Chicago Bears: Pretenders or Contenders?

It's a bit early to have visions of facing Peyton Manning in the Superbowl, but the Bears have surprised many fans this season with their 3-0 start.  The Bears have started well before, only to fizzle once the season brought on real opponents, or the injury bugs.

My prediction for this Sunday and next: Bears lose a close one to Detroit.  Then next week they shock everyone by beating the Saints, with New Orleans never in the lead.  Because this is what the Bears do, they win games they have no business winning and then they go and lose games they should have wrapped up.

I thought this even before I heard Charles Tillman was Probable and now I just think it's par for the course.

I first became a Bears fan in 1995.  I wasn't much of a watch sports-on-TV type of guy.   But I got into a Confidence Pool at work and figured the best way to learn about the teams was to start watching.  And for better or worse, the 1995 Bears team taught me a lot about how the pieces are not always in place.

It was the year they went 9-7 and missed the playoffs.  They didn't win their division because of losses to Green Bay and they didn't get a Wild Card spot because of a San Francisco loss to Atlanta.  A loss brought about by a field goal if I remember correctly.  It was such a painful loss that I'm sure I've done all I can do to remove it from my memory banks.

So while that wasn't a good year for the Bears, it was decent preparation for a lot of bad Bears seasons to follow but it was a great lesson in how Professional Football works:

  • If you don't win your division, you might not go to the playoffs,
  • If you don't win the tie breakers, you won't make the WildCard
  • If you are the Chicago Bears, you seldom control your own destiny.

Another reason I think Detriot will win this Sunday.  Remember the catch that wasn't a catch?  Yeah Karma is gonna come cash that in.



Going back to that dream Superbowl. How ironic would it be if the Football Gods did have Jay Cutler face his former team, which is now Quarterbacked by the only guy to ever beat the Bears in a Superbowl! A fan can dream.

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