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Friday, December 9th, 2016

BEARS PLAYOFF CHANCES

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Rex Grossman just finished his 3rd consecutive game without a turnover. Meanwhile…

Philip Rivers was 10-30 on Sunday and the game before that had a passer rating of 12.4.

Everybody’s favorite flavor of the day, Tony Romo, was absolutely miserable yesterday. He threw 2 picks and did not complete a pass over 17 yards. He has 4 TDs and 7 INTs over his last 4 games.

Where is the outcry like there was against Rex? He’s looking pretty good right now, huh?

Now thew crying is mainly due to the Bears giving up a lot of yards. Whatever. I’m not blind to it. But when I look at their chances in the playoffs here is what I see:

  • Excellent special teams. Hester is incredible and Gould is rock solid.
  • Takeaways. The Bears lead the NFC in both takeaways and takeaway/giveaway ratio, with a +13.
  • THE best player in the league on defense in Brian Urlacher. I won’t be surprised to see him takeover a game.
  • The return of Vasher and Tillman. The Bears’ 2 stud CBs should be rolling in the playoffs. Vasher came back and played a solid game yesterday and Tillman will be ready next week. That is huge. Todd Johnson will also be ready.
  • Versatile offense. The Bears had 10 different players catch balls on Sunday. They have 2 good RBs. Rex has learned his lesson. The offense can move the ball in many different ways.
  • Home-field advantage and a Bye.
  • The numbers don’t lie. The Bears still have scored the most points in the NFC and still have allowed the least.

  • PV

    Those are all excellent points – my big concern is the secondary. The combination of injuries, a pass rush that can’t help but be hurt by the loss of Tommie Harris and the attention he drew on the inside, and some recent inconsistency from Daneal Manning at safety has me dreading the thought of the Bears facing Drew Brees in the NFC Championship Game. The Andy Reid/Jeff Garcia combo has me a little concerned as well, though I still think you can make Garcia cough a bit. But Brees, man, he’s cool and they’ve got some weapons. Not that the Bear wouldn’t put up some points of their own, but I’m not as comfortable with a shootout.

    That being said, I still see the Bears as solid favorites for the Super Bowl. Just not invincible.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    And that was my point in an earlier post–these aren’t the 85 Bears and they aren’t invincible. But they still hold the advantage in nearly every category against any potential opponent.

    I love Brees but wonder how good he would be in Chicago at about 9 degrees.

  • PV

    You mean that supposed Bear weather? Myth. Even if there was anything to it, Brees played at Purdue. It wouldn’t bother him.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Mostly I meant that the wind and cold weather conditions would affect passing in general.

    But he has played in SD and NO for his pro career. And there is a reason that they keep stats on warm weather teams and their inability to win in cold weather. It’s not a myth, but yes too much is made of ‘Bear Weather’.

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