Looking for some silver lining at the bye week, after the Bears were humbled by the Black and Silver in London?
Ex-Raider Eddy Pineiro has been among the more pleasant surprises on the 3-2 Bears, converting 8 of his first 9 NFL field-goal tries — including a 53-yard buzzer-beater in Denver that earned him NFC Special Teams Player of Week 2 honors — in addition to his first 9 PATs.
And with Pineiro now officially having served as the Bears' rock-solid kicker in the first five games — including the past three while battling a knee injury — the conditions attached to the 2021 seventh-round draft pick that Chicago sent to Oakland on May 7 have officially been met.
So, the Raiders now have the Bears' 2021 seventh-rounder, in addition to next year's first-rounder, while Chicago has Oakland's second-round pick next April.
Obviously, the Bears' loss in London was a double-whammy of sorts, preventing them from entering the bye alongside only seven other clubs with one loss or less — including the Packers and Lions — and squandering their only opportunity to take Oakland's draft position into their own hands.
But the Pineiro trade has allowed the Bears to stabilize their wobbliest position without sacrificing any draft capital in the two years when their Super Bowl window theoretically should be open the widest. Of course, there's plenty of work to do in helping ensure that window doesn't quickly slam shut for this season.
Coincidentally, the same week that Pineiro's trade becomes official, the Titans signed his successor, Cody Parkey, following an injury to former Pro Bowler Ryan Succop. Parkey had remained unsigned since being released only one year into a four-year contract including $9 million guaranteed following his infamous playoff double-doink and ill-advised decision to appear on the "Today Show" afterward.
Will Bears fans add the Titans-Broncos game — an ex-Bears reunion with Parkey facing off against Vic Fangio — to their bye-week watch list? It might be less painful than tuning into Deshaun Watson's Texans visiting Patrick Mahomes' Chiefs in a battle of the two NFL's more exciting offenses, yes?
What feels like more of a distant memory at this point — the Bears' uncertainty regarding their PK situation or their near-certainty that the run game and and offensive line would help lead the charge toward an improved offense, if not joining the likes of the Chiefs and Texans among the NFL's elite? We're asking these questions rhetorically, to be clear.