I was searching for a word to describe how I felt about the season-ending loss to the Packers. I saw it on the front page of the Tribune this morning-”Uninspired”.
To me, it was more like the Bears were simply uninspired when it came to their opportunities to score touchdowns. The defense certainly didn’t play uninspired when they allowed just 10 points to the vaunted juggernaut that is the Packers offense. (The same offense the “experts” predicted to win the Super Bowl in the preseason the previous two years.)
Why when the Bears have proven their winning formula since the bye week is to run the football, did they choose to pass 39 times and run only 20? When the runs were working against a Packer defense ranked something like 20th against the rush? The only thing I can think of is Mad Mike wanted our playoff opponent to see the Bears air it out 39 times. But what’s the use of that when they already know the Bears will usually lose if they throw it 40 times?
Regardless, the Bears shut down a Packer offense that was on fire for the last two weeks and lost a close game to a very good team on the road. Nothing to get worried about, but of course the Bears certainly have their work cut out for them in the playoffs.
By the way, now Green Bay thinks they’re going to the Super Bowl. They must be very excited after putting up 10 points on Chicago’s defense. Just saying-the Bears won the division and finished the year with more wins than Green Bay, and no one over here is predicting the Super Bowl.