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79th and Halas EP 124 - "Green Bay, this is your conscience"

Scott and Flows are joined by the homie Steve to break down the upcoming Bears season!

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Monday Morning Glory: That's my quarterback

I’ve been on this earth for 27 years, 17 of which I’ve been a passionate, die-hard Chicago Bears fan. In that time, I’ve seen the following starting quarterbacks:

Shane Matthews, Jim Miller, Chris Chandler, Henry Burris, Kordell Stewart, Rex Grossman, Jonathan Quinn, Craig Krenzel, Chad Hutchinson, Kyle Orton, Brian Griese, Jay Cutler, Todd Collins, Caleb Hanie, Josh McCown, Jason Campbell, Jimmy Clausen, Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, and Mike Glennon.

These twenty quarterbacks range in quality from promising shithead (Cutler) to scrub (pick one) to overpaid immobile dumpster fire (Mike Glennon) and everything in between. So while I understand the city of Chicago’s apprehension to anoint Mitchell Trubisky as the savior of the historic yet playoff dormant franchise because of past wounds left untreated by less talented players, it’s time to admit the truth:

Mitchell Trubisky is the best quarterback the Chicago Bears has ever had.

Given his only competition is Sid Luckman (a quarterback of a far bygone era), Jim McMahon (a gamer but not the greatest), and Jay Cutler (our aforementioned promising shithead), it’s not a hard argument even two years and 21 starts in. However, Trubisky’s play in Sunday’s 34-22 win over the Detroit Lions Sunday showed the championship intangibles that made Ryan Pace overpay to jump up one spot to draft him.

Trubisky completed 23-of-30 passes for a career-high 355 yards and three touchdowns, hitting all three levels of the field, including six completed passes for more than 10+ yards. The Bears ran a more uptempo offense than in previous games this season, and Trubisky thrived, controlling the tempo and calling audibles like his name was Peyton. But that only begins to explain the best game of Tru’s young career. He was excellent in the pocket, with Pro Football Focus giving him a perfect passer rating under pressure.

Trubisky was another beneficiary of the deep ball this week. On deep pass attempts, Trubisky completed four passes on a league-high eight attempts for 128 yards and two touchdowns. He also put together a strong showing under pressure with a perfect passer rating of 158.3 on his six pass attempts when the pass rush got home.

Trubisky really benefited from the return of receiver Allen Robinson; the two connected six times for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Two of Trubisky’s best passes of the day - and his career so far - went to Robinson; one a 27-yard dart into a tight window for a huge chunk of yardage, and another back shoulder throw to the endzone that fell right into the bread basket for six.

Having a phenomenal route runner and receiver helps a ton, but Trubisky is silencing his critics - nationwide and in the city of Chicago - who believe he’s an inaccurate thrower who’s nothing more than an Alex Smith-like game manager. Since a rough start, Trubisky’s play and conviction running the offense has grown tremendously, as explained in this thread by Johnathan Wood of Da Bears Blog:

Trubisky is continuing to develop as an NFL quarterback, but Sunday’s win was his arrival on the big stage, and next Sunday night could very well be the moment the world is put on notice. Bears fans, and his critics, need to let go of the pessimistic nitpicking and enjoy one of the rising stars in the NFL.


Everyone’s trying to move out of Oakland, and not just the football team; the Raiders themselves!

The 1-8 Raiders are so damn sorry, one of their players is ready to say sayonara after their 20-6 loss to the Chargers Sunday, and allegedly that player is Jordy Nelson.

Jordy’s been one of the great receivers of the last decade, and even though he’s not the star he was in Green Bay, it sucks to see him go out like this with a corroding franchise in Oakland. Nothing Jon Gruden has done since returning with a shiny 10-year, $100 million contract has proven to be a good move; from ignoring Khalil Mack for a whole offseason before trading him to Chicago for the grand prize of two low-first round picks (thanks!), to moving former first-rounder Amari Cooper to Dallas for another first (Cooper has two TD’s since moving to Dallas). The Raiders are a sinking ship, and while it’s fun to watch because everyone hates Gruden, it’s sad to see it happen to one of the league’s most beloved brands.

Ball Don't Lie - "Starting Nick Foles Is Like Trying Coke Once"

Ball Don't Lie returns to recap week 2 of the NFL season! What's going on in Pittsburgh with Mike Tomlin and Antonio Brown? How long will Fitzmagic last in Tampa? Are the Eagles rushing Carson Wentz? Is Patrick Mahomes the real deal or should we wait it out? Can Blake Bortles be consistent enough for the Jaguars to make a real run at the Super Bowl? We'll also talk about the Packers/Vikings tie, Josh Gordon to the Pats, and Vontae Davis quitting the Bills at halftime. PLUS D-Wade's last season, Kanye’s fufu-ass apology tour and the Captain Marvel trailer!

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79th and Halas EP 99 - Preseason preview ft. Jarrett Payton

For the 99th episode and return to a new season of 79th and Halas, the guys invite WGN Radio's own, CLTV's own, THE U's own and the son of the GOAT Walter Payton, Jarrett Payton, to discuss the upcoming Bears season and predictions for it.

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From Nightmares to Dreams: Eagles are ringless no more

I'm putting my Eagles slander to bed.

For years I got such satisfaction from ringless jokes, my favorite of which the one of Donovan McNabb chilling next to a trophy case with a single can of Campbell's Chunky soup inside. They were the NFL's punching bag, and punching the Eagles when they were down felt fun for fans of fellow mediocre teams.

(Gregory Shamus / Getty Images)

(Gregory Shamus / Getty Images)

But the Eagles aren't mediocre anymore. In the wonkiest football season in recent memory, Philly overcame early-season injuries to their kicker (Caleb Sturgis), third-down running back (Darren Sproles), a leader in the defense (Jordan Hicks) and their All-Pro left tackle (Jason Peters) to surge towards the best record in the league & an NFC East crown. But when would've-been MVP Carson Wentz injured his ACL late in the season, everyone wrote the Eagles off.

Insert Nick Foles. 

Foles is only four years removed from a Pro Bowl season where he led the NFL in passer rating and set the best TD-to-INT ratio (27-2) in history. He'd since fallen out of favor in an ugly Chip Kelly-led mess in Philadelphia, gotten shipped off to St. Louis for Sam Bradford and benched by the Rams, only to back up Alex Smith the next year in Kansas City. He contemplated calling it quits, and then Doug Pederson's Eagles called him back.

Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles fans couldn't have predicted they would be on this stage with this quarterback. None of us did two months ago when Foles was thrusted into the starting job. Even less when he struggled mightily against New York and Dallas towards the end of the season. The Eagles were 13-3 and the top seed in the NFC, but they were anything but favorites.

The Falcons were favored to roll through Philly on their revenge tour. The Eagles defense held them to 10 points.  The Vikings were practically given the NFC Championship after their stunning win over New Orleans the week before. Their fans even hit the Skol chant in front of the Rocky sign. The Eagles delivered the knockout blow.

And then with history, Tom Brady and the mighty New England Patriots staring them in the face, the underdogs rose to the occasion again. And it was the quarterback no one thought could pull it off leading the way.

Nick Foles played as outstanding a game as you could ask. He outplayed the greatest of all time in Tom Brady, throwing for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns; all on perfect strikes to Alshon Jeffery, Corey Clement and Zach Ertz to win the game. But it was the trick play to cap the first half that everyone will remember. Pederson and Foles fooled the Patriots defense all game, but none moreso than Trey Burton's touchdown PASS to Foles. It was a testament to the balls of Pederson and Foles to take risks in order to beat the best team of our generation.

Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Patrick Smith/Getty Images

It took a lot of risks to get the Eagles to this point, not counting the trick plays and fourth down gambles. The Eagles took a risk in bringing back an Andy Reid-coordinator, all of whom except one (John Harbaugh) have hoisted a Lombardi before. Alshon Jeffery took a risk on himself when he declared a Super Bowl victory without having a team last offseason; he signed a one-year deal, parlayed that into a new contract, and then made good on his promise. LeGarrette Blount and Chris Long bet on themselves as well, leaving the Patriots after capturing a ring to go play together in Philly.

And Nick Foles took a risk by not hanging them up when it felt all was lost. Now, the Super Bowl MVP is ready to cash in big time.

Eagles fans, your 365 days of uninterrupted shit talk begins now. Enjoy it. It was well earned.


NFL Wild Card Playoff preview
(Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

(Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

With the 2017 regular season officially finished, the playoff picture is set, and it looks a lot different than it has in recent years. This year's field features eight new teams that did not make the playoffs last year; four of them having ended what seemed like never ending droughts.

For the Buffalo Bills, its been 17 long years since they last played meaningful January football. But the drought is over, ending the longest streak of missing the playoffs in the four major North American professional leagues. The Rams bounced back from an embarrassing first season in LA, ending their 13-year drought. The Jacksonville Jaguars also ended a decade of mediocrity, and the Tennessee Titans are back, ending their 9-year skid. Lets take a look at the match-ups.

(Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)

(Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)

No. 5 Titans (9-7) at No. 4 Chiefs (10-6) Saturday, 4:35 p.m. Eastern, ESPN/ABC

The Kansas City Chiefs started off as the league’s hottest team with a 5-0 start but hit a mid season slump, going just 5-6 record the rest of the way. But it seems they have found their stride again winning 4 straight to end the season. They boast the NFL's leader rusher in rookie Kareem Hunt who ran for 1327 yards and will look to carry the team on his back throughout the playoffs. The Chiefs have one of the best offensive attacks in the league and with the energy of Arrowhead stadium behind them, expect them to put up some points.

Tennessee safety Kevin Byard has been exceptional all season with 87 tackles and a league leading 8 interceptions. Look for Byard to try and put a stop to the Chiefs potent offense. The Titans could likely be without Demarco Murray, who missed last week’s game with an MCL tear.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

No. 6 Falcons (10-6) at No. 3 Rams (11-5) Saturday, 8:15 p.m. Eastern, NBC

The last time these two teams faced off, the Falcons destroyed the Rams on the road 42-14…but that was last season. The Rams will host their first playoff game at the Coliseum and will look to overpower the Falcons with their explosive offensive attack.

Two of the league’s premiere offensive weapons will face off in Todd Gurley and Julio Jones. Gurley has been in MVP form, leading the NFC with 2093 total yards from scrimmage and scoring a league high 19 touchdowns. Jones has been nothing short of spectacular this season finishing second only to Antonio Brown with 1444 yards receiving, but he has struggled to find the end zone this season only scoring 3 touchdowns.

The Rams are the league’s highest scoring team averaging 29.9 ppg and will look to give this Falcons defense fits. Both teams are top 10 teams in yards-per-game so expect an exciting game with some explosive plays. A Falcons win sends them to Philly to play the Eagles, while a Rams win will set them up for a divisional round game in Minnesota.

(Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI)

(Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI)

No. 6 Bills (9-7) at No. 3 Jaguars (10-6) Sunday, 1 p.m. Eastern, CBS

“The Drought is Over Bowl.” Neither of these teams have sniffed a playoff game in at least a decade, and the Jaguars have not hosted a playoff game since 1999. The Bills looked to have turned in their season at the start of week 11 after they benched Tyrod Taylor, but a horrible 5-interception game by Nathan Peterman forced Taylor back into the lineup and redeemed their playoff hopes. Look for Jaguars to ride rookie running back Leonard Fournette as they will most likely need to keep the ball on the ground against a Bills team that has only given up 13 touchdown passes all season, tied for first in the NFL.

Preston Brown is the leading tackler in the NFL with 144 total and will look to anchor this Bills team to a win. The Jaguars are ranked second in total defense (286.1 ypg) and second in points allowed per game (16.8 ppg.) The Jaguars defense is stingy and could pose a huge threat for the Bills. Look for this to be a low scoring affair. A Jags win locks up a rematch with Pittsburgh, while a Bills victory sends them to New England to face the Patriots…so they might want to enjoy a victory while they can.

(Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports)

(Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports)

No. 5 Panthers (11-5) at No. 4 Saints (11-5) Sunday, 4:40 p.m. Eastern, Fox

The New Orleans Saints dominated the Panthers in both match-ups this season, and there is no reason to think the third game between these NFC South foes will look any different. The Panthers travel to New Orleans to face one of the most potent offensive attacks in football. The Saints boast weapons all over the field in rookie Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, Michael Thomas, and Tedd Ginn. And of course, Drew Brees, who has thrown for 4334 yards to go with 23 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions.

The Saints offense is scary and the Panthers know all to well how dangerous they can be. New Orleans outscored Carolina 65-34 in their two regular season contests. The Panthers were hot down the stretch as they won 7 of their last 9 games but dropped their last game to Atlanta. Cam Newton has been superman for his squad this year accounting for 4056 yards of his team’s 5179 yards offensively. Newton led his team in rushing with 754 yards - the most by a QB this year - but the Panthers will need their role players to step up if they plan to make this game competitive.