Thoughts on Division Round Dominance

It was as dominant as the Chicago Bears have been this season, only letting the Seahawks make the game look closer by mailing in the last five minutes or so.  I have a lot of thoughts.

  • Good for Jay Cutler.  After taking some of the most personally pointed abuse of his career by Dick Reilly, Cutler put the offense on his back and led the way he's needed to lead: on the field. 
  • When is the last time a Bears QB scored two rushing TDs on designed runs?
  • Greg Olsen not only looked like the best tight end in the league but he blocked like one of the best tight ends in the league.
  • Every guy along the offensive line played well.  I don't have game tape and I don't need it to realize that Jay had hours to throw the ball at times.  
  • Another note on the o-line.  When Webb and Omiyale push the perimeter rushers up field and the middle of the line holds, it gives Jay the pass/run option and has led to the most productive plays for the Bears over the last 9 games.
  • Did Brad Maynard and Corey Graham spend all week to together?  Graham seemed to know exactly where each punt was going to land and was brilliant covering them.
  • Charles Tillman.  The best game played by a Bears cornerback in a generation.
  • Our defensive line has to be the deepest in the league and they are downright frightening when Tommie Harris plays like Tommie Harris.
  • If Chris Harris is significantly injured and Major Wright plays every down next week, it's a reason to be concerned.
  • I felt pretty good watching Brian Urlacher shed an offensive lineman and tackle a back for a loss.
  • Devin Hester is a remarkable kick returner but he is still a puzzle to me (and I think Mike Martz) at wide receiver.
  • I like these games where Robbie Gould just kicks off and makes extra points.
There will be a lot of writing on this space this week as we prepare for the biggest game in the history of the sport's oldest rivalry.  I'll have the updates Fantasy Playoff standings in a few hours.

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  • First round bye looking like a huge factor now.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    aw shucks

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Couldn't agree more on the Chris Harris point Jeff. Did I just use the word point in a Chris Harris comment? Ouch! Get well Mr. Harris.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Olsen running routes was successful and was set up by using him very sparingly most of the season. I wonder if Green Bay will have an answer for Him. I am also very excited to see what else Martz has been hiding in the Attic come Sunday.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Dear God,

    Thank you for giving us three Packer Weeks this season.

    Viva

    PS. Bear Down!

  • In reply to buckbear:

    How to beat the Packers:

    Tempo. Tempo. Tempo.

    They are beatable on the ground, and over the top. If we play to the edges we will play into their hands.

    Get Some!!

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Totally agree Jeff.

    Jay played well and I'm glad to see he threw the media a bone yesterday. He doesn't have to be all touchy-feely, just professional. Peanut was awesome yesterday. Too bad about the non-pick. It would have been the perfect capper to his day. The PI call on Jennings pick was a pathetic ploy by the refs to keep the game semi-interesting. Really a bogus call. Good to see Tommie coming around. He could make a huge difference the rest of the way. Can't believe Forte didn't run the ball on the ill fated pass. He had a huge lane in front of him. REALLY happy for Chester. He had nice game. It has to boost his confidence. Olsen had a great day. With and without the ball. Okung is going to be a baller for years but he got some help from the refs yesterday. He could have been called for holding a few times. The OL had their best day of the year. OMG whiffed on a block on a spin-a-rama that led to a sack. The other 2 sacks were on Jay for hanging onto the ball too long. Great game. Hats off to the players and coaches.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Was wondering when someone was going to give Chet his props. If we can get both him and Forte going next week, the Packers are going to be in serious problems.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    I'm going to need a new laptop if I don't limit my ESPN intake this week. I just about threw it listening to the hack job by Gottlieb and Tim Hasselbeck on the radio. Then Melissa Isaacson and Jeffrey Chadia ARRgggghh! Not to mention Peter King power rankings. Why do I keep doing this to myself?!

  • In reply to buckbear:

    670 the score

  • In reply to buckbear:

    "Charles Tillman. The best game played by a Bears cornerback in a generation."

    With two dropped interceptions? And two TDs allowed? C'mon, man.

  • In reply to willrice51:

    I agree. I think he too easily forgets how good Nathan Vasher and Jerry Asumah were in their prime.

  • In reply to willrice51:

    I thought Moose had a couple of good points yesterday when he said the ball carriers (RB's and WR's) should not try to juke around or try to pivot back into the middle of the field. It was a great compliment to Love/Rod's D and especially to the players on the field. It was great to see Seattle's ball carriers getting whacked every time they did it.

    Also, I loved the play where Pisa was super late getting on the field and he ended up making the play. That was fortuitous.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Agreed. And he flattened the guy, too.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    If we play good in all 3 phases, I like our chances. Big if, but ... If Tommie plays at least as well as he did yesterday, our DL should pressure Rodgers. I know they will shut down the run but Rodgers is so good he will kill ya if you give him time. If the OL plays as well as yesterday, it will be an interesting game to say the least. I thought we used Soldier field turf to our advantage yesterday. We only slipped a couple of times and Seattle slipped a bunch. Hopefully we will do the same next week. The Fudgies are used to cold weather but haven't played on this turf all year. I'm sure they re-sodded in the middle of the year. The Fudgies punter had a career day last time. Don't think that will happen again.

    Overall, I hope we harass Rodgers like the Jets did to Brady yesterday. If that happens, I REALLY like our chances.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    The first half was probably the best half of playoff football I've seen the Bears play since the Rams in 1986. The snow added to the whole scene--is there anything more beautiful than snow during a playoff game in Chicago, with the home team going into the lockerroom up multiple touchdowns?

    I respectfully disagree with the Blogfather about Chris Harris. Yeah, the guy has been playing lights-out over the past month or two, but I think Major Wright will do fine. Especially since Wright might be the better/quicker guy in space. Please, please, please don't put Manning back in deep coverage, though. He's done beautifully when he's playing a "pure" SS spot, but as the Mike Williams TD yesterday shows, he does not excel in coverage.

    The difference with the O-line yesterday? I rarely saw them standing around watching guys get tackled. They stuck to their blocks, or found other guys to hit. They were motivated. Kudos to Kreutz & Tice for getting the O-line focused and keeping 'em that way.

    Tillman had a great game. He was physical, and the refs largely let him play a physical game. Peanut's a great guy, and I'm always going to see his play through rose-colored glasses--and it's great to be able to do that.

    Graham got robbed. Led the league in ST tackles, played out of his head yesterday, and he doesn't get to go to Hawai'i?

    And Tommie... keep up the good work, and I might forget half the bad things I've said about you.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Oh, and one last thing: I hate the Packers. I love the way the organization is run, and have great respect for the team, their history, and even their fans... and still I want the score to be 100-0. All that said, there's no team I'd rather the Bears face for the NFC championship.

    THIS is what football is about. January, outdoors, between the two most-storied franchises in the sport.

    And screw all the morons who said it'd be Minny-Dallas, or some other bandwagon matchup.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Hi all,

    I want to say that, although I'm not writing much (i don't know if any of you remember me, in fact!!), I keep reading you every week and that I'm very proud today of being a Chicago Bears fan.

    Has any of you realise that IT IS PACKER WEEK AGAIN???

    Let's bring on the Packers.

  • In reply to willrice51:

    Jim McMahon had 2 rushing touchdowns in the super bowl tying the super bowl record that day. I cant wait till Jay Cutler holds up the trophy, big game on sunday

  • In reply to willrice51:

    We got to win this game on the Ground, we have to control the clock and keep Rodgers of the field.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I respectfully disagree Fres. We need to win this game in the Air, Land and Sea. No way we can go into this game one dimensional. It's going to take everything we got including the kitchen sink to win this game on Sunday. There's gonna be body parts flying around and the winner gets the chance for Glory in the Super Bowl.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    AIR? Packers D is 1 against the Pass, I dont want to take chances with these WRs who clearly get beat by better CBs. Packers D is not so good against the Run, we need to exploit that, control the Clock, and hit them with Deep Play Actions passes.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    We shall see.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    We already proved we can beat these douchebags. The Bears will have no excuses...we need to pummel these assholes once and for all. End of story...

    Do it for Papa! You know he's looking down on us right now, right next to Sweetness and Brian Piccolo.

    "And Caesar's spirit, raging for revenge,
    With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
    Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
    Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war,
    That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
    With carrion men, groaning for burial."

    Julius Caesar Act 3, scene 1, 270

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    ooooh! "Art" visited!

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    I think we have to use some misdirection against Mathews. He's always playing on the edge of control. If we sucker him in on a few misdirections, he will slow down a bit.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    new tread

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    does anyone have a shot of the poster a fan had that quoted the end of Return of the King? Me likey.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Fres, we beat em with 77 yds rushing/221 yds passing the first time around and we lost to them with 110 yds on the ground and 117yds in the air the 2nd game. It seems to me that we lost the last go around because we were unable to establish anything in the air and the packers gave us the running game in order to take away the passing game. Hence, the Bears cannot allow the Cheese to make them one dimensional and expect to win against a team with such a strong passing game.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=300927003

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    We lost because Martz went pass-wacky despite the fact that Forte was running all over GB. If Forte is averaging 6 ypc next Sunday, we have to keep riding him, at least until GB adjusts and shows they can slow him down.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Aaron Rodgers has gon bust against the Bears defense twice this season. Here's hoping that trend continues.

    If the Bears can do what they've done over the last two months of ball offensively. Putting points on the board. I got the Bears 27-17.

  • In reply to willrice51:

    This is just for fun, so don't get your panties in a bunch: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/01/16/nfl-divisional-playoffs/2.html

    ...but isn't that like ranking elvis in the top 5 new 2010 bands? It's litterally insane.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    King has a hardon for the Pack. No shock.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I was talking about ranking the ousted and shamed Pats ABOVE us. Huh? How does that even make sense in the real world.

    Guy is just such a clown. I can't wait till next week when his entire world implodes unto itself. Hee hee

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What a complete buffoon. Does the guy even know that if you lose in the divisional round your season is over? Jeez.

  • In reply to willrice51:

    Mike Williams had 14 yards and two garbage TDs. The guy had a million yards two and a half months ago. As for the dropped interceptions, both were on brilliant plays. As for Zoom and Vasher - neither had the cover skills of Peanut.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I concur. Peanut took away their best weapon all day. Does anyone know how many times Williams was targeted?

  • In reply to buckbear:

    This is hilarious. Finally, these dogs are getting there due.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/36027/drew-litton-patriots-join-chokers-club

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  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Woohoo!

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