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2012 Preview: Chicago Bears

In the 2010 season, the Chicago Bears were the NFC North division champs playing in the NFC Conference title game against their division rivals, the Green Bay Packers.  The Bears were favored to win that game, especially going up against the Pack, who barely made the playoffs as a Wild Card.  But quarterback Jay Cutler, got injured, but it wasnt quite apparent that he was injured or at least injured seriously.  Long story short, the Bears lost by a lone TD, and Cutler was vilified for the entire off season.  Fast forward to last season.  The Bears were clicking on some cylinders:  Matt Forte ran extremely well and was a pass catching threat for the Bears, but he got hurt and missed a good part of the season.  Backup Marion Barber couldn’t fill Forte’s cleats and made mistakes that a rookie would make causing the Bears to go 8-8 and miss the playoffs.  On top of that, they lost their top passing target, TE Greg Olson, and Cutler had no receiver that he can fully count on.  This off season, the Bears acquired Cutler’s old friend from Denver, automatically making him the best receiver that Chicago has had since Willie Gault.  But will his presence be the boost that the Bears need? Maybe, but keep in mind, Forte is not only coming off of an injury, he is also disgruntled with his contract negotiations.  They did bring in Michael Bush, who’s coming off of his best year as a Raider, but his career has been up and down, mostly down. Also, the Bears defense, led by Brian Urlacher and Julius Peppers, is getting a bit long in the tooth.  These will all be factors when the upcoming season commences.  Here is more on the 2012 Chicago Bears.

Fantasy Football Studs:  Jay Cutler has burned me in the past.  Really, really burned me.  But it hasn’t all been his fault.  Since coming to Chi town, he has been consistently planted in the Soldier Field turf, do to the ineptness of the his offensive line.  He also hasn’t had a true go-to receiver.  But, that may all come to an end with the arrival of Brandon Marshall.  Both Cutler and Marshall had their best statistical years playing with each other in Denver.   They both givee each other a boost.  Marshall has been just as consistent as any receiver in the league with 90 plus catches year after year.  And Cutler has one of the strongest arms in NFL history.  They are both Fantasy Studs. Continue reading


Sunday in the Skybox: NFC North

The NFC North consists of the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and Minnesota Vikings.  Last season, the Packers were the odds on favorite to repeat as the Super Bowl champs, the Vikings put their hopes in Donavan McNabb as their QB, the Bears were the reigning division champs, and the Lions were just looking for a seat at the table desperate not to be last in the division.  Green Bay went 15-1, but failed to return to the Super Bowl after fielding one of the leagues worst defenses, the Bears  failed to make the playoffs after a mediocre 8-8, Minnesota struggled to go 3-13, benching McNabb and promoting rookie QB Christian Ponder as the starter, and Detroit made it’s first playoff appearance since Barry Sanders was running the pill.  In the upcoming season, i really don’t anticipate it being any different in the outcome.  The Pack made some necessary improvements on defense, and even though the Lions have had a tumultuous off-season with many arrests and unrest in the locker room, they still will make the playoffs, barring any major injury.  Chicago should improve, especially with the acquisition of Brandon Marshall,which finally gives Jay Cutler a target that he can rely on, but they still have a ways to go to get back to the playoffs.  The Vikes, however, will continue to struggle.  It’s hard to say if Adrian Peterson will return to elite status after a crushing ACL injury last season.  There are a lot of unanswered questions about the NFC North.

Division Superstars: This division is stacked with Superstars!  Superbowl winning QB Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and Probowl RB Adrian Peterson of the Vikings have been wonders for fans and fantasy footballers.  Monster LBs: Clay Matthews of the Packers, Jared Allen of the Vikings, Ndomk Suh of the Lions all wreak havoc in this divison.  Let’s not forget about rockstar return man Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears.  Speaking of WR, Calvin “Megatron” Johnson holds down this division in Detroit.

Bad Blood in this Divison:   Ok, does everyone remember the game on Thanksgiving last season when the Packers played the Lions?  Do you remember the Stomp Heard Around the League?  It was brutal, just in case you forgot.  The game, itself was very competitive.  It was nice to see that the Lions play like actual lions instead of years of gobbling like a turkey on Thanksgiving.  There is definite bad blood between the two teams, but I really don’t think it stems solely from the Stomp.  The Lions are a really good team with great weapons on offense and a very good defense.  They are a challenge to the Pack for the division title.  There’s your bad blood right there.

Ranking Last Season: Green Bay Packers (15-1); Detroit Lions (10-6); Chicago Bears (8-8); and Minnesota Vikings (3-13)

2012 Divison Showdowns:  Week Two, Bears at Packers, Week Four, Vikings at Lions, Week Seven, Monday Night, Lions at Bears, Week Ten, Lions at Vikings, Week Eleven, Packers at Lions, Week Twelve, Viking at Bears, Week Thirteen, Viking at Packers, Week Fourteen, Lions at Packers and Bears at Vikings, Week Fifteen, Packers at Bears, Week Seventeen, Packers at Vikings and Bears at Lions


Packers Lions Post Game-by Jeremy Wiebe

**Jeremy Wiebe is a writes for www.jsportsblogger.wordpress.com.  He is a bonafide Lions fan.  Jeremy also writes about hockey.  Check out his blog and follow him on Twitter: @jstar1973.  Jeremy is a proud member of Sports Blog Movement.

Another disappointing Thanksgiving in Detroit. 8 straight losses for the LIons on Turkey Day. The thing is, this year was supposed to be different. A 7-3 start and in playoff position, the Lions were expected to challenge the Green Bay Packers and give the defending Super Bowl Champions a stiff challenge. Alas it was not to be.

The Packers bested the Lions 27-15 to run their record to 11-0 and retain total control of the NFC North. The Lions showed they’re not ready for the big time yet by committing numerous dumb penalties and making poor decisions. The worst being DT Ndamukong Suh being ejected in the third quarter after stomping on Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.

Suh claimed in the post game news conference that he was stepping away from Dietrich-Smith and did not intentionally stomp on him. I don’t believe him. I love Ndamukong Suh but he needs to learn to control his emotions. His lack of discipline is hurting the Lions. Suh should be suspended for his actions and don’t be surprised if the league punishes him for this. Continue reading


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