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A great day coming for Bears' offense

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A great day coming for Bears' offense

Things couldnt be going any better for the Chicago Bears, or could they?
After a big come-from-behind victory over the Carolina Panthers last weekend, the Bears' offense gets to face one of the worst defenses in the NFL. Tennessee is ranked 30th in the NFL in overall defense. The Titans have been giving up yardage and points at an awful rate. Opponents have piled up over 412 yards a game and have been scoring on the Titans to the tune of 32.1 points per game.
It bodes well for the Bears, as wide receiver Alshon Jeffery continues to heal from his broken hand. The Bears wont need Jeffery as Tennessee offers the Bears a great opportunity to build some offensive momentum prior to facing tough defenses in Houston and San Francisco.
Everyone is still complaining about Jay Cutler being sacked 25 times on the season. Those sacks are not all the offensive lines responsibility, as two of them last weekend were directly on Cutler holding the ball too long. Tennessee is ranked 28th in the NFL with just 11 sacks. They signed Oakland Raider free agent DE Kameron Wimbley to beef up their pass rush this offseason, which has had little impact so far. Protecting Jay Cutler should not be an issue against the Titans.
Running the football should also not be a problem for the Bears. Tennessee is one of the worst defenses at stopping the run as well. They are ranked 28th, giving up 140 yards per game. The Titans are a terrible tackling team, especially when defenders are isolated in space. For example, plays like bubble screens to Devin Hester have gashed Tennessee for huge yardage because one-on-one defenders can't tackle in space. If running backs Matt Forte or Michael Bush cant get 100 yards against this sorry group, Ill shave my goatee for the next Bears Postgame Live.
It should be a good weekend for the Bears offensively as they move the football through the air and on ground, while also moving their record to 7-1.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

We asked you to ask us anything about the White Sox and you delivered in a big way. We got so many questions, we had to do two different podcasts! Among the questions here in Part 1: should the White Sox send Yoan Moncada to Triple-A? What players will be traded before the deadline? Who are some sleeper prospects in the minors? Will Jordan Stephens be called up before Michael Kopech? Should Juan Uribe be a team ambassador? What's our all-time White Sox team from 2000 to the present and many more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Michael Porter Jr.: 'I'm the perfect fit for today's NBA game'

Michael Porter Jr.: 'I'm the perfect fit for today's NBA game'

Michael Porter Jr. grabbed some attention when he remarked that he was "perfect fit for today's NBA game" during an appearance on The Will Cain Show.

The interview went a long way towards showing off the uber-confident nature of Porter, who has consistently talked about being the best player in his class throughout the draft process. Porter also remarked that he was "an immediate impact guy," and that he "doesn't want it to take long to be one of the best players in the NBA."

His hubris has been intruiging considering the mystery surrounding the prospect.

During the interview Porter added that he would be open to doing more workouts for NBA front offices ahead of Thursday's NBA Draft. The only workout he has completed so far was his pro day workout in Chicago, and multiple reports have cited that Porter did look good shooting, though he was in an isolated setting with no defenders.

The one thing Porter has not done much throughout the process is talk about his weaknesses, which is somewhat concerning seeing as he has much to improve on. The general consensus is that a healthy Porter can get buckets at will. But if he can improve his ball-handling, rebounding and passing skills, he will be much more than a go-to scorer. Tightening his ball-handling skills is likely the key, as the ability to grab the rebound and push in transition would be a huge boon for Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg's offense.

The biggest question when it comes to Porter on the Bulls is can he fit with Lauri Markkanen? Despite receiving many favorable Kevin Durant and Paul George comparisons leading up to the draft, there is a rising sentiment that his best position in the NBA may be the power forward spot. It is not yet known if he has the foot speed to stay in front of quicker wings in today's NBA. But at six-feet-ten-inches, it is easy to imagine him having a huge advantage against slower power forwards rather than wings. While Markkanen is not currently built to be a full-time center, playing him at the five with Porter at the four would present Hoiberg with a potentially devastating closing lineup.

Versatility is the name of the game in today's league, and Michael Porter Jr. may be the key to unlocking the full potential of Hoiberg's pace-and-space attack.