FOX’s New Girl was one of my favorite TV shows between 2011 and 2015 when it was at its peak. And while I never made it through to the series finale, it’s still on my bucket list because I like to see things I start through to the end. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy the the re-runs that I can run into via TBS on-demand. Because sometimes, it’s fun to re-visit things you liked that made you smile and laugh during times when it wasn’t easy to do either.
• Death, taxes, and the Bears’ position on this chart:
NFL scoring performance relative to their schedule through week 5
Top right= Good offense and defense
Top left= Bad offense, good defense
Bottom right= Good offense, bad defense
Bottom left= Bad offense, bad defense pic.twitter.com/zzabGNFNMm
— Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) October 13, 2020
• Here’s how I’m reading this chart from the Bears’ perspective. They have three games (Texans, Titans, Jaguars) against teams in the bad offense-bad defense quadrant, and should take advantage of those opponents. Chicago also has five games (Vikings and Lions twice, Saints once) against teams in the good offense-bad defense field. Is it too much to ask to take three of five there? I hope not. And finally, they have just two games (both against the Packers) against teams in the good offense and defense category. Should the Bears handle business against teams they’re supposed to, the road to 10 wins (and the playoffs) is visible.
• What’s more annoying than watching someone else’s prized quarterback prospect flourish? Watching it as the Chargers failed to pull off the upset. I’m a selfish Bears fan trying to see the best possible road to a postseason spot. And a Saints loss last night would’ve helped. New Orleans’ playoff probabilities went from 63 percent to 72 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight’s data and simulations. Grumble. That was a missed opportunity for the Bears to get some much-needed help from an unexpected source. It might not feel like much right now, but I know better than to think that every game doesn’t matter in one way or another.
• One night after we watched the Vikings invent a new way to lose a football game, we witnessed the Chargers play a game of “anything you can do, we can do in a more heart-breaking fashion” on Monday Night Football. After racing out to a 20-3 lead, the Chargers couldn’t muster up much more and the Saints took advantage of it. And when the ESPN crew mentioned that Los Angeles’ kicker nicknamed himself the Money Badger, the Chargers might as well have been doomed. The Saints won in overtime despite not looking like it deserved a win. Which, once again, goes to prove that winning ugly matters to no one because beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
• We got a look at what it’s like to throw (and come down with) a 50-50 ball, and it was undeniably beautiful:
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) October 13, 2020
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 13, 2020
• Justin Herbert sure looked impressive. Last night’s line (20/34, 264 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT, 122.7 rating) would’ve been viewed as a coming out party had his kicker nailed a game-winning field goal. Nevertheless, I see Herbert shining after being the third quarterback taken in the 2020 NFL Draft and start dreaming about how the Bears can find one of their own.
• Well, it’s not as if the Bears don’t have alternatives:
Given that every skill position player seems to improve after leaving Adam Gase, yes! https://t.co/mNtQyPUY6F
— Chris Cwik (@Chris_Cwik) October 12, 2020
• Hey, now! I didn’t say they were great.
• Had enough football yet? Of course you haven’t. The Bills and Titans play tonight at 6 p.m. CT on CBS.
• Smooth transition into the latest COVID protocols the NFL is implementing:
The NFL informed clubs in a memo tonight that beginning in Week 6, all players and other Tier 1 and Tier 2 individuals will undergo PCR testing for COVID-19 on game days, per source.
Before, everyone was tested the other six days a week. Now, there’s game-day testing too.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 13, 2020
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• Over at NBC Sports Chicago, Cam Ellis discusses how the Bears are dealing with their first COVID-19 case since the regular season began in September. Matt Nagy did his best to drive home the importance of following precautionary measures. And the Bears handled things well when they had a COVID scare back in August. Here’s hoping there were real lessons learned and that they continue to be applied moving forward.
• Thinking about this weekend’s case had me thinking about when Andre Tucker showed off the team’s COVID-19 safety protocols:
• Akiem Hicks keeps it real:
Bears DL Akiem Hicks: “I can't imagine that too many people in our country right now are experiencing a level of comfort, and I don't think that falls outside the realm of professional football. So I think that it's a trying time. I think that it's tough on everybody.” pic.twitter.com/gwFfWA9Acf
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) October 12, 2020
• This is a neat breakdown of one of my favorite plays from Week 5:
• A broadcast note for Sunday’s upcoming game against the Panthers:
• I could watch this all day:
MJ game winner after MJ game winner after MJ game winner after
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) October 13, 2020