Rams’ rout, other results didn’t change Bears’ approach

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All the Bears had to do was lose.

A loss would have sent the Vikings to Chicago next week for a wild-card game. Instead, the Bears dominated the Vikings and now will have to play the defending Super Bowl champions.

They don’t seem to mind.

The Bears went into the day needing the Rams to lose to the 49ers to get a first-round bye. Otherwise, their playoff seeding was unaffected by the result of their game today.

The Rams had taken a 14-0 lead in less than five minutes, and they led 31-10 at halftime. Sideline analyst Eric Andrews informed Nagy of the Rams’ score at halftime, but Nagy didn’t mention it to his team and kept quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in the game to the end.

“I love winning,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said, via Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times. “I think it’s fun to win. When you win, whoever it is — who cares? — let’s just play ball. That’s what we’re going to do.”

The Eagles, who owe the Bears for getting into the postseason, now get a chance to eliminate the Bears.

26 responses to “Rams’ rout, other results didn’t change Bears’ approach

  1. If you’re a Bears fan, you gotta love the confidence but the Bears road is tougher having to play Philly. Assuming Foles can play, Philly is a lot tougher out than MN with the weak minded Cousins.

  2. The Vikings are the more talented team(because of injuries?) and more dangerous in the playoffs, that is why the Bears played to win. The Eagles have a good O-line, WR’s + TE’s, a great front 7, but everywhere else is back ups, injuries and scrubs. I believe the Bears saw them as an easier win. next week will tell the truth.

  3. Yeah BEARS, always play to win.
    Never give a division rival life.
    BUDDY RYAN SMILING TONIGHT!!!

    NO ONE LIKES US
    WE DONT CARE
    LOL

  4. Packer fan here and congrats to the Bears. Do the North division proud. Nothing is guaranteed so make hay while the sun shines. Every year is and can be different; look where you were last year. It’s tough staying on the top so enjoy it.

  5. I’m not a Bears fan but I love Nagy’s approach. He doesn’t care who they play..he is confident in his team. I love it.

  6. The Eagles get in by virtue of the tie-differential. I’m not going to rub the Viking noses in the Bears loss because it’s tough when expectations aren’t met and the Packers certainly have less to brag about than they do. But, taking the behavior of their fight-picking trolls into aaccount, that tie sure feels like poetic justice. Feels good.

  7. Patric Shark says:
    December 30, 2018 at 9:32 pm
    The Vikings are the more talented team(because of injuries?) and more dangerous in the playoffs

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    Do you seriously believe that? Underperforming ALL expectations on both sides of the ball, a bloated contract for a mediocre QB who has never carried a team (kinda like Matthew Stafford). This wasn’t about injuries. I don’t think anyone would be afraid of the Vikings in the playoffs. *I* wouldn’t be afraid of the Vikings and I am not sure I could field 10 more guys. SKOL!

  8. Eagles are lucky to even be in the playoffs, and the Bears will send them home immediately. The paper “champs” will be one and done, just like many predicted. Defense will win the day, and l predict it will be a lopsided beat-down by the Bears.

  9. I’d have been temped to put the scrubs in at half if I was Da Bears. You would never EVER want to lose a game, but damn who wouldn’t want to face Cousins in playoff game. I’ve watched him choke in big games for years.

  10. This is just flat out stupid by Nagy and the Bears. At halftime it was very apparent they had nothing to gain with a win. It was also very apparent that they could kick the Vikings butt in Chicago, in Minnesota, in a box or with a Fox. So why not play them next week? Pull your starters, go super vanilla and “hope” that they come back and win. You get to try anything you want and see how they play a certain package and scout them on anything. The Vikings also get a worse draft pick if they win. Seriously, if one of the Bears main guys would have gotten hurt Nagy would be catching hell. That’s just the main reason to pull starters from that game, but there are TONS of others. Now you get a streaking team with lots of confidence and one capable of doing just about anything. The bears basically passed on beating up little brother again like they did for 6 straight quarters and risked injuries all to host the defending champs. These coaches aren’t too smart. I hope the Eagles throttle the Bears so they can eat this mistake…and I hate the eagles. Fly eagles fly and make them pay for being dumb and risking injury for no reason and now playing a more dangerous team.

  11. Do you seriously believe that? Underperforming ALL expectations on both sides of the ball, a bloated contract for a mediocre QB who has never carried a team (kinda like Matthew Stafford). This wasn’t about injuries. I don’t think anyone would be afraid of the Vikings in the playoffs. *I* wouldn’t be afraid of the Vikings and I am not sure I could field 10 more guys. SKOL!

    I’ll take Cousins over broken back Wentz, broken rib Foles or their 3rd stringer. Give me Cook, Murray, Theilen, Diggs over any of the Eagles RB’s or WR’s. Do Eagle fans even know the names of any of their DB’s anymore? Last I heard the Eagles were decimated by injuries and beating the Redskins is something my local high school team might be able to do. Good luck and keep dreaming, but you were chosen as the easier win!

  12. Patric shark says:

    I’ll take Cousins over broken back Wentz, broken rib Foles or their 3rd stringer. Give me Cook, Murray, Theilen, Diggs over any of the Eagles RB’s or WR’s. Do Eagle fans even know the names of any of their DB’s anymore? Last I heard the Eagles were decimated by injuries and beating the Redskins is something my local high school team might be able to do. Good luck and keep dreaming, but you were chosen as the easier win!

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    Then you’re delusional. I’d take any of our QB’s over Cousins. And no one wants to play us right now. 4 weeks ago, sure. But not now, with the House Money vibe and the ski masks and either playing a rested Wentz or Super Bowl MVP Foles, who is on fire. Believe me, Chicago fans aren’t taking this lightly.

  13. The REAL reason Nagy played to win is because the Cardinals kept it close w/ the Seahawks until the end.

    And IF the Seahawks would have lost and the Vikings would have won, the Bears would have had to play the Seahawks next weekend.

    So his choice coming out of the half was to keep the starters in and try to win to face the Eagles, or pull his starters and possibly play the Seahawks if the Cards could have pulled it out.

    I think any analytics department would encourage the coach to face the Eagles vs the Seahawks. Obviously he’s not going to admit this.

  14. Patric Shark is a Skip Bayless Clone. Eagles Roster is waaaaaaaay better than Vikes and top 2 in the NFL. Yes they have injuries that push that roster talent down at the moment…… but still better than the Vikes Roster.
    Also Cousins is trash and Kirk would be the Eagles 3rd string QB to be honest.
    Ertz-Alshon-Algholor-Tate is better than any 4 you can offer me from the Vikes. Give me 4 pass catchers better than that from the Vikes or the Bears? Ill wait.

  15. The Bears wanted to play them, the Eagles, not you. Are “house money vibe” and “ski masks” dorky things like the dog masks? Whatever, IDK or care! As a fan(not us), I’m not taking it lightly only because Trubisky is too erratic and their run game too often disappears, but their defense should have no problems containing the Eagles offense. It might be a close game that I wouldn’t bet on, depending on the spread.

  16. Eagles injuries would make them a more desirable opponent than the Vikings, unless you’re a snowflake Eagle fan that can’t handle reality. I’m not a huge fan of the Bears WR’s or TE’s, but I’d take Diggs-Theilen and whoever over Alshon-Algholor-Tate(I actually forgot about Tate, which makes it a closer contest). Ertz> Rudolph, but Rudolph ain’t bad. Cooks and Murray are way better than whatever practice squad RB’s the Eagles are currently using. As an NFC East Team fan, I understand your hatred of Kirk Cousins, but a healthy Cousins gets my nod over injured Foles or Wentz if I’m betting money. Not trying too make you ladies melt, I’m just pointing out reality.

  17. 85 Bears never took a game off or rested guys for the playoffs. Nagy is doing the right thing. And don’t fear any opponent. They should fear the Bears.

  18. You get a chance to knock a Division opponent out of the playoffs, you do it. No explanation necessary.

  19. Patric Shark says:
    December 30, 2018 at 9:32 pm
    The Vikings are the more talented team(because of injuries?) and more dangerous in the playoffs, that is why the Bears played to win. The Eagles have a good O-line, WR’s + TE’s, a great front 7, but everywhere else is back ups, injuries and scrubs. I believe the Bears saw them as an easier win. next week will tell the truth.

    Your kidding me right? Have you ever watched Kirk Cousins? Eagles D is better than Vikes, and to be honest the bears Offense is playoff inexperienced and they aren’t exactly world beaters. Bears should hope they didn’t make a mistake. I as an Eagles fan do not!

    PS, secondary is backups in some spots, everywhere else is not

  20. I like Nagy, been a believer in Trubisky ever since I watched Ryan Switzer’s and Mack Hollins’ game tape prior to last years draft, and have no negative feelings towards the Bears.

    Yet why are we pushing this false narrative? He didnt try to knock the Vikings out. He didnt do his buddy Pederson a solid. He didnt do everything he could to win.

    He literally did what they all do, played the starters he felt he needed to play to win, for momentum, and/or didnt have backups he trusted to play. While benching every starter he thought he could get away with.

    I dunno why thats such a big secret. Its not shameful to rest starters. Yet coaches also decide not. Mostly they do a mix like Nagy did.

    None of those things makes him a better coach, competitor, analytical genius, football mind, etc. And none of those things make his worse either.

    Sooo….

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