One of my favorite things about living in this era is when your online friends become real-life friends. I had a great weekend, which was capped off by a trip to Club Dub.
- He’s here and he’s perfect:
Good team win ! Club dub finally opened 😈
— Tarik Cohen (@TarikCohen) September 16, 2019
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 16, 2019
- Giddy up and Bear Down!
- How invested is Chicago in the Bears’ obsessive kicker watch? It was front-page news placed on the most prominent spot on the page:
— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) September 16, 2019
- Khalil Mack clap backs are the best:
We been thru a lot ok😩
— Khalil Mack (@FiftyDeuce) September 16, 2019
- You’re dadgum right “we” been through a lot!
- This game felt like it meant more, didn’t it? Between a commitment to the running game, the arrival of a confident kicker, a defense that delivered for the better part of 59 minutes, and an overall stellar effort from the special teams unit, that game had it all.
- I will not go as far as to call it a “lucky” win or consider it “charity” as others have. But I will say that, as a Bears fan, we’re even for the Marian Barber game that made “Tebow Magic” a thing. We’re all squared up, Denver.
- And while I will never fully get over Joe Flacco walking into Carbondale as a member of Delaware’s football team, taking out the heart of Saluki football, and wrecking my alma mater’s national championship dreams, watching Flacco take that “L” is oddly satisfying. Take that, Joe!
- That is a real shame:
The Broncos yesterday became the first team to convert a 2-point attempt down 1 in the 4th quarter and still lose since the NFL adopted the 2-point conversion in 1994, according to @EliasSports. pic.twitter.com/baGSl22cFq
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 16, 2019
- On the other side of the quarterbacking ledger, Mitch Trubisky is making NFL history:
Mitchell Trubisky became the first starting QB to win a game despite (min 25 att):
– averaging 4.4 YPA or less
– passing for 120 yds or less
since… he did it in 2018.
Only full-time starting QBs w this feat:
– 2019: Trubisky
– 2018: Trubisky
– 2017: Cutler
– 2016: Osweiler pic.twitter.com/zdA3VQwDZx
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) September 16, 2019
- The Bears have some work to do in the quarterbacks room, but we’ll get to that in due time.
- This was so close to being an amazing pass:
Before Mitch Trubisky’s 25-yarder to Allen Robinson, I thought his best pass was his first to Tarik Cohen. He slowed down but didn’t have to stop running. Pass was dropped into his numbers. Great play by Justin Simmons to rip at Cohen’s right hand. pic.twitter.com/YtqKYNj5d0
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) September 16, 2019
- Broncos fans are big mad about the roughing the passer penalty that aided the drive that helped the Bears get into field goal position and ultimately win the game. But are they pointing out how two Charming-Soft unnecessary roughness penalties on Leonard Floyd and Eddie Goldman were helpful in a pair of Denver scoring drives? Because, in the interest of fairness, that should probably be brought up.
- Chicago is still committing too many penalties. Allowing the Broncos to gain three first downs on penalties as part of a 7-penalty day that resulted in 65 free yards isn’t great. Frankly, it needs to be tightened up sooner, rather than later.
- I am unsure how much stock to put into the early penalties, but there is a lot to be desired from officiating around the league within the first two weeks. I assumed the reviewable pass interference calls were going to be problematic, but it turns out that might just be the tip of the iceberg.
- There isn’t too much to knock about the Bears’ defense, but they allowed the Broncos to go 3-for-3 on fourth down yesterday. One more stop and that miracle drive at the end isn’t even a thing. With that being said, there is still work to be done on that side of the ball.
- I will always remember where I was when the Bears scored their first offensive touchdown of the 2019 season:
EXCELLENT! Watch David Montgomery score the first TD of the 2019 season! https://t.co/UWfsKm111r
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) September 15, 2019
- Watches, shavers, and tools are among the Deals of the Day at Amazon today.
- No news on Bilal Nichols, the Bears defensive lineman who left Sunday’s game early with a wrist injury.
- The Bears are 1-1 and in a decent position to stack together some wins. It is possible that with improved play and some good fortune, the Bears could be 4-1 entering the bye. At minimum, a 3-2 start to the season is needed to keep the good vibes flowing.
- SIGH. Chicago could have gained some ground on the Packers, but Kirk Cousins decided he wanted to do some Kirk Cousins like things to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory:
HORRENDOUS DECISION pic.twitter.com/alWcLkJvBY
— Vikings Blogger (@firstandskol) September 15, 2019
- The Lions beat the Chargers, which wasn’t helpful for the Bears or my futures wager of Los Angeles’ AFC team winning more than 10 games in 2019.
- We should keep this in mind as we move forward throughout the football season:
Good advice- don’t be too quick to speak in absolutes about young players. Sometimes they just need a little time. Case in point— the current leader in receiving yards? John Ross.
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) September 16, 2019
- Bad beat alert:
A bettor wagered $130,000 yesterday at @PointsBetUSA on the Bears to cover the 2.5 point spread against the Broncos.
A crazy end of the game resulted in a brutal loss by the hook. pic.twitter.com/W26Bh2Y1tv
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 16, 2019