Odds and end zones from Bears-Texans


Odds and end zones from Bears-Texans

Pro Bowl=ing

No rooting interest here, but Tim Jennings (eight interceptions) and Charles Tillman (defensive player of the year candidate) should become the first pair of cornerbacks in Bears franchise history to make the Pro Bowl in the same year unless Pro Bowl balloting is tabulated in Florida.

Jennings picked of Houston quarterback Matt Schaub twice and in a national, prime-time game the same venue in which Tillman performed his shut-down of Detroit wideout Calvin Johnson and in which Tillman returned an interception for a TD against the Dallas Cowboys.

Schaub missed on only eight passes against the Bears. Jennings intercepted two and broke up three. Tillman broke up two. (No word on what became of the eighth non-completion.)

Both had a hand in Andre Johnson making three receptions in the first quarter, one in the second and zero in the second half with Schaub only targeting him twice.

Film review

Credit linebacker Nick Roach with one of the unsung impact performances for the Bears defense. The strong-side linebacker is typically pulled in favor of a third cornerback when opponents go a nickel receiver package and sees fewer snaps because of it.

But Houston went with backup tackle Ryan Harris on the edge of a Jumbo package for nearly 25 percent of the snaps, keeping Roach on the field.

Roach finished playing 53 of the Texans 62 snaps (84 percent). That was part of a defensive effort that saw running back Arian Foster net 85 yards in the first half but 17 in the second.

Insult injury = ?

If safety Chris Conte received a 21,750 fine for what the league considered a helmet-to-helmet hit in the Carolina game, the bidding starts at 25,000 for what Houston linebacker Tim Dobbins did to quarterback Jay Cutler.

But on top of the clearly premeditated blow leading with the crown of Dobbins helmet to Cutlers head, Dobbins jaw-dropping belligerent comment that Cutler ran into me said to CSNChicago.coms Jake Flannigan will not help his case. Insulting intelligence is never a big hit with those charged with dispensing accountability and Dobbins insulted the intelligence of anyone within earshot.

That or this was indeed the first case of the nail head-butting the hammer.

Preview: Chris Sale faces Jose Quintana, White Sox Tuesday on CSN

Preview: Chris Sale faces Jose Quintana, White Sox Tuesday on CSN


The White Sox take on the Red Sox on Tuesday, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

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Today’s starting pitching matchup: Jose Quintana (2-6, 4.82 ERA) vs. Chris Sale (5-2, 2.34 ERA)

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Joe Maddon thinking shake-up for Cubs? ‘I have no idea what that would be’

Joe Maddon thinking shake-up for Cubs? ‘I have no idea what that would be’

SAN DIEGO – Joe Maddon looked down at the desk, shook his head and didn’t hesitate when asked if he was thinking about making some lineup changes to jolt the Cubs.

“I have no idea what that would be,” Maddon said after Monday’s 5-2 loss to the Padres at Petco Park. “We’ve tried everything possible. Guys have been rested. We’ve given guys days off. These are our players. I have all the faith in the world.”

The defending World Series champs are a .500 team through the Memorial Day checkpoint, but Maddon projected calm from the manager’s office to the cameras, expecting that message to filter out toward his clubhouse.

But this wasn’t the red-hot Dodgers pushing all the right bullpen buttons and executing a game plan almost flawlessly. The Cubs had Jarred Cosart on the ropes – and bases-loaded opportunities in the first, second and seventh innings – but still couldn’t deliver the knockout punch against a last-place team.

The Padres gave up 10 walks while the Cubs went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.

“We came off a 7-2 homestand,” Maddon said. “Everybody loved us a couple days ago. Now all of a sudden, we’ve had a tough time scoring runs on the road. We just got to do better. That’s all this comes down to.”

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Until Jason Heyward lined a 93-mph Cosart fastball into right field for a two-out, bases-loaded single and a 2-0 lead in the first inning, the middle of that homestand (May 21) had been the last time the Cubs scored without hitting a home run.

“Everybody’s proverbially trying way too hard,” Maddon said. “(Don’t) try to hit homers. Really, again, take what they give you. Play with the middle. You got to convince them to do it. They got to do it.

“It’s not complicated. You can see the big swings coming out of our zone when just a single would do. That’s it. We did it before. We can do it again. We just got to keep talking. But then you have to use the velvet hammer as opposed to a real one. Otherwise, you have no chance whatsoever.”