Summer is over. The 7 o’clock hour rolls around and it is dark outside. The days are getting shorter, nights are growing longer, and my sleep cycle isn’t ready for it just yet. Perhaps it is time to buy new pillows to get things in the right place. That tends to help from time-to-time.
- It’s another Bears-less Sunday in Chicago. So for your local viewing pleasure, CBS-2 will showcase Ravens-Chiefs at noon and Saints-Seahawks in the late afternoon shift. Over on FOX-32, you can catch Vic Fangio’s Broncos taking on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Good luck to all our favorite teams playing our most bitter rivals this afternoon.
- Did you miss the swell news yesterday? Bears kicker Eddy Piñeiro is questionable for Monday’s game because of a “minor knee injury” suffered in the weight room. Just when we thought there was a sense of calm at a position that has caused fans nothing but heartache since 2016, this happens. Head Coach Matt Nagy expressed some confidence that Piñeiro will be ready to kick Monday, and that his placement on the injury report and limited participation was a precautionary move. But that isn’t going to stop me from freaking out.
- For what it’s worth: Pat O’Donnell has handled kickoff duties in the past, most recently when Cairo Santos had an in-game injury that limited him to just field goals. So long as Piñeiro can execute reasonable field goal attempts and extra-points, my stress levels will subside. But for that to even happen, the Bears’ offense needs to get into gear, drive deep into opponent territory, and score touchdowns.
- On a more positive injury note:
Bears RG Kyle Long says he’s playing Monday at Washington.
— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) September 21, 2019
- Kyle Long being healthy and able to play is a welcome sign. Because even though Long hasn’t played his best football yet, there is still a feeling some positive regression is around the corner.
- Here is a complete injury report for Monday Night Football:
Redskins- Bears full injury report pic.twitter.com/OHEs8fc951
— John Keim (@john_keim) September 21, 2019
- If Khalil Mack says it is time to focus on Monday night, then it is time to focus on Monday night:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 22, 2019
- It’s almost as if the NFL knows that bad calls on the field should not lead to fines off it:
#Broncos boss John Elway said this week NFL officials admitted the controversial roughing the passer on Bradley Chubb on the #Bears' winning drive was "dead wrong", so no surprise: Chubb wasn't fined for the hit on Mitchell Trubisky.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 21, 2019
- I stayed up late to watch the craziest college football game of the year:
1 team had 9(!) passing TD – not enough to win. Other team had 100-yd KO Ret TD, 69-yd Punt Ret TD, 94-yd Pass TD, overcame 32-pt deficit in <12 min of game time, scored 50 2nd-half pts! Somehow, also 7 punts, 7 TO, & 2 4th down stops. #Pac12AfterDark outdoing itself! #UCLAvsWSU pic.twitter.com/BDytoF1vFR
— Alok Pattani (@AlokPattani) September 22, 2019
- Meet Adrian Magee, the LSU senior left guard who mauled his way into my heart on Saturday:
- Magee did not have much draft prospect buzz prior to his monster blocks on Saturday. Heck, he isn’t even ranked among the top 20 guard prospects at WalterFootball.com as of today. But that will likely change if Magee continues to wreck defenders.
- Elsewhere at LSU, Joe Burrow is making me regret not rolling the dice on him as a 200/1 long shot to win the Heisman. Burrow completed 25 of 34 passes for 398 yards, 6 touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 96.4 QBR on ESPN’s grading scale. Those are excellent single-game numbers for a player who is having a heck-of-a-year with an 80.6 completion percentage, 1,520 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, and just two interceptions. We are four weeks into the college football season, which means it is probably time to start marking prospects we like.
- We can start with Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm:
Pretty wild stat for Jake Fromm
34 TD 0 INT in the red zone pic.twitter.com/lC9h8WEzlI
— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinnerNFL) September 22, 2019
- The reasons to find a developmental quarterback prospect are growing. And we know Bears GM Ryan Pace loves Georgia football players. If those two ideas meet at an intersection, you can put Fromm (and Burrow) at the top of my list.
- I’ve never been one to police celebrations, but maybe this isn’t the best idea:
- Say what you want about MAC football, but the odds of a fun ending are always in your favor:
18 seconds left…
The rest is pure #MACtion
— #MACtion (@MACSports) September 21, 2019
- History on the horizon for Matt Nagy’s idol:
With a wet win today, @Chiefs Andy Reid will surpass Chuck Noll for sole possession of 6th place on the NFL’s all-time wins list, including postseason, with 210.
Topping the list: Shula, Halas, Belichick, Landry & Lambeau.
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) September 22, 2019
- The Patriots could be joining a classic Bears team if they make some history of their own:
Historic day? The Patriots could become first team since 1937 Bears to allow no TDs in each of first 3 games of the season, per Elias. They’re already at 3 if you count the Super Bowl. No team has gone 4 straight without allowing a TD since the 2000 Steelers (5). #Patriots #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) September 22, 2019