In early October as the football season was in full swing. There was an outcry from fans to bench quarterback Mike Glennon and start rookie Mitch Trubisky. Hoping that it was just a QB issue, Bears fans were ecstatic when the rookie was started and the organization could start winning games. Even though the Bears won two in a row, it was due to the defense and not the quarterback change.
This led bearsbarroom.com to believe that the crux of the Bears losing display was solely on head coach John Fox. They were hoping that by October 30th, their cries and demands would be heard and he would be gone.
Okay, enough with the gloating. In all seriousness, I laid in bed well past my bedtime after Monday night’s win just thinking about how far my Philadelphia Eagles have come, not only since I’ve been a fan (wayyy back in 2003), but all throughout the organization’s history.
What separates this season from previous winning seasons, in my humble opinion, is that these wins have been so rightfully earned. We have fought from behind, scrapped against and adjusted according to each opponent. In Carson Wentz, the Eagles have an exceptional quarterback who has only improved game in and game out with his mechanics, proving his agility and athleticism. He has taken some risks plus some wicked hits in result of those risks but most importantly, has learned from them. He makes this team so special.
At the Fall Meeting in New York City today, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Dallas, Texas, home of the Cowboys, as the host city for the 2018 NFL Draft. Goodell stated, via the press release:
“This is the first time we will be hosting the Draft at a stadium complex. We are excited by that. I want to take moment to thank both Chicago and Philadelphia for really doing an extraordinary job to raise the bar. They have set a new standard for the Draft, created a new experience for our fans that was extraordinary, and we are confident that Dallas will raise that bar even further.”
Yes, I know you were expecting a podcast…. but due to technical difficulties, you’re stuck with reading our Starts and Sits for Week 6, including injury options and Bye Week replacements! Also, this week we’ve picked a few twitter followers with questions that we’ll answer here as well. Good Luck!
Four Teams on Bye…Bills, Bengals, Cowboys and Seahawks
HOU Deshaun Watson vs Browns.
WAS Kirk Cousins vs 49ers./ Niners have allowed 8 total TDs and an average of 266.4 pass yards per matchup.
IND Jacoby Brissett vs Titans / Brissett has found his rhythm
If your QB’s on bye, you can pick up Andy Dalton, Trevor Siemian and Case Keenum off Waivers
PIT Ben Roethlisberger vs Chiefs / Until Big Ben fixes his issues, Chiefs will pick him off double
LAR Jared Goff vs Jags / Jags defense is the real deal and the run game will be crucial.
Every week the NFL releases an information filled capsule of the week to come and they never disappoint. This includes notes on the matchups plus some historical data as well. Finally, it provides information on the officiating crews and broadcast information on where the game can be found.
Tis the season and with Halloween upcoming some Heisman winners got together to provide us with some entertainment. Former Florida Gator quarterback Tim Tebow leads the festivities but it is former Alabama, and current Tennessee Titans, running back Derrick Henry who wins the day.
Did you have a rough week in fantasy football? Chin up – it’s a new week.
Highlights from each league
FitzOn (that’s me) squeaked by with help from running backs Todd Gurley (LAR) 34.50 points and Lamar Miller (HOU) 25.10 to win Week 4. Our new leader, I’m Just Teezin, was a very close second with 137.13 points. Her top RB Le’Veon Bell (PIT) lived up to his hype scoring 33.60 points. Major help came from LB C.J. Mosley (BAL) earning a cool 27.00 points.
>> NEW LEADER:I’m Just Teezin (3-1)
Female Free #1: Coming from behind with a late victory was none other than league leader Gpodawund. She remains undefeated with 133.48 points for Week 4. Bell was her top performer. A new name to the mix is The Klunebergs, securing second spot this week with 132.74 points. Rookie RB Leonard Fournette (JAX) earned her 22.50 points.
From 2004-2012, Lovie Smith was the head coach of the Chicago Bears. His first three goals were to beat the Green Bay Packers, win the NFC North, and win a Super Bowl. He achieved two of the three goals.
During his first season with the Bears, he installed a new offense and defense but had bouts of injuries and a season-ending injury to quarterback Rex Grossman. His first season record was 5-11. However, since he was a defensive-minded coach, the defense improved from 22nd overall in 2003 to 13th in 2004. By 2005 the Bears started then back-up QB Kyle Orton with a dominant defense and ended with an 11-5 record, despite starting the season with a 1-3 record. Look familiar?
Enter the John Fox era. Fox accepted a four-year deal as head coach of the Bears in 2015. It was predicted that the Bears would have a 3-13 record, but in his first season they ended with a 6-10 record. So instead, the Bears used the predicted previous record for the 2016 season, finishing 3-13. A regression that many hung on the excuse of a team rebuilding.
It is now 2017, and the Bears have started the season at 1-3, losing in epic fashion to the Packers once again, in the prime light of Thursday Night Football. The coaching was geared to quarterback Mike Glennon’s strengths, which is the opposite of his scouting report. According to general manager Ryan Pace: “He has the height, arm strength, the ability to quickly process.” Yes, he has height, but it gives no advantage to his field of view when he sees only what plays are given to him for the short routes. Time and time again, film shows Glennon waiting for a particular player and not the open receiver.
by Wanda Wiedman & Cleveland Kate // @WandaW63 & @ClvlndK8
While the NFL shook up the world with its #TakeAKnee, we have survived week 3 with quite a few upsets but managed to stay true to our picks.
Last week Kate suggested that sitting the Pittsburgh Steelers defense against the Chicago Bears offense would be ideal and boy, was she right! But if you took heed to our suggestions when we said to start Chris Thompson and sit Jeremy Maclin.…you’re welcome.
So let’s get started with this week’s fantasy Starts!