Last Week of Hope in 2007

No links to stories today-just one simple point, Bears fans (stating the obvious, of course).

The 2007 Chicago Bears started the 2007 Chicago Bears season 1-2. They lost a respectably played game in San Diego, and there also lost two key members of the defense. Following a questionable win over Kansas City at home, they were blown out by Dallas, losing three more defensive starters.

After a loss at Detroit and a change at the starting quarterback position, they came back to shock undefeated Green Bay at home. The week following that game, with the Bears sitting at 2-3, there was plenty of hope to turn the season around.

With a 2-3 record, the Bears laid an egg at home against the Vikings, allowing the most yards rushing they ever had to one person in rookie phenom Adrian Peterson. They lost, leaving them at 2-4. This was followed by a miracle comeback win at Philadelphia, giving the then 3-4 Bears yet another week of hope. Defeat the beatable Lions at home, we’re 4-4 going into the bye week, and things again look salvageable.

Then they played perhaps their most pathetic game offensively and defensively of the season, losing 16-7 to Detroit. Hope again seemed lost with the Bears at 3-5 at the midway point, and Green Bay and Detroit running the table in the division.

Now, after the Bears have squeaked by perhaps the worst team in the league in Oakland to go 4-5, there is one more week of hope, that this has started a run that will lead to the playoffs.

I certainly hope that is the case-but be assured if the Bears lose at Seattle this coming Sunday, there is no more hope, barring an improbable six-game win streak to finish the season. If there is a loss at Seattle, we will still hear talk that until the team is mathematically eliminated, they’re playing for the playoffs. But I won’t believe it.

Enjoy this last week of hope as it lasts.

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