Jay Cutler was in the middle of the pregame huddle against the Bills and told his team that the championship run started that very moment. Yet, at the beginning of the season, no one gave the Bears a shot -- the national media, local media and even Bears fans. The reality is that the Bears are 5-3 at midseason, when most everyone thought the Bears would be a 4, 5 or even a 6 win team.
Since the Bears have already met the expectations by most prognosticators and on pace to hit double figures in wins, why are they still complaining? What's with all the continued pessimism? No matter what the Bears do this season, people will not be happy with this Bears team. Shouldn't people be happy the Bears, at least for now, are exceeding expectations?
Sure the Bears, are far from a perfect team, but they're playing winning ball. At midseason last year, the Bears were still in a position to make the playoffs until the wheels completely came off. In 2008, the Bears were 5-3 but failed to capitalize on any momentum.
There's still plenty of football to be played and the Bears could definitely still tank but the main difference between this Bears team from the past couple seasons is that the defense is dominant.
The Bears have also yet to peak. We've seen flashes of what this team could do but there's more to come. Mike Martz and Mike Tice have both said that there will be growing pains and it could be by mid-season that the Bears hit their stride as a team and here we are at midseason.
The win over the Bills wasn't a convincing one but there are a few things that we should be encouraged about. The Bears' offense was balanced, the o-line protected Cutler, Cutler made smart decisions, the offense converted on 3rd downs, they were effective in the red zone and goal line and the defense forced turnovers.