Bears Math, Fields on Fire, Go DJ, Good Grades, 346 Days Later and Other Bears Bullets

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The air is crisp and chill in Chicago. The vibes are immaculate. And later today, I’ll hit the grocery store to get the items I need to make my favorite chili recipe, via Jim Cooks Food Good.

  • We finally got to do a BN Bears Postgame Show after a win. It was worth the wait. And the juice was worth the squeeze:
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  • A most sincere shoutout to everyone who tuned in last night and stayed up late with us. BN After Dark was a treat. The Bears winning made it that much sweeter.
  • Matt made a point during last night’s show that resonated with me so much that I knew I needed to give it a good spot in today’s set of Bullets. The Chicago Bears’ Thursday Night Football win against the Washington Commanders was equal parts an endorsement of the roster General Manager Ryan Poles has built and an indictment of the job Head Coach Matt Eberflus and his staff have been doing from a coaching standpoint.
  • This team assembled too much talent to be winless through four games. I won’t go as far as to say the team we saw yesterday is the team we’ll see moving forward. But we shouldn’t ever see the team that we saw in Weeks 1-3. Those Bears were unprepared for the regular season. That is on coaching. Those Bears were outreached and outplayed at every level. Coaching and players share the blame there. But the Bears we saw last night (and for three-fourths of the Broncos game in Week 4) did not look like the team that played in the first three weeks. I’m glad things are looking better, though.
  • It all begins with D.J. Moore, who looked like the WR1 of our dreams last night. The stat line: 8 catches (10 targets), 230 receiving yards, and 3 touchdowns. After 5 games, this is the 170-game pace Moore is playing at right now: 92 catches (116 targets), 1,805 receiving yards, 17 touchdowns. So many times, Chicago sports fans have seen wonderful talents come to town only to disappoint upon arrival. D.J. Moore is bucking that trend and I am very much here for it.
  • Moore’s grade from Pro Football Focus was a team-best 93.6. But the five players who followed are all youngsters we’ve been looking forward to seeing grow in a major way this year:
  • Justin Fields’ last two games: 43/64 (67.2%), 617 pass yards, 8 TD, 1 INT, 131.3 passer rating. This is what we were hoping to see from Fields from the get-go. Fields is doing the things we were told he’d do after an off-season of putting in developmental work. Quicker decisions. Strong throws. Rhythm passing. Using the athleticism to be elusive in the pocket. Yes, I realize Fields has lit up two struggling defenses. But his inability to hit layups was a major (and notable) (and fair) criticism of Fields in the offseason. Shouldn’t he get credit for his work?
  • The win on TNF moves the Bears down a notch on the 2024 NFL Draft order. But don’t fret too much, Bears fans. They project to own the top pick, via Tankathon. Thanks, Panthers.
  • I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’: The Panthers traded D.J. Moore, a chance to draft Caleb Williams, an opportunity to draft Jalen Carter, and a 2025 second-round pick for Bryce Young. That one might come back to haunt the folks in Carolina.
  • You just love to see it…
  • … unless you’re Magic Johnson, who has an ownership stake in the Washington Commanders. The Hall of Famer didn’t hold anything back in his post-game tweet:
  • I love math (particularly when it looks good for the Bears):
  • More happy math: Cole Kmet has at least four catches in four of the Bears’ five games. Kmet’s playing pace: 78 catches (99 targets), 785 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns. Uhhh … how can I go about locking in those numbers at year’s end? Asking for a friend of mine in Arlington Heights.
  • There is so much good reading after a win like that. Courtney Cronin (ESPN), Kevin Fishbain (The Athletic), Brad Biggs (Tribune), Jason Lieser (Sun-Times), Josh Schrock (NBC Sports Chicago), and Eric Edholm (NFL Network) are among those with worthwhile takeaways.
  • Goodnight, sweet prince. May the Force be with you. Always:
  • ICYMI: The Bears have sent wide receiver Chase Claypool to Miami. The trade features teams swapping late-round picks in 2025. But more than that, the Bears get peace of mind after a tumultuous time for Claypool in Chicago. I’ll admit it is impressive that Poles could get anything in a trade for a player who seemed destined to get cut. Onward.
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  • The Blackhawks lost last night. But Tab checks in to explain why we should be excited by Chicago’s hockey team.
  • Over at BN Bulls, Eli writes about how the clock is ticking on a Patrick Williams contract extension.
  • IMO, the Cubs should spare no expense en route to getting better in 2023:
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    Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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