chance at making the playoffs. With all due respect to Kirk Cousins, I have no interest in tempting fate and seeing Aaron Rodgers play a postseason game at Soldier Field again. No thanks. Strike down that beast while you can and live to tell about it.
- On a happier note, the Bears are looking good:
The Bears established themselves as legitimate Super Bowl contenders with a prime-time win against the Rams last week and their odds have shortened big time.
— OddsShark (@OddsShark) December 15, 2018
- Now, that is a tease that will make me click a link.
- If you thought Bears fans were pleased with the team’s Week 14 win against the Rams, imagine how fans who put their money on the line feel. As we discussed in yesterday’s Bullets, their futures odds were slashed as beating the front-running Rams inspired a certain segment of the wagering public to buy into the Bears. And with two of their next three games coming against sub-.500 teams, there is no reason for belief to creep in that this team will go away any time soon.
- Trending in the other direction are the second-place Vikings, whose Super Bowl odds dropped from 33/1 to 50/1. I suppose that’s what happens when your big-ticket free agent quarterback throws for just 208 yards and a touchdown in a must-win road game. And yet, Minnesota is still hanging on to the sixth and final playoff spot. Should they finish the regular season in that same position, they will have secured a rematch against the Bears on Wild-Card Weekend.
- The Bears are a virtual lock for the playoffs, but still need to handle business to secure a spot. I don’t want to count any chickens before they hatch, but I love the idea from Bleacher Report’s Maurice Moton that Cohen is one of eight players who are likely to become household names during the playoffs. If given the opportunity, Cohen will likely turn some casual fans into Bears backers because of his speed and play-making ability.
- Perhaps Jordan Howard will join them? Howard just cashed in his first 100-yard rushing game and is finally starting to look like a worthwhile starter from a fantasy football perspective:
- Who knew I’d be intrigued by a play designed by Ron Turner that was run 22 years ago:
- The names in that box score – Dave Krieg, Raymont Harris, Curtis Conway, Barry Minter, Alonzo Spellman, etc. – will take you back. Even the Packers-related names – Brett Favre, Andre Rison, Reggie White – will have you willing to take a trip in the way-back machine.
- *conveniently ignores the fact that Chicago lost this game 28-17*
- Roy Robertson-Harris and Tarik Cohen talking about Fortnite will pique the interest of some folks here:
- Show ’em how it’s done, Bears:
Dominate on the field on Sundays.
Dominate off the field during the week.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) December 14, 2018
- On the latest episode of the Talkin’ Toros podcast, yours truly discusses life in Vegas (which was better when the under 209.5 came in on the Bulls-Magic game) before Myles and Adam discuss the Jabari Parker experience and Jim Boylen’s first 10 days on the job.