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Pains and Gains Blue Khalil Mack Jersey ,  team We are three weeks into the regular season, and plenty of excitement, as well as some concern, has been raised during this early stretch of the 2018 campaign. While having such a dominant defense taking shape, their young offense hasn’t come together quite yet. Naturally, fans are fed up with what has been perceived as a slower-than-expected maturation of Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, among others. In a league where patience is close to non-existent, we expect better play from the QB position, and everywhere else on the 53-man roster. This is the suggestion based on reactions throughout the fandom, despite the team being 2-1 and sole owners of 1st place in the NFC North, which hasn’t happened since 2013. Alas, I am here to encourage patience. And as you all will see, there’s plenty of optimism to be had with this entire team’s growth. Particularly with Trubisky. To learn from failures, one must first experience failuresAn NFL roster will always start and end with the quarterback position. Simply glancing at the box score and stats for Mitchell will certainly make a person’s head shake with disappointment. His stats-line through the first three weeks of 2018: a 69.2 completion percentage; 591 yards passing; 2 touchdowns; 3 interceptions; and a mediocre 77.8 passer rating. Statistically speaking, he must pick up his play. What’s been problematic about his performance from the beginning of this season, is he’s missed on several opportunities for big plays. That speaks volumes about the size of his learning curve while transitioning from Dowell Loggains’ and John Fox’s “offensive offense” to Matt Nagy’s approach on offense. Even more concerning, is he’s shown some bad habits normally displayed with young quarterbacks. That is a throw one should never attempt. Where Bears receiver Allen Robinson II looked to be open at the beginning, Trubisky was already rolled out and at a position where it would take a completely busted coverage from the Cardinals’ secondary to make that play a positive gain. Tre Boston wasn’t having any of it, as he read the routes and nearly made a highlight quality interception. Trubisky attempted a throw that was 1) against the grain and 2) way too late. In addition to that throw, he was picked off by Boston earlier in the 2nd quarter, and fumbled the ball in the Bears’ 2nd drive on offense during the 1st quarter. The Cardinals’ defense came prepared to play, and early on, Trubisky did not look prepared to respond. Simply put Youth Trey Burton Jersey , he can’t continue to make those mistakes as the season progresses. It’s all about how you finish, and not how you start Not all was bad. In fact, Trubisky showed some resilience coming out of half time, and mustered just enough to lead the Bears’ offense in scoring 16 unanswered points. Of course it wouldn’t have happened had the Bears’ defense not taken the ball away three consecutive times. Nevertheless, Trubisky did his job. There’s one play in particular that we should highlight from this game. That, currently, is the longest passing play for the Bears’ offense this season. Where Trubiskyhas struggled to complete deep shots to his revamped receiving corps, that 39-yard hook up to Allen Robinson was a thing of beauty. His chemistry with Robinson appears to be growing with each pass they connect on. Oddly enough, that was also on the same drive where he nearly got picked off by Boston in the play referenced earlier in this article. He happened to target Robinson on that throw, too.When he has his feet set and goes through his reads, he can sling the ball effortlessly. And, more importantly, he’s proven capable of responding positively to adversity. He came out and completed 11 of 15 passes for 91 yards, which coupled with a more attentive effort to grind the game out on the ground, was effective enough to constantly move the chains. Not the greatest of performances, but good enough to win a football game with. On a side note, I personally hope that Matt Nagy has learned to utilize the ground game more. Jordan Howard sits in his backfield, and Tarik Cohen is a valuable weapon. Use them. Comparisons happen, even if they’re not particularly accurate For all the comparisons between him, Patrick Mahomes, and Deshaun Watson; they couldn’t be any further apart in terms of their respective situations. Mahomes sat behind a Pro Bowl quarterback in Alex Smith last season, and he is in year two under Andy Reid and his scheme. Aka, the very same scheme that he taught Matt Nagy since his internship began with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008. That is a similar situation for Watson http://www.authenticschicagobears.com/cheap-kyle-fuller-jersey , who too is in the second year of his experience under Bill O’Brien’s watchful eye. Both young signal callers have built a healthy amount of chemistry with their respective teammates as well. Meanwhile, Trubisky has a total of 15 starts under his belt, with the last three under Matt Nagy and his offense. Learning two schemes in consecutive years is hard for anyone, especially young quarterbacks. Having that stacked on building chemistry with a new supporting cast will cause for some setbacks to happen. The biggest challenge for him has to be going from an uber conservative approach under Fox and his staff, to an ultra aggressive gameplan from Matt Nagy. That’s like learning how to drive stick on a McLaren 570S after being stuck in a Toyota Corolla. There are no similarities between the two, and it will take time for every player on offense to get on the same page. It certainly makes life easier when you have such a dominant defense backing your young quarterback up. With that said, there’s still plenty of room for improvement in Trubisky’s game. Give him time to build chemistry with his new receivers, and familiarity with Matt Nagy’s schemes on offense, and we should expect to continue seeing signs of improvement the rest of the way. Now, about that Bears defense...“Dominant” might end up being an understatement by season’s end. 3 weeks into the regular season, they rank 1st in sacks with a league leading 14 take-downs, and 5th in total yards per game. The one leading the charge, is none other than outside linebacker Khalil Mack. In his first 3 games in Chicago, Mack has recorded 4 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception, and 1 touchdown. That’s more than the Oakland Raiders’ entire defense combined. It’s a safe assumption that Ryan Pace has spent his resources wisely on this acquisition. It’s not just Khalil Mack that has this defense rolling. 9 different players have recorded at least 1 sack so far this season. Every level of this defense has contributed, from sacks to tackles for loss, to interceptions and solid coverage in both the ground and passing games. This play, in my opinion, is what sealed the game for the Bears. One can admire the amount of courage fellow first-year head coach Steve Wilks displayed in giving his rookie quarterback a chance to come in and win the game. With that said, this defense finished the game by playing sound coverage downfield Youth Aaron Lynch Jersey , and wrecking shop up front. Once Aaron Lynch and Roy Robertson-Harris got free lanes to Josh Rosen, it was over. Bryce Callahan became the insurance policy by picking off the disrupted pass. In conclusion There’s room for improvement, no doubt about it. This team’s fate is directly tied with how Mitchell Trubisky and this young offense develops throughout the season. Yet, when you think about it, that’s the best part about these Chicago Bears. They have not scratched the surface of their total potential just yet. It’s tough to be patient after 8 years of futility. That is the span of their current playoff drought, the longest such streak in franchise history. Once everything comes together for this new generation of Chicago Bears, believe me. It will be scary.The Bear’s Den, August 27, 2018 BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!BEARRRSSSSPotash: Rookie linebacker Roquan Smith status in doubt with hamstring injury - Sun Times - Smith has missed most of the last three practices since leaving practice early last Tuesday because of tightness in his left hamstringFinley: Breaking down the team with cuts looming Saturday - Sun Times - With cuts looming Saturday, here’s how the Bears’ 53-man roster is shaping up:Eurich: Javon Wims locked down roster spot - 247Sports - Javon Wims continues to impress the Chicago Bears.Eurich: Bears turned page with win over Chiefs - 247Sports - Matt Nagy is already changing the culture of the Chicago Bears.Bears vs. Chiefs notebook: Game MVP, stats, top quotes - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears earned their second-straight preseason victory of 2018 on Saturday afternoon against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bears came out strong with their second-team offense leading the way. Prior to the game the team announced the majority of the starters would not see the field against the Chiefs. The game also featured head coach Matt Nagy going up against his mentor in Andy Reid.Medina: Two Big Plays Might Have Sealed Javon Wims' Roster Spot on the Bears - Bleacher Nation - Javon Wims just might have done enough to capture a roster spot.Perez: Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy on WR Kevin White: ‘I love underdogs’ - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said he loves underdogs when addressing WR Kevin White's first touchdown of his careerPerez: Chicago Bears WR Javon Wims stars in team’s preseason win over Chiefs - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears rookie WR Javon Wims was a standout performer in the team's Week 3 preseason win over the Kansas City ChiefsStankevitz: Who's in and who's out on the 53-man roster? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears are in cut-down week, and will have to settle on a 53-man roster in six days. So who's on the chopping block and who's made their case to be a Bear in 2018?Arthur Arkush: 3 moments that mattered, 3 things that worked and 3 things that didn't in Bears' win - Daily Herald - Breaking down the Bears' 27-20 preseason win over the Chiefs at Soldier Field.Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts on the Bears' 27-20 victory over the Chiefs - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts from the 27-20 preseason victory over the Chiefs includes nuggets on Kevin White, Javon Wims, Khalil Mack and more.Finley: Five takeaways, including another big day for Javon Wims - Sun Times - There was more to Bears' preseason win against the Chiefs than coach Matt Nagy's bold decision to sit his starters.Morrissey: Time to get rid of NFL preseason games - Sun Times - It’s possible to think that quarterback Mitch Trubisky should have played Saturday and still think that preseason games are an NFL money grab.POLISH SAUSAGEOfficials called fewer helmet penalties last week – ProFootballTalk - Two significant developments related to the NFL’s new helmet rule took place last week: First, the league announced that “inadvertent” hits wouldn’t be penalized. And then, the officials called fewer penalties.Cameron Meredith targeted once in dress rehearsal - Fantasy Pros - Meredith has been less than impressive since returning from his injury. However, expected to start opposite Micheal Thomas, Meredith could have a big year as he will be singled up in coverage more times than not. A double-digit round pick Youth Prince Amukamara Jersey , Meredith poses WR2 upside, though his risk is as high as his reward.KNOW THY ENEMYThe Detroit Lions sent free pizza to a random fan inconvenienced by the rain delay - Pride Of Detroit - And it was Jets!It’s time to be concerned about Lions LB Jarrad Davis - Pride Of Detroit - It’s early in his career, but Davis isn’t playing like he should right now.How worried should you be about the Detroit Lions’ preseason performance? - Pride Of Detroit - Has your confidence in the team taken a hit after three disappointing preseason games?Report: Minnesota Vikings acquire center Brett Jones from New York Giants - Daily Norseman - The deal is for an undisclosed 2019 draft choicePackers trade Lenzy Pipkins to Colts for LB Antonio Morrison, per report - Acme Packing Company - The former 2016 draft pick comes to Green Bay amid injuries to multiple linebackers.IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRONInfante: Chicago Bears release offensive lineman Earl Watford - Windy City Gridiron - The release is considered relatively shocking at this stage of the preseason.Householder: Notes from Chicago Bears vs. Kansas City Chiefs preseason game - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears rested their starters, but plenty of interesting things came out of the game anyway.WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS2 Minute Drill - Website - iTunes - Andrew Link; Steven’s Streaming – Twitch – Steven Schweickert; T-Formation Conversation - Website - iTunes - Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; WCG Radio - Website - iTunes - Robert ZeglinskiTHE RULESWindy City Gridiron Community Guidelines - SBNation.com - We strive to make our communities open and inclusive to sports fans of all backgrounds. 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  level of football.Trailing by five in the closing minutes http://www.bearsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-tarik-cohen-jersey , he told his teammates they were going to pull out the win and it would be a "legendary" moment for them.McCarron delivered in the end after struggling for most of the game, leading a fourth-quarter surge that culminated with a touchdown pass in the final minute, and the Buffalo Bills closed the preseason with a 28-27 victory over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.With both teams holding out their starters and few key reserves playing, the focus was on McCarron. For most of the game, he made a shaky case for a roster spot let alone a starting job, but he did come through down the stretch.He ran for a touchdown and threw for three more in the fourth — including a 6-yarder to Keith Towbridge in the closing minute. That capped an 84-yard drive that was aided by two roughing-the-passer calls, including one against Isaiah Irving on a fourth down at the Buffalo 3."I looked at the group and told them, 'Watch this, it's gonna be legendary,'" McCarron said. "First, I said, 'Watch this Eddie Jackson Jersey , we're gonna go down and win and you're gonna remember this for a long time so this is gonna be legendary — for us and for our group, not knowing who's (gonna be) here tomorrow.' ... It was just awesome to battle with them and probably the most fun I've ever had."McCarron was 13 of 34 for 156 yards and had an interception returned for a touchdown in the early going. He could be the odd man out if the Bills opt to go with two quarterbacks rather than three, though coach Sean McDermott insisted he is "absolutely" in the race for the starting job with first-round pick Josh Allen and returning backup Nathan Peterman.He also said he has not decided who will start the opener at Baltimore on Sept. 9.CASE TO STAYTyler Bray made a case for the Bears to keep three quarterbacks. With Mitchell Trubisky and backup Chase Daniel not playing, Bray was 19 of 29 for 180 yards and an interception. Ryan Nall ran for 79 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown."I like where we're at," said Bears coach Matt Nagy, in his first season. "We've got a lot of depth and we're going to have some tough decisions here coming up."Signed to a two-year deal in free agency after spending the past four seasons as Andy Dalton's backup in Cincinnati, McCarron was considered the initial front-runner for the Bills' starting job because he had more experience than Allen and returning backup Peterman.But he missed a little over a week after he bruised his right shoulder while being hit several times at Cleveland on Aug. 17. That injury along with his performance seemed to knock him out of the running for the starting job. It also raised questions about whether he will make the opening roster.But McCarron said he has "no clue" where he stands in the competition or if he'll make the roster."I understand you all want to talk about the QB competition, but I'm enjoying the game," he said.SLOW STARTMcCarron got off to a brutal start, throwing for just 39 yards and getting picked off twice in the first half.His troubles really began after Cody Parkey kicked a 47-yard field goal on Chicago's first possession.Moments later, McCarron threw a pass right to the Bears' Doran Grant along the sideline Authentic Dion Sims Jersey , resulting in a 33-yard touchdown return . And just like that, it was 10-0.Parkey added a 23-yard field goal midway through the second quarter. Nall made it 20-0 with just under two minutes left in the half with his 32-yard TD run up the right sideline, though the Bears missed another opportunity in the closing seconds after McCarron got picked off again.Chicago's Abdullah Anderson tipped a pass at the line, leading to an interception for John Timu. But Parkey's 39-yard attempt hit the right upright.NATIONAL ANTHEMThere were no protests by either team during the anthem.INJURIESBills: WR Ray McCloud III suffered a knee injury.Bears: TE Daniel Brown suffered a shoulder injury on a 27-yard catch in the third and left the game. Nagy said he's not sure if it's "day by day or week by week." ... LB Kasim Edebali was helped off the field and taken from the sideline on a cart with a bruised leg after a run by Buffalo on the first play of the fourth quarter.NEXT UPBills: Open season at Baltimore on Sept. 9.Bears: Open season at Green Bay on Sept. 9.Chicago Bears Training Camp Live Stream: Saturday Open Thread Good morning Chicago Bears’ fans, this is your Saturday Open Thread, and please remember that open thread’s are a little more rambunctious than our traditional comment threads. These threads are rated WCG-MA, and every now and again one of the WCG faithful will drop an F-Bomb. It’s usually the first comment and it usually has something to do with the Green Bay Packers. Today we have two members of our fantastic writing staff making the trek to Kankakee County for training camp, so join me in thanking Robert Zeglinski and Jacob Infante for bringing Bears’ camp to us. After practice Robert will more than likely go live on our Facebook page to recap practice, and Jacob will unload his notebook right here on WCG, so stay tuned!Remember if any of you guys are down at camp and are active on Twitter, be sure to tag us so we can share your pictures and videos.You can check out Jacob’s live Twitter feed right here:Tweets by jacobinfante24 Check out Robert’s live Twitter feed right here:Tweets by RobertZeglinski

 Football A beautiful TD pass from Russell Wilson pulls the Seahawks to within 7.Bears and Seahawks trade punts...THIRD QUARTER Bears lead the game 10-3 at the half.A strip sack by Khalil Mack leads to a Seattle punt. The Bears offense needs to get going.A tipped Trubisky pass is intercepted.Trubisky with a terrible throw that is intercepted.Sack by Eddie Goldman and Khalil MackSECOND QUARTERThe Bears drive down the field and score on a shovel pass from Mitch Trubisky to Trey Burton. Nice scramble to keep the chains moving.Seattle moved the ball a bit http://www.bearsfootballauthentics.com/adrian-amos-jersey-authentic , but the Bears’ D held and forced a punt. Tarik Cohen fair caught the ball inside the 5 yard line.FIRST QUARTERKeep it locked right here for live updates from the Bears vs Seahawks game. And for up to the minute stats you can follow along at NFL.com right here,The Bears are starting Roquan Smith at inside linebacker alongside Danny Trebathan tonight!We have the Bears vs Seahawks in about an hour so here are the inactives for both teams. Chicago Bears:FB Michael BurtonS DeAndre Houston-CarsonOLB Isaiah IrvingOLB Kylie FittsOL Rashaad CowardWR Javon WimsDL Nick WilliamsThe only surprise for Chicago is rookie UDFA Kevin Tolliver II is active. Also active is TE Daniel Brown. Seattle Seahawks:CB Tre Flowers LB Bobby Wagner LB K.J. Wright WR Doug BaldwinOL D.J. Fluker OL Jordan Simmons S Delano HillPREGAMEThe Chicago Bears and the Seattle Seahawks each dropped their 2018 season openers, but they both had chances to win during the game. The Bears played dominating football early against the Packers, then lost the lead, but still had the ball late with a chance to win, and the Seahawks went back and forth against the Broncos before their last drive sputtered. The winner of Monday night’s game will climb even at 1-1, while the loser limps to 0-2 and has their postseason odds plummet. In the last nine years Womens Nick Kwiatkoski Jersey , teams that started 0-2 only made the playoffs 5.6% of the time (6-of-108).Time, TV channel, and streaming infoDate: Monday, September 17, 2018Time: 7:15 p.m. CT (Coverage starts at 6 p.m.)Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, IllinoisTV: ESPN Monday Night FootballAnnouncers: Joe Tessitore (play by play) Youth Anthony Miller Jersey , Jason Witten and Booger McFarland (color) and Lisa Salters (sideline)Local Radio: WBBM 780 AM and 105.9 FM, and in Spanish on Latino Mix 93.5 FM and Univision 1200 AMOther Radio: Sirius XM, Tune-In, Westwood OneOnline: Game Pass and ESPN.comMobile: Mobile ApplicationsWeather: Mid 70s and clear at kickoff [NFL weather]Odds: Bears -3.0 [OddsShark]SB Nation Seahawks site: Field GullsBears vs. Packers prediction: Bears 29 - Seahawks 12 via OddsharkLatest articles from WCG:Week 2 Game Preview: Bears vs. SeahawksFanPulse: How Bears and Seahawks fans see Monday’s gameFive Questions with Field Gulls: Khalil Mack is going to dominateChicago Bears vs Seattle Seahawks Preview: What to Watch ForA podcast double dip here and here.You’ve got to peep out our Xs&Os section with the returning Sackwatch and the debuting Rush Report.OUR FANTASY FOOTBALL SECTION IS LEGITClick on our names to follow us on Twitter:WCG Contributors: Jeff Berckes; Patti Curl; Eric Christopher Duerrwaechter; Kev H; Sam Householder; Jacob Infante; Aaron Lemming; Andrew Link; Ken Mitchell; Steven Schweickert; Jack Silverstein; EJ Snyder; Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; Robert Zeglinski; Like us on Facebook.Five questions with Arrowhead Pride: Patrick Mahomes had an up and down training camp too In order to bring you guys the best Bears coverage we like to speak with the SB Nation team site that covers the opposing team each week. It gives us an inside look at the game with someone as passionate about their team as we are with ours. With Saturday’s game being the preseason game, the only preseason game that really matters - the dress-rehearsal - we tracked down Pete Sweeney, Editor-in-chief of Arrowhead Pride http://www.bearsfootballauthentics.com/danny-trevathan-jersey-authentic , the SB Nation site that covers the Kansas City Chiefs. Jeff Berckes, who recently gave me the fantasy football scoop on my podcast, asked Pete a few questions about tomorrow’s Bears vs. Chiefs game. Jeff Berckes - I love that the Bears and Chiefs were matched up for the third preseason game as the entire off-season has been filled with comparisons to how the Bears offense will be like the Chiefs offense. From your vantage point, what will Matt Nagy bring from Andy Reid and Kansas City to Chicago? What pieces in Chicago remind you of what the Chiefs have right now? Finally, how long do you think it will take for the Bears offense to establish itself?JB - Another link between Kansas City and Chicago will be the young signal callers. Mitchell Trubisky and Patrick Mahomes were the first two quarterbacks taken in the 2017 NFL Draft. Trubisky got his feet wet in 2017 with 12 starts, albeit in the John Fox system, while Mahomes sat and learned behind Alex Smith all year with his lone start coming in Week 17. With Smith shipped to Washington http://www.bearscheapstores.com/adrian-amos-jersey-cheap , the mantle was passed to Mahomes this off-season. How has he looked so far and what are the expectations for him in 2018?JB - Kareem Hunt led the league in rushing last year, Tyreek Hill is a live-wire, and Travis Kelce is the best tight end in the game not named Gronkowski. Is there anyone else we should be aware of in this offense?JB - Shifting to the defense, the Chiefs focused basically their entire draft on that side of the ball. What were the major issues with that defense last year and did the organization do enough to fix the issues?JB - What are the expectations for the Chiefs this year? Is this a team that can make a deep playoff run or are they a year away?JB - As a frequent visitor to the Kansas City area, I have sampled my fair share of the local barbecue scene. What is the key to real Kansas City style barbecue and what is your favorite spot?Now I’m hungry...Thanks to Pete of Arrowhead Pride for helping us learn a little about the Bears’ opponent in the Chiefs this week.

as a Bear Check out this nugget that Jack M Silverstein dug up.The Chicago Bears are leading the Green Bay Packers at the half by a score of 17-0 http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/charles-leno-jersey , and newcomer Khalil Mack has made his presence felt. He has a couple tackles, a strip sack, a fumble recovery, and an interception that he returned 27 yards for a touchdown. Not to mention the fact that his mere presence has had a positive impact on the entire defense. Overall the Bears have four sacks, with Akiem Hicks, Roy Robertson-Harris and rookie Roquan Smith getting in on the fun along with Mack. On offense, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is 11 for 14 for 109 yards and 3 runs for 15 yards and a TD. Running back Jordan Howard has 6 runs for 25 yards and a catch for 4 yards. Tarik Cohen had 3 rushes for 20 yards and 1 catch for 8 yards. Allen Robinson II leads the Bears with 349 receiving yards on 3 catches, and Taylor Gabriel leads them with 4 receptions for 24 yards. But that half was all about Mack...Five Questions with Field Gulls: Khalil Mack is going to dominate After recovering from tough losses, the Bears and Seahawks will try to earn the first win of their respective seasons in a Monday Night Football showdown. To get the lowdown on this squad, I reached out to Kenneth Arthur, Editor of SB Nation’s Field Gulls for five questions. Windy City Gridiron: 1. Doug Baldwin suffered an injury in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos. What’s his status and assuming he’s not able to go Monday night, what does that do to the rest of the receiver group?Field Gulls: Baldwin missed all of preseason with an injury to his left knee and then suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee on Sunday. Aaron Rodgers suffered a sprained MCL on Sunday night and returned to the game to beat the Bears. Not that all sprained MCLs are the same, but pointing out that certain sprained MCLs don’t even cost you a game. Dont’a Hightower sprained his MCL last Week 1 and missed two games. Kevin Johnson suffered a sprained MCL in Week 2 and missed a few games. At the time I’m answering this question, all I can say is “I don’t know.” Maybe we’ll know more closer to game time Authentic Cody Whitehair Jersey , but I’d expect the team to maybe rest him.That puts more targets on Brandon Marshall, who played well in his Seahawks debut and looks closer to his usual self than he did last year with the Giants. Jaron Brown, Tyler Lockett, and David Moore make out the rest of the group, and I have more confidence in the depth there than I have in years. If Baldwin had to miss an extended period of time, they might call up Keenan Reynolds from the practice squad, a guy who has drawn many Baldwin comps.WCG: 2. In recent years, the Seahawks offensive line has been one of the worst groups in the league, which has limited the run game and forced Russell Wilson to do Russell Wilson things. Has that unit improved and if so, how does that shape what the Seahawks can do this season?FG: Well, I would say it was mostly the pass blocking that was an issue up until last year. Then it was certainly run blocking too, but Chris Carson was successful behind the same o-line as Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls. Those running backs deserve plenty of blame for the awful results on the ground. But yes, the unit has improved.One, they started last year with Rees Odhiambo at left tackle and ended it with Duane Brown. They have a legitimate left tackle. Justin Britt is a solid starting center. The rest of the unit is still question marks and they were forced to start J.R. Sweezy at right guard after planning all summer to put D.J. Fluker there Authentic Anthony Miller Jersey , but he hurt his hamstring during the third preseason game. Continuity be damned.Two, Germain Ifedi will contain Khalil Mack. Call me a homer, whatever, I don’t care. Ifedi will have no issues with Mack or anyone else the Bears throw at him. Just kidding, Ifedi is going to have his entire family history erased by Mack. We might as well start editing the “In Memoriam” for Russell Wilson to play at halftime. I trust Brown on the left side, but Chicago’s gonna have its way with the right side and perhaps the most successful plays by Ifedi will be the ones he gets a holding penalty on. At least if Wilson survives those ones.Editor’s note: He totally got me there. I thought “this man is crazy - Ifedi vs. Mack and he’s not worried?!”WCG: 3. The Seahawks surprised some people by taking Rashad Penny in the first round of this year’s draft, and it’s hard to not want to draw comparisons with Marshawn Lynch. How has Penny looked and are the Seahawks truly going to run a split backfield with Chris Carson and Penny or are they waiting for Penny to take over?FG: Hmmm, yeah. There are some similarities in height, weight, 40-time, and broken/missed tackles. I’d say Lynch was still a considerably better and more athletic prospect and I wouldn’t expect Penny to become Lynch. I think Chris Carson is going to be a better running back than Penny, but that’s also kind of a ridiculous statement; we’ve seen five games from Carson and one from Penny. But between the two, I think Carson is better. He’s a better runner and a much better pass blocker. The Seahawks split snaps on Sunday and I really hope they don’t do that again. Just give the ball to Carson. Penny’s time could come -- and it should -- but Carson gives them a better chance right now and I think Penny’s weaknesses showed in the loss at Denver. Maybe not though, it’s only one game. I do think Carson could be a Pro Bowl back if they give him enough time to do so.Both players should be in the offensive gameplan for 2018 Authentic Mitchell Trubisky Jersey , 2019, and 2020. I don’t know what happened to C.J. Prosise, they didn’t use him at all.WCG: 4. Earl Thomas ended his hold out and played in the season opener. Given the major changes on the defense in recent years, Thomas is in some sense the last vestige of the great Seahawks defenses. What is his future with Seattle and are the fans prepared for life after Earl? Are there stars-in-waiting?FG: I think this could be Earl’s last season with the Seahawks. After the game he said that he’s willing to return to the team next year but also said things that make him seem bitter that it came to this. But it’s not just about Earl leaving, I also think Seattle is hesitant to commit to him beyond 2018 and there’s a few reasons for that:- Earl probably wants a raise, more like $12 million+ a year, setting a safety contract record. The Seahawks just made Kam Chancellor one of the highest-paid safeties in the NFL and he’ll never play a down on that contract. In general, safeties are getting paid less while other positions set new high bars. Eric Reid is a free agent. George Iloka cost $1 million. The two sides might be way far apart on money.- Earl is going to be 30 and the team may be focused on getting younger.- Seattle has poured some other resources in at safety (Bradley McDougald, Tedric Thompson, Delano Hill) and may be willing to test that out, but make no mistake: Earl missed 10 snaps against the Broncos and the defense was awful. His holdout, if it had lasted into the season, could have been disastrous for the Seahawks. I think fans are prepared though. Most of them were willing to trade Earl for a second round pick, when polled. I think many would accept a third rounder. After his Week 1 game though Womens Prince Amukamara Jersey , I’m sure many of them have changed their minds.WCG: 5. Pete Carroll is no spring chicken and the Seahawks seem to be stuck between competing and rebuilding. What is Carroll’s future in Seattle and if the end is near, what are you most looking for in a replacement?FG: I really don’t know what to say. I think Carroll plans to coach in 2019, at least. Beyond that, I try not to think about things. I don’t think NFL teams can plan a future beyond two seasons. Not that you don’t sign players for six years or whatever, I’m not saying that, but so much will change in two years. So much. The Eagles went from Chip Kelly to Super Bowl champions in two years. Jim Harbaugh went from three straight NFC Championship games to Michigan in two years. I have no idea and I wouldn’t even know how to begin thinking about the franchise after Carroll, it’s been entirely his identity since 2010. I don’t see any obvious replacement on the staff right now.WCG: Bonus: My experience in the Pacific Northwest is to try and score as much smoked salmon as possible because it’s delicious and can’t be beat out there, but for Seattle specifically, what are the strength’s of the local food scene and what’s a must have for anyone traveling out that way?FG: I haven’t lived in Seattle in 10 years, so I had to ask some of my writers.John Fraley: Of course you can get just about every type of food in Seattle — such a cosmopolitan city, such a destination for the entire Pacific Rim. And the Asian cuisines are endless. But what I’ve found is most consistently satisfying around here: Indian food. The curry options are neverending, the spices are fresh-tasting even the thousandth time. It would be exceedingly hard to go wrong with any Indian dish. Don’t get the bbq, unless it’s Korean.Sean Clement: Palisade Restaurant in North Seattle is my favorite. It’s a little spendy but you can eat looking out over the water and get some excellent food. If they’re in Tacoma the Korean and Vietnamese food is amazing.Thank you to Kenneth and Field Gulls!

The Buffalo Bills are back on the road this week www.billscheapshop.com , traveling to Houston to take on the Houston Texans. The Texans and Bills are both 2-3 and coming off of close wins. Getting back to .500 and getting an AFC win would be huge for both teams. Here are three keys going into Sunday’s match-up.Will Deshaun Watson play?The Texans’ starting quarterback was listed as day-to-day on Tuesday with a chest injury. This led to most Vegas sports books taking the Bills-Texans game off the board. If Watson can’t play, the Texans will turn to Brandon Weeden. Weeden hasn’t played in a regular season game since December 2015.Tre’Davious White vs. DeAndre HopkinsTre has locked down his opposition this year. Enough so that the Tennessee Titans only targeted him once (and it was incomplete). This week he faces his toughest competition yet. DeAndre Hopkins ranks fourth in receptions and first in yards through Week 5. Last week against the Cowboys he caught nine balls for 151 yards, including an incredible run-after-the-catch that set up the Texans’ game-winning field goal in overtime.TurnoversIn both of the Bills’ wins, the defense forced three turnovers. The offense relied on those turnovers to score against Tennessee. All of the Bills’ points except the game-winning field goal came as a result of a turnover. Will the offense need short fields to score against the J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney-led Texans defense?Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens: first half open thread For the second time in three seasons, the Buffalo Bills will travel to M&T Bank Stadium to open their season against the Baltimore Ravens. This time, the Bills hope for a better result than the last time.In the 2016 NFL season opener Buffalo Bills T-Shirt , the Ravens, beat Buffalo 13-7. A 66-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Flacco to Mike Wallace, plus two field goals from Justin Tucker, provided the scoring edge for the Ravens. LeSean McCoy’s one-yard touchdown plunge was Buffalo’s only score of the game.While many of the participants are the same, there are plenty more who have moved on since that game. The Bills start quarterback Nathan Peterman this week, having traded three-year starter Tyrod Taylor Buffalo Bills Hats , himself a former Raven, to the Cleveland Browns. While Flacco remains as Baltimore’s quarterback, Wallace is no longer with the club, having moved on to the Philadelphia Eagles. Buffalo enters this game relatively healthy, with veteran defensive linemen Kyle Williams and Trent Murphy expected to play, although the latter will be on a “pitch count Buffalo Bills Hoodie ,” according to head coach Sean McDermott. Rookie wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud III is out with a knee injury.Chat along with us, Bills fans, as the team begins its journey to consecutive playoff berths for the first time this millennium. Go Bills!

in victory The Buffalo Bills played very poorly Bills Star Lotulelei Jersey , to put it lightly, on Sunday afternoon, losing 22-0 to a very talented Green Bay Packers squad. Coming off an impressive 27-6 victory at the Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo certainly seemed capable of a better effort than the one they gave against Green Bay. Some of the Bills struggles were self-inflicted, as the team repeatedly missed chances in the game, but others were merely a result of greater talent on the other side of the ball. Green Bay is a strong team, and they played like the far superior outfit on Sunday. Here is how our five Packers to watch fared against the Bills in Sunday’s contest.QB Aaron RodgersRodgers was very good on Sunday, extending drives with his legs and making plenty of plays throughout the afternoon. All told, the veteran quarterback competed 22-of-40 passes for 298 yards, 1 touchdown Cheap Tre'Davious White Jersey , and 1 interception. He also added 5 carries for 31 rushing yards on a bum knee. It wasn’t his best performance, but it was certainly enough to take care of business. RB Aaron JonesAppearing in only his second game of the season, Jones was able to show why the Packers love to give him the ball. He was easily the team’s most effective runner, spearheading an offensive attack that ran 32 times for 144 yards against the Bills on the day. Jones had 11 of those carries, totaling 59 yards and a touchdown on the afternoon. He also caught his only target, turning a little screen pass into a 17-yard gain. As Jones works his way into “football shape,” he should only continue to gain effectiveness, adding a scary-good rushing dimension to what is already a scary-good offense.WR Randall CobbWell, we couldn’t watch Cobb because he watched the game from the sideline. The veteran receiver missed the contest with a hamstring injury. Green Bay didn’t miss his presence, using Ty Montgomery and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in his stead.LT David BakhtiariOne week after pressuring quarterback Kirk Cousins fifteen times Cheap Josh Allen Jersey , Buffalo’s Jerry Hughes was a near total non-factor in the passing game during Sunday’s matchup with Green Bay. Hughes did not hit Aaron Rodgers on the day, although he did manage 5 tackles, 3 of which went for a loss. Bakhtiari found himself one-on-one with Hughes often, and the big offensive tackle was able to neutralize Buffalo’s top pass rusher. LB Clay MatthewsComing into the game, Matthews had not recorded a sack that counted. His previous quarterback sacks on the year were nullified by controversial roughing the passer penalties. On Sunday, Matthews was able to record his first sack, a half-sack, along with a quarterback hit. The Packers swarmed rookie Josh Allen, sacking him 7 times and hitting him 11 more times overall. The veteran Matthews made his presence known early and often on Sunday.Bills Links, 9/10: An embarassing start to the 2018 season for Buffalo The Buffalo Bills started the 2018 season in embarassing fashion with a 47-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. There is plenty of coverage from Sunday’s game in today’s edition of the Bills Links Cheap John Miller Jersey , including Nathan Peterman, Josh Allen, Tremaine Edmunds and more. You can also find Sean McDermott’s post-game press conference, where the head coach claims that he “needs to watch the tape” before talking about his quarterback for next week’s match-up with the Los Angeles Chargers. [BN] Blitz newsletter: Bills ‘should be embarrassed’ by opening effort – The Buffalo NewsIts going to be a dreary Monday in Western New York. Rain is in the forecast, and the collective spirit of the region has been dampened by the worst season opener in Buffalo Bills' history.McDermott: "We've got a lot to learn" - BuffaloBills.comBills HC Sean McDermott talks to the media following the team's game against the Ravens. McDermott discusses how the team needs to learn from its mistakes and why the game got away from them early on.Vic Carucci: No need to ‘look at the tape’ to see the obvious at Bills QB – The Buffalo NewsSean McDermott doesn’t need to consult a replay for what was blatantly obvious: He overthought the QB decision, says Vic Carucci. (Subscription required.)Peterman or Allen for Week Two? - The Bills Beat with Joe B. and Matthew FairburnFollowing the Buffalo Bills' 47-3 drubbing given to them from the Baltimore Ravens, the quarterback question remains on everyone's mind.Joe B: 7 observations from Buffalo Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens (9/9/18) - WKBW.comThe Buffalo Bills entered the 2018 regular season with hope, and promptly had their doors blown off by the Baltimore Ravens.Buffalo Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin was bad vs. Ravens and owned it | NewYorkUpstate.comBenjamin dropped a touchdown pass from Josh Allen in loss.Baltimore blows out Buffalo Bills: 3 reasons to be encouraged, 7 reasons to worry | NewYorkUpstate.comBuffalo was out of the game by halftime.Bills' Josh Allen proves he's already a better quarterback than Nathan Peterman | NewYorkUpstate.comWho should start in Week 2 against the Chargers? Give Allen the start and see what happens.Sal's Sticks: Bills at Ravens | WGR 550 SportsRadio"Before I even get into the Sticks, I’ll tell you that yes Youth Jason Croom Jersey , it was as miserable down on the field at M&T Bank Stadium as it may have appeared on television, and probably worse."The day after: Helpless against the Ravens, where do Nathan Peterman and the Bills go from here? – The AthleticThe Bills have painted themselves into a corner at quarterback as Nathan Peterman is not good enough to hold down the fort while Josh Allen gets some needed time on the bench. (Subscription required.)Featured on Buffalo RumblingsBaltimore Ravens demolish Buffalo Bills, 47-3 - Buffalo RumblingsIt was a drubbing.Five takeaways from Buffalo Bills blowout loss to Baltimore Ravens include Nathan Peterman, Josh Allen, penalties - Buffalo RumblingsThis was ugly.Report: LeSean McCoy not expecting charges, Buffalo Bills RB likely clear of suspension - Buffalo RumblingsAll things being equal, Buffalo’s star RB is in the clear.

 When the Buffalo Bills meet the Los Angeles Chargers in the home opener on Sunday http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/jerry-hughes-jersey , one of the best Chargers won’t be present. Defensive end Joey Bosa, who’s rehabbing a foot injury, has been declared out for Week Two. Bosa had a major impact as the Chargers stomped the Bills, 54-24, last season. He lived in the backfield, blowing up run plays and recording a sack and a forced fumble as the Chargers coasted to a massive lead. In his absence, Melvin Ingram (who was selected to the Pro Bowl last season) will carry the load.Bosa is the headliner Womens Matt Milano Jersey , but two other Chargers are in danger of missing this one. Starting right tackle Joe Barksdale injured his knee in the season opener, and didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday. Receiver Travis Benjamin, who had 663 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns last year, hurt his foot in week one and also hasn’t practiced yet. Unless they return to practice on Friday, they’re in danger of missing the game.For the Buffalo Bills, two starters might not play on Sunday. Defensive end Shaq Lawson strained his hamstring in week one, and hasn’t practiced this week. Rookie cornerback Taron Johnson hurt his shoulder Authentic Tre'Davious White Jersey , and also has yet to practice with the team. Rookie Ray-Ray McCloud (knee) was running through some drills without pads on, but still qualified as a DNP on Wednesday and Thursday.Buffalo Bills’ coach Sean McDermott doesn't name the starting quarterback for week two After a 44 point blowout against the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills’ head coach Sean McDermott won't name the starter for week two just yet. Speaking at a Monday press conference, McDermott gave a typical answer in regards to what he will go through to determine the starter for next week. McDermott will, he says, “continue to evaluate where we are, dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s and taking it one step at a time.”In spite of his quarterback’s flaws Womens Rafael Bush Jersey , Sean McDermott has been partial to Nathan Peterman dating back to last season, when McDermott named him the starter in an ill-advised attempt to resuscitate Buffalo’s offense. Peterman was terrible on Sunday, continuing a trend from last season. In the limited time that Josh Allen played, he showed what he can bring to an offense that Peterman can’t. He is better at manipulating the pocket and extending plays when things break down. To go back to Peterman would be telling the rest of the league that they don't plan on seriously competing in any games until their rookie quarterback is ready. Whoever is named the starter for next week, they are going to have their work cut out for them against a Los Angeles Chargers team eager for its first win after a 38-28 loss to Kansas City.

crief was buried on Jacksonville's depth chart.Moncrief had fallen behind Marqise Lee Cheap Ezekiel Elliott Jersey , Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook and even rookie DJ Chark after missing a week of practice because of a sore knee.Now, four weeks later and following a devastating injury to Lee , Moncrief might be the team's go-to guy heading into the season opener at the New York Giants.He certainly is the unwitting leader of that position group and will be counted on to fill a void created when Lee hurt his left knee in the preseason and was placed on injured reserve."The young guys, they look at me as an older guy," Moncrief said. "I just told them, 'Anybody can be great.' It just takes the time and passion to go out there and want to be great. Go out there and make plays every day, not just in a game, also in practice, so you can build the trust when it comes down to game time."The Jaguars trusted Moncrief enough to give him a one-year Youth Maliek Collins Jersey , $9.6 million contract in free agency. The deal was fully guaranteed, a move general manager Dave Caldwell felt he had to do with so much uncertainty at receiver.Jacksonville figured Allen Robinson was gone, was unsure Lee would re-sign, and planned to part with Allen Hurns. The team also had no idea it would get Chark in the second round of the draft.So the Jags targeted Moncrief, hoping his big-play ability would help spread out defenses designed to slow down Jacksonville's run-first approach .The 6-foot-2 Moncrief caught 152 passes for 1,875 yards and 18 touchdowns in four years with Indianapolis. He missed 11 games the last two seasons because of shoulder and toe injuries. He also endured quarterback chaos, with Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett, Matt Hasselbeck, Scott Tolzien and Josh Freeman throwing him passes."Just having a chip on my shoulder to go out and show what I actually can do and have a healthy year and come out here and compete and show the league what I've got http://www.cowboyscheapauthenticstore.com/deonte-thompson-jersey-cheap ," Moncrief said. "I know what I'm capable of and I'm going to hold myself to it."Jacksonville is counting on it now, especially without Lee.Still, the team believes Cole, Westbrook and Chark have star potential.Cole was an undrafted rookie from tiny Kentucky Wesleyan in 2017, a guy admittedly awe-struck by playing in packed NFL stadiums. He was barely noticeable on the field early, catching eight passes for 111 yards in the first seven games. He finished with 42 receptions for 748 yards and three touchdowns, plus a few huge plays in the postseason .Westbrook, a fourth-round draft pick from Oklahoma in 2017, missed the first nine games of his rookie year because of a sports hernia, caught 27 passes for 339 yards and a TD in seven games.Cole and Westbrook were in the starting lineup late last season http://www.cowboyscheapauthenticstore.com/kavon-frazier-jersey-cheap , and it wasn't an ideal situation."There were times last year where you kind of got that look in the huddle where it is like, 'Hey, I have no idea what you were talking about,'" quarterback Blake Bortles said. "Looking at them this year, they are running out of the huddle before I can finish saying the play because they know what they have."The Jags expected those guys to make strides in their second seasons, but they didn't want to have to rely on it.Moncrief, meanwhile, welcomes the pressure of having to perform, especially on a one-year contract that essentially has him prepping for free agency again."Everybody in that room can play," Moncrief said. "It's just about stepping up when you're ready to go. ... I just tell them you've been doing this since you were little. It's just football. Make plays http://www.cowboyscheapauthenticstore.com/la_el-collins-jersey-cheap , catch the ball, go block, and let everything else fall in place."We've got to be special in that room."Report: Cowboys bringing running back Darius Jackson back to practice squad There are only two running backs on the Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster in Ezekiel Elliott and Rod Smith. So far that hasn’t been an issue, but it’s always nice to be prepared.Once upon a time the Cowboys had the other runner that was drafted in Ezekiel Elliott’s class on their active roster, Darius Jackson. There’s been a lot of action with Jackson over the last few years including the fact that he was with the team in training camp and even made the practice squad.Unfortunately for true Radius supporters he was poached by the Green Bay Packers and added to their 53-man squad. With Aaron Jones having returned from suspension the Packers have moved on to a degree and Jackson was once again available. He’s coming home, friends.Zeke looked to get a little tired during the loss in Houston, but Rod Smith would be the next man up if the Cowboys ever had to give someone else legitimate carries. Whatever the case, it’s nice to have someone back who we know the Cowboys like and who has familiarity with how they do things.Radius once, Radius always.

Cowboys news: Dallas falls to Panthers Cheap Zack Martin Jersey , begin season on wrong foot as offense sputters Cowboys @ Panthers:6-8 - Tom Ryle, BTBTom recaps the Cowboys’ opening-season loss to the Panthers on Sunday afternoon.Game Recap: Cowboys Fall To Panthers, 16-8 - Kurt Daniels, The MothershipDaniels writes his take.This is what went wrong for the Cowboys in a season-opening loss to the Panthers - Clarence Hill, The Star-TelegramWhat went wrong on Sunday? Hill breaks it down.‘Jerry Garrett’ make season-opening Cowboys loss to Panthers a reality - Mac Engel Cheap Cole Beasley Jersey , The Star-TelegramEngel calls out the brain trust for the Cowboys’ performance.5 thoughts from Cowboys’ season-opening loss at Carolina: 3 brutal quarters for Dak Prescott; O-line play has to be better - Jon Machota, SportsDayMachota is back with his post-game five thoughts.Cowboys’ offense has no answers in first true test - Todd Archer, ESPNThe offense was certainly very concerning against the Panthers’ talented defense, and Dak has to be better moving forward.National reaction: ‘Another Cowboys nightmare’; NY Giants will beat Dallas next week; Dak Prescott just isn’t good - SportsDayIf the national narrative means anything, the Cowboys are already 0-2.Carolina Panthers defense (six sacks) whips Dallas in season opener, 16-8 - Scott Fowler Youth Chidobe Awuzie Jersey , The Charlotte ObserverSix times — that is how many times that the Panthers got to Dak Prescott.Is it time for Jason Garrett to be fired? How one oddsmaker ranks him among NFL peers - Peter Dawson, The Star-TelegramThen there is this ...Be sure to check out RJ’s recap of the game and how Cowboys fans reacted to the loss. Hint: no one was happy with the Cowboys, and Connor Williams was singled-out for the fans’ ire.Around the NFL: No catch for Julio, no deal for Le’Veon, big debut for rookie Shaquem Griffin dominate week one headlines Oh No, Julio! Falcons latest team on the end of controversial catch ruleThe NFL officiating crews are never going to allow the Dallas Cowboys fan base to forget that controversial Dez Bryant “no catch” call that happened three and a half years ago. Not when they still seem to have issues defining what a catch is in this league. There was the Jesse James overturned touchdown catch against the Patriots just last season. This year was no different as Julio Jones was on the wrong side of the ruling in week one:Jones clearly got underneath that ball and used his own helmet to secure the catch http://www.cowboyscheapauthenticstore.com/chris-jones-jersey-cheap , which is allowed in the NFL. It’s pure silliness that this play wasn’t called a catch but the NFL’s explanation is that the ball was obscured from view:Will the NFL ever be able to clearly define a catch? It remains to be seen.Le’Veon Bell’s holdout situation with the Steelers is way past uglyWhere Earl Thomas has begrudgingly ended his holdout and reported to the Seahawks facilities, Le’Veon Bell is prepared to leave money on the table. The Steelers haven’t found common ground with two-time All-Pro and he’s been MIA to start the season. This week things took another turn when Steelers veteran guard and union rep Ramon Foster let his feelings be known:Teammates should never get involved in these types of ordeals and especially when they are their team’s union rep. As frustrating as it can be to not have one of your best players, Bell is just trying to maximize his value which is something all players should try to do.Then again, Bell’s contract situation has been just one aspect of a complicated relationship he’s had with the Steelers organization:Shaquem Griffin set to start for the Seahawks in place of K.J. WrightWhat a great story Shaquem Griffin has been but now he’s ready to show that the real story is what he does on the field. Griffin fell to the fifth round of the draft because of a missing left hand that was amputated at four-years old. Teams may have overlooked him a little during the draft process but this a pretty good linebacker. When you watched his college tape you saw a relentless defender that didn’t let his disability define him. He has speed and explosion that the Seahawks desperately need with the absence of K.J. Wright in week one. He’s a very determined young player, looking to show that he belongs in the NFL alongside his brother Shaquill Griffin, who happens to play corner for the ‘Hawks. Shaquem knows what will be expected of him and his brother has been testing him all week:Everyone around the NFL will have an eye on Shaquem Griffin as he makes his debut. If the preseason was any indicator Cheap Sean Lee Jersey , Griffin will be a great find for the Seattle Seahawks as a weakside linebacker.

 The Chicago Bears looked like a Super Bowl contender for about an hour on Sunday Night Football. A crisp offense Chicago Bears Hoodie , a terrifying defense, and a rival left reeling. But then, the wheels fell off. They didn’t fall off as bad as they did in Detroit, but Chicago’s second half against the Green Bay Packers is one we’d all like to forget. So how does the national power rankers view the Jekyll and Hyde Bears? Do they believe that first half performance was a precursor of things to come and the second half was just a young team getting swept up in the moment, or do they believe the first half was a fluke and the second half was the real Bears?SB Nation has the Bears down to 17 after being at 13 last week. I have to check in with SB Nation’s Mile High Report to see how they treat the Bears now that their Jilted-Lover-Syndrome with Jay Cutler is in the past. ESPN has the Bears up to 21 after being at 26 for the preseason. Here’s how the Sporting News has it.The USA Today has it like this. The Washington Post has it like this.Yahoo has a bunch of Bears’ thoughts in their power ranking article, but as for the actual ranking, it’s below. Some moved the Bears up after the loss, and some moved them down. How do you see their prospects heading into week 2?Preseason Week 4 Postgame: Chicago Bears dominate for three and a half quarters but lose to Buffalo Bills 28-27 With the exception of a bit of suspense at the end to keep us tuned in at home, this game was dominated by the Bears from start to finish. The defense, being backups who didn’t have backups available offer them rest, looked tired at the end and a couple of crucial roughing-the-passer penalties allowed Buffalo to make up some “points” and “win.”The Bears have a losing 2018 preseason record. Fortunately, preseason records don’t translate to the regular season. There are plenty of examples of this, but none are more enjoyable to remember than the 2008 Lions who went undefeated in the preseason then relentlessly defeated in their historic 0-16 blunder-fest of a regular season.This game does matter quite a bit for the people playing it, however. These men are fighting for their chance to play on an NFL roster, either on the Bears or possibly the opportunity to catch the eye of a curious and talent-hungry general manager somewhere else in the league.The ever-popular preseason box score can be found here.Bray my name, MitchFor the second week in a row Customized Chicago Bears Jerseys , a Bears backup quarterback played the game of his career. Bray was on fire today, passing out receptions with the ease and confidence of a stewardess slinging pretzels. Want two? Sure thing. Just don’t tell the captain. Obviously, my favorite part of Bray’s success was the on-air competition for best Bray pun nicknames. Naturally, I inundated play-by-play Kyle Brandt with suggestions. Some of which went underappreciated (like the Beyonce-themed trio of Brazy in Love, Bray my Name, and LemonBrayde). Ultimately my dreams came true. My suggestion “Braydle Braydle Braydle, I made you out of Bray” was repeated by Brandt on the broadcast. As you can imagine, now that I’ve made my breakout into the television field, this will be my last post on this blog. It was good knowing you all. See you on the flatscreen.Cavon Walker forced me to Google his first nameHe spent more than his share of time in the backfield. He got a free pressure early on a missed assignment, then earned himself the right to dance with a terrific sack later in the first quarter. My biggest concern is he looked a little unstable in his sack dance. After the Lamarr Houston sack dance disaster of 2014, I don’t think the Bears can risk that kind of publicity again. He’s an interesting candidate to stash on the practice squad and we’ll see if he can get some dancing lessons in the off-season,Abdullah Anderson also showing upIt’s a bit of a shame to see these defensive linemen showing up, when the Bears have a wealth of talent at the position and a dearth at outside linebacker. I’m still going to cheer for a Bear when I see him swat a ball leading to an interception and swat down a quarterback in the same game. Speaking of the Bears’ wealth at defensive line, Bilal Nichols with the big man smosh sack will give me the giggles every timeNothing to add.Doran Grant makes a case for a roster spotNot just because he showed off by getting an interception and then running it in for a touchdown. Well, mostly because of that. But he had good positioning in coverage and didn’t give up much after the catch with solid tackling. His pass interference penalty was super whatever, so I’m not expecting that to effect his chances.My feeling is the last corner spots (after Kyle Fuller www.authenticschicagobears.com , Prince Amukamara, Bryce Callahan, and Cre’Von LeBlanc) will be one to two spots between Cooper, Michael Joseph, Doran Grant, and Kevin Tolliver. Joseph and Tolliver are both practice squad candidates, which might give Grant an edge if they want to try to keep there paws on all of them.Daniels at left guardJames Daniels started at left guard and played well on the whole. On the first series, he missed a block that led to a tackle-for-loss on Mizzell, but after that he found his footing. Daniels seemed comfortable tossing around the final string Bills he matched up against. Overall, I would have like to see more notable dominance from him, but I’m not going to read too much into it.Daniel Brown and Ben Braunecker keeping things interesting for the tight end depth battleBoth Brown and Braunecker showed off their receiving skills today, and with Shaheen’s lingering booboo, it seems likely the Bears will keep at least four tight ends on the roster, especially considering both Brown and Braunecker are both solid special teams contributors. Brown definitely won the receiver battle tonight, but Braunecker has shown more as a blocker. If the Bears keep one, I think it will depend on which skill-set they value more in their backup tight end.Ryan Nall makes things less interesting for the running back depth battleIf the Bears decide to keep four running backs Chicago Bears T-Shirt , Nall has certainly shown more than Taquan Mizzell this preseason. If Mizzell has anything on Nall, he can be more elusive. But that hasn’t shown up often enough for to compensate for Nall’s superior vision, ability to romp through defenders, and break away for a huge play. I could say the Bears choose Michael Burton over Nall, but Nall certainly has the size to take over traditional fullback duties in the infrequent occasion they’re needed.Perhaps the biggest sign that the Bears had seen all they need to make up their decision on the running backs is the fact that Knile Davis closed out the game playing most of the second half.Kylie Fitts breaks the tie with a sack in this gamePreviously, Fitts had two good games, and two games where he literally failed to pressure the quarterback despite ample opportunities. If you’re looking at a developmental player, that’s not the worst stat line to have: it shows he has potential. He just needs to find a way to tap into every week. Perhaps he should consider meditating with Braunecker. Preseason scores don’t matter and preseason wins don’t matter. They matter even less when it’s not the starters playing. The Bears didn’t win this game, but I can’t ignore that the Bears backups have dominated their competition two games in a row. At the very least, this says good things about the coaching. At its best, this is a sign that there’s something special happening at Halas Hall and Soldier Field. The NFL overall has good parity, and rosters aren’t as different in talent as people like to think. Often, the difference between a winning team and a losing team is something intangible. Momentum? Camaraderie? Ursine magic? Let me hold on to this dream at least until Week 1.

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