I had a few thoughts last night when asked by a bartender how good I think the Chicago Bears are. I spooned some potato and leek soup into my mouth, sipped an ice cold club soda and tried to put into perspective this bizarre season. Exciting start, terrible four-game stretch, bye, the emergence of an accomplished football team...etc. I came to a conclusion: the Bears need to start playing like an NFL powerhouse.
"It has been a long time and just to feel the atmosphere of what it's like to go through that playoff week again, and not only that but to have the opportunity to have it here in Chicago, I think it's huge," Briggs said. "I think that's really what we're fighting for is to make everyone come to Chicago and make the Super Bowl come through here."
Having a trip to the Super Bowl come through Chicago should be the goal now. Forget about the minor desires of making the postseason and saving the coach's job. The Bears have to re-calibrate the expectations of the 2010 machine. They are in prime position to not only win the NFC North but end the 2010 season with one of the top two records in the conference. A great team, even a very good team, does not let an opportunity like that slide by on Sunday in Detroit. A great team handles their business with the delicacy and precision of a world-class assassin.