2013 NFL Season Predictions: Super Bowl Champion Bengals!

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Making predictions for the Super Bowl on February 2nd today on August 27th. Yes, you got to love it. That’s why I’m all about the Cincinnati Bengals as your Super Bowl champion. When you make NFL divisional and Wild Card picks before even the 4th preseason game…well that’s bold.

Look for these to be about as accurate as my NFL mock draft. So don’t take this with a grain of salt. How about a whole truckload of salt. Well, time is a wasting so let’s jump right to the predictions.

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Bears Devin Hester clarifies retirement comments on Twitter

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Earlier this week the Chicago Bears Devin Hester made comments about how NFL football is no longer fun for him and how he thinks this could be the end of his career. He also said his family is a factor and he needs to take that into account regarding his decision about his future. These comments came on the same day Bears coach Lovie Smith was fired, and given how close Hester was to Lovie, there was speculation that the two incidents were related.

Also factor in that Hester, one of the NFL’s most dangerous return men in history did nothing on kick returns in 2012, and had a very non-descript year catching the ball, and it’s easy to see why he made such comments of frustration. But today he clarified.

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Chip Kelly a good fit to replace Lovie Smith?

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There’s been enough written and said about the job security of Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith. If he’s gone, which is quite likely, time to move forward and think ahead to his replacement. Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly is being recruited by the NFL once again.

He turned down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head job last year and rumors are abound that he’ll replace the soon to be fired Andy Reid in Philadelphia. With a record of 45-7, the highest winning percentage in all of college football, third in the nation in wins over that span, and he’s made a BCS bowl every year he’s coached in Eugene. He’s a hot coaching commodity. And he endorses this website, which is very important.

But will his coaching style translate to the NFL?

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Chicago Bears cut ex-Buckeye Dane Sanzenbacher

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The Chicago Bears have decided to part ways with their homeless man’s version of Wes Welker, a guy known for wearing bolo ties while in college at Ohio State.

Sanzenbacher played in just four games this year totaling a WHOPPING one reception for seven yards. He had a better rookie year last season, appearing in 16 games, 27 receptions on 54 targets, 276 yards and three touchdowns.

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670 The Score Bears Overcoverage: unlistenable self-promotion

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How much Chicago Bears coverage is enough? Everyone in the media, including myself, is guilty of ridiculous over-coverage of the team. But 670 The Score is by far the worst offender. And a major reason they do it is to promote their sister station, WBBM, which broadcasts the team’s games on the radio.

Obviously, this is a Bears town first. Whether the team is winning or losing. The Cubs are 1b. to their 1a. when they’re in the playoffs. And Michael Jordan borrowed the city for a decade, making the Bulls come first during the ’90s. (It even helped me remember the difference between bear market and bull market, who was up in the ’90s and who was down?) The Bulls come third, and then there’s a drop off to the White Sox and Blackhawks.

So I understand how much the Bears move the needle, and the media must follow suit.

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Bears Brian Urlacher doesn’t care for fans, media, Lovie Smith detractors, refs

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Brian Urlacher had an interesting view of the Chicago Bears loss to the Green Bay Packers yesterday. His view from IR was quite opinionated. Maybe this is the end of his days with the Bears? Or the end of his NFL career? During his weekly appearance on the local Chicago FOX news program he had some choice words for Bears fans, the media and those who think Bears coach Lovie Smith should be fired.

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Bears Chris Conte rips fans in Tweet; channels George W. Bush

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Remember after 9/11 when then President George W. Bush proclaimed “you’re either with us, or with the terrorists” to the entire world? Well the NFL version of that came today after the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears and put the Bears in serious jeopardy of making the playoffs. Bears safety Chris Conte turned on his own fans by tweeting the following:

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Jay Cutler endorses Mitt Romney for President

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The polarizing Chicago Bears quarterback just made himself more polarizing. Jay Cutler has chosen a side politically; ignoring the longstanding unwritten rule for athletes “just shut up and play.”

Today he appeared on his weekly segment, the “Jay Cutler Show” on WMVP-AM ESPN 1000, and he was asked by co-host Tom Waddle about his voting preference: Mitt Romney or Barack Obama.

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Chicago Bears Linebacker Lance Briggs to have own tv show

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Bears fans can also look forward to yet another entertaining season of The Lance Briggs Show (formerly Countdown to Kickoff), featuring host Pat Boyle, former Bears standout Tom Thayer and seven-time Chicago Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs.  This half-hour program provides fans with a complete preview of the Bears’ next game, including a discussion about all the key plays from the team’s previous game.

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Bears Kahlil Bell named to most eligible Chicagoans list

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Chicago magazine has just released it’s 2012 list of the most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes in the city (25-year-old Sara Collins looks yummy!). Chicago Bears tailback Kahlil Bell is among them. So he’s got that advantage on Matt Forte; if not more playing time.

So what’s he looking for?

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Bears Matt Forte feels disrespected by Michael Bush signing

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Get ready for the Matt Forte holdout once Chicago Bears preseason begins at Camp Bourbonaiss. Via Twitter, Forte publicly expressed his disgust and the Bears signed tailback Michael Bush to a four-year contract worth $14 million, including $7 million guaranteed. Forte, who was slapped with the Bears’ franchise tag earlier this month instead of a long-term deal, tweeted:

“There’s only so many times a man that has done everything he’s been asked to do can be disrespected! Guess the GOOD GUYS do finish last….

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Update on Chicago Bears LB J.T. Thomas: marijuana, traffic charges

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Chicago Bears linebacker J.T. Thomas got picked up by police in West Virginia a couple days ago after they caught him driving the wrong way down a one-way street and found marijuana in his car. He was charged on misdemeanor drug possession.

“We are aware of the arrest of J.T. Thomas in Morgantown, WV. We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the arrest,” the Chicago Bears said in a statement released Monday.

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