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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: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2008 9:16 pm

Suspensions could benefit Bears

I'm a Bears fan, so let me agree. When we had an "offense", we scored 48. Problem was Minnesota scored 41. When Minnesota got shored up defensively, Minny scored 34. Bears. 14. We have a lot to prove, so Bears fans, please lets be realistic!!!! I have hope alive, but I dont see it.

Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2008 8:41 pm

Suspensions could benefit Bears

The Bears have to prove they can win consistently.  Also, I don't think we will see much of Brandon Jacobs by the time we play that game. 

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2008 8:05 pm

Suspensions could benefit Bears

It's absolutely unfair to suspend them for taking an over the counter product that contains a banned ingredient that is not listed in the ingredients.  How are they to know?  Do professional athletes have to have everything they consume chemically analyzed beforehand?  There has to be some common sense applied to this issue.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2008 7:49 pm

Suspensions could benefit Bears

"about time?" 

NFL has been strict for over a decade now.  It's the list of banned substances that is growing.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2008 7:40 pm

Suspensions could benefit Bears

That's total bull.

Since: May 29, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2008 7:36 pm

Suspensions could benefit Bears

That's the most ridiculous thing I've heard. The penalty isn't against the Vikings, it's against the players. To allege some sort of East Coast bias is asinine.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2008 7:18 pm

Suspensions could benefit Bears

Some people are really overreacting to this. It really isn't an "unexpected opportunity" like Judge writes. Seriously, who didn't expect these two to be suspended with Adolph Goodell running the show? Anyway, some are acting like there will be this huge gaping hole in the Minnesota defense for anyone to walk through at will. Teams employ capable backups for a reason, folks. Minny should be fine. Two players do not define a team.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2008 7:01 pm

Suspensions could benefit Bears

It does hurt Minnesota but realistically if Minny can win 2 of the remaining 4 games they should be fine. This based on the play of the Bears and Packers. The Vikings have the same div record (with the Lions next) as the Bears with a better conference record as well as more points scored head to head. And the Packers, well just dont look good right now. I think the suspension will get at least put off till next year so maybe not as big a deal as it looks right now.

As far as the suspensions go from what I have heard and read its a little confusing seeing some NFL executives (?) knew the pills would test and dicided to keep it a secret. That probably wont help their case at all. Honestly I can see how Pat Williams would be roiding up to keep that gigantic one pack in tact.

Go Vikes

Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2008 6:25 pm

Suspensions could benefit Bears

i think this is great it's about time other sports start to get strict on enforcing thier steroid policies!

Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2008 5:55 pm

Suspensions could benefit Bears

That is absolutely correct.  Do you think the Celtics or the Knicks would have been penalized FIVE 1st round draft picks for signing an under-the-table contract?  Of course not.  Small-market teams, especially those in the Midwest, are punished much more harshly by the major sports leagues (who are not coincidentally headquartered on the East Coast).

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