Bears not backing down in last regular season game

Wanda Wiedman
Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

It’s been a long time since the Chicago Bears were NFC North division champs.

But this is an unfamiliar feeling as of late for the Bears and their fans, that is, playing a last season game with grit.

Sure, they could sit their starters and stay comfortably in the 3rd seed, but why do that when there are several factors at stake?

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Packers fans: let’s look ahead

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@lucyrk78

For the second consecutive season, the Green Bay Packers have failed to make the playoffs. It’s as odd to write as it is to think about.

Am I holding onto the Packers “glory days?” Can the Packers top the NFC again? Will they ever be the same Green Bay Packers we know they can be?

They are going to have to do a lot of work in this offseason to get back to the caliber we have come to expect from this team. Rather than lamenting about this season, let’s stop the grumbling and look ahead to the draft and next season.

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Low Expectations for the Detroit Lions

Sonja Greenfield Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Head coach Matt Patricia’s first year is almost up.

I’m disappointed. Not in the team at all, but in myself.

It’s what football does to you.  You get your hopes all up and excited about a new season, and then boom.  It all comes crashing down.  One would think that as a Lions fan, that I wouldn’t fall for it.  But this year got me.

This season came with the hope of finally being able to right the ship and making it to the playoffs.  And to even up the ante on the hope, perhaps even get that elusive playoff win.  All thanks to the hiring of former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia by a former Patriots front office person, GM Bob Quin.

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A possible Bears Christmas list may include Super Bowl

Wanda Wiedman
Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Christmas is literally around the corner and the Chicago Bears already stuffed their stocking with an NFC North division title.

Intertwined with that title came a win against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field (which was long overdue), the trade of linebacker Khalil Mack from the Oakland Raiders and five players in the Pro Bowl, Khalil Mack, safety Eddie Jackson, defensive end Akiem Hicks, cornerback Kyle Fuller, and running back Tarik Cohen.

But I’m sure Santa Claus isn’t going to stop there, right? The Bears were really good this year!

General manager Ryan Pace did the right thing by getting the best candidate available for the head coaching job in Matt Nagy. Pace surrounded Nagy with coaches that would compliment his coaching style and what the franchise stood for – excellence. Continue reading “A possible Bears Christmas list may include Super Bowl”

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Packers fall to Bears, are eliminated from playoffs

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @lucyrk78 

Bears 24 -Packers 17

I know that usually an article would come out immediately following a game. However, I needed a couple of days.

I needed a few days to get over my disappointment. I needed a couple of days so that when I did start to write this article, I wasn’t doing so from a place of anger.

Mostly though, I have just been bummed out.

If this were my usual Green Bay Packers article, I’d go through Sunday’s game. I’d break it down a bit, with a little bit of my own analysis of what went wrong and what went right. Sadly, it really doesn’t matter. With two weeks left in the regular NFL season, the Packers have been eliminated from the playoffs.

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Chicago Bears over throw Rodgers reign

Wanda Wiedman
Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Chicago 24 – Green Bay 17

It was a sold-out crowd at Soldier Field as Bears fans flooded the stadium to cheer on their Chicago Bears. The Monsters of the Midway become the real Avengers as they overthrow quarterback Aaron Rodgers and company with a 24-17 win over the Green Bay Packers.

All week going into this game, analysts and radio hosts overplayed the fact that Rodgers  “owned” the Bears since 2010. It was deafening and discouraging to Bears fans.

But the Bears came through and it started with the young quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky.

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Once again the team no one wants to face, Seattle is one win from the playoffs

Seattle Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Vikings 7 – Seahawks 21

Let’s be honest, it wasn’t a pretty win… but it was my favorite kind of win. It was a win that could have easily gotten away from Seattle. But it didn’t, and now the Seahawks are one win away from clinching a playoff berth. In a year where they weren’t expected to win more than four or five games, they are the team no one wants to face.

Lisa Johnson and I argue about this all the time on the OTFB podcast. Defense or offense, which is more important? But it’s not just a shtick we do for the show. She truly believes offense wins games, I say, quite adamantly, the defense is most important.

What last night’s Monday Night Football game against the Minnesota Vikings showed was that what truly wins games is a balance. What makes the Seahawks so dangerous right now is that balance, and it’s alive and well in Seattle.

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Packers playoff hopes will be made or lost in Chicago

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@Lucyrk78

It was pretty strange not seeing Mike McCarthy on the sidelines Sunday when the Green Bay Packers welcomed the Atlanta Falcons.

And while it’s still too early to make any big statements on the future of this season for the Packers, we have to love seeing the team put up a season-high 34 points.

I feel like the Packers played with more energy than they have so far this season, and definitely executed more efficiently than they have been. Is this Joe Philbin’s doing? Were they players responding to something they’ve wanted to have happen for as long as us fans have?

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Meet Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Finalist, Trey Burton

Wanda Wiedman
Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Since 1970, the Man of the Year award was given to players who went over and beyond in outstanding community service on and off the field, and still perform with extreme excellence on the field. It was renamed after the Chicago Bears greatest running back of all-time in 1999.

Alongside Payton, who won his award in 1977, is Dave Duerson (1987), Mike Singletary (1990), Jim Flanigan (2000), and Charles Tillman (2013). Former Bears Julius Peppers (Panthers) and Robbie Gould (49ers) are also finalists for their prospective causes.

This year, the Chicago Bears have chosen tight end Trey Burton as their nominee.

I want to address the work that Burton has been pouring his heart and soul into, and that is the International Justice Mission. This organization aims at eliminating slave trade.

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Bears-Rams matchup has familiar feel

Wanda Wiedman
Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

The Chicago Bears will be hosting the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday night at Soldier Field and Bears fans are both excited and nervous.

And for good reason.

The Rams are the number one seeded team in the NFC with a record of 11-1. The Bears hold the 3rd seed spot at 8-4 and currently first in the NFC North division.

With Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky back under center, after he sustained a shoulder injury against the Minnesota Vikings, it will be interesting to see what kind of game churns out. Currently, the Bears have a 5-1 record at home and fans have been coming out in droves to bring some noise to opposing teams.

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