I totally understand if your heart skipped a beat when you saw “Fox” and extension:
— Mark Potash (@MarkPotash) October 16, 2017
- The Chicago Bears agreed to a five-year extension with FOX-32 to keep the team’s preseason games and additional programming on Chicagoland’s local FOX affiliate. We’ve heard from several of you who aren’t in the Chicago area and, thus, aren’t able to check out the preseason action, but wanted to let you know we’re taking notes for next year. We hope to have answers on how to watch local Bears games out of market when preseason games get started next August. Until then, sit tight.
- Unless something drastic and unexpected happens, Mitch Trubisky figures to be the starting quarterback when things get going again for the 2018 preseason. As for the present, Bleacher Report’s Mike Tanier sees a little bit of 2016 Carson Wentz in the Bears rookie signal caller. Tanier draws the comparison because he sees solid attributes in Trubisky and a strong offensive line, but weakness at receiver that will limit his productivity. The difference could be in the coaching staff, as Philadelphia surrounded Wentz with a cavalcade of former quarterbacks and offensive coaching gurus while the Bears haven’t quite done that with their staff.
- Tanier also insists Trubisky will need to “throw to grow” in the weeks to come. He’s quite possibly onto something, considering the team’s next opponent – the Carolina Panthers – have allowed the fifth fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this year. I suppose running the ball 50 times might not be in this week’s game plan.
- Jordan Howard’s biggest run on Sunday came in overtime, just moments after making a bone-headed decision by running out of bounds late in the fourth quarter of a tied game. ESPN Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson writes Howard rewarded the patience of his team and fantasy owners, with Howard crediting his offensive line for getting him off on what turned out to be a game-changing run. “My line opened a great hole for me,” Howard said. “It was just me and the safety one-on-one. He went for the ball, and I was able to fight him off. And then I ran as far as I could. I didn’t know how much room I had, but once he fell off, I saw that I could bounce to the outside.”
- Imagine the holes Howard would be running through if defenses had to play the pass honestly. Over at The Athletic, Dan Pompei brings to light more names who could be of interest as free agents or available via the draft. The group of veterans includes Davante Adams of the Packers, who is reportedly on good terms with Danny Trevathan after that hit knocked him out, in case you’re curious.
- NFL Spin Zone’s Carlos Nazario also offers up some potential targets who could be had via trade or free agency. There is no secret the Bears receivers room needs to be remodeled, but doing it in one fell swoop will make for a difficult task for GM Ryan Pace to handle. The Bears will need to be creative with potential trade targets, free agents, draft picks, and diamond-in-the-rough undrafted free agent types.
- While we dream on those possibilities to panning out, let’s enjoy Tarik Cohen being a one-man highlight reel:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 16, 2017
- There are plenty of good grades to be handed out when your team wins, and many Bears were deserving of gold stars for Sunday’s performance. JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago tackles the grading scale, but not everyone was passing with flying colors. Wide receivers, special teams, and even the coaching didn’t earn passing grades with their respective efforts on Sunday. Special teams and coaching aspects took the biggest blows, which checks out after watching the team allow two return touchdowns while also suffering several unnecessary disciplinary gaffes.
- Despite a 2-4 start, the Bears aren’t talking like a last place team, writes Pro Football Weekly’s Hub Arkush. Aftter picking up the team’s first road win in 658 days, the Bears’ next challenge is to stack wins. Defeating Baltimore on the road seems to have done wonders for the Bears’ confidence – and that’s not surprising considering the dominant fashion in which the running game and defense showed in a victory that was marred only by special teams errors.
- Perhaps the Bears didn’t need NaVorro Bowman after all. After being released by the San Francisco 49ers on Friday, Bowman (a potential Bears target because of his ties with Vic Fangio and the team’s needs at inside linebacker) found a new home – and won’t have to travel far to make the change. Bowman signed a free agent deal with the Oakland Raiders, and his teammates are happy to have some new blood in the room.
- So you’re saying there’s a chance? As of today, the Bears have better odds to win the NFC than the New York Giants. Let that sink in:
— VSiN (@VSiNLive) October 17, 2017