Tonight at 8:00 PM from Soldier Field, Week 2 of the NFL Preseason kicks off with a game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Da Bears.
I’m pulling for Chicago because I am one of those pigskin romanticists who always held a special place in my heart for the old “Black and Blue Division”. Who can forget legends like Dick Butkus, Mike Ditka, Gayle Sayers, Mike Singletary and Walter Payton?
The “Monsters of the Midway” played in legendary Soldier Field in bone-chilling winds off the Great Lakes where the weather was the team’s greatest ally. I remember well hunkering down on a cold winter day far from frigid Chicago watching Da Bears grind it out in the snow. Good times.
Last Friday Chicago beat Philadelphia 34-28. Much of the credit goes to Zack Miller who had 6 catches for 68 yards and two TDs. Miller was the Jags 6th round draft pick in 2009.
The Chicago Tribune’s David Haugh noted, “Nobody's suggesting Miller will become as productive as the Seahawks tight end with the same name, who has 322 career receptions. Nobody with only four games' experience in the last three regular seasons guarantees an NFL team anything, but Miller's emergence at least reminded wayward starter Martellus Bennett the Bears have options if he cannot clean up his act. They might not be 65-catch-per-season options, but Coach Marc Trestman's midweek comments made clear the Bears prefer hungry players eager to please over talented but selfish guys immersed in immaturity.”
Chicago needs to be wary of No. 1 Draft Pick Blake Bortles who was 7 of 11 passing for a total of 117 passing yards against Tampa Bay last week. Will the Jags let Bortles play tonight? According to ESPN, Coach Gus Bradley will start Chad Henne and put in Bortles for the second half.
Since Da Bears haven’t had any cheerleaders on the sidelines since 1985, I am relegated to providing a Jags cheerleader picture because no football post is complete without some pom-poms.