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The Third Quarter Bump, Running Game Woes, Mack is Back, Celebrating the Dub, and Other Bears Bullets

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I have plenty of Thanksgiving prep work to do this week. And because there are fewer days to do it, I’d like to request the next few days get extended to 28 hours. Any objections?

  • Nothing like opening Club Dub to start a short work week:

  • I’m not going to complain about celebrating in Club Dub when I, myself, have had the end of awful work days/weeks celebrated with a cold brewski, loud rap music, and some celebratory dancing. If you haven’t, then you’re just not living.
  • What an experience that game was on Sunday. There were moments in which I envisioned the Bears getting run out of their own building, times when I was convinced the Bears were going to run away with it, and scenes of a blown late-game lead flashed before my eyes during the fourth quarter. What a ride.
  • I won’t entertain the idea of the Bears running the table until they get above .500. But for those of you who are curious, the Bears’ playoff odds jumped one percentage point after Sunday’s action played out. According to FiveThirtyEight’s projections, the Bears now have a whopping …. 2 percent probability of making the postseason. That’s still not great, but it’s better than joining eliminated teams such as Arizona, Washington, Miami, and Cincinnati.
  • The idea of the Bears rattling off five more wins to end the season wouldn’t be so ridiculous if the offense played every quarter as if it were the third. Check out these numbers from Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic:

  • I am not completely sure what to do with this information yet. At first blush, I would say that Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, and the rest of the Bears offense make proper adjustments at halftime, then execute those out of the gate. But that feels like an over-simplification. And it comes with it’s limitations as a theory, given what goes on in the fourth. And even if it didn’t, that’s not all that encouraging, because last time I checked football still has a first-half. Sigh. I don’t know. We’ll think about that one a little more.
  • And even in their finest hour, the Bears are still goofing things up:

  • Meanwhile, the Bears still can’t do jack on their opening drive:

  • What’s wild is that the Bears were superb on their early drives. Scripted plays did wonders for Trubisky and the offense as it settled into an early rhythm and built a lead for the defense before struggling to find their footing later in the game.
  • The Bears’ running backs averaged 2.47 yards per rushing attempt on Sunday, and yet, fans screamed “WHY DON’T THEY RUN MORE!?” even as the offensive line was pushed back three yards into the backfield on each play. The real scream should be “WHY DON’T THEY RUN BETTER!?”
  • The Bears must lead the league in offensive holding penalties on plays that lost yardage despite the hold.
  • It was good to have Khalil Mack back:

  • One week after being blanked in the box score, Khalil Mack had 3 tackles, 1 tackle-for-loss, 1 sack, two QB Hits, and a forced fumble. Welcome back, #52.
  • Looking this fly isn’t cheap:

  • Speaking of looking good, the retro helmets looked sharp:

  • Much respect to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the player not named Mack who could make a claim to have played the best on the defensive side of the ball. Clinton-Dix came through with five solo tackles (7 total) and an important pass breakup. We can talk about the missed opportunities this front office has whiffed on until we’re blue in the face, but part of me wants to give that same energy for the good moves that have been made (such as the Clinton-Dix signing).
  • Speaking of standout members of the secondary, I tip my cap to Prince Amukamara:

  • I enjoy watching kickers on other teams spit the bit (language in this video clip is NSFW):

  • ICYMI:

  • Admittedly, this slate of Thanksgiving games isn’t as desirable as it once was:

  • Worth noting: Some early advanced lines from last Thursday had the Bears as 4.5-point underdogs against the Lions. That is a pretty noteworthy shift.
  • I probably shouldn’t have laughed at this, but did anyway:

  • You just hate to see it:

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.