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.
The defensive breakdown on Blaine Gabbert‘s long TD run
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.
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.
QB Jay Cutler is out at least two weeks with a hamstring injury, so that means, unfortunately, it’s Jimmy Clausen time.
Jordan and I discuss the merits of both Clausen and third-stringer David Fales. We also talk about the recent performances of players like RB Jeremy Langford, CB Kyle Fuller and OLB Pernell McPhee. Oh, and the fact that the Seahawks are 16-point favorite in this week’s game.
Our guest for Episode 26 is repeat visitor and friend of the show, James Neveau. James writes about the Bears (and other Chicago sports) for NBC Chicago. You can find all of his work here. You can also follow him on Twitter.
James and I debate whether or not turning to Clausen is the right move, both for the short term and long term, and if there are any viable free agent options available. Kyle Orton? Rex Grossman?!?!