The heck of it is, if the Bears could just clean up the stupid penalties, protect the ball better (no throwing interceptions in the end zone) and not give up so many big plays - all doable against the Bengals I think - they they can beat this team. They sure didn't look like world-beaters against the Vikings (I watched that game). I think this game will show us more of where the 2021 team's ceiling is. The Rams game was against a team that is arguably the best in the NFC this season & a team that has a legit shot at being in the Super Bowl. The Bengals are not at that level. This game SHOULD be winnable. In fact I think the odds makers have the Bears as a tiny favorite... close, but still a bit of a favorite.
But let's see if the Bears CAN clean some things up against a team they should be able to handle if they get their heads out of their butts.
I picked the Bears win outright (or however that option was written), but I think it'll be a close game. I just don't question the Bears winning, I just have confidence in my team.
Burrow is good, not question him. I'd like to see our front 7 preform like they're supposed to. The Rams are a vet team, the Bengals aren't. Zac Taylor isn't Sean McVay. I'm not surprised that McVay was able to out play call Sean Desai in his DC debut. I suspect the veteran unit to regroup and the young play caller to learn.
Am I worried about whomever starts at nickel vs anyone the Bengals have working in the slot? Absolutely. I just don't expect the safeties to play like that again.
Flip to the other side of the ball, I expect there to be deep shots this game. Nagy was scared out of his mind against Jalen Donald. Bates is good, but that's the only player I'm scared of on this D. Reeder is a good NT, so Mustipher and the interior guys have a test on their hands to prove they can pave the way for Monty. If the Bengals try to replicate what the Rams did in D, they don't have the same types of players, they will be exposed for bigger plays by Chicago.
Maybe I'm more optimistic than realistic/pessimistic then the rest of ya.
Maybe he and Pace can collaborate their way out of this mess
OMG - the arrow is UP? In Nagy coach-speak that means Goldman was out bowhunting and got shot with an arrow and it went up his backside. That means he's in ICU and probably done for the year. They are collaborating, but that's adding fuel to the fire because they are now in panic save the crops mode without a rainstorm in sight. They can wrap themselves in tinfoil like the sequoias out west, but they'll not stop this dumpster fire.
Those high ankle sprains suck. I felt bad for him when I saw how the player rolled up on him causing it. Just dumb (bad) luck for the guy. Hope he comes back and has a great season. I like him. I'm encouraged when I watch him work. Strong, VERY agile for a big man, quick feet, smart guy... at least that's what it looks like so far.