Complete the Picture in Detroit

Now is not the time for the Chicago Bears to rest upon the laurels of an 8-3 start to the 2010 season.  Brad Biggs knows it.  David Haugh knows it.  It took the Bears only three plus hours on Sunday afternoon to convince a majority of the national football pundits that they are a legitimate contender for not only the NFC North crown but for the whole of the conference.  It would take no more than a dud-of-a-performance in Detroit this Sunday to have those same pundits, and the ones working at the dailies in Chicago, to take a Carl Edwards-eque backflip off the bandwagon.

The Bears have their first four-game win streak in four years.  They also have their first legitimate Super Bowl contender since that time.  The 2006 Bears, however, were not playing their best football heading into December.  They played their best football over the first eight weeks of the season, let Joey Harrington embarrass them at Soldier Field, limped to the finish line and struggled mightily in their playoff home opener.  The 2010 Bears seem to be improving each week.  Solid against Buffalo.  Controlling against Minnesota.  Dominant defensively against Miami.  Exciting and balanced against Philadelphia.  Now come the well-rested but not good Detroit Lions.  This must be the week the Bears complete the picture.
What does that mean?  The Lions - even in their struggles - have one of the best defensive lines in the game.  The Bears still have one definitive (if lightening) weakness: the offensive line.  This needs to be the week Mike Tice and company keep Jay Cutler clear in the sacks column.  The Lions - whole awful - have Calvin Johnson and Calvin Johnson owns the Chicago Bears.  This needs to be the week he is stranded on Peanut Island.
If Lovie Smith's Bears can lay the hammer down Sunday and knockoff the Detroit Lions, they will begin their most difficult stretch on a confident drive to the postseason and not holding on to the edge of the playoffs cliff.  There are no lucky or unearned wins in the NFL and a 24-21 overtime escape in Detroit won't keep me from sleeping Sunday night.  But a 41-13 would announce them as what they may possibly be: a great a football team.

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  • 1st

    Crown there Ass!

    Play it again: Sunday

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    followed by the pack losing again!

  • DAMN!!! second's please!

  • I am taking the organized bus trip from Arlington Heights to Detroit to go see the game and be part of the Bears crew in the south endzone.

    We'll see how this goes. It should be a good game.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That bus will be sitting on bricks with no hub caps by the time the game is over.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    And that ain't no shit either...I made a lot of deliveries in the Detroit area for over 30 yrs. Some were pretty nice and some were...well..you get the idea.
    That was one of my favorite SB comercials was the one where the astonauts return to the moon buggy to find it up on blocks with the wheels gone.

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    I'll bring my Glock 21 and bandoleer full of clips along with an eye patch in case I need to Snake Plisken it outta there.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Nice. The Snake!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    One game at a time....one game at a time!!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ill be there too gp, sec 124 behind the Bears bench.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Yoooo...I think i'm sitting pretty damn close to you FTW. My buddy bought the tix but he said they're at the 38 yardline 2 rows behind the Bears bench! I'll know more on Thurs. First round on me.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'll take the win, however we get it, even by one point.

    I want no injuries and a big wave of Bears fever going into Tom Terrificland.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I saw the picture of your Superman outfit 85! Great work man! The sign must have helped somewhat for shrinkage purposes. That second half wasn't warm. Way to go balls to the wall.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Dude.. your not kidding, the first half I was doing great but when I got back from pissing.. greatest time of my life till I got on tv.. I was like damn, it got cold lol

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'll be there too ready to represent!

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Nice! We should all meet up and pre-game.

  • Never give up..never give in...this is a game of inches.

    Detroit is just a stepping stone to the next game but we need to step on and over the Lions to get to the next game so make it count

    Bears 27 Lions 13

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Because in either game
    life or football
    the margin for error is so small.
    I mean
    one half step too late or to early
    you don

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    +1 Coach......

    was going to put up the vid..but I have put it so many times...but damn those words are so powerful..thanks for putting in that format.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    +1 as well. Love that movie.

  • I want '06 Jones AND '10 Forte!

  • In reply to Church:

    Personally, I would like to forget Ced Ben.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Matt looked great on that slant pass catch Sunday. You can run that route with very few back.
    That being said, Thomas Jones moved the pile and was better at ball security.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I agree - they are apples and oranges, as far as backs go.
    Matt is far better in space than TJ was.
    TJ was/is a better between the tackles runner than Matt is or probably ever will be.
    Ced Ben was a power runner that stopped running with power while here and subsequently sucked.

  • In reply to Church:

    Well posted blogfather. I wouldn't call Detroit a trap game only because we always play hard in the division games. But Detroit is definitely not to be trifled with.

    The deep ball will be effective against the very soft Lions secondary. The outside runs will be neccesary to create play action and more successful than trying to knock Suh over. The maximum protection packages will be important to keep Jay vertical and throwing for all four quarters. Our offense needs to score at least 15 to win this.

    Johnson is good for a touchdown. But let's keep it to one touchdown. Let's see the linebackers shut down the so so Detroit running game and find time in their busy schedules to put the Lions' backup QB in the lawn chair next to the one we set up for their starter in week 1.

    There are no gimmes in football. The Bears have three division games and two superbowl contenders. But we also have the weather turning our way, and stingiest defense in the NFL. Bear Down!

  • In reply to mottystone:

    I haven't checked, but I think Vick was maybe the first QB to put two past us in the air this year? That means no way Mr 3rd string puts two against us. Best has turf toe, actually who cares? We can shut any running game down. Yodanelli will take CJ out of it. I might start Nate Burleson in fantasy, come to think of it ...

  • In reply to Church:

    After dealing with Vick, Shaun Hill will be like punching a kid tied to a tree

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    or maybe Drew Henson.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81c89ad2/article/lions-qb-hill-sits-out-practice-with-splint-on-finger?module=HP_headlines

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Henson is retired now.
    They've signed another Drew....Stanton.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    ahhhh dammit. my bad....one of those brain moments.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Guess who Drew Stanton's agent is.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Master P?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Nope, but that would've been the one interesting factoid about Drew Stanton...if it were true.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Drew Rosenhaus...

    or maybe Dr. Rosen Rosen

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    dr. rosenpenis?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    His spleen was a spitting image...

    Can I borrow your towel? My car just hit a water buffalo.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I should apologize for confusing Jason Peters (douchebag of Philadelphia Eagles fame) with Jason Peter (douchebag of UNL fame and brother of even bigger a-hole, Christian Peter) in an earlier thread.

    While Jason Peters sounds like an ass, he is not in the same league as Jason Peter or his older, douchebaggier brother, Christian.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Both of whom, I should add, make Ben Roethlisberger look like Mother Theresa.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I don't know why but that shit made me fucking LOL Johnny.

    "like punching a kid tied to a tree"

    BAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHHAhahahaahah!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The "experts" would like nothing better this week than to see the Bears stumble in Detroit.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Definitely agree. Similar to how they were crowing about Vick being MVP - - - didn't hear a peep of that this week, did we?

    PROVE THEM WRONG, BEARS!!!!!

  • In reply to sjvl:

    This the quality of the troll on ESPN:

    http://boards.espn.go.com/boards/mb/mb?sport=nfl&id=chi&tid=7844113&lid=12

    Pretty lame. But the haterz are crawling out from under their rocks now.

    Don't be shocked to see DBB invaded by some New Yorkers prior to the Jets game. New Yorkers set the bar for douche, they are the douche by which douche is measured.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    awwww...and i was just missing the Packers trolls. can we feed them so they'd come back? feel like giving some charity.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    They'll be easy to spot...Can't spell, nor string more than five words together in a sentence.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'll be even less shocked when we never hear from them again as we install a glass stomach in Sanchize so that he can see where he's going when we shove his head up his ass and hand them their second shutout courtesy of the NFCN.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Vick had a good game I thought. 333 yards and 2 TDs? Interception on a tipped pass. If we were missing our starting corners ...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Too bad for them, I suppose. eh?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wait until you see what Izzy, Toe, Pep and Motor do to that fucking kid Stanton. it is not going to be pretty. Did you see Toe fucking slam Vick to the ground? straight violence.....

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    That was a sweet slam of Vick.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Johnny.. Great picture.

    The lion's are going to play like hell because the ref gave us the game last time.

    I am watching the game tonight on nfl again... hopefully I will hear the players talking about me or the sign. I might even see myself.

    Btw, did anyone love how we kept one of the fastest receivers from burning us ? The safeties are playing great. I know Manning's contract is up after this year and I don't know about Harris.

    You know Manning is going to want at big chunk of money. That is the for the future I suppose.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I saw you on TV toward the end of the game, if I remember right.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    Yep.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Unbelievable. Nobody saw my 'DBB' on the post-it note I held up for the whole game? I spend a fortune on my Diana Prince/Wonder Woman costume, a small ransom on the waxing and make-up job, freeze my tits off for the blog ... and Artoo steals the show ?! Typical. It sure is a man's world. That's the last time I fly first class to Chicago and hang out with Jessica Alba ... screw you guys ... I'm going home ...

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    btw, Gp. Why'd you chose the G21? Just curious.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Olsen looks like The Predator without the orthodontics and he can jump like him as well. (Sort of?)

  • In reply to kenbill:

    He's also invisible from time to time.
    Weird.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    BAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

    1000 points!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Classic MBP!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Kudos!

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Olson looks like an extra from Braveheart ... Or maybe one if the guys from Slapshot

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    They brought their fuckin' toys with 'em.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Every week is another test.

    This week, a true Super Bowl Contender goes into 2-9 Detroit and takes care of business.

    I don't expect the Bears to just walk onto Ford Field and roll over the Lions, even with Detroit starting a #3 at QB. The Lions are something like 8-3 against the spread and have made life interesting for most of their opponents, including the Patriots for a bit on Thanksgiving Day.

    That said, "Water seeks it's own level", the Lions ARE 2-9 and New England eventually left the guys in Honolulu Blue behind like week old roadkill.

    Week 1 was a long time ago. The Bears have improved since then.
    Lately, the Lions look like a team that has hit a plateau and even regressed.

    Both of those trends need to be continued on Sunday.

    Put in the Bachmann-Turner Overdrive CD and fire up
    the "Takin' Care of Business" track.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Ahh ... when the summer evenings seemed to last forever ... punching kids tied to trees ... sad lament for our lost youth.

  • I've been pretty dissapointed in Chester the Molester this year. He's kinda sucked.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Chester had a pretty strong O-line during his time at Minny.

    Forte is by far the most explosive out of the bunch and has the best ability to get to the second level of defenses. Agree with MBP that T.Jones was the best between the tackles guy. Benson, ahhh fuck that guy.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    As did Jones in 2006. The oline in 2006 was FAR, FAR better at run blocking that this year's line has been. *If* the line continues to improve as it has the past four to six weeks, my opinion is that you will then see why Matt Forte is better than Thomas Jones. It's really very simple - speed.

    Forte is a very much greater home-run threat than Jones ever was, both running and receiving.

    Don't get me wrong, I liked Jones. I just like Forte better.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Yep. If we're adjusting for the O-line, I'll take Forte over Jones. If not, Benson over Taylor. Either way the drop in production from Forte to Taylor is too huge to ignore.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Really? Has Chet ever had more than a couple handoffs in a row to create any kind of rhythm? Common man, chet hasn

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Nail on the head, son. Saved me a post, almost. Chester hasn't had the looks and our run-blocking, particularly earlier in the season was a joke. He's best judged on Minny form but can jink it pretty well between the tackles and is a natural blocker.

    Just to add I'd take TJ inside, Matty outside, and spell them with Chester. Still feel we need a Michael Bush type, or a fullback, one of those guys that are four feet tall but weigh the same as a DE. But TJ's size and blocking over Forte at a push. Then again, I'd swap them all for a Neal Anderson or a He-who-does-not-need-to-be-named. Neal was like a muscular Willie Gault.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Neal Anderson was the best Bears back since "He-who-does-not-need-to-be-named".

    I really thought that Martz ran those totally predictable handoffs to Chester vs. the Eagles to set up a play action fake, but I was wrong. He just kept calling it!

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Um, Neal Anderson directly followed "He-who-does-not-need-to-be-named"...

    In fact, Neal Anderson had a better season in '87 than Payton. As a "fullback". They played in the same backfield. People forget this.

    Fucking Darrell Green. And Jimmy Mac throwing the season away. That super bowl was ours.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Fkn Charles Martin too, we could have had a dynasty if the McCrapskeys hadn't frakked it all up.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm not buying the rhythm excuse. Second and third string running backs across the league do more with about as many reps. In fact, Chet himself has had far more productive seasons with about as many, or even fewer reps than he is on pace for this season.

    No doubt Benson had much better run blocking in 2006. But I said if we're not adjusting for O-line, I'll take Benson. If we put both of them both behind the same line, then sure I'll take Chet.

    What I am saying, is that I cringe when I see Chet take a hand-off this year, in a way I never did when Benson got the ball in '06. It seems like two or three yards is the best case scenario, and he often gets dropped for negative yardage. I can only remember him breaking one run for more than 10 yards. Forte's getting dropped a lot too, but at least there's big play potential with him.

    I think a lot of people view Benson through the prism of what came later. Sure, he's a total d-wad, and he's career post-2006 has mostly been a bust, save one decent season in Cincy. But he was quite effective running for us in '06. A drop-off from Jones, to be sure, but effective nonetheless.

    Anyway, this is already far too much wasted verbiage on what is now a moot point. I'll happily agree to disagree with anyone who isn't convinced at this point.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I love football and the women that support the teams

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Thanks!

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWuj-nf5GQQ

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Jeff - posts like this warm my heart. This team needs to keep it coming even when they're not underdogs. I don't comment often but watch a lot of games at Josie Woods and believe in this team. I was back home in Chicago over the weekend and watched da game with friends and family and it felt like things were starting to click for the loyal fans as well as the non-believers. It's time for da Bears to step up and show everyone that they can keep the pace, even if it's against the Lions. Dear Bears, we believe. Now go out there and play like you'll get a tray of baby back ribs and a platter of Chicago hot dogs with sport "Julius" peppers if you win!

  • In reply to JonnyHarmonica:

    Welcome Jonny. Watch out for Billy Banjo and Dogs McClafferty ... it gets mighty rough around these parts ....

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    wha up.. wish me luck...i got court snd might be facing jail time.... peace out i love ya mothafuckers

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    WTF? What's up Fres ? "court snd" ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Ah. "I got court and might be facing jail time ..." Gotcha. Wow. Peace bro.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    that kind of came out of nowhere. Hey dude, great talking to you, gotta run, heading to jail most likely...seacrest out.

    Fres, c'mon mang

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Another worth reading...

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/nfl/11/30/lions.ap/index.html

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Good luck, Fres.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    what did you do fres?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "allegedly do"

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Sorry, indeed.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Fres has had a couple DUI's He talked about getting his second I believe last year. We all tried to persuade him to give it up. I just hope he gets a grasp on his problem before something happens that involves someone else. He seems like a good guy. Come on Fres! Get a hold of it before something much worse happens.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    ouch. +1

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    yeah, can't put people at risk like that. hope it all works out.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i don't mean to sound overconfident but i gotta say it:

    Drew Stanton is a fucking dead man. Are you fucking kidding me? Unless he has somehow developed the speed, quickness and elusiveness of Michael Vick he is going to leave on a stretcher. run and tell that homeboy.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Johnny, thanks for bringing back those fabulous little squirrels.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Glad I never drove a car. If I drove a car I would have died years ago, or worse, killed someone else. Alcohol is not your friend, Fres. I didn't get my life into gear until I stopped. There is life without alcohol and drugs - it's just a lot more boring and there's a lot less sex. Wait ... fuck ...

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Fresno, luck is not your friend lately it seems. Take care!

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Hi-Larius

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Hilarious.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    9/11 happens five times per year because of drunk drivers. Seriously, do not drink and drive. It is fucking stupid. It kills human beings. Many of them.

    http://www.alcoholalert.com/drunk-driving-statistics.html

    500,000+ between 1982 and 2008. Terrorists are not even close to as big of an issue yet we blow trillions of dollars on them. Call me a pinko commie all day long but to hell with drunk drivers. Seriously. Especially repeat offenders.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Well put Mike. Compared to how much the American taxpayer is drilled for in relation to the actual threat posed by 'terrorists' is absolutely criminal. The freedoms taken away from you by Adolf Bush in the 'Executive Orders' he had passed just before his wet-fart of an exit read like the Nazi manifesto and are just astounding. All to save you from the 'terrorists'. Talk about manufacturing consent ...

    Go Bears !!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Noam Chomsky reference = 250 points.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I was just thinking today about how the Bears would have a 5 game win streak if Lovie would have thrown the damn flag in the Skins game!! That made me sad.. then I thought about the next 5 games and the odds of 5 W's and that made me happy. These teams do not scare me.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    uhhh.....if these teams don't scare you, which teams do?

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Wasn't Philly supposed to?

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Some thoughts on the remaining schedule:

    The Bears better be ready for Detroit. They've had some tough, close losses to the Bears, Eagles, Packers, Bills, and Jets. Their D-line is good. I think the Bears win, and hopefully have no injuries, but it will be a tougher, more physical game than we think. The Bears should pull it out in the second half because their secondary sucks ass. They want some revenge.

    The Patriots have to play the Jets at home before coming to Chicago. I think that gives the Bears an added edge. Not sure what to think of NE this year. They don't look pretty(aside from Tom Brady's hair), but keep finding ways to win like the Bears. It will be a very interesting game.

    Vikings on the road is not a gimme either. It could be Bart's last hurrah on national television (if his dick doesn't get convicted first), and they are going to want some revenge for the game last year that cost them home field advantage. Sidney Rice might be getting into form by then and make their offense more dangerous.

    The Jets have to play at Steelers before coming to Chicago. That should provide a small advantage. Jets seem to play close to the vest like old Jeff Fischer teams. Bears need to finish in this game.

    And last, Green Bay. I hate them more than any sports team. Last game of the year, and the division could be on the line. Nothing would be sweeter than winning in GB for the division title. They can't run the ball, so it gives the Bears an advantage. The only reason we lost last year was the 4 picks. DON'T turn it over Jay. GB plays great D, so it will probably be another tight, low scoring game. The best long term scenario is to play GB in the playoffs at Soldier Field and kick their ass.

    The games are going to be more physical the rest of the year. I think the Bears are focused and getting better every game. We'll really see how good the Bears are from here on out.

    Side note. The two biggest game changing plays against the Eagles were the Harris pick and the Olson catch. Best play I ever seen Olson make was the TD, with the arms fully extended and taking the ball away. That could have been a pick.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    That flag combined with Martz' brain freeze in thinking a running game was outmoded cost us a 10-1 record. The Pats game is scary, so is the last game in GB. But the Jets ... they're not impressive. Their defense is, so is their running game. Their results haven't been impressive -shut out at home by GB? The difference between them and us is Jay Cutler and our edge in the return game ... and it's in our house. Close one, but we should win that. The Pats and divisional games on the road are another story. The whole season will basically be on the GB game. That, my brethren is the prime example of a must-win game.

  • I'm afraid to change my avatar because the secondary has played so well since I changed mine. Peanut must be doing well, because I rarely hear his name during a game. Finally a healthy Peanut for the first time in a few years. On a side note, Peanut used to be a great on special teams. Just look at all the Hester TD's with Peanut running alongside of him.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Hillenmeyer influenced several would-be tacklers too. His total wasting of two guys on the missed field goal return against the Giants was a thing of beauty.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Yep, like Cutty said in the post game interview last week: we need to finish better in the fourth quarter....same thing Lovie (funny, haven't seen anyone refer to him as LDL lately...can you feel the 'LOVE' brothers..hehehe) says all the time...it's all about finishing. Well we're heading into the 4th quarter of the 2010 season.....it's all about finishing! Nuf said.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Nice feature on Briggs on Da Site.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Favorite player and this feature made me like him even more.

  • Homer

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm not a missionary, I don't even believe in Jebus.

    Save me Jebus!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVwCYJj4THQ

  • we are on a winning streak since i've been pounding whiskey and eating chicken wings and watching all 3 games on sundays. my wife doesn't see the correlation. i see it very clearly.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    1+1=6

    very clear Johnny. Unfortunately, wives can't do simple man maths. Known fact.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Simple man. Maths.

    Ok.

  • Wang Poon?

  • I'm guessing your sexiest student (relatively speaking, as she took math)? In one of your recent dreams ?

    :o)

  • Showing off in a maths class. Jebus H. May the Gods have mercy on his soul. Does he wear a retainer and glasses that you could burn ants with? Is one of his chat up lines "Would you care to see how I can make the remainder in this problem disappear as x approaches infinity? Hyuk! Hyuk! Simple integration, nothing more ...."

  • I love Peanut. I am accepting responsibility for the wins because I wear my orange #33 and drink my frosty beverage from a vintage Bears mug every week.

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