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Bears are peaking at the right time

Yes, it’s past time to take the Bears seriously.

While Chicago’s offense has been up and down all year, their defense has looked like a top-five unit throughout the season.  After Sunday’s 31-26 win over Philadelphia, the Bears appear to be putting it all together.

Make no mistake: This has been a different Bears team over the last three weeks.  I’d argue that they have played their best three games of the season in succession.

Their 27-13 win over Minnesota wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicated.  The 16-0 win in Miami was a thing of beauty by the team’s defense, no matter who was at quarterback for the Dolphins.  Jay Cutler’s four touchdown performance against the Eagles blitz to go with Matt Forte’s 117 rushing yards showed the Bears will be very tough to beat when they are at their best.

Chicago will host more quality teams this year (Patriots, Jets) and still have three road games in the division left.   There’s a lot of work left to be done, but the Bears are playing their best football at the right time.

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  1. 4dabears says: Nov 28, 2010 9:14 PM

    Yes, and get ready for all the haters to still disbelieve.

  2. steelers6pack says: Nov 28, 2010 9:14 PM

    In Jan the bears will hibernate..

  3. jaggedmark says: Nov 28, 2010 9:16 PM

    At the right time? 4 or 5 weeks from now is the right time.

  4. bobbyhoying says: Nov 28, 2010 9:18 PM

    Good game for the Bears, but one has to wonder what the result might have been had Asante Samuel played. Games like this prove the value of high priced guys like Julius Peppers and Asante Samuel.

  5. tiffpats4eva says: Nov 28, 2010 9:25 PM

    lol @ steelers6pack

  6. oxycode30 says: Nov 28, 2010 9:27 PM

    “Bear down Chicago Bears, make every play clear the way to facing the AFC’s best in the house that Jerry built!”

    We ARE for real and @ 8-2 anyone who says differently is either unschooled in the art of the NFL or are partisan fans of Fudgepackers and BiQueeens! Perverts!

  7. oxycode30 says: Nov 28, 2010 9:29 PM

    Er, 8-3…

  8. sdw2001 says: Nov 28, 2010 9:40 PM

    Whatever. The Bears looked good, but with Asante it would have been a different game. Everything went against the birds today, and I STILL don’t think the Bears are for real. Eagles-Falcons NFC Championship at the Linc.

  9. metalhead65 says: Nov 28, 2010 9:44 PM

    why do you people have to make excuses when the bears win? they played a complete game in all phases and it was not as close as the final score. they held the hottest qb in check and cutler threw 4 td’s with no picks and you want to say it was because of samuel wasn’t playing? the eagles lost get over it! bear down!

  10. fartography says: Nov 28, 2010 9:45 PM

    Get Matt Millen off the air.

  11. comeonnowguys says: Nov 28, 2010 9:46 PM

    “We ARE for real and @ 8-2″

    As a Bears fan, I can do nothing else but *facepalm* and hope you’re a Vikings troll posing as a Bears fan. Because, at this point, tearing down the other three teams in the North–and also the Saints–is all that’s keeping them going at this point.

    There’s a big difference between “in the discussion” and “for real.” Bears achieved the former today. I’m not sure they can be considered the latter until they actually make the playoffs and win a game. Unless they win out. Which… yeah, not happening.

    And, oh, by the way, playoffs are still an uphill climb at this point.

  12. ultimatebriand says: Nov 28, 2010 9:48 PM

    save for the week 1 “win”, I am more amused every week by all the Bear haters that make excuses for whoever the Bears just beat. (Green Bay beat themselves, if the Eagles had their corners, the Vikes and ‘Boys just needed good coaching).
    Don’t know what the future holds but right now, this feels good.

  13. gcsuk says: Nov 28, 2010 10:21 PM

    I knew it was only a matter of time before the “If we only had Asante Samuel” excuses started rolling out. Funny, Eagle fans didn’t want to hear any of the “injury excuses” last week when they beat the Giants (missing 2 WRs and 3 Olinemen).

    I guess the shoe is now officially on the other foot.

    Argue all you want, and maybe Samuel DOES make a difference. But if Eagle fans (not all of you, but most of you) want to knock other fans for pointing out injuries, than don’t make the same excuses yourselves.

    Check the link below for all the “Injuries are no excuse” and “Get over it” comments.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/11/26/shawn-andrews-remains-in-hospital-doubtful-to-play/

  14. goldensuneagle says: Nov 28, 2010 10:44 PM

    With Asante Samuel, I agree this may have been a different game. And granted, we had a 5th string CB on their 2 or 3, but the game really came down to the poor tackling. Bears, in my opinion, shouldn’t have even had a chance in this game, and I know I’m probably imagining this, but I’m pretty sure I counted about 10 missed tackles in the first half. There’s no excuse for that, and if anyone is blaming the cornerback injuries for this, I’d like them to consider the fact that we couldn’t tackle worth jack-crap and kept giving up the big plays because of that. I would like a few Bears fan to notice that as well. It wasn’t just all really good offensive play, your defense played really well by the way, it was moreso the Eagles’ ineptitude on defense.

    That said, good job Bears, you won, and that’s all that counts. Eagles have a lot more to work on and this game showed it. Tackling has been an issue with Eagles teams of late…

  15. kolbfan says: Nov 28, 2010 10:51 PM

    Good win Bears.
    We gaffed about every chance to win that game.
    Reid continues to escape national scrutiny for his continuing clock mismanagement.
    Cutler is a dope too. Watching him yell at that official is all you need to ever know about him…
    We’ll prolly see you again Bears. Next time without the dumb mistakes…

  16. updowndownup says: Nov 28, 2010 11:44 PM

    @kolbfan

    Gotta say it’s pretty funny that you’d bother with saying “Good win Bears” considering you go on to suggest that it was not, in fact, a good win, but instead an undeserved victory handed to a dope by the opposing coach’s clock mismanagement.

    I’m just saying, pick a side and then stick with it. If you’re going the gracious-in-defeat route, then cut the excuses and insults. If you’re going the other route, then at least have enough courage of your convictions to be consistent.

  17. Beer Cheese Soup says: Nov 29, 2010 12:00 AM

    Solid win today by the Bears today. However, let’s not kid ourselves.

    This is the same exact team that laid an egg against sorry-ass Seattle not long ago. The same team that barely scraped by Buffalo, and the same team that needed an all-time record 19 penalties to beat the Pack.

    In short: they are who we thought they were. They may well still take their division, but it’s one and done after that.

  18. jhorton83 says: Nov 29, 2010 12:10 AM

    Is it just me or does Jay Cutler look like even more of a douche than usual in the screencap for that video? I didn’t even think that was possible. That’s like the ultimate jackass smirk.

  19. tommytd says: Nov 29, 2010 12:19 AM

    “Bear down Chicago Bears, make every play clear the way to facing the AFC’s best in the house that Jerry built!”
    ===================================
    Anybody remember what happened the last time the Bears faced New England in the SB? How does 45-10 Bears sound baby…time to reinvent the SB Shuffle?

  20. tommytd says: Nov 29, 2010 12:23 AM

    Injuries are part of the game so get over it!

  21. philtration says: Nov 29, 2010 12:23 AM

    Beer Cheese Soup says: Nov 29, 2010 12:00 AM

    Solid win today by the Bears today. However, let’s not kid ourselves.
    ====================================

    Yes, let’s not kid ourselves.
    The Packers are behind the Bears in the division and they already lost the first head to head meeting so stop pretending like the Packers are the best team in football.

    The Packers lost today and the Bears won.
    The Packers are 7-4 while the Bears are 8-3.
    They beat the Eagles today and the game was not as close as the score indicated and they were supposed to be the new elite team in the NFC going into this game.

    The Cowboys were supposed to be the new elite team in the NFC and the Bears beat them.

    The Vikings were supposed to be the new elite team in the NFC and the Bears beat them.

    The Packers were supposed to be the new elite team in the NFC and the Bears beat them.

    The Bears are not a perfect team and neither is any other team in the NFL so deal with it.

  22. jroc1905 says: Nov 29, 2010 12:52 AM

    When will the credit start coming the BEARS way. All year we have been not getting our dues , they said after this game we would. Now it’s they still have quality games to go. LOL they (jets and pats) have a quality team to go pay. GO BEARS.

  23. timtanium says: Nov 29, 2010 12:59 AM

    the game wouldve been different if Andy ried didnt eat his play sheet.

  24. frank booth says: Nov 29, 2010 1:23 AM

    jaggedmark says:
    Nov 28, 2010 9:16 PM
    At the right time? 4 or 5 weeks from now is the right time.
    ===================================
    Not really. You kind of need to win during the season to make the playoffs. And with the Bears having the Jets, Patriots, and Packers coming up, 4-5 weeks would be too late.

  25. frank booth says: Nov 29, 2010 4:32 AM

    Beer Cheese Soup says:
    Nov 29, 2010 12:00 AM
    Solid win today by the Bears today. However, let’s not kid ourselves.

    This is the same exact team that laid an egg against sorry-ass Seattle not long ago. The same team that barely scraped by Buffalo, and the same team that needed an all-time record 19 penalties to beat the Pack.

    In short: they are who we thought they were. They may well still take their division, but it’s one and done after that.
    ===================================
    Now when you’re talking about the Packers, you’re talking about the same team that needed the refs to save your ass against Minnesota.

    Yes, the Seattle loss sucked, and that was a bad call against the Lions (that gave the Bears the game and gave me a 1 point loss in Fantasy Football) but the Pack isn’t setting the world on fire with losses to the Skins and the Dolphins.

    In terms of Buffalo, in the past several weeks, they have lost to the Chiefs, Steelers, and Ravens by 3, the same margin of loss they suffered to the Bears.

  26. pervyharvin says: Nov 29, 2010 8:05 AM

    The Bears are a good team,too bad their QB is a douche bag….

  27. jayr955 says: Nov 29, 2010 8:12 AM

    The bears have beaten two teams with a winning record.. the packers and the eagles.

    Don’t break your arm patting yourself on the back just yet.. and don’t forget.. the bears are expert choak artists

  28. gmen109 says: Nov 29, 2010 9:51 AM

    Eagles are a no class, small town team, with aggression issues.

  29. Beer Cheese Soup says: Nov 29, 2010 10:10 AM

    frank booth says:

    Now when you’re talking about the Packers, you’re talking about the same team that needed the refs to save your ass against Minnesota.

    Yes, the Seattle loss sucked, and that was a bad call against the Lions (that gave the Bears the game and gave me a 1 point loss in Fantasy Football) but the Pack isn’t setting the world on fire with losses to the Skins and the Dolphins.
    ____________

    You’re right. I’m not saying the Packers are any better. They aren’t. I’m only saying that these idiots crowning the Bears after they beat the “mighty” Eagles need to take a step back. That is all.

  30. wannabear says: Nov 29, 2010 10:11 AM

    hey”BEARERS”, forget what the haters are saying, let’s just enjoy this victory and not overlook the Lions next week. This validation has been a long time coming!

  31. frank booth says: Nov 29, 2010 10:55 AM

    Beer Cheese Soup says:
    Nov 29, 2010 10:10 AM
    frank booth says:

    Now when you’re talking about the Packers, you’re talking about the same team that needed the refs to save your ass against Minnesota.

    Yes, the Seattle loss sucked, and that was a bad call against the Lions (that gave the Bears the game and gave me a 1 point loss in Fantasy Football) but the Pack isn’t setting the world on fire with losses to the Skins and the Dolphins.
    ____________

    You’re right. I’m not saying the Packers are any better. They aren’t. I’m only saying that these idiots crowning the Bears after they beat the “mighty” Eagles need to take a step back. That is all.
    ===================================
    I’m a Bear fan, but I’ll admit that I really still don’t know how good they are. I picked them to go 8-8. They were absolutely horrible coming out of training camp. Most smart Bear fans are optimistic, yet still cautiously so. It’s just week by week with them, and it wouldn’t shock me if Detroit gave them a tough time or if the wheels fall off of Cutler next week.

    I think the Packers are a bit better, mainly because you can bank on Rodgers more than Cutler. The Bears may have a slight edge on defense, both have inconsistent running games, but I’ll take Rodgers over Cutler any day of the week.

    But at least we can both enjoy the suckfest in Minneapolis this year.

  32. gallopingghost says: Nov 29, 2010 11:05 AM

    Hey seasons swing on one game, and just because only 2 of the Bears wins came against teams with winning records NOW doesn’t mean a thing. Everyone counted them out against the dominant 1-2 Dallas in week three.

    Oh yea and for those that can’t count the Bears have beat 3 teams with a winning record: GB, MIA, PHI.

    And sure they lost when they should’ve won against SEA & WAS but you can’t say the offensive game plan and protection is the same now as it was then. Every team loses at some point unexpectedly, but its how you bounce back that matters. Coming off the bye, the Bears righted their ship and crusied through a typically challenging November undefeated.

    December will be rougher, have to be careful against a stong Lions team then have the test of the season (again) at home against the Pats. Then MNF @Vikings, which they should win, and another big home test against the Jets. I’d say they lose one at home but take care of business on the road. 11-4 heading into Green Bay, who will lose @Patriots and maybe to the Giants. The division is ours for the taking after yesterday, if we continue to play at that level we could even lock into the #2 seed.

  33. Beer Cheese Soup says: Nov 29, 2010 11:14 AM

    frank booth says:

    …But at least we can both enjoy the suckfest in Minneapolis this year.
    _____________

    True that!!

  34. 4dabears says: Nov 29, 2010 12:56 PM

    @ steelers6pack- you should probably check your ‘witty’ post considering the Squealers had to go into OT to beat the Bills (and should have lost the game had Stevie held onto that TD).

  35. fmwarner says: Nov 29, 2010 2:51 PM

    The Bears have been steadily improving, but if Bears fans want to know why they aren’t getting any respect, it’s because of the thoroughly humiliating ass-whupping they took on national TV from the Giants. For most people who don’t live in Chicago, that was the last look they had at the Bears until yesterday. And it left quite an impression.

  36. timtanium says: Nov 30, 2010 10:34 AM

    Rosenthal, on behalf of bear fans, you just might as well hold florios hand and jump the hell off the bears bandwagon after all your “witty snarky” comments about the “fraud” bears. If you were an actual reporter, you wouldve taken notice by now that the Bears are for real, nowhere near the same team as it was in Oct. Your picks… Bills(0-8 at the time) over Bears, Vikes(2-7) over Bears, Eagles over Bears. Florio… Bills, Vikes, Dolphins, Eagles over Bears. Bears 4-0 since the Bye. florio and rosenthall 1-7. And you get paid for this????!!!!! The only reason I come to this site anymore is for the comments(for or against my point of view), much more entertaining than your feeble attempts at humor.

  37. Beer Cheese Soup says: Nov 30, 2010 5:36 PM

    timtanium says:

    Rosenthal, on behalf of bear fans, you just might as well hold florios hand and jump the hell off the bears bandwagon after all your “witty snarky” comments about the “fraud” bears.
    ____________

    Rosenthal’s a Packer fan and Florio works for a Minneapolis radio station on the side. Don’t expect either one to be seen anywhere near the Bears’ bandwagon.

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