For the thousands in attendance, and the millions watching around the world...
Your under .500 2009 Chicago Bears
Why do I like the Chicago Bears this week?
- I always like the Chicago Bears (except for last week).
- Because I believe, firmly in my soul, that Ron Turner knows he's going to be fired at the end of this season. The Bears will most likely give Lovie Smith 2010 only if Smith makes a major change on the coaching staff and that change will be Turner. (I'm starting to think that a big name hire like Martz or Weis is not out of the question.) Look for Turner to release Jay Cutler down the field, knowing that interceptions will not be blamed on on the booth. I think we're about to see Cutler's best performance of the season.
- When the Eagles have not made big strikes deep, they've struggled offensively. Without Brian Westbrook's ability on the ground and in the screen game, the birds will need an accurate Donovan McNabb on mid-range tosses. McNabb is a lot of things but accurate is not one of them.
- The Eagles will try to blitz an underwhelming Bears offensive line but they'll be doing so the week after Matt Forte has been re-discovered in the passing game. Forte has success early catching the ball and softens the Eagles linebackers, allowing him to control the clock and hold a fourth quarter lead.
- Does Tommie Harris have guts? Does he have heart? Is he a real fucking ballplayer? After his comments this week, he has focused a national spotlight directly on his overpaid face. A great defensive tackle has one of those games that force Al Michaels to calm him "unblockable" and Cris Collinsworth to marvel at his physical ability. If the great Tommie Harris doesn't walk through the hometown tunnel Sunday night, I'm done.
Chicago Bears 30, Philadelphia Eagles 24