Losing the season-opener isn’t the end of the world. The 2018 Bears lost their regular-season opener, then went on to use that loss as a rallying cry that helped push them to the postseason. But still … that was a massively disappointing effort the Bulls put forward last night against a Hornets team that didn’t have Kemba Walker and still figure to be among the worst teams in the league. Hopefully, the Bulls aren’t joining them.
In any case, go give our friends at BN Bulls a hug today. They need it.
- For the record, the Bears’ efforts in Week 7 weren’t all bad. Cordarrelle Patterson earned a spot on Pro Football Focus’ Team of the Week for his 102-yard kick return touchdown. ROLL IT AGAIN:
KICK RETURN TD!!
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 20, 2019
- Very cool: Slate.com’s Nick Greene interviewed Darin Haggard, the sky-camp operator who made this view possible. He is as much of a legend as Patterson.
- A different point of view:
Cordarrelle Patterson reached 20.29 MPH on this 102-yard kick return TD to give the Bears their first points of the day (Saints lead 9-7).
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) October 20, 2019
- This puts Patterson’s excellence in perspective:
Cordarrelle Patterson is now 1 TD off the all-time KR-TD lead.
In an era where the NFL is trying to kill the kick return.
He has 244 fewer career kick returns than Josh Cribbs who's in the lead.
— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) October 20, 2019
- Let’s fight about this:
My least popular take is "Cordarrelle Patterson is the GOAT kickoff returner of all time," it always ends with me being booed off stage while screaming "I KNOW ABOUT DEVIN HESTER BUT THOSE WERE MAINLY PUNT RETURNS"
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) October 20, 2019
- Rodger Sherman of The Ringer wrote about Patterson being the true kick-return king. And while I would take Hester over Patterson, the point still remains that Patterson is doing amazing things at a position the league is doing everything it can to eliminate sooner rather than later. Patterson is the last of a dying breed, so let’s enjoy him while he is still here.
Cordarrelle Patterson is the 1st player to have a kick return TD at Soldier Field since … himself, in Wk 7, 2018 with NE.
He has 3 career kick return TD at Soldier Field, breaking a tie with former Bears Devin Hester & Dennis Gentry for most all-time (CHI moved there in 1971).
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) October 20, 2019
- You know what else was awesome from last week? Mic’d Up Eddie Jackson:
- Moving onto the game ahead of us, this artsy poster is vibrant and needs to find a spot on my wall:
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- Mitch Trubisky had a little edge to him during his weekly press conference:
— Bears Talk (@NBCSBears) October 24, 2019
- More on that later today.
- On the other side of the quarterback spectrum, did you know Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will be making just his second appearance at Soldier Field? Rivers has been the Chargers’ full-time quarterback since 2006. But because games against AFC teams go in rotation, NFC fans don’t get to see players like Rivers as often as they might like.
- The last time Rivers was in Chicago, he was out-dueled by Jay Cutler, who put up 286 passing yards, two touchdowns through the air, scored one on the ground, and posted a 97.0 passer rating. Chicago won 31-20 to improve to 7-3. But during the game, Cutler suffered an injury that took him out of action and sunk the Bears’ playoff hopes. It was the beginning of the end of the Lovie Smith era. If you ever want to make yourself upset intentionally, think about how that injury changed the trajectory of Bears history.
- Does Lovie get a longer leash if a healthy Cutler guides the Bears to a second straight playoff spot? Cutler was on pace to throw for 3,710 yards, 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and an 85.7 rating. What happens to his legacy if he makes the postseason in two straight years? It probably keeps the Bears from moving onto Marc Trestman in 2013, which delays the John Fox era … would we have even gotten the Phil Emery or Ryan Pace eras? It’s a rabbit hole I’m not sure I want to fully travel down today.
- Orange you glad the Bears are wearing alternate jerseys this weekend?
- The Bears need tight end help, but Kristopher Knox (Bleacher Report) thinks the team should shop Trey Burton ahead of next week’s deadline. Knox believes a cost-cutting move would help the Bears free up some wiggle room, and I suppose a draft pick coming the Bears way wouldn’t be the worst thing. Then again, I can’t imagine Burton has much value when he isn’t 100 percent.
- The more you know: Allen Robinson is #TeamFrenchToast:
Allen Robinson says he has no regrets about interacting with people on Twitter after the loss: “I’m very active on Twitter. It’s not negative. I’m just responding to something that’s on Twitter, just like I do when I’m talking about pancakes and French toast.”
— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) October 23, 2019
- You’re welcome, Vic:
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) October 23, 2019