I’m sure the Bear practices will be very focused this week, as they try to regroup and prepare for hosting the Minnesota Vikings in a must-win game. Currently, Chicago is merely a game out of the last Wildcard, behind the Giants and Bucs at 3-2, and Dallas at 2-2, but playing at New England Sunday. It’s nice to win a division, but it’s no disgrace getting into the playoffs as a wildcard; just ask Green Bay. After being tossed around like teddy bears in Detroit, the Vikings at home is just what the doctor ordered to provide a turn-around.
The Bear Defense needs to snap out of it this week, because they will need to go down to Tampa Bay with confidence in Week 7, for any chance to stay in contention, and suddenly, 4-3 don't look too bad. After a bye week, it's off to Philadelphia for another Monday Night Football, where the nation will find out just who the Bears are this season; I see them at 5-3 at that point.
This will set up Detroit's biggest challenge, up to and including Thanksgiving Day against the Packers. Should the Bears be on a 3 game roll, while Detroit is learning to live with the prssure of remaining undefeated, it will be the Bears who are the biggest obstacle to getting to 11-0. Should Detroit and Green Bay go into an undefeated showdown, in the game which the Lions and the Bears made popular, there is no way Detroit is not going to win that one; Ford Field will be even more insane than last Monday night's game against Chicago. Yes, the Bears will be tougher to beat should everything play out in that scenario; the Bear Defense will be relevent.
But it's one game at-a-time for both clubs for now. I hope Green Bay keeps winning for now, and I hope Chicago starts it's climb in the NFC, while believing that Detroit manages to keep collecting "W's." Since ending their record 26 game losing streak on the road in Tampa Bay last year, the Lions have rolled off a 5-0 record in road games, but their away games within the division is laughable. The game at Soldier Field will be much more than a pillow fight. Will the Bears be the team to put a halt to this upstart team, who, according to many, has yet to win over anybody of significance, while everyone has them as a Top Five team in the NFL? Whadda ya think?