Good morning. For the Bears, their season comes down to this.
Lose, and it’s five straight losses to 3-6, a game and a half below Detroit for last place in the NFC North, and a minimum of three games behind the Vikings and four behind the Packers in the division with seven to play. Not insurmountable with an incredible amount of luck and a visit to some wise guru in the mountains.
Win, and while the picture still looks about that hopeless for 2019 (maybe making the mountain visit unnecessary, at least), at least a losing streak was snapped.
For that though, it’ll take the Bears finding an offensive gear that has been missing all season. Takeaways on defense and quarterback pressures and hits have been down as teams don’t have to take as many chances, knowing that controlling the ball and getting it out quick have often been enough against a team that especially in the first half has given the ball back after three downs and a cloud of dust.
It’s possible, sure, that the Bears things moving against the 26th-ranked passing defense (7.1 NY/A) and 26th-ranked rushing defense (4.7 Y/A) this season. Then again, Matthew Stafford exists on offense and he’s having one of his best seasons to date. Then again again, per Adam Schefter...
Lions’ QB Matthew Stafford has fractured bones in his back and doctors will not let him play today vs. Bears, per source. Jeff Driskell starts for Detroit.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 10, 2019
Fortunately for the Navy and Orange, the other Navy and Orange that often struggled with offensive gears for the better part of my life struck up the largest comeback in school history yesterday for their first bowl berth under Lovie Smith and first bowl in five years (shoutouts to The Champaign Room).
And if a Lovie Smith team got it going...
Bear Down, my friends.
(Ed. Note - I might’ve watched that Gatorade shower on loop a few times. Okay, several. Million. ... Don’t judge.)
The WCG Sunday Livestream is reunited, as I survived the trip to Philadelphia. No win to bring home, but we’ll break down the trip to Philly as a football destination, Illinois’ big bowl eligibility... and do we have to talk about the last two Bears losses? I guess so.
- Have you turned off your TV in the first half of a game this year?
- Do you watch a debacle with rapt attention, or do you do things in front of the TV to distract yourself if things go south?
- Do you have wild card hopes for the Bears?
If you want to get in touch with us during the stream, there are several ways to do that:
- Hi. You know the drill. You’re here. Look down.
- Chat over on our Twitch side, over at SJS_illini
- And of course our Twitters exist. I’m at @SJS_illini; Sam’s at @SamHouseholder; the main handle is @WCGridiron.
We’ll be live at about 9:30 AM CT. See you then.