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Bear & Balanced: Taking a (mostly) level-headed look at the Bears vs Lions game

There was plenty of good last week from the Chicago Bears, a little bit of bad too, and a few things that were just right...

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The Chicago Bears finally re-opened Club Dub in Motown with their narrow 16 to 14 win on Thanksgiving against the Detroit Lions, and Jeff Berckes and myself discuss the game right here in our latest Bear & Balanced podcast. The Bears made it close, but sportsbooks like Pointsbet and others figured it would be a close game. The Bears were a small road favorite, and they only won by 2. Next week against the Arizona Cardinals will be a different story, but let’s just enjoy the W this week.

Here’s a bullet point outline of our show.

  • Intro: Some of our big picture takes on the latest game, and some thoughts on the last week about the Bears, including the “Fire Nagy” chants that have gone on throughout the city, and Eddie Jackson’s take on that.
  • Trench Tribute: While the Bears o-line had a nice performance, we both highlighted a player on the defensive side of the ball for our lineman of the week, with JB going with Robert Quinn and me going with Angelo Blackson.
  • Sweet Tweets: We’re both active on social media — so be sure you’re all following us at @gridironborn & @wiltfongjr and we highlight one Twitter interaction/Tweet each week. Did we pick your Tweet this week? We spend a little time talking about the possibility of Teven Jenkins being activated off injured reserve this week, and also look forward to the franchise’s plan for life after Matt Nagy.
  • Caught up in a numbers game: This segment has us featuring one number/statistic that caught our eye from the game, and Jeff’s number was historically surprising with a focus on all-time 1,000 yard receivers in Chicago, while mine can only be described as nice as I focus on a couple touchdown drives from the Bears.
  • The 3 Bears: In this porridge-themed portion of the show we give our picks for the Bear that was hot, the Bear that was cold, and the Bear that was just right in the game against the Ravens. Players mentioned include Robert Quinn, Elijah Wilkinson, Damiere Byrd, Jaylon Johnson, Andy Dalton, and David Montgomery, but who was where?
  • The Fields Report: We wrap up the show each week spending some time talking about the rookie QB Justin Fields, and since he didn’t play due to the cracked ribs we decided to get into the report that team chairman George McCaskey forced the Bears to play the Ohio State youngster.

Check out our podcast right here:


For those of you that prefer to consume your Bears content in video format, we recorded the podcast on Monday night, and you can check the show on JB & EJ’s Bears Over Beers YouTube Channel.

h/t to Robert Schmitz for producing the show!