Monday Night Mayhem, Clinton-Dix Big Game, Moving On From Week 1, and Other Bears Bullets

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Monday Night Mayhem, Clinton-Dix Big Game, Moving On From Week 1, and Other Bears Bullets

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Raise your hand if you’re already over fantasy football season.

Don’t be shy. I’m already there, too.

  • The most exciting football of the entire weekend has been condensed into 49 seconds of drool-worthy highlights:

  • The play designs. The throws. The catches. The clutch-ness. It was everything you wanted out of offensive football. Defensively? Not so much. That might have been the worst set of defensive coverages I’ve seen in a hot minute, but it made for some good drama and must-see TV.
  • MY GOODNESS WHAT A RUN:

  • Admit it, this was pretty neat:

  • This man made a 58-yard field goal and I’m happy for him, but I’m also reminded the Bears didn’t trust their kicker enough to take an attempt from 51 yards out because it was beyond what they thought he could make going in that direction. That feels a bit troubling.
  • Call it what you want, but I’d call this good customer service:

  • I was reading this tweet just as the MNF analyst was suggesting the Saints drop into a protective zone … and right before Watson carved it up with ease:

  • Sometimes, I can’t believe Deshaun Watson was the third quarterback taken in the 2017 NFL Draft. Or that he was projected as a second-rounder at various points throughout the pre-draft process. It’s probably time to re-configure how quarterbacks are scouted in college. Just a thought.
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  • In the other Monday Night Football contest, the Raiders played like a team with a chip on their shoulder in the wake of ridding themselves of the Antonio Brown drama. Their defense played with fire and intensity, while the offense rode Josh Jacobs to glory. Meanwhile, the Broncos didn’t look too hot. The things that plagued the team before Vic Fangio’s arrival were still bugging the squad. And that is to say nothing about Fangio’s questionable game management in effecting for a comeback.
  • In conclusion: A loss to the Broncos in Week 2 will be unacceptable. I don’t care that the numbers say teams going into Denver the first two weeks have issues adjusting to altitude, which allows the Broncos to run circles around their opponents. If the Bears are the team they think they are, they will overcome this hurdle and go into Week 3 with a 1-1 record.
  • As for the Raiders, maybe that second-round pick won’t be in the top-10 after all.
  • Raider Nation was wilding out last night:

  • I’m pretty sure there is some crossover between the creatures at the Mos Eisley cantina and in the black hole in Oakland.
  • Before we turn our full attention to Broncos Week, some leftover nuggets from Week 1:

  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was the highest-graded Bears defender in Week 1. It’s good to see a new guy with no experience playing alongside his new teammates really take off. All things considered, it’s probably not a coincidence that the Packers’ biggest offensive plays came while Clinton-Dix was getting a breather on the sideline. When Eddie Jackson and Clinton-Dix are on the field together, it is going to be tough to push the ball vertically.
  • Let’s not sleep on Roy Robertson-Harris:

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  • I needed someone to talk me off a ledge, and I’m glad Bear Report’s Zack Pearson could offer up some help:

  • The Bears’ Week 1 result was concerning, as was the play that led to the final score being Packers 10, Bears 3. HOWEVER, it is a good rule of thumb to be willing to give a team four games to have a better, more accurate feel for what they are (and possibly can be), I plan on taking that to heart.
  • Pearson nails it when he says the Bears are in trouble if Trubisky doesn’t make progress in these four weeks. The ball is in your court, #10. If you want to be as great as you say, there is no better time than now.
  • Too many of the same problems that plagued Trubisky last year showed up in Week 1 against the Packers:

  • Chicago’s offensive line play was brutal in Week 1, so consider this a message being sent to the guys in the room:

  • No, the Bears aren’t going to sign one of these linemen off the street and insert them into the starting lineup. But the Bears being so upset in their line play that they brought in a wave of players for a tryout sends a clear message — it’s time to shape up.
  • This is a different (and unexpected) perspective:

  • The same coach who brought in nine different kickers and showed the double-doink to his team throughout the summer has changed his tune. That’s interesting (to say the least).
  • Some details on Cody Whitehair’s extension:

  • Khalil Mack and Eddie Jackson are gonna pull this one off on Sunday in Denver:

  • Huge sale at Fanatics today if you want to peruse all kinds of sports gear.
  • It’s never too early to turn our attention to what’s happening with potential draft-worthy college football prospects. PFF’s Michael Renner takes his scouting eye to Week 2 to share whose stock is changing, possible small-school sleepers, and even introduces  a new quarterback to keep tabs on.
  • The Cowboys appear to be well ahead of the curve when it comes to the interactive fan experience:

  • This is a very considerate gesture from the Vikings:

  • LOL:


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Author: Luis Medina

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