Wisch: Time To Let Green Bay Do The Worrying

By Dave Wischnowsky–

You’ve worried about the offense.

And, now, you’ve worried about the defense.

You’ve sweated the offensive line, stressed out about the quarterback and rubbed your temples over the coaching decisions.

Ever since Week 1 – heck, preseason Week 1 – the Chicago Bears’ warts have had you worrying just like one.

But, today, Bears fans, it’s time to finally stop.

Life’s just too short.

(And football seasons are, too.)

During the past four months, Chicago has worried itself silly over the struggles and successes of its football team. So, with the Bears now sitting pretty after Sunday’s wild 38-34 victory – while Rex Ryan and the Jets suffer the agony of Da Feet – the next seven days for fans need to just be about enjoying the most unexpected 11-4 record in recent memory (and maybe ever).

Let’s let the Packers do all the worrying this week.

Because, no matter what happens this coming Sunday during the regular season finale in Green Bay, the Bears already are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs and already are guaranteed a postseason home game.

The Pack, meanwhile, is guaranteed nothing. They need to win simply to get in.

Now, sure, while a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs – something the Bears would secure if they win on Sunday – would be sweet and provides a great a reason for the Bears to play hard at Lambeau. But it’s hardly a reason to let football stress ruin your New Year’s celebration.

So, for one weekend at least, party like it’s 1985.

After all, you’ve earned it.

Throughout this topsy-turvy Bears season – which featured a winless preseason, a three-win September, a one-win October and now seven wins in the last eight games – Chicago has barely been able to catch its breath.

But it’s time to exhale.

“We’re getting more used to things that we need to do,” Bears signal-caller Jay Cutler said on Sunday after he looked like an actual franchise quarterback and the Bears an actual NFL offense. “You can’t come out in Week 1 and expect to be firing on all cylinders. We needed some experience, see how it looks and know how to react. Now, everything’s starting to come together. It’s fun out there.”


With Cutler finally earning his paycheck – and the Bears’ offensive line doing the same – Chicago showed on Sunday why it can be a true threat to reach the Super Bowl if its offense is clicking.

By putting together a stellar second half against the Jets’ fifth-ranked defense, Cutler finished Sunday’s game with three TDs and a passer rating of 104.2 (way up from his meager 43.2 at halftime). The shaggy-haired quarterback is now a clean-cut 21-0 in his career when his rating exceeds 100.

Granted, the Bears had a rough day on the other side of the ball versus the Jets, giving up 34 points and prompting linebacker Lance Briggs to quip, “It was a real defensive struggle – both defenses struggled.” But you can still expect the Bears’ defense to show up when it counts, which it did when Chris Harris picked off Mark Sanchez to secure the win.

Expect the Bears’ defense to be there when it counts in Green Bay this coming Sunday, too. And rather than worrying about it, let the Packers spend all week covering that.
You, on the other hand, should just enjoy New Year’s.

And save your stress for the playoffs.

Do you agree with Dave? Post your comments below.

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Dave Wischnowsky

If nothing else, Dave Wischnowsky is an Illinois boy. Raised in Bourbonnais, educated at the University of Illinois and bred on sports in the Land of Lincoln, he now resides on Chicago’s North Side, just blocks from Wrigley Field. Formerly a reporter and blogger for the Chicago Tribune, Dave currently writes a syndicated column, The Wisch List, which you can check out via his blog at http://www.wischlist.com.


    Exactly. The next thing that matters is a playoff win.

    I’m not sure how Cutler secured a perfect rating with the pick, but QBs must be graded on a curve. I don’t understand the math. Voodoo! (if you ask me)
    Doesn’t matter. I really liked watching Cutler out there, and I lost count of Forte’s yardage.
    And, It’s really hard to sell a punt fake, when
    A) it doesn’t look like a punt snap
    B) the starting quarterback is taking the snap

  • Buffalo Bob

    I loved watching cutler too!

    Not to mention watching you, Big Boy!

  • Chet's Inflated Ego

    Great win.
    The “fake punt” will go down in Bears legend and lore.
    Spaulding is right…Jay played a great game.

  • Bourbonrich

    I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. If anyone had the Bears winning 11 or more games, he or she should head for Vegas.

  • Jaimie in Hoffman Estates

    Great win, WOW!! One of the most competitive games, that I can remember.

  • Bob Watts

    you guys are the biggest homers on the radio. Quit bringing up 85, quit acting like you’ve already won the super bowl, and play football. HOMERS

    • Maria Cruz

      You must be Gay!!

  • Ed Deline

    Whatever they still suck

  • mike

    When wa the last time the Bears faced the Packers in a Playoff Game? Does anyone out there know? I heard 1940 -something???

  • Chet's Inflated Ego

    1941, Bears beat Packers in their one and only playoff meeting.
    This was on the Sunday after Pearl Harbor…December 14, 1941.

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