In returning to Carbondale for the first time in I don’t know how long, I was greeted with a bunch of flashbacks. I’m sure more will come to me while I’m out at a wedding this afternoon and evening. In the meantime, let us power through some Bullets.
- Put this on a motivational poster and stick it in every cubicle in America:
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) September 27, 2019
- The Bears’ rush defense is stout. That unit has allowed the fifth fewest total rushing yards, the third lowest yards per carry average, and has yet to yield a ground score through three weeks. The Vikings’ run game is chewing up ground yards like it is nobody’s business. That group ranks second in total yards, third in yards per carry, has the scored the most rushing touchdowns, and has the third most rushing attempts. Strength against strength. Power against power. The winner of this head-to-head battle probably wins the game.
- Be advised, Vikings: Do *NOT* try to tickle Khalil Mack this weekend:
The highlight of Halas Hall today …@JJStankevitz: “You’re a big basketball guy, does it still tickle you that LeBron James gives you shoutouts on Twitter?”
Khalil Mack: “Whatcha you say? Tickle? I’m a grown man.”
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) September 27, 2019
- Or you could do so at your own risk. It’s your life to live.
- Lawrence Taylor, arguably the greatest pass-rusher of all-time, has some love for Mack as the best player at his position of his generation:
- I don’t want to get lost in the details, but good luck pinning Mack to one position. Because while he is listed as a linebacker above, he also played some defensive end. And with the evolution of defense being what it is, it is difficult to put guys like Mack and Von Miller in a box like that and call it a day. In the end, I suppose that is what makes them great. They are playmakers. Put them at any position and they help your team win.
- Injuries could impact both teams on Sunday. Wide receiver Taylor Gabriel has been ruled out. Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks and right guard Kyle Long are considered to be game-time decisions. That’s an impact receiver, and two key cogs on the line of scrimmage on the injury report. And on the other side of the field, Minnesota could be without their starting guard Josh Kline. I am starting to feel like this is one of those games where the grittiest guys survive.
- Get to know first-year Bears running back Mike Davis a little better after watching this installment of Inside the Bears/Big Guys in a Benz:
- One of the challenges the Bears are facing with finding the running game has been the struggle find playing time and carries for everyone. There has also been issues in piecing together personnel groupings, as the challenge there is putting packages out on the field without tipping your hand as to what your offense is about to run. Davis hasn’t had much of an opportunity to show what he can do to this point, but the feeling out process is still happening.
- Speaking of running backs, the one the Bears drafted in the seventh round last spring is back with the team:
#Bears roster move:
We have signed RB Kerrith Whyte Jr. to the practice squad.
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) September 27, 2019
- Kerrith Whyte Jr. still has speed to burn, but has a steep learning curve to tackle as a rookie running back who played at a smaller school. The practice squad seems like the right place for him.
- Tony Romo was this close to not being on the call Sunday for Bears-Vikings:
Tony Romo missed the 2-under cut after following his 70 on Thursday with a 78 on Friday at the Safeway Open. He had planned to skip Sunday’s NFL broadcast in Chicago between the Bears and Vikings if he had made the cut.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 28, 2019