The Bears won’t make the playoffs any logical way. That is an odd statement I know, but it is the only way I know how to state the situation. The Bears could make the playoffs, but it will be by default, not overt success.
At the beginning of each NFL season, every team is excited about their chances to win the Super Bowl, and most are looking through rose-colored glasses. As you may recall, the Chicago Bears didn’t quite know what to expect because last year Jay Cutler had such a bad year. As I remember, some experts had the Bears pretty low, and I certainly didn’t expect much after they lost all of their games in the preseason.
When you look at the Bears, there is a bevy of potentially great wide-receivers. The Bears arguably have the two fastest in Devin Hester and Johnny Knox. Also, Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz’s skills in conjunction with Cutler’s talents are an unknown, but logic says they should be good.
The Bears’ defense has a healthy Brian Urlacher.
When I looked at the Bears’ schedule, I was deflated. Minnesota was supposed to be tough, Green Bay was supposed to win the NFC North and the Lions were on the rise. Further, the Bears had to go to Dallas and New York, as well as play the Patriots, and those were just some of the games.
The Bears started their season in a freaky way against the Lions, having a touchdown pass reception by a Lions’ receiver erased for lack of “completing the catch.”
Bears fans (if I’m any example) chuckled under their breath, “Well, at least we got one win this year.” However, the Bears went to Dallas and beat the Cowboys, then came home and beat the Packers.
As I look at the Bears’ wins, I see the teams they have beaten are in disarray. The Packers have a lot of injuries and the Cowboys are snake-bitten. Detroit has just had bad luck, and Minnesota has had a problem with their 90-year-old quarterback, Brett Favre; at least it seems like he’s 90.
The Bears are 4-2, but I believe if the NFL was “what it should be,” the Bears could easily be 1-5 and even the victory over the Carolina Panthers could be attributed to the absence of Steve Smith.
The Bears’ record says they are a respectable team, but that is only because the NFL as a whole is down this year and that alone is why the Bears have just a small chance to make the playoffs. They could win the NFC North only because all the teams in that division are struggling mightily.
The Bears have no sense of urgency. They betray themselves in their comments each week.
Though there is a chance they could be a part of the postseason, I don’t believe they will be.
NFL Gridiron Gab Website, “Lions lose to the Bears in cursed fashion to start the 2010 season”