Why is it when I go out on a limb and have faith in my Bears, stating for the record that I believe in them (2006 Super Bowl, 2010 Patriots, 2010 NFC Championship), they go out and lay an egg. Then when I’m skeptical and just can’t believe they can do it, they pull of a heady win? Maybe everyone will hope that I publicly state my disbelief.
Yes, I had some faith in the fact that the Chicago Bears have for whatever reason matched up well against the Philadelphia Eagles since 2007, especially when Mike Vick is the quarterback. Yet for the last two weeks the “experts” just couldn’t get off the fact that LeSean McCoy and the Eagles pass rush would be unstoppable. There was no way Matt Forte would prove himself to be the better running back than McCoy, they said. Unfortunately for me, I couldn’t argue with them.
I’m really proud to be a Bear fan tonight. For as much as I get frustrated with Lovie Smith’s defense at times, early on in this game I found myself amazed that Smith’s defenders were always around the ball, proving that they were every bit the match for Vick, McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Macklin. And they were.
And I’ve never been happier for a Bears offensive line than tonight. All we heard about was the formidable Eagles line of Cullen Jenkins, Jason Babin and Trent Cole. And I’ll be damned-I didn’t even say it out loud until late in the fourth quarter, but the Bears held perhaps the best line they’ve faced all year to zero sacks. This is exactly what we have been hearing would happen from Smith/Tice & company and it seems to be happening.
Mentally the Bears couldn’t ask for a better situation going into (another) pivotal game for their playoff hopes against the Lions on the 13th. The only disadvantage I can see is the Bears playing off a short week while Detroit is rested coming out of their bye.
But I suddenly like our odds.
Bear down, Bears.