The Chicago Bears didn’t play on Sunday, but they still dropped out of first place in the NFC North for the first time in 2010. Maybe I should first pause and appreciate what was just written-who would have thought that the Bears would have owned at least a share of first place in the division until the first week of November? Not me, and not many else.
So hey, at least it’s been a fun first two months of the season, even if our fun has now been expended for 2010. But today, with their upset (upsetting to us) 9-0 shutout of the New York Jets on the road, the Green Bay Packers now own first place in the division.
What frustrates me about the Bears losing three of their last four games is that they were winnable games, blown by their incompetent play that was supposed to be fixed by the firing of Ron Turner and hiring of Mike Martz. On Sunday, the last two teams the Bears lost to at home, the Seahawks and Redskins, were defeated by the Raiders and Lions. That definitely doesn’t inspire confidence if you’re a Bears fan.
Yes, if the Bears can defeat the 0-7 Buffalo Bills in Toronto next week and the 2-5 Vikings on November 14th, even if Green Bay beats Dallas, the Bears will still own first place. But although the Vikings are wounded and down, they’re not out, and overall match if not exceed the Bears talent wise. I hate the Packers on principle as much as anyone, but could this win on the road against the heavily favored Jets give them momentum? It may.
And I’m sorry to say, but unless I see a different Bears’ offensive team next Sunday in Toronto, I cannot honestly say I think the Bears will beat the Bills. Buffalo has taken two solid teams to overtime the last two weeks, so who would think the Bears will clearly win this game?
Let me re-iterate. I certainly hope the Bears beat the 0-7 Bills on the road. But based on what I’ve seen from the error-prone embarrassment I’ve seen three of the last four weeks, I just can’t count on it.