Will the Bears shock all of the disbelievers and upset the newly high-flying Lions at home on Monday Night Football? We’ll find out tonight.
I know the true kool-aid drinking Bears fans out there believe the Bears can pull it off and remain relevant in the division and conference race. Hell, I believe they can pull it off. I’m not saying they will.
As I wrote on Friday, if the Bears start 2-3 with losses to both of the divisional leaders, it will be a long road ahead. 10-6 would be the absolute worst they could finish to get into the playoffs, and this year 10-6 might not even get them in. So should they lose tonight, at minimum they’d have to finish 8-3 on the season, probably more like 9-2. Do you think it is probable, or even possible?
I have to say, it just makes me ill to watch our biggest rivals, the Packers, looking absolutely unbeatable, a dynasty in the making, while the Bears seem to be treading water with many problems. But I’ll withhold writing more on that until another time.
I keep alluding to the 1992 Chicago Bears season in my posts this year, and I just can’t stop because it continues to feel eerily similar to the present. If you’ll recall, that year the Bears were beat up, starting 2-3. They then rallied against two lesser opponents and met the resurgent Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. All week the game was spoken of as a must win for the Bears to remain relevant. We thought they were up for the challenge-then they laid an egg in a 38-10 loss to an up-and coming team. The Packers, Vikings and Lions went on to dominate the NFC Central division for the rest of the decade, while the Bears spiraled into an almost 15-year funk.
But first things first, there is a Bears game to enjoy this evening. Just hope I enjoy it, and you do too.