All-Stars just enough points to win the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown."Being who you thought we were since 2005!Log In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBearsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsThe Bears DenNotesXs and OsSuperfansBreaking News:The Bears' 2019 Draft class is complete!脳Latest NewsGame RecapTrubisky Sherrick McManis Jerseys 2019 , Hicks guide the NFC to Pro Bowl Skills GloryNew,7commentsA late dodgeball-fueled rally provided the NFC All-Stars just enough points to win the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown.CSTShareTweetShareShareTrubisky, Hicks guide the NFC to Pro Bowl Skills GloryStaley cheers on the most important athletes in the NFCKirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsWow, what a game skills showdown. I’m shocked. I’m stunned. I don’t have words. Truly, this was a magical night.For those of you who don’t know, the NFC (and the Bears by extension) spent Wednesday afternoon grittily rallying from down 3-1 in the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown all the way to victory. The NFC’s performance was truly a magnificent display of poise and determination that saw them battle through a 9-foot glass wall, mental mistakes, and questionable officiating before finally pulling out the ‘dub. With Bears’ players competing in all 5 of the after-evening's events, we’ve got plenty to cover in this very, very serious recap —let’s get to it.Best HandsLets face facts: our favorite sophomore QB slumped hard in this event. After a fairly hot start saw him complete the first 6 stations with 2 throws or less each, it took Trubisky and Mike Evans NINE throws to successfully connect over the 9-foot wall. That’s... well, that’s less than good. To give some perspective, Trubisky had thrown 8 passes during the 6 stations they’d faced before he more than doubled his total passes trying to beat the wall. And with 9-Foot Glass Wall hitting free agency this offseason, we’ll need to hope that nobody in the North picks him up. Mike Evans probably could’ve caught the fifth ball White Kyle Fuller Jerseys , but you still want to see more out of your franchise quarterback.Even worse, Trubisky and Evans’ time of ~59 seconds was by far the slowest of the 4 competing pairs (other pairs recorded ~30s, ~45s, ~45s). Given that the NFC lost by about three seconds, this loss was pretty clearly on Mitch. The AFC takes a 1-0 lead, providing the NFC some early adversity.Precision PassingThis event was an adventure. First off, the NFL changed the rules such that the points are cumulative by conference; each competing player’s points are added with the rest of their conference to determine the winner. Now notice I said “player” and not “quarterback” — that’s because, new to this year, each conference fielded a non-quarterback as well as the customary two QBs. As Von Miller led off the competition with a sterling 2 points, I realized in that the NFL had pretty clearly done this to visually prop up their quarterbacks. Kinda like having an average person run in the Olympics. They might’ve gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for Adam Thielen. Thielen had himself a solid performance, pounding out 10 points for the NFC and giving the boys in blue a sizable lead headed into round 2.After that was a battle of 2017 prospects, Deshaun Watson versus Mitchell Trubisky. Watson looked to struggle early but still piled on 10 points in his last 20 seconds to finish with 15 total. As he finished, a slight controversy arose; Watson’s final throw seemed to have hit the rim of the deep target while barely breaking the paper before bouncing out. “Does that count?” members of the NFC asked. The referees quickly gathered and awarded Watson the points, but you be the judge.Following his peer Kyle Fuller Jerseys 2019 , young Mitchell quickly hit both deep throws (left AND right, haters) before missing about a foot high on every throw after that. The unashamed velocity and beautiful spirals that accompanied his passes were awesome to see, but unfortunately they failed to find their marks. Mitch finished out by clanking 2 footballs off the rim of the 5-point target before aliens moved the target and robbed him of his final 5. Those darn aliens, always causing trouble.While Mitch didn’t dominate the event (he finished with 11), he did do better than the 5 points Andrew Luck put up. By my math, that means Mitch is 2.2x the quarterback Luck is. Now we know.The NFC won this one so the score moves to 1-1.40 Yard SplashThis event was basically John Fox’s paradise as 20 of the NFL’s premiere players spent 2:00 handing buckets of water off to each other. Akiem Hicks and Mitch Trubisky both showed that Fox had taught them well — I don’t think they fumbled a single handoff. Unfortunately, HOF and greatest second greatest pretty great Bear Brian Urlacher couldn’t stop the AFC from dunking him.This brings us to our second major rules controversy. After Hicks and Trubisky had showed their mastery of the art of the handoff, each team took turns having someone throw a football at the dunk tank target. While this was intended to be a one-at-a-time process, the AFC broke protocol and launched approximately 4 simultaneous footballs before dunking the precariously placed Urlacher. When Lach asked about this, ESPN’s Lisa Salters clearly dodged this question so make sure you keep your tin foil hat on hand. If you think the NFL isn’t out to get the NFC, just ask a Saints fan.AFC goes up 2-1.Gridiron GauntletThis event is always pretty awesome, and it remained as such until Bears’ Akiem Hicks ran the wrong way following his completion of the heavy bag gauntlet. Hicks had finished but illegally approached George Kittle and was forced to go back, losing valuable time. Kittle wasn’t able to recover the lead and the AFC went up 3-1. You can’t have mental mistakes like that in these big moments, but I know nobody’s more upset than Akiem at his mistake. I’m sure we’ll see him on the Today show soon.Epic Pro Bowl DodgeballAs a reminder White Charles Leno Jerseys , the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown doesn’t make any sense. For some reason, the contest ends with a two-out-of-three game of dodgeball that awards 3 points to the winner, meaning that the NFC (losers of 3 of 4 events thus far) still have a chance to win. Of course they could simply have three games of dodgeball that are each worth a point, but that might actually make sense and nobody wants that.Game 1:This game has been struck from my memory because both Bears players were part of the NFC getting destroyed. Trubisky gets eliminated as fast as humanly possible, Hicks is knocked out while taunting, and not one AFC player takes a dodgeball to the face. A real bummer of a game, AFC up 1-0.Game 2:NFC won without any Bears on the team. This was a complete coincidence. Tie dodgeball, 1-1.Game 3:And here it was. When all hope seemed lost, Mitch Trubisky and the rest of the NFC All-Stars arched their backs and told destiny it could go pick on someone it’s own size. While Trubisky didn’t technically contribute to this win, he didn’t get thrown out and I’m gonna call that positive. NFC wins dodgeball, goes up 4-3 and is crowned the champions of the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown.As you can see, this was a historic night. It had everything —the agony of defeat, the thrill of victory, and the hilarity of human error. An instant classic. One day Charles Leno Jerseys 2019 , 10 years from now, someone is going to ask you where you were the night that Akiem Hicks got hit with a dodgeball while obviously taunting. And to that you’ll simply say: “I was sitting on my couch at home, watching a pre-recorded game of grown men playing dodgeball. And I loved it.” The Chicago Bears were riding high, staring down at the rest of the NFC North for the first time in five years.They're in more familiar territory. And it's not a place they want to stay.The Bears look to get back to winning after back-to-back losses when they host the banged-up New York Jets on Sunday."No one past game dictates our season, no game coming up is going to dictate our season," quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said. "We have the same attitude going every week, and I guess the last couple of weeks because we have been 0-2, I think we're even hungrier. I know I am just (excited) to get back to work and get back into that win column."Falling below .500 would be a major letdown considering where the Bears (3-3) were just a few weeks ago.They won three straight and took sole possession of the division lead for the first time since 2013 after four consecutive last-place finishes. But they've dropped two in a row since their bye, falling in overtime at Miami and by seven at home to New England last week. The losses left Chicago looking up at Minnesota and Green Bay and tied with Detroit in the NFC North.Trubisky, who passed for six touchdowns against Tampa Bay before the bye, was 26 of 50 for 333 yards against New England. He threw two TDs and two interceptions.The Jets (3-4) are trying to avoid a repeat of last season, when they finished 5-11 for the second year in a row. They were 3-4 a year ago, and they see this game as a measuring stick.It would help if they got more from quarterback Sam Darnold. The No. 3 overall draft pick leads league with 10 interceptions to go with one of NFL's worst completion percentages (56.1) and passer ratings (74.3). The former USC star got picked off three times last week against Minnesota in his worst game as a pro."Confidence is fine," Darnold said. "I'm never really shaken at all White Bryce Callahan Jerseys , but it's just an experience that I've got to learn from."Here are some things to know as the Bears and Jets try to get back to winning:FITTING INWith injuries to Quincy Enunwa (sprained ankle) and Terrelle Pryor (groin, released with injury settlement), the Jets were in dire need of depth at wide receiver. They signed former Titans star Rishard Matthews on Tuesday.Matthews had asked to be traded or released by Tennessee because he didn't like his role in the Titans' offense. He was released last month, and now could find himself a valuable part of the Jets' offense Sunday.Matthews has 228 catches for 3,147 yards and 21 touchdowns in six-plus seasons with Tennessee and Miami.DOMINANT 'D' TO STRUGGLING 'D'With 69 points allowed and just one sack over the past two games, the Bears' defense is taking a beating after dominating the first four weeks.It doesn't help that outside linebacker Khalil Mack playing through an ankle injury. The two-time All-Pro hasn't produced a sack since he was hurt against Miami on Oct. 14 after delivering five in the first four games. Chicago has gone from leading the league with 18 to being tied for eighth with 19 in that span, and a defense that ranked among the league's best is now 12th overall.RED-ZONE WOESThe Jets have been in trouble all season when they've reached the opponent's 20-yard line.New York ranks dead last in the NFL in those situations with touchdowns in just eight of 23 chances, for 34.8 percent. The Jets have 10 field goals from Jason Myers in the red zone, which raises their overall scoring percentage to 78.3 — still 29th in the league.NO RUNNINGThe Bears have issues in the running game even though they rank sixth in the league in rushing. Trubisky has accounted for 245 of their 784 yards, much of that on scrambles rather than designed runs.With 311 yards on 90 attempts, Jordan Howard is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry.CARRYING THE LOADNew York's Bilal Powell was placed on injured reserve this week with a bulging disk in his neck.That means Isaiah Crowell could see a lot more carries moving forward after splitting time in the backfield with Powell. Crowell has 459 yards and five touchdowns on 81 carries, while Powell ran for 343 yards on 80 attempts.Crowell has been dealing with an ankle injury since running for a franchise-record 219 yards against Denver three weeks ago, so rookie Trenton Cannon might help.