Yours truly won a fantasy football championship with Josh Allen and Garnder Minshew II at quarterback. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, I did so after limping into the playoffs with a 6-7 record while snagging the last possible spot. There is something to be said about getting hot at the right time, and I’m proud of my squad for getting it done. Here’s hoping your fantasy finish was as thrilling as mine!
And now … Bullets.
- I was victorious in fantasy football (in part) because the Vikings defense gave up 23 points to the Packers. The win secured an NFC North title for That Team in Wisconsin and put them in the running for the top overall seed in the conference playoffs. But more than that, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said something that falls under the category of “the worst person you know just made a great point” when he said “Defense wins NFC North championships” in the post-game scrum. It pains me to say Rodgers is right, but Bears fans should already know that by now.
- Clinching a fantasy championship distracted me from realizing that virtually everything that needed to happen for Chicago to have a puncher’s chance at a postseason spot happened. Well, except for the Bears winning the games they needed to in order to hold up their end of the bargain. Imagining what it would have felt like to write about a 9-6 team clawing its way into the playoff picture is pointless, but I would be lying to you if I said I didn’t do it.
- Last year’s Bears offense was competent enough to win 12 games, but the defense carried the load in 2018. And while this year’s defense didn’t come away with as many takeaways as it did last year, checking in with a top-10 DVOA rating suggests another competent offensive showing would have had the Bears in the running for another postseason push. Instead, the Bears are joined by the Rams, Buccaneers, Broncos, and Jets in being out of the playoffs despite a sitting in the top half of Football Outsiders’ DVOA rankings. That isn’t the kind of company you want to keep, because each of those teams have legitimate offensive concerns thwarting defensive excellence.
- This pained me:
Games w/ PFF grade of 80+ last two seasons
1. Mahomes – 13 (tied w/Brees)
3. Watson – 12
21. Trubisky – 3 pic.twitter.com/DaGsIm9u34
— PFF (@PFF) December 24, 2019
The average QB passer rating this season is 90. Mitch Trubisky has been above that number 4 times (just 4), in those 4 games, the #Bears100 are 4-0 and averaging 26.5 PPG. That would be good for 7th in the NFL.
It comes down to QB execution.
— Bill Zimmerman (@ZimmermanSXM) December 23, 2019
- No, I didn’t write the “Mitch Trubisky Ain’t It” piece solely based on what happened in Sunday’s Bears-Chiefs game. Doing so would have been irresponsible, because judging the future of the quarterback position on one game isn’t logical or sensible. In fact, it’s flat-out silly. But watching those two quarterbacks play should have provided a moment of awakening for what it is supposed to look like on offense.
- What might be more alarming is that Trubisky’s issues are just part of the problem. Head Coach Matt Nagy should share responsibility, too. The Bears’ shortcomings are layered. Thankfully, we have a full offseason to dissect them all!
- Soldier Field isn’t going to sound the same without Jim Riebrant:
PA guy Jim Riebrant says, for one last time, "there's a timeout … on the field."
He prefaced it to the emptied-out Soldier Field with: "For those of you left …"
— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) December 23, 2019
- Look who’s biz-ack:
— Doug Hendrickson (@DHendrickson41) December 24, 2019
The Seahawks have signed Marshawn Lynch.
He returns to Seattle with the most Pro Bowl selections, the 2nd-most Rush TD, and the 4th–most rush yards among running backs in franchise history.
Lynch's last Seahawks appearance was the 2015 Divisional Playoffs at the Panthers. pic.twitter.com/xmyIz7GQqH
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 24, 2019
- This is like if all the Force ghosts from Star Wars came back to life and gave you a behind the scenes look at what really went down with the Jedi order:1
oh my good god yes I will watch this six times https://t.co/bLrF8e7OKq
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) December 24, 2019