I had a blast the last few days making real-life connections with the people I am friends with online (Cubs Social Media Night). The internet is a powerful thing that helps bring people with similar interests together in the real world. Sure, the web can be an awful place at times. But you can also make the most of it, because it isn’t all bad.
- Do you believe in miracles? You bet I do:
- “If you have one second and the ball, you have a chance to win.”
- The Bears’ win against the Broncos on Sunday will not feature a single asterisk:
The league reviewed the second-to-last play of Bears-Broncos (Mitch Trubisky’s 25-yd pass to Allen Robinson) and determined it was officiated correctly, a source said. Robinson was ruled down with :01 left, giving Chicago the chance to call timeout & kick the game-winner.
— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) September 17, 2019
- Not that there was any doubt, but a sense of relief fell over me when I saw that the NFL confirmed its on-field officials ruled correctly that Allen Robinson was ruled down with one second left after his 25-yard catch. The last thing I wanted to chat about this week was about how referees somehow gifted the Bears win. Now, about those other questionable calls that happened throughout the game ….
- This is neat: Matt Nagy and the Bears found inspiration from the Saints’ miracle win against the Texans in Week 1 on Monday Night Football. “It was almost the exact same situation,” Nagy said, via the team’s official website. “It’s crazy. So we talked through it; we asked questions, they answered them. We said, ‘What do you do in this situation, what do you do in that situation?’ So, when they got the two-point conversion, we went up and down the sideline to all the offensive guys and said, ‘We just watched this; let’s do the same thing.'”
- It wasn’t the exact same thing, as there is a significant difference between Drew Brees orchestrating a drive and Mitch Trubisky doing so. Nevertheless, that the Bears ripped the page out of the playbook of a team that was a few clicks away form going to the Super Bowl last year is a good thing. Perhaps they will find inspiration in teams that score multiple offensive touchdowns moving forward. If so, it would be neat if they did not wait until the game’s waning moments.
- I am firmly in the camp of #TeamNoHairDontCare:
We lead the league in bald dudes for sure! And being ABSOLUTELY FIRED UP ! https://t.co/mkP4w5jbUv
— Kyle Long (@Ky1eLong) September 17, 2019
- Cordarrelle Patterson is fast:
- The transformation of Kyle Fuller into being a top-10 cornerback has been a treat:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 15, 2019
- These two dudes have an interesting relationship:
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) September 15, 2019
- Winning cures all. The Packers are 2-0 with division wins against the Bears and Vikings. An improved defense and just enough scoring has put Green Bay in the catbird’s seat early in the 2019 season. There is a lot of football to be played, but the Packers aren’t fooling around (even if their quarterback and head coach don’t always see eye-to-eye).
- Sound machines, kids toys, and more are your Deals of the Day at Amazon today.
- This guy is a star:
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) September 17, 2019
- The Steelers made a curious trade last night:
TRADE: Steelers are trading a 2020 first-round pick to the Dolphins for DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 17, 2019
- ESPN’s Seth Walder chimes in to note that Pittsburgh’s 2020 first-round pick has a 62 percent chance of being in the top-10 and 29 percent to land within the top-5. This is a relatively huge roll of the dice for a Steelers team that will be without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the rest of the season. Then again, trading for a top-tier talent like Minkah Fitzpatrick softens the blow somewhat.
- In other quarterback news:
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 17, 2019
2018 sixth-round pick Luke Falk was promoted to an active NFL roster for the first time in his career last week.
Last night, he found himself under center for Monday Night Football as the Browns blew out the Jets.
▪️ 198 yards
Not bad. pic.twitter.com/sp5EfzziHu
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) September 17, 2019
- If the name Luke Falk rings a bell, it is because the Bears interviewed him at the Senior Bowl in 2018. At the time, Falk was an under-the-radar quarterback prospect who might have been worth drafting with eyes on future development. Falk was drafted by the Titans in the sixth round (199th pick) of that draft, which happened to be 19 picks after the Bears took pass-rusher Kylie Fitts (who is no longer on the team).
- These ratings would have been higher last year had ESPN shown Brian Urlacher’s retirement ceremony instead of a halftime act whose name I have already forgotten:
Last night’s #Browns #Jets game on ESPN Monday Night Football drew an 8.8 overnight rating according to Nielsen, based on the metered markets, an increase of seven percent compared to the 8.2 rating for the Seahawks at Bears week 2 game in 2018.
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) September 17, 2019