This was a really bad loss....one of the worst I can remember. But that's because they seriously outplayed the other team.
I had a different takeaway than some others, though. I watched the Bengals and for the first time in my adult life, I was watching a legit contending NFL team. That was my takeaway. This bengals team is really good. The Bears are no slouches and they looked inferior to the Bengals for 3 quarters today. It's a long season. I like this team a lot.
Grape works as a soda. Sort of as a gum. I wonder why it doesn't work as a pie. Grape pie? There's no grape pie. - Larry David
Dumbest team in the NFL.
Absolute horses&&& performance
I think we're all tired of losing these tupes of games.
The Pats were down with a minute left and you knew they were going to pull it off.
The Bengals were winning and you knew they were going to blow it.
You.have. to. put.teams.away.
They will find a way next week to make the Steelers look like 2000 Rams. Just watch.
If you're watchin' a parade, make sure you stand in one spot, don't follow it, it never changes. And if the parade is boring, run in the opposite direction, you will fast-foward the parade. --Mitch Hedberg
I thought Andy played a great game. I think both of the INT's you can put on AJ's back. The one where Tillman jumped the route AJ shouldn't have let that ball have been picked off. If your going to throw that pass you have to trust your WR that he will either catch the ball or make sure it hits the turf.
Gruden's game calling was good. Getting Gio, Greshman, and Eifert involved early and often was good. Dalton was on the mark with his throws. I don't know if the fumble by Sanu was a poor play on his part or a great defensive play. A helmet placed right on a football often times leads to a fumble.
The defense played well enough to win. The pass rush wasn't really there and most of Chicago's big plays were a result of broken plays. Its something you can live with especially when you have a guy like Cutler who you aren't going to game plan for.
It was the WORST coaching job I have witnessed at any level. Marvin has always had trouble using his time outs but you can't use all your TO's in the middle of the 4th with the opponent knocking on the door of scoring. I don't understand why teams will call a TO to avoid a 5 yard penalty. There are times where 5 yards are well worth it. If there are 10 men on the field jump off sides and kill the play. You kill all your TO's and the Bears still score a TD, pitiful just pitiful.
The personal foul by Maualuga should put him squarely on the pine. You can't lose your composure in that situation. If that happens in high school or college he is on the bench until he earns his way back.
This team is talented, very talented. They went into Chicago and showed they were a better team than an above average Bears team. They can take this debacle in one of two ways, let it define their season or learn from all the mistakes they made. And Marvin please quit calling senseless time outs.
The part that really bugged me was not getting 11 players on the field on that game winning drive for the Bears. Not sure if it was Burfict coming in and out due to injury that threw everyone off, but that can't happen. Since that's Zimmer's unit I really doubt the mental mistakes from that group will continue. He's too good of a coach imo.
I didn't have an issue with calling the TOs that we did though. Since we couldn't get the right players on the field we had to burn them. We still had the lead at that point and could have held them to a FG and maintained the lead.
Overall I loved what our offense did against a good Bears defense. I think it'll come down to us and Baltimore for the division, but next week is a huge game or else we could start the season 0-3.
Sabermetrics is this: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.
Forget the rain. It's never an official game until the Reds piss away a run between third base and home plate. - Bluegrass Redleg
In the grand scheme of things, being able to save 80 seconds is much more important than a 5 yard penalty. I don't know why Marvin continually burns time outs early and often in football games.
If Sanu wouldn't have fumbled in the red zone they would have overcome all the other crap and won. It's a disappointing loss, but I still expect that this time will be very good this year.
Anything can happen, but it looks like Andy Dalton has taken a step forward, which is close to all that matters with this team. I wasn't really that frustrated with yesterday, I think they'll work out the kinks.
You can't draw too many conclusions from week 1. The Bears could be the NFC Super Bowl team, nobody knows yet.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
How do we know he's not Mel Torme?