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Chicago Bears vs New York Giants: NFL Week 12 Pre-Party Livestream and Open Thread

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The offense is bad. The defense is still good. And the Bears are in an all-too-familiar place.

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Good morning. The Bears have a 1% chance of making the playoffs. If this holds, the Bears will not have made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons since 2005-2006 under Lovie Smith, Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman.

Good times, eh?

This year instead of cashing in on Super Bowl aspirations, the conversation turned early to an offense in free-fall and questions about last year’s Pro-Bowl alternate quarterback Mitch Trubisky, last year’s Coach of the Year Matt Nagy, and last year’s Executive of the Year Ryan Pace.

NFL really does stand for “Not for Long,” doesn’t it.

As the season turns towards evaluation for the future and trying to salvage some semblance of hope for next season, the Bears have a massive undertaking ahead of them to fix their offense. And with six games left, that turns toward trying to right the ship against the 2-8 New York Giants.

Having pulled Eli Manning, Daniel Jones took the helm and, though it hasn’t shown in the record, has put up nearly two thousand yards, 15 touchdowns to eight interceptions, and a 63.0% completion percentage. That being said, it’s still a bottom-ten offense statistically, coupled with the 31st-pass defense by NY/A (7.7).

The Navy and Orange, obviously, have had the bottom-five offense to match, and while the defense will probably be the best unit on the field, the Bears will still have to find a way to put points on the board - something they only did once last week against the Rams. Trubisky looked a little better last week in the first half before leaving the game late in the fourth, but for the Bears to have confidence in Trubisky going forward, he and the offense will need to pick it up over the last six.

Bear Down, my friends.

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This week’s WCG Sunday Livestream recognizes what a giant hole the Bears have put themselves in. We may not get to a singular answer of “What’s wrong with the Bears offense,” but we’ll discuss all of it as we careen out of control to the end of the season. Also, “What’s wrong with Kahlil Mack,” “Why can’t Anthony Miller run a route,” “Is Jesper Horsted the Tight End of The Future (TM),” and many other burning questions.

Programming note: We are off next week. Enjoy your food, family and football.

If you want to get in touch with us during the stream, there are several ways to do that:

  • Yes, right down here. There’s probably a .gif or a photoshop making fun of Steven. I’d lay good odds on it. Welcome. Comment away.
  • 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; Jeff’s at @gridironborn; and the main handle is @WCGridiron.

We’ll be live at about 9:30 AM CT. See you then.