Today is my last day of cashing winning tickets, while crumpling up the losers and throwing them in a pile. Las Vegas has certainly been a treat, but I’m ready to go home. Here’s hoping my new mattress is as comfortable as my dreams desire.
- There are a million things I wanted to start out today’s Bullets with, but I simply couldn’t get past this mind-blowing stat:
The Chiefs scored 7 offensive touchdowns in three quarters today.
The Bears scored 2 offensive touchdowns over their final 3 games of the season.
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) January 13, 2020
- We knew how bad the Bears’ offense was in 2019. But when it needed to come through when the season could have been saved with one last gasp effort, Chicago’s offense saved the worst for last.
- At least the playoffs came around in time for us to see some big-boy quarterbacking:
- Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson were marvelous. Watching Watson and his boys going up 24-0 early, only for Mahomes to rally his troops and lead an epic comeback when some where starting to write the obit on the 2019 Chiefs was remarkable. I don’t have any words for it, which isn’t great because my job insists I write them to describe what I saw.
- Have you ever wondered what basketball on field turf would look like? Well, how about the timing of these scoring drives for the Chiefs: :59, :23, 1:25, 2:03, 3:36, 3:55, 1:32, 3:31.
- What a moment:
Eric Fisher is my hero pic.twitter.com/0xTQfcTjB4
— Dalton Schuetz (@D_Schuetz21) January 12, 2020
- I don’t even want to know how MLB or the NBA would react if that celebration happened in their respective leagues. And that’s a shame, because this looks like all sorts of fun that would be immediately knocked down by the fun police in other sports.
- Let’s recap Chiefs-Texans in one .gif:
That really got away from the Texans. pic.twitter.com/V2khNYmUuN
— ESPN (@espn) January 12, 2020
- And then there was the guy in Green Bay:
THAT'S A BAAAAAAAAAAAD MAN pic.twitter.com/kqWdTJb5m8
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 13, 2020
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) January 13, 2020
- Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams are tough to stop. That’s it. That’s the Bullet.
- I hate that we’re going to be talking about this for a long time:
This was ruled a first down on the field and stood after a review.
Did they get it right? pic.twitter.com/fgmvsLhlDD
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 13, 2020
- NFL ball-spotting is an inexact science. Does the head count as being down? What about the elbow? How accurate is that yellow line? Wait, even better … how is it that we are in 2020 and we haven’t made it to where the player can see the yellow first-down line on the field? Why hasn’t anyone thought of this just yet? Or did I just stumble across a million-dollar idea?
- Someone brought it to my attention while at the sports book, but a Packers-Chiefs Super Bowl would be quite the nod for the league in its 100th year of operation. I mean, the storylines of a repeat of Super Bowl I would be neat — my only request is that the Packers don’t win this time. That’s a fair ask, right?
- It’s wild to think about the Packers being one win away from a Super Bowl when you think about where they were at this point last year, and where they were coming from after the end of the Mike McCarthy era. And last offseason? That was kind of a clown show, no? Reports of pettiness, in-house fighting, locker room drama, rumored battles between a Super Bowl winning ex-coach and his quarterback who had two distinctly different ways of being passively aggressive while digging deep into their trenches, an established future Hall of Fame quarterback publicly shading his new coach as they fought to get on the same page, and so much more. Perhaps that they made it to the NFC Championship Game is a testament to what it means when you’re willing to work through hard times, rather than bickering through the moment.
- Elsewhere in the NFC North, Mike Zimmer has reached out to an old friend in search for answers:
Mike Zimmer said he spent an hour on the phone with his mentor Bill Parcells dissecting how the Vikings can get "over the hump" and to the next level. "We’ve been to the conference championship, we’ve been to the divisional game, we’ve been in a wild… https://t.co/pvxHTdE5tE
— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) January 13, 2020
- Saturday’s showing from the Vikings offense would have me questioning all sorts of things. Then again, the 49ers were mean as heck on the defensive side of the ball:
#MINvsSF was like an episode of Shark Week…the @49ers were hungry.
Out of the 46 plays the #Vikings ran, 11 were negative plays. @sheldonday_91 @arikarmstead @nbsmallerbear #GoNiners #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/YKdknbIhbL
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) January 12, 2020
- Chargers, power strips, groceries, and protein powders are among your Deals of the Day at Amazon today. #ad
- My favorite ex-Bears quarterback is living his best life:
- What a moment for Jimmy Johnson, who finally gets his due:
Congrats my man!! Well deserved and welcome!
— Tony Gonzalez (@TonyGonzalez88) January 13, 2020
- This is a low-key big deal:
Jamie Newman will be transferring to the University of Georgia!
Second-highest graded QB in the ACC-85.2 pic.twitter.com/dx1oJXweTs
— PFF College (@PFF_College) January 11, 2020
- Jamie Newman was a highly regarded quarterback prospect who would have been worth rolling the dice for in this upcoming NFL Draft. Instead, Newman will get to sharpen up against SEC competition. Georgia has no shortage of talent coming back to Athens, so we’ll keep tabs on his progress — especially if the Bears are in the position to draft a quarterback in 2021.
- John DeFilippo’s career arc has been quite a journey, and the latest chapter will be written without the assistance of Gardner Minshew II in Jacksonville:
A surprise in Jacksonville: The #Jaguars are moving on from offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. After a season that saw him help develop rookie Gardner Minshew, DeFilippo is out and Jax will hire a new OC.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 13, 2020
- DeFilippo was a candidate for the Bears head-coaching position that ultimately went to Matt Nagy. So I can’t help but wonder if the Bears would dial him up and ask if he would be interested in the offensive coordinator position. I imagine Nagy’s good pal Doug Pederson would write him a letter of recommendation. Then again, the Eagles have an open OC position of their own that needs to be filled.