Bears remain winless in NFC North with loss to Lions

The Bears plunged to 4-10 overall, and 0-5 in the NFC north with a decisive loss to the Detroit Lions on Saturday afternoon.

One step up, two steps back: As good as the offense looked vs the Cincinnati Bengals, they looked equally as bad vs the Lions. For the first quarter, many will probably wonder what the plan was. It seemed like another episode of “hold the rookie down”. By the time they opened up the passing game in the second half, Mitchell Trubisky was on his way to his first 3 interception game of his young career. The Bears also failed to run the ball effectively against a defense that wasn’t exactly stopping the run.

Loss for words: Like I said after the 49ers game, I really don’t know what to say anymore. Fox put another nail in his coffin this week, and Loggains didn’t help much. They did manage to get the ball to wide receiver Marcus Wheaton, and Josh Bellamy had a few nice grabs. Dontrelle Inman played his best ghost imitation. Tight end Adam Shaheen was ruled out with a chest/shoulder injury from last week.

Hard on me: The lack of a running game, consistent receiver play, and probably consistent coaching has made it hard on the rookie QB to progress. If you haven’t already, it’s a good time to focus on next year. I will record the next game, and probably watch it on Christmas day. I might even sneak peeks at it on Christmas eve. I’ll be watching the bowl games for potential recruits. Dreaming of players that could fall to the Bears (but won’t). That might be for the better. Cade McKnown, Anthony Thomas, and David Terrell were all players I had wished for.

If you don’t like the outcome, wait a week: Next Sunday the Browns come to Chicago for a showdown on Christmas Eve. Maybe they will come bearing gifts? At this point, a gift would be handing the Bears another loss, which would hold their position in the 2018 draft. Right now the Bears are sitting at #6. Like last year, I hope the Bears trade down, but that would break precedent. (last 2 drafts Ryan Pace has traded up for “his player”)

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Sitting here disbelieving I cannot feel myself breathing

The time is slowly grinding on, haunting me before the dawn

The days are growing sadly darker, the chill of winter is a marker

Letting me know the gloom is settled in my bones, thoughts will meddle

I am not the second best, I deserve more than left-overs

I need your hug, I need your touch

I need your warmth, don’t call it love

I am as human as I look, my mind is an open book

You never call, you never text

I needed something more than sex

I give you everything, you give me crumbs

I try to cry, but I am numb

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Brawl of the Week: Valeera’s Bag of Burgled Spells (again)

Just in time for the holidays, this week’s Tavern Brawl is a familiar one: Valeera’s Bag of Burgled Spells!

You play as Valeera, and have a premade deck full of miscleaneous spells she has obviously ‘burgled’. The kicker? For every spell you play, summon a random minion with the same cost as the spell!

The RNG is strong, and it can be a wild ride!

Things got a little crazy. Not sure how much you will be replaying this, since it’s limited to the rogue class, but it’s kind of fun to see what you get dealt. Have fun, get that free pack. See you next week!

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Bears beat up a ‘beat up’ Bengals team

The Chicago Bears notched their 4th victory of the season on Sunday when they came into Cincinnati and rudely pushed around their Bengal hosts. The Bengals seemed like they wanted to part in stopping the Bears, nor did they have a lot of interest in doing much on offense. My guess is they were still licking their wounds from the Sunday night fight vs the Steelers.

Mitchell Trubisky threw for 271 yards and a touchdown, and ran for a score. He looked good throughout the day, he was probably not as accurate as his stats said he was. Receivers actually extended, jumped, and made plays for the rookie QB, which was nice to see. Tight end Adam Shaheen caught 4 passes for 41 yards, including one in the endzone for a touchdown. Safety Eddie Jackson picked off his second pass of the year, which lead to a score. Tarik Cohen rushed for 80 yards, but had at least one score taken back because of a penalty. Basically, the rookies looked good today. It was a good day for Ryan Pace and the scouting department.

Jordan Howard had his way, romping for 147 yards and 2 TDs. He bounced back nicely from the last 2 weeks or so. The big thing for me is the offense had several long drives that resulted in points. Keeps the defense fresh and hungry. Later in the game when the score was lopsided, they were able to put pressure on, and keep the Bengals down.

What does it mean? Very little for John Fox and the coaching staff. Word around town is that Pace has already been making his list, and checking it twice. Unfortunately, this means Fox and his staff will most likely end up with a bunch of coal in their stockings. Dowell Loggains seemed to call his best game of the year. Although, at times, it seemed kind of predictable going between run and pass. The offensive line did a nice job in both run and pass blocking.

It’s kind of ‘too little, too late’, but better to see improvement than none at all. The players are still fighting for Fox, and some of them for their own NFL careers. Would have been nice if they had shown this vs Green Bay, and last week vs the 49ers. A win is a win though, and it feels much better than losing. Next week they play the Lions up in Detroit on Saturday afternoon. Hopefully it will be a competitive game.

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Bears coaching ‘not to lose’, fail to win vs 49ers

Not much left to say at this point. The Bears coaching staff clearly played ‘not to lose’ on Sunday vs the San Francisco 49ers. Another title could be: Jimmy Garoppolo/Robbie Gould beat Bears without scoring a TD. Pick which one you like best!

That’s exactly what happened. First of all, Robbie Gould should still be a Bear. I said that at the time. He’s probably going to kick 5-6 more years at a high level. That’s not the story though. Neither is former New England Patriot quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo coming back home and getting a win without scoring a TD.

The story is short, sad, and sweet: The Bears coaches played not to win, and lost. It’s that simple. Not having access to the “all 22” coaches tapes. I can’t say if guys were not getting open, or Trubisky simply doesn’t want to take chances. He needs to take chances. More than that, he simply needs to hit guys who are open. He also has to throw guys open. So, he didn’t throw a pick? Big deal. The Bears didn’t score a point in the 2nd half, and looked incapable of doing so. You felt if the 49ers scored a TD the game would be over. They didn’t, but they still looked like the dominant team.

You are going to hear a lot about fans wanting the coaching staff fired, and they will be soon enough. I don’t put all the blame on them. This roster is lacking in talent. That being said, the team that beat them today was also lacking in talent. But they made it work. Ryan Pace has as much to do with the team in it’s current state, if not more. It’s hard to imagine that in the 3rd year of his regime, a team could look so bad. This is what happens when you bank on an undrafted free-agent and a draft pick who had only played in 4 games in his first 2 years.

Then there is the fact that Ryan pace likes drafting players with more talent than experience with his first round picks. This might be another article altogether.

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Brawl of the Week: Yellow-Brick Brawl (again)

This week’s Tavern Brawl is another one of my favorites: Yellow-Brick Brawl. It’s simplicity makes it fun. Make a deck of 10 cards, they will give you 3 copies of each. There is a kicker: Each side has a “Dorothee” who grants Charge or Taunt to minions depending which side you play them on. Be mindful of this, and where you place your minions.

The first attempt was not so good. Too many small minions, too many spells. I had to adjust some things. Mage probably isn’t the greatest class for this brawl. I stuck with it though.

The Yellow-Brick Brawl is paved with tears folks. Tears of joy, or tears of sorrow–you decide!

Go on, get in there! This week’s brawl goes back to original hearthstone packs, but those are good too. Have fun! See you next week!

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Brawl of the Week: The Void Singularity

This week’s Tavern Brawl: The Void Singularity is a brand new brawl, with a brand new mechanic: Sacrifice your minions to create an all powerful entity. It’s a little vague, but you can probably guess how it works.

So I went with the hunter this time, more because of the 2 point damage per round than anything. It took me a few tries to get it “right”. I went up against a couple players who had well thought out decks.

As you can see, I loaded up on low-cost minions. Most of which have a Battlecry or Deathrattle mechanic. I probably would have been successful if I wasn’t up against a mage with a lot of crowd control options. I had to edit my deck a couple times.

I had a pretty nice minion going early, but it got taken care of before it could hit.

I had a pretty nice minion going early, but it got taken care of before it could hit.

Some minions work better than others. This seems like a pretty fun brawl that might have a lot of replayability. This brawl, like the last 2 rewards a special Kobolds and Catacombs pack. Enjoy. Have fun. See you next week!

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