BEAR DOWN…AND HUSH UP
Are we done with the “real tests” yet? Or do the Bears need to keep thumping teams–even on their own field–to prove to you that they are the best team in the NFC?
Michaels and Madden couldn’t say enough about the Bears’ propensity to turn over the ball. Yet both teams had the same amount in the game–3. And that’s not counting the terrible call on the review of Tillman’s fumble. His knee was down before the ball was coming out. They blew that one.
This team is not perfect. They still need to run the ball better. But Grossman is getting this big game experience and obviously learning from his mistakes. Perhaps playing without Berrian helped last night because Grossman threw a lot of intermediate balls instead of going for all deep passes. They actually even utilized the shotgun formation. It’s why Grossman should be in there and why Smith stuck with him–to get the crucial game experience he needs. Grossman is a better QB than he was a month ago. And that progress hopefully will continue.
Hester continues to amaze. I watched him running back to the endzone before the start of the field goal attempt. Michaels and Madden weren’t sure if he played the Giants or if he was just unsure if he would return it. Considering what Vasher did last year–and M&M seemed not to recall the play–it’s safe to say Hester knew what he was doing and totally burned the Giants.
I still think the Bears can do no worse than 12-4. And even if that were the case they would likely have home field throughout the NFC Playoffs, including a bye. And to beat the Bears at home in December will be tough. The Bears are going to the Super Bowl. Sure hope that’s OK with everyone.