Pro Bowl Interceptions, Healthy Bears, Cohen, Trubisky, Fuller, and Other Bullets

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Pro Bowl Interceptions, Healthy Bears, Cohen, Trubisky, Fuller, and Other Bullets

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The Pro Bowl came and went without the Bears’ representatives sustaining any major injuries. Hooray!

It was a sloppy and sluggish game that didn’t look like what you would expect from a collection of stars, but there are worse ways to spend a snowed-in Sunday afternoon. For example, Sunday’s Pro Bowl kept me from paying my hard-earned money to see my alma mater’s men’s basketball team get trounced by 25 at Loyola. At some point, the powers that be at SIU have to cut bait with Head Coach Barry Hinson the same way Bears GM Ryan Pace did with John Fox … right?

  • As for the game, Akiem Hicks and Kyle Fuller teamed up to provide a Bears-generated highlight:

  • Fuller comes up with the pick after running the route for the receiver after Hicks creates pressure and alters the throwing lane up front. It’s something we saw plenty of in 2018 and figure to see for the next few years since both players are under contract until 2021.
  • The NFC’s other highlight was an interception by a Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver and run-back by New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley:

  • Let’s keep track here: Deshaun Watson throws a pass intended for Jarvis Landry that is intercepted by Evans, who laterals it to linebacker Anthony Barr, who passed it over to safety Harrison Smith, who pitched it to Saquon Barkley, who tossed it back to Smith who took the ball into AFC territory. Or to put it another way: a pass intended for a Browns receiver from a Texans quarterback was intercepted by a Buccaneers receiver, who lateraled it to a Vikings linebacker, who then pitched it to a Vikings safety, who shoveled over to a Giants running back, who gave it back to the Vikings safety. Neato!
  • As for Mitch Trubisky’s experience, let’s just say he had a better showing during the skills competition. Trubisky completed 5 of 9 passes for 34 yards, an interception, a sack, and a 24.5 passer rating, which was the worst among all six quarterbacks in the game. My analysis of Trubisky’s performance: LOL. I hope you didn’t really think I was going to offer up serious insight on a Pro Bowl stat line.
  • But seriously, what are you doing here:

  • On the other side of the interception spectrum:

  • The Bears are always down to boogie:

  • At least we got to see Tarik Cohen do some stuff:

  • A heads up: I’m better off not over-analyzing the Pro Bowl and you’re better off not over-thinking it. Ezekiel Elliott played on special teams. Mike Evans played defense. Jalen Ramsey caught a touchdown pass in the red zone as a wide receiver. Just be glad everyone on your favorite team emerged healthy because that’s the end game in what is essentially glorified two-hand touch these days.
  • Then again, I found myself wanting to hug a Cowboys fan while watching Jason Garrett coach:

  • I mean, come on … why didn’t Tarik Cohen get more touches?
  • The Pro Bowl’s ***REAL*** MVP:

  • Staley is a savage:

  • Oh, hey! It’s Super Bowl week! If you’re celebrating the last week of the 2018 NFL season by attending a Super Bowl party, you have six days to prepare your A-game dish. Consider this fair warning.
  • I’ve got the Rams by 100:

  • The non-Super Bowl related storyline everyone will be talking about this week has a bit of a twist:

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.