Optimist vs. Pessimist: Bears-Vikings Edition

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 16: Linebacker Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears in action during the game against the Minnesota Vikings on October 16, 2011 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

There are two ways of looking at most things in life, positively or negatively and the Bears are no different, if not somethings more so. I had a feeling that the mood on here today would be sort of "cautiously optimistic" after our 39-10 shellacking of the Vikings last night. I thought I would explore these feelings with a series of sort of point-counterpoint statements, one being optimistic and one pessimistic. So let's get started:

Optimist: We needed a bad team to get back on track. There's nothing like a bad team to build confidence for a struggling team.

Pessimist: We blew out a bad team.

Optimist: Martz's play calling was great! 32-28 pass-run ratio, I'll take that any week.

Pessimist: But can he do it with any level of consistency.

Optimist: Offensive line played well, this was probably our best Carimi-less OL.

Pessimist: I need to see it against a team that isn't losing horribly. Let's see if they can keep Cutler clean when we're playing from behind and the defense can tee off on us.

Optimist: The wide receivers played well, getting open and catching balls. All in all, Cutler completed passes to eight different players last night.

Pessimist: Wide receivers still weren't great, Hester dropped a pass or two and Cris Collinsworth called Roy Williams' three catches for 50 yards a "break out performance" if 3 catches and 50 yards is a break out performance I don't want to know what positives Collinsworth would say about Frank Omiyale.

Optimist: Kellen Davis was blocking Jared Allen 1 on 1 a couple times and did well!

Pessimist: There was still a couple false starts and Webb got beat a couple times.

Optimist: We still have a chance to get back on track and pick up nine or ten wins, we're moving into the weaker part of the schedule

Pessimist: Eagles could be getting hot and we still are in a hole in the division.

Optimist: Cutler had another good game.

Pessimist: It's easy when you have protection, he was facing a bad defense.

Optimist: Defensive line played well, picked up five sacks and a safety.

Pessimist: Their offensive line was injured throughout the game and with a big deficit our defense could tee off on McNabb/Ponder.


I'm taking the optimist approach this week, what about you? Any other statements I may have missed?

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