Talking about PLAYOFFS?
Thanks, readers, for approaching this topic for me yesterday. Prior to the season opener, I looked at each game and made predictions based on what I had seen from the Bears, and came up with a 7-9 record for the Bears in 2008. When the team started 5-3, I was ripped a little for not knowing what I’m talking about, not being a true Bears fan because I didn’t think they’d go 16-0, or both.
Frankly, the reason I went game by game and figured on a 7-9 record is because the Chicago Bears defense we saw in the preseason is exactly what we’ve seen in 8 of the 10 games this season. The reason the Bears won 3 of their 5 games is because remarkably their offense outscored the high-scoring opposing offense.
To yesterday’s comments, I think everyone for making them, because I didn’t really want to go there. Yes, my opinion is the Bears will not be clinching any playoffs, and if they do, the offense of their first opponent will blow their doors off them. That’s not what I hope will happen, but it is what I am afraid will happen.
You know what I hope will happen? That the Bears will make like the 2007 New York Giants and find themselves. The Giants were teetering on oblivion when they visited Soldier Field in early December, were down and almost lost the game were it not for the help of a highly questionable touchdown catch given to them. They won, found their pass rush and defense, and dominated from there on the road to their Super Bowl victory.
Likely? No. As a Bears fan am I hopeful? Sure.