So, after three weeks of play, Bears fans don’t know if their team is good, bad or in-between. Are they the team that almost beat the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1 and did beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday? Or are they the sloppy, mistake-prone, awful-looking team that was crushed by the Tampa Bay Bucs?
Look, I don’t claim to be Nostradamus. and I’m certainly not predicting a playoff run, but I’m here to tell you that these Bears are better than you think they are. Unless you agree with me that they are much improved over last year and are capable of winning six more games this season. In that case, they are what you think they are.
In my best Dennis Green rant, what I’m trying to tell you is that the Bears are who we thought they were. That is, an improved team capable of winning six or seven games, which would be a big improvement over the three-win team of last year, yet not good enough to draft in the top 10.
Yet there is this strange sort of ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ quality to this team. By that I mean, they can be vastly different from one game to another, and even from one series to another.
In their opening game, the Bears came within a missed catch from beating a very good team in the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons. Then on Sunday they did beat a good team with a 23-16 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Granted, the Steelers are not a good road team. Ben Roethlisberger.
In 2016, Big Ben had 20 TDs vs. just five picks at home, but nine TDs & eight INTs on the road. The year prior, he was 16 & seven at home and five & nine on the road. Still, a win is a win and anytime the Bears beat a good team it is a step in the right direction.
The Bears next game will be against the Packers, who are not only their nemesis, but also the team to beat in the division, not that the Bears should have an aspirations on winning anything this year.
Meanwhile, both teams battling on Thursday night will be coming off thrilling, overtime victories. Amid all the chants for the embattled John Fox to put in Mitch Trubisky, I doubt that a road game in a shortened week against their arch-rival would be a good time to do so.
Plus, the way Mike Glennon played on Sunday probably saved his job another week anyway. So that’s two games where Glennon has played well enough for the team to win. Problem is, that one game he was so damn bad. And that’s the thing—Jekyll & Hyde’ team, ‘Jekyll & Hide QB’.
Now if the Bears lose to the Packers, as expected, on Thursday, and Glennon doesn’t play well, the calls for Trubisky will get even louder. But if the good Glennon shows up, he just may get through the entire first half of the season before we see the franchise QB.
It’s truly challenging to know what kind of team we actually have here. Again, on the one hand, there is the team that either wins or almost wins against good teams. But that damn other hand is just so tricky and hard to ignore. Hey, maybe that one game vs. Tampa was just the outlier. Hell, even the ’85 Bears had one clunker!
One thing that is clear is that for the Bears to be good they need their running game to be solid. On Sunday, they were able to get Jordan Howard going, behind a line that played well. Perhaps having Kyle Long back helped the team’s psyche as much as his play helped, who knows?
In any event, the Bears need to win in spite of Glennon; they need to prevail despite the limitations of their QB, at least until the Bears feel that Trubisky is ready.
So who will show up against Green Bay? We’ll find out. In the meantime, this team is just so darn confusing to me. Both of me.
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