December 20, 2012 |
As the Bears prepare to play Arizona on Sunday, they need other teams to lose for them to make the postseason. But just because you need help to get into the playoffs doesn't mean you can't do some damage once you're there. Here are recent teams who made a name for themselves despite entering Week 16 with similar or worse records than the Bears. In other words, it ain't over till it's over. 2008 Arizona Cardinals Entering Week 16 : 8-6 Finished: 9-7, lost Super Bowl The Cardinals clinched their division in Week 14 and, at 8-5, were still in the race for a...
September 17, 2012 |
The most concise, helpful statistic in all of sports is upon us. "Magic number. " As I write this, the White Sox have a magic number of 16. What does that mean? It's simple. A magic number is the number of wins or opponent losses that will ensure a division title for a first-place team. So a magic number of 16 means if the Sox win 16 of their last 17 games, they will win the American League Central Division. Or it could mean that if the Sox lose ALL of their last 17 games, and the Detroit Tigers lose all but one of their last 17 games, then the South Siders...
December 2, 2013 |
Leading up to the Bears' overtime field goal attempt Sunday, uber-accurate kicker Robbie Gould had made 157 of 166 kicks of 40 yards or fewer, good for an essentially automatic 94.6 percent. From 47 yards and out, he hit 31 of 49 - only 63.3 percent. These are stats that make sense to an average NFL fan, and they certainly should be known to the Bears' coaching staff. Those extra 7 yards represented a 30 percent increase in success, and the Bears had just driven 24 yards in five plays against a porous Vikings defense.
January 3, 2013 |
Being that Marquis Teague is a big Indianapolis Colts fan and the NFL playoffs start this weekend, RedEye put the Bulls rookie's prognostication skills to the test. His unshakable loyalty is, of course, understandable. - B.C. AFC WILD CARD ROUND Cincinnati vs. Houston Teague's pick: Texans (Citing the "Jimmy Butler effect") Indianapolis vs. Baltimore Teague's pick: Colts (Naturally) Results: NFC WILD CARD ROUND Minnesota vs. Green Bay Teague's pick: Vikings (He's...
December 3, 2012 |
Are you still ticked about Sunday's Bears loss? It was a special kind of frustrating, a level of hair-pulling and flat-screen shooting that only a few of Lovie Smith's 61 losses have reached. Here are the five worst games for frustrating Bears fans, ranked by amount of yelling we did at our TVs: No. 5: Dec. 11, 2011: Getting Tebowed With Jay Cutler out, the Bears weren't expected to do much. But entering this Denver tilt, Chicago was 7-5 and still had wild-card hopes with a win over a terrible Broncos offense "led" by Tim Tebow.
December 6, 2011 |
I'm trying hard to find a way to feel good about Sunday's Bears-Tebows game after the recent "football game loss" to Kansas City. I couldn't help but feel a sense of déjà vu, and I realized that we had indeed been here before in the Lovie Smith era. I'm not even sure The K.C. Masterpiece Game (note: nickname is ironic) ranks in the bottom five. Try to un-repress the memories of these stink bombs: The Holy Crap, I Just Watched Our Quarterback Die On TV Game 2010 at N.Y. Giants Remember this game?