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So the Bears are underdogs again. Familiar territory. Personally I prefer that. They never seem to win games they are favored in.

Lots going on this week 

Will Bars start? Maybe just the media being th media, but a lot of rumors they may not give him the nod. Personally not sure why. Coward is nothing exciting and Bars played well with a way higher ceiling.

Oline coach Juan Castillo is out this week. He was in close contact with someone that has COVID and considered high risk so he is in quarantine. As of last I read he has not tested positive though. So hopefully all stays good for him.

All kinds of talk about RBs. Everyone wants something new. Does not look like we all see anything but more of the same. Thankfully the Panthers are not as strong of a run defense. Their rushing defense ranks 25th but their pass defense ranks 4th. So Montgomery might finally get some relief and move back to the success he was having earlier in the season. Foles will have a big test and could really use the help from the run game.

Will this be the week that Kmet finally starts making an impact? Maybe the game that Nagy decides Graham can do more than catch TD passes? Foles would be grateful for either or both.

And finally, will the Bears defense win the day? I am not overly worried that Bridgewater is going to have a huge day. He has been playing good football though and the defense cannot look past him. More of a worry is Mike Davis though. The Bears run defense sucks and Davis is going to be motivated. Won't convince me that is not a recipe for disaster.

Game comes down to Foles and company having a second solid game. need to score more than 21 to win. And the Defense being able to contain Davis. Do those two things and I see the Bears headed to 5-1 looking better and better.

 

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The Panthers are on a 3 game winning streak. They are running a big dime offense like in college. It's a weird deal where they have 3 down linemen, 3 safeties and 2 corners. It should be a big day for the Bears running the football, but they suck running the football, so if they can't run against this 6 man front, they probably won't be able to pass. It will be a strange game.

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I think the Bears have the advantage talent wise, I am not sure they have the advantage coaching wise. These are the games that I worry about with Nagy. Can he roll with the differences the Panthers are going to bring on Sunday, or will he just keep trying to shove his circle into a square?

Train like you are 2nd, but play like you are 1st.

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Last Nov. 5, running back Mike Davis sat at his locker at Halas Hall. He knew what was coming later in the week.

The Bears, after giving him only 71 offensive snaps all season, could help their case for a compensatory draft pick by cutting him. And they did, four days later.

“Things happen,” Davis said then. “So my mindset is always to just be ready, no matter what.”

Turns out, he was ready all along. Two days after the Bears cut him, the Panthers claimed him to be star Christian McCaffrey’s backup.

He has shown his worth the last three games. Since the Panthers put McCaffrey on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain, Davis has 45 carries for 219 yards and two touchdowns. His 30 receptions for 206 yards this season trail only the Saints’ Alvin Kamara among running backs. He leads the NFL with 21 broken tackles.

He has looked like a star.

“Mike Davis has come in and taken full advantage of his opportunity,” Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said Thursday. “We all know that he was here, so there’s gonna be extra motivation. Like he needs it — he’s a damn beast as it is.”

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Davis said he never got a good explanation for why he wasn’t used more last season.

“I don’t know what happened in that department,” he told Panthers reporters Wednesday.

It motivates him, though.

“Anybody would be [mad] when they’re cut,” he said. “I don’t know any other way to take it.”

From a guy who already runs angrily, that’s a scary thought.

“We’ve got to take on blocks, we’ve got to get off blocks, we’ve got to swarm this guy,” Pagano said. “We’ve got to tackle. If we tackle like we did last week, he’ll have 200 yards on us.”

https://chicago.suntimes.com/bears/2020/10/15/21518360/bears-panthers-mike-davis-cut-wasnt-good-enough-beast-chuck-pagano-matt-nagy-david-montgomery-run

As suspected, Davis will want to prove a point. Really does not sound as if he has a fond memory of his time here in Chicago. Also sounds like Pagano at least is respectful of what he has the ability to do.

I can only hope that Davis maybe takes revenge a little too far and overplays, makes mistakes, and that Pagago remembers enough about him to finally figure out how to have his defense stop a runner.

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Chicago Bears

 

Alex Bars, OL (Shoulder)

Wed 10/14: --

Thu 10/15: Full

Shoulder

 

Deon Bush, DB (Hamstring)

Wed 10/14: DNP

Thu 10/15: DNP

Hamstring - Out

 

Ted Ginn Jr., WR (Not Injury Related)

Wed 10/14: DNP

Thu 10/15: Full

Not Injury Related

 

Jimmy Graham, TE (Not Injury Related)

Wed 10/14: DNP

Thu 10/15: Full

Not Injury Related

 

Akiem Hicks, DT (Not Injury Related)

Wed 10/14: DNP

Thu 10/15: Full

Not Injury Related

 

Sherrick McManis, DB (Hamstring)

Wed 10/14: Limited

Thu 10/15: Full

Hamstring

 

Danny Trevathan, LB (Not Injury Related)

Wed 10/14: DNP

Thu 10/15: Full

Not Injury Related

 

Brent Urban, DE (Knee)

Wed 10/14: Limited

Thu 10/15: Limited

Knee

 

Carolina Panthers

Eli Apple, DB (Hamstring)

Wed 10/14: Limited

Thu 10/15:

Hamstring

 

Brian Burns, DE (Concussion)

Wed 10/14: DNP

Thu 10/15:

Concussion

 

Pharoh Cooper, WR (Neck)

Wed 10/14: Full

Thu 10/15:

Neck

 

Yetur Gross-Matos, DE (Ankle)

Wed 10/14: DNP

Thu 10/15:

Ankle

 

Donte Jackson, DB (Toe)

Wed 10/14: Limited

Thu 10/15:

Toe

 

Zach Kerr, DE (Toe)

Wed 10/14: Limited

Thu 10/15:

Toe

 

Curtis Samuel, WR (Knee)

Wed 10/14: Limited

Thu 10/15:

Knee

 

Kawann Short, DT (Shoulder)

Wed 10/14: DNP

Thu 10/15:

Shoulder

 

So, what the hell were the guys up to that they missed practice due to a Non Injury? Some big party?

And the Panthers need to pad their weight room, two toe injuries?

All in all the Bears are still looking very good in the injury department still.

 

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Corn Cob
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The non injury is just another term for veterans day off, Cal. It's happening at least once a week for some of the older veterans on the Bears roster.

Matt Nagy: "I know we need to run the ball more. I'm not an idiot."

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Corn Cob wrote:

The non injury is just another term for veterans day off, Cal. It's happening at least once a week for some of the older veterans on the Bears roster.

Oh, duh...

And here I am running strait to some conspiracy theory when the obvious is, well obvious. Thanks for keeping me grounded CC

Train like you are 2nd, but play like you are 1st.

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I'd like to see the offense get untracked in the 1st quarter for a change. And score more than 20 points. If they can crank the points per game into the 27 point average, this team might go somewhere this year. Need to stout up the middle of the defense also. I believe John Jenkins is returning, hopefully the NT position plays better.

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I would love for the Bears to have four good quarters, and all phases play solid. We are not going to survive playing good only half the game.

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Sorry I hit wrong button. I tried to delete the  previous post but do not know how to delete one   I would love for the Bears to have four good quarters, and all phases play solid. We are not going to survive playing good only half the game. If they played solid football the entire game we would have a better idea of how good this Bear team is this season.

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Matt Nagy: "I know we need to run the ball more. I'm not an idiot."

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