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Originally Posted by loki520
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There's a lot of parity in the NFL this year, outside of a couple of match-ups, anyone can beat anyone each week.
The Panthers are probably the best 1-6 team in recent history... besides a thrashing by the Giants, they've played everyone close, losing many games on a play or two. Detroit is also a better team than their record indicates... it just illustrates how much parity there is this season, no one team is dominant over another team, better yes but not dominantly so... a play or two is the difference in the vast majority of games, which is why 21 of the 32 teams have at least 3 wins or 3 losses.
The Bears this season, are doing something that I haven't seen in a while... they're not giving games away... in-fact, they're actually taking games from other teams. I would be disingenuous if I said that the Bears don't have issues, because they do, but unlike in recent seasons; they're actually winning in spite of those issues and against talented teams to boot (even if some of those teams' W/L record's don't reflect their talent).
That said, the Bears' remaining schedule is indeed difficult, but this season is one where very few teams aren't good enough to make any team feel too confident. I mean the 7-0 Falcons struggled mightily against the 1-6 Panthers, in an eerily similar game as today. About the only game on the upcoming Bears' schedule that I don't think we have a good shot to beat is the Packers and it's because the Bears match-up terribly against them (from personnel to scheme to Philosophy). The Texans and 49'ers will be tough games, but I think it's a toss-up of who wins (i.e. who makes more plays that day). The rest of the teams are definitely beatable as long as the Bears don't make too many mistakes.
I see the Bears finishing anywhere between 10-6 and 12-4, assuming nothing crazy happens (one way or the other).
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9 wins by week 15 and i win my last publicly humiliating bet in the army.
I think we match up better against greenbay than we do sanfran. Since our line is getting a good push and our secondary is playing lights out. Where we are weakest is our run d.It's going to be tough, but if we do manage to keep this momentum and win the majority of these games we will be the best prepared team with momentum heading into the playoffs.
Originally Posted by Warlock
Well, my thoughts are that the rest of the schedule is tough. That has been said before. I also think we could win every one of those if we had our O operating at the same level as our D. Our O, and Cutler specifically seem to dig themselves into a deeper hole the worse they play.
Given that we have not been able to play to our offensive talent potential during the easy portion of our schedule, I would say that it is realistic that we will also not be able to do so with the added defensive pressure that the better teams will bring. Given that, I would say that we will be scoring low and will need to have our D keep us in these games. Also, given the competition we will face I do not think that will be enough to win consistently against these teams.
Texans and 49s will show us more, but every one of these games could be won and every one could be lost. We should beat Detroit and the Vikings. We should even beat GB - but this is assuming we don't play like we did against what I saw against the Panthers.
I'd say we win 5-6 of these next 9 games.
We should be in the post season.
An additional thought about the Texans, 49ers, and the Seahawks. These are common opponents, that makes winning those games a bit more important. Winning 2 of those 3 (particularly 49ers and Seahawks), would be very helpful. Could be the difference between needing a better record, and having the same record come seasons end.
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Welcome to the board. Loved the post too.
Originally Posted by Warlock
I think we have a shot to beat the Packers in this second game, at Soldier Field. It could go either way, but I believe we can beat them. We just need to stay relatively healthy going forward with our season. I think that is a huge factor the 2nd half of the season. Just keeping our key guys healthy, and certainly staying away from season-ending injuries.
Trestman - Kromer - Tucker - DeCamillis
I'm looking forward to seeing these guys coach. Hope they're good.
*sigh* nobody listened to me