Chicago Bears 37-13 road Win over Rams: A Fan’s Non-Expert Take


Nov 15, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) shakes hands with St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles (5) after a game at the Edward Jones Dome. Chicago defeated St. Louis 37-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

I don’t know what I enjoyed more from Sunday, the Chicago Bears killing it on the road against the St. Louis Rams, or the fans at Lambeau Field booing the Green Bay Packers.

I was a manic little channel flipper in Bear heaven.

It’s been a while since the Bears have had enough of a lead for me to be able to watch another game, even during commercial breaks of the Bears’ game.

The Packers losing three games in a row with a healthy Aaron Rodgers is an enigma. The fans in the Toilet Paper Capital of the World, (it’s true, look it up,) booing is unheard of. I don’t think it’s happened since Brett Favre.

If the Oakland Raiders could have played a little better against the Minnesota Vikings, it could have been what I like to call, a Trifecta.

That’s the Chicago Bears winning, coupled with losses by the two teams that are ahead of us or pose the most threat in the NFC North.

Before I go into the game, let me tell you about a little time I spent dwelling on our Beloved’s losses against the Vikings and Lions.

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Yes, we should have won those games, and yes, we would be in a pretty good place in the playoff hunt if we did. Or would we?

Nobody knows.

Because it’s very possible that our success on MNF and this past Sunday was a result of those losses.

Pain is the cornerstone of most personal progress. I know I end up learning way more from my mistakes than anything else.

In fact, almost everything good in my life today is the result of my poor decision-making in my past, followed by pain and the subsequent change needed to not do it again.

I don’t mean to get all Buddha on you guys, I’m just telling you why I can’t regret The Ghost of Bears’ Past Games.

Right now is what’s important, and right now the Chicago Bears are looking good.

The team is rising up from the ashes as we watch. Injuries are overcome by the next man up. Coaching is improved all around except on special teams.

Chicago Bears players, that nobody ever heard of, are making a name for themselves through amazing plays on the field.

RB Jeremy Langford is awesome. Ka’deem Carey is no slouch either. Since we have been consistent with the run game this year, it’s a priority to have dependability in the backfield. We know Matt Forte is dependable already. He is the poster child for it.

TE Zack Miller continues to impress. I don’t think Martellus Bennett will be getting that contract restructure he wanted. Not saying the Bears don’t need him, just saying his current contract that he signed should be just fine.

Jay Cutler has been great. It seems like this troubled kid has finally found a foster home that fits him. I say foster because getting Adam Gase to stay on as Offensive Coordinator is going to be a challenge. It’s a real pleasure to have someone you want to keep rather than send packing. Maybe a promise of the Head Coach job after John Fox steps down will grease the skids a little. I already feel like Jay Cutler will be our starter in 2016.

Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio is everything I expected he would be. We now have a defense that can force three and outs, create turnovers, and generally wreak havoc. This is just after nine games with a limited talent base. Who knows what can happen after another draft/free agency period. Even our secondary looked good on Sunday. CB Tracy Porter is excellent in coverage. He has rejuvenated a career that had fallen off a little bit due to injuries.

Shea McClellin looked like future HOFer Brian Urlacher stripping the ball Sunday. Most of the fans hated this guy and resented using a first round pick on him in 2012. Breaking Aaron Rodgers collarbone bought him a little time out of the doghouse, but that wore off and he was hated again. Now he is excelling as the play caller of the defense.

I am as happy as I’ve been in a while as a Bears fan. A little of that, “I wish they could have gelled sooner” kinda stuff, but it’s all good. Even my wife was into it on Sunday. We were switching back and forth and the end of the Lions/Packers game was intense. When the Packers ended up recovering the onside kick, we thought that they would end up winning. Thank you for missing the kick, Mr. Crosby.

My wife believes I go into deep depression when the Chicago Bears lose. Her words. She says that I should be on suicide watch after a loss. Again, her words.

She’s wrong of course.

If this was true I would’ve off-ed myself sometime last season, wouldn’t I?

Of course, I would have missed the best part- today. A full day to enjoy a Bears win and a Packers loss. Life is good for a Bears fan.