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The New York Giants have ruled six players out, including running back David Wilson and center David Baas, for Thursday night's game against the Chicago Bears. Also out for the Giants are cornerbacks Corey Webster (groin) and Jayron...
The New York Giants have ruled six players out, including running back David Wilson and center David Baas, for Thursday night's game against the Chicago Bears. Also out for the Giants are cornerbacks Corey Webster (groin) and Jayron Hosley (hamstring), tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) and safety Cooper Taylor (shoulder). (RotoInfo.com)
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Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports “With the 20th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears select Kyle Long,” Roger Goodell read at the 2013 NFL draft. Whispers spread as people commented on the selection, many of them...
Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports “With the 20th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears select Kyle Long,” Roger Goodell read at the 2013 NFL draft. Whispers spread as people commented on the selection, many of them with the same question. “Kyle Long?” They asked. “Who is that?” But they’re all getting to know Kyle Long as he’s helped the Chicago Bears start the season off on the right foot, helping to protect Jay Cutler and helping Matt Forte by clearing the way. The pick was considered risky given the fact that Long only had 11 starts for Oregon and finally everybody figured out who he was. “Oh, that’s Howie’s son isn’t it?” The path to the right guard spot on the Chicago Bears offensive line was anything but easy. Long battled his way through several different colleges, struggling with character issues and finding himself. There was a time when he didn’t even play football after high school and followed his first passion, baseball. “I used to always laugh,” Nate Collins, a Bears’ teammate and long-time family friend of the Long’s said. “I’d say to Chris: ‘This is your younger brother?’ He’s the biggest out of all of them. He’s bigger than their dad, bigger than Chris, bigger than Howie Jr. I used to laugh all the time because he was a baseball player. The guy looked like a football player.” That was Kyle’s dream though, to be the 6’6” pitcher, zinging fast balls and hurling curve balls to the mound. Not only was that his dream but it looked like it was going to come true when he was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 23rd round of the 2008 MLB draft. However, instead of jumping to professional baseball right away, he decided to go play baseball at Florida State on scholarship, while getting his degree. But Kyle never threw a pitch for Florida State. The freedom of being on his own for the first time led to failed classes and reckless decision making and shortly after, Long was arrested for a DUI. After being arrested Long left school and entered a four-month treatment program in Arizona to help put an end to his substance abuse problems. “I was messing up off the field. I spent probably more time out and about partying and being social than I did in the batting cage, in the bullpen or the classroom. That became my life,” Long said. After making his mistakes long saw an opportunity to go back to football, which he had excelled at in high school. “The day I got out of treatment I told my case manager that I wanted to play football again. I had a lot of pent up aggression and stuff I needed to release physically.” He knew it wouldn’t be easy but Long was finally ready to be serious and put the time and effort into football, a decision that he says changed his life. Long knew he wouldn’t be able to get into a major university and he wanted to start at a junior college to help him focus. He decided to start his new beginning at Saddleback College, a junior college in California. His sophomore year he played defensive end but they decided to switch him to left tackle his junior year. Kyle dominated at this position helping the team go 8-3 while averaging 480.4 yards per game. While he only started seven games he did enough to get noticed. The University of Oregon offered Kyle a scholarship, which he took and he began his senior year at tackle. However, the Ducks had a packed depth chart and Long wasn’t sure if he’d be able to play. “I knew if I had one shot to put some film together as a starting offensive lineman in D-1, I might have a shot at going and playing somewhere next year. Somewhere, I could make a living at playing ball,” he said. And even though he was a left tackle when Oregon’s starting left guard was injured, he jumped at the opportunity. The result was success. Finally things were going how Long intended and he continued to build on his success. Even though his request for an extra year in college was denied, he had earned a trip to the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine, where he
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Four Chicago Bears starters are listed as questionable for Thursday Night's contest against the New York Giants, plus the rest of the injury report.
Four Chicago Bears starters are listed as questionable for Thursday Night's contest against the New York Giants, plus the rest of the injury report.
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Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman announced tight end Martellus Bennett will be a game-time decision for Thursday night's game against the New York Giants. Bennett continues to recover from a knee injury in the meantime. FANTASY ANA...
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman announced tight end Martellus Bennett will be a game-time decision for Thursday night's game against the New York Giants. Bennett continues to recover from a knee injury in the meantime. FANTASY ANALYSIS: Bennett suffered what appeared to be a not-too-serious injury last week against the Saints. In that game, he caught five receptions for a modest 56 yards. It's been a little quiet recently statistically for the former Dallas Cowboys tight end. Bennett remains a low TE1 and should be a starter in most leagues. The Bears' offense is playing much better football this season and it's best to keep the key playmakers like Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and even Bennett in the starting lineup every single week
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I'll put it as bluntly as possible, the New York Giants are terrible. On paper, this looks like it should be a lopsided Chicago Bears victory, but on a short week anything can happen. Start 'Em Matt Forte RB - I would expect Matt Forte...
I'll put it as bluntly as possible, the New York Giants are terrible. On paper, this looks like it should be a lopsided Chicago Bears victory, but on a short week anything can happen. Start 'Em Matt Forte RB - I would expect Matt Forte's caries to see a boost this week. Last Sunday against the Saints, the Bears got away from the run game a little, this week I expect Marc Trestman to involve Forte early and often. Brandon Marshall WR - Oh no, Brandon Marshall is frustrated... and who cares. He's a prideful player that wants to help his team win. The Bears just lost two in a row, so he's a little pissy. That's OK. Marshall found the end zone last week, and he's the Bears number one receiver. Jay Cutler QB - In a standard Yahoo scoring league, Jay Cutler is the 8th highest fantasy scoring quarterback. And since I'll assume most people drafted him with the notion that he be your backup, I'd play the match-up game with him this week. Keep in mind that the Giants have given up the 3rd most fantasy points to QBs this year. Martellus Bennett TE - Do players play with more edge when facing their former team? I don't know if that matters, but if you feel it does, Martellus Bennett will be lining up across from the team that let him move on to the Bears. The Giants have given up the 5th most points to TEs, but Bennett has been nursing a shoulder the last few weeks. I'd keep him in the start 'em category because I feel a TD coming on. Alshon Jeffery WR - Alshon Jeffery has almost arrived. Once people stop calling him Jefferies, his arrival will be official. If teams are going to continue doubling Marshall, Jeffery will continue making them pay for the one on one coverage. Teams may be forced into playing more 2 deep, because of the dynamic starting wide outs that the Bears have. Yes I did just type that. Chicago Bears Defense - I thought the Bears defense played fairly well last week. They held the high scoring Saints offense to two TDs, the problem is they didn't register a single takeaway. Luckily for the Bears, the Giants have allowed the most points to fantasy defenses this year. The Bears D should get some swagger back this week. Robbie Gould K - Yay! Kickers need love too! Sit 'Em (insert chirping crickets here) More from Windy City Gridiron: The Bears Den: October 09, 2013 - Week 6 news and notes Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2013: Week 5 vs. New Orleans Saints NFL Power Rankings: The Chicago Bears drop again Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Chicago Bears and beyond Bears-Saints report card Chicago Bears snap count breakdown vs the New Orleans Saints
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Oct 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fan Dr. Death holds a breast cancer awareness flag before the game against the San Diego Chargers at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports As you may well know, Octo...
Oct 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fan Dr. Death holds a breast cancer awareness flag before the game against the San Diego Chargers at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports As you may well know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The NFL does it’s part which is why football fans see a lot of pink during the games. I have heard a lot of people complain about seeing pink. I have also heard questions asking: “why just breast cancer and not all of the other cancers?” or “what about other diseases or health issues?” Brandon Marshall and mental health issues come to mind. While it would be nice to see the NFL and other major organizations promote and raise money or awareness for every valid and meaningful cause; there are so many worthy causes out there it is just not possible to promote all of them The NFL partnered with the American Cancer Society in 2009 and created their “A Crucial Catch” campaign to promote breast cancer awareness. [The] program provides outreach and breast cancer screenings to women in underserved communities. Throughout the month player and coaches wear different items (shoes, shirts, jersey patches, hats, etc) and those items are auctioned off. All proceeds go to the ACS. Personally I don’t mind it. Perhaps other organizations attempted to partner with the NFL and perhaps not. The ACS was successful with this particular campaign, and that’s okay. Breast, prostate, skin, liver, lung, bone, esophageal, leukemia, rectal, cervical; the list of cancer types is long and almost shocking. Cancer is not a respecter of persons; big, little, old, young, black, white, Asian, Hispanic, wealthy, poor; it doesn’t matter. At some point in your life, you will be affected by cancer in one form or another, whether you have it or a friend or loved one has it. Cancer Sucks. I hate cancer. I really do. I extremely dislike the Packers, Lions, Vikings, Seahawks and Cowboys, but I HATE Cancer. My Mother Diane was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. She fought the disease for 2 years before going into remission. After another couple of years, it came back, only this time with a vengeance. The cancer was in her bones, her lungs, her kidneys, her lymph nodes as well as many other places. I watched my sweet Mother suffer through treatments and a slowly deteriorating quality of life. At one point she was given 6 months to live; she passed away 5 1/2 months later in 2006. She was fairly young at 62 years of age. She was, like so many other cancer victims, taken from her spouse, her children and grand children. Losing a loved one to any disease is a terrible thing to go through. May is still a really difficult time of year for me and many in my family because of my Mother’s death. Many say that it’s not fair that the NFL promotes Breast Cancer awareness month and does not promote awareness of any other cancer or disease; well, life’s not fair either. Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Bear Goggles On - Bear Goggles On - A Chicago Bears Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports Heading into your week six fantasy football matchup, many of you may be looking for a fill-in starter at quarterback due to bye weeks or even a struggling starter that you may not want to play another week...
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports Heading into your week six fantasy football matchup, many of you may be looking for a fill-in starter at quarterback due to bye weeks or even a struggling starter that you may not want to play another week — i.e. Colin Kaepernick. One of the guys that you may be able to either pick up or buy low on right now is Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Yes, I said it. Cutler. In his last four seasons with the Bears, Cutler hasn’t exactly been a fantasy stud. But, this year he is the 8th-best fantasy football quarterback in standard leagues. I know, I am just as shocked as you are. In his last two games, Cutler has thrown for 675 yards and four touchdowns. Sure, he’s thrown three picks — all against the Detroit Lions in what was simply his only bad game thus far — but Cutler has been much more accurate and is grasping new head coach Marc Trestman’s offense very well. On the season, Cutler has thrown for 1,368 yards and 10 touchdowns, completing 65.7 percent of his passes, with six interceptions, equating to a rating of 93.0. This is by far his best start with the Bears since coming to Chicago. Again, you can thank Trestman. Going up against a New York Giants defense Thursday night which is one of the absolute worst in the league, Cutler should have a field day. Eli Manning is sure to cough up a few turnovers as well, giving Cutler even more time on the field than usual. Against a poor Giants defense, Cutler should have loads of fun with his top targets Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte who have all been used consistently in this new offensive scheme. Trestman has done a nice job of gearing the offense toward Cutler’s strengths as well as toward the strengths of his weapons. This offense could be one to watch as the season progresses, and Cutler could be a quarterback you just might want to hang onto. Cutler haters everywhere are cringing right now. Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. Related: Fantasy Football Week 6: After Franchise Record, Alshon Jeffery is Must-Own Top 10 Fantasy Quarterbacks for Week 6 Based on Matchups
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Need an interesting perspective on the winless New York Giants, the team that won the Super Bowl two seasons ago, missed the playoffs in 2012 and now has lost five games this season by a combined 100 points? Well, tight end Martellus Ben...
Need an interesting perspective on the winless New York Giants, the team that won the Super Bowl two seasons ago, missed the playoffs in 2012 and now has lost five games this season by a combined 100 points? Well, tight end Martellus Bennett was around to help Wednesday morning as the Bears completed preparations for Thursday night’s game at Soldier Field against the Giants.
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Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports After another tough loss on Sunday, the Bears (3-2) will take on a reeling Giants (0-5) squad Thursday night. Chicago struggled defensively last week against the high-powered Saints, but should have somewhat ...
Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports After another tough loss on Sunday, the Bears (3-2) will take on a reeling Giants (0-5) squad Thursday night. Chicago struggled defensively last week against the high-powered Saints, but should have somewhat of a reprieve this week against an offense lead by Eli Manning and his 14 total turnovers. Thursday night games remain maddeningly difficult to predict due in large part to abbreviated game plans and practices. Although New York seems locked for a high draft pick this year, recall that this Giants team has won two Super Bowls in the last six years. The Bears’ defense simply cannot be relied upon any longer, so the onus rests squarely upon Jay Cutler’s shoulders in Week 6. Let’s go inside the numbers, supported by the great analytics from Pro Football Focus. Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin will look to exploit what has become a porous Bear defense. Despite the Bears’ struggles, the Giants have just three offensive players with positive grades from PFF, guard Kevin Boothe (2.4), wideout Victor Cruz (2.1), and receiver Hakeem Nicks (0.5). To date, the Giants have the league’s  fourth-worst offensive grade (-51), ahead of just the Bills, Ravens, and Jaguars. The struggles have stemmed almost entirely from horrendous offensive line play. The Giants have bottom-four pass blocking and run blocking grades which obviously makes Eli Manning’s job a lot more difficult. The aforementioned Boothe has been solid, but Will Beatty (-9.3), Justin Pugh (-7.3), Chris Snee (-6.4), and David Diehl (-3.4) have simply let down what should be a fairly explosive offense. The line play has limited Manning’s ability to get the ball out to a dynamic wide receiving corps that features Cruz, Nicks, and impressive second-year player Rueben Randle. Each of these receivers possess big time run after catch ability, which could play a huge factor in this game’s outcome given the Bears’ tackling woes. The Giants have virtually no running game to speak of, thanks in part to massively disappointing David Wilson (fantasy football owners can agree). Wilson, a former first round pick from Virginia Tech, will not play on Thursday, which paves the way for old-pro Brandon Jacobs and specialist Da’Rel Scott. Neither player offers much in the way of excitement, although Jacobs has been a serviceable pass blocker, as indicated by his (1.5) grade. Scott will handle some passing downs, but he remains a marginal talent at best. The Bears should have no problem stifling the Giants’ underwhelming ground game. Bears vs Giants Preview: Inside the Numbers - Bear Goggles On - Bear Goggles On - A Chicago Bears Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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