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Atlanta Bryce Callahan Jerseys Stitched , courtesy of Dan Kadar."In Dan Kadars latest mock draft for SB Nation, the Falcons justifiably focus their attention on the trenches. The players they wind up with will rank as a surprise for some and a disappointment for others, but Kadars heart is in the right place and his picks make sense when you consider the context in which they occur.Given that, lets dive in.The important note here is that Quinnen Williams, Nick Bosa, Josh Allen, Devin White Youth Roquan Smith Jerseys , Montez Sweat, Ed Oliver, Devin Bush, Rashan Gary, and Clelin Ferrell are all gone at this point, which is somewhat of a worst case scenario for the Falcons as it significantly thins out their options on defense. In light of that, Wilkins is one of the better defenders available to Atlanta and a player theyve certainly expressed interest in to this point. Wilkins would pair with Grady Jarrett over the long haul with Deadrin Senat serving as (we hope) a killer run stopping rotational option Roquan Smith Jerseys Stitched , which gives the Falcons a lot of talent in the middle of their defensive line. It still leaves them largely bereft at EDGE, however, which is a sore spot unless Vic Beasley and Takkarist McKinley are headed for huge years.What about the second round?This ones a little less compelling. Kadar has Tytus Howard, Dalton Risner, Zach Allen and Chase Winovich going after Lindstrom, and frankly Id probably prefer one of them. Lindstrom is a terrific athlete and would be interesting as a long-term option at center or guard, but with the Falcons suddenly prioritizing bulk and a bit more power at guard with Dirk Koetter in the fold Youth Kyle Long Jerseys , he might not be an ideal fit for that position any longer. If the Falcons thought Lindstrom could succeed Alex Mack when the legend is ready to move on, hed be a fine pick here, but Id again rather they addressed defensive end or tackle with the options available to them. Would this be an ideal result? Not in my eyes. Im not the worlds biggest Wilkins fan, and to get him the Falcons bypass two potentially elite right tackles in Jonah Williams and Jawaan Taylor, not to mention the extremely intriguing Jerry Tillery from Notre Dame at DT. But Wilkins has a history of production and the size and athletic ability to be a damn fine player for the Atlanta Falcons, so it could hardly be considered a poor fit. Lindstrom makes sense as a long-term starter at center or guard, but he might not be able to find his way on the field in his first NFL season Kyle Long Jerseys Stitched , making him a tough sell for a second round pick. Still, if the draft unfolds this way the Falcons will have added quality players Kadar clearly likes, with potential five-year-plus starter at defensive tackle and a left guard/center of the future, and thats nothing to sneeze at for a team that still needs both. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the two round mock. Robert S. continues his series dedicated to analyzing the underrated plays of 2018 by looking at Bellamys fake-screen touchdown play from Week 4."Being who you thought we were since 2005!Log In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBearsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsThe Bears DenNotesXs and OsSuperfansBreaking News:The Bears' 2019 Draft class is complete!脳Xs and OsPollVideoAnatomy of a Play: The Bellamy BamboozleNew,9commentsRobert S. continues his series dedicated to analyzing the underrated plays of 2018 by looking at Bellamys fake-screen touchdown play from Week 4.CDTShareTweetShareShareAnatomy of a Play: The Bellamy BamboozleQuinn Harris-USA TODAY SportsBears fans, have you ever heard someone call Matt Nagy a great play-caller and wondered what that actually means? If so, Ive got you covered in this episode of Anatomy of a Play!This episode is all about the fake screen that the Bears ran successfully in Week 4 against Tampa Bay you may remember it as the play where Tarik Cohen put his hands up to signal touchdown while Trubiskys pass to Bellamy was still in the air. Throughout the video I cover how Matt Nagy set Tampa Bays defense up to fail and why his ability to self-scout is so important to our 2019 offenses success check it out and let me know what you think!If youve followed the series so far Youth Anthony Miller Jerseys , you may have noticed that Ive covered three play-types an offensive big play, a defensive big play, and an example of Nagys creativity. These three categories are the ones I want to stick with going forward, but Im flexible about which one Ill revisit next. With that in mind, which do you want to see?
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Every year Cortez Broughton Los Angeles Chargers Jerseys , as the clock ticks away and the NFL Draft gets closer and closer, fans and pundits alike try to find the themes, hints, and clues that could lead to predicting a teams motives once..."L Draft gets closer and closer, fans and pundits alike try to find the themes, hints, and clues that could lead to predicting a teams motives once theyre on the clock in late April.Many look to athletic thresholds and measurments. This is one of the simpler ways to draw some conclusions.Is this guy at least this tall?Does he weigh at least X pounds?Its sometimes fun and people like numbers. No surprise on the popularity of this one.Some look at the number of players drafted at certain positions and make statements like, This general manager doesnt value position X as much as position Y and thats why theyre more likely to draft one over the other.This idea makes some sense, as well. After all, heading into last years draft, it was well-known that Tom Telesco hasnt valued the safety position all that much and Los Angeles Chargers Jerseys Stitched , even though it was a significant team need, the plan wasnt to draft one in the first....until Derwin James fell all the way to 17.In the last two years, Ive been lucky enough to travel to Mobile, Alabama to take in the Reeses Senior Bowl with the rest of the football world. Both trips have been enlightening while maintaining a level of top-tier talent that only the top all-star showcase could gather.After last years draft class, I noticed that four of the seven players drafted had participated in the Senior Bowl. Those players were LB Uchenna Nwosu (2nd), DT Justin Jones (3rd), LB Kyzir White (4th), and C Scott Quessenberry (5th).That made me check out the roster from the prior year and see if they had done something similar in Anthony Lynns first year as head coach.It was more of the same.The Chargers had drafted another four players who participated in that years showcase, including picking up another as an undrafted free agent. They were OG Dan Feeney (3rd), S Rayshawn Jenkins (4th), CB Desmond King (5th), DE Isaac Rochell (7th) Cortez Broughton Jersey 2019 , and WR Artavis Scott (UDFA).Its got to be more of a coincidence, right? Two years is a small sample size, I know, but lets take a look at the numbers in the previous four years of Telescos tenure prior to the hiring of Lynn in January of 2017.In 2013, Telescos first year at the helm, the Chargers drafted Alabama offensive tackle DJ Fluker in the first round of the draft. He was the only selection that played in that years Senior Bowl.In 2014 and 15, the team only selected one participant each year with those two being OLB Jeremiah Attaochu (2nd) and LB Denzel Perryman (2nd), respectively. Then, in 2016, they didnt select anyone from the annual showcase.So taking a step back, we can see there was a potential shift in philosophy between 2016 and 17. One major change that obviously happened around the same time was the hire of Lynn.So yeah, there might be something to this crack-pot theory.Its not a big surprise to see a team covet the players invited to such a prestigious event. After all Cheap Cortez Broughton Jersey , the selection committee for the event are good at their jobs and put in a ton of work to find the right players. Traits such as character, leadership, and experience are big when it comes to receiving an invitation. When it comes to Lynn, you just know those types of players get his juices flowing.Now that weve gone over all of that, we can take this mindset and direct it towards the most recent group of prospects to have played in Mobile.With positions of need still being the offensive tackle, defensive tackle, linebacker and safety (maybe a WR3?), we can start to narrow in on some potential targets in this years draft class.Here are a handful of players at each position that I think should be on everyones radar come April:Offensive TackleAndre Dillard - Washington State (Might go before #28)Kaleb McGary - WashingtonTytus Howard - Alabama StateChuma Edoga - USCDalton Risner - Kansas State (Might go before #28)Defensive TackleKhalen Saunders - Western IllinoisDaylon Mack - Texas A&MRenell Wren - Arizona StateLinebackerTeVon Coney - Notre DameGermaine Pratt - North Carolina StateBobby Okereke - StanfordTerrill Hanks - New Mexico StateSafetyNasir Adderley - DelawareJuan Thornhill - VirginiaMarvell Tell - USCMike Edwards - KentuckyDarnell Savage - MarylandMarquise Blair - Utah Apart from questions like whether Josh Rosen is traded and to whom hes traded and for how much hes traded is the fundamental question of when hell be traded.The team that lands Rosen may want him sooner than later, especially with offseason programs launching soon. Ideally for his new team, hell be around for as much of the preparation for the 2019 season as possible, which means having him there from the moment the offseason program begins.Ideally for the NFL and his current team, however White Cortez Broughton Jersey , Rosen wont be traded until the 2019 draft begins.The draft has become the leagues biggest offseason tentpole event, a long-ready-for-prime-time show about nothing that draws millions of viewers to watch a traveling circus that doesnt need to travel, and that doesnt need to be a circus. The first pick becomes the centerpiece of that unnecessary circus, and the longer the identity of the pick can be kept secret, the more compelling the unnecessary circus becomes.Surely, the NFL has urged the Cardinals to not tip their hand regarding the identity of the first overall pick until its time to return the card with his name on it. Although on various occasions before the adoption of the rookie wage scale the first overall pick would be signed to a contract before the draft even begins, that hasnt happened since the not-much-to-negotiate reality emerged under the 2011 CBA.If the Cardinals have any concerns whatsoever about the presumed first overall pick, Kyler Murray, picking baseball now or within the next four years, it could be wise to get Murray to sign before officially picking him a football contract that includes a Jameis Winston-style no-baseball term. While that can happen almost simultaneously with the selection of Murray, it becomes harder to keep everything secret if/when the Cardinals and Murray commence discussions on a rookie deal in the days before the draft starts.Trading Rosen before the start of the draft would end any reason to keep that silent, which means that the league should be as concerned about getting Arizona to tap the brakes on a pre-draft trade as the league will be about getting the Cardinals not to let the cat out of the bag as to their plan at No. 1. And it actually makes sense for the Cardinals to wait to finalize the trade until the pick that theyll be getting is on the clock; if the Cardinals acquire a specific pick before that pick is due to be selected Youth Justin Jones Jerseys , someone else can try to predict who they want and to cut the line by trading up in front of that pick.A problem arises if the teams who want Rosen want him ASAP, and for the same reason the NFL needs to get the Cardinals to take it slow, the league will need to convince the teams pursuing Rosen to be patient.Theres one strategic reason for the Cardinals to hold Rosen. If the Cardinals hope to sign Murray to a contract with a no-baseball provision, Murray secures more leverage if Rosen is traded before Murray signs.Except for that last point, most of the concern is irrelevant. But its highly relevant to the question of making the NFL draft as successful as it can be, maximizing interest and TV ratings by minimizing information about what the Cardinals may do.
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Reviewing penalty calls DeSean Jackson Jerseys Stitched , including pass interference, will be among proposals NFL owners will hear to expand replay when they meet next week in Phoenix.topic since the NFC championship game, when a non-call on a blatant pass interference and helmet-to-helmet hit by Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman likely cost the Saints a Super Bowl trip. That type of non-call would not be subject to review under the leagues competition committees proposal, however.The committee will present one proposal to make reviewable pass interference that has been called, plus looking at all scoring plays and turnovers negated by penalty. In a second recommendation, pass interference and fouls for roughing the passer and unnecessary contact against a defenseless player would be reviewable as long as they are flagged. Both would be one-year trials.But members of the powerful competition committee that reviews the rulebook each year dont sense strong support for a major expansion of replay.They are always sharply divided, people have very strong views on replay, Rich McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons and co-chairman of the competition committee, said Friday. We wanted to get proposals that we worked on a lot based on data and based on a system we could be comfortable around. We know how tough replay is to get 24 votes for a league that from 1992-98 didnt have replay.For any rule change Youth Wes Hopkins Jerseys , three-quarters of NFL teams must vote yes.We welcome the discussion, and we feel like this is a good way to expand it, McKay added. We have data that shows these are the most impactful plays, and the ones we can change.Several teams also made replay proposals, including one by Kansas City that would address what happened in the Rams-Saints title game. The Chiefs are proposing potential personal fouls not called on the field be reviewed after a coachs challenge. Robey-Colemans helmet hit would have fallen in that category.Washington suggested making all plays challengeable by coaches or reviewable by the officiating department in New York. The Redskins also want to add reviews of personal fouls. So those alterations also would apply to the Rams-Saints play.Philadelphia suggested adding scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul as subject to automatic review, no challenge needed. Denver proposed all fourth-down plays that are spotted short of the first-down marker be subject to automatic review, and also all extra-point attempts.The Panthers, Rams, Eagles and Seahawks want to add review of designated player safety-related fouls whether called or not called on the field to what coaches can challenge. This also could be applied to the Robey-Coleman hit.NFL operations chief Troy Vincent, a star defensive back when he played Youth Malik Jackson Jerseys , said the committee met with everyone involved in such calls: players, coaches, officials, team owners, administrators.Officials have to live this out in real time, Vincent explained. This was about working to keep a system in place from a mechanical administration standpoint on game day, and the flow (of the game). The officials felt just expanding the current replay process, what is reviewable, that this is the best start for possible solutions on some of the issues.Proposals also on the agenda for owners to consider beginning Monday:Amending the overtime structure so that both teams get a possession even if the first series ends in a touchdown. Currently, a TD on the opening possession ends the game.Also Malik Jackson Jerseys Stitched , the Chiefs who lost to New England in OT in the AFC title game without getting a possession suggest that the team winning the coin toss to start the game get the choice for overtime, and an elimination of the extra period in the preseason.Allowing teams to elect to enforce on an extra point or on the succeeding kickoff an opponents personal or unsportsmanlike conduct foul committed during a touchdown.Permitting game officials or the officiating department in New York to eject players for both flagrant football and non-football acts. This would allow top officiating executive Al Riveron and his staff to use replay to look at egregious hits and at such acts as fights.Initiating a scrimmage play that would replace the onside kick for a team trailing in a game. PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nick Foles plays with a strong sense of inner peace because he doesn't allow success or failure to define him.Win or lose, he's the same guy."My identity is rooted in Christ, not in my accomplishments," Foles said a few days before he leads the Philadelphia Eagles (8-7) against the Washington Redskins (7-dirol.gif in another big game. The Eagles would earn the NFC's final wild-card berth if they win Sunday and the Vikings (8-6-1) lose at home against the Bears (11-4).Foles has performed well at quarterback in high-pressure situations the past two seasons while filling in for Carson Wentz. He's 5-0 in must-win games and earned Super Bowl MVP honors in a win over New England last February."Playing in the Super Bowl is really a big stage but I remember staying in the moment, not worrying about the clock, not worrying about the score," Foles said. "It was peaceful, which it shouldn't be, but it was."He said he hasn't mastered his "stay-in-the-moment" philosophy but he's working on it daily."I still have to remind myself Herman Edwards Jerseys Stitched ," Foles said. "There are times you get overwhelmed, you get excited thinking about all the things you want to accomplish. I'm still learning. I don't have it conquered."The Eagles were on the verge of playoff elimination when a back injury forced Wentz out of the lineup earlier this month, but Foles came to the rescue again.He helped the 13 ½-point underdog Eagles beat the Los Angeles Rams 30-23 on the road, and set a franchise-record with 471 yards passing in a 32-30 comeback win over Houston last week.Teammates have raved about Foles' leadership skills and confidence."He's extremely calm. He's always exuding positivity," tight end Zach Ertz said. "He's playing at an extremely high level. We love playing for him."Foles doesn't get flustered when things go wrong. He doesn't call out guys on the sideline or argue with coaches."There will be mistakes. I might throw a pick. I might fumble," he said. "But what are we gonna do? That's where we need to react and be confident and be positive."Staying consistent on and off the field is important to Foles."When I step in the huddle, I'm not going to change, when we're at a restaurant or out in public (I'm not going to change)," he said. "I want to be who I am. I want to be genuine, and I think that's a powerful thing. "Foles is 22-7 as a starter for the Eagles over two stints since his rookie season in 2012. He has experienced plenty of highs and lows he was traded by the Eagles in 2015 and released by the Rams in 2016 during his seven seasons in the NFL and now faces an uncertain future.The Eagles are committed to Wentz as their franchise quarterback so they're expected to decline an option to pay Foles $20 million in 2019 Youth DeAndre Carter Jerseys , allowing him to become a free agent. Foles became emotional talking about the possibility he has played his last game in Philadelphia."This city means a lot to me, this team means a lot to me, wearing that jersey means a lot to me," he said. "I'm very grateful for every opportunity to play here, to play in front of our fans, to wear that jersey no matter what. No one can ever take that away from me."Wherever Foles goes, fans in Philadelphia will always consider him a hero for winning the franchise's first Vince Lombardi Trophy.
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DENVER (AP) Every year Corey Grant Jerseys Stitched , while a dozenfor the playoffs, nearly as many coaches are called into their general managers office and told theyre fired for not being one of those dozen coaches who are preparing their teams for the playoffs.Eight coaches lost their jobs in 2018, including Mike McCarthy in Green Bay and Hue Jackson in Cleveland, long before the holidays rolled around.A half-dozen more finished the season before getting their walking papers, including Todd Bowles of the Jets and Dirk Koetter of the Buccaneers on Sunday night.On Monday, they were joined by Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati, Vance Joseph in Denver, Adam Gase in Miami and Steve Wilks in Arizona.Joseph drew an especially strong reaction in the Broncos solemn locker room, where players who had fought hard for him realized they had let down their beloved coach by not pulling out enough of those close games in a 6-10 season.However, linebacker Brandon Marshall said out loud what was surely on plenty of players minds in Green Bay Youth Lerentee McCray Jerseys , Cleveland, New York, Tampa, Cincinnati, Miami and Phoenix, too.Asked if the cold reality of the win-or-go-home NFL really hits home on the annual in Denver its become biennial day of reckoning for head coaches, Marshall said:I know how everything goes. Ive been fired before a bunch of times. One of the saddest days in the NFL is cut day for the 53-man roster. That kind of sets in more. But dont coaches get their full salary regardless? So (shoot). You know what Im saying? If were getting fired, I wish we got OUR damn salaries.So, it sucks for him, Marshall added. But hes a good coach. Hell find work. But at least he gets the rest of his money.In Josephs case Youth Andrew Norwell Jerseys , thats about $6 million, some of which will be offset by the salary hell earn with his next team.NFL players have long complained theirs is the only major North American sports league where salaries arent fully guaranteed, and thats why so many were pleased to see Kirk Cousins sign a three-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings last spring that will pay him $84 million regardless of what happens like not making the playoffs this year .In other intriguing takeaways from Week 17, Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Keith Butler apparently was preparing to face Tyler Eifert on Sunday even though the Bengals tight end had been on injured reserve for three months, and reports surfaced that the reason Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown sat out the teams 16-13 victory had nothing to do with a knee injury as reported on game day.Also, Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft, has a cloudy future in Florida after his standing with the team reached a new level of unrest.EIFERT, AYE YAI YAIHey, I am ahead of schedule! Eifert replied on Twitter after the Steelers said they were preparing to face him. Glad the @Steelers are still thinking about me tho.On the Coordinators Corner podcast on the Steelers website Andrew Norwell Jerseys Stitched , Butler was asked for his thoughts on Eifert, who broke his ankle in September.I think hes very good, Butler replied. I think hes up there. He can get deep on you. He does a good job of catching the ball downfield, all that stuff. So hes going to be a problem for us to cover.To be fair, Butler might have meant in 2019.BROWN DOWNWhile Butler had a harmless slip, a more serious situation might be brewing with Brown, whom the Steelers said was deactivated Sunday because of a knee injury.The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , citing people it did not name, reported that Brown missed or skipped several team meetings last week after a dispute with Ben Roethlisberger on Wednesday in which he angrily threw a football in the quarterbacks direction.The Post-Gazette reported that Brown showed up at Heinz Field expecting to play despite missing the teams Saturday walk-through and meeting and that he left the stadium at halftime.FLUSTERED FOURNETTEIn Jacksonville, Florida Black Nick Foles Jerseys , the Jaguars informed Fournette that his suspension in November voided the remaining guarantees in his four-year rookie contract, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.Fournettes standing with the team reached a new level of unrest Sunday and raised speculation about his future with the franchise after he and fellow running back T.J. Yeldon spent most of a 20-3 loss at Houston in the season finale on the bench, disengaged from teammates.Top executive Tom Coughlin ripped both players for being disrespectful and selfish.Jacksonville Jaguars sign linebacker Nick DeLuca, place defensive back Don Carey on reserve/injured list The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed rookie linebacker Nick DeLuca to their 90-man roster, the club announced today. The Jaguars also placed defensive back Don Carey on the teams reserve/injured list.DeLuca attended North Dakota State University and spent part of the offseason with the Tennessee Titans after signing as an undrafted free agent. A two-time Butkus Award nominee for the nations top linebacker, DeLuca was named a first-team All-American as a redshirt senior in 2017 and won five Missouri Valley Football Conference championships and four NCAA Division I FCS national titles as the Bison went 69-6 over his five years in the program. He started 36 of 59 career games and finished eighth in school history with 329 career tackles. DeLuca will wear No. 57 for the Jaguars.The Jaguars currently have 89 players on their active roster.
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I turned 7 in the middle of the 1988 Bears season David Montgomery Chicago Bears Jerseys , which put me right on the cusp of what I call a sports fans Conscious Sports Life. context of the games, teams and players who already have you fanatically obsessed. Before the CSL, you get pumped up and ride the emotional waves, but you dont understand how a teams momentum fits into its greater franchise story, or sometimes even how a team fits into the league landscape. You dont really understand that an old player who just came to your team was a star earlier in his career. You dont really understand that while youve been waiting seven years for a championship, your parents have been waiting 37 years and your grandparents have been waiting 67 years.Back to 88. My CSL formation period went from probably 1989 (when I started filling in the blanks on the Cubs history because of our division title, and when the will they or wont they? talk around the Bulls began to build) to 1991 (my first CSL championship and the release of Tecmo Super Bowl), with my CSL finalization period running through the end of 1992 (second Bulls championship and my first CSL bad Bears season).In 1988, right on the cusp of that sports fan transformation Chicago Bears Jerseys Stitched , I was just beginning to understand the Bears history, but mostly that meant hearing my dad talk about the 63 championship and remembering Richie Petitbons interception.By 1988, the Bears were a sustained powerhouse, albeit with only one championship. We were riding a wave of five straight division crowns. We had the Super Bowl Shuffle and everything around 85. We had two other NFC championship games. We entered the playoffs in 85, 86 and 87 ASSUMING we would win a title, and we went into the playoffs in 88 with just about the same feeling.Heres the difference though between a CSL Bears fan in 1988 and a pre-CSL Bears fan in 1988, such as yours truly. A CSL Bears fan in 1988 knew what happened in the pre-Ditka days. They had the scars from Gibron and Dooley. They knew the horrors of 1-13. They appreciated 84-88 more than I ever could because they understood it better than I possibly could.My mindset was just as real as theirs. But it was limited. And that gave me a supernatural confidence about the Bears that was rooted in truth yet bereft of context.Okay then, lets talk about the Lions.In my mind, the Lions are one of the two saddest franchises in the NFL David Montgomery Jersey 2019 , along with the Browns. Those are the only two teams that existed prior to the Super Bowl to never play in a Super Bowl. The Browns last won an NFL championship in 1964, but you have to go back even further to see Detroits last NFL title. That would be 1957, the franchises third title in six years, and all with Bears-castaway and Hall of Famer Bobby Layne at quarterback, no less.Since 1957, Detroits best sustained run of success came in the 1990s with Barry Sanders, Herman Moore, Chris Spielman and a host of average QBs. The Lions went to the playoffs six times between 1991 and 1999, peaking with an appearance in the 1991 NFC championship game.The point is David Montgomery Jersey Color Rush , any fan with any context knows the Lions are like a hermit alcoholic: they pose no danger to anyone but themselves. Bears fans over the age of, I dunno, 15 probably dont sweat the Lions at all.The problem is that young Lions fans dont have that context, and we are now in danger of a new generation of Lions fans growing up believing that they own the Bears.Seriously, check out the smack talk Lions fans lay on Twitter and elsewhere about the Bears. Our WCG colleague Aaron Leming is duly fighting back, looking like Neo when he realizes he can control the Matrix.Yet from the perspective of Lions fans, Leming and others like us dont look like Neo at the end of the Matrix. To them, we look like Neo jumping off the roof on his first attempt and crashing to the ground.Can you blame them? They are 9-1 against us since 2013. Nine and one. Thats five seasons! Thats the equivalent of seven-year-old Jack getting amped in 88 because of everything since 84!The trend started bothering me entering the first Lions game of 2016. I wrote a piece here called We need to talk about the Lions, and sure enough the Bears went out and knocked off Detroit by three points. I thought it was something to build on. Instead it was a blip in a hideous chart.Seriously White David Montgomery Jersey , look at this madness:Screenshot from Pro Football Reference.The non-head-to-head picture is rough too. Since our last playoff appearance in 2010, the Lions have the edge over us in wins (60-50), playoff seasons (3-0), winning seasons (4-1) and 10-win seasons (2-1).Oh, and heres the worst one.Last place finishes, NFC North, since 2011:Bears: 4Vikings: 2Lions: 1Packers: 0Thats right: we are the NFC Norths most frequent cellar-dweller since 2011. And with no NFC North team reaching the Super Bowl in that time, a pre-CSL Lions fan actually thinks he/she roots for a WINNER.Its enough to make you sick.And thats why Im stoked for Sunday.One of the best experiences as a sports fan is seeing a young, hungry Youth Tom Waddle Jerseys , momentum-shifting team come along and start flipping depressing trends like an Othello board. Obviously there are big trends like winning our first Super Bowl since 1985, reaching our first postseason since 2010 and bagging our first winning record since 2012.Then there are the seemingly smaller yet in many ways more personal trends that speak to the larger experience of fandom. One of those trends is getting the Rodgers monkey off our backs. Thats still to come.Another is digging ourselves out of this embarrassing Lions rut.The Lions problem is real. The change starts Sunday.To my fellow CSL Bears fans, your smiles are coming.---Jack M Silverstein is Windy City Gridirons Bears historian, and author of How The GOAT Was Built: 6 Life Lessons From the 1996 Chicago Bulls. He is the proprietor of Chicago sports history Instagram A Shot on Ehlo. Say hey at @readjack. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer wasnt the only person who thought that last Mondays 54-51 Rams win over the Chiefs was not for them and those people should be happier with Thursdays game between the Lions and Bears.Were into the second quarter in Detroit and neither team has put any points on the board.Bears quarterback Chase Daniel is 7-of-9 for 39 yards in his first start since 2014, but the longest Bears gain of the day came on a penalty. Lions safety Glover Quin hit Daniel in the head after Daniel slid to the ground on a scramble, but the Bears werent able to capitalize on a trip into Lions territory because tight end Trey Burton lost a fumble on the first play of the second quarter.The Lions, who are playing without running back Kerryon Johnson and wide receiver Marvin Jones, picked up 52 yards of offense around three punts.
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