11:53 PM EST, Thu December 08, 2022
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Guess which team has the most explosive* offense in the NFL

Guess which team has the most explosive* offense in the NFL

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Here’s a hint... The team hails from a certain Mid-western town, that starts with a C, ends with an O, and in the middle is HICAG. *Yes, the Chicago Bears have played in one more game than several teams. Yes, the definition of “explosive” in the below infographic may not be the same as other analytic sites use to categorize explosiveness. Yes, there are more explosive runs than there are passes. Yes, most of this explosiveness can be attributed to one player, quarterback Justin Fields. But just enjoy that the Chicago Bears have an offense...
5 hours ago
Bear Bones: Chicago Bears State of the Franchise

Bear Bones: Chicago Bears State of the Franchise

Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports Stop by our 2nd City Gridiron YouTube channel for this week’s Bear Bones as we take a big-picture look at where the franchise currently stands and what lies ahead. We have a special bye week edition of Bear Bones this week as our usual co-host Dr. Mason West is joined by Chicago Bears fan and Patriots beat writer Khari Thompson from Boston’s WEEI. Khari has been a frequent guest on our podcast channel, and we’re happy to get his league-wide take on the Bears again. This week Mason’s show is looking at the season so far, a look...
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Data Drop: Bears analytical takeaways from Week 13

Data Drop: Bears analytical takeaways from Week 13

Photo by Michael Reaves/ What do the numbers say about how the Bears performed in Week 13 against the Packers? Things were looking up for the Bears through the first three quarters of their matchup against the Packers last Sunday, but a late-game collapse saw them lose their sixth straight game of the 2022 season. Each week going forward, I’m going to take to the spreadsheets and data to see how the Bears fared in the previous game. I hope that this will be as informative of an exercise for you as it likely will be for me. Let’s see what the numbers say about how...
8 hours ago
Picks and Profits: Raiders at Rams

Picks and Profits: Raiders at Rams

Photo by Steve Marcus/ How to Bet the Week 14 Thursday Night Football game We’re closing in on the home stretch of Thursday Night Football games and this one sure looked better on paper at the beginning of the year. The defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams host the Las Vegas Raiders in a battle of disappointing ball clubs. The Raiders seem to have found something on offense as they enter this one winners of three straight including wins against the Seahawks and Chargers. The Derek Carr to Davante Adams has been fully opened up with Adams already well over...
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NFL memo offers Peanut Punch training video to GMs and coaches

NFL memo offers Peanut Punch training video to GMs and coaches

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports The NFL is fully embracing Charles Tillman’s signature move “We watched him at (Washington) all the time. We always practiced the Peanut Punch. When we walked behind us, I was like, ‘Damn, that’s him!’” — Bears rookie cornerback Kyler Gordon in May, describing Charles Tillman teaching Bears defenders how to force fumbles during minicamp Watch a weekend of NFL football in 2022, and you’re bound to see a defender attempt the Peanut Punch. Now the NFL wants to make Charles Tillman’s signature move an official part of the...
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Bears bye week preview: Look ahead lines, standings and more

Bears bye week preview: Look ahead lines, standings and more

Photo by Michael Reaves/ The Bears aren’t playing Sunday, so we look further down the schedule It’s mid-December and the Bears, as well as five other teams, finally, get their bye week. There’s a discussion to be had at some point about that and player safety and all, but let’s set all of that aside for a minute. For die-hard football fans and their families, the bye week is a nice break and a time to step away and enjoy a Sunday afternoon not sitting in front of the TV getting angry at referees. So maybe do something on the honey-do list or hang up the holiday...
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The Bear’s Den, December 8, 2022

The Bear’s Den, December 8, 2022

Photo by Michael Reaves/ The Bears may have a top draft pick, who are they likely to be looking at? THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL BEARRRSSSS Bears Twitter mailbag: How should they rebuild this offseason? - Chicago Sun-Times - With the Bears on their bye week, the Sun-Times’ Patrick Finley — who can be found at @patrickfinley — answers your questions from Twitter. Hoge’s Bears Things: Justin Fields has done the impossible — make a 3-10 season feel fun - CHGO - It’s been an oddly fun season considering the Bears aren’t a very good football team. And the credit...
Dec 7, 2022
Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2022: Week 13 vs Green Bay Packers

Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2022: Week 13 vs Green Bay Packers

Photo by Michael Reaves/ No sacks allowed by the Bears for the first time in over two years! Before Sunday's loss against the Green Bay Packers, there were 777 days since the Chicago Bears' last game where they didn't allow a sack. That matchup on October 18, 2020, was a Chicago victory against the Panthers, and it featured Nick Foles dropping back to pass 40 times. He had one scramble for 7 yards and completed 23 of 39 passes for 198 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The quick pass was a big part of Matt Nagy's game plan that day, but the defense led the way...
Dec 7, 2022
Biggs: The future of the franchise changed in one 4-week stretch

Biggs: The future of the franchise changed in one 4-week stretch

Photo by Quinn Harris/ Brad Biggs joins the Bears Banter Podcast The latest Bears Banter Podcast has dropped! The Chicago Bears may have lost to the Green Bay Packers but Justin Fields continues to make strides proving he is in fact the Bears’ QB1 of the future (and the present!) The Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs joins the podcast to discuss the loss to the Packers, the play of Justin Fields and the future of the franchise. Brad’s certainly not one for silver-lining losses and improving draft position, but he isn’t blind to the impact Justin Fields is having,...
Dec 7, 2022
2023 NFL Draft: An Early Look at the Edge Class

2023 NFL Draft: An Early Look at the Edge Class

Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Our resident scout, Greg Gabriel, takes an early look at some of the top edge talent in the 2023 NFL Draft. If there is one thing that has become very obvious in the last month is that the Bears need to upgrade their defensive line and especially the pass rush. Since Robert Quinn got traded at the trade deadline, the Bears have not gotten a sack from an edge player. You can't expect to win games in the NFL without a consistently good outside pass rush. That said, it wouldn't surprise me that the Bears get two pass rushers for...
Dec 7, 2022
Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Tank Guide

Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Tank Guide

Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via How to watch the end of the NFL season if you just want draft position 1. Tanks for the Memories This is your guide to the tank. Five weeks remain of the 2022 NFL regular season and for fans of teams in the bottom quartile of the league, draft positioning becomes important to a significant portion of those fans. What do you need to know as a Bears fan? I’m not suggesting that you cheer for Bears losses but rather understand that losses for the team at this point can create value for the draft next spring. Those higher...
Dec 7, 2022
Alex Leatherwood Film Breakdown

Alex Leatherwood Film Breakdown

Dan Powers-USA TODAY Sports Alex Leatherwood has played so few snaps for the Bears that he only has one picture available to us, blocking on a field goal, but we broke down his play from Sunday here: With no sacks to break down this week, I decided to use my extra time to dive into a quick video breakdown of the brief appearance from Alex Leatherwood. Watching live, I didn’t notice him, which is good for an offensive lineman. Then on my rewatch, I zeroed in on his ten reps, yeah, it was just ten, but I liked what I saw. Nothing flashy, but no mistakes from Leatherwood...
Dec 7, 2022
The Bear’s Den, December 7, 2022

The Bear’s Den, December 7, 2022

Braxton Jones #70 of the Chicago Bears in action against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on December 04, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. | Photo by Michael Reaves/ Who are the “keepers” going forward for the Chicago Bears? THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL BEARRRSSSS Bears news: Justin Fields still might have ‘it’ in crunch time - Chicago Sun-Times - Despite progress in 2022, Fields has not developed a finishing touch — the Bears are 1-7 when Fields has a chance to tie or take the lead with 5 minutes or less left in the fourth quarter. But Peyton Manning was 1-6 in...
Dec 6, 2022
Bears Reacts Survey: Week 14 Confidence check

Bears Reacts Survey: Week 14 Confidence check

Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports How confident are you in the future of the Bears franchise? Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Throughout the year we ask questions of the most plugged-in Chicago Bears fans and fans across the country. Sign up here to participate. The Chicago Bears may be stacking losses, but they’re also inching closer to a top-five draft pick. Losing to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday didn’t have the same sting as in years past because we got o see Justin Fields make some more history while having his best passing game of...
Dec 6, 2022
Hot Take Tuesday: An Era ended on Sunday

Hot Take Tuesday: An Era ended on Sunday

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Hot Take Tuesday: The Incoherent Rantings of a Belligerent Bears fan. So the Chicago Bears lost to the Green Bay Packers (again) 28 to 19. If you sat there on your sofa on Sunday afternoon with your head down, then you didn’t watch the same game I did. It’s over folks, it’s over. This Aaron Rodgers dominance is O-V-E-R. Did the Packers win? Sure. Does it matter? No, it doesn’t, and I hope every Bears fan understands this. Aaron Rodgers looked like a pedestrian quarterback. He did practically nothing in the game. The man threw for 182...