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Suspensions could benefit Bears

Posted on: December 2, 2008 5:10 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2008 10:19 am

The Chicago Bears just climbed back in the playoff picture without taking a snap.

The Bears are one game back of Minnesota with four games to play, but the Vikings lost All-Pro defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams when the NFL suspended them on Tuesday. That is big stuff, as big in Chicago as it is in Minnesota because it could allow the Bears to get back in the division race.

The schedule is favorable to the Bears, with their next three games at home -- and all against non-winning opponents. Now the NFL is favorable to them, too, sitting down two of the most valuable members of the league's second-ranked run defense. Only you may not see the results immediately. The Vikings' next two opponents are Detroit and Arizona, two clubs that rank 30th (Detroit) and 32nd in rushing, so they may not miss Kevin and Pat Williams as much immediately as you might think. Except they will miss their inside push on pass rushes against Kurt Warner, and that game is in Arizona where the Cards lost only once this year.

Then look what happens:Then come the Falcons and New York Giants, the league's top two rushing offense. They were formidable opponents already; now they have decided advantages by running Michael Turner and Brandon Jacobs through the crippled interior of the Minnesota defense.

"This is going to kill the Vikings," one GM told me Tuesday. "Now, everyone can double-team Jared Allen. It just disrupts the entire defense."

Of course, the Bears have to win to take advantage of this unexpected opportunity, and that's been difficult lately -- with the club dropping three of its next four.

I might mention how today's suspensions affect New Orleans, too, with the Saints losing three significant players (one of whom, Charles Grant, is out for the season), but I won't because they're last in their division and dead in the water. All this does is guarantee they stay there. 

Category: NFL

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2008 3:27 pm

Suspensions could benefit Bears

the one quarterback i want to see start is John David Booty, i mean, he is young and he watched Leinart play too, maybe he can be good, but the vikings should make the playoffs, but how well will they do in them?? Gus is not an answer at quarterback anywhere.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2008 3:23 pm

Suspensions could benefit Bears

well i am not sure if it benefits the bears since they lost, but it will help if the bears win and the vikings lose.......these are 2 huge losses for the vikings, pat and kevin williams will be missed, can they make the playoffs?? with Adrian Peterson and Benard Barrion, they have a shot, but the defense will take a hit, and i am still not sold on Gus Ferotte.

Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 3:08 pm

Suspensions could benefit Bears

  Roger Goodell is strict which is actually a good thing for pro sports nowadays. However, the Vikes only need to beat Detroit and either AZ, ATL, or NYG to win the NFC North.... unless Da or Pack can win all 4 games which is highly unlikely. Vikes will win the North anyway but the reality is they're not Super Bowl contenders until they get a good QB this offseason. Which QB would you like the Vikes to get???

McNabb, Cassell, D Anderson, M Vick, or wait one more year and get Favre (we all know he wants to bring Minnesota a championship)???

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2008 1:57 pm

Suspensions could benefit Bears

Two players don't make a team, but the Vikes aren't exactly offensive juggernauts.  Their game is to contain the oppostion through a stiffling run D, then grind out wins with AP.  When you eliminate the stiffling run D from the equation teams are able to eat up clock, and pass more effectively since all other Minny defemders will now be forced to pay attention to the run rather than just ignore it assuming the Williams' are takign care of it.  Also, without them getting a push up the middle on the pass rush and the double teams allowing both Allen and their LBs to create pressure they're really be forced to change up their schemes. 

I'm a Lions fan so no playoff implications for my team obviously, but the Vikes are all of a sudden extremely vulnerable against the run.  They were already vulnerable against the pass, so in this case, losing these two guys affects everyone on their team.

Since: Jun 11, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2008 1:33 pm

Suspensions could benefit Bears

Anything that gets the Bears into the playoffs does not benefit the Bears. They simply extend their season by a game and embarrass themselves on national television yet one more time this season.

I say that as a Bears fan.

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2008 9:00 am

Suspensions could benefit Bears

Hey, Mr. Wizard (AJackson), they weren't found guilty of steroids.  They took a diuretic that was banned by the NFL.  It could be considered a masking agent, or it could be the fact that Pat Williams will probably be dead by 50 if he doesn't slim down a little.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2008 11:13 pm

Suspensions could benefit Bears

The only one the Vikes have to worry about "running through the crippled interior of the Minnesota defense" is Adrian Peterson.  Oh yeah, he's on their team.  No worries then, mate.

Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2008 10:17 pm

Suspensions could benefit Bears

Lets face facts here. The Vikings defence is what they are because of the two All Pro Williams. Suspending them for the rest of the regular season is like ripping the heart out of the Vikes. they are now finished and can pack it in. Not only the Bears benefit from this but the whole NFC. the Packers will now have a chance to win the division if they can beat the Bears and get a one game help from one other team. The Giants, Cards, Bucs,Panthers and Cowboys can all breathe easier. The Vikes had a big chance to start dominating with their defense stepping up and I'm sure all theses teams are glad they won't have to face them in the playoffs and the Bears and the Pack now have a chance to get into them.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2008 9:54 pm

Suspensions could benefit Bears

I find it interesting that the league says that it does not matter what the circumstances are, the players are responsible for what they put in their mouth.  I see a big double standard when you see Grady Jackson of the Falcons not suspended for the same thing.  I know an injunction has already been filed by the suspended players and I hope the NFL is exposed for the joke that it has become.  These fines for late hits have become ridiculous and the suspensions don't ever seem to be equal.  Get caught with cocaine (Matt Jones) and you may serve 3 games at most.  Beat your girlfriend (Brandon Marshall) and you serve 1 game.  Pacman Jones should have been banished from the NFL.  Take a diuretic that illegally did not list its suspendable ingredient and those players get 4 games.  Unless of course you play for a franchise Goodell likes such as the Falcons and Grady Jackson, then we will just overlook what he did with no suspension.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2008 9:46 pm

Do the crime, do the time

When you are a multi millionare, this should never happen. You can afford a personal trainer, a chef, advisors, a supplement advisor etc etc. You don't put something into your body that you are not 100% sure about. Yes, stupidy does pay a price sometimes....and yes, this will be a huge problem for Minny. These just aren't any two players, they define the entire Viking defense. The only saving grace is that the Bears are horrible.



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