They are who we thought they were, and we let them off the hook.
Any time the Bears play the Cardinals, that famous Dennis Green quote will forever live on. For the first time in three years while matching up against Chicago, perhaps the Cardinals are actually who we thought they were: one of the worst teams in the NFL.
Though, for posterity’s sake, I guess you could still say that about the poor Bears offense led by Mitchell Trubisky for the time being.
The Bears have the heavy advantage over Arizona at most every position. Whether they take advantage of it is a different story that still needs to be told.
Here’s Windy City Gridiron’s staff picks for Bears-Cardinals.
Robert Zeglinski: Bears 26 Cardinals 10
The Cardinals might be the worst team in the NFL, and the Bears well, aren’t.
Lester Wiltfong Jr.: Bears 23 Cardinals 10
Matt Nagy reigns things in just a bit on offense, and they play more efficiently, but the defense will be who we thought they’d be.
Aaron Leming: Bears 27 Cardinals 10
The Bears’ elite defense against a struggling Cardinals team? Yeah, good luck with that Arizona.
Jacob Infante: Bears 24 Cardinals 9
The Bears defense has a field day with one of the worst offenses in the NFL.
Sam Householder: Cardinals 6 Bears 3
This is a trap game. The Bears aren’t good and I don’t trust them, even against a team that’s scored six total points this season.
Jack Silverstein: Bears 30 Cardinals 14
Jordan Howard’s big day (21 carries, 122 yards, two touchdowns) balances another dominant defensive drowning (six sacks, three takeaways, with Roquan Smith’s first interceptions).
Ken Mitchell: Bears 24 Cardinals 17
Under John Fox, the Bears were 1-8 in games they were favored by Las Vegas.
This isn’t Fox’s team anymore. The Bears are a better football team than the Cardinals, and will find a way to win this road game.
Andrew Link: Bears 31 Cardinals 3
The offense takes another baby step and the secondary eats Sam Bradford’s, then Mike Glennon’s lunch.
E.J. Snyder: Bears 27 Cardinals 13
The Cardinals quarterbacks have to be dreading this one after watching Chicago’s pass rush round into shape so quickly this season.
Steven Schweickert: Bears 21 Cardinals 17
I had to make sure Glennon wasn’t taking snaps. The kind of game a good team should destroy and not look back. Naturally, it’ll be closer than we want it to be.
Erik Duerrwaechter: Bears 27 Cardinals 6
Trubisky takes a needed step forward, and the Bears defense feasts on a low-powered offense anchored by a suspect offensive line.
Whiskey Ranger: Bears 27 Cardinals 6
I’m not sure the Cardinals are even showing up for their games at this point, or if they are subcontracting local high school teams to play for them (I’m sure there’s an app for that).
WCG Contributors: Jeff Berckes; Patti Curl; Eric Christopher Duerrwaechter; Kev H; Sam Householder; Jacob Infante; Aaron Lemming; Andrew Link; Ken Mitchell; Steven Schweickert; Jack Silverstein; EJ Snyder; Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; Robert Zeglinski; Like us on Facebook.