Up at 3:30 a.m. for my commute. Sat with my oatmeal and turned on yesterday’s NFL Network news show for a few minutes. As strange luck would have it, the moment I turned on the TV Mike Mayock was talking about the Chicago Bears. One week ago, the experts roundly predicted that the Bears were generally a 7-9 football team. Mayock’s report on this show was how impressed he was with the Bears’ offensive line, and how it’s only going to get better under Mike Tice. That was refreshing to hear.
Then the conversation was kicked over to Brian Billick and someone else, who quickly dismissed the Bears from being able to compete with the Packers. Fair enough-the Packers deserve that recognition being the defending champs. But the Bears have the opportunity to take that away from Green Bay, and I hope they do.
They’re certainly not getting respect from the odds makers, who have the Saints as seven point favorites this week.