Final Thoughts: Playoff Run Is Still Possible Because Of Effective Bears Offense

Final Thoughts: Playoff Run Is Still Possible Because Of Effective Bears Offense

The Chicago Bears offense can lead the Bears to the playoffs.

They need a few breaks along the way, but Monday night proved once again that Marc Trestman and Co. know how to use what they have on the offensive side of the ball.

However, it's really mind-blowing that this team is currently 7-6 and not 8-5 or 9-4.

Losses to Vikings and Redskins this season as well as a bashing from the Rams were games that the Bears could've had. Especially the Week 13 meeting with Minnesota.

I'm not going to point fingers, but the play calling was spotty at times during those games and I think Trestman realized in the 45-28 win over the Cowboys that running in short yardage situations is not the answer.

The effectiveness of the offense this season, specifically last night was impressive. They didn't punt once as they scored on every position except the final drive which was a kneel down to run out the clock.

Josh McCown totaled five touchdowns 348 passing yards, one tough fought rushing touchdown and only nine incompletions.

He did have a couple of throws that should have been intercepted, but for the most part he held his own.

The Bears produced a team-record 33 first-downs on a night where running back Matt Forte totaled 175 yards and one touchdown on 27 touches.

Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery weren't too shabby either combining for 184 yards, one touchdown, with an average of 16.7 yards per reception.

Jeffery reeled in a ridiculous touchdown grab with 10 seconds left in the first half in the back of the endzone with two Cowboy defenders draped all over him. The kid just keeps on making huge plays.

Martellus Bennett contributed with a nice outing, five catches for 43 yards on the night.

Even Earl Bennett and Michael Bush joined the party with touchdown grabs of their own. Dante Rosario hauled in his first catch as a Bear.

Bears quarterbacks by the numbers in 2013

Jay Cutler: 167-265, 1,908 yards, 13 TDs, 8 INTs, 88.4 rating, 63.2 QBR

Josh McCown: 147-220, 1,809 yards, 13 TDs, 1 INT, 109.8 rating, 83.5 QBR

McCown was good, very good on Monday night making throws many quarterbacks can't make. He was poised in the pocket and stepped up to avoid pressure when he needed to.

The 34-year-old was sacked only once and it was really his fault. He needed to throw the ball away, he simply tried to hard with the game already in hand.

With all that being said, McCown has done a very fine job filling in for the 30-year-old Cutler. He has played mistake free football and has kept the Bears in each game he has started or stepped into.

He has a 3-2 record this season, while Cutler has a 4-4 record as a starter. However, Cutler has a huge arm, which is dangerous in this Trestman scheme.

Fans are hoping McCown stays under center because of his success, but Cutler is the answer long term.

Cutler fits this offense perfectly and before the injuries he was playing fairly well not making too many mistakes.

The only way this team succeeds is if Cutler grows with this new offense that is still being learned by everyone involved.

Cutler has taken reps in practice as of late despite a bum ankle. He has been by McCown's side calling plays and watching his every move throughout each game.

Do you think for one second Cutler is going to head on the field in his next start (whenever that is) and just be a gunslinger?

No chance.

The guy is smart and he's matured into a true leader not a nuisance or distraction. The Bears won't be breaking anything up by taking McCown out in favor of Cutler.

McCown understands Cutler is better than him when healthy. The talent is there. The system is in place.

It is time for Cutler to lead this team to the playoffs once and for all and make a run. I really like McCown, I really do, but Cutler is a Super Bowl type quarterback.

Everyone knows it. There just too afraid to admit it.

The final three weeks of the regular season (at Cleveland, at Philadelphia, vs Green Bay) won't be easy, but the Bears have what it takes.

The Bears are currently tied a top the NFC North with the reeling Lions, who have lost three of their last four.

But the Lions (7-6) host the Ravens, Giants over the next weeks before traveling to Minnesota to battle the Vikings in the final week. Not a challenging schedule whatsoever.

Don't forget about the Packers (6-6-1), who are just a half of game back in the division race. If Aaron Rodgers comes back watch out for this group.

They aren't that great, but a healthy Rodgers changes the whole dynamic of that team.

It should be an interesting final three weeks of the season as the Bears only real chance of making the post-season is through the division.

It is time for Trestman and Co. to put together great game plans. They need to build off that exciting Monday night performance.

The Bears have the best four offensive weapons, if not the best in the league in Marshall, Jeffery, Forte and M. Bennett. Just call them the "Big Four" from now on.

Momentum is on the Bears side, if they can keep this offensive success going, the sky is the limit.

 

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