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Episode 33: Week 15 Preview vs. Vikings (kinda) — Chicago Bear Jew

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With the Bears now 5-8, we take a step back from the Xs and Os this week to discuss some big-picture topics: Is Robbie Gould done in Chicago? What should the Bears do this offseason of Matt Forte? Alshon Jeffery? How do we grade John Fox and his coordinators’ first year in Chicago?

In this week to discuss these topics and more is friend of the show and the man behind the Twitter handle @ChicagoBearJew.

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Episode 32: Week 14 Preview vs. Redskins — That Was Fun While It Lasted

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The loss to the 49ers was as disappointing as the Thanksgiving win over the Packers was exciting, and it all but eliminate any chance the Bears had of making the playoffs.

Amid the Bears’ poor play — two missed FGs by Robbie Gould the most obvious — Jeremy Langford and Ka’Deem Carey continue to impress at running back, and we discuss their futures, as well as the futures of Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett, who was placed on injured reserve this week.

Also discussed:

  • The defensive breakdown on Blaine Gabbert‘s long TD run
  • Pernell McPhee‘s absence on defense
  • The play of Kyle Fuller and rookie Adrian Amos
  • Another 1,000-yard season for Brandon Marshall
  • Having Eddie Royal and Kevin White back in the fold (The Chicago Tribune is now reporting White will not return this season.)
  • What needs to happen for the Bears to make the playoffs

We also talk about this week’s game against the Redskins. Here’s to hoping DeSean Jackson runs backwards against the Bears, too.

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Episode 31: Week 11 Preview vs. Broncos — Mike Byrne, NFC North Barroom

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What a game!

In this week’s episode, Jordan and I discuss the Bears’ 24-point victory over St. Louis — did anyone really see that coming? — preview this weekend’s game against Denver and welcome guest Mike Byrne from NFC North Barroom.

Topics this week include:

  • The emergence of TE Zach Miller
  • How the Bears contained RB Todd Gurley
  • The magic of Vic Fangio
  • The respective futures of RBs Jeremy Langford and Matt Forte with the Bears
  • The Bears’ WR corps without Alshon Jeffery
  • Adam Gase and John Fox facing their former team this weekend
  • QB Brock Osweiler‘s debut for the Broncos

We also dive into the offensive line and even talk a little CFL with Mike Byrne, a Bears blogger and fan based in Toronto, Canada. You can read his work on NFC North Barroom here and follow him on Twitter here.

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Episode 30: Week 10 Preview vs. Rams — Midseason Awards

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Jordan and I discuss the Bears’ comeback win against San Diego — which included the emergence of RB Jeremy Langford and an impressive game-winning catch by TE Zach Miller — and look ahead toward what will be a tough task against a formidable Rams defense this weekend.

At the halfway point of the 2015 season, we also hand out some unofficial midseason awards to the best and worst Bears performances to date and talk about a couple players who could emerge over the second half of the season.

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Episode 29: Week 9 Preview vs. Chargers — Trade Deadline, Philip Rivers’ Kids and WTF Jeremiah Ratliff?

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After a brief hiatus, Jordan and I are back to discuss a long list of topics:

  • The quiet NFL trade deadline
  • Matt Forte‘s status and how Jeremy Langford fits with the Bears
  • Alshon Jeffery‘s long-term future
  • Kyle Long, Matt Slauson and the rest of the offensive live
  • The re-emergence of  Kyle Fuller
  • How Pernell McPhee might be the NFL’s best free agent signing
  • Jay Cutler‘s performance, on and off the field
  • Crazy Jeremiah Ratliff

We also take a quick look at the Chargers — this is a winnable game for the Bears on Monday night — and note that Philip Rivers’s wife is expecting the couple’s eighth (!) child.

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Episode 28: Week 5 Preview vs. Chiefs — Is Anyone Not Injured?

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The Bears are coming off their first win of the season — thank you Robbie Gould! — but making it two in a row might be an uphill climb in Kansas City this weekend.

Jordan and I discuss all of the good and the bad from the win over the Raiders, including Pernell McPhee‘s dominance and the surprisingly solid performance of the Bears’ defensive secondary vs. Amari Cooper.

We also tackle this week’s lengthy injury report, which is seemingly affecting every position on the field — especially wide receiver and the offensive line. Among those unlikely to play are Antrel Rolle and, for a fourth straight game, Alshon Jeffery.

The Chiefs, only 1-3 this season, are nine-point favorites. Let’s hope the Bears can prove Vegas wrong.

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Episode 27: Week 4 Preview vs. Raiders — Goodbye, Jared and Jon

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It’s been a busy week for the Bears following the embarrassing 26-0 loss to the Seahawks.

At least the offense and special teams embarrassing. The defense, led by Pernell McPhee, put forth a respectable performance, allowing just one first down before Seattle’s final drive of the first half.

Since then, the Bears traded both Jared Allen and Jon Bostic and released Brock Vereen. They also brought in another punter after Pat O’Donnell wore out his leg punting on EVERY SINGLE DRIVE against the Seahawks.

Joining the podcast as a guest host this week, to discuss all these topics and more (like why the Bears shouldn’t be afraid to trade Alshon Jeffery), is the The Bear Jew. He’s the man behind the Twitter handle @ChicagoBearJew and never minces words. You can follow him here.

We also discuss the awfulness of Jimmy Clausen, Kyle Fuller‘s woes and what The Bear Jew will be keeping his eyes open for in Sunday’s game against the Raiders.

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