Pancake Blocks For Sunday Brunch, Mack Ready For Monday, Rooting Against Rivals, and Other Bears Bullets

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Pancake Blocks For Sunday Brunch, Mack Ready For Monday, Rooting Against Rivals, and Other Bears Bullets

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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:

  • 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:

  • If Khalil Mack says it is time to focus on Monday night, then it is time to focus on Monday night:

  • It’s almost as if the NFL knows that bad calls on the field should not lead to fines off it:

  • I stayed up late to watch the craziest college football game of the year:

  • 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:

 

  • 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:

  • History on the horizon for Matt Nagy’s idol:

  • The Patriots could be joining a classic Bears team if they make some history of their own:



Author: Luis Medina

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