The new Monsters of the Midway are real

Wanda Wiedman, Contributor

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

In 1940-1941 the Chicago Bears were the most dominant team in the NFL.

It resurged again in 1984-1985 when the Bears built another dominant defense that consisted of “Samurai” Mike Singletary, Dan Hampton, Richard Dent, Otis Wilson, Ron Rivera, Steve “Mongo” McMichael, and William “Refridgerator” Perry, Lezlie Frasier, Dave Duerson, and Gary Fencik.

These prolific players took Chicago by storm. But shortly after that, the monsters hibernated, showing only glimpses in 1990-1991 and then again in 2005-2006 and 2010. 

Fast forward to 2013 when Marc Trestman was hired as head coach. His winning record in the CFL was enough to hire him as head coach to replace Lovie Smith, but he didn’t have the fire to back it up.

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LA Rams come out on top in epic battle with the Kansas City Chiefs

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
LA Rams Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LucyRK78

LA Rams 54 – Kansas City Chiefs 51

White rally towels flickered throughout the stadium reading “LA Together,” as the LA Rams dedicated Monday night’s game to first responders and those affected by the California wildfires and the mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks.

Members of the Cal Lutheran University choir sang the national anthem as first responders and their families carried an American flag that stretched the length of the field before the start of the Rams’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Players and coaches from both teams wore dark gray hats with logos of Los Angeles-area firefighter and law enforcement agencies.

From start to finish, this was a playoff caliber game. Billed as the “Game of the Year,” this matchup somehow managed to exceed expectations.

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Saints determined to make another Super Bowl run

Wanda Wiedman, Saints contributor

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63 

Since the beginning of the season, it has been all about quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs heading to the Super Bowl to challenge the Los Angeles Rams.  But silently and methodically the New Orleans Saints have been keeping pace with the two powerhouse teams.

No one seems to talk about how the Saints are 9-1, alongside the Chiefs and Rams. The love fest displayed for the young quarterback Mahomes has several media analysts salivating. While the Rams run game cannot be matched.

But in New Orleans stands a humble, veteran QB in Drew Brees. He has tasted the sweet elation of a Super Bowl win and can see it as it gets closer.

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The agony of defeat: Titans lose to the Colts 38-10

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Colts 38 – Titans 10

The thrill of victory from last week’s win is totally forgotten after this bomb of a game by Tennessee.

The Titans started out slow and only showed any signs of life at the end of the fourth quarter. That’s when wide receiver Tajae Sharpe got the only Tennessee touchdown of the game with 1:49 left to play.  

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota never looked confident in this game, and in fact, he threw several interceptions in the first half and was sacked four times. Mariota ended up having to leave by end of the first half with what ended up being a right elbow injury.  

On the other hand, the Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was not sacked at all this game, in fact, was not even hit by the Titans.

The score at halftime was Colts 24, Titans 3. The Titans only score was a field goal by kicker Ryan Succop during the first quarter.

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Is this Pete Carroll’s best coaching ever?

Senior Sports Editor
Seattle Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The Seattle Seahawks have had a roller coaster of a few weeks. Twice coming within one catch of winning against the two Los Angeles teams, then beating the Green Bay Packers in Seattle last night on Thursday Night Football.

I’ve always found social media to be an interesting place after a win or a loss. Fans often have extreme reactions, and the last few weeks have been no exception. From shouts of “Trade Wilson now!!” to “Super Bowl Bound!” all rang through Twitter. However, it was the calls for the firing of head coach Pete Carroll that caught my eye the most.

National media have been crowing about Carroll this season. They’ve said that this season has been some of the best coaching Carroll has ever done. If that is true, why are some fans calling for his head? What is it the media sees that fans are missing?

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The day Walter Payton made the Vikings pay

Wanda Wiedman, Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

November 20, 1977. The Chicago Bears were coming off a last second, come from behind 28-27 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. They were 4-5 entering Week 10 and the Bears would face the division rival Minnesota Vikings.

The field was damp and although the temperature was mild for late November, the Windy City hosted 25-30 mph winds from the south to play havoc on the Bears passing game.

Running back Walter Payton carried the ball 33 times against the Chiefs the previous week, rushing for 192 yards and three touchdowns.

Though Payton was battling flu-like symptoms that day, he made it seem effortless in what would be his career day.

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An honest look at the Buccaneers at mid season

Dayna O’Gorman Senior Sports Editor

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were pretty excited after the first few games of the season. Even with starting quarterback Jameis Winston suspended, they were winning games and back up QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was putting up great numbers.

Then the tide turned and the team began a slide that fans were hoping wouldn’t come.

I spoke with Chris Fisher, former Bucs podcaster, who can always be counted on for unflinching analysis. He gave me his impression of this team, where it’s headed, and what we can expect from this week’s game against the New York Giants.

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Indianapolis’s offensive line leads the way for the Colts

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt  //@JulieNoted_NFL

Indianapolis Colts 29 – Jacksonville Jaguars 26

About this time last year, Indianapolis had a problem when playing Jacksonville.  In fact, Jacksonville earned the name “Sacksonville” while recording 10 sacks on second stringer QB Jacoby Brissett. 

Brissett was filling in for a very injured QB Andrew Luck of the Colts and not allowing one win. And with that, the Jaguars proceeded to win the AFC South and started off this season as a favorite to take over and potentially become a contender.  But the AFC South has been very unpredictable this season.

This past Sunday in Indianapolis, the Colts matched up with the Jaguars in a must-win divisional game.  The Colts pulled off a victory over the Jaguars 29-26 and extended their win streak to three.  Jacksonville, on the other hand, has a six-game losing streak going.

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Monday night football goes west

Araceli Villanueva Kansas City Chiefs Reporter

By Araceli Villanueva //@Aracelv1

The Kansas City Chiefs were originally scheduled to play the Los Angeles Rams at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City for one of the biggest games of the year. However, the game was moved west to Los Angeles after officials declared the field was unfavorable. And with growing concerns from the players – who allegedly refused to play – it was a done deal.

Scheduled as an away game, it made sense to move the game to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. However, with an enormous Chiefs fan-based already residing in the City of Angles, I have no doubt they will turn the Coliseum into Arrowhead Stadium as they did earlier in the season when the Chiefs visited the Los Angeles Chargers in week one.

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Titans beat the Patriots at home 34-10

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Tennessee Titans 34 – New England Patriots 10

The Tennessee Titans sacked the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady three times on Sunday.  Yes, three times. 

They kept the pressure on Brady throughout the game, and Brady looked mighty uncomfortable out there. So much so, he was pulled in the fourth quarter and replaced with backup QB Brian Hoyer.

Now, who would have imagined such things would be happening this past Sunday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville? Not many. 

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