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The Chicago Bears: Confounding contenders

Posted on: November 18, 2010 11:47 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2010 12:27 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson



At 7-3, the Bears are confusing enough that it's impossible to bust out the old Denny Green "they are who we thought they are" line, because, well, how are they winning? (Although, congratulations on becoming the first franchise ever to win 700 games. Double congrats to the NFL Network for not having giant blue and orange fireworks explode on my screen.)

Their rushing attack is weak as can be (although it looked better in the second half), Jay Cutler continues to make poor decisions and play mediocre at the quarterback position (he hasn't had a QB rating above 100 since Week 2) and yet, here we are, 11 weeks into the season and they're on top of the division and currently locked into the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

"We're 7-3," Cutler said following the win. "We're looking good in the north division and we just have to keep getting better and better. This is the time of year when you want to play your best ball, and as long as we keep winning games and getting better and better we're gonna give ourselves a chance."

Cutler also threw props to the offensive line and the defense, as he should -- the offensive line allowed three sacks, but one was in relative garbage time and if that's all you cough up in a Cameron Wake - Frank Omiyale matchup, well, you've done yeoman's work.

As for the defense, they had a pretty easy gig going against a Miami offense that looked completely out of sorts: Tyler Thigpen couldn't do what he needed to do in order to succeed because the offensive line lost Cory Procter early and was forced to adjust on the fly.

And frankly, there's no real way to compete without your top center, your top two quarterbacks and your No. 1 wide receiver -- in a short week, no less -- against a top-five NFL defense, which the Bears are.

"We thought they'd try and run it, you know, and they didn't," Urlacher said. "And we kind of got after them a little bit and they started throwing it around."

Urlacher's spot on -- Tyler Thigpen was the top rusher for the Dolphins, picking up 27 yards on six carries. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams? 11 yards on six carries.

Part of that is on the Bears' defense, part of that is on a torn-up offensive line, and part of that is on a poor gameplan. Not that it matters -- the Dolphins are donecakes when it comes to the 2010 season, given what they have to work with on offense from here on out, and given how far behind the rest of the AFC contenders they are (mathematically, of course, they're still in it, but I mean, come on).

But maybe the Bears are a contender. It just seems odd to think that way considering how porous the offensive line was to begin the season, and how lucky they looked picking up some wins early.

But Chicago scrapes by on offense, dominates on defense and utilizes Devin Hester's special talents to give themselves just enough of an edge and win games, even if it's not in a pretty fashion.

So, yeah, they're the Chicago Bears. Maybe we do know.

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Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 11:55 am
 

The Chicago Bears: Confounding contenders

Yeah Southside you said it.  The media loves the Cowboys and Vikings.  I get it.  I really do.  I understand that this game is all about PR and the figure heads or big stories on each team.  The Bears are boring to the national media.  It more fun to tweet about Favre's dork than watch defense.  I think the Ravens and Steelers suffer the same fate as the Bears.  Defense driven teams just aren't that sexy to the fantasy football nation and media alike.  Apparently, you need a charismatic or felonious quarterback to get some attention.  Nobody likes Cutler - heck, I'm not even sure Chicago likes Cutler yet but it seems like a good work in progress.  Not that I should really complain. Chicago is a great football town regardless of what the national media thinks.  How much press do you think they would give the NY Giants, Packers or Cowboys this morning if they were the first NFL team to win 700 games?  The team does seem to like being the underdog, so I guess we should like them to pick against us.  But seriously, ALL of the CBSsports experts picked the banged up Dolphins to beat the Bears?  So stupid.

Staying on topic, I'd like to see da Bearz win at least three more games and stay ahead of the Pack in the meantime.  Let's just get into the playoffs where anything can happen.  Maybe, by that time, the offense will be getting good with the Martz schemes and who knows?  It sure has been fun to watch...



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2010 11:20 am
 

The Chicago Bears: Confounding contenders

Don't apologize Chcgo 11, your comment was write on. Very good writing. We need more Chicago fans on these boards posting so we can even out the coastal biases. The analysts on these blogs are not gonna comment fairly on Chicago sports or give our teams their due. We have to be the ones to tell it like it really is.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2010 11:13 am
 

The Chicago Bears: Confounding contenders

For some reason when I am on my work computer the comments I post display as 1 large paragraph even though I format them correctly. Does anyone know why this happens? Also, as for the media being anti-Bears, get used to it. It has always been that way and it gets worse when they win. It kills the media to say a good word about the Bears.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2010 11:08 am
 

The Chicago Bears: Confounding contenders

I love that the Bears get absolutely no respect. The Urlacher-era Bears have always played better with a chip on their shoulders. For three straight weeks every NFL analyst on CBS Sports has picked the Bears to lose, including this week, yet three straight weeks they have proven these "experts"wrong. ESPN still gives more loves to the Cowboys and Vikings than to the Bears. We hear the same old cliches we always here regarding the Bears: "they haven't played anybody", "the worst 7 and 3 team", "winning ugly", "overrated", blah, blah, blah. I even heard an NFL "expert" on ESPN talk about the Bears' "brutal" remaining schedule. News flash:The Bears have already beaten half of the teams on their remaining schedule. Of course, like you so eloquently posted, the Packers always have good, valid excuses for losing to the pathetic Bears. We heard these same lines in 2006. Does anybody remember how many "experts" picked the Bears to beat the Saints in the 2006 NFC Championship game on all of the major networks including ESPN? 1--Coach Ditka I CAN'T WAIT!!! I CAN'T WAIT until next Sunday. For two weeks I have been waiting to sit down and watch the entire game where the Philadelphia Eagles-the greatest team ever with God himself as their quarterback-come into the windy city to challenge these horribly overrated Bears. MARK MY WORDS. Write it down with hopes of calling me on it. The Bears are gonna kick the crap out of the Eagles. I said it. I'm standing on it. Call me on it. The Bears are currently the number one ranked defense in football. I don't care who we have played or who was injured, this defense is for real. I have watched them all year. Peppers was the best money the Bears ever spent. Of coure even after the Bears beat the Eagles there will be some excuse as to why the Bears are an 8-3 joke. It will kill reporters and journalist to have to even talk and write about them. I love it. The Cowboys were heavily favored Super Bowl contenders until we handed them their -ss. The Packer were the next best thing since sliced bread until we handed it to them. The Vikings were picked by everybody to beat the Bears on their way back to contention. The Dolphins were predicted to run all over us. (Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams 11 total yards combined) Hell even the Bills were picked to get their first win against the Bears by MOST "experts. Now the greatest quarterback of the greatest team ever is coming to town. I can't wait for all of the headlines a week from this Monday. Here is a sample: VICK IS HUMAN AND THE BEARS STILL SUCK. I LOVE IT.


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