Thanks to a friend, I was able to snag a ticket for Sunday’s Bears-Saints game. And yet, I haven’t even looked at the forecast to prepare myself for how I should dress. Let’s just say I like surprises.
- ICYMI: Reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes suffered a right knee injury in the first half of the Chiefs’ 30-6 win against the Broncos on Thursday Night Football. But despite the injury, Mahomes’ tweets were in good spirits:
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) October 18, 2019
- ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweets the team is awaiting MRI results on Friday, with a league source checking in to share a best-case scenario of it being a three-week injury if there is no damage. But Schefter also tweeted the worst-case scenario being “downright dreary for the Chiefs, their fans and the league as a whole.” Ugh, that just makes my stomach churn. Mahomes is one of football’s most entertaining players and it would suck to lose him for an extended period of time due to an injury. It’s as simple as that. Get well soon, #15. The league needs you.
- In relief of Mahomes, Matt Moore stepped in and completed 10 of 19 passes for 117 yards, 1 touchdown, no interceptions, and an 89.1 passer rating. Not bad. In fact, I would go as far as to describe it as respectable. That is exactly what you would expect from QB2 in a pinch. Because the Chiefs have upcoming games against the Packers and Vikings, we’ll keep an eye on how things are shaking out in Kansas City. But if Moore steps in and puts up bonkers, Mahomes-like numbers in place of the starter, then I’ll have a set of questions lined up regarding Mitch Trubisky’s present and future.
- Let’s pivot to the Bears and listen to Coach Matt Nagy tell a story of how he squared off with Saints counterpart Sean Payton:
- Nagy re-told a story of his offseason golfing exploits with Payton, who apparently is as competitive on the links as he is on the gridiron. Hopefully, Nagy taking a Par-3 victory over Payton is a sign of things to come on Sunday.
- Also, I appreciate that Nagy and I spent the bye week doing similar things. Save for yours truly not having kids, I spent my extra free time cooking dinners, watching college football, and keeping notes on which players the Bears should draft if the opportunity presents itself in the future.
- Roquan Smith hasn’t played like a star yet, but there are still high hopes for the Bears linebacker. Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox circles Smith as Chicago’s most promising young player. Smith opened eyes last year with a 121-tackle, 5-sack season in which he was named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team. This season, Smith has no sacks or quarterback hits, and just one tackle for loss. It has been disappointing to this point, but the best could still be yet to come with the bye week being in the rearview mirror.
- If you are still waiting for that Leonard Floyd breakout season, just know that you are not alone. But JJ Stankevitz (NBC Sports Chicago) writes the Bears are still happy with what the fourth-year edge defender is still bringing to the table. Floyd doesn’t have the big sack/QB hit totals just yet, but Stankevitz notes Pro Football Focus has the Georgia product down for nine pressures and seven run stops, which shows he is making a positive impact despite it not showing up on the traditional stat sheet. It is possible that Floyd is just a slow starter, which is something that seems to be a trend in each of his first three seasons. Should he turn it around, this early-season slump will be written off as a blip. But still … Sunday would be a good time to start the turnaround of his season.
- Thursday’s injury report continued to be encouraging:
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) October 17, 2019
- Not only were Mitch Trubisky, Taylor Gabriel, and Bilal Nichols full participants for a second consecutive day, Joel Iyiegbuiwe was upgraded from limited to being a full participant. Iyiegbuniwe missed the Bears’ Week 5 loss against the Raiders with a hamstring injury and had been restricted in recent practices. And even though Iyiegbuniwe isn’t a starter, his role as a special teams contributor should not be overlooked. In any case, it’s good to see an injury report that isn’t loaded with limited participants and players who weren’t healthy enough to give it a go.
- I’m going to need some time for this:
The end came quickly and abruptly for Kyle Long. The NFL’s cold reality has left the former 3x Pro Bowl OL down on the curb.
Said Bobby Massie: ‘I hate that this is how he has to go out.’
A deeper look at Long’s uncomfortable exit and Bears career.https://t.co/uXADlGFNzs
— Dan Wiederer (@danwiederer) October 18, 2019
- Speak on it, HHCD:
- Cheap crockpot, LOL Surprise dolls, and a “gentlemen’s box” are among the Deals of the Day at Amazon.
- The Walter Payton bobblehead giveaways on Sunday are gonna be dope:
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) October 17, 2019
- Good to see Eddy Piñeiro get acclimated to his kicking home:
Eddy Pineiro scheduled to kick at Soldier Field today.
— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) October 18, 2019
- I don’t understand why the Bears went away from that classic helmet look:
Would it be wrong of me to commandeer that Bears helmet and lead police on a 10-mph chase? pic.twitter.com/amxjFbqmt4
— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) October 18, 2019
- Michael: Shameless self-promotion here from the Cubs world … I interviewed Cubs outfielder Ian Happ on my podcast. Give it a listen:
Episode SIX of Michael Cerami's Podcast is here with …..
IAN HAPP! Like … the Cubs player, Ian Happ. On my podcast. Ian Happ. The actual guy (@ihapp_1).
— Michael Cerami (@Michael_Cerami) October 18, 2019