Are We On Obsessive Rams-Cardinals Watch Yet? And Other Bears Bullets

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Are We On Obsessive Rams-Cardinals Watch Yet? And Other Bears Bullets

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And here’s one last reminder as we leave 2020 in the dust and head into 2021: I encourage you to do what you can to support your favorite local businesses. You know that saying your parents told you about how you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone? That’s very much applicable right now. So let’s try keeping our favorite places rolling.

•   Outside of Bears-Packers, the NFC’s most important game will be played between the Rams and Cardinals. Both teams need wins to get in. And either could be eliminated with a loss if Chicago defeats Green Bay. But while Los Angeles will enter action without its starting quarterback, Arizona’s signal caller is ready to roll:

•   As a reminder, a Cardinals win and a Bears loss means Chicago misses the playoffs. And if the Bears go back-to-back seasons without a postseason appearance, there’s a potential for a reckoning looming on the horizon. Just in case you forgot what the guys in navy blue and orange are playing for this weekend.

•   On the other side of the field, the health update isn’t all that encouraging:

•   So the Rams could be without starting QB Jared Goff, stud RB Cam Akers, their other stud rusher Darrell Henderson, and their top receiver. Cool, cool, cool. I’m still riding with John Wolford, though. Or at minimum, I’m rolling with the chances that Sean McVay out-coaches Kliff Kingsbury. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

•   OK, it’s not all bad in Rams land:

•   And if all else fails, the Rams signed Blake Bortles off the Broncos’ practice squad. In case you’ve forgotten, Bortles is 2-1 in playoff games. And probably would’ve had a third win had fortunes not favored Tom Brady’s Patriots, as they almost always seemingly tend to do in January. Some guys get all the luck.

•   One reason we have an eye on Rams-Cardinals is because of this ghastly trend:

•   Then again, all I see here is that the Bears are totally due for a win here.

•   Larry Mayer ( dives into the history of the Bears playing for a playoff bid in the regular-season finale. Some people might see Chicago’s history and see it as some sort of harbinger of doom. I wouldn’t do that, but that’s just me. But also … past performance doesn’t indicate future results. And even if it did, the Bears’ past would tell us a big nothing. In eight games played since The Merger in 1970, the Bears have (1) won twice and clinched a playoff spot, (2) won two games and failed to make the postseason, (3) slid into the playoffs despite losing, and (4) lost three games and ultimately failed to qualify for the tournament. In other words, don’t waste your time trying to find present-day meaning in something that happened years ago.

•   A hearty congratulations goes out to Mitchell Trubisky for his award-winning performance in 2020:

•   Seriously. Kudos to Trubisky for winning an award that encapsulates what he is as a person that causes his teammates to rally around him. In a year that has been challenging, flummoxing, frustrating, and tough at its core, Trubisky has been honest, accountable, real, and genuine with his reflections. Trubisky has gone through some things in 2020. And yet, he’s faced the music at every turn. He’s done far better than I would’ve if put into a similar situation.

•   For your listening pleasure:


•   The math checks out:

•   ‘Tis the season:

•   There will be plenty of time for Eddie Jackson and his teammates  to play Madden ’21 on PS5. In February. After the Bears win the Super Bowl.

•   And to close out the final set of Bullets in 2020:

Author: Luis Medina

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