I should be back to full strength by tomorrow.
Cut Todd Collins
If Jay Cutler is not cleared to play Sunday, the Chicago Bears can under no circumstances allow Todd Collins to be the starting quarterback. They should not even allow Collins to occupy a spot on the roster. Collins was supposed to be the caretaker, the protector of the football, the wily veteran. Instead he looked like a combination between Jake Delhomme and a drunk trying to play darts at 3:55 AM. Why Lovie allowed him to play as long as he did Sunday is still the most unfathomable part of a rather impressive victory.
How About Them Defensive Ends?
I'd like to go on record saying that the combined performances of Israel Idonije and Julius Peppers was the most impressive from a pair of Bears defensive ends since guys like Dent and McMichael were in town. I'd like to see Izzy perform like this consistently over the next few weeks. (And I think credit must be given to Jerry Angelo for acquiring Peppers.)
Look at the Schedules Now
The Green Bay Packers are going to Miami this week, possibly without their starting quarterback. The Minnesota Vikings are in a de factor playoff game with the Dallas Cowboys. (The Vikes most famous fan, Mike Florio, wants Favre off the field.) The Bears, with a victory, could be up a pair on the field by Sunday night and be the team with the fewest injuries and controversies. The Sunday night in the Meadowlands will feel like two seasons ago very soon.
Da Picks Contest
SC Dave, do, augie and Who is Willie Gault each joined the perfect week club. So many people had the Saints, Chargers and Packers.