Comcast SportsNet Bears analyst Jim Miller joined The McNeil and Spiegel Show today to discuss last night's loss to the Texans. But luckily for Bears fans, Miller feels that despite the final score, the Bears were the better team.
"I'm going to be honest," Miller said Monday afternoon. "The only reason I say that is because of the dropped touchdowns. They're playing unbelievable defense. That's a pretty good offense the Bears stifled again. The Bears literally shut down that football team. That was impressive. I know they didn't have Owen Daniels on that side, but they shut down Andre Johnson. Was he a problem? No. Wasn't a problem at all. I personally think the Bears are better than that. They're better than what they performed last night. I personally feel the better team lost last night."
If Jay Cutler hadn't sustained a concussion, things may have ended differently.
Jason Campbell's second-half performance failed to result in points for the Bears, leading to the team's second loss of the season.
"I think he's a quality backup but he didn't get it done last night," Miller said. "That was really his first test, and probably the first thing Bears fans are going to think of is last year they were 7-3 when the season spiraled out of control without their starting quarterback. To me, that was an opportunity for Jason Campbell to really reassure fans why he was signed."
The Blackhawks made a minor league deal on Saturday, announcing the acquisition of forward Michael Latta from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenseman Cameron Schilling.
Latta, 25, has two goals and four assists in 29 games this season with the Ontario (Calif.) Reign of the American Hockey League.
He has four goals and 13 assists in 113 career games in the National Hockey League, all with the Washington Capitals from 2013-16.
Latta, who was a third-round pick (No. 72 overall) by the Nashville Predators in 2009, will report to the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. He carries a $600,000 cap hit, and is a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
Schilling ranked second among defensemen on the IceHogs with 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 40 games, and had a minus-3 rating. The 28-year-old blue liner signed a two-year contract worth $575,000 per season with the Blackhawks in July 2015.
Horizon League basketball returns to CSN on Sunday as UIC travels to Valparaiso. This game tips at 2:00 p.m. live on CSN.
The Flames (11-8, 4-2) have won three straight games and have played pretty good ball after the loss of Dikembe Dixson to a torn ACL. Junior big man Tai Odiase, a Homewood-Flossmoor graduate, is playing well along with former St. Rita product Dominique Matthews.
Valparaiso (15-4, 5-1) is hoping to maintain its conference lead behind senior All-American candidate Alec Peters. The 6-foot-9 senior is averaging 23.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game on the season.
The Crusaders won the first time these two teams played at UIC on Dec. 30 as Tevonn Walker had 23 points.