The Cubs are looking for a new manager. The Bulls are set to embark on a basketball journey in search of their first postseason appearance since 2017. The Bears are on the look-out for anyone who can hold a block long enough to spring a ball carrier without drawing a penalty.
We’ve got some searching to do here at BN. Wish us luck.
- I’m still feeling that loss. That 21-point rally in the third quarter gave me life I hadn’t felt since the Bears’ spirited comeback in the Monday Night Miracle against Arizona back in 2006. But the game-losing 97-yard drive — the missed tackles, horse-bleep running-into-the-kicker penalty, inability to stop a fake punt … all of it — was deflating. And then there was Chase Daniel’s soul-crushing interception. OOF. It still stings.
- And because the Bears are off this week, there’s not even an upcoming game focus on and soften the blow. We have a whole week to stew on this one until we move onto New Orleans. Not that I want to do that right now. The Saints have won three consecutive games since Drew Brees went down with an injury and Teddy Bridgewater took over. Because that is how you rebound from adversity. Sigh.
- I love Tarik Cohen, but I don’t vibe with this at all:
Bears RB Tarik Cohen: “It’s frustrating because they didn’t do anything exceptional for them to win that game. We feel like it was just all on us.”
— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) October 6, 2019
- To be fair, the Bears made a ton of un-forced errors that were factors in the team falling to 3-2 on the season. HOWEVER, the Raiders bullied the Bears for a good portion of the game. Oakland dominated at the point of attack (on both sides of the ball) and had Chicago on its heels for most of the afternoon (or evening, if you happened to be watching in London). The Bears defense coughed up a pair of 90+ yard scoring drives, including what turned out to be the game-winner for the Raiders. They missed tackles, assignments, blocks, coverages, and everything you could think of on a football field. And it cost them a win against a team that had one healthy offensive weapon.
- Kudos to Jon Gruden for deploying rookie running back Josh Jacobs to his fullest extent. Had it not been for Gruden’s scheming, I would have forgotten what a proper rushing attack looked like. It must be nice.
- Here is how dominant the Raiders were up front: Jacobs ran the ball 26 times and the Bears had zero tackles-for-loss. None. Zip. Zilch. And there was just one occasion when Jacobs was stopped for no gain. Otherwise, carries for Jacobs were going for positive gains at a steady clip.
- The Bears defense is still great, but it allowed a season-high in yards (398), rushing yards (169), and yards per play (5.6). I’m upset, but the defense wasn’t going to pitch perfect games all season.
- Fix the line, please:
Per @NextGenStats, Benson Mayowa had 8 pressures on 24 pass rushes vs the Bears.@Benny_b0y10 had twice as many pressures in this game as any other @Raiders defender had in a game in the past 2 seasons.#CHIvsOAK | #RaidersNation
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) October 6, 2019
- Sunday’s result was bad, but it wasn’t all bad:
🗣 GIMME THAT
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 6, 2019
- This is just a guy going up and WINNING a ball. The Bears needed a play like that, got it, and should have ended up winning because of it. Instead, *gestures in the general direction of London and mumbles incomprehensibly*
- Tarik Cohen can turn a game on its ear:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 6, 2019
- The Peanut Punch is a hit overseas:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 6, 2019
- JUMP ON IT: Halloween candy (and, well, candy for whatever purpose you want) is a Deal of the Day at Amazon today. So load yourself up today.
- Mitch and Mahomes sharing space on a list:
Mahomes has thrown 15 pass TD when "on the run" since 2018. No other quarterback has more than 10 (Wilson & Trubisky).
"On the Run" pass attempts are attempts when the QB is traveling 8+ MPH at pass forward. https://t.co/FZzLhMbaaU
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) October 7, 2019
- The Bears’ offensive line is a problem, but apparently, this is how the other side lives:
The Colts beat Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs because this wasn’t a beauty contest. This was a football game, and the Colts are just brutal enough to beat anybody. https://t.co/veihvdLZif
— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelStar) October 7, 2019
Their HC shockingly withdrew from his new job in 2018.
Their QB shockingly retired in the 2019 preseason.
With a new coach, a new QB & the most injured roster in the NFL, the Colts sit 1st place in the AFCS after a huge road upset.
No excuses. The obstacle is the way, indeed.
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) October 7, 2019
- YIKES. And here I am compiling about the no-good, very-bad day the Bears offensive line had:
Today the Eagles became the first team in NFL history with 10 or more sacks and two defensive touchdowns in a single game. Thorough domination.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 7, 2019
- Football is coming:
— XFL (@xfl2020) October 7, 2019