We’re live blogging the Chicago Bears vs. the Detroit Lions
About 20 minutes til kickoff
Why would anyone buy a Johnny Knox jersey?
In case you missed it…Jay Cutler is OUT today. Brian Hoyer gets the start.
Hey all – I’m Justin Kaufmann and I’ll be providing color commentary for today’s game. Kev’s got the good stuff. I just comment on the commercials. ENOUGH of the Nationwide/Peyton stuff. He’s retired. Stop.
The NFL will find a way to keep Manning around.
Spotted a second Johnny Knox jersey
Probably not a good thing when a majority of the fans at Soldier Field are wearing former players jerseys.
This team has no identity.
Sorry for all the negativity to start. Go Bears
What is a Bears game without negativity? Also, cheese. https://twitter.com/JustinKaufmann/status/782626954239315970/photo/1
First miscommunication! DRINK! (if you are playing the miscommunication drinking game)
I’ve been saying it all along, once Bryce Callahan is healthy this defense will be back.
I want cheese!!
Penalty on punt return, DRINK! (if you are playing the punt return penalty drinking game)
I love the punt return penalty drinking game
Jordan Howard injured after run. Looks like a good ole playground kick in the family jewels…
Um….Kevin…who is Logan Paulsen?
That’s a great question
Did a quick google search and found this: Logan Sindre Paulsen is an American football tight end for the
Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was signed by the
Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played
college football at UCLA.
Strong drive for the Bears. They moved the ball well and Eddie Royal finished it off. He’s gotta be the MVP of this Bears squad so far this season.
Nice drive. Hoyer making plays. And yes, Royal is having a great year. As WR and return man.
When Hamp was on Friday, he talked about how the Bears haven’t beaten the Lions since Lovie Smith? That’s crazy.
Especially crazy considering the Lions haven’t really had any great teams in that period.
I think it’s safe to say that Matt Stafford is Detroit’s Jay Cutler. Discuss.
Justin, let’s plug stuff. My twitter: @kpowell720 JK’s twitter: @JustinKaufman Our Bears insider Adam Hoge: @AdamHoge And check out @WGNRadioSports And of course, Hamp, OB and Koz postgame show on 720AM and wgnradio.com starting at 3p.
OK, I’m done plugging stuff.
Bears force another punt. The game plan has been strong on both sides of the ball. Issue has been adjustments. Let’s see how this plays out.
Yea the second half has doomed the Bears in each loss. That’s on the coaches.
Also I want more cheese photos please.
Ha, I spilled some cheese on the couch. So between blogging, I’ve been scrubbing. I can’t have nice things.
Kev – can we start the Logan Paulsen fan club? LOGAN! FIRST DOWN!!!!!!!!!!
Classic cheese spill
I’m down for a Logan Paulsen fan club. Let’s make tee shirts!
Paulsen’s Pit Crew
Hoge’s all over it: https://twitter.com/AdamHoge/status/782635048935710721
I like it
Blocking blitzing defenders is key
Akiem Hicks is a large man
Seeing some life out of this Bears D. Looking great on 3rd Down, which has been terrible so far this season.
This Sprint guy who used to work for Verizon? Who is in a commercial essentially saying “remember when I was in that other commercial? Super lame.
The offense is moving, but a little worried about how much they are throwing the ball. Seems out of balance right now. But Bears winning, so I’ll sit down.
Yea that guy has made a bunch of money doing dumb commercials. Good for him.
Bad holding call
Ebron questionable to return. Knee and ankle.
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) October 2, 2016
Paulsen probably a little upset to see a fellow tight end go down.
Paulsen would have had the 1st.
Paulsen for President!!
I’d vote Paulsen over Trump or Hillary. No question.
Bears moving the ball on offense, stopping the Lions on D. Need to put some points on the board though.
I want to know where FOX gets the interstitial music coming/going to commercials. It’s a weird guitar riff, feels like something that a producer did in the basement to avoid paying any royalties.
Kevin White making plays today
Finally making Kevin’s look good
I wonder if they serve more food at halftime in the press box. I hope so.
They had a nice breakfast spread earlier
Bears should go for it.
Not sure I like that call. Bell was in street clothes as of last week. So that’s who gets the ball? I’d give it to Howard, as he just showed earlier in the drive that he had good second effort.
Ummm why wasn’t Jordan Howard in for that play? He’s the obvious short yardage back.
Bell is the fast/quick guy. Howard’s a back that can run people over. Lions have had a tough time bringing him down all game.
We’ve seen it all year – momentum kills the Bears. Let’s hope that there isn’t a momentum swing. The Bears D needs to step it up right here. 3 and out.
Bears getting stuffed on 4th and short in Houston was a huge momentum swing…and the Texans rolled the rest of the game. We’ll see what it does for Detroit.
Offsides against Bears. Bears are also guilty of that all season, costly penalties.
Big 3rd down here
Like I said, Bryce Callahan!!!!
That’s your boy
Matt Prater bombed that one
50 yarder good. Bears up 7-3. Bears need to wrestle the momentum back and score before halftime. Get a TD. Because remember, Lions deferred and get ball after half.
I’m still wondering if they serve food at halftime.
The running game has been solid. Howard with another 1st down. He’s a rookie, playing strong today. Also got a pass interference call on the goal line that set up the Bears only score.
They better. I want you well fed and ready for the second half. No excuses, Powell!
Huge PI call on that drive. Second half key: KEEP GIVING THE BALL TO JORDAN HOWARD
I like Howard’s running style. He’s very patient, runs upright. Seems to be very mature for a 4th round rookie.
The Bears are continuing costly penalties on both sides of the ball. At very important points in game.
Conor Barth can’t miss here. The faithful will turn on him.
Not a great start for the Bears kicker. 2 missed field goals, both at Soldier Field. 1 for 3 this year. Not good.
Bears need to make a stop here. Again, Lions have ball after Halftime.
ooooohhhhhhh! Cutler…errr…Stafford strikes again! Jacoby Glenn with a gimme. Saves Bears’ half.
Bears trying hail mary. Nice to see something different than a knee.
Bears lead 7-3 at the half. Now Lady Gaga does the highlights and we’ll be back in 15.
Bears looked decent in the first half. The Lions were horrible. Again, we’ll see what sort of adjustments are made…Bears have been outplayed/coached in every second half this season.
Brian Hoyer: He played well, finding receivers and extended plays scrambling.
Jordan Howard: 60 first half yards. Got big pass interference call.
Bryce Callahan: Strong coverage, made a few big plays.
What about Paulsen?
Second half underway
Looks like Lions halftime adjustment is to run the ball straight ahead for 1 yard a pop, then get a false start.
Stafford scrambles, picks up 15 to get first down. Can’t let that happen, D.
That Stafford scramble leads to an extended drive. Lions in red zone.
Once again, the second half not off to a good start.
Lions find rhythm, get to goal line. Big 3rd down.
Bears D holds! LB John Timu times the snap, stuffs the run. Huge play.
Lions score FG, 7-6 Bears.
Perfectly timed blitz from Timu. Nice play.
Hey Kev – question for you. I may have missed it, but where’s Leonard Floyd? Or Johnathan Bullard? Are they playing today? Haven’t heard either number called all day.
This is a big offensive drive for the Bears. Need to take back some momentum. Avoid a quick 3 and out.
John Timu backgrounder below. Seizing opportunities.
Huge play. Eddie Royal is playing big today.
Royal making plays
Zach Miller, TD! Wide open. Lions miscommunication (DRINK!)
I love the Lions miscommunication drinking game.
14-6 Bears with 3+ to go in 3rd quarter.
During the halftime show, Jimmy Johnson said that because of Hoyer’s play today, Jay Cutler may have seen the last snap in a Chicago Bears uniform. Whaaa? Hyperbole much?
Brian Hoyer is not the future…they’ll draft a qb
Yeah, Hoyer has played well. But the Bears have 14 points at the end of 3rd. Not necessarily burning up the scoreboard.
Kevin White questionable to return. Ankle
Everyone else is injured, why not White? Feels right.
So Kev – where’s Leonard Floyd? Is he playing today? I missed if he was inactive. But haven’t seen him on field. Or maybe he has been, but just ineffective?
He’s been in. Not a great game. Lost containment on Stafford’s long scramble.
Ha did Jordan Howard just knock down John Fox on the sideline?
Did Jordan Howard just knock down Coach Fox on the sidelines? Haha, way to go rookie!
Bears 14-6 at end of 3rd quarter. Exciting 4th quarter ahead!
4,816 unused tickets for today's Bears game. Plenty of empty seats here.
— Kevin Powell (@kpowell720) October 2, 2016
Score here. Give the ball to Jordan Howard. Let him get 6 points.
Connor Barth made a field goal
Barth!!!!! The Bears lead 17-6 (two scores) in the 4th quarter. Game not over though. Lions are like the Colts. They like the late 4th quarter…
But so far, so good on the second half adjustments. Lions have only scored a FG.
Whahahaaa? That’s awesome. Even fans fall down and give up.
Lions moving into Bears territory. Bears getting great play from last year’s walk-ons. Washington, Timu and Acho. Where’s Floyd? Not even on field in pressure moments. Hmm.
Big 3rd down here
Lions not phased by being down 2 scores. The Bears have to make a play. Change the momentum, hopefully once and for all.
YES!!!!!! Another Cutler-esque pick for Matt Stafford (Hall) and the Bears take over with under 5 min to go in the 4th! Smelling first victory. That could also be the 3 hour old queso dip. But probably victory.
I’m headed to the locker room. Fun times JK. Bring it home!
Get good position, Kev! Jordan Howard over 100 yards. Strong rookie.
There are lot of Lions’ Memes out there, just FYI.
The Bears are a first down away from icing this one.
Bears choose to run the ball and punt instead of throwing for a first down. Lions out of timeouts. They’ll have the ball with about 2 minutes to play, down two scores.
A Lions TD on a punt return? With 2 min to go? COME ON BEARS. That’s crazy bad. And give up the 2 point? The Lions are now down a field goal with under 2 min to play. Lions have no timeouts though. So if Bears can secure the onside, they will probably win.
But still….how can you let that happen, Bears?
Even closing out games is a challenge.
Bears recover the football. but hold on.
Bears recover!!!!!!! Bears can run out the clock. Bears win, baby.
The Bears seem to be mimicking last year. Started 0-3, won a big one at home against Oakland. Same here. So even though the Bears are on the board, there’s still a lot left to improve.
Also, Julio Jones has over 300 yards RECEIVING today in Atlanta. Wow.
And that will do it for the Bears live blog today. Listen to WGN Radio now for post game with Hamp/OB/Koz. Thanks for joining us!