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Bears are for real, Chargers are really struggling

Bears Kellen Davis celebrates his touchdown against the San Diego Chargers in the first half of their NFL football game in Chicago Reuters

Here’s what we know after seeing the Bears beat the Chargers Sunday at Soldier Field: Chicago is a good team with a good chance of earning an NFC wild-card berth. And San Diego is a bad team in a division that might just be bad enough for them to win.

For the Bears, today’s win was their fifth in a row. Early this season Chicago struggled, but make no mistake: The Bears are very good, good enough to beat anyone in the NFC on any given day. Jay Cutler did a great job of spreading the ball around to receivers Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett and Roy Williams and to running back Matt Forte.

But more impressive was the Bears’ defense, especially the front seven, which held the Chargers’ running game to just 52 yards on 17 carries on the ground. The Bears are playing the kind of physical defensive football that wins big games late in the year. They won’t catch the Packers in the NFC North, but they’re going to be a tough team to beat in the wild card race.

As for the Chargers, it should come as no surprise to anyone who has seen Philip Rivers this year that it was a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions by Rivers that clinched the loss for San Diego. Both passes were terrible decisions, and we should all be used to seeing terrible decision from Rivers, who has a career-high 17 interceptions this season.

Still, the Chargers aren’t out of it in the AFC West. They’re 4-6, but if they beat the Broncos next week they’re in the hunt in their division.

Unfortunately for the Chargers, with the way Rivers is giving the ball away this year, Tim Tebow may be the better passer on the field next week.

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32 Responses to “Bears are for real, Chargers are really struggling”
  1. joetoronto says: Nov 20, 2011 7:24 PM

    The Chargers are completely Norvinized now, soft as a baby’s butt.

  2. dfeltz says: Nov 20, 2011 7:25 PM

    Bears can keep the Chargers in it with a win against Oakland next week. Bears are playing good ball, and with their next 3 against that AFC West, 3 more straight isn’t out of the question.

  3. r8rh8r says: Nov 20, 2011 7:26 PM

    As a long time San Diego fan (which means watching the Chargers and Padres suck year after year), I can’t wait to see Tebow own the Bolts. A dude that knows how to win, smashing a team coached by a TRUE LOSER. firenorv.net

  4. Chairman Al says: Nov 20, 2011 7:26 PM

    PFT continues to find ways to mention Tim Tebow in posts.

  5. doug1grohlin says: Nov 20, 2011 7:29 PM

    That was a great game! Cutler was the player of the game tonight, GO BEARS!

  6. ctownlegend says: Nov 20, 2011 7:29 PM

    haha where are those Bears Haters now? BEAR DOWN!

    Cutler playing great this year. look @ how much hes improved with a decent line.

  7. icanspeel says: Nov 20, 2011 7:30 PM

    If they kept a stat for dumb mistakes I think the Chargers would be leading the league. Even though the game was over by then.. Rivers is intercepted while trying to just throw the ball away.. How often does that happen? Maybe as often as Rivers dropping a snap while setting up field position for a field goal

  8. milehigh85 says: Nov 20, 2011 7:32 PM

    Cutler is a beast… Rocket arm and tough as nails. Chicago is going to knock the packers out in the playoffs. Quote me on that! Pay back is a b***h Greenbay…

  9. yelix says: Nov 20, 2011 7:32 PM

    The media needs to face the facts. The Chargers are not a good team. Nobody on that squad really stands out as a top-tier talent, and yes, I include Rivers. In fact, I think Rivers is one of the worst QBs in the league this year. He actively keeps his team from winning a lot of the time. His fumble against the Chiefs is a prime example.

    Stop declaring these guys as Super Bowl champions before every season. It wasn’t going to happen this year, and it never will if major changes aren’t made on and off the field.

  10. dirtdawg55 says: Nov 20, 2011 7:33 PM

    Tim Tebow might be the winning QB next Sunday but he wont be the better passer. Ever. And that’s not because Rivers is any good. It’s because Tebow is a lousy passer. Great athlete though. Runs that T-Bone offense quite well. As laughable as it is.

  11. troybulletinboard says: Nov 20, 2011 7:34 PM

    #cuttydoesit

  12. nokuntry4idiots says: Nov 20, 2011 7:36 PM

    As Sir Charles would say:

    Philip Rivers is playing TURRRIBLE…JUST TURRRIBLE!!!

  13. troybulletinboard says: Nov 20, 2011 7:39 PM

    Marty Schottenheimer loved this fudging game.

  14. bearsfankarnik87 says: Nov 20, 2011 7:42 PM

    What’s beautiful to see from a Bears fan’s perspective and hopefully terrifying from anyone else’s is that we put up 31 points and Matt Forte was a non-factor. In fact, we’ve put up 68 points the last two weeks and Forte has been very quiet in both games. If teams want to focus on Forte, it’s starting to look like Jay and Martz are going to find other ways of beating you which is fantastic.

  15. billinva says: Nov 20, 2011 7:43 PM

    When the GM goes through another coach, doesn’t it just show that the GM sucks?

    Time for AJ to go.

  16. silvernblackpa says: Nov 20, 2011 7:43 PM

    It’s a measure of just how terrible Rivers is right now that the last sentence isn’t necessarily hyperbole. I love it. Go Raiders.

  17. milehigh85 says: Nov 20, 2011 7:45 PM

    #cuttydoesit!! I love it…

  18. reddskeletor says: Nov 20, 2011 7:45 PM

    I remember reading Sports Illustrated from 2 months ago. Peter King’s Super Bowl prediction was, I kid you not, Falcons vs Chargers. Why does anybody take him seriously?

  19. nokuntry4idiots says: Nov 20, 2011 7:46 PM

    As Sir Charles would say:

    Philip “doucheface” Rivers is playing Turrrible…just TURRRIBLE!!!!

  20. iabearsfan says: Nov 20, 2011 7:57 PM

    Bears will not catch the packers, but they will be the 5 seed in the playoffs. And getting in is all the chance they will need.

  21. raidermark says: Nov 20, 2011 8:00 PM

    We’ll find out just how “real” da Bears are if they can get through the Raiders in Oakland next week.

  22. richm2256 says: Nov 20, 2011 8:03 PM

    This was quite simply a matter of which team sucking less, winning.

    Cutler showed me nothing, Rivers showed less than nothing.

    I wouldn’t get all worked up over this game if I were a Bears fan.

  23. 8man says: Nov 20, 2011 8:05 PM

    The Bears looked good against a team that desperately needed a win. They are a playoff team and good enough to hand the Packers a loss.

  24. souldogdave says: Nov 20, 2011 8:05 PM

    Chargers are finished, can’t compete.Their chances have faded, they are done.

  25. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Nov 20, 2011 8:12 PM

    When will the media finally stop plugging the Chargers? They have lost 5 in a row and look terrible.

    Instead of talking down the division, why don’t you give credit where it is due?

    The Broncos are oddly rolling right now with Tebow and playing better defense than the Chargers.

    The Raiders are playing 3 quarters of each game very well, and managing to not lose the games they would normally fall apart in.

    The Chargers are done yet again. Get over yourselves, admit you were wrong for crowning them once again Preseason SB winners, and actually give a real outlook on the division.

  26. milehigh85 says: Nov 20, 2011 8:44 PM

    Anybody remember when rivers gave cutler the “bye bye” wave in Denver? Karma’s a mofo ain’t it?

  27. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Nov 20, 2011 9:00 PM

    Good game by the Bears. Let’s see what they’ve got in Oakland next week.

  28. dburgoyne says: Nov 20, 2011 9:19 PM

    Everybody has been good enough to hand the Packers a loss; but nobody has actually found a way.

  29. jsalis13 says: Nov 20, 2011 9:35 PM

    richm2256 says:
    Nov 20, 2011 8:03 PM
    This was quite simply a matter of which team sucking less, winning.

    Cutler showed me nothing, Rivers showed less than nothing.

    I wouldn’t get all worked up over this game if I were a Bears fan.

    ………………………………………………………………………….

    Nothing Cutler shows you will change your perception then. He had to dodge defenders almost every play, and with no running game for a lot of the game he played very well

  30. gadgetdawg says: Nov 20, 2011 9:53 PM

    Cutler has greatly improved of late. A lot of it has to do with the fact that the Bear’s front line has finally gelled enough to actually give the man some protection. He is proving to be a much better QB than most gave him credit for.

  31. mycrackie says: Nov 20, 2011 10:27 PM

    It’s bout time bears get some love!!!

  32. enriqueic says: Nov 21, 2011 1:12 AM

    Charger fan here. Guys, truth of the matter is that we are not a bad team. Injuries have played a factor in our losses. Rivers is an elite qb having a bad year (’03 Brees anyone?) VJax is a beast, Gates is lethal when healthy, our Matthews-Tolbert combo is hard to stop, Weddle is having a nice year, and Vbrown is an emerging star.That aside , WE SUCK. Ill go as far as to say that we could be 7-3 were it not for our inabillity to score tds in the redzone. Norv has got to go.lucky for us we are in the Wild Afc west.

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