Bears season comes down surviving against Vikings
LINK to the article Bears season comes down surviving against Vikings When the ribbon was cut on this NFL season in early September, nobody gave a second thought to the Bears' Week 12 assignment, Leslie Frazier's Vikings.
No, you don't dismiss any divisional opponent, especially one that possesses the threat of Adrian Peterson, but the Vikings were coming off a 3-13 season for the former Bears cornerback and gave no reason to be taken seriously. Peterson was returning from reconstructive knee surgery and quarterback Christian Ponder never has made opposing defenses quiver.
Defensively, the Vikings were expected to be exceedingly mortal. Only the Buccaneers allowed more points in the NFC in 2011. So, it was slow down pass rusher extraordinaire Jared Allen and pencil in a victory over another tomato can.
It was in Week 10 against the Texans — and last week against the 49ers in San Francisco — when the Bears were going to find that extra gear and stand toe to toe with the league's elite. Those games, before national audiences, were to be a coming out party for the Bears' new technicolor offense.
The reality is Sunday's date with the surprising 6-4 Vikings could wind up defining the season and, potentially, coach Lovie Smith's long-term future with the Bears.
A Vikings victory, regardless of what the division-leading Packers do Sunday night visiting the Giants, dumps the Bears into third place. If the Bears contain Peterson and muscle out a victory, coupled with a Packers loss, they are back on top of the division and memories of the nightmarish performances against the Texans and 49ers fade.
It's time to accept that the Bears will sink or swim based solely on their defense getting back to forcing turnovers and putting points on the board. As it did to pave the way to a 7-1 start.
An offense that was expected to erase decades of pedestrian results hasn't. After their 41 points scored Opening Day against Indianapolis (Jay Cutler's only 300-yard passing day this season), the Bears have reverted to playing a prevent offense. Can a team win a Super Bowl when its best weapon is a set of brass knuckles? No, it can't.
Even the Ravens didn't, though some remember it that way, when they whacked the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. That team surrounded journeyman quarterback Trent Dilfer with excellence.
The Ravens had professional offensive tackles. The Bears don't.
The Ravens had a plow horse running back in Jamal Lewis. The Bears have Matt Forte, who once was a threat in the passing game before Mike Tice got his hands on the wheel.
Those Ravens were terrific on special teams, with Jermaine Lewis returning a kickoff for a touchdown in the Super Bowl. The Bears have Devin Hester. Or should I say, the shell of Devin Hester.
It's noteworthy, too, that middle linebacker Ray Lewis was a puppy, just 25. Brian Urlacher is 34, and he he looked it Monday night in San Francisco.
Maybe the Bears' early defensive performances weren't as jaw-dropping as they appeared. It's entirely possible that the turnover harvest and Pick-6 outbreak were more of a statement about the opponents than the Bears defense.
We will know if Ponder authors a Colin Kaepernick-type performance in the biggest game of the year Sunday.
Last edited by JustAnotherBearsFan99; 11-22-2012 at 11:08 PM.
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Basically it comes down to what the offense can do at this point to keep the D off the field and rested. I'm not throwing in the towel on the season but I am now very concerned that every opponent will go after Cutler as he poses quite an injury risk. Factor in that Tice just reshuffled 40% of the OLine nightmare and it doesn't look good. But hopefully they can contain Peterson and score some points somehow without the help of the D or ST. I am staying hopeful until we either clinch a playoff spot or are knocked out. Sunday's game is the first of many important games.
Even tho the Vikes are a good team, I feel we will win this one. Even tho we destroyed the Titans 51-20, there was a lot of concern, which leads me to believe that regardless of what happens, no one is going to change their opinion of how the season will go; the only exception would be a serious injury or two.
Too early to throw in the towel on the season. But without an offense, we'll struggle against the better teams, and probably get buried by the best teams.
Urlacher looks old, slow & is missing tackles. It's sad to watch.
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If the Bears lose to the Vikings, they are locked in third place. This is a MUST WIN game
We have the Vikings to play 2 of the next 3 games. If we lose at home Sunday, then we play Seattle (that will be a tough game) and then have to face the Vikings again at their place (the roller-dome can be a tough place to win in).
Then we get the Packers.
We could easily extend this losing streak to be 6 games. None of these games are going to be easy - especially without an offensive line.
Last edited by JustAnotherBearsFan99; 11-23-2012 at 01:18 PM.
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Lose here and it will cripple the morale of the team. Implosion will be more imminent.
Arguing on the internet is like winning the special olympics, even if you win your still messed up.
Restore the roar!
This is a key game for the Bears especially if Green Bay loses to the New York Football Giants and if we can pull out a win we're back in first. We also have several tough games coming up including games against GB, 2x MIN, SEA, DET etc. That we need to win.
Keys to the Game
1. Offensive Line MUST block.
2. We need to get the running game on Bush/Forte going.
3. Cutler needs time to throw
5. Stop Peterson
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