This will be one of the more interesting NFL offseasons in recent memory. Not only will there be roughly double the free agents as normal, but the negotiations between the NFL and NFL Players Union could save or doom the 2011 season.
Just two days away from the Bears’ first playoff game since losing in the Super Bowl four years ago, it’s about time to look ahead and predict the outcome of the Bears-Seahawks game.
Brian Urlacher, Devin Hester, Julius Peppers and Lance Briggs were all named to the Pro-Bowl this season. But is there a bigger honor awaiting these players once their careers are over?
For the first time since losing the Super Bowl, the Chicago Bears are in the playoffs. But just how far do they need to go to meet their new expectations?
The Bears ended the season at 11-5, and winners of the NFC North division. As a result they were awarded the number two-seed in the NFC and a first round bye. One of the advantages of that bye is a week to rest and address weaknesses.
They’re just starting the playoffs, but we already have a list of opponents for the Bears next year.
It’s hard not to look too far ahead. With the Bears having locked up the two-seed in the NFC, it’s only natural to envision how far the Bears could go.
Sunday’s win was impressive for several reasons. The most impressive, however, might have been the emergence of a quick-strike offense.
Up next for the Chicago Bears is the 10-4 New York Jets, a team that entered the season with high expectations, but is still looking for an identity.
Sitting at 10-4, with two games left to be played, the Bears are in a great position to make a deep run into the playoffs. But just a few months ago, did anyone see this coming?
All the talk this week from the Bears’ players about the change of venue for the Bears-Vikings Monday night game, has been negative. But history tells us that it could still be better than the alternative.
The Minnesota Vikings have had a terrible season. There have been many off-field, and on-field, distractions to go along with the poor play. But, if the Bears aren’t focus and sharp, the Vikings could come out on top.
Some things this season have just gone the Bears’ way. They’ve been able to stay healthy, and have faced some teams that are dealing with injuries to key positions. You can add the Minnesota Vikings to that list.
The Bears never seem to get any respect, even when they’re winning there are plenty of people who doubt their talent. And the players and coaches embrace this notion of them.
The Bears have had success this season with their cover two defensive scheme. The Bears didn’t change for Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles, and they probably won’t change for Tom Brady and the Patriots.
Back in training camp it looked as if Major Wright had all the tools to become a starter on the Bears’ defense this season. So for that hasn’t happened, but he’s been getting his chances. Could this week be the week he makes the jump?
Earl Bennett had a career day against the Lions. He, along with the rest of the offense, is showing signs of progress and the wins are staring to add up as a result.
The Bears’ offense has been making tremendous strides over the past few games. Jay Cutler’s improvement has been most visible and it stems from a change in the Martz scheme.
This was by far the best Bears’ win this season. It was also Jay Cutler’s best game as a Chicago Bear, and not just because of the stats.
With a lead the NFC North the Bears are don’t have to worry about what other teams are doing. But with a few losses that could change.