It snowed today. It's Wednesday, October 10, 2018. And it snowed. What the hell.
OK, I know Colorado has lots of snow. I know. But not now. The average temperature for Colorado Springs in October is 64 degrees. SIXTY-FOUR! It's going to be 26 on Sunday. I did not sign up for this when I moved here. I was promised warmer weather and 300 days of sunshine. This is garbage.
But you know what else it is? Bear weather. Khalil Mack Weather. Mitch Trubisky slingin' touchdowns weather. Eddie Jackson Pick 6 weather.
Want to know what it apparently isn't? Packer winning weather. What a horrible loss to the Lions last week. How Mason Crosby still has a job I don't know. I know he was good for a while and this game was an anamoly (and the Bears regret cutting Robbie Gould) but man...that was bad. Not only did he miss all those field goals, but he put the Lions in great field position to score each time.
So here the Bears sit...at 3-1...with a very winnable game Sunday at Miami. The Packers should easily trounce the 49ers but are still behind the Bears for the division. And it doesn't look like it's getting better in Packerland.
Am I overreacting to one good game from Mitch Trubisky? Perhaps. Do I care? No. I don't. I think he's wonderful and you naysayers are all poopyfaces. Deal with it.
The rest of the NFC North is OK, but I wouldn't call it good. The Vikings have an offensive line problem and the Lions keep refusing to hand the reigns to Kerryon Johnson, their best running back. The Bears may arrive a year earlier than expected, but I won't brag or anything. Nope. Won't hear a peep out of me. (You will hear many, many peeps out of me.)
But things are good. The Badgers are back on track and about to roll Michigan on Saturday. The Brewers haven't lost in two weeks and have home field against the Dodgers starting Friday. And well, I guess the cold weather isn't all bad. It's finally chili season. My crockpot is going to be running on overdrive for the next few months because there's nothing like a hot bowl of chili on a cold day (besides a Bear victory that is).
I was 9-6 last week. Pretty good for me considering the Bears didn't play and I didn't care at all about those games. Pretty, pretty, pretty good.
Philadelphia at New York Giants: The Eagles are running into some injury issues and not flying quite as high this year. However, the Giants are atrocious and in fact a very bad football team. This game won't be pretty, but wins don't come with astericks. EAGLES 24, GIANTS 22.
Tampa Bay at Atlanta: The Bears exposed the Buccaneers for a mediocre team two weeks ago and another high powered offense will take them down this week. The Falcons are playing well and will make great Bear food come January. FALCONS 28, BUCS 20.
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati: The Steelers are once again a Jekyl and Hyde team, hard to tell how they'll place each week. I think Mike Tomlin is a good coach, but wonder if maybe they need a new voice, especially after Big Ben retires. There is talent there like former Badger TJ Watt (Packers probably don't need an edge rusher, do they?) and obviously Antonio Brown, but they seem to be missing somethign each year. BENGALS 26, STEELERS 23.
LA Chargers at Cleveland: I think the Browns probably do win this game, but I am not at the point in my life where I can count on the Browns to do anything right. CHARGERS 23, BROWNS 22.
Oakland at Seattle: Originally I picked the Raiders, but then kept hearing Jon Gruden's quote in my head where he said "We just need to find a pass rusher" and then remember he traded Khalil Mack and then I picked the Seahawks instead. SEAHAWKS 21, RAIDERS 18.
Chicago at Miami: The stone-cold lock of the weeks. The Bears are winning in Miami. The Fins are 30th in yards on offense...and that isn't getting any easier with Khalil Mack and company coming to town. They've allowed just over two sacks a game as well. Defensively Miami is allowed 382 yards per game. The Bears are going to snatch a road win and move to 4-1 before a massive game against New England next week. BEARS 30, DOLPHINS 17.
Arizona at Minnesota: The Cardinals are a bad football team, even with Josh Rosen now at the helm. Their defensive is league average, but their offense is so bad that the defense tires out and games get lost in the second half. Minnesota will keep pace with the Monsters of the Midway for at least one more week. VIKINGS 27, CARDINALS 17.
Indianapolis at New York Jets: Andrew Luck is throwing. A lot. He's thrown 18 more passes than any other QB this year...that's like an extra half of football. He hasn't been bad, but the rest of his team has been and the Jets defense will do enough to give Darnold a chance to win. JETS 20, COLTS 18.
Carolina at Washington: The Panthers should win here...it's a game I care very little about. Very, very little. PANTHERS 23, WASHINGTON 21.
Buffalo at Houston: Josh Allen is not great and the Texans are starting to get to back-against-the-wall territory. Neither team is good (and I've seen good...I'm a Bears fan), but somebody has to win. TEXANS 28, BILLS 20.
LA Rams at Denver: The Rams are really good and my local Broncos have fallen on some hard times. #McVayforlife RAMS 31, BRONCOS 21.
Jacksonville at Dallas: Jerry Jones was lamenting the Cowboys not having a top-tier receiver and missing some other playmakers. I really wonder who is in charge of making those decisions...hmmmm...if only we could pinpoint it. JAGUARS 25, COWBOYS 21.
Baltimore at Tennessee: I have no idea if either of these teams is good. None. Zero. I am constantly baffled by their play, both good and bad. I'll take the home team here with no backing to support it. TITANS 20, RAVENS 17.
Kansas City at New England: The Chiefs are legit and the sparkle is off the Patriots. Two years ago, an undefeated team with a young QB coming into Foxboro was a sure loss. This Patriots team is different. Give me Patty Mahomes on the road in a big one. CHIEFS 27, PATRIOTS 24.
San Francisco at Green Bay: The Packers are not good, but without Jimmy G, there is no hope here. Packers will linger in the playoff picture for another month or so, finish 9-7, miss the playoffs and maybe fire Mike McCarthy. Maybe. But probably not. PACKERS 30, 49ERS 23.