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Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Chicago Bears and beyond

Please enjoy my Thoughts on the NFL and please feel free to add a few of your own in the comment section.

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1) If there was a Trolling Hall Of Fame, St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher would be a first ballot inductee. The Rams played in Washington on Sunday, so Jeff Fisher had the perfect opportunity to stick it to the Redskins franchise before the game even started.

If you remember correctly, the Rams and Redskins made a blockbuster trade in 2012 that allowed Washington to move up in the draft and pick Robert Griffin III. The Rams received a number of draft picks in exchange for RGIII and they sent all 6 players they acquired in the trade out for the coin toss.

For the record, St. Louis' captains for the game were Janoris Jenkins, Michael Brockers, Zac Stacy, Stedman Bailey, Greg Robinson, and Alec Ogletree. RGIII, who was benched a couple weeks ago, actually saw some action when starter Colt McCoy was injured.

2) We discussed the Cleveland Browns quarterbacking situation last week, with my thinking that it's time to roll with rookie Johnny Manziel. The Browns went with veteran Brian Hoyer again and he had the worst game of his season. What makes the decision to stick with Hoyer even goofier, is the report that Cleveland isn't planning to re-sign him after this season when he becomes a free agent.

With Cleveland at 7-6 and behind 6 other teams for the last playoff spot in the AFC, they seem to be finally ready to let Johnny Football loose.

3) If you're a fantasy football player that saw your team ride into the playoffs behind another great season from Peyton Manning, what did Sunday's 2 interception 176 yard performance do for your team?

Also did you realize that by Manning not throwing a TD, it ended his streak of throwing a TD in 51 straight games? Drew Brees holds the record at 54 and Tom Brady is 2nd with 52.

4) Here are a couple disturbing GIFs, courtesy of the Detroit Lions and disturbing for different reasons.


CAUTION: Prolonged exposure to Joseph Fauria twerking will lead to an uncontrollable desire to thrust a pen into your eyes.


I understand that football is a violent sport, but consistently doing dirty stuff shows a complete lack of respect for the profession.

5) The defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, winners of three straight, put the NFC on notice after taking out the high powered Philadelphia Eagles offense. With two of their final three games at home and their lone road game taking place against the Drew Stanton quarterbacked Arizona Cardinals, they're primed to roll on into the post season.

6) Have the San Francisco 49ers checked out? Rumors of head coach Jim Harbaugh being traded or fired after the season has to be wearing on the team. If losing to the Seahawks on Thanksgiving night prompted 49ers owner Jed York to apologize on Twitter, I wonder what losing to the previously one win Oakland Raiders will do for him?

7) The last two weeks Atlanta wide out Julio Jones had 21 receptions for 448 yards and 2 touchdowns. I remember when that was a season's worth of stats for a Chicago Bears wide receiver.

8) Last night Aaron Rodgers went 24 of 36 for 327 yards, with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions in Green Bay's 43 to 37 win against the Atlanta Falcons to notch his 68th win in 100 starts. Coincidentally, that's the same number of wins in a QB's first 100 starts as his former teammate Brett Favre.

Favre is one of the greatest of all time and a 1st ballot Hall Of Famer, but Rodgers is in another class.

It can be tough to appreciate just how great of a player Rodgers is for some Bears fans, but he may be the best QB I've ever seen. His ability to make plays, yet not turn the ball over is unbelievable.

Rodgers also has the most passing yards in a QB's first 100 starts with 27,520.

Rodgers has the highest passer rating in the history of the NFL. He has the lowest interception percentage in the history of the NFL. He's third in completion percentage all time and within striking distance of #1.

9) Is there a more disappointing team than the 5-8 New Orleans Saints? Not only were they blown out at home, 41-10 by the Carolina Panthers, but they allowed their emotions to boil over into a giant brawl.

This was a team with that had legit Super Bowl aspirations this off season, but the craziest thing is, they still are in the thick of the NFC South division race.

10) It looks like Bears will start their 4th left guard this season in undrafted rookie Ryan Groy. For the record, they went Matt Slauson to Michael Ola, back to Slauson, then back to Ola, then to Brian de la Puente, then back to Ola and next up it appears to be Groy.

One more o-line nugget, I thought Jordan Mills played his best game of the year against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night. Maybe Mills is starting to feel healthy after missing his off season with a foot injury and struggling though other bumps and bruises this year.

Keep in mind the importance of an NFL player's 1st offseason. As a rookie he's learning whats expected of him, he's learning tendencies of opponents, he's learning what it takes to be a pro. As a second year player, he knows what he has to work on from a conditioning, a strength and a technique standpoint. Mills never had a real offseason after his rookie year.

Maybe, just maybe... Jordan Mills will use these last three games to springboard himself to a great 2015.