12 Things to Watch for in Sunday's Colts-Bears Game
Come on now! That's not so scary is it?
This year's Eyes in the Backfield will be a collaborative effort with Kyle Rodriguez and Todd Smith. Should be fun so without further delay here's our 12 (that's right folks) tips for you this weekend:
1. Watch for the visor. Austin Collie is still limited in practice and said he's "Day to day". With an injury as serious as Collie's, I don't get how day to day enters into it. He's either ok or he's not. If he's sort of ok, he's not ok. OK?
2. Watch for the ruse. We all know Freeney and Mathis have been quiet in the preseason and camp. It's entirely possible that the Colts have been playing possum schematically. If so, they could break out in a big way against the Bears, combining to form one scary-ass marsupial.
3. Watch for rookie mistakes. Andrew Luck has looked nothing like a rookie so far but this week things get much more difficult. While he's been fantastic temper your enthusiasm because the kid is going to make some mistakes at some point. He deserves a chance to improve. Given how good he is now an improvement should strike fear in the hearts of his opponents.
4. Watch the negotiated pocket. If there is one thing that can keep the Colts close, it's Andrew Luck's ability manipulate the pocket and buy himself time downfield. Watch not only his drop, but his movement laterally and vertically without taking his eyes off the down field targets.
5. Watch the third wideout. Alshon Jeffery has been a boon to the Bears offense, and he's going up against possibly the worst regular corner in football in Justin King. This is the biggest mismatch on the field, and no matter how well Powers and Davis play, if the Bears go three wide, they'll always have a man open. While you're at it, watch for Bob Sanders and Kelvin Hayden. I mean, don't, because they don't play for the Colts anymore. But what if they did? Wouldn't that be awesome? Sigh.
6. Watch for glowing eyes. I still can't get past Dwight Freeney as the meanest possum alive. *shiver*.
7. Watch for the walkers. The Bears defense is awfully close to trading their snarl for a nice set of dentures. Brian Urlacher is probable for this weekend but he may lead the defense to the early bird buffett rather than a triumphant romp through the Colts offensive line.
8. Watch for the quiet inferiority complex. Bears fans have been intensely jealous of the Colts for years. We had mirror image defenses, but the Colts had Manning and therefore Super Bowl rings. Bears fans have this weird complex about wanting to beat the Colts as if somehow each successive win would erase the enduring image of Rex Grossman flinging aimless passes toward Kelvin Hayden and Bob Sanders.
9. Watch for Julius Peppers. We all know he loves the pursuit and the Colts offensive line loves to watch the pass rush. They sure aren't stopping it so they'll at least have good seats for the show.
10. Watch for no name defenders. Of course, anytime the secondary gets beyond the starters, we have no idea who is going to be out there and they probably won't be even acceptable, much less good. However, there are some unknowns that have some potential at other positions, such as starter Jerrell Freeman at ILB, starting for Pat Angerer, and Mario Addison who will be spelling Freeney throughout the game.
11. Watch for some attitude. Vontae Davis will likely be shadowing Brandon Marshall throughout the game, and it very well could get chippy. Neither player is known for his maturity, and the former teammates aren't going to pull any punches on their debut for their respective teams.
12. Watch the butt kicking. There's no lipstick for this pig. The Colts will be good again, and soon, but soon is not this week. Bears 31 Colts 13.
At least Simmons wants every conceivable angle possible to argue that Brady is better than Peyton, so he is rooting for the Colts this year.
Missed you on here for awhile Nate, its too bad we don't have the predictions this year, but still great to have Eyes in the Backfield again
I know I'm a bit strange, but it will be interesting to see if special teams improve. We don't have any more depth than before, but we will be able to get a feel if the new coaching staff values special teams and motivate backups to block and tackle.
Something magical may happen! :-)
But if it doesn't, I'm more interested in how reasonably they play overall, even with a loss.
Despite the ultimate prediction, this is the first Eyes that I could actually enjoy since 2010. That was awesome.
I'm with you. 27-13 Bears. Sunnier days are ahead, including seven days later, when it is the much less scary NFC North team coming to the Luke.
Also, assuming he's healthy, I wish one of the points could've been Watch Tim Jennings actually play really competent and think "What the &%*$ happened here."
Jennings was pretty good in Chicago last year, and will probably be again.
Julius Peppers is No 1 issue period. As Pat Kirwan indicated He will be double teamed at least and that will open the door for somebody else. I'll be praying for Luck on Sunday. The Colts OL has been bad. I would consider trading Freeney for an Offensive Lineman. I'm excited for Sunday. The team is finally moving in the right direction.
I just got severely depressed reading this article....... I thought Dunlevy had fallen off the face of the Earth and I would never have to read another one of his negative, opinionated articles again. Colts fans don't want to read about how you think they are going lose. No matter how bad your team is you should still have faith that they can win. I mean come on. It's the Bears. 31-13? Get real! Look at how delusional Bears fans are. They suck every year, but still think they can win the Super Bowl. Why? Because that's what fans do. You support your team no matter how bad you are. Even if you think they are going to lose you should still be optimistic as a fan. I'd love to see us win just to shove it up Dunlevy's ass!!
Ahh yeah! was hoping Nate was still doing this, though you made me a sad when you said "domt you wish bob sanders was there?" =(
On another note. I say Colts lose but blow the spread as Luck shows his colors from day 1... 31-27 Bears
I would love for the Colts Defense to send a Nickel CB blitz every play they run in the nickel. Let Bethea be responsible for Jeffrey, and allow one of the worst spots on our roster to at least do something worthwhile...
@JohnOpat I wish I could do those. They are a beast. 20 hours of work.
@JonathanCaldwell I would suspect.
Apparently Kelvin Hayden also plays for the Bears. It is like they are taunting us with their secondary.
@jkline86 Gimme a T... Gimme a R... Gimme a O... Gimme an L... Gimme another L
(you might not be a troll, but that was a troll comment).
Being a fan doesn't mean that you have to expect 16-0, and think 16-0 will happen. It generally means loving your team, staying with your team if 0-16 happens. If you want to be your type of fan, more power to you, but don't criticize Nate, or anyone else, who thinks this is a 5-6 win team.
Also, talk about delusional. How exactly do the Bears suck ever year. Their worst record since 2005 is 7-9. They are at worst mediocre some years. They were in the NFC Title Game two years ago and 7-3 before Cutler got hurt last season.
@jkline86 I write every day at bleacherreport.com/afcsouth blog.
I know fans don't want to read about how they are going to lose. It sucks. What should I do? Lie? Say they are good when they aren't?
If you want all positive stuff, go read Colts.com. If you want someone to be honest about the team, come here.
I don't respect Bears fans. I disrespect them. I find blind homerism to be abhorrent and boring. I'll take a passionate, objective fan who tells the truth over the idiot who is unrealistic any day.
I said they'd suck last year, and they did. Everyone else acted all shocked and freaked out when they lost 14 games.
I was calm about it? Why? Because I was realistic about what the team was the whole time.
@codrutc #9 line was great 1
@dmstorm22 Never said we were going 16-0. I realize we won't win a lot of games this year. I guess my point was even though deep down we know they probably won't win it's still nice to be optimistic. To me saying you are going to lose every week isn't showing much support. It just seems hypercritical to say we are going to lose and then go cheer for the team to win. Why cheer if you know we are going to lose? Just seems to contradict the whole point
@Nate Dunlevy @jkline86 @dmstorm22 I would suggest XM radio for great analysis of all teams including the Colts. I always thought that some of writers here were blind to the teams decencies. . I always want the Colts to win, but it was pretty obvious the Colts were horrible last year with or without Manning. The secondary was the worst in the league. All of my non-Colts fans always said the Colts were a one person team. They were right. It's nice to see the team constructed properly for once. I really think the Colts will keep it close for a half.
My job as a writer is to tell the truth. I love being wrong. I've written several glowing pieces about times I thought bad things would happen, and something good did.
That's the fun of it.
You say what you think WILL happen, and then you root that you are wrong if it's bad.
THAT is the whole point.