Eddy “Dinero” — Kickers Matter
After what the fanbase in Chicago went through in 2018, we all hoped for a nice change in the kicking department this season. At this point in the NFL season, it is already looking up. As of right now, Eddy Pineiro is the hero in the Bears locker room and around the city.
The Bears week two matchup against the Denver Broncos will not be forgotten for a long time. After what the fanbase in Chicago went through in 2018, we all hoped for a nice change in the kicking department this season. At this point in the NFL season, it is already looking up. As of right now, Eddy Pineiro is the hero in the Bears locker room and around the city.
Through the first two weeks, Pineiro has been perfect on his field goal and extra point (yes, he only has one right now) attempts. That lone extra point came in the second game of the season after a David Montgomery touchdown run. During the week one game, he made his lone field-goal attempt, which was a 38-yarder. As we all know, that game, unfortunately, did not go the way many fans had expected.
Heading into week two, the focus was on how this offense could figure things out. The talk of kicking kind of went to the side, even though it was the biggest topic several weeks prior. The reduced fanfare very well could have played into taking some pressure off Pineiro. Yet again, in this game, the offense could not get much going and stalled on two drives in the second quarter. The first field goal attempt was a 40-yarder early on in that quarter. This was then followed up by a 52-yarder near the middle of the quarter to put the Bears up 6-3, and it would stay that way going into half time. Coming out of the half, Pineiro finally got to attempt an extra point after Montgomery scored the Bears first and lone touchdown of the season, which put the team up 13-3 going into the fourth quarter.
The end of the quarter was something that you could not predict. The Broncos scored with 31 seconds left to take a lead 14-13 on a two-point conversion, which only happened after a crazy penalty-laden sequence. They lined up for a two-point conversion, got flagged, moved back to kick the extra point (which was missed), but the Bears got called for offsides, which set up the Broncos to go ahead by a point. At this point, no one had faith in the Bears stale offense to make it into field goal range. Somehow, Trubisky and Robinson worked some crazy magic. They got into range for Eddy Pineiro with only one second left on the clock. At this point, the Bears called a timeout and brought Pinerio on for a 53-yard field goal attempt. All of Chicago collectively held their breath as he walked out to line up for the kick. Some people couldn’t even watch it. That ball went up and you know it was going through the uprights. The Chicago faithful were able to celebrate and enjoy an ugly win, knowing that it was on the leg of their new kicker.
So, this brings up the underlying point. What happens when he misses a kick? Do people jump off the train that is “Eddy P/Eddy Dinero?” We as fans must remember that a miss will happen. When that happens, we need to stay behind our kicker and show support. As of now, he is here to stay and wants to provide wins and excitement for this city and team. Enjoy it Bears fans; we have a kicker. A major thank you goes out to the Oakland Raiders for another great trade.
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