We’re live blogging the Chicago Bears at the Cincinnati Bengals.
Kevin Powell checking in here. BREAKING NEWS: Bears are still awful. We’ll be posting updates here throughout the game.
As bad as the Bears have been, there still is reason to watch because of who is under center — Mitchell. It’s all about his development, and I’m interested to see if they’ll actually let him air it out today.
Welcome to the WGN Radio live blog of the Bears vs. Bengals. What’s in store? Well, Kevin Powell and I will break down the game and give you color commentary. Quick story lines for this game? Three key defensive starters won’t suit up for the Bears, but the Bengals are also extremely banged up (no Burfict, no Mixon). The Bengals lost to the Steelers on MNF, so they are pretty much knocked out of the playoff hunt. So we’ll see if that makes a difference in how they play. The Bears have been out of the playoff hunt for a while now, but fans continue to watch to see if rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky shows growth and development. And if the Bears will fire the head coach John Fox mid-game. Are we almost ready? I have to get the ole’ pizza rolls in the oven!
JK in the house! Pizza rolls sound good. Prediction for today?
Justin and I will be posting here all afternoon. WGN’s Bears Insider Adam Hoge is covering the game in Cincinnati. Follow him on twitter @AdamHoge.
Well Kev, the last time the Bears went to The Natty, they got their butts kicked. Cedric Benson, anyone? But maybe, just maybe the Bears can mess up the AFC North again today. But Bears only have 1 win on the road and that was against Baltimore. Dalton and Bengals 24, Bears 13. Or Bears 53, Bengals 0. Can’t decide…
NBC is showing swimming. So if the game goes awry, we can live-blog swimming.
If the Bears weren’t so banged up, I’d give them a better shot. Bengals 21 Bears 10.
Love a good live blog of swimming…
The last time Bengals WR A.J. Green faced the Bears: Nine catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns.
So this a fun, off top-of-head list of inactives for Bears:
Kyle Long, Cam Meredith, Kevin White, Zach Miller, Leonard Floyd, Pernell McPhee, Eddie Goldman, Willie Young, Jerrell Freeman, Quintin Demps, Adrian Amos and the kicker. I’m sure there are more.
I love how Fox is trying to make this a big game for the Bengals. 5-7 with a gazillion teams to hopscotch to get to a wildcard.
Let’s not forget this is a MIKE NUGENT REVENGE GAME
NUGENT is now my favorite player on the Bears. Just cause maybe, just maaaaybe he’s related to Ted.
Fox broadcast lists Deon Bush as the starting safety for the Bears.
No one has ever confirmed that he’s not related to Ted. So maybe.
Nothing like getting a challenge on a 4th down spot on the first drive to get us all excited about the flow of this game.
Kyle Fuller needs to pick that ball off. Story of our season.
Kyle Fuller still with plenty to play for…a new contract.
Fuller with good coverage. AJ Green with better offensive PI to prevent the INT.
What a bad year for Andy Dalton. Is he just deteriorating as an athlete or is something up in Cincy that I’m not aware of. He is definitely not the Dalton of the past.
Mitch on the move works. Pocket presence is what needs to grow.
Kev, even though Jordan Howard has had a great start to his NFL career, would you advise the Bears to draft a franchise RB if avail? That kid out of Penn State? Seems like Howard’s deficiency in the passing game is hard to overcome.
The Bears running game is on point today! Bengals D gives up two big runs, including a Jordan Howard TD!
NUGENT misses the PAT. Bears lead 6-0.
Barkley is an incredible talent. But they need to improve in other areas. As we just saw, they’re fine at the running back position.
Agreed, but I wonder if the Bears need to start thinking about upgrading good to great. Because they have deficiencies for sure, but not at positions that you would use a top draft pick to fix. Maybe defensive line?
Receiver…gotta upgrade at receiver. They have the worst WR unit in the NFL. And you have to give Mitch weapons.
Cunningham with a big tackle on the kickoff, gets up and fakes shooting a gun at the Bengal fans. Maybe take it down a notch? #Stupid
Dalton keeps trying to challenge Bears’ corners. But they have come up big. Nice 3rd down stop. Looks like Bengals are going to go for it on 4th and 1 in their own territory.
Bears call great time out. Forces Bengals to think about it and they punt.
Cohen needs to catch that.
Kev, I don’t know if I’d be comfortable taking a WR with our 1st overall. Chance for bust is likely. For every #ODB, there’s #KevinWhite #SammyWatkins?
Bears offense seems more aggressive than usual. That’s what we want to see. Let Mitch loose.
How many first round QB’s have been a bust? Doesn’t mean you should pass up on future talent. They’ve got to address the position.
Over the line! Smokey! Over the line!
John Fox challenging a play that looked pretty obvious? Is this just like taking a time out so they can talk about the 3rd down call? Or is Fox really challenging this call?
John Fox is the worst
That was the 3rd down call after the time out? A 2 yard out to the backup TE? Man, terrible drive for Trubisky and the Bears.
Can’t wait to see this Hanks/Streep movie. The Post.
Fox has a “grasping at straws” feel to every game he coaches. It’s part of the problem with the entire coaching staff, but it manifests itself in the head coaching decisions every game. He just doesn’t seem to have a lot of confidence in his coaches, his players or his own abilities. This is why they should have let him go early in the season. To change the TONE of this football team.
Not me, I’m a Jumanji guy. Looking forward to another Kev Hart/The Rock juggernaut! Throw in a little Jack Black? GOLD!
Prince with the deflection, but can’t make play (again). Feels like Bears D leads league in missed interceptions.
Another problem with Fox is that he doesn’t appear to have any interest in developing young players. And honestly, I kind of get where he’s coming from. He didn’t take the job to develop a bunch of rookies. Fox wants to win, and he’ll do it any way he can — even if that means prohibiting the growth of younger players. That is why Ryan Pace should have fired Fox weeks ago. He’s not winning, and he’s not developing young players.
TD Bengals, Dalton to LaFell for a 15 yard score. Easy.
Not sure how Benny Cunningham is alive after that hit.
End of 1st quarter, Bengals lead 7-6.
How are your pizza rolls?
I was working on em. Cooling off as we speak!!!!
NUGENT!!!! Bears lead 9-7 in the 2nd. Should have scored there, but Bears shoot themselves in foot (again) with costly penalty on big play.
I just ate some cabbage rolls from Violeta’s restaurant so I’m a happy man. But pizza rolls sound good.
Great one-handed grab by that assistant coach.
I’d take some cabbage rolls right about now.
Kyle Fuller has done a great job on A.J. Green today. He hasn’t let him make a big play. Fuller is showing up in these games. Still makes mistakes, but his name is called (in a positive way) several times a game.
I think the Bears should re-sign him. He’s shown enough.
Twitter beating up on play-by-play announcer Sam Rosen. He makes a lot of little mistakes and the internet seems to love it!
Rosen gets destroyed every time he calls a Bears game.
Nice Adam Shaheen with the 18 yard gain. He stretches the field more than any other TE on roster. Yet, he barely plays. Loggains said it was because he doesn’t have a grasp of the full offense. Give me a break.
If he doesn’t have a full grasp on the offense that’s because Loggains has done a bad job. It’s Week 14!!
This is what fans like about Mitch Trubisky. He can throw a 10-15 yard route on 3rd down. Nice completion to Wright. First down.
I like the Bears offense today. Getting a lot of Tarik Cohen in the mix. Balanced. And gives Trubisky more room to operate. But these flags….
Nice drive from Mitch. But yes, the penalties have killed them today.
7 penalties already in this game for the Bears? Already? It’s not even halftime.
If Howard can be counted on for swing passes and checkdowns, this offense can be great. Nice to see.
Well that was fun
Huge play for Trubisky there. Great job getting that ball to Cunningham. He got us in FG range if we had a kicker. Instead, Bears go for it. Bengals take TO.
It’s so ridiculous that the Bears cannot line up for a what, 49 yard field goal here? C’mon.
How can you expect to win in this league without a field goal kicker? BUT….Trubisky finds Shaheen for the first down on 4th down!
Trubisky is looking great today, btw.
3 catches for Shaheen today. I want to see 10 targets, 7 catches per game for Shaheen. Gronk/Kelce style.
Shaheen has made a few nice catches which means he probably won’t see the field in the second half.
Well, that is what we asked for. Shaheen has to make that catch. Can’t come down with touchdown. Bears settle for FG. 27 yarder is good. Bears lead 12-7 with 1:46 to play for the half.
That sums up John Fox. They absolutely should have gone for it. Like I said earlier, Fox wants to win, not develop young players. That would have been a great teaching moment for Trubisky.
Strange time management on this Bengals drive. The Bears let the clock run down to 44 seconds as the Bengals punt out of their end zone. Feels like they may have lost a couple seconds with that strategy.
Trubisky has to recognize the free play and go for it all there. That’s a bad read by all the Bears offense. (offsides Bengals)
Bears (and Trubisky) look pretty incompetent on that final drive. And they can’t kick a long FG because they don’t have a FG kicker. Had to do a hail mary instead of trying a 55 yarder. That’s just unacceptable.
Bears lead at the half, 12-7.
Overall a strong first half for Trubisky. 17/23 for 170 yards. No interceptions.
Bears get the ball to start the 2nd half. Need a nice drive here to put away the lifeless Bengals.
Jordan Howard starts it off with a 16 yard run. NICE game for JH.
Nice run followed up with a penalty and a sack.
After that run, Bears go backwards with penalty and sack and a meaningless screen. Bears punt on first drive out of the half.
Bears D is playing well. Keeping Dalton and the Bengals passing game in check. Force 3 and out. 6 possessions, 5 punts. Wouldn’t have thought this after inactives, but Bears backups doing the job.
Tarik Cohen misjudges another punt. That’s at least three punts today that he’s taken bad angles on? That, plus Nugent missing PAT and the Bears special teams is having another bad game.
Yea Cohen is still learning the position. But it’s another way to get the ball in his hands so I’m OK with him staying there for now.
Bears are dominating all parts of game today. But score doesn’t show it. Only up 5 points midway through 3rd.
Mitch Trubisky having his best game of his young career. This is what we wanted to see. Trubisky moving the ball down the field. Need to finish this drive with a TD.
Just keep letting him throw. He’s had a really strong game.
Nice read option run for Trubisky for the Bears TD! Totally tricked the Bengals. Great drive, great game for Mitch! Bears lead 19-7. Big lead for the Bears D.
Eddie Jackson with an INT! Off the deflection, finally the Bears are in the right spot to make the play. Bears defense comes up big. Bears ball in Bengal territory.
Eddie Jackson gets the INT on his birthday
Jordan Howard has reached 1,000 yards for the season. Is he the first to ever do that as a Bear? When they let Trubisky throw the rock, the running lanes open up.
End of the 3rd quarter and the Bears lead 19-7. They are also 3rd and goal when we come back. Great game so far for the Bears young players – Trubisky, Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen and Eddie Jackson.
He’s the first Bear to begin career with consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
Great point. It’s mostly been the young guys.
Howard makes strong case that the Bears don’t have to look at the RB position in the draft. Makes job a little easier for the front office. The Bears offense needs a #1 WR for sure. Imagine if a downfield threat could draw double teams with this running game? Could be a quick turnaround for this team next year.
Yea they don’t need a running back. Receiver is the way to go.
They use Shaheen again the end zone and it results in a PI. So Bears get 1st down and throw to Shaheen again for the score! Nice work, Shaheen! (another rookie)
Bears lead 26-7 as the young guys shine. Bengals didn’t come to play.
With a win today, the Bears go to 3-0 against the AFC North. Browns come to Soldier Field on Xmas Eve.
Have you gotten your ticket to the Christmas Eve Toilet Bowl at Soldier Field??
What about O-Line? Can Bears draft a legacy Left Tackle in the draft? I don’t know why, but I’m skiddish on WRs in top 5. But seems like Bears could use a special talent on either lines? Or maybe a “Honey Badger” type at safety?
Who knows if they’ll be in the top 5. Bottom line is you have to address you greatest weakness, which is the WR unit.
No doubt, but I wonder if that is better addressed in free agency? And address the #2 WR position with a 2nd or 3rd round pick?
I’d like to see them take the best WR available with their first pick. Get a young receiver Mitch can work with.
Safety Eddie Jackson just made a huge play on AJ Green to strip the football. Challenge will go Bears way (or should). Huge game for Eddie Jackson on his Bday!
I’d draft best avail, but if avail I would get the best OLB avail to pair up with Leonard Floyd. Then you can have a rotation with McPhee and keep the pressure up on the defensive front. Maybe even a Defensive End. Have I told you how much I hate 1st round WRs?
That was an outsanding play by Trubisky. Runs away from the blitz, finds Kendall Wright for the 15 yard gain. On 3rd down.
And now Tarik Cohen from the Wildcat formation, takes the direct snap and rumbles 29 yards. The Bears’ young players are lighting it up today.
Jordan Howard rumbles for another TD, but replays say he may have been down at the 1 yard line. Amazing run for Howard and stretch at end. Bears offense working today.
Wow, TD stands! Bears lead 33-7 in a blowout in Cincy.
Can the Bears play AFC North opponents every week?
Ha, Kendall Wright becomes the first Bears’ WR to get 100 yards in a game this season. It’s week 14.
As Adam Hoge noted on twitter, this has been a great look for Ryan Pace following last week’s disaster. The young core, all drafted by Pace, has had a huge day.
Reminder that our Bears postgame show with Hamp, OB and Koz starts at 3:05pm CT on WGN Radio. Tune in! It’s must-listen radio. And thanks to everyone who joined Justin and I today.
What is Kyle Fuller’s deal? He continues to whiff on interceptions. It’s the one reason I’m not sold on him for the future.
The one earlier wasn’t a whiff. He was held by Green. That one shoulda been picked.
He seems to be around the ball, making plays. But even today, there have been a few instances where the ball was in play and he missed the opportunity. If the Bears could add that element to corner position, I feel like they would improve significantly in the W/L column.
Yea he’s missed some opportunities. But as long as the other team isn’t catching the ball, he’s doing his job. And there’s a reason some of these guys are DB’s and not WR’s haha. No hands.
Meanwhile, the Cubs have added bullpen help, signing Brandon Morrow to a two-year deal.
So Hawks, Bulls and Bears go 4-0 this weekend with the chance for a clean sweep with the Hawks tonight. This after they went 0-20 over past week+.
Don’t celebrate too much, Lamarr. Don’t remind us of when you blew out your ACL doing a sack dance late in a blowout loss to the Patriots a few years back. One of the most embarrassing plays in Bears history.
Justin, what’s on the show tomorrow night?
The Bears D holds on the final drive for the Bengals. The Bears will win this game and move to 4-9 on the season. The 2017 Bears now have one more W than last year. Next week, the Bears head to Detroit.
Adam Hoge will join us for the Monday Evening Quarterback. Can’t wait to talk about a win for a change. Big positives in this one for several players that needed big games. #Trubisky #Shaheen #Howard #Cohen #Wright #OLine #Jackson #BearsSecondary
Saturday afternoon matchup with the Lions. 3:30pm kickoff.
The Packers just tied things up with the Browns. They’re headed to OT in Cleveland. Wow.
The Bears win. That’s all, folks! Make sure to tune in at 720AM or wgnradio.com for Hamp, OB and Koz!
Have a great day! Bears win 33-7.