It can pretty much be argued that the Chicago Bears are the Rodney Dangerfields of the NFL. Despite our recent win against the vaunted Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles, many nationally syndicated sports writers and pundits are still betting against the Bears. I mean, what could be the problem? The 8-3 Bears have a better record than the 6-5 Indianapolis Colts yet people continue to have respect for the latter team. Is it because of the Bears vocal fans? The ones who continually go down on every negative thing that happens to the team? Is it because Jay Cutler isn't Peyton Manning? What gives?
Here's a look at what these writers and so-called experts are saying about the Bears:
Pat Kirwan of NFL.com projects that the Bears will lose 3 out of their next 5 games to miss the playoffs while projecting their division rivals the Green Bay Packers (whom the Bears have a one game lead and has beaten them in a head to head matchup) to win 4 out of their 5 remaining games and win the division, no less!
That perennial Bears hater, Vinny Iyer of SN, has the Bears ranked at No. 11 in his latest Power Poll, well behind the Packers (at No. 6) and the Eagles (at No. 9), two teams that the Bears have beaten and having a better record, to boot! Saying that the Bears have "no style points", Iyer does acknowledge that the team has a rugged defense, however.
Also, Peter King of SI (yes, that guy who picked the Bears to go to the Superbowl last year) ranks Chicago at No.5 in his Fine Fifteen power poll. But, like Vinny, he ranks the Packers as better than the Bears at No. 4 despite the fact that Green Bay only has a 7-4 record, King says, "that there's something about them though" and ranks them even better than the defending Superbowl champs, New Orleans! My, my.
As if that wasn't enough, Michael Silver of Yahoo! sports, another Bears hater if there ever was one, uses cheap obfuscation in his Morning Rush column. After initially picking against the Bears to win the game (actually almost every sports writer did do that), Silver uses up most of the space in his article to gush over his man crush, Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons, barely acknowledging the Bears remarkable victory. When he does finally mention the Bears game, Silver instead gushes over Michael Vick, saying his TD throw to Brent Celek in garbage time was the critical play of the game! OK, so perhaps it was an excellent throw to a guy who was triple teamed but Silver didn't even bother to address Jay Cutler's incredible day when he had a better QB rating than the top rated Vick, come on!
All is not lost, Bears fans. At least SI's Don Banks is now a believer in the Bears, saying he is convinced that Chicago will make it to the post season. Well, one out of five can't be all bad. Could it?