The pre-season finale wraps up the 2012 preseason and not a week too soon. I would love to belittle Cleveland fans in true last pre-season game fashion but they look like their doing a great job on their own. That’s what great about Cleveland, they are self-sustainable in terms of shitting on their own city.
Last game in a sentence: The definition of an ugly win as the offense and defense had their struggles but managed to rally to a win in garbage time against the defending Superbowl Champions.
What we learned last week: In the “dress rehearsal” of pre-season games, the Bear’s looked like they still need to memorize a few of their lines. The first team offense never seemed to be in a rhythm with the running or passing game which lead to some odd looking drives. Cutler’s play was similar, like when he tossed an absolute dime of a ball to Marshall for a 21-yard TD in the first quater but was having trouble stringing together completions for the rest of the half. Forte only rushed for 39 yards on 10 rushes but looks like he is getting into regular season mode. I went into the game expecting the offensive line to be the focus and although they didn’t look great at times, walking away from the game only giving up one sack is a victory in my book.
The defensive side of the ball was more of the same play that we’ve been seeing and from a points standpoint had their best game after giving up 31 points to scrub offenses in the previous 2 pre-season games. Charles Tillman looked flat out awful from a lot of different angles but I don’t think this is going to be a trend with him going forward. He is just a better player than we have seen. Injuries continue to drive the off-day storylines for the Bears as the statuses of Urlacher and Peppers seem to get updated every few hours but with news that Lovie Smith is backing Urlacher to play week 1, it might be a happy ending after all.
What to look forward to: Honestly, nothing. The only thing we know about playing time so far is that Ryan “also not Brad Maynard” Quigley is going to play. Who knows how much we can expect in terms of playing time for the first team. I expect the bare minimum and might get disappointed. Take a breath and relax because this will be the last week without entertaining football until the Bears take their curtain call on February 3rd.
Last Call: When you’re watching this game and Jim Miller is trying to tell you how much this game means to Tyler Clutts, just remember you are only one week away from a great Bears’ season. A season that has got me as excited as I have been for any Bears team in a long, long time and a season that could very well end with a championship. Get ready boys and girls, in the words of BigCat himself, it’s time to get weird. Peace Out.
P.S. What do you think the odds are that we can get Big Hit Buda n The Brown Pound to tear down the house at the Stool launch party at State? No way these guys are doing anything smaller than 60,000 person arenas worldwide but I can dream right? If I don’t seem them or PinkleTank bringing the noise on Sept. 13th I will be pissed.