Bears at Lions Thanksgiving Game Preview, Vol. I: Establishing QB Tiers for Christmas Movies

| November 22nd, 2021

Why Do I Like the Chicago Bears This Week?

I always like the Chicago Bears.

But I’m not even sure what it is I’m liking this week. If Justin Fields doesn’t play, there is nothing to be gained on Thursday. But it’s Thanksgiving. And it’s football. And we’ll all be watching…I think.

Thoughts on A Quick Turnaround in 2022

Robert Quinn, the team’s MVP in 2021, and Khalil Mack, the team’s best player, are returning in 2022. Roquan Smith is the best ILB in the sport, Jaylon Johnson is a top corner, and the Bears have shown a propensity for finding talent at the interior DL positions. They need corners, but they’ll have off-season assets to acquire them.

While many malign the offensive line, the group is having a decent 2021, especially as a mauling/run-blocking unit. If Teven Jenkins solidifies the left tackle spot, the pass protection should be dramatically improved as well. If you believe Fields will only get better – and I do – the Bears need to concentrate their efforts on adding weapons, weapons, weapon on the outside. Again, the assets are there to do so.

(And for you schedule junkies, the Bears have two road games in the Meadowlands next season, against certainly still-bad Giants and Jets teams.)

But it will all come down to the coaching hire. Terrific quarterback play can cover for bad coaching (Aaron Rodgers won Mike McCarthy a Super Bowl) on the offensive side of the ball, but the Bears currently suffer from a lack of leadership. There is no commitment to the game day plan because there doesn’t seem to be anything resembling a game day plan. They don’t need to hire an offensive mind, or a defensive mind. There are plenty of coaches out there that can call plays. Find the guy who stands in the front of the room and inspires his players to perform at their best.

They find that guy, they win ten games in 2022.

Christmas Movie Quarterbacking Tiers

Every year, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, I gorge on Christmas movies, usually updating my viewing experiences on the Twitter feed. This year, I decided to tier the films, with a little note added when explanation was required, and with a little football flair. This is a solid guide to season for you and your family. In each category, the films are listed in no particular order.


The Prospects (Thanksgiving)


Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Home for the Holidays

Mouse on the Mayflower


The Elite QBs 


These are the top shelf Christmas movies, and I’ll be watching most of them at least twice over the next month.

Home Alone


The Muppet Christmas Carol

Scrooge (Albert Finney)

A Very Murray Christmas


Miracle on 34th Street (original)

The Ref

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas

Love Actually

The Night Before

Bad Santa

The Year Without Santa Claus (1974)

The Santa Clause

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation



The Game Managers


These are watchable films but they’re unlikely to win you a title. 

Home Alone 2

It’s a Wonderful Life (Yea, I know. You love it. I don’t. Get over it.)

Jingle All the Way

A Christmas Story (Yea, I know. You love it. I don’t. Get over it.)

The Nightmare Before Christmas

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

Christmas With the Kranks (Based on a Grisham book called Skipping Christmas, a far better title.)

A Christmas Carol (Alastair Sim)


Santa Claus: the Movie

Frosty the Snowman (1969)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1969)

Trapped in Paradise

Office Christmas Party


The Backups


If you need them in a pinch, they’re reliable. But they’re not good.

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

The Bishop’s Wife

The Preacher’s Wife

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

March of the Wooden Soldiers

The Family Stone

Ernest Saves Christmas

Christmas in Connecticut

Mixed Nuts


Wide Receivers Throwing Passes


These are not Christmas movies, but they are great movies that live on the periphery of Christmas, so they are included.

Die Hard

White Christmas

Trading Places


The Clipboard Holders


Charlie Brown is a sad sack. The Grinch is a terrible character. Sequels to these Christmas movies never work. (At least Home Alone 2 is absurd.) These are movies you only put on if you don’t have access to any of the movies above.

All Grinch-related material

The Santa Clause sequels

Bad Santa 2

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Jingle Jangle

The Holiday

Four Christmases

The Christmas Chronicles (both)

Arthur Christmas

Fred Claus

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Christmas Carol (2009)

The Family Man

Tomorrow: Volume II!

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