The Bears win again! That's three in a row! The Week 10 game against the hapless Lions was the first divisional rivalry game since the Week 1 matchup against Green Bay. The Chicago offense was glad to see WR Allen Robinson back from injury and QB Mitch Trubisky put him to work right away, throwing two TDs to Robinson on Sunday. Robinson ended the day with 6 receptions for 133 yards. Trubisky finished with a career-high 355 yards passing, three TDs passes, and a 148.6 QB rating (per NFL.com).
The Bears D benefited from the return of LB Khalil Mack as well. The defense leads the league in turnovers and earned three more in this matchup (2 INTs, fumble). The Monsters sacked QB Matt Stafford six times, two of those by Mack. Welcome back Khalil!
BTW – What was up with Cody “RightUpright” Parkey in Week 10? 2 missed FGs & PATs. For real, man? #YouHaveOneJobK
The Bears will be back in prime time in Week 11! They started off the season with two nationally televised games and will now face Minnesota on Sunday Night Football. It will be a battle for the Bears to stay atop the NFC North as they play a strong Vikings team in their first matchup of the season. Some say this will be the first “real” test for this improving Bears team since their game against the Patriots in Week 7 – read that as “Can the Bears win against teams with winning records in their own Division?” The Vikings were on a bye in Week 10. (This game was flexed by the NFL back in Week 9 - replacing the Eagles vs Saints game originally planned for Week 11.)
Then it’s off to Detroit in Week 12 to face the Lions again on Turkey Day. The Bears vs Lions game is the first scheduled game of the day on Thanksgiving – so expect your usual 10 AM start – but check your local listings. Let’s hope it’s all gravy by halftime so we can sit back and enjoy some of that delicious Turkducken we’re always hearing about!
Note: 710 BC will be open for Thanksgiving Day for this game only. After that, they’re closed and off to enjoy time with their friends and family too.
Elsewhere in Chicago - the Blackhawks brass fired Coach Joel Quenneville on November 6th (along with assistant coaches Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson), claiming they needed a fresh start. At the time he was fired, the Hawks were 6-6-3. Coach Q was the second-winningest coach in the history of the Blackhawks franchise and the NHL with a 452-249-96 record. He was scheduled to be under contract into the 2019-20 season at a reported $6 million per season (per ChicagoTribune.com). Coach Q brought three Stanley Cups to Chicago during his tenure and will always be revered in Chicago sports lore for this accomplishment. Sad to see him go out like this but we wish him all the best at his next coaching gig!
The Blackhawks hired 33-year old Jeremy Colliton, formerly of the AHL Rockford IceHogs. Colliton was into his second season with the IceHogs before the Hawks promoted him. Last year with Rockford, he went 40-28-4-4 as their coach. He's got some big shoes to fill! He is currently the youngest head coach in the NHL. Per ChicagoTribune.com:
“Colliton, whose NHL playing career comprised 57 games in five seasons for the Islanders from 2005-06 to 2010-11, is younger than four Hawks: Chris Kunitz, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford.”
Good luck Coach C! (That just doesn’t sound quite right...might take a little while to get use to….)
(Note: As of this date, the Blackhawks have lost their first two games under the new coaching staff and are in last place in the Central Division with a 6-8 record.)