Wow. I can’t gloat, because I wasn’t one that thought it could happen (nod to Andy and Kenneth from Friday who gave it a chance). Despite looking like their quarterback would be killed before halftime, the Chicago Bears prevailed, beating the Cowboys 27-20 and earning their first win in big D since 1986.
I had a friend, originally from Tampa and a Bucs fan, join me for the game, and he arrived just after Dez Bryant’s punt return when Dallas took a 7-3 lead. Catching him up on things, I told him that the Bears lost their left tackle and it looked like Cutler was going to get killed, but overall despite the deficit, the Bears were representing well. And it only got better, as we would find out.
The second thing I told him, after Greg Olsen’s 39-yard touchdown pass, was how glad I am that Mike Martz is our offensive coordinator. Martz was vilified as he was run out of St. Louis, then he was successively run out of Detroit and San Francisco. But the way he adjusted to Dallas’ defensive game plan, not only coming up with the exact answer in some quick-hitting passes, but also flipping Frank Omiyale to the left side when it was clear Kevin Shaffer wasn’t comfortable there, to me was pure genius. Then after Johnny Knox’s long reception that set up Chicago’s second touchdown, I told him I haven’t seen a Bear offense play like this in my 32 years of following the team. And I truly haven’t.
Now back to me, the alleged Bear fan of 32 seasons that didn’t have faith. Lovie, Urlacher and Briggs have been directing comments at me for the last three seasons, chastising me and my brethren that don’t believe the Bears are what they say they are. And I’m sorry, but I’ve built the Bears up for the last three seasons only to be let down time and time again. So for this week, I give Lovie, Urlacher, Briggs, and the rest of the team credit for getting it done despite the odds.
How about D.J. Moore, the diminutive cornerback, playing his second game as a pro, coming up with two interceptions? How about the defense, delivering hit after big hit, not letting up, continuing to pop balls out and create turnovers. And how about the defense limiting the Dallas running game to 38 yards. Chicago’s defense now leads the NFL in rushing yards allowed by far.
What a Monday Night matchup this has set up at Soldier Field with 2-0 Green Bay, EVERYONE’S lock to win the Super Bowl. This is the perfect opportunity for Lovie, Urlacher, Briggs and their teammates to quiet all doubters.
It will be interesting to see the line that will be installed on this game. I predict Green Bay will be favored by three, and of course I hope the Bears will take the opportunity to make believers out of everyone who has doubted them to this point.
But for now, I’ll enjoy this great win over the hated Cowboys. I haven’t felt this Bears optimism since 2006. And I’m remembering, I like how this feels.