Credit where credit is due. While the Bears let the NFL’s worst team-the Buffalo Bills-keep Sunday’s game way too close, the Bears won the game 22-19, and that’s all that matters.
And furthermore, again forgetting the competition, the Bears converted on 58% of their third down attempts, far better than their season average, and Jay Cutler was not intercepted, and sacked only once. So we have to be happy.
Next week, the Bears again face make-or-break time, as they did today. At Soldier Field they will host the 3-5 Minnesota Vikings, fresh off a dramatic win over the (lowly) Arizona Cardinals. With a win Sunday, the Bears will pull back into the division lead given their earlier win over the (predicted Super Bowl Champion) Packers. At the same time they would put the Vikings into a 3-6 hole from which Minnesota would have to go 6-1 for the remainder of the season to have any hope for a playoff berth. Conversely, if the Bears win against the Vikings, with a 4-3 record down the stretch they would be virtually assured a playoff berth. They may even make it with a 3-4 record down the stretch if the beat the Vikings.
Sunday’s game shapes up as one of the most important November games for the Bears in the last decade. It’s as simple as this-if they don’t beat the Vikings at home next Sunday, they don’t deserve a playoff berth. If they do, and they don’t make the playoffs, that’s another reason to clean house after the season.
Regardless, 5-3 after 8 games is again better than most would have though the Bears would be in 2010. No matter how it turns out, at least it’s been interesting to say the least.
A knockout of the hated, dysfunctional Vikings would be nice.