DECEMBER RELEVANT FOR 15 DAYS IS NOT BAD

 

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Never being one to toot my own horn but it was really good to se Mitchell Trubisky have such a great game, after calling it. I think that’s the high point of the season though.

I looked up the numbers a while ago, but in the last 10 seasons the Bears have only beaten the Packers four times. 

It’s frustrating. I live up in Wisconsin country and Packer fans have come to expect the victory and take extra joy in seeing the Bears do poorly. 

The reasons are complicated and have a lot to do with the close proximity of the two states and the fact when Illinois people come across  the border they can act like total idiots. 

That’s another column for another day.

This one is about if the Bears have a chance at all, what must happen. Let’s break some of it down.

KEYS TO THE GAME

PACKERS OFFENSIVE LINE VERSUS BEARS DEFENSIVE LINE

The first key is containing Aaron Rodgers. He can scramble for a first down, and his offensive line is probably the best in football. I have seen them block guys for as long 10 seconds. If you give a qb all sorts of time in the pocket he usually picks you apart. Rodgers is extraordinarily gifted at moving his feet, keeping his eyes downfield, and not getting rattled. You can see it in his face, last year aside. He usually is very calm and joking around with the other team. It keeps people off guard. He’s a Bear killer and the only way the Bears have a chance of beating him is if he’s off his game. If their front four can get pressure they have a chance. Akiem Hicks should be back, if he’s ready that could be big difference. If not, they’ll have to blitz and take their chances.

CAN MITCHELL TRUBISKY PLAY LIKE HE DID AGAINST THE COWBOYS?

It’s a different game when he’s running the football. He’s got good instincts when he runs, he looks around for guys who are about to hit him and he’s fast and quick. If he plays with a high qb rating and throws td passes and scrambles well, they got a shot. He has to play great though. The Packers defense has been good at hurrying quarterbacks and that is Trubisky great weakness, he doesn’t always make good decisions under pressure, and often tries to force the ball. 

WHERE’S THE TIGHT END?

Probably the most surprising part about the Cowboys game was seeing them find the tight ends. JP Holtz and Jesper Horsted? Who? Exactly. When you look at the KC Chiefs and see how prominent the role of tight end is in their offense, it’s fair to ask where has this been all year. A big tight end is a nice target for a fair to middlingly accurate quarterback like Trubisky. He doesn’t have to be perfect. If these tight ends can get separation from the safety guarding them, I like their chances. Horsted and Holtz combined for nearly 100 yards on eight catches. Do that again against the Packers, is a whole other animal.

PACKERS 24 BEARS 14

onlyifyoudream tidbits……………since when did Nick Kwiatkoski become such a factor? He’s become a stud. He looks fast and strong and is always around the ball…………I keep hoping they find a way to get Tarik Cohen going but I think Nagy is afraid he’s going to fumble. How many time have we seen him run sideways this year? More than I care to count……………….Kevin Toliver made several nice tackles in his first start last week. Is he going to be their guy in the future?

 

8 REASONS FOR HOPE 8 REASONS FOR CAUTION

 

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8 REASONS FOR HOPE 8 REASONS FOR CAUTION

Ok 3-1 is good especially after that opening night debacle but how good are we? Well, we’re 0-1 against teams winning teams and 2-0 against losing teams, and 1-0 against 500 teams. How will it be when we play the Rams or the Chiefs or the Saints or the Packers again? Hard to say.

Do we need Trubisky to win? Is Chase Daniel more accurate? Doesn’t it seem the Bears defense has improved from last year?

Like in the Big Lebowski, lots of ins, lots of outs lots of strands in old duder’s head. 

I wouldn’t take Oakland for granted and I know Jon Gruden will be up for it as much as Khalil Mack, and then we go into the bye week which will give Trubisky some time to heal. 

All is good. Isn’t it?

REASONS FOR HOPE

  1. Even when compared to the past Bear defenses this one looks great.
  2. Even with key players out the defense looks great.
  3. The pick up of Ha Ha Clinton Dix looks like we stole one from the Packers, than the usual other way around.
  4. On the offensive side doesn’t Allen Robinson look like he makes every catch he dives for?
  5. David Montgomery is a bruiser and I like how he always knows how to fall forward and make guys miss.
  6. I like how for the most part we’ve protected the ball on the offensive side.
  7. Eddy Piniero!!! Way better than we could’ve hoped for at this point.
  8. To not have Roquan Smith or Akiem Hicks and still do what we did to Minnesota is way impressive.

REASONS FOR CAUTION

  1. At some point you have to take shots down the field and spread out the defense, we haven’t really.
  2. Nagy’s play calling sometimes looks a little questionable, like running Chase Daniel when we had no backup QB behind him.
  3. Great teams destroy worse teams, we let them hang around at the end.
  4. Is this about as good as we can expect from Trubisky or does he still have upside?
  5. What happened to rolling Trubisky out more?
  6. Is a great defense alone enough to win a championship?
  7. From what I’ve seen Trubisky doesn’t know how to just get down when the play is a bust.
  8. So few passing TD’s in a pass dominated league is a bad sign.

 

PREDICTION——-BEARS 21 RAIDERS 14