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is no easier than forecasting the weather. Given all the variables , it’s probably harder.The team of September, the Chiefs, went mediocre on us in October and early November. Those struggling Patriots who were 2-2 now seem on course for yet another hosting role in the AFC playoffs.Early season woes for the Giants that were dismissed as temporary have become chronic. That ugly 0-2 start for the Saints has turned into a beautiful six-game winning streak.See?No matter. Here are some things to look for as we move through November and December.MORE QB INJURIESThis has been the overriding story of the season, with Aaron Rodgers, Carson Palmer, sensational rookie Deshaun Watson and Sam Bradford all going down. Ryan Tannehill didn’t even make it out of the preseason, and Andrew Luck’s shoulder didn’t heal enough after winter surgery for him to suit up.Speculating who might be the next quarterback or three who will suffer a major injury is ghoulish. Consider, though, that nine teams (Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Green Bay, Arizona, Tennessee, Oakland, Houston, Miami and Baltimore) have had to go to backups because of injured starters.OFFICIATING CONTROVERSYThis one is unavoidable, and will occur weekly. Seems as if no weekend goes by without a pool reporter being sent to talk to game officials about a decision.As video replay becomes more refined — we can just about count the blades of grass under a receiver’s hands as he cradles (or doesn’t) a pass — and the NFL rulebook remains far too complex, officiating will continue to play a huge role in outcomes of games.One request: no more reversals like what we saw in Falcons-Lions and Patriots-Jets that fans will be questioning into the new year.HOTTER SEATSOther than Hue Jackson in Cleveland, the fire figures to burn very hot under the Buccaneers’ Dirk Koetter; the Giants’ Ben McAdoo; the Bengals’ Marvin Lewis Womens Eddie Goldman Jersey , whose contract is up this year; the Colts’ Chuck Pagano, who could get a pass because he’s had no, ahem, luck with his passer; and possibly the Lions’ Jim Caldwell. New York and Detroit are among the league’s biggest underachievers, and that likely won’t change in 2017.PASSION IF NOT SKILLIt would be difficult to find a club that would trade its roster for what the Jets or Bears have. It also would be tough to point out any teams that play with more passion and dedication.There’s no reason to believe either of them will stop giving their all for 60 minutes. New York is 4-5 in a year some projected it wouldn’t win a game and was tanking for the top overall draft pick. With any finishing power, the Jets would be in the playoff hunt.Chicago is 3-5 despite an inept passing game, and has beaten Pittsburgh and Carolina. The Bears simply don’t go away. Maybe they aren’t the Monsters of the Midway, but they sure are pesky.Give tremendous credit to coaches Todd Bowles and John Fox. And expect more of the same from both teams the rest of the way.A TIE OR TWOOne thing we’ve learned from the reduced overtime period (from 15 minutes to 10) is that a tie is hardly unlikely. Indeed, getting more than one possession in OT can be problematic.So expect at least one deadlock down the stretch, and let’s hope it won’t figure into playoff tiebreakers.EARLY CLINCHINGSWith two highly regarded divisions, the AFC West and North, turning soft, watch for the Steelers and Chiefs to be selling playoff tickets by mid-December. Same for the Patriots, but that’s a yearly occurrence in the mediocre AFC East.Barring a stunning turnaround, the Eagles, at 8-1 the league’s top team, will be making postseason plans about a month from now. The Saints, too, if their defense remains stout.A WIN FOR SAN FRANCISCO. AND FOR CLEVELAND.Just kidding.Actually Marcus Cooper Jersey , the 49ers beating the Giants this Sunday hardly is farfetched, though the odds would be much shorter if Jimmy Garoppolo was ready.San Francisco then has a bye before hosting Seattle, visiting Chicago and Houston, home for Tennessee and Jacksonville and at the Rams.The road for Cleveland has a trip to Detroit, home for Jacksonville, at Cincinnati and the Chargers, home for Green Bay and Baltimore, then road games at Chicago and Pittsburgh.You decide which team — if either — has a better shot at a victory. BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!BEARRRSSSSBernstein: Did Mitchell Trubisky Just Have Best Bears QB Season Ever? - 670 The Score - Mitchell Trubisky was superb for a franchise with an ugly quarterback history.Emma: Turnaround Year Brings A Beginning For Bears - 670 The Score - In Matt Nagy’s first season as coach, the Bears built a firm foundation.Mayer: Bears sign 10 to reserve/future contracts - - The Bears on Tuesday signed 10 players to reserve/future contracts, including running back Ryan Nall, who spent the 2018 season on the team’s practice squad.Lunch with Larry: 1.8.19 - - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer looks back at Matt Nagy’s first year, roster construction going forward and what’s next for the organization during his weekly Q&A with fans.Medina: Exactly One Year Since Being Announced as Head Coach, Matt Nagy Has the Bears Pointed in the Right Direction - Bleacher Nation - Remembering the one-year anniversary of Matt Nagy’s hiring.Medina: Bears QB Coach Dave Ragone Is a “Dark Horse” Candidate to be the Next Titans OC - Bleacher Nation - As expected, Bears assistants are starting to become the apple of other teams’ eyes on the rumor mill.Dannehy: Pace Deserves Blame - Da Bears Blog - Tomorrow is guaranteed to no one and Super Bowl contenders don’t come around often, especially in Chicago. And the Bears are home because Ryan Pace ignored what everyone else knew was a fatal flaw and kept Cody Parkey at kicker.Finley: In Bears' most critical moments Sunday, Allen Robinson lived up to top billing - Sun Times - Allen Robinson's 143 receiving yards Sunday set a Bears postseason record, surpassing Willie Gault’s 129 in Super Bowl XX.Kenney: Goose Island shares details for 43-yard field goal challenge inspired by Parkey - Sun Times - Sign up opens at 12 p.m. , but the Chicago brewing company warns that spots are limited. And kickoff will be at 1 p.m.Real Talk: After a magical season with a stunning end, where do the Bears go from here? - Chicago Tribune - The Bears enjoyed an exhilarating run in 2018, winning the NFC North and getting back into the playoffs. But after a stunning postseason loss, what's next for kicker Cody Parkey and where does general manager Ryan Pace need to find stability heading into 2019?Campbell's 5 observations from rewatching Bears-Eagles: Tarik Cohen's limited touches, 10 men on defense and plays that added up to a 1-point defeat - Chicago Tribune - 5 observations from rewatching the Bears' 16-15 loss to the Eagles include Tarik Cohen's limited touches and five plays that helped tilt the outcome in the Eagles favor. Those include Adrian Amos's personal foul and the Bears having only 10 men on defense on the Eagles' first touchdown.Moreano: Plenty of Changes to Come for Bears Next Season - The Chicago Audible Blog - Although the Bears exceeded expectations in 2018, they failed to win a Super Bowl, and now Chicago must undergo change to propel the organization forward.Stankevitz; Five big what-ifs that will haunt the Bears from their playoff loss to the Eagles - NBC Sports Chicago - What if the Bears didn't have 10 men on the field for the Eagles' first touchdown of Sunday's game? Or if they didn't go three-and-out midway through the fourth quarter?Mullin: For shell-shocked Bears, winning in 2019 will be harder than 2018 - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears overcame much to win the NFC North and earn the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs in 2018. Doing it again in 2019 will be more difficult, however.Ellis: These are a few of the free agents that might make sense for the Bears this offseason - NBC Sports Chicago - Don't expect a major move, but there are still a few guys that make sense for the Bears next season.Finley: Bears sign 10 players to futures contracts - Sun Times - Two days after their season ended in a 16-15 playoff loss to the Eagles, the Bears signed 10 players to futures contracts.POLISH SAUSAGEReport: Raiders talking to San Diego – ProFootballTalk - Three years after the Raiders and Chargers failed to secure approval to share an L.A.-area stadium, the Raiders could be moving to the city the Chargers abandoned. At least for a year. Dan Sileo of 97.KNOW THY ENEMYFormer Lions CB Cre’Von LeBlanc ‘key’ to Eagles’ playoff run - Pride Of Detroit - Cre’Von LeBlanc didn’t work out in Detroit, but he seems to be soaring with the EAgles.Report: Lions offensive line coach Jeff Davidson helping in Detroit’s OC search - Pride Of Detroit - It looks like Jeff Davidson is a key part to this coaching staff.The Detroit Lions had the best pass-blocking TE in the NFL for 2018 - Pride Of DetroitIt wasn’t a great year for Lions TEs, but one player was actually worth his contract.What do NFL players do when the season ends? - - Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz explains a couple different scenarios for players.Adam Zimmer to serve as head coach for East-West Shrine Game - Daily Norseman - Zimmer the Younger will get a big opportunityKevin Stefanski getting second interview with Cleveland Browns - Daily Norseman - He’s reportedly one of two finalists for the jobMatt LaFleur’s history suggests the Packers’ RBs will become bigger receiving factors - Acme Packing Company - Look for more production from Aaron Jones (and possibly Jamaal Williams) in the passing game in 2019.Packers give Matt LaFleur chance to prove apple doesn’t fall far from coaching tree - Acme Packing Company - A coordinator and position coach under some of the most respected minds in the league, LaFleur must now construct his own legacy.Matt LaFleur overcame the odds to become the Packers’ new head coach - Acme Packing Company - Matt LaFleur went from a longshot candidate with no other interview opportunities to the Packers’ new head coach in the matter of a day. Multiple factors contributed to his sudden rise.IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRONHouseholder's Stock up, stock down: Chciago Bears-Philadelphia Eagles Playoff edition - Windy City Gridiron - This one is going to make the offseason even longer.Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL, the playoffs, and the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Since my playoff picks didn’t go as planned last weekend, I’m taking a mulligan and picking the divisional round over again. My first few thoughts this week will give you the postseason schedule...Schmitz' Bear With Me Podcast: Wrapping up a Wonderful Season Womens Bryce Callahan Jersey , Bears Lose, Eagles Win, Looking Forward, Latest News - Windy City Gridiron - On the latest episode of Bear With Me, Robert S reviews the positives and negatives of the Bears-Eagles game, gives his thoughts on Cody Parkey, looks forward towards the 2019 season, and much more.WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS2 Minute Drill - Website - iTunes - Andrew Link; Steven’s Streaming – Twitch – Steven Schweickert; T-Formation Conversation - Website - iTunes - Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; WCG Radio - Website - iTunes - Robert ZeglinskiTHE RULESWindy City Gridiron Community Guidelines - - We strive to make our communities open and inclusive to sports fans of all backgrounds. The following is not permitted in comments. No personal attacks, politics, gender based insults of any kind, racial insults, etc.The Bear’s Den Specific Guidelines – The Bear’s Den is a place for Chicago Bears fans to discuss Chicago Bears football, related NFL stories, and general football talk. It is NOT a place to discuss religion or politics or post political pictures or memes. Unless otherwise stated, the Den is not an open thread, and profanity (including profanity only stated in pictures) is prohibited.Click on our names to follow us on Twitter:WCG Contributors: Jeff Berckes; Patti Curl; Eric Christopher Duerrwaechter;Kev H; Sam Householder; Jacob Infante; Aaron Lemming; Ken Mitchell; Steven Schweickert; Jack Silverstein; EJ Snyder; Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; Whiskey Ranger; Robert Zeglinski; Like us on Facebook.


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