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You can see whatever you want to see in Bears loss to Titans

You can see whatever you want to see in Bears loss to Titans

Another 2016 Bears game that you can look and see just about what you want to see (except a win, which is, OK, sort of important, but just stay with me here...)

If you don’t like this Bears team, John Fox, Ryan Pace, whatever, you’re nodding knowlingly and approvingly as they fall to 2-9 after a couple of missed last-minute chances in a 27-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans (6-6).

A backup quarterback (Matt Barkley) in his first NFL start, a rookie running back (Jordan Howard) with another strong game (84 rushing yards), none of that stuff matters.

"We've done that a few times this season, looking for the positives,” said defensive end Akiem Hicks. “We're tired of that. We're looking for results."

Or do you see a 2-8 Bears team with nothing to play for and trailing 27-7 early in the fourth quarter, comes back to within a dropped pass (actually, two dropped passes) in the end zone in the closing seconds to lose 27-21. Indications from players inside the locker room last week was that this was not a Bears team that would quit on its coach or each other. That appeared to hold through Sunday, with the Bears clearly playing with some intensity even down multiple scores in the fourth quarter.

So was Sunday’s glass half-full of positives? "Absolutely,” said defensive end Willie Young. “A lotta young guys stepping up and making plays. One guy goes down, guys come in and fill that void. As long as our front seven stays together, we'll be just fine."

Of course, any Bears position group staying together this season is more than a little problematic. Witness, Sunday. The reality is that the Bears went into this game missing nine starters, and left it with potentially another, as Danny Trevathan was on a cart under the stadium afterwards with what coach John Fox termed a “serious” knee injury. That’s not including cornerback Kyle Fuller, who may yet return from IR and knee surgery but hasn’t yet. Or the absence of even No. 2’s at quarterback (Brian Hoyer) and linebacker (Lamarr Houston).

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]

The Bears got far more than most expected out of Barkley, the third different starting quarterback for the Bears through 11 games (Jay Cutler, Hoyer). They got basically about everything they could have asked for out of a backup, or even a starter for that matter.

“I thought he came out and played well,” said Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota. “He gave his team the best chance to win and that’s all you can really ask for a guy coming in.”

(Hey, maybe the thing to do now is start another faux controversy: Does Jay Cutler get his starting job back when he’s healthy, or do you stay with Barkley? KIDDING!)

One takeaway from Sunday is really one that’s been the same pretty much all season. Fox had his team in position to win, playing with fire, at the end of a game with half his starting lineups in sick bay. If management were looking for a referendum on Fox’s leadership and whether his message is still resonating with his players, the referendum passed.

“The results are wins and losses, and the results have not been good,” said Fox, who may not excoriate publicly but neither does he deal in false positives. “As I told the team, [Sunday], it was a pretty gritty, hard-fought game to get back into it. We just have to play better for 60 minutes.”

So are the Bears a team that can play spectacularly for 15 minutes (14 first downs, 217 yards, 14 points in Sunday’s fourth quarter), or a team that can lose leads in fourth quarters (Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville), which is what bad teams do? The Bears had chances to win in fourth quarters against the Colts, Texans, Giants and now Tennessee.

Does that make them just another so-so bad team? Or are they closer to good than 2-9 says they are?

You can see whatever you want to see in the 2016 Chicago Bears.

Vegas sets Mitchell Trubisky’s pass TD total at 26.5

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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

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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 panthers.com. "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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