Indeed... GO BEARS!!!
Indeed... GO BEARS!!!
They'll look great at times- they'll look flat at times. We'll lose 1 we shoulda won / and we'll win 1 we shoulda lost .
IF - key injuries don't happen
- they get some big wins late in the season and their confidence starts soaring , and one of those 'vibes' takes hold , and they get that swag going at the right time ... then it can happen ( I've seen it happen )
There's enough talent on this team for it to happen . A few breaks , a few big plays at the right time .......
I don't see anybody that's leaps and bounds better than us . Why not us !
What should you call any : Fumble , Hold , Interception , Three and out , or Sack ?
A " F.H.I.T.S " ? or a J'Marcus ?
One thing to take into consideration, Groe, is that the Bears' schedule this season is going to be much easier than last season's. Look at it this way: we play the third place team out of every division in the NFC this season. We play the Cowboys, Panthers, and I forget who won the West Division (which really doesn't matter because we play everyone out of the NFC West this season). Out of the AFC, we get to play the Jaguars, the Titans, and the Colts, all three teams who are average to mediocre. We play the Vikings, who were truly awful last year. Our toughest games will come against the Packers (twice), Lions (twice), 49ers, and the Texans. I think it's very realistic that we could go 13-3 or 12-4 next year and still win the division.
That being said, the other gentlemen are correct when they say that there are doubts about how this offensive line will be and how the defense will play if Urlacher goes down again with an injury. Right now, with Urlacher even at 75-80%, he's still a better MLB than Nick Roach, who otherwise is a very capable LOLB. If Urlacher stays healthy and plays as well as he possibly can, we will no doubt have the best defense in the NFC North. If he goes down, we're really no better than the Packers and Lions on defense, and then we are at a major disadvantage because both teams' offensive lines are superior in talent to our own, and that will put a lot of pressure on this offense to score a lot of points.
I think that the defensive line will be okay now that we have Okoye back in the mix. The man is a relentless pass rusher when he's in the mix, and if you pair him up with either Paea or Melton, those guys, along with Peppers and whoever else winds up on the opposite end of the defensive line from Peppers, can be a really good unit. We will stop the run again this year much like we have in recent years. The question is going to be whether we can cut down on big gains through the air. After watching Peanut get schooled in the Giants' preseason game, I'm a little concerned that maybe he's starting to go into decline. It's premature, and it was only preseason, but you never know. He's 30 or 31 years old now, which is like 61 years old in football years.