- The Bears should have won the game against the Panthers handily, but didn’t. Yet one could also easily say that the Bears should have lost the game. If nothing else, now is the time when the Bears as a team will need to put up or shut up. We’ve been hearing from the players for years that the fans and media don’t give the Bears enough credit…it’s them vs. us…they’re really better than anyone thinks but they just don’t get the credit. We’re going to find out next Monday night as the 4-0 Lions host the Bears in their first Monday night game since 2001. That team will be fired up.
- Chicago has owed their limited success over the last decade to being able to feast on the Lions twice a season. Since 2001, by my count the Bears are 13-7 against Detroit. In those 11 seasons, the Bears swept six times and haven’t lost to the Lions since 2007. Looks like the good times for the Bears with the Lions may be over.
- Speaking of the Lions, I was explaining my feelings about them to a friend yesterday. I can’t help but being a little happy for Lions fans, but at the same time I can never wish well on another team from my team’s division. But after following their team over 11 years of futility, and a pretty horrible history all around since the 1950′s, their true fans deserve this, don’t they? And of course given the choice I’d sure like to see Detroit take care of Green Bay if it comes down to one of those two teams.
- Hoped Bears fans enjoyed Matt Forte’s 205-yard rushing performance yesterday. I’ve been a Bears fan for 32 seasons and it’s the first 200 yard game by a Bear that I’ve witnessed. (The last being Walter Payton’s 205 yard performance at Green Bay in 1977, two years before I was watching). Interesting that three of the four 200 yard games by the Bears have been for 205 yards (the other being Gale Sayers’ game against Green Bay in 1968).
- I’ve been meaning to say something about 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh for some time. Had the Bears flopped in 2010, I was hoping Harbaugh would have been a candidate to come back to Chicago. But with the success Harbaugh is having resurrecting the 49ers, we can forget about him leaving San Francisco for a lot of years. While Harbaugh was the undisputed starter of the Bears from 1990-1993, I wasn’t a big fan. I thought his arm was pretty weak and he usually came up short (other than the games he did pull gutsy come-from-behind wins, earning him the nickname “Captain Comeback”). But by the mid-1990′s following his success in Indianapolis, I really missed his heart and leadership. Can you imagine what Harbaugh might do with Jay Cutler if he coached him? Maybe instill a little of Harbaugh’s passion in Mr. Sour Face? Then again, maybe Cutler wouldn’t stand for it.
The wheels almost came off this week. Of course I hope the Bears will go in, shock the Lions and show everyone they’re still relevant in the 2011 season. And the wheels won’t necessarily come off the season if the Bears do lose at Detroit. But you’d have to think the playoffs would be a longshot should the Bears start 2-3 with Detroit and Green Bay at 5-0.