Chicago Bears Aim For Kicking Perfection

Wanda Wiedman
Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // WandaW63

Not since the missed kick-doink heard round the world has there been such emphasis on a kicker. It’s not like this was the first time a kicker has missed a field goal in a crucial game. Ask any Buffalo Bills fan. The Lombardi Trophy was in their grasp ready to be hoisted and it rested on the leg of Scott Norwood. With just eight seconds on the clock, Norwood kicks it and it has the distance, going towards the center, only to veer right missing the post altogether.  Absolute heartbreak.

Kickers that were known to be clutch in games came from the likes of Billy Cundiff, Morten Andersen, Chandler Catanzaro, Gary Anderson, Adam Vinatieri, and Robbie Gould.  Granted they had their share of missed kicks, costing them crucial games. But the one that hurt the Bears came from the Voldemort of Chicago, Cody Parkey. After having an incredible season, winning the NFC North that has eluded them since 2010, the Wild Card game was left on the leg of Parkey.  Nothing can erase the facial expressions of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky or defensive end Akiem Hicks after that missed kick. Yes, Parkey hung his head in disbelief but “playing with the wind” on a crucial kick is bound to fail you.

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Full Chicago meltdown after heartbreaking loss in Wild Card game

Wanda Wiedman
Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman //@WandaW63

Eagles 16 – Bears 15

Heartbreaking does not describe the feeling of every Chicago Bears fan after the devastating loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field. A one point differential. One point. That has been the staple all season, getting close and squeaking out a win.

This was the wild card game against a team the Bears helped get in to the playoffs by beating the Minnesota Vikings in Week 17. But it was a game the Bears should have won and it should not have rested on the leg of a kicker who had been inconsistent all season.

I could sit here and go over the details of what happened that led to a last-second field goal. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky struggled in the first half. He did not give up the ball but his throws were not there. Workhorse running back Jordan Howard was shamefully unused as he had only 10 touches for 35 yards. RB Tarik Cohen was less, at zero rushes. ZERO!

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Three things Cody Parkey must fix

Wanda Wiedman, Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Bears 34 – Lions 22

It wasn’t a good day for Chicago Bear’s kicker Cody Parkey. In four attempted kicks, Parkey missed all of them, hitting the uprights with the oh so sweet sound of “doink”.

There were some Bears fans who thought he didn’t take it seriously, accusing him of laughing or smiling after a missed kick. But when asked what happened he said, I was just pointing the ball down the middle today, and every time I kicked it down the middle, it just kept fading to the right,” Parkey said. “The wind was pushing it a little bit on me, but I have to be better than that. That’s why I’m here.”

Don’t expect the Bears to release him any time soon. He has about $9-10 million in guaranteed money. Despite the big time errors, his teammates were right there supporting him.

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Chicago Bears win and lose in the final preseason game

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By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63 

It’s been a long preseason in my opinion. But for the players fighting to make the 53-man roster, it was a chance to leave it all on the field.  Outside of Bears fans begging for General Manager Ryan Pace to pull the trigger on Khalil Mack, the Chicago Bears have some hard decisions to make.

Last night’s game against the Buffalo Bills was exciting and heartbreaking at the same time. Though the Bears gave up 24 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, there is plenty of content in the win and loss columns.

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Third & Short: Week 4 Fantasy Takes

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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!

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Dolphins vs Chargers: It all comes down to the Kickers

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The Miami Dolphins opened their 2017 season against the Los Angeles Chargers with a win using a balanced offensive attack that saw Jay Ajayi grind out 122 yards and newly acquired Quarterback Jay Cutler go for a respectable 24/33 with one touchdown and no interceptions. Taking full advantage of Miami’s outstanding Wide Receiving core that saw former first round pick Davante Parker with four catches for 85 yards.

Rounding off the attack was Dolphins Field Goal kicker Cody Parkey.  After hitting his first three field goal attempts, the Jupiter Florida native hit a crucial fourth field goal from 54 yards with 1:05 to play in the fourth quarter, giving Miami it’s first lead of the game with a 19-17 score.

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