And the #1 team in the NFC is...the Bears?
Posted on: September 28, 2010 9:15 pm
Of all the NFC teams that people would have predicted to be 3-0 right now, I don't think very many serious, unbiased people would have said the Chicago Bears. The Bears have probably surprised a lot of people so far this season causing many to jump on the bandwagon and others to say that their wins have been nothing but flukes. Personally, I too was unsure about how the Bears would do later in the season against tougher opponents. Incidentally, they played probably the toughest team on their schedule, the Green Bay Packers, on Monday night football for week 3 and I didn't think that there could be a better way to analyze the Bears then after their performance in that game. Honestly, I thought that the game would be a tough defensive battle but with the Packers edging out the Bears in the end with great quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the great receivers he's surronded by. Well in the end, the game was pretty much decided, not by defense as I had originally thought, but by special teams (Hester's 62-yard PR and Gould's game-winning kick with 0:04 left in the game) with the Bears edging out the Packers, the opposite of what I had predicted. Looking at their other two games, the Bears have aren't looking like they will go undefeated for the entire season (the Bears have won by only an average of 5 points); however, they do look pretty good so far. As for possibly going to the super bowl...well I don't think so. I think teams like Green Bay (even though they just lost to Chicago) and New Orleans will have a better chance at getting to the big game. Why, because I don't think Chicago is completely performing like a championship-bound team (even though they are winning). There are several reasons: Too many close games, a very poor running game (29th overall) and a 28th overall pass defense are the main weaknesses of this team. The do have some strong aspects though: A 5th ranked passing game and the #1 run defense, not to mention that they could even potentially continue to go undefeated until week 10 or even 12 due to a schedule full of very "beatable" teams. One thing is for sure, the Bears have definately started to lift themselves out of the slump they've been in ever since losing the super bowl.