Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Chicago Bears and beyond

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

This has been a very odd NFL season thus far, and I'm not just talking about the on field play. This season has been chock full of weird and unexpected stories from this summer on through today. Here are my week nine thoughts.

1) There seems to be many levels to dig through surrounding the Miami Dolphins and the Jonathan Martin bullying situation. It appears to go beyond the normal locker room hazing that teammates do, but when is enough enough? Who is to decide any mans breaking point, or what quantifies an appropriate level of teasing?

It's easy to criticize Martin, and call him soft, but no one knows what his emotional state is, and no one knows what was done or said to him.

Miami suspended guard Richie Incognito for his role in the incident, and for more on that you can check out this Deadspin story (language may be inappropriate for some readers) for what Incognito was reported to have said.

Deadspin also investigated some message boards, and believe Ingognito's father was coming to his son's defense. If true, it's plain to see the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

2) Between the Dolphins, the 0-8 Jacksonville Jaguars, and the 0-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, pro football in the state of Florida is a hot mess.

3) Do you realize that the 9-0 Kansas City Chiefs have actually allowed more yards than it has gained, 1785 to 1875?

4) The New York Jets beating the New Orleans Saints made no sense at all.

5) So the Jeckyll and Hyde Philadelphia Eagles are back piling up yards and points, and Nick Foles throwing for seven touchdowns is exactly what we all expected this week.

6) The Cleveland Browns won their 4th game after trading running back Trent Richardson. That whole 'tank the season' mentality was obviously never explained to the players.

7) Dropping 55 points on the Pittsburgh Steelers isn't what it used to be, but having Rob Gronkowski back means so much to that New England Patriots offense. Even at 7-2, people are still doubting the Pats, but coming out of their week 10 bye, they will travel to Carolina, then host the Broncos. Even their staunchest critics should know exactly what they are at that point.

8) This was insane.

9) Some players try to downplay the rivalry between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers, but rookie right tackle Jordan Mills gets it.

"Going back to the '20s, George Halas and Vince Lombardi, they've been going at it for years," Mills said. "Dick Butkus, Ray Nitschke, going back to that famous play that Vince Lombardi used to draw on the board and everything like that. I'm a football junkie, so I watch all of that.

"It goes back to the one person that started the league, George Halas. It's a true inspiration and it's humbling just to be a part of this team, and to actually play and represent in his honor and his name and his organization is like no other.

"I'm always the person to sit home and watch NFL Network all the time, so just to sit there and catch up on the history of the NFL and just to know the reason why I'm here, the person that started the Bears also started the NFL and just to be playing for that person and his family and his organization, it's priceless."

10) I hate to do this, and I really hope I'm wrong, but I see tonight's game going to the Packers by a score of 34-20. The Green Bay offense is just too efficient this season, and the Bears D is a shell of what it once was.

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