Jordan Howard is NFC Offensive Player of the Week after Bears succeed with basic mindset

Jordan Howard is NFC Offensive Player of the Week after Bears succeed with basic mindset

Bears rookie running back Jordan Howard might want to be careful what he gets himself into.

Howard was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday after netting 202 total yards in the Bears’ win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday. He rushed for 153 yards and caught four passes for another 49, with highlights including a 69-yard run on the Bears’ third play of the game and a two-yard touchdown run.

“(The honor) feels pretty good,” Howard said on Tuesday. “They’re giving me all this individual attention, but I definitely didn’t do it alone so I feel like I had help with this. So I really don’t feel like I deserve all this praise by myself.”

The offensive line typically gathers for dinner each Thursday, and it’s open to running backs. So maybe Howard says thanks by picking up the check for the next one?

“I’ll definitely do something like that,” Howard said.

Since the tab for that event commonly goes up into the four-figures, the kid might want to maybe start with just dessert, given that he’s still on his rookie contract. Just a thought.

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With three 100-yard games in the past five, Howard has moved from No. 3 on the depth chart to the obvious top spot. In the process he has allowed the Bears to tilt toward the run-based offense that John Fox and coordinator Dowell Loggains have professed to want.

Some of Howard's work has stemmed from the ankle injury that sidelined Jeremy Langford for several weeks before Monday.

“We were bringing Jeremy back,” Fox said. “He hadn’t had a lot of time, had been away from it. Ka’Deem (Carey) was pretty much the backup for that game, and Jeremy slipped in in some situational roles.

“But we pretty much knew Jordan was going to be the bell cow for last night.”

And presumably for the foreseeable future. Because Howard’s big games fit a pattern the Bears want. The offense was 45 percent run in the Bears’ two wins this season.

In the win over Detroit, with Howard carrying 23 times for 111 yards, the offense ran 38 run plays compared to 29 pass plays (including kneel-downs). The following week at Indianapolis, the distribution was more pass, but Howard ran for 118 yards and added 45 on three pass receptions. The Bears in fact took a fourth-quarter lead over the Colts on a short drop-off pass that Howard turned into a 21-yard touchdown. Howard and Carey produced four receptions and 60 yards, and the Bears had their biggest scoring output (23 points) of the season with running backs getting 21 combined touches.

In the Minnesota game the Bears ran the football 29 times and called 32 pass plays.

“I definitely didn’t think they were going to lean on me that often,” Howard admitted. “But I guess I started with the hot hand, and they just stuck with me.”

Vegas sets Mitchell Trubisky’s pass TD total at 26.5


Vegas sets Mitchell Trubisky’s pass TD total at 26.5

If Mitchell Trubisky has the kind of break out year in his second season under Matt Nagy that Bears fans are hoping for, he should have no problem cashing an OVER 26.5 passing TDs ticket for bettors who want to back him.

Per Bet Chicago, Caesars is rolling out division props and they set Trubisky’s touchdown pass total for 2019 at 26.5 and his pass yard total at 3,744.5.

While both those marks would be career highs for Trubisky, this number will surely be seen as a slight by the hometown fans and continue to add to the polarizing nature of the quarterback formerly known as the Pretty Boy Assassin.

In Chicago, and if you’re team Mitch, this number is ridiculously low and you’re probably already pounding the over.

Outside of Chicago, and with some analytical support, there’s a lot of doubt about Trubisky’s future as a viable option as an NFL starter, so I’d guess the Pro Football Focus crowd is probably gonna take the under.

We rolled out some props of our own on the Under Center podcast last week including:

Will Mitch Trubisky pass for 10 or more touchdowns than Craig Kimbrel has saves? (Including playoffs for both)

26.5 regular season passing touchdowns probably gives Kimbrel the edge, but it’s right in range. 

And that Trubisky – Kimbrel prop prompted this bold response from our own Bears insider JJ Stankevitz:

I don’t think I’m in the 40 club with my guy JJ, but the OVER certainly feels like the move here. At least it better be if the Bears are gonna make any sort of NFC North title defense. 


Former Bear Greg Olsen randomly walks into marriage proposal, catches whole thing on video


Former Bear Greg Olsen randomly walks into marriage proposal, catches whole thing on video

Scenario: you're walking down the street and randomly walk into a marriage proposal. What do you do?

For former Bear and current Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, the answer was to capture the magical moment on video. 

Olsen was in Nashville this week to give a keynote speech at a healthcare conference. While walking back to his hotel on Thursday, he randomly stumbled into a marriage proposal. His first response: hit record on his phone and capture the whole thing on video.

"Did she say yes? I got it on video, dude," Olsen said emphatically. "I'm going to send it to you!

"She said yes and I got it all on video, and you don't even know me, but I'm going to send it to you."

The couple, according to the Panthers, is Max Harvat and Brooke Hartranft. The two were visiting Nashville for the week, but Harvat didn't necessarily plan the proposal. It was as much of a sporadic moment for him as it was random for Olsen.

"Oh my god, you're my hero," Harvat said to Olsen after the proposal.

As it turns out, Harvat grew up a Panthers fan. However, he had no idea that Olsen was the person recording the proposal in the moment, only happy that someone caught it on video. When he stood up, he realized who the mystery man was.

“When I stood up, I looked over and I started having a mini heart attack," Harvat said to "I was like, ‘I’m 90 percent sure that’s Greg Olsen from the Panthers!’

“I'm a huge Carolina fan. I was like, ‘Oh my God, you're telling me that Greg Olsen just recorded the whole thing?’ I was so excited. It was amazing."

The moment wasn't just special for Havrat and Hartranft, though.

"It's the best thing I've ever witnessed," Olsen said in the video.

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