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Four Downs: Chicago Bears

1st Down: What do you make of the Bears’ start to the season?

Jeckyll and Hyde. I’m not sure what surprised me the most, losing to the Bills at home or beating the Niners on the road in their new building. They should never have lost to Buffalo as they didn’t play THAT badly, but turnovers proved costly in the end.

The first half in San Fran was horrible and it was a miracle they went in only down ten at the break, but the second half performance was little short of of sensational.

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Unstoppable Marshall and Bears spoil 49ers housewarming

The Bears hadn’t won in San Francisco since their last Super Bowl winning year of 1985. Not only that, some of the losses since then at Candlestick Park had been the stuff of nightmares.

Two years ago the Niners destroyed Lovie Smith’s defence as Colin Kaepernick dazzled on his first NFL start, while in 2009 the Bears held San Fran to just 10 points yet still found a way to lose, as Jay Cutler threw five interceptions (including two in the red zone) in a 10-6 reversal.

That was a rare close one; usually these games are blow outs. A point differential of 271 to 39 since that 1985 win tells it’s own story, and coming off that bad home loss to the Bills in Week 1 most didn’t give the Bears any chance of upsetting Jim Harbaugh’s Niners.

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The more things change the more they stay the same

After all the talk about this year being “Jay Cutler’s time to shine”, all the rebuilding of a historically bad defence and all the expectation a new season brings, it turns out very little has actually changed in Chicago.

Cutler is still throwing inexplicable picks, the D line still aren’t getting any pressure on the quarterback and worst of all, running backs are still gashing the Bears up the middle. The loss to Buffalo was bad, especially in the context of the tough schedule the Bears have over the next few weeks. If you can’t beat the perennially average Bills at home what hope is there of winning on the road in San Francisco, New England and Green Bay?

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NFL pre-season leaves me cold

With the NFL season being so short in comparison to every other major sport, I always feel like I should pay more attention to the pre-season. It’s easier said than done though, as for the most part it’s pretty pointless.

At least from a fans point of view; these games are invaluable for coaches, GM’s and the players themselves of course. That doesn’t make them much fun to watch though.

Staying up for late night regular season games is not really difficult; I’m fortunate enough to work from home, so if necessary I can just go back to bed after doing the morning school run.

I haven’t missed a regular season game since I discovered the joys of internet streaming back in 2009, but the pre-season is a whole different ball game; it’s far more of a struggle. I am interested and I do make the effort to tune in, it’s just that they quickly descend into nothingness when you end up with players from both sides on the field who have no chance of making the final roster.

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In the Black Unicorn’s absence, Zach ensures it’s “Miller Time” in Chicago

It’s not been a good week for Bears tight end Martellus Bennett. The former Cowboys and Giants man, who refers to himself as ‘the Black Unicorn’, made national headlines on Monday when he completely over reacted to being knocked to the floor by rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller in practice.

Bennett lost it and slammed Fuller to the turf, a move that was frowned upon by team-mates, coaches and management alike, not least because Fuller is a 1st round pick expected to see a lot of playing time and also happens to be 70lbs lighter and 8 inches shorter than Bennett.

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Cutler tantrums are a symptom of Bears struggles, not the cause.

The Jay Cutler ‘leadership’ debate reared it’s ugly head again this week after the Bears QB didn’t exactly cover himself in glory – either with his play or his conduct – during a risible performance by the offence that negated some great stuff by the ‘D’ in a painful loss to the Packers.

‘Bad Jay’ showed up once again at Lambeau, throwing picks to the opposition, cursing out team-mates and generally just looking like he’d gotten out of the wrong side of the bed. We’ve seen this before, but not too much in the last couple of years. In fact, not since the NFC Championship game has Cutler been subjected to the level of scrutiny and criticism we’ve seen this week.

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How I became a Bear

Like most UK based ‘American Football’ fans of my generation, I’ve got Channel Four to thank for my love of the NFL. Prior to them bringing the Gridiron into living rooms across Great Britain, the average Brit knew absolutely nothing about the game. For a few years after I still didn’t know much about it, I just knew I liked it.

Channel Four had a hell of a lot to do with I ended up following ‘Da Bears’, as had they not shown Super Bowl XX then chances are I would have ended up supporting someone else, probably the Denver Broncos as I loved John Elway, but by the time Elway was losing Super Bowls on a seemingly yearly basis I was already hooked on the Bears.

 

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