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Windy City Sports Report – 8/20/12


Hello sports fans, welcome to the latest Windy City Sports Report. In today’s spot, do the White Sox still have a hold of first place? How are the Cubs’ kids faring? How are the Bears looking so far in the preseason?

The Sox opened the week with a 2 game lead in the AL Central over the Detroit Tigers. They had a 4 game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. They dropped a tough opening game 3-2 in extra innings. Starter Jake Peavy pitched well, allowing only 2 runs over 8 innings, but could only get a no-decision. The only offense for the Sox was Adam Dunn, who hit 2 solo home runs.
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Chicago Bears Offseason Checklist


by Carlos Nazario

Will the Bears go after Floyd, or will they make a Free Agency splash?

The season came to an excruciatingly horrible end for the Chicago Bears. They were 7-3 and had a stranglehold on a playoff spot. Then a litany of injuries hit them, starting with quarterback Jay Cutler breaking his thumb on his throwing hand. They finished the season 1-5 and out of the playoffs.

Now the offseason is here and the Bears are making some changes. They fired general manager Jerry Angelo, and offensive coordinator Mike Martz retired. They now have a new General Manager, a new Offensive Line Coach, a new Offensive Coordinator, and a new Quarterbacks Coach. Ok, good start.

Now, however, is the time to improve the product on the field. Yes, they are a pretty good team, but not one that was going to win a title. They had some gaping holes that were evident even when they were winning games; holes that need to be plugged in order for Head Coach Lovie Smith to keep his job.

The Bears should improve the backup quarterback position. Cutler had the offense going and the team was among the best, but when he went down, the season was effectively over. Caleb Hanie was disastrous, and Nathan Enderle could not even get into a game. Josh McCown was an improvement over Hanie, but that is not saying much.
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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Carlos Nazario, Football, Sports

 

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Week 11 matchup: Chargers v. Bears


by Carlos Nazario

Julius Peppers and the Bears defense are hoping to add to the Chargers’ woes.

Well, what do we have here? The Bears are getting some love from the experts? CBS Sports has them ranked 9th overall, Pro Football Talk has them ranked 8th, and  ESPN has them ranked 5th. After starting 2-3 (and 3 games behind NFC North leaders Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions), many of those same experts dismissed the Bears’ chances of returning to the playoffs. Since then, however, they have not lost and are now 6-3 with a playoff spot firmly in hand.

The Bears look to keep the good times rolling when they take on the San Diego Chargers.

The Chargers come limping into Chicago with a 4-5 record, after having lost 4 games in a row. Granted, all those losses have been by 7 points or less, but they have not been able to make the crucial plays when needed, and quarterback Philip Rivers is having an off-season.

Rivers has 13 touchdowns but has thrown 15 interceptions. That does not bode well for him facing a Bears team that ranks 4th in the league with 13 interceptions, including 4 picks of Detroit’s Matthew Stafford last week. They have also recovered 7 fumbles as well.

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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Carlos Nazario, Football, Sports

 

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Week 9 – Eagles vs Bears


by Carlos Nazario

Peppers is looking to have a repeat performance from last year against Vick. Vick is looking for his first career win against Chicago

 

This week we have a Monday night primetime battle between two pretty good teams fighting for a playoff spot. The Bears travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles.

The Bears are coming off of their bye at 4-3. They have won their last 2 games, and have key players coming back. Wide receiver Earl Bennett, who some consider to be the Bears’ best receiver, returns from a chest injury to give quarterback Jay Cutler a familiar weapon. Bennett was Cutler’s roommate at Vanderbilt, and the two hooked up for 2 touchdowns against the Eagles last season.

Cutler will also get some added protection. Tackle Gabe Carimi, who has been out since week 2 because of a knee injury, is slated to return. The rookie first round pick adds beef to a line that has suffered a bit (though gotten better as of late) on the right side.

After a few weeks of getting torched, the Bears defense has gotten its act together and has been better. In their last game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the defense forced 4 turnovers and held them to 30 yards rushing.

That defense will be needed against the running attack of LeSean McCoy and Michael Vick. McCoy is coming off a 185 yard rushing effort against the Cowboys last week and Vick is always a step away from blowing past everyone and scoring a touchdown.

The Bears have a pretty good running back themselves. Matt Forte leads all players in yards from scrimmage with 1091 yards. He is on his “Pay Forte” tour, so he is looking to add Philly to the stop. He rushed for 145 yards and added 38 yards receiving against Tampa Bay.

This looks to be a battle of running backs. McCoy and Forte are looking to solidify themselves as the elite running back in the league.

The Bears have a good history against Vick. He is 0-4 lifetime against Chicago. The Bears have good athletes to chase down Vick, and they do a good job of not over-rushing. By not over-rushing, they have been able to contain Vick and make him more of a pocket passer. He has improved as a passer, but it still is not his strong suit.

Last season, Cutler had a huge game against the Eagles. He completed 14 of 21 passes for 247 yards and 4 touchdowns. He has more help coming into this game, but the Eagles are also a better defense. They have not performed like the self-proclaimed “Dream Team” but have improved as of late.

This looks to be a tough, entertaining game. These are two teams on the rise from early season difficulties, and look to fight for their playoff lives. A loss on Monday will put a big dent on the losing team’s chances. My prediction? Eagles 27-24.

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2011 in Carlos Nazario, Football, Sports

 

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Bears sink Vikings ship


by Carlos Nazario

The Bears offensive line dominated a great Vikings defensive line which led to an easy victory Sunday night.

The Chicago Bears had what has to be considered their best overall game Sunday night, beating the Minnesota Vikings 39-10.

Quarterback Jay Cutler had time to survey the field and showed what he could do, completing 21/30 passes for 267 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Cutler looked comfortable in the pocket not having to run for his life. The offensive line did well blocking for him, getting some help with 2 tight ends blocking together at times.

Cutler completed passes to 8 different receivers, with Devin Hester leading the way with 91 reception yards, and picked off the Vikings defense. He was sacked only once and knocked down 5 times. It was a great effort by the offensive line.

Cutler was happy with his protection. ‘‘We managed them,’’ he said. ‘‘A lot of five steps and play-action left some extra guys in. Whenever we help them out like that and get the ball out of my hands, it’s going to be easy on me.”

They also did a great job opening holes for the running game. Matt Forte had 87 yards rushing and Marion Barber added 32 yards and a touchdown.

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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Carlos Nazario, Football, Sports

 

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