Nothing like having a third-place fantasy baseball team lose in the playoff quarterfinals because the tiebreaker is a regular season head-to-head matchup that happened in May when my team looked far different than it does now. Sigh. I don’t even know why I try.
- Week 1 mood:
Whatever. Any weenie team that ties should be in last place. pic.twitter.com/MayhKeFhMs
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) September 9, 2019
- It’s lonely at the bottom. The Bears are currently alone in last place in the NFC North. It stinks. To spit the bit the way they did on Thursday, only to watch other teams field competent offenses and play without tripping over themselves at every turn made my rage levels rise. And even though I had tacos for dinner that made me feel better about things, it wasn’t enough to make my disappointment subside. There is so much to talk about this week as the Bears pivot to Week 2, I’m just about ready to jump on that path and take us to Sunday. But I’d be lying if I said Week 1 isn’t going to stick in my craw for a hot minute.
- The only reason the Bears are alone in last place is because the Lions wanted to show off their own brand of incompetence in Week 1:
FINAL: The Lions Lions’d, the Cardinals Cardinals’d, everyone’s unhappy and it’s all okay because one day the Earth will get swallowed by the sun and nothing will ever exist ever again
— Detroit Free Press (@freep) September 9, 2019
- Detroit was up 17-0 early and up by 18 points in the fourth quarter before ultimately reaching a tie with Arizona in Week 1. Kyler Murray rallied after a rough start to throw for more than 300 yards. A young quarterback making adjustments and letting his athleticism carry his team … what a concept!?
- Speaking of Murray, watching this is a reminder of just how poorly the Bears offensive line held up in Week 1:
Got to give Kyler Murray tons of love for this pic.twitter.com/p4KOkUV7kx
— Bears Barroom (@BearsBarroom) September 8, 2019
- I have so many quarterback-adjacent thoughts, but I don’t want to clog this set of Bullets. Moving on.
- It would be unfair to act like the Bears were the only team who played sloppy football. The 49ers-Buccaneers game featured 4 fumbles, 4 interceptions (2 pick-sixes), six total turnovers, a blocked punt, 19 total penalties (including several that took touchdowns off the board), and a missed 57-yard field goal attempt by Robbie Gould that doinked a crossbar.
- And the Bears aren’t even the only team who received a ton of preseason hype to fall flat on their face in Week 1. Sup, Browns?
Wow. Cleveland is 1-18-1 in season openers since 1999 via @RedZoneChannel
— Ben Heisler (@bennyheis) September 8, 2019
- I tweeted this after Baker Mayfield engineered an 8-play, 73-yard touchdown drive out of the gates:
When you see other teams score touchdowns on their first possession pic.twitter.com/M7LZzbveDc
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) September 8, 2019
- Cleveland’s offensive possessions after that score were as followed: Punt, punt, punt, punt, safety, end of half, punt, touchdowns, interception, interception, turnover on downs, interception (returned for a touchdown), turnover on downs.
- The two teams who garnered the most tickets in Vegas have a lot of work to do to justify the love they received from the betting public. Not that I needed more reason to fade the public, but *gestures in the general vicinity of the Bears and Browns*
- So many similarities between what happened to the Bears and Browns in Week 1, but what stands out most are the penalties. The Browns racked up 18 penalties for 182 yards. It is tough to win football games committing that many penalties.
- Shades of the late, great Dennis Green:
After the Titans beat the Browns 43-13, Delanie Walker channeled his inner-Dennis Green.
— ESPN (@espn) September 8, 2019
- Misery loves company:
For those keeping track at home, Colts now have lost 6 straight openers. Tied with Bears for NFL's longest active streak.
— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) September 8, 2019
- Some positive vibes from Anthony Miller:
Long Season. We gon eat fasho 😈
— Anthony Miller (@AnthonyMiller_3) September 6, 2019
- Keep the cannon warm, Tarik:
— WGN TV News (@WGNNews) September 8, 2019
- Whatever you say, coach:
- The Bears’ blueprint for success could be in what Minnesota’s game-plan was against the Falcons:
The Vikings ran 49 offensive snaps today. Only 10 resulted in a pass attempt.
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) September 8, 2019
- Or the Falcons just might be no darn good. I’m not quite sure yet.
- Some good reading:
Lamar Jackson stunned the football world by throwing for 5 TDs and 324 yards in the season opener. Revisit this piece from @danpompei on how Jackson became the @ravens' starting QB 👉 https://t.co/hfTqDbsann pic.twitter.com/h6hefWszzk
— The Athletic NFL (@TheAthleticNFL) September 9, 2019
- Football is fun:
"False start. Offense. All the linemen except for the center."
— ESPN (@espn) September 9, 2019
- There are other Deals of the Day today, but man the home arcade Street Fighter is just begging to find its way into my basement. Two TVs and Street Fighter? That would be something.
- Jacksonville’s offense was humming before Nick Foles suffered an injury that will keep him out for awhile:
#Jaguars QB Nick Foles suffered a fracture clavicle. He’s out indefinitely.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 8, 2019
Jaguars’ QB Nick Foles will undergo surgery Monday on his broken clavicle.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 8, 2019
- Foles’ backup had a heck of an afternoon in relief:
Jags rookie QB Gardner Minshew has gone 12-12 for 148 yards since replacing Nick Foles vs. the Chiefs. pic.twitter.com/wYQeJ4Qid2
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) September 8, 2019
- This is where I point out that I was a fan of snagging Gardner Minshew at some point during the draft process with the idea of having a developmental quarterback behind Mitch Trubisky.
- Days after signing a three-year contract extension, Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill suffered a shoulder injury that could cause him to miss some time:
Per source, no surgery for Tyreek Hill but he will miss a couple of weeks.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 8, 2019
- And from the Bulls world … This Satoransky fella has piqued my interest:
Tomas Satoransky Has Turned Into *THE* Player to Watch at the FIBA World Cuphttps://t.co/hOynqeOJGz
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) September 7, 2019