Thoughts From NFL Week 14: Chicago Bears and Beyond

MINNEAPOLIS MN - DECEMBER 12: Snow surrounds the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Mall of America Stadium where the inflatable roof collapsed under the weight of snow during a storm Sunday morning December 12 2010 in Minneapolis Minnesota. A blizzard dumped more than 20 inches of snow in parts of the Midwest forcing the NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings to be postponed till Monday and will be played in Detroit's Ford Field. There were no injuries reported from the collapse of the dome. (Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images)

With only three weeks left in the NFL season only one team has clinched a playoff birth.  With their dismantling of the Chicago Bears, the New England Patriots are assured a spot in the post season.  It's a good thing the season finale of Dexter was on so I had something to watch to get my mind off that game.  I can't say I was surprised with the Chicago loss, I knew Tom Brady and the Pats would be able to move the ball on the Bears defense, I just didn't expect such a shellacking.

But it's OK Bears fans, it's only one game, against an AFC opponent, and the Packers lost in Detroit and have a trip to New England next week.  It could be worse, at least Soldier Field is still standing.  Then again... maybe if Soldier Field had some structural damage Chicago could get an actual new stadium with all the bells and whistles that fans in the 21st Century could enjoy.  After the jump I'll hit on some of my other NFL thoughts.

1)  Is there a worse way to lose a game than "North Dallas Forty" style on a botched extra point?  The Washington Redskin franchise just seems like it's in a bad place.

2)  Isn't a mid season coaching change supposed to spark a team? None of the Broncos studs came out to play.

3)  I love the hotly contested race in the NFC West, where the surging 5-8 San Francisco 49ers are within one game of 1st place.

4)  I wonder if Jets fans are getting a bit nervous.  Losers of two in a row, and looking bad in the two losses.  Three teams are hot on their wildcard heels, and then there's that Karma thing and the cheating Jets coach...

5)  The terrible run of injuries keeps rolling on for the Packers.  With his second concussion of the season you can be sure the Green Bay doctors will treat Aaron Rodgers with kid gloves.

6)  Way back on Thursday night the Colts (7-6) got a much needed win against the Titans.  With games remaining at home against Jacksonville, then at Oakland, and ending up at home with Tennessee again, I think they find a way to sneak into the playoffs.

7)  How much did the Chiefs miss Matt Cassel?  I don't care how good the run game is, if there's no passing threat, an NFL defense will shut you down.

8)  Troy Polamalu is fun to watch, but what was the point of his 4th quarter lateral?

9)  Staying with the Steelers defense...  They held the Bengals to just 34 yards rushing, dropping their league leading run D to just 60.1 yards per game.  They have a chance to have the stingiest rush D in history.

10)  DeSean Jackson... wow...

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