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Even with a Thanksgiving win by the Chicago Bears, the confidence in the franchise dipped a smidgen. The FanPulse results went from 98% to 96%, but I have a feeling that may have something to do with the mystery surrounding Mitchell Trubisky’s injury to his throwing shoulder. Personally, I’m not concerned with it at all. He took a cheap, late hit in the Vikings’ game. He was able to play through it that night, but it worsened during the week. A sore throwing shoulder is nothing you can brush off, but once he’s good to go, he’ll be back.
When looking at the confidence results of the NFC North teams, I think it’s great that Bears’ fans never saw a huge, reactionary dip after a loss like the fans of the Vikings, Packers and Lions. Not when they lost a heart-breaker to the rival Packers on week one, or when they lost back to back games to the Dolphins and Patriots. Bears’ fans were savvy enough to recognize where this franchise was headed even during a couple bumps along the road.
Vikings’ fans had a noticeable dip after their team lost to the Bears on Sunday night, but they rebounded nicely to beat the Packers. Green Bay fans are at a season low 20% confidence level as they’re watching their 4-6-1 team creep closer to missing the postseason.
Detroit fans have been the most reactionary, and with the Rams up next — a likely loss for them — I’d expect another dip.
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When looking forward to this weeks game, Bears’ fans are expecting an eight point victory in New York against the Giants, while Giant fans expect their team to pull out a one point victory. Giant fans also have the 6th lowest confidence in their team at 14%.
Even with Chase Daniel probably starting at QB for the Bears on Sunday, I think the talent level on both sides of the ball favors Chicago. I have this down as a comfortable win for the Bears.
Anything stand out to you about these results this week?