Chris Long announced in September that he was donating his first six game checks to fund scholarships in Charlottesville, Va. Wednesday morning, he expanded on that by announcing his Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign.
The campaign involves Long donating his next 10 game checks to continue to support educational equity, but there’s another catch: He’s encouraging others to also make a donation.
“Me, personally, I still don’t understand where the touchback came from. It wasn’t like the ball went through the back of the end zone at all.”
Seferian-Jenkins refused to directly criticize the referee. He acknowledged that he bobbled the ball, but he still felt it should’ve counted as a touchdown.
“I feel like I scored,” he said. “But at the end of the day, that’s what the ref called. I’m going to go with what the ref said, and I have to have better ball security.”
Seferian-Jenkins went on to say, “I don’t think it does any good to blast the officials or blast the rule … The rule is the rule. It is what it is. I have to do a better job of ball security. … I feel like I let my team down.”
In Minnesota, Adrian Peterson was technically a backup. Veteran Chester Taylor was coming off a 1200-yard season, and the two men split carries that day at Soldier Field. Peterson was 9th in the league in rushing yards, and had three 100-yard games out of four. The Bears run D had allowed 100 yards just once, and held reigning league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson to 25 yards on 17 carries in week 1.
After upsetting the Packers 27-20 the week before behind Brian Griese and our tight end tag-team of Desmond Clark and Greg Olsen, spirits were high in Chicago. A win against Minnesota would get the Bears back to .500 and the playoff hunt. All eight Tribune reporters picked the Bears to win.