Wel I accept the victory but that effort was not nearly enough to beat the Packers. Still, tonight I will rest easy in the win a peaceful and happy, but unsatisfied, Bears fan, (are there any other kind?)
I'm getting to that age where a lifetime warranty just doesn't mean as much to me anymore as an afternoon nap.
Honey Badger Don't Care. Honey Badger Don't Give a Shit.
4-3, going into the bye, we got some really weak opponents coming up...we can get to 10 wins. If we can find a way to beat Det next time around we could sneak into the playoffs. Remember last year everyone thought GB was done...maybe we could spark some magic at the end of the year to.
What would be needed:
Cutler playing better and smarter then today
OL getting/staying healthy and playing better...Again this week if we didn't max protect we didn't protect.
WR's have to play like they did today, ecspecially Roy boy Williams; I've been his biggest critic and hated the move, but he played better then I thought he ever could. There were a few drops, but most teams will have that. The WR's were getting open and making plays, and it wasn't just Sanz or Hester or Roy, it was all of them. You add Bennett back into the mix for Cutler to have a comfortable outlet, and you have a crew that can do enough.
Forte has to stay healthy, HAS TO. MBIII and Bell cannot replace him, he's unique, I cannot remember the last rb that got anywhere near 2700 all purpose yards, which is what he's on pace for...it's crazy how much he means to this team.
DL has to get pressure like today against real OL's, your not going to get to play against 3rd string C's in the playoffs; or against teams w/their 3rd string rb.
DB's have to do what they did today, ballhawk and keep the wr's in front of them; done it the last two weeks, have we had a "big play" in the last 2 weeks; I haven't seen them.
LB's, Briggs/Urlacher have to stay healthy and make plays all over the field; they did it yesterday.
Coaches, have to be perfect, no stupid challenges, congrats Lovie you got one right. I actually don't have an issue w/Martz in the 2nd half throwing so much; TB sold out to stop the run, you had to pass. But we have to run to set up the pass, that is what this team is, and no matter what Martz wants, we cannot do it vise versa. Tice/Hot Rod/Loive you got to get that D playing at a higher level each week.
There is a little room for (very) cautious optimism. As mentioned earlier, the Tampons did just beat New Orleans, and the Falcons beat teh kitties. I really think Detroit got the benefit of emotion when we played them on monday night, it is hard to overcome that. It reminded me of the Saints re-opening the superdome after Hurricane Katrina, they were a far inferior team to the Falcons, and they waxed them. Bears win at home in the re-match. The Vikes hung with the fudgepackers, better than anyone expected. I think everyone has anointed the packers way to early. It is a long season, and I think they may have already peaked. It just depends on whether they plateau or decline. Other teams, like our Bears, have yet to peak, (and may never) but there is at least a little hope that we can peak later in the season as we get better, make a little playoff run, who knows. I thought my optimism was killed last week, but apparently it still lives. kinda.