Pressure Situations help make teams: Defining Moments and Down to the Wire games is what makes professional sports so fun to watch, especially if your teams is the one that wins, but not so good if your on the other end of the spectrum, watching your team being vicitimized in the process of a great finish. So I must be enjoying Week 7 as my Bears came out on top with a victory.
Still in it to Win it: Chicago looked like they were done for the count many times, but like a boxer they bounced right back up and stayed in there long enough, getting the final decision to go their way, a vital, pivotal win for a reeling, aching club. They showed what they were made of and gave glimpses of turning the season around and they remembered that they still are the NFC Champions, and they will not give up that title just yet. Many, and myself included, have at times already have written ’em off, but not so fast, as they have yet to be knocked out completely, at a mere record of 3-4, with still 9 games left to play. It goes to show you that the game against Philly was a clear example, if Chicago has enough weapons on offense to go to, with an average, bend but don’t break defense (getting back to full strength), the Bears have a shot to stay in the hunt, pursuing a 3rd straight NFC North Crown, as I think they will only improve from here on out. Another Divisional Title is still in arms’ reach and I realize that it’s too early to say it’s a complete rebound to an awful start, though the small steps in the right direction are a more, than good enough start in making a climb back up to an above .500 mark. So you have to keep the Bears in the playoff picture, on a list for teams that have a shot at representing the NFC in ’08.
The Chicago Bears Head Coach had this to say after the game: “We had playmakers on the field. The guys didn’t panic and it helps when you get a little going early,” Lovie Smith said. “You won’t see that a lot of times, with a team going that distance.”
On the game-winning touchdown play: “I was a little tired, but I had to make it happen,” Muhammad said. “I ran a seam route, Griese threw it up, gave me a chance to make the catch. It was great.”
The leader of the offensive line admired the QB’s play: “Unbelievable. Griese did a (heck) of a job. He’s so calm in those situations and he makes you believe you’re going to score,” Bears center Olin Kreutz said.
Was it a big game or what? “It wasn’t a do-or-die game, but as far as we were concerned the playoff tournament had started, Smith said. “We talked a lot about just winning this first game. We knew the hole we would’ve been in if we dind’t pull this out.”
Postgame talk: It was a must-win and the Bears came up big in a game they probably should not have won, executing key plays at the end of the game. It’s crazy to think that the Bears greatest weakness is their greatest strength now (Aerial Attack). Up on the schedule next, they have Detroit at home in Soldier Field, so it will be another, very winnable contest. Chicago needs to take the “one game at a time” approach, utilizing all the skilled athletes and weapons that they have out on the field, week in and week out, because their is no way this team should be under .500 with all the talent they have to offer. Now that they know what to do and how to win once again, let’s see if they can keep the pace going, continue the trend, and improve each game, coming away with enough victories to catch Green Bay atop of the division.