So yes, as expected, the Philadelphia Eagles are favored by 3.5 points over the Bears this Sunday. Given that the home team is assumed to be spotted 3 points for being at home, the odds-makers feel the Eagles are really six and a half point favorites in the game.
As has been the theme throughout the entire season, I hope the Bears take this to heart and get offended that they continue to have the resolve to prove the “experts” wrong. It still gets me that if the Bears could have won the two very winnable games over Seattle and Washington at home, they’d be sitting at 9-1 right now, a full two games ahead of Green Bay.
But they’re not, which means every game now counts so much more. Green Bay travels to Atlanta Sunday to face the NFC-leading Falcons, so we’re also going to see which team is more for real there.
Anyone else getting tired of the “Michael Vick has redeemed himself from being a convicted felon by playing football well” story angle? I sure am. It would be nice to see the Bears put a nice end to that.
Speaking of Vick and Soldier Field, I can’t help thinking back to one of my favorite Bears games of the last decade. That was a Sunday Night on December 18, 2005, when Vick brought his 8-5 Falcons to 12 degree Soldier Field to face the 9-4 Bears.
The Bears embarrassed Vick, who only mustered 122 passing yards on 13 completions with 2 interceptions in the 16-3 Bears win. I also remember Brian Urlacher manhandling and abusing Vick in the linebacker’s Defensive Player of the Year season.
Here’s hoping for another miserably cold day and another domination of the redeemed one. Profootballtalk finally says that they will believe in the Bears if they win this one. Let’s hope it happens.