After starting the season 2-3, Bears fans are up at arms over the team’s performance. Who can blame them? The offense ranks 20th and the defense is even worse at 29th. The offensive line is 3rd in giving up the most sacks and the offense is ranked 17th in points scored. The defense is 27th in both passing and rushing yards allowed and are 22nd in sacks.
Despite the horrible numbers on paper, there is reason to keep your head high.
Look at who the Bears have lost to. They lost to the Saints, Packers and Lions who are a combined 14-1. The Saints only loss was to the Packers. The Packers and the Lions have won a combined 20 straight games. The Bears have played the three best teams in the league right now. Most everyone predicted, at the very best, the Bears would be 2-2 in the first four games anyway, so they aren't that far off most people's expectations..
The Bears have beaten the Falcons and the Panthers. Despite their records, the Falcons are still a playoff-caliber team and the Panthers, surprisingly, are a dangerous enough team with a lot of young talent.
If there’s any indication on whether or not the Bears can turn things around, look at last season. The Bears started the season 3-3. Fans’ reactions were similar to what they are now.
After the bye week, the Bears finished the season 8-2. There’s no reason the Bears can’t do the same this season. This is a veteran team and a lot of talent. Sure people might point to the weaknesses on the offensive line, at wide receiver or at safety but it doesn’t mean they won’t or can't progress.
Let’s take a look at who’s left on the schedule:
Vikings (1-4) -- good match up.
@ Bucs in London (3-2) -- nothing about this team scares me.
@ Eagles (1-4) -- they have more problems than the Bears.
Lions (5-0) -- revenge game in front of the 4th Phase.
Chargers (3-2) -- Rivers vs. Cutler.
@ Raiders (3-2) -- Stop their run and we’re good.
Chiefs (2-3) -- next.
@ Broncos (1-4) -- next.
Seahawks (2-3) -- next.
@ Packers (5-0) -- we always match up well vs. the Packers. The Bears are due of a win and this will be a game that keeps the Bears in the playoff hunt.
@ Vikings (1-4) -- this game will mean something.