Not So Fast Bears Fans – Bumpy Road Ahead


I was thinking about this yesterday as the buzz of the Bears 27-13 victory of the Vikings faded into the sobriety of preparations for the Miami Dolphins on a short week and it was affirmed in Mark Potash’s Sun Times article – what have the Bears really accomplished?  The Bears beat the Vikings and it feels good – really damn good.  Seeing Brett Favre turning into a doddering old man before our eyes is as satisfying as anything I can recall.

The Bears beat another bad team on Sunday.  Sure, it’s a division rival that had high expectations for a deep playoff run, but the fact is, the Vikings aren’t that good.  Here’s what Potash says:

Knocking the Vikings one step closer to oblivion was significant, but who knows what the Bears really accomplished?At 6-3, they’ve beaten one team that currently has a winning record (the 6-3 Packers at Soldier Field). Their six victories have come against teams that are 12-33. Five of their final seven opponents have winning records. The other two — the 2-7 Lions and 3-6 Vikings — are division rivals that will be difficult to beat on the road.

Some people will call me a hater or not a true fan, but they’re the ones who are missing the boat on this one.  It’s long been said that in the NFL, you are what your record says you are.  That’s true, the Bears are 6-3 and have positioned themselves to host a playoff game if the season ended today.  Among their six wins, they’ve only beaten one team with a winning record so far this year, the 6-3 Green Bay Packers.

The road ahead is very bumpy for our Beloved Bears, but let’s be realistic about what we’re seeing.  The offense is improving steadily and the defense is heading back to elite status, but the road ahead is much more difficult than the road traveled so far.

Even though the Dolphins come into Thursday’s game battered and bruised, they have a winning record.  The Bears can start convincing me that they’re for real with a win on Thursday.

  • DUH

    Potash is wrong, and also he knows nothing about the NFL and sports in General. It is not a question of HOW he is wrong, he said the 6 teams we beat have 12 collective wins. They have 15. If you can’t do math don’t even BEGIN to write football articles. FIRST. Second, SUPRISE we lost to really good teams. THIRD, WTH do you think teams we beat haven’t done well maybe because we injured all their players and burnt them out for later games? You try going up against our D-Line… Don’t quote this idiot until he learns to complete ADDITION better than my four year old.

  • windy Cynic

    If Potash needs Math, DUH needs english badly.

    Our D line is average, at best. Izzy has always been solid and Peppers can be dominant, but the secondary is playing well and Manning looks to have found a home. Dominant linebacker play is also more responsible for our D than the line.

    The road gets tough from here on out and both lines will be severely tested. Save the optimism for the reality of continued success DUH against better competitors.

    So far, so good….. the ball bounces lucky ways sometimes. Let’s read Boomer prepare for a very tough game on a short week. The Dolphins are a solid team that will give us a fight.

  • Bela Pelosi, Capitol Hill

    Totally agree….the upcoming schedule is brutal. They have NEVER won in Miami. Cutler will throw more picks than TD’s. The second half could get very ugly very fast.

    • Boomer

      I love the name Bela. I am just trying to give everyone a little reality check. Fasten your seat belts.

  • http://E2WN DUH

    Where did you pick up optimism in my comments? I am simply requesting people don’t scew the facts in the favor of their personal views all willy nilly. I don’t write for a major blog so my “english” (wording?) doesn’t need to be as good as Potash :), but as a Potash-ribbing commentator my eye for FACTS does. Also any writer that can’t see the potential in this Bears team is actually my best buddy because reading their trash won’t prepare the Dolphins to play this Bears team. Please continue.

    • Boomer

      DUH – I agree with Windy in that you seemed to come off as optimistic and against the post. That’s fine – it takes all kinds. I hope you’re right and the Bears are better than I think. Check back often and keep me honest.

  • http://E2WN englishman

    Corrected

    If Potash needs Math,(^remove comma) DUH needs english badly (wording, he needs english badly?).

    Our D line is average,(^remove comma) at best. Izzy has always been solid and Peppers can be dominant,(not’,’ use ‘;’) but the secondary is playing well and Manning looks to have found (Did you invent a whole conjugation we don’t know about?) a home. Dominant linebacker play is also more responsible for our D than the line (Logic missing?).

    The road gets tough from here on out and both lines will be severely (best word usage?) tested. Save the optimism for the reality of continued success(,) DUH(,) against better competitors. (I think you meant to say, “Save the optimism for continued success until we have beaten better competitors.”)

    So far, so good…..(Not really, for one thing we don’t use ‘…’ except to indicate missing words) the ball bounces (in) lucky ways sometimes. Let’s read Boomer (and) prepare for a very tough game on a short week. The Dolphins are a solid team that will give us a fight.

    B+ overall, most points taken off for logic.

    :) :) :)

    • Boomer

      I feel like I’m back in school. What’s next, diagramming sentences? I only hope Lovie and the Bears have the same attention to detail.

  • http://E2WN englishman

    :) Lol sorry.

    I couldn’t resist.

    • Boomer

      Feel free to correct any of my posts while you’re at it. I was far from an English major! Thanks for the laugh!