Right now the Chicago Bears lead the NFC North with a 5-3 record. But there are a lot of similarities to the 2006 season that cannot be ignored, or at least are worth a look at.
Some of these interesting facts can give Bears fans hope of a better record to end the season. Obviously, it is contingent on how well the Bears prepare, respond, and attack their opportunities and opponents.
In the first nine weeks of the 2006 season, the Bears were 7-1, losing to the Miami Dolphins. However, in those nine weeks, the Bears scored a total of 234 points. As of now, the Bears have scored 235 total points! That is including the three losses that the Bears decided to get out of the way. In 2006 the Bears reached a record of 5 wins against the Buffalo Bills winning 40-7. Last Sunday, they reached 5 wins by beating the Buffalo Bills, 41-9. Fascinating!
Currently, the Bears are right on schedule in regards to matching passing yards from 2006. Rex Grossman was the quarterback at the time and tallied 1,810 passing yards. As of now, QB Mitchell Trubisky has thrown for 1,842 passing yards. What is interesting is the rushing yards. Bears fans have been begging to see more of running back Jordan Howard. But the Bears have actually surpassed the 2006 rushing yards in the first 9 weeks.
If you haven’t noticed there is a new vibe to the Chicago Bears. It started the moment head coach Matt Nagy entered Halas Hall with an attitude to #BeObsessed.
His goal was to ingrain into the hearts and minds of each player to stop playing mediocre football, which was something they became used to during the Marc Trestman and John Fox eras. But it had to start with the players believing that they could.
So Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace chose to bring in key players to prime their pump and motivate change. The additions of offensive and defensive weapons such as wide receivers Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, tight end Trey Burton, and linebacker Khalil Mack have already paid in dividends. But it is more than just on the field. The desire to win and play as one unit has shown in every play.
One of my favorite hobbies is going to air shows and learning all about military air-combat. Pilots who flew during World War II were either the aggressor waiting to attack or sitting ducks waiting to be attacked. Their eyes always had to be scanning the skies for the enemy.
On Sunday, the Chicago Bears will battle the New York Jets in Soldier Field. Even though all games should be a win, this one, at home needs to happen in a big way. After back-to-back losses against the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots, the Bears can’t afford to let another game slip through their fingers by a touchdown or field goal. It is imperative that the Monsters of the Midway attack the Jets with a military method of attack.
Since I am neither a player nor a season ticket holder, I am calling out the NFL Officiating team.
What appears to be a one-sided officiating crew down in Miami must be stated, reviewed and reprimanded for the preposterous penalties against the Bears and all the missed penalties against the Dolphins.
Let’s review a few, in case you have no idea what you “may” have missed.
The 3-1 Chicago Bears are now refreshed coming off an early bye week. It was not ideally the best situation having already built a winning momentum. But the NFL gods deemed it so and now they hit the road with fresh legs against the 3-2 Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins have just come off a terrible beatdown by the Cincinnati Bengals and continue to pile up injuries in the process. Especially with a banged up offensive line, quarterback Ryan Tannehill may be in deep trouble against a fierce Chicago defense.
As a Bears fan, I expect there to be at least 3 sacks and 2 fumbles in this game, not to mention an interception or two. But then again, that could also happen to Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky if the protection isn’t there.
For weeks it was said that quarterback Mitchell Trubisky could not throw for long passes. It was also said that he would not rise to the occasion until Week 10.
Well to the surprise of every single football analyst, amateur podcasters and fans alike, the young QB took command of the Bears offense and proved that he can throw the rock.
The Chicago Bears offense hit the ground running on their first play and never looked back. Trubisky made it loud and clear that he could throw by drilling one down 48 yards to tight end Trey Burton for a touchdown.
For the past several seasons the Chicago Bears fans have dealt with a losing record. So one would think that losing to the Green Bay Packers again would be of no surprise. But this loss was different. This loss would sting into the next day.
The Bears had the lead for the first three quarters. But it was all lost in a collapse of all phases, including the play-calling of head coach Matt Nagy.
But in the soul-crushing display that ended what could have been a great start to the season, there was a silver lining.
A rivalry unmatched by any other team in the NFL will be rekindled this Sunday Night. The first time the Bears and Packers met, the Chicago Bears shut them out 20-0 on November 27, 1921. However, the last time they met the Bears suffered a crushing loss to the Green Bay Packers 23-16 on November 12, 2017. Needless to say, I hope it will be exciting.
In a nationally televised game, the Bears will need to focus on these three elements to beat the Packers.