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Bears 19, Eagles 16
Once again, I didn’t see much of this game, so I can’t judge it very well. I do have it on DVR, but I doubt very much that I’ll be setting aside a couple hours of my week to watch a game in which only field goals were scored for the first 56 minutes. We were busy, first at my 8-year-old’s flag football game, and then since it was the last one of the year, we had a team dinner at a local pizza place.
We got home in time to see the last 6 minutes or so, which was perfect timing for me, since we saw the only two touchdowns of the game, and the drama was thick. Finally, in the last 4 minutes, both teams scored touchdowns, the Eagles with about 4 minutes to go, and the Bears with 9 seconds remaining.
The winning drive by the Bears was a beautiful one, a 97 yard, 11 play drive, run by Brian Griese, with all of the yards on 7 pass completions. Even more impressive, he did this with less than two minutes on the clock, no timeouts, and calling his own plays (due to an audio malfunction in his helmet).
Griese finished 27-41 for 314 net yards, 1 sack, and no picks. Yards per pass attempt: 7.9. Brian Griese, 2007 ed., seems to be better than all the experts and pundits said he would be. Imagine my shock. To illustrate this point, the announcers, during the final drive, were making comments about the drive like “I don’t think he’s got time to throw short passes, do you?” and “it’s time to throw a fly to Devin Hester”. Yet Griese is quoted in today’s Daily Herald — and remember, he was calling all the plays on this drive — as saying he was setting up the defense by going short early in order to get the big payoffs later:
“The biggest thing is just getting started,” Griese said. “After you get a couple completions, defenses seem to get a little antsy, and linemen rush a few times in a row, so they’re not as rested and you have a little more time to push the ball down the field. That’s what happened.”
Seems like it worked. Perfectly. Is it possible that Brian Griese knows what he’s doing, and that the announcers, Dick Stockton and whoever his partner is, aren’t as smart as they’d like to think? Perish the thought!
Cedric Benson, once again, had only 46 yards on 17 carries, an average of 2.7 yards. Two point seven yards per carry. Nice draft pick! Adrian Peterson, on the other hand, had 4 carries for 21 yards, a 5.3 YPC. I can see his carries increasing, if he learns to hold onto the ball, and if the line can open some holes.
Defense, I have no idea how they did. Didn’t see much of their play. The stats say that Urlacher led with 12 tackles (10 unassissted), and Tommie Harris had 2 sacks.
Special teams, again, no idea. Hester didn’t touch the ball on returns, apparently.
Box score is here.
Next week’s opponent, the Lions, beat Tampa Bay 23-16.
Cubs Still Out of Playoffs; Rockies, Red Sox in World Series
Bummer. I wanted the Indians. But they got beat by a better team, it seems.
World Series starts on Wednesday. I’ll post more thoughts about it before then.
Bulls Play Pre-Season Games Amidst Kobe Bryant Soap Opera Backdrop
Everybody is atwitter about Kobe Bryant. Can they get him? Do they have to give up Luol Deng? No, not Luol Deng!
Whatever. Deng is a nice player, but Bryant is obviously a great scorer. I’m just not sure Kobe Bryant makes the team that much better. I.e., does he play defense and team ball? Is he coachable on a Scott Skiles team? Dunno. Frankly, I don’t care about NBA hoops in mid-October. And Kobe Bryant strikes me as a huge tool. Could be wrong. Sue me.
Wheaton Warrenville South 42, Naperville North 41 (3 OT)
Friday night I took my 6 year old to a fantastic high school football game, between two undefeated teams, ranked #2 and #3 in the biggest class in Illinois, 8A. The crowd was estimated at 7,000. WWS is the defending 8A champ, but this year Naperville N., one of their chief rivals, has been more impressive. I’ll try to put up something more on this later.
Kansas 19, Colorado 14
I had Kansas -4, so I squeaked by this time. Now 6-2 in my Lock of the Week pool.