Tag Archive: Bears

Sep 08

NFC North Week One Match Ups: Who Wins?


Cast your vote!

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Jan 22

The Packers Are Headed to… Chicaco.


Well done, Green Bay Press-Gazette! I don’t know who your editor is, but s/he deserves a raise! The headline in the photo below is priceless…. The Green Bay Press-Gazette announces that the Packers are going to Chicaco!

Um... WHERE are the Packers headed? Chicaco? Rock on!

Kinda makes you wonder what else will go wrong for the Packers and their fans this weekend. If you’re like me, and if you’re on my blog, I assume you are like me… you’re hoping for a triumphant Bears team to emerge the victor… only to have their hopes & dreams crushed in the Super Bowl. So… BEAR DOWN tomorrow and DOWN with the BEARS in 2 weeks! Skol!

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Jan 22

NFC and AFC Championship Games: Lisa’s Picks


A year ago, Vikings fans everywhere were picking up supplies for their NFCCG parties. Most Vikings fans thought we would win and go on to our first Super Bowl appearance since the 70’s. In the darkest corners of my brain, I knew that we would not win that game. In the way that I knew that we would pummel the Cowboys, my intuition told me that we wouldn’t be moving past the NFCCG. That nagging sense of doom made the game very tough to watch. Unfortunately, the sense of doom was well-founded.

This year, two of our divisional rivals are battling in the NFC Championship Game. What a terrible time for Vikings fans. I’d much rather see the Eagles and the Falcons battling for the NFC Championship. But a bird fight was not to be. Instead we have mammals who hibernate in the winter and people who pack crap. Gee, that sounds super exciting!

Here are my picks this week:

AFC

Jets vs Steelers: The Jets are angry. Very, very angry. Apparently that’s a great way for them to play because they certainly put the nay-sayers to shame last weekend when they beat the previously referenced “unbeatable” Patriots. After the game, Tigger Brady needed surgery for a stress fracture in his foot. Gee – didn’t #4 play with one of those and an avulsion fracture for most of the season? These newer models of QBs don’t seem as durable, do they. I don’t like either of these teams. In fact, the reality is that the Super Bowl Champion this year will be a team I hate… and we’ll be forced to watch all of those terrible commercials with their stupid fans jumping around as their damn team wins the game. Great! But I digress. Jets 28, Steelers 24.

NFC

Packers vs Bears: Sweet babies Odin & Thor. This is a horrendous turn of events. The last truly fabulous thing that happened in the NFC this year was the Seahawks beating the Saints. Let me marinade with that delicious outcome for a moment……… and I’m back. I’m back to the harsh reality that either the Packers or the Bears will be going to the Super Bowl this year. Personally, I can’t think of a team that deserves it less. Oh, well… maybe the Saints. But let’s look at the truth: The Bears played against back-up QBs for 37.5% of their games. That’s right: 6 times out of 16 games the Bears faced the aerial stylings of these elite QBs: Drew Stanton, Joe Webb, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Shaun Hill, Jimmy Clausen and Tyler Thigpen. Yes, indeed, you’re right – there are three THIRD string QBs in there. The Bears’ record in those games? 6-0. The Packers, of course, wouldn’t even be in the post season were it not for the officials awarding them a TD for a Quarless “catch” against the Vikings… that clearly was not a catch. In that same game, the officials ruled a Shiancoe TD a NON-TD, thereby handing the Packers the game… and then called on Monday to say, “Oops… you know that actually WAS a TD. Sorry boys!” So… if not for the horrendous officiating in that game, the Packers would NOT have made it to the post-season. Which is how it should have been. Bears 24, Packers 19.

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Jan 16

Sunday: A Mixed Bag for Air Travel


Sunday brought the interesting match ups of the Seahawks vs the Bears and the Jets vs the Patriots. It was a good day to watch the games and only give them half your attention – which is exactly what I did.

Seahawks vs Bears:

It was surprising that the Seahawks made it as far as they did. I don’t think anyone expected them to beat the Bears, and to that end, they did not. I had picked the Bears to win because I thought the weather would be on their side (based on what the weather has been in Minneapolis this week) and it was. Snow was falling pretty hard for part of the game. The Seachickens couldn’t keep up – even though I was secretly rooting for them. Hasselbeck looked like he normally does instead of the guy of the last 2 weeks. His receivers let him down several times… and Jay Cutler avoided playing like Jay Cutler, which is fortuitous for our NFC North rivals. The Bears will host the Packers next weekend in the NFC Championship Game. All I have to say about that is: BEAR DOWN!

Jets vs Patriots:

I think you’ll join me in expressing surprise that the Jets managed to pull out a victory against the Patriots. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that the Jets were embarrassed by the Patriots on that same field. To me, it looked like Tigger Brady never recovered his Bounce Bounce after the bye. He could not drive his team up and down the field at will as he usually does. Just yesterday every pundit in the world was predicting a Patriot’s victory… in the Super Bowl – because they were unbeatable. In waltzes the Jets…. and the Patriots get to sit the next 2 game out like 28 (Conference Championship Game) and 30 (Super Bowl) other teams are and will. Bet ya no one in Boston saw that coming!

So now we all wait to see who will win the AFC and the NFC. Will the Jets surprise the #2 seeded Steelers? Will the #6 seed in the NFC that shall remain nameless be the victor when they head to Soldier Field next week? Jeeeeezzzzz…. I hope not! But stay tuned – the Super Bowl contenders will emerge next weekend. I hope I do better with those picks than I did this last week!

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Jan 14

Quandt Benefit


On January 2nd, I posted an item about a Vikings fan being savagely attacked.

I am happy to be posting information about a benefit being planned to help his family with some of the resulting medical expenses.

The locale has yet to be announced, due to the size of the benefit, but it is on Saturday, February 12 · 2:00pm – 8:00pm in the Davenport, IA area.

Items for the raffle & silent auction can be sent here:

Quandt Benefit
102 Kimberly Rd
Suite I
PMB#160
Davenport IA
52806

If you cannot attend or donate items, but wish to make a financial contribution, you can do so by sending your gift to:

Ascentra Credit Union
1710 W. 3rd St.
Davenport IA
52802
Adressed to Dan Quandt OR Quandt Benefit

You can RSVP to the benefit on Facebook by clicking here.

Let’s pull together Vikings Nation and help Dan and his family! Skol!

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Jan 14

NFL Divisional Round: Lisa’s Picks


Last week saw some incredibly fun games (see: Colts’ loss, Saints’ loss). There were also some games – or one – that wasn’t so fun (see: Philadelphia’s loss). Damn those Packers. Boo. Will this weekend feature the NFC North or will the division get knocked out? Find out below! Well – you won’t find out – I don’t have ESP – but you’ll find out what I think at least.

Here are my picks this week:

SATURDAY

  • Ravens at Steelers: Joe Flacco vs Ben Roethlisberger in the land of Steel. The Ravens looked good against the Chiefs last weekend, but something tells me that the only way they could have looked better is if they had been playing the Seachickens. Oh… wait… that didn’t work out too well for those Aints! But I digress. This may not be the popular choice for this game, but I think the Steelers will be slow coming off their bye and I hear Troy Polamalu’s hair will be flat. Ravens 28, Steelers 21.
  • Packers at Falcons: Clay Matthews’ name is being brandied about for Defensive Player of the Year. I’ll be writing soon about how ridiculous it is to assume that he should win it. Yes, people, I will be backing up that analysis with actual STATS. That’s how you can tell I’m not a Packer fan. But I digress. We already know which QB is clutch between Rodgers and Ryan. Ryan may be alphabetically behind Rodgers, but he’s the better QB. Falcons 24, Packers 20.

SUNDAY

  • Seahawks at Bears: Oh, I do love me some Seachickens. They made my whole weekend last week. The Bears let the Packers win (or did they?) during week 17, when they should have been focusing on momentum. Now they’ve had a week off while the Seahawks are coming off a stunning upset with the momentum in their favor. If this game were being played in Seattle, I would pick the Seahawks without hesitation. Unfortunately, I think the Bears may have weather on their side. Damn snowmageddon. Bears 21, Seahawks 19.
  • Jets at Patriots: Oh dear Odin – the last time these two teams met, the Jets were blown out of the water. Let’s be honest – we know the Jets really have no business being in the play-offs. They’re there because the league was so mediocre this year – and they just happened to be less mediocre than others. They’re not making it past Tigger Brady and his Bounce Bounce aerial attack. Starting Sunday night, Rex Ryan can spend more time with that wife I hear he’s been neglecting. Patriots 38, Jets 17.

Those are my picks this week. Only 2 weeks left. May the best team win. As long as it’s not the Packers. Skol!

Vote for your own picks!

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Jan 07

Mike Singletary to Interview With the Vikings


ESPN, NFL.com, ProFootballTalk and our local new pundits (@JuddZulgad and @ChipScoggins) are all reporting that Mike Singletary will be interviewing with the Vikings this week. It’s thought that he will be considered for the Linebackers coach position.

Mike Singletary was a teammate of Leslie Frazier’s when they were both on the Bears in the 1980s. Both men participated in the now-mocked Super Bowl Shuffle video – but I can tell you, at the time, it was totally cool.

Mike Singletary was fired by the San Francisco 49ers after their week 16 loss to the St. Louis Rams. He hasn’t been overly successful as the head coach of the 49ers since he assumed control during the 2008 season. Singletary’s record with the 49ers is 18-22.

So Leslie Frazier is cleaning house. He’s chucking the former coach’s cronies for cronies of his own. In the case of Singletary, I think I’m ok with that because he was, after all, a stellar linebacker for that Bears’ Super Bowl team. But is Leslie Frazier cleaning house to give the Vikings a better chance or is he purging people in order to install “Yes Men”? Therein lies the question.

What do you think?

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Jan 02

Bears vs Packers: A Vikings Fan Game Review


The Bears and the Packers met today in the frigid tundra of Lambeau field. Lovie Smith kept his starters in the game even though there was no hope for a #1 seed after the Falcons beat the Panthers earlier in the day. The Packers were playing for a Wild Card play-off berth and the #6 seed.

The first half was a defensive battle for both teams, causing both team’s offensives to look anemic. Aaron Rodgers was once again the Packers’ top rusher with 21 yards. Chicago’s top rusher, Matt Forte, on the other hand was able to rack up 91 yards on 15 carries with a 6.1 YPC average. The Packers ended the game as they have been since Ryan Grant went out on IR: 60 net yards in rushing.

The Bears only had pride to play for today. Their first round bye was safe & secure in their pocket. The Packers needed to win, but even after doing so, face a tough fight to make it past the first round of the play-offs.

The Packers will have a difficult time  moving past the Eagles next week for the following reasons:

  • No run game. No matter how much the Packer fans yell “Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhnnnnn”, their will is not enough to propel him forward. Despite 4 carries today, he posted no positive yardage.
  • Third down efficiency today was at 18%. The Packers’ offense was only able to convert 2 of 11 third downs. Overall the Eagles and the Packers are fairly evenly matched in 3rd down conversions – but today’s performance doesn’t bode well.
  • The Packers allowed 110 rushing yards by the Bears, with a 5.5 YPC average. That may not seem like much, but with Michael Vick running around and escaping the pocket, the Packers’ defense may be overmatched. It’s worth noting that the Bears are 23rd in rushing yards per game, while the Packers themselves are 25th. The Eagles? Top 5 rushing attack.
  • The Packers are the #5 overall defense with 309.1 yards allowed per game. Conversely, the Eagles are the #1 offense overall with 399.1 yards per game. That sounds like a good match up, but the Eagles are #3 in total points posted and are ahead of the Packers with +12 in turnovers.

The Bears, on the other hand, will have no trouble making it past the Wild Card round as they’ll be reclining in their houses in Chicago watching the lower seeded teams battle it out.

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Dec 29

Week 17 Match Up: Bears vs Packers


The Chicago Bears were 3rd in the division last year. This year, they did what the Packer fans predicted their team would do: they won the NFC North. The Packers are hoping that the Bears sit their starters so that they can sneak into a Wild Card spot, despite losing to perennial powerhouses like… the Lions. Is Chicago a pretender? Will the horrid Packers sneak into a play-off spot due to several games being handed to them by the officials?

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