Last weekend’s 36-7 home loss to the New England Patriots left the Bears with a bad taste in their mouths. “It’s a tough loss to swallow,” wideout Earl Bennett said.
Last weekend’s 36-7 home loss to the New England Patriots left the Bears with a bad taste in their mouths.
“It’s a tough loss to swallow,” wideout Earl Bennett said.
The way the Bears all but laid down and allowed the Patriots to do whatever they pleased was hard to swallow for fans as well. The difference between 475 yards of offense for New England and 185 for Chicago is ugly no matter how you look at it.
But to me, this one is easily written off. I had moved on by the time I was watching highlights Sunday on late-night TV.
Reason No. 1: The Bears were underdogs and, with an AFC opponent, it meant far less to Chicago’s playoff chances than games against the Vikings and Packers.
No. 2: A brutal 7-3 loss by the Packers to the Lions, that ended just before Chicago kicked off, had the Bears playing with house money. Win or lose, they would still lead the NFC North.
No. 3: The Packers not only lost to the Lions, they may have lost Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who suffered a concussion. And now the Packers have to play at New England, where quarterback Tom Brady has won an NFL-record 26 straight home games. If Brady and the Patriots make it 27, then a Bears’ win over the Vikings (no matter where it’s played) will clinch the NFC North title.
“We went into this game against the Patriots in first place in our division,” Bears head coach Lovie Smith said, “and we still are. So, we just have to take care of business from here on out.”
After the roof collapsed on Minneapolis’ Metrodome during the snowstorm Sunday, the site of the Bears-Vikings Monday Night Football game has been moved to the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium.
“They want to definitely keep it in Minnesota,” Roy Terwilliger, president of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, told a Chicago radio station.
On top of that, Vikings vice president for public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley told The Associated Press the team is “determined” to host the Monday night game “in front of our fans.”
It doesn’t really matter where the Bears play. They have plenty of motivation and the Vikings look putrid. The Bears will show up prepared and ready to play THIS weekend. Brett Favre or no Favre, this is a Chicago win waiting to happen.
It won’t matter. Even if the Bears have to play in the snow again. The Vikings aren’t the Patriots and Tarvaris Jackson isn’t Tom Brady.
Jay Taft covers the Chicago Bears for the Rockford Register Star. He can be reached at 815-987-1384 or firstname.lastname@example.org.