Death. Taxes. And someone on the St. Louis Cardinals complaining about a player’s celebration. It’s an October tradition unlike any other that is back despite no one really wanting it to return.
- I think Kyle Long is onto something here, my friends:
Kyle Long asked which London landmarks he would like to visit: "I want to see what the end zones are like at Tottenham Stadium."
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) October 3, 2019
- Of all the sights and sounds one can check out during an overseas trip to London, the one place the Bears really care about visiting is the end zone at Tottenham Stadium. Feel the grass beneath your feet, breathe in the aromas of American football being played in a foreign land, take in the sounds of fans cheering your score. Sounds like a pretty dope way to spend a Sunday to me.
- In case you’ve spent all week en route to London and have been away from your computer, this guy is starting at quarterback on Sunday:
GO TIME!!! ⏰ pic.twitter.com/NwiE3MbKk5
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 3, 2019
- Mitch Trubisky is making the trip to London, but Chase Daniel is starting. That is pretty neat. It’s also cool that Trubisky was the first one to celebrate with Daniel when things were going well, per Bears Offensive Coordinator Mark Helfrich via the Bears’ official website. The working relationship between Daniel and Trubisky is a strong one, which is good because it is clear Trubisky needs that strong working environment to keep him together when times get shaky. Eventually, that relationship will pay off with Trubisky turning the corner … right?
- The Bears offense has some stuff to clean up:
Remember that 3rd & 2 wildcat to Patterson in the 3rd Quarter?
1) Poor play call. Too cute again. Give the ball to Montgomery on short yardage runs.
2) Patterson missed a lane
Defenders to the right but Pattersons momentum might've gotten him to the sticks. pic.twitter.com/9ynhiChshU
— Joe Tidei (@JoeyProspects) October 3, 2019
- Cordarrelle Patterson probably saw this in film room and is likely kicking himself for missing a hole that could’ve produced a huge gain.
- For the record, I don’t hate the usage of Cordarrelle Patterson in this package. Patterson isn’t a traditional short-yardage back, but he has power, speed, and playmaking ability that merit his inclusion on fun gadgetry within the game. HOWEVER, the Bears drafted David Montgomery and it would be sensible to see the a known tackle-breaker get some work on 3rd-and-short. And while Montgomery hasn’t shown to be a great rusher yet, the potential is there.
- On the other side of the ball, Khalil Mack is on Chris Roling’s short-list of Defensive Player of the Year front-runners after the first quarter of the season. You can check out Roling’s list at Bleacher Report here.
- Given how damn good the defensive line fill-ins have looked this season, I hope the Bears are wise enough to limit Akeim Hicks until he is a full-go:
Matt Nagy sees Akiem Hicks (knee) "improving" but said it's a day-to-day deal.
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) October 3, 2019
- Hicks, Kyle Long, and Roquan Smith made the trip to London. The fact that they are traveling with the team gives me hope that they are healthy enough to at least consider playing. So through that lens, this is a positive development.
- Check out the Bears going to and arriving in London:
- When another team loses a prime-time game because it misses a field goal:
I was hoping for a doink there. Am I a bad guy?
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) October 4, 2019
- Speaking of kickers, an old friend finds a new home:
The mad scramble for new #Patriots kicker Mike Nugent in fantasy is happening right now…
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 3, 2019
- Sure, Mike Nugent missed a pair of extra-points during his brief stint in Chicago. But he made all four of his field goals, including his only attempt from 50+ yards away. All things considered, I’m surprised the Bears didn’t bring him back for a look-and-see.
- Bulls-related optimism? Yep. I’m all-in on Coby White and you should be, too:
The Bulls Didn’t Know Coby White’s Progress Would “Come This Fast”https://t.co/roHmo7MFzQ
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) October 3, 2019