Losing a family member around the holiday season stings. Yesterday, I learned my grandmother (on my father’s side) passed away. She was a kind, caring, and loving person who always had positive vibes. I’ll miss her a lot.
With that being said, I’ll be around this weekend for Bears-Packers coverage. But you’ll probably see less of me on Monday and Tuesday, as I’ll be traveling to spend some time with family. Thanks in advance for your understanding.
- Good to see I’m not the only one who is caught up in the spirit of the season:
- The folks at DaWindyCity Productions made a banger with “The Rise of Trubisky” hype video. That has me wanting Trubisky to go all Skywalker on the Packers at Lambeau on Sunday. Let’s just fast forward to noon tomorrow, already. Pretty please?
- Also, all credit to Michael for putting together an awesome image for this week’s game preview. I still can’t get enough it. Remarkable execution on an outside-the-box idea.
- If you tack on the playoff games these two teams have played against each other, then the Bears-Packers rivalry is about to hit its 200th installment. And as these two head into the 200th all-time meeting between the two, that it is something else that the two sides have been so evenly matched. The Packers have 98 wins, including the most recent postseason triumph. The Bears have 95 wins, including 14 shutout victories. There are also six ties between the two sides. Here’s hoping the final episode of this (regular) season is a good one.
- OK, fine. Maybe I am *TOO* into the spirit of Star Wars season:
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) December 14, 2019
- The evolution of offense is fun:
Third down conversion rate, Rams
Wk10-12: 18.2% (32nd)
Wk13-14: 53.6% (3rd)
Third down conversion rate, Bears
Wk10-12: 27.3% (27th)
Wk13-14: 54.5% (1st)
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) December 14, 2019
- The Bears have been playing better on first and second down, so it only makes sense that they are playing well on third down in recent weeks. Improved quarterback play from Mitch Trubisky, coupled with better play-calling from Head Coach Matt Nagy, and more precise execution from the players on the field has brought the Bears to where they are today with a 7-6 record heading into Week 15. It is mildly annoying that it has taken this long to get to this point, but better late than never (I guess).
- Seeing that the Bears and Rams have played so much better since playing that wretched Sunday nighter a few weeks ago, I can’t help but wonder what would it look like if they were playing each other next week. Especially if a playoff spot was on the line.
- Think about the narratives had the Rams and Bears been playing this week. We would find ourselves still talking about this as a virtual playoff game, especially since there would be tie-breaker implications. Discussion about Jared Goff and Mitch Trubisky having equally frustrating years, so much so, we might even see this showdown as a possible turning point. And there’s always the Khalil Mack vs. Aaron Donald subplot. It would be another one of those “loser leaves town” matches we love to discuss from time-to-time.
- Heck, it almost makes me look ahead to 2020. If the Bears and Rams both finish in third place in their respective divisions, we’ll be treated to a third straight year with a game featuring these two teams. And while I don’t want too look too far ahead, that one (which is slated to be played in L.A.’s new stadium) should have some juicy storylines attached to it.
- Something to keep an eye on later today:
Bears coach Matt Nagy doesn’t rule out IR for ongoing injury situations TE Ben Braunecker (concussion), WR Taylor Gabriel (2nd concussion this season), LB Danny Trevathan (elbow) and RT Bobby Massie (ankle). Could happen in the next 24 hours to make room for DT Akiem Hicks.
— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) December 13, 2019
- Both of these guys are pretty good at their respective positions. Who knew?
Adrian Amos made a statement in the season opener. Here's how he and (former Packer) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix compare this season. pic.twitter.com/UVmFCRLaih
— Bears Talk (@NBCSBears) December 14, 2019
- This is a good use of Tin Tok:
- Two of Chicago’s finest:
Windy City 💨 pic.twitter.com/L13dF7rjoj
— T A 7 (@TimAnderson7) December 14, 2019
- I would like to see the return of 2018 Khalil Mack on Sunday:
- These hats are #FireEmoji:
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Want to meet @TarikCohen ? Snag a @NewEraCap from his custom design collection at Bears Fit from December 7-17 for a chance to meet & greet #29! pic.twitter.com/uQY0WDA7U9
— Bears Fit (@BearsFit) December 13, 2019
- Not football, but fútbol:
the little dance the deer does when he scores the goal tho pic.twitter.com/Q3j60fg06M
— megan YELI MVP brown (@thatgirlondeck) December 14, 2019
- This isn’t football-related, either … but I’m really into kicking it old school like this:
— The Athletic CBB (@TheAthleticCBB) December 14, 2019
- If the Bears score 73 points on Sunday, that would be cool. But if the Bulls are limited to 73 points again …
And the Award for “Worst Game of the Season” Goes to … Bulls 73, Hornets 83https://t.co/hFIUlMgqks
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) December 14, 2019
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