If you are a long-time Bears’ fan you understand the article Larry Mayer has posted at the Chicago Bears’ website titled “Dominant Bears demolished Giants in ’85 playoff opener.” With the Bears starting at 3-0 it is easy to bounce back several years to 2006 when they started 6-0 and then all the way back to 1985 when they started 12-0 and ultimately won the Super Bowl. It was the first game of the postseason when the Bears embarrassed the Giants, 21-0.
Of course the Bears went on to embarrass the Rams the next week and were very hard on the hapless Patriots in the Super Bowl. Thinking back to those years the first team to beat the Bears was the same team, the Miami Dolphins that beat them in ’06 as ’85. The fact that the Dolphins are on the Bears’ schedule this year is not lost on me. In fact I actually picked against the Bears when they play the Dolphins.
Why all the talk about the Giants? There are two reasons to bring the Giants up and that game in 1985. It is the 25th anniversary of the Championship season for the Chicago Bears Super Bowl champs and the Bears play the Giants this Sunday night.
While the Giants are four-point favorites for some unknown reason, most sports pundits are picking the Bears to remain undefeated.
In the Giants last game quarterback Eli Manning threw some interceptions and the defense gave ups some big plays. The Giants have looked disjointed and not on track with one another. I’m not so sure you could say the Bears have looked clean and crisp but they have done well enough to win.
While Jay Cutler had a miserable initial year with the Bears last year, he has had a sterling beginning this year. In addition to that the Bears have added offensive genius Mike Martz and he and Cutler have hit it off.
Lending support to the Cutler-Martz marriage is the fact that the Bears arguably have the fastest receiving group in the National Football League. The final piece to the puzzle is the addition of Julius Peppers. Peppers is a force to be reckoned with on defense and played a huge role in the Bears win over the Green Bay Packer.
Will the Bears mirror the 1985 Bears and beat the Giants; I think so.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Larry Mayer, “Dominant Bears demolished Giants in ’85 playoff opener”