It’s the preseason for Bear Goggles On too, and we’re trying out a new segment: using a Madden 11 simulation to predict the games. Check it out and tell us what works, what doesn’t work, what we could do to improve the segment. I’ve got to give big props to Sam, his predication for the Chargers game was pretty damn close: he predicted 34-10 Chargers and the game turned out to be 25-10 Chargers. Not too shabby. On with the sims for Preseason Game #2, Bears vs Raiders.
The Bears look to bounce back on Saturday night when they open up Soldier Field for 2010 to host the Oakland Raiders. Hopefully Oakland doesn’t blitz, so we can get a longer look at Jay Cutler and the first team offense. Things seem to start off well. After another slow start in the first quarter, Jay Cutler opens it up with a pass that we hope to see a lot this season – a bomb to Johnny Knox!
Did you notice the back step up to pick up the pass rush? That’s what was missing in last week’s game.
Chris Harris makes his presence felt in his return to Soldier Field with a nifty INT to help hold down the Raiders first team and keep them out of the end zone.
Matt Forte capped of the scoring for the Bears’ first team offense with a rare TD run:
You could drive a truck through that hole. We can only hope to see more of that this season. As the scrubs take the field, even Dan LeFevour gets in on the scoring with a short TD pass to Will Ta’ufo’ou:
And just like that, the BEARS WIN 34-6! Now that’s more like it! All will be well in Beardom and we can rest easy and put down the Panic Buttons.
Gould, 35 Yd FG
Forte 2 Yd TD Run
Janikowski 32 Yd FG
Knox 81 Yd TD Pass from Cutler
Forte 2 Yd TD Run
Gould 25 Yd FG
Ta’ufo’ou 10 Yd Pass from LeFevour
Cutler 12 of 17 200 Yds 1 TD
LeFevour 8 of 13 113 Yds 1 TD
Gradkowski 10 of 14 96 Yds 0 TD
Campbell 7 of 17 67 Yds 0 TD 2 Int
Forte 12 Carries 80 Yds 6.6 avg 2 TD’s
Taylor 15 Carries 48 Yds 3.2 avg 0 TD
LeFevour 1 carry 10 Yds 10.0 avg 0 TD
McFadden 9 carries 61 Yds 6.7 avg 0 TD
Bush 4 carries 9 Yds 2.2 avg 0 TD
Knox 4 rec 114 Yds 28.5 avg 1 TD
Aromashodu 4 rec 53 Yds 13.2 avg 0 TD
Ta’ufo’ou 3 rec 31 Yds 10.3 avg 1 TD
Bush 4 rec 18 Yds 4.5 avg 0 TD
McFadden 3 rec 26 Yds 8.6 avg 0 TD
Stewart 2 rec 19 Yds 9.5 avg 0 TD
Urlacher 1.0 Sack 5 solo tackles 2 Assists
T. Harris 2.0 Sacks 3 sol tackles
C. Harris 1 int
Bullocks 1 int
I can’t say thanks enough to my new buddy Sam for his help with the Madde sims. I am hoping to convince him to join the BGO team as our resident Madden expert. What do you guys think? Follow Sam on Twitter @samgoody14 and tell him if you can do better.
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