I was listening to the Hoge and Jahns postgame Bears podcast on Tuesday (if you are a Bear fan, they are must listen) and one of the two mentioned how there were four games left this season. Four games! How?! How in the world are there four more Sundays left of Bear football?
Considering how horrific John Fox has been, it feels like this season should have been over twice already. I don't know how many more times I can see Fox put his arms out sideways and stare into the abyss with a look on his face that says, "No, you pooped in your pants!"
Every game has been painful in a new and innovative way (though Robbie Gould shoving it down their throats last week was...perfect). I've even resorted to having to find illegal feeds through Reddit since we canceled our DirecTV. Nothing like watching Trubisky hand off on 2nd and 9 15 times from your computer screen while your dog gets right up into your face, barking to throw his ball. It's pretty fun.
But in more exciting news, Aaron Rodgers may be back. That's exciting, right? However, temper a little of that enthusiasm. The Packers probably need to go undefeated the rest of the year to make the playoffs-9-7 ain't cutting it.
But Rodgers could be back next week and the Pack should beat the Browns this week, so Rodgers would need to go 3-0 against the Panthers, Vikings and Lions. Not an easy task. They also need the Seahawks and Panthers to go 2-2 over the next four. So what does that mean?
The Packers could be headed for the dreaded 10-6 or 9-7 with no playoffs. There is nothing worse than the winning record that gets you nothing but the 20th draft pick. But hey, that extra win for Rodgers will help his Hall of Fame candidacy, right?
I was 12-4 again last week. I am so good at this, guys! You know who is not? Flickinger. He's terrible. I tied my Mystery Partner, so I'm still losing to him. I won't say by how many mostly because math is hard.
• New Orleans at Atlanta: The Falcons have come around lately and are one of the teams the Packers need to leapfrog. They seem to have found their offense again, but it's their defense that will matter against the Saints. I really don't know who wins this one, but I have an odd feeling about Atlanta at home on a Thursday. FALCONS 28, SAINTS 27.
• Indianapolis at Buffalo: Games like this are why people drink. Who cares against who cares. Brutal, brutal game. BILLS 24, COLTS 23.
• Chicago at Cincinnati: Is John Fox fired yet? No? Then why are we still talking? BENGALS 40, BEARS 10.
• Green Bay at Cleveland: Google DeShone Kizer's sack from last week. He was casually side-pedaling and got drilled by a lineman. It's pretty amazing and says a lot about the Browns. PACKERS 28, BROWNS 13.
• Oakland at Kansas City: The Chiefs still can't win. And I'm fully on board now with never picking them again this season. RAIDERS 23, CHIEFS 21.
• Dallas at New York Giants: Find me a more bungled situation than the Giants and Eli Manning. If they had a rookie QB with potential to play? Sure. Maybe. But bench the guy for Geno Smith? Nope. McAdoo and his creepy mustache/facial hair needed to go. COWBOYS 23, GIANTS 14.
• Detroit at Tampa Bay: Remember when Dirk Koetter got the head coaching job because he helped develop Jameis Winston? Well, that isn't working out super well now is it? They very well may be in line for a head coach this offseason because this is not working out. However, Matt Stafford's right hand still might be the size of a grapefruit, so I guess someone has to win. BUCS 21, LIONS 20.
• Minnesota at Carolina: Every time I hear about the Minnesota offense and Case Keenum, I want Pat Shurmur more and more as the Bears head coach. He clearly understands how to put his players into the best position to succeed. You can't tell me he wouldn't do wonders with Trubisky. VIKINGS 28, PANTHERS 21.
• San Francisco at Houston: The 49ers with Jimmy G are not a bad football team. They still aren't good, but neither are the Texans. 49ERS 24, TEXANS 20.
New York Jets at Denver: The Jets are going to win here, not because they are good, but because the Broncos are bad. JETS 27, BRONCOS 20.
• Tennessee at Arizona: The Titans need to win more games, not only for this season but for Mariota's development. They need to give him more weapons, but he also needs to make those around him better. I think it starts Sunday. TITANS 23, CARDINALS 20.
• Washington at LA Chargers: The Chargers are really making that soccer stadium they play in their own. Nice job, guys! Another win coming this week!! CHARGERS 30, WASHINGTON 20.
• Philadelphia at LA Rams: I am all aboard the Ram Train now. I want Jared Goff and Sean McVay to win every game for the rest of their lives....until the Bears get a good offensive-minded coach and Trubs is allowed to throw farther than 10 yards down the field. But until then, I'm all Rams. RAMS 30, EAGLES 28.
• Seattle at Jacksonville: This will be a defensive battle, but I think Russell Wilson, who is playing his best football ever right now, will eek it out. SEAHAWKS 15, JAGUARS 12.
• Baltimore at Pittsburgh: The Steelers are riding high after last week's late win over the Bengals, but nobody should be overly proud of beating the Bengals. I think they win here, but the loss of Ryan Shazier will hurt. (Also, hoping for a speedy recovery for him because he's fun to watch.) STEELERS 27, RAVENS 18.
• New England at Miami: Prime Time Jay is the best Jay, but no way. This ain't happening. PATRIOTS 30, DOLPHINS 17.
• Mystery Partner: Saints, Bengals, Chiefs, Lions, Texans, Titans, Rams, Ravens, Bills, Packers, Cowboys, Vikings, Jets, Chargers, Seahawks, Patriots.