Well, despite my criticism of the Bears and their management so far this season, I am excited to watch this upcoming game. I always root for the Bears to win. If we had first and second round picks next year, I might wish for a loss to improve our draft status, but that isn’t going to happen. Even if a part of me wished for better draft status, I would still be rooting for the Bears.
So, going up against the Vikings the Bears need to do some things that they have not done or done much of this year.
- SCORE FIRST! – The Bears are just not a come from behind team.
- If they don’t score first – SCORE SECOND and MATCH the score. – See my comments on the previous bullet. Pretend that the game is now restarted and go back to my first bullet!
- Take some shots down the field early. – The last couple of years with Grossman and Orton, early on they would take some long shots down the field. This made the defenses respect the pass. Dink and Dunk passes (especially those behind the line of scrimmage with no blockers in front of the receiver) defy imagination.
- HIT FAVRE HARD. – Brett doesn’t like the cold, worse yet he doesn’t like the cold hard Soldier Field Turf when he is between it and one of our defensive linemen.
- Respect the PASS first. – Minnesota is a running team. They have built their offense around Adrian Peterson. That being said, they know that their running game has been weak lately and they know that the Bears pass defense is weak too. Respecting the pass will make Minnesota a one dimensional team that is forced to run the ball rather that risk a bad pass in bad Chicago weather.
- If all else fails replace your challenge flag with a bannana peel, Lovie! Throw it in front of the Ref, hopefully he will fall, knock himself out and you can target the next Ref with your next challange peel. Remember, you get two each half and if you wisely use your first two challenge peels early in the second half you might have taken out Four of the refs. With four Refs gone, you might have a chance at getting the game cancelled. The game will go down in the Annals of NFL history as the BANANA BOWL!
Do I realistically believe the Bears have a chance of winning this game? YES. Any team on any day can beat any other team. Would I like to see the Bears win? Yes. The icing on the cake would be a Minnesota loss.
See you on the other side of the game folks.