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    10 things for Patriots-Bears

    Reiss By Mike Reiss
    ESPNBoston.com


    Ten areas that project to be critical, from a Patriots perspective, in Sunday's game against the Bears at Soldier Field (4:15 p.m. ET):


    1. Directional kicking and punting. With heavy wind gusts and low temperatures in the forecast, this game could have the feel of the 2008 season finale in Buffalo when the goalposts at Ralph Wilson Stadium had to be tied down so they wouldn't blow over. This highlights the importance of specialists like kicker Shayne Graham and punter Zoltan Mesko, as well as overall special-teams play. The Patriots should be focusing on directional kickoffs and punts as the Bears have been explosive in the return game.


    2. Identifying and accounting for Julius Peppers. The Bears' defensive end is a game-changing player, similar to Colts pass-rushers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. The Bears move Peppers around in their 4-3 scheme and even sometimes drop him off the line of scrimmage. This will be a big test for offensive tackles Matt Light (left) and Sebastian Vollmer (right), while tight end Alge Crumpler figures to chip in at times.


    3. Playing with good balance. Players were preparing to wear longer spikes in their cleats because of the field conditions at Soldier Field, which are not good. In the Bears' Nov. 28 win over the Eagles, several Philadelphia players -- including quarterback Michael Vick -- had trouble staying on their feet at times. This will challenge players from both clubs, especially with high winds and snow flurries in the forecast, to play with good balance.


    4. Limiting running back Matt Forte. The Bears' leading rusher is also dangerous as a pass-catcher, with his 36 receptions ranking third on the team. Forte is utilized in a somewhat similar way that offensive coordinator Mike Martz used Marshall Faulk in St. Louis, as he's one of the NFL's most productive players. If Forte is limited, in theory, it would put the ball in quarterback Jay Cutler's hands in long-yardage situations, which is a matchup that looks to favor New England.


    5. Exploiting the Bears' weakness up front. If there is a soft spot on the Bears' offense, it's the offensive line. Bears quarterbacks have been sacked the most in the NFL this season, in part because of struggles up front. The Patriots might not have a feared pass-rusher, but there should be opportunities to get to quarterback Jay Cutler. Outside linebacker/defensive ends Tully Banta-Cain (4 sacks) and Jermaine Cunningham are top rushers.


    6. Defensive backs playing physical. The Bears' pass-catchers have shown a knack for making plays after the catch, with Cutler sometimes backing out from center and quickly delivering the ball while backpedaling, a la Kurt Warner from his Rams days. So getting physical with Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett and Devin Hester at the line of scrimmage -- similar to the way the Patriots played the Jets -- figures to be part of the plan with the idea of taking away those quick routes. The Mike Martz offensive system is based on timing, so the Patriots will be looking for different ways to disrupt that timing.


    8. Balance and BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The Patriots' offense has struck a solid balance between the run and the pass over the last four games -- 109 rushes vs. 124 pass attempts. That has opened up play-action possibilities as Green-Ellis' knack for picking up positive yardage has kept the team in manageable situations. The Bears are tough to run on, ranking second in the NFL for fewest rushing yards allowed per game (84.9) and sixth in rushing average (3.7).

    9. Slot matchup -- Wes Welker vs. D.J. Moore. Almost fully recovered from his left knee injury, Welker has been surging. His 72 receptions for 672 yards leads the Patriots, and when he lines up in the slot, it projects to be against Moore, who came up big for the Bears in Sunday's win over the Lions. That figures to be one of the big matchups in the game.


    10. Brandon Tate, Julian Edelman and return game. With cold temperatures, high winds and snow flurries in the forecast, special teams will be an important part of the game. Tate has shown explosiveness as a kickoff returner at times (2 returns for TDs in first 4 weeks of the season) and the Patriots will be hoping that spark shows up against the 27th-ranked kickoff return coverage unit of the Bears. Edelman has also proven to be dangerous on punt returns, although the Bears and punter Brad Maynard haven't given up much ground there.

     
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    ESPN's Patriots-Bears prediction roundup

    December, 10, 2010

    By ESPNBoston.com
    A roundup of how ESPN's analysts see Sunday's Patriots-Bears game playing out:

    * ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss: Patriots 24, Bears 16. This looks like it will be an elements game and special teams becomes a big part of it. I think the Bears are better equipped to handle the heavy winds and possible snow flurries that are part of the forecast, and it also helps that they are getting the Patriots on a short week after an emotional win over the Jets. All those factors seem to favor the Bears, but in the end, I still see the Patriots as a cut above. In a lower-scoring game, I like the Patriots.

    * ESPNBoston.com’s Tedy Bruschi: Patriots 21, Bears 13. I actually think the Patriots are better equipped to handle the elements. Brady is a terrific cold-weather quarterback. Jay Cutler hasn't thrown an interception the last two games. That short-lived streak ends. This Patriot defense is extremely opportunistic and will continue to make big plays.

    * Mark Schlereth: Patriots over Bears. I’m going to go with the New England Patriots. Obviously, you look at them offensively, they're clicking on all cylinders. I think the Bears will be able to slow them down somewhat. I still question the Bears offensively, especially offensive line-wise. Every week I put on the tape, they give up 5, 6 sacks, a bunch of pressure and eventually that’s what leads to turnovers and you know the opportunistic Patriots will take advantage of those sacks. They’re going to create some turnovers and give Tom Brady a short field.

    * Herm Edwards: Bears over Patriots. I think they go to Chicago, on a field that is conducive to the Bears, not a very good field to play on, tough, conditions will be cold … I think the Bears make this an ugly football game and find a way to win.

    * ESPN experts: Five of eight pick the Pats. Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter and Seth Wickersham pick the Bears.

    * Sunday Countdown: Keyshawn Johnson and Tom Jackson pick the Patriots. Mike Ditka and Cris Carter pick the Bears.

    * AccuScore simulations: Patriots 24.3, Bears 20.7 (on average). Patriots win 61 percent of the time. You can simulate the game yourself here.

    * Madden simulation: Patriots 30, Bears 28. Down 28-23 with time ticking away in the fourth quarter, Tom Brady leads the Patriots on an incredible 82-yard drive, capping things off with a game-winning 15-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker. It's the eleventh win of the season for New England as it continues to look like the best team in the NFL, while the Bears' loss helps tighten up the standings in the NFC North.

    * Matt Williamson, Scouts Inc.: Patriots 28, Bears 27 (insider)
     
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    Christopher Price capeleaguer @realpatriots: Another on-time arrival. Patriots arrive in Chicago about 15 min ahead of schedule.

     
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    @realpatriots Any chance the silver alternate jerseys ever make a return? ... -------Nothing scheduled for their return
     
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    Just about to post on this article. Rock:
    10 things for Patriots-Bears By Mike Reiss ESPNBoston.com Ten areas that project to be critical, from a Patriots perspective, in Sunday's game against the Bears at Soldier Field (4:15 p.m. ET): 1. Directional kicking and punting. With heavy wind gusts and low temperatures in the forecast, this game could have the feel of the 2008 season finale in Buffalo when the goalposts at Ralph Wilson Stadium had to be tied down so they wouldn't blow over. This highlights the importance of specialists like kicker Shayne Graham and punter Zoltan Mesko, as well as overall special-teams play. The Patriots should be focusing on directional kickoffs and punts as the Bears have been explosive in the return game.
     
    RESPONSE: An excellent point. The Pats should try to take Devin Hester out of this game, as much as possible. In super cold, snowy conditions, with winds blustering as high as 45 mph, the Pats can't afford to give up any cheapies on special teams.  

    2. Identifying and accounting for Julius Peppers. The Bears' defensive end is a game-changing player, similar to Colts pass-rushers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. The Bears move Peppers around in their 4-3 scheme and even sometimes drop him off the line of scrimmage. This will be a big test for offensive tackles Matt Light (left) and Sebastian Vollmer (right), while tight end Alge Crumpler figures to chip in at times.
     
    RESPONSE: I expect the Pats to try running directly at Peppers...and wear him out playing run defense. Look for lots of Danny Woodhead on screens, swing passes, shovel passes and draw plays. I see Woodhead as the key player for the Pats tomorrow, in the North Pole-like weather conditions. 

    3. Playing with good balance. Players were preparing to wear longer spikes in their cleats because of the field conditions at Soldier Field, which are not good. In the Bears' Nov. 28 win over the Eagles, several Philadelphia players -- including quarterback Michael Vick -- had trouble staying on their feet at times. This will challenge players from both clubs, especially with high winds and snow flurries in the forecast, to play with good balance.
     
    RESPONSE: BB will have his team ready in this area. The Pats must get off to a good start...not only to take the crowd out of the game, but to make the Bears press a bit offensively. Furthermore, you can expect that field conditions will rapidly deteriorate as the game wears on;

    4. Limiting running back Matt Forte. The Bears' leading rusher is also dangerous as a pass-catcher, with his 36 receptions ranking third on the team. Forte is utilized in a somewhat similar way that offensive coordinator Mike Martz used Marshall Faulk in St. Louis, as he's one of the NFL's most productive players. If Forte is limited, in theory, it would put the ball in quarterback Jay Cutler's hands in long-yardage situations, which is a matchup that looks to favor New England.
     
    RESPONSE: Shutting down Forte, both as a runner and a receiver, will determine whether the Pats come away with a "W" or "L", in this one; 

    5. Exploiting the Bears' weakness up front. If there is a soft spot on the Bears' offense, it's the offensive line. Bears quarterbacks have been sacked the most in the NFL this season, in part because of struggles up front. The Patriots might not have a feared pass-rusher, but there should be opportunities to get to quarterback Jay Cutler. Outside linebacker/defensive ends Tully Banta-Cain
    (4 sacks) and Jermaine Cunningham are top rushers.
     
    RESPONSE: Take away Forte and TE Olsen, and turnovers will follow;

    6. Defensive backs playing physical. The Bears' pass-catchers have shown a knack for making plays after the catch, with Cutler sometimes backing out from center and quickly delivering the ball while backpedaling, a la Kurt Warner from his Rams days. So getting physical with Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett and Devin Hester at the line of scrimmage -- similar to the way the Patriots played the Jets -- figures to be part of the plan with the idea of taking away those quick routes. The Mike Martz offensive system is based on timing, so the Patriots will be looking for different ways to disrupt that timing.
     
    RESPONSE: Agreed. I'm sure that the Bears will play in a similar fashion against the Patriots' receivers. The Pats' receivers must be sure to secure the ball, even if it means sacrificing extra yards after the catch. In a game in these types of weather conditions, field position amd turnovers will be huge; 

    7. Jay Cutler on the move. In part because of the pressure he faces, Cutler has scrambled his way to 201 rushing yards on the season, so the Patriots must respect his athletic ability in that facet of the game. Cutler sometimes runs even when the pocket holds up and that's an area that the Patriots have had some struggles with this season (e.g. Shaun Hill, Lions, Thanksgiving).
     
    RESPONSE: Not too concerned about Cutler scrambling. If he has to do this, it means that the Pats are taking away check off options like Forte and Olsen. He might gain a few yards running...but, eventually, he might throw a pick while on the move...or put the ball on the ground, after getting hit;

    8. Balance and BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The Patriots' offense has struck a solid balance between the run and the pass over the last four games -- 109 rushes vs. 124 pass attempts. That has opened up play-action possibilities as Green-Ellis' knack for picking up positive yardage has kept the team in manageable situations. The Bears are tough to run on, ranking second in the NFL for fewest rushing yards allowed per game (84.9) and sixth in rushing average (3.7).
     
    RESPONSE: As stated above, getting an early lead will be key...as field conditions will deteriorate as the game wears on. The Pats must dominate on the OL. This game is a splendid opportunity for Logan Mankins to demonstate why he's worth huge dollars;

    9. Slot matchup -- Wes Welker vs. D.J. Moore. Almost fully recovered from his left knee injury, Welker has been surging. His 72 receptions for 672 yards leads the Patriots, and when he lines up in the slot, it projects to be against Moore, who came up big for the Bears in Sunday's win over the Lions. That figures to be one of the big matchups in the game.
     
    RESPONSE: Look for the Bears to try to really get physical with Welker and Deion Branch. The running game, and the effectiveness of Danny Woodhead coming out of the backfield, will determine whether the Pats' offense can be successful in such frigid conditions. 

    10. Brandon Tate, Julian Edelman and return game. With cold temperatures, high winds and snow flurries in the forecast, special teams will be an important part of the game. Tate has shown explosiveness as a kickoff returner at times (2 returns for TDs in first 4 weeks of the season) and the Patriots will be hoping that spark shows up against the 27th-ranked kickoff return coverage unit of the Bears. Edelman has also proven to be dangerous on punt returns, although the Bears and punter Brad Maynard haven't given up much ground there.

    RESPONSE: Edelman has come close to breaking a few punt returns...Tate must not put the ball on the ground. Pats must be disciplined regarding block in the back penalties...which could have a huge bearing on field position.
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    LOL..........

    Ron Brace RonBrace I hate snow with a passion
     
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    Rachel Nichols Rachel__Nichols Not so fortunate for Sunday..........
    Soldier Field forecast: 2 degrees windchill, 5-10 inches snow, wind gusts up to 50 mph.
     
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    10 things for Patriots-Bears By Mike Reiss ESPNBoston.com Ten areas that project to be critical, from a Patriots perspective, in Sunday's game against the Bears at Soldier Field (4:15 p.m. ET): 1. Directional kicking and punting. With heavy wind gusts and low temperatures in the forecast, this game could have the feel of the 2008 season finale in Buffalo when the goalposts at Ralph Wilson Stadium had to be tied down so they wouldn't blow over. This highlights the importance of specialists like kicker Shayne Graham and punter Zoltan Mesko, as well as overall special-teams play. The Patriots should be focusing on directional kickoffs and punts as the Bears have been explosive in the return game.

    Directional kicking?  Umm if there are 40 mph winds as forecast this is dumb.  Kicking with the wind it flies through the endzone.  Kicking against the wind it will go out of bounds if you kick directionally.  This is just dumb.  If the winds are swirling as opposed to going in a particular direction you still can't kick directionally as you are risking kicking out of bounds.
     
    2. Identifying and accounting for Julius Peppers. The Bears' defensive end is a game-changing player, similar to Colts pass-rushers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. The Bears move Peppers around in their 4-3 scheme and even sometimes drop him off the line of scrimmage. This will be a big test for offensive tackles Matt Light (left) and Sebastian Vollmer (right), while tight end Alge Crumpler figures to chip in at times.
     
    This sounds ok.  I'd say give Gronk a few shots at Pepe.  Might be funny to see Woodhead take a shot at him too. 

    3. Playing with good balance. Players were preparing to wear longer spikes in their cleats because of the field conditions at Soldier Field, which are not good. In the Bears' Nov. 28 win over the Eagles, several Philadelphia players -- including quarterback Michael Vick -- had trouble staying on their feet at times. This will challenge players from both clubs, especially with high winds and snow flurries in the forecast, to play with good balance.

    This is where Gronk and Hern will be key.  They are tall fast and don't rely so much on quick breaks.  I see them (with the weight over their feet) keeping their footing on the loose sod and doing a lot of damage on seam routes.

    4. Limiting running back Matt Forte. The Bears' leading rusher is also dangerous as a pass-catcher, with his 36 receptions ranking third on the team. Forte is utilized in a somewhat similar way that offensive coordinator Mike Martz used Marshall Faulk in St. Louis, as he's one of the NFL's most productive players. If Forte is limited, in theory, it would put the ball in quarterback Jay Cutler's hands in long-yardage situations, which is a matchup that looks to favor New England.

    Forte is automatically limited by the Bears' O-line.  However if it is as windy as advertised, I do see us playing up on the line with 8 men in the box and man coverage outside.

    5. Exploiting the Bears' weakness up front. If there is a soft spot on the Bears' offense, it's the offensive line. Bears quarterbacks have been sacked the most in the NFL this season, in part because of struggles up front. The Patriots might not have a feared pass-rusher, but there should be opportunities to get to quarterback Jay Cutler. Outside linebacker/defensive ends Tully Banta-Cain (4 sacks) and Jermaine Cunningham are top rushers.

    Yup.  There will be sacks and runs for losses.

    6. Defensive backs playing physical. The Bears' pass-catchers have shown a knack for making plays after the catch, with Cutler sometimes backing out from center and quickly delivering the ball while backpedaling, a la Kurt Warner from his Rams days. So getting physical with Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett and Devin Hester at the line of scrimmage -- similar to the way the Patriots played the Jets -- figures to be part of the plan with the idea of taking away those quick routes. The Mike Martz offensive system is based on timing, so the Patriots will be looking for different ways to disrupt that timing.

    Yup.  Again if it's very windy we won't have to respect the deep pass at all.  Play the quick routes and get to Cutler.

    7. Jay Cutler on the move. In part because of the pressure he faces, Cutler has scrambled his way to 201 rushing yards on the season, so the Patriots must respect his athletic ability in that facet of the game. Cutler sometimes runs even when the pocket holds up and that's an area that the Patriots have had some struggles with this season (e.g. Shaun Hill, Lions, Thanksgiving).

    Cutler will look like a bobble head.

    8. Balance and BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The Patriots' offense has struck a solid balance between the run and the pass over the last four games -- 109 rushes vs. 124 pass attempts. That has opened up play-action possibilities as Green-Ellis' knack for picking up positive yardage has kept the team in manageable situations. The Bears are tough to run on, ranking second in the NFL for fewest rushing yards allowed per game (84.9) and sixth in rushing average (3.7).

    I think our genetically adapted to cold weather O-line has a field day blocking for BJGE.  Yes it's cold in Northern Europe and our O-line are all decendents of Northern Europeans.

    9. Slot matchup -- Wes Welker vs. D.J. Moore. Almost fully recovered from his left knee injury, Welker has been surging. His 72 receptions for 672 yards leads the Patriots, and when he lines up in the slot, it projects to be against Moore, who came up big for the Bears in Sunday's win over the Lions. That figures to be one of the big matchups in the game. 10. Brandon Tate, Julian Edelman and return game. With cold temperatures, high winds and snow flurries in the forecast, special teams will be an important part of the game. Tate has shown explosiveness as a kickoff returner at times (2 returns for TDs in first 4 weeks of the season) and the Patriots will be hoping that spark shows up against the 27th-ranked kickoff return coverage unit of the Bears. Edelman has also proven to be dangerous on punt returns, although the Bears and punter Brad Maynard haven't given up much ground there.

    Nice to see one of them break a long return.  I think Tate is destined to do it Sunday.

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    i think we have the advantage just because of the field playing surface.  The turf they have is not set up for fast running/breaking.  Martz's offense is set around a series of fast players whereas our offense is based on the spread and utilizes small precision routes from slower WR's and large TE's.  I think we win by 14.  Cutler becomes the cutler of a few years ago and makes lots of turnovers/mistakes.
     
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    New England Patriots realpatriots The Patriots have downgraded 3 players on the injury report to OUT:
    CB Jonathan Wilhite (hip) , DLs Myron Pryor (back) & Mike Wright (concussion).
     
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    The moves were expected as all three players have yet to fully return to practice.
    This will mark the fourth straight game that Wilhite, whose primary role comes in the slot and on special teams, will miss. Second-year player Darius Butler was the slot corner last week.

    Wright leads the Patriots with 5.5 sacks, even as he's missed the last two games -- wins over the Lions and Jets. He has been a spot starter, with his biggest value coming as an interior sub rusher.

    Pryor is another interior sub rusher, and this will mark the fifth straight game he misses.

    The Patriots have been rotating personnel in those roles, with Vince Wilfork playing more on third down.

     
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    Five things to watch: Bears-Pats

    By Michael C. Wright (ESPN Chicago)

    Jay Cutler’s decision making: New England mixes things up with the front seven with pressure packages and multiple looks designed to confuse quarterbacks. But Cutler has proven adept at diagnosing such nuances and adjusting accordingly. His ability to do that will be put to the test against the Patriots. Interestingly, Cutler played his worst this season against two of the three worst defenses in the league. Against 32nd-ranked Washington, Cutler tossed a season-high four interceptions. Against Seattle’s No. 30 defense, Cutler finished with his lowest completion percentage (43.6) of the year. Well, this week, Cutler faces a Patriots defense ranked 31st.

    Cutler’s protection: Chicago’s Swiss-cheese offensive line could make Cutler’s decision-making process more difficult by not allowing him adequate time to get through progressions to make the appropriate throws. New England’s multiple looks could prove confusing for the offensive line, especially rookie right tackle J’Marcus Webb, who has struggled in recent weeks. Webb needs to lean on experienced right guard Roberto Garza for guidance on identifying the most dangerous threats. The Patriots aren’t considered a dangerous team in terms of sacks. But the Bears have given up four sacks in each of the last two games. Those numbers definitely need to dip for this team to accomplish its goals, offensively.

    Matt Forte's impact: Balance has been the key to Chicago’s success on offense this season, and the running game plays a major role in the Bears achieving that on a week-to-week basis. The rushing attack will be especially important, given the expected snowy conditions for Sunday’s game at Soldier Field. Forte has averaged 3.9 yards or better in each of his past three outings, which bodes well because if the Bears can’t consistently run, at some point, they’ll have to abandon the rushing attack. When they’ve done that in the past, it’s been disastrous. In addition, it’ll also be important for the defense to shut down New England’s running game, led by BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Inclement weather will force both teams to lean a little more heavily on the running game. The team most successful running likely wins.


    The tackling of Chicago’s back seven:
    The Bears will be content to stay in Cover 2 and allow Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to pick them apart with short and intermediate passes. That’s fine because it forces Brady to be precise in taking the Patriots on long drives of 10 or more plays (the thinking is sooner or later he’ll make a mistake or the Bears will make a big play). Then, the Bears can stiffen in the red zone, where the area for them to cover is much more confined. What’s key for the Bears, though, is making sure tackles with the linebackers and secondary on Brady’s completions to keep his receivers and running backs -- which are skilled at gaining yards after the catch -- from turning 4- and 5-yard completions into longer gains.

    The Bears' pressure on Brady: New England's QB has shown the ability to demolish Cover 2 teams with pinpoint precision. Against a Cover 2 Jaguars team in the 2007 playoffs, Brady set a postseason record for completion percentage (92.8 percent; completing 26 of 28 for three touchdowns). The main reason for his success was a lack of pressure, and shoddy tackling on his short completions. So if the Bears can get pressure with the front four -- which they’ve excelled at all season -- they can alter the accuracy of Brady’s passes, and possibly force turnovers. The Bears are 5-0 this year when they lead in turnover margin. So scoring an interception or fumble due to pressure from the front seven -- or at least altering Brady’s accuracy -- gives the Bears a better chance of prevailing.

     
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    Rachel__Nichols    Not so fortunate for Sunday.......... Soldier Field forecast: 2 degrees windchill, 5-10 inches snow, wind gusts up to 50 mph.
    Posted by Rocky


    If the weather in Chicago tomorrow is anything like the weather in Minneapolis today, very little worth watching is going to happen in this game.




    Of course, one of my favorite games of all time consisted of one mid-range field goal and little else . . .


    So what do I know?


     
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    Mike I heard the Metrodome has a leak and they postponed  the Vikes?Giant game until Monday.....I hate winter
     
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    Mike I heard the Metrodome has a leak and they postponed  the Vikes?Giant game until Monday.....I hate winter
    Posted by harleyroadking11


    Yes, the dome is an old structure, and nobody is going up there to clean that snow off the roof until this wind stops blowing, so there's no way they were going to play that game tomorrow, even if Blue New Jersey had shown up on time.

    Edit:  Looks like this game is going to have to be moved. Large sections of the Metrodome's inflatable roof collapsed under the weight of the snow last night. This one could get moved to TCF Bank stadium, where the Gophers play -- outdoors -- which would actually be an advantage for the blue team.


    What's funny about this to me is that there is currently a roaring debate about a new stadium (which the Vikes desperately need) going on right now, and there is a pretty fair number of fans who would like to see the team go back outside. I never had a problem with the harsh weather when I was a kid -- I was actually at the game referenced in my avatar -- but there is no way I would have gone outside for anything short of an emergency in the kind of weather we had today (which is heading directly toward the Pats and the Bears as we speak).

    I still love to watch a snow game . . . 


    from the couch.


     
     
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    Dan Roche RochieWBZ Bears 6-4 here at Soldier Field when wind chills below zero. Expected to be wind chill of -2 at game time for #Patriots game
     
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  20. New England Patriots realpatriots Today will be the 10th snow game of Belichick era. Patriots are 9-0 in those games. So "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow."
 
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    ----Mike Reiss

    Soldier Field covered with blue tarp. Workers clearing snow now.
     
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    Ian R. Rapoport RapSheet I talked with #Patriots QB Tom Brady on Friday about the weather. He said he "loves" the snow. I think he may get his wish.
     
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    Let me add that Tom brady doesn't have any problems with snowy weather conditions but strong wind can make even a great QB look mediocre! So what will Cutler look like? Shite?
     
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    Ian R. Rapoport RapSheet For all asking about #Patriots playing it safe in the snow: Last year vs. Titans, Brady was 29 of 34 passes for 380 yards with 6 TDs.
     
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    RapSheet    For all asking about #Patriots playing it safe in the snow: Last year vs. Titans, Brady was 29 of 34 passes for 380 yards with 6 TDs.
    Posted by Rocky

    That game was in October. This is December in Chicago. Brutal weather.
     
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    Snow has been magic dust for the Pats.

    Welker, Branch and Woodhead will be dancing and dodging like a bunch of elves
     
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