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Look at this — this week’s Thursday night game features the Lions returning to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers. After that, look away.

Based on the first few weeks of the 2023 regular season, there are more than a few stinkers lurking on the league’s short-week slate on Amazon.

Next week, the 0-3 Bears visit the Commanders. After that, the 0-3 Broncos visit the Chiefs. Woof, and woof.

After that, it’s Jaguars at Saints. (Good, not great.) Then, the Bucs visit the Bills. (Could get ugly.)

The Titans visit the Steelers after that, which could be fine if the Titans can muster some/any offense. After that, the 0-3 Panthers visit the 0-3 Bears. (If I’m Al Michaels, I’m not even getting on the plane for that one.)

Bengals at Ravens is solid for the week before Thanksgiving. Dolphins at Jets on Black Friday could be another black mark on the full schedule.

The slate concludes with Seahawks at Cowboys, Patriots at Steelers, Chargers at Raiders, Saints at Rams, and Jets at Browns.

Late-season flexing this year is a possibility. It could become a necessity. Even with Amazon and Nielsen working together to boost the ratings (over the objection of the traditional broadcast networks), some of these upcoming games could have a hard time churning up big audiences.

Other than this week’s game, which arguably is the best of the entire schedule.


Bears head coach Matt Eberflus took over the defensive play calling heading into Week Two and he’s not thinking about giving the job to anyone else.

Eberflus said on Wednesday that he plans to call the team’s plays for the rest of the season. Alan Williams was in that role as the team’s defensive coordinator to open the season, but he missed Week Two for personal reasons before resigning ahead of last Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs.

The Bears gave up 456 yards in that 41-10 loss and they’ve given up 106 points so far this season. That’s good for 31st in the league and they’re also 27th in the league in points scored, so there hasn’t been much working well for the Bears on any front.

The longer that continues, the greater the likelihood that Eberflus will be giving up some or all of his roles in Chicago before the start of next season.


The Bears are adding a cornerback from a division rival.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Chicago is signing Joejuan Williams off of Minnesota’s practice squad.

Williams signed with the Vikings in April after missing the 2022 season due to injury. He did not make the initial 53-man roster but was signed to the practice squad.

A Patriots second-round pick in 2019, Williams appeared in 36 games with one start over his first three seasons with New England. He has eight career passes defensed.


The NFL currently has four winless teams. Barring a tie, that number will be cut in half on Sunday.

In a quirk of the schedule, the league’s four bottom-feeders are paired off on Sunday, with the 0-3 Bears hosting the 0-3 Broncos and the 0-3 Panthers hosting the 0-3 Vikings.

The two home teams are both 3.5-point underdogs, so if the betting odds are correct, the Bears and Panthers will be at the bottom of the league with 0-4 records after Sunday afternoon.

And that would be very good news for the Bears, as they have both their own 2024 first-round draft pick and the Panthers’ pick, thanks to this year’s trade that allowed the Panthers to draft Bryce Young first overall.

The Bears might just find themselves with both the first overall pick and the second overall pick in 2024. That would mean this season has been a disaster, but it could set the Bears up to build a very bright future.


Bears quarterback Justin Fields says it’s way too early to throw in the towel on this season.

The 0-3 Bears are perhaps the NFL’s most disappointing team, but Fields said after the loss to the Chiefs on Sunday that he’s not giving up on the possibility of playing in the postseason.

“The Lions started 1-6 last year and they almost made the playoffs,” Fields said. “We’ve got 14 left, at least.”

Fields acknowledged that “I need to be better,” but after a difficult week in Chicago that saw Fields feel the need to call a special press conference to clarify comments he’d made earlier about what’s going on with the team, he says that he’s still appreciating that he gets to achieve his goal of being an NFL quarterback.

“I’m looking at it like the big picture, just life in general,” Fields said. “I think this past week has had me kind of look at it like, What are the important things in life? . . . I think these past couple of weeks have made me appreciate the little things in life, like being able to play this game. Every opportunity I get to go out there and play, I’m going to have fun. I’m going to play my hardest and just thank God for giving me the ability to play. So, no matter what the scoreboard is, I’m going to keep to the same mindset and just pushing and keep moving forward.”

Sunday’s home game against the 0-3 Broncos may be a chance for the Bears to turn things around, although even coming off a 70-20 loss, the Broncos are 3.5-point favorites in Chicago.