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Quick reaction: Urlacher on top of his game in victory

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Some quick reactions from the Bears' 27-24 overtime victory as they ended the Saints' season for the third straight year:

*** If that was not the best game by middle linebacker Brian Urlacher this season, it was his best game in some time. Urlacher led the defense in tackles, according to press box statistics, with 10. It's the first time Urlacher has led the team in tackles since Week 4 when he tied with safety Kevin Payne at the top of the list with 10 against Philadelphia. It's also the first time he's been the outright leader in tackles for a game as he tied with Lance Briggs for top honors in the opener at Indianapolis.

Of course, numbers from this game are not official yet, but you didn't need to study the stat sheet to know he made an impact. Urlacher was solid in the run game which gave up a 42-yard touchdown to Pierre Thomas but still managed to limit the Saints to 3.7 yards per carry--119 yards on 32 rushes. Urlacher was also given credit for a pass defense.

"The No. 1 offense poses a big challenge,'' he said of the Saints. "They have the No. 1 quarterback in the NFL and they're running the ball better than they have in the past. It was a big challenge for us overall. We played better in the first half than we did in the second half but we made enough plays to win the game."

*** Still not sure about the fake punt call midway through the fourth quarter with a three-point lead. The Bears were on their own 47-yard line and the way Brad Maynard has been hitting the ball lately, he likely would have had the Saints pinned back on their own 15-yard line with a kick. But New Orleans gave then a favorable look with only six defenders in the box and double teams on both gunners. The Bears still dispute the call that Adrian Peterson did not catch the pass. If you can see the replay, check out Craig Steltz in the flat. He was open.

*** Too bad for Danieal Manning it's too late for him to get a push for the Pro Bowl as a return man. He's deserving. He entered this week third in the league averaging 28.0 yards per return. The 83-yard touchdown and his 52-yard return helped push that number to 29.5. The 0-yard return after the Saints' go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter sabotaged his numbers some.

*** Tight end Greg Olsen had a career-high eight receptions. They went for a total of 46 yards.

*** The best play of the night was for Kyle Orton to tell Devin Hester to go deep. The Bears had 226 yards offense and netted 77 yards on two pass interference penalties he drew against the banged up and maligned Saints secondary. Hester's 20-yard reception got the Bears out of their own end on the drive that resulted in the game-tying field goal.

*** No Kevin Jones on offense? Seems to me the Bears know what they have in Peterson.

*** No one will benefit more with 11 days until the Green Bay Packers come to Soldier Field than Matt Forte. The rookie running back banged up his right toe and didn't look the same after coming back in the game. The short preparation week doesn't seem so short after a victory.

*** Hester keeps getting better as a receiver and the case can be made he keeps getting worse as a punt returner. His average is down to 5.6 yards. Leon Johnson was capable of that.

*** Robbie Gould becomes the first Bears' player in history to score 100 points in three consecutive seasons. He has 105 points and is 23-for-26 in field goals on the season.

*** And a final word from Manning ... "I feel like we are putting pressure on Minnesota now. We still have two more games to win out and a tough task ahead of us."

A quick look at Fox's web site shows that Ch. 32 will air the Green Bay-Jacksonville game at noon. That means you'll need Sunday Ticket to catch the Minnesota game at Arizona or you'll have to head some place with it to catch the action. CBS has the doubleheader with Buffalo and the New York Jets followed by Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

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So Biggs let me get this right, the Bears who's defense gives up only 93 yards of rushing per game on average, goes against the 27th ranked rushing offense in football and gives up 119 and a TD and you think thats a good thing? 119 against a team who doesn't travel well a team who had 1 less day of prep time.

The Bears Bears D also managed to get one whole sack. 1 Sack and Joe Thomas didn't even play.

Hester is getting Better, why cause he got some calls, on the last call he dropped the ball again and the reciever touched him after he made contact with the football. He got the call but getting a penalty call when your not trying for it means nothing. Hester was looking at the ball the whole time he didn't even see the defender. 4 catches and 46 yards against the leagues 25th ranked pass defense. Come on. The guy had a higher YPC average last year. Heck last year he put up 300 yards as a reciever and he was hardley ever on the field. He had 66 and 44 yards against detroit whos Pass D is ranked 17th, he had 87 yards against Atlanta who's Pass D is ranked 23rd, had 54 against Tenn who is ranked 3rd in Pass D, 57 against the Rams, 67 against Minn and 80 against Jacksonville, he's been pretty much consistant. Getting penalties is nice but if that is how you expect the Bears to move the football your in for surprise.

Peterson?? 5 rushes for 15 yards. Wow they really got something there. He's really great at not catching the ball too.

Brad how can you write this:

"*** The best play of the night was for Kyle Orton to tell Devin Hester to go deep. The Bears had 226 yards offense and netted 77 yards on two pass interference penalties he drew against the banged up and maligned Saints secondary."(So he got 46 yards against a really bad secondary)

And then write this:

"*** Hester keeps getting better as a receiver and the case can be made he keeps getting worse as a punt returner. His average is down to 5.6 yards. Leon Johnson was capable of that."(46 yards against a really bad secondary and last week he had 80 against a much better defense and thats your idea of better)

Yeah Brad Orton told him to go deep and get two penalties, it was Ortons call. Thats also why Orton threw two picks, it was his call he wanted to do it.

Not trying to rag on you but maybe your should sleep before you write.You do realize if they play like this against the Pack they are gonna get killed? The pack will come out with nothing to loose against a team they would love to knock out of the playoffs. It's a chance for them to play spoiler.


Why must we keep seeing B Lloyd and R Davies drop balls while Rideau and Bennett sit the bench. I knoe Forte was hurt by why are we throwing 3 passes in a row with 5 minutes left? This is why R Turner needs to go, I can't fault the Defense when we don't run the ball.

Thriller, last nights game kept me at the end of my seat, but the good ol Bears did not disappoint in the very end, when it really counts. Last nights game and the next two are the equivalent to playoff games, hopefully Chicago can pull off two more, especially the Packers game.

Brad, I agree that the Bears know what they have in Adrian Peterson, I've always thought he was good enough to be the number 2 runner, Peterson is also a great special teams player.

It was nice to see Urlacher on top of his game last night, hopefully he is getting ready to make another late season run, like he did last season, I still think Lach is one of the games best, I just think that neck injury has been a little worse than he lets on.

Thats cool about Gould going over 100 again for the third season, Gould has proved to be a great signing by Bears GM Jerry Angelo. Its funny teams like the Raiders have to use a 1st round draft pick to get their kicker [Sebastian Janikowski 1st rd 2000,] and Jerry Angelo can get just as good of a kicker from a construction co, thats solid Gould.

I realize the pessimist will be going on about how the Bears got lucky, and the Saints were banged up, and is was cold out blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.... get off it already, the Bears won. The pessimist have to realize one thing, maybe a couple of things, first off, it snowed down in New Orleans, so it must be cold down there to, and hey, the Bears had to play outside in the cold also. Also, Chicago isn't exactly 100% healthy, heck, the Bears best player was banged up last night [Matt Forte] with the bad toe. Oh yeah, here come the Orton bashers, oh boy, I know I know, Orton didn't have 400 yds passing and 4 td passes, blah blah blah blah blah blah..... but guess what????? Drew Brees didn't either, again with the cold thing, if its an excuse for Bress, well, than its good enough for Kyle also. Bottom line, the Bears won and are very much still alive playoff wise so GO CARDINALS!! and as always GO BEARS!!

Yeah, I watched Url throw himself at the first TD runner headlong through the air and I thought that Url really did something there he hadn't done in a while. It is as if he is really worried about his neck and he has been trying to protect it. Maybe he is over that fear now, hope so because a healthy Brian is the key to our D and I feel that is one reason we have stuggled on D. (that and the schemes)

Hester really looked good, he was a big key to the game, We finally used him as a threat. Maybe if the QB's could get the ball in his hands it would help I have seen at least 3 TD's overthrown to him wide open, maybe some extra practice between the QB and WR before the game. Manning and Harrison/Wayne all throw the ball for an hour before each game, it's no wonder they connect all the time. I like Orton alot and I feel he can be our starter next year but he has to hit the receivers hands on those long throws. Even Rex overthrows Hester? How do they both overthrow him?
He is wide open,and they both overthrow him.

A quick reaction from me after the game: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHH!

How about the fact that Devin Hester has become a liability in the return game but now commands a double-team against poor secondaries?

After Manning's huge return for a TD, Hester follows up with takinga punt and running backwards 10 yards. We'd be better off with Earl Bennet back there especially if Chicago continues to keep him on the active roster.

Either Hester needs to commit full time to receiving or full time to special teams. The workload is too much and we're left with a guy who thinks too much and has forgotten how to run upfield. If secondaries continue to use double-coverage then I say the experiment is well worth it as it was last night; however, I miss the game-changing Hester who was the focus of defenses and special teams every time he touched the field. Is that guy gone forever?

Quit obsessing about yards given up by the defense. It's about points, big plays and turnovers. It always has been for thius defense. The D came up big last night. They completely shut down a very good offense. Without the Bear turnoivers, the Saints score maybe 7 points. My question is which running back they draft to replace Forte after they wear his butt out? Like Randy, I wonder how you overthrow Hester so consistently.

This game was certainly luck, especially with the end call by the refs. I personally found the one call of the funmble on peterson to be dirty because he was down by contact and that was a serious arrow in the heart for us. I also like how the D played in the beginning but towards the end they started to falter, mainly because of fatigue i would imagine. Our offense really needs to get some solid WRs because I'm tired of seeing our WRs having an alergic reaction to catching the balls. Sure some of those passes were out of reach but some of those by Rashid and one by lloyd, you have to catch those baby. I was at a bar during the game and there were a boat load of Viking fans jeering and cheering when the Saints caught up and looked as though they were going to win, but once the Bears won, WE DID NOT HEAR A PEEEEEEEP from them! I don't care who you are, that there is funny. Go Bears!

Quick takeaways from the game...

Kyle looks better in the no-huddle, seems to find his rhythm faster. Note to Turner, run the no-huddle earlier in the game, especially if the offense isn't jelling.

What is up with Kevin Jones? A. Peterson is fine as a third-down back, but he gets tackled way too easily on runs (I think I saw one Saints defender bring him down with a finger-nail tackle).

Our tight ends are studs and can catch in traffic and take hits, but retain the ball. (Unless they have a Saints defender draped all over them in the corner of the endzone at the end of the game and no referee has the balls to throw a flag)

We are still dropping too many passes.

I like Anthony Adams paired with Israel Idonije more than Tommie Harris.

We continue to give up too many 3rd down conversions -- especially those in excess of 10 yards.

Daniel Manning did not have a single Saints hand touch him on his game opening kickoff return. That's impressive.

Orton is still hobbled by his ankle injury. Earlier in the season he was able to move out of the pocket to extend plays. He has some movement, but not as much and not nearly as quick as earlier in the season.

Orton made a helluva throw to Fajita!

Orton can move this team with the game on the line. Something that's been lacking the past few seasons.

With this win, Orton has led the Bears to two winning seasons as quarterback -- both seasons in which he was the starter. He may not be the most graceful bearded QB in the NFL, but I like the fact that he wins. I think his best days are ahead, especially if he gets a couple decent wideouts to go with his tight ends and Forte.

The NFL Network broadcast sucks. They seemed to miss plays and not come back from commercials on time, etc. There was hardly any crowd noise to be heard thru out the game. It made for less than compelling TV. Good thing that an entertaining game was taking place.

The way the defense looked in the second half does not inspire confidence. Let's face it! The Bears did in fact get lucky. One can only hope that will continue. I like A. Peterson too, but suspect Jones is a better option as #2. Hester had some good catches but still needs to learn a lot. A couple of times he made cuts that totally left the defender flat-footed and allowed separation, which Orton did not see. Let's hope that continues and Orton's vision and smart decision-making improve.

Right on Creighton!! Go Packers!!

Creighton I agree with you. If you look at the stats and watch the game it looks like the Bears played ugly and are lucky to win. A penalty here, a special teams play out of nowhere. Opposing offense looks good, but has bad luck and just can't seem to score enough points. Bears offense looks bad, but then gets lucky and moves the ball when they have their backs to the wall.

You are absolutely right, they will never be able to keep it up.................

This ain't nothing new dude. Let me introduce you to the Chicago Bears. They have driven this horse to the most wins in the history of the NFL. You want style points, try the CFL.

Creighton, if you need a hug, just say so.

Ok, now that I've calmed down a bit, that was one hell of a game. Like Kevin said, it was a "thriller."

I think the game ball should go to Danieal Manning and Anthony Adams. Actually, if we get to the playoffs, I think Adams should then get thanks for saving the season. This was the first time I saw the defense play with both intensity and consistency (no, I'm not counting the Rams game). Anyone notice how disruptive Adams was on 3rd and short/4th and short? Or how the DEs were playing better with him in the game? I mean, the Cover-2 actually looked plausible again. Wale, congrats on your first career pick!

On offense, well, we laid a big stinker for the most part until we really needed to get some points. I would call for Turner to resign for his 3rd quarter sequence of: pass on first down, run on second, pass on third, but I think he had to do that because Forte got banged up. Hopefully this is the wake up call the Bears' coaching staff needs to get Kevin Jones on the field with at least 10-15 carries per game. I too like that Hester was counted on to stretch the field and that Brandon Lloyd was doing the things we loved seeing him do before his injury.

Ok, back to Creighton. You're upset the Bears' D allowed so many rushing yards against the 27th ranked running offense. Did you take into account that, with the exception of last weeks game against the Falcons, the Saints are a pass happy offense who have RARELY run the ball all season and that's why they're ranked so low in rushing? Did you also factor in that our D, after three turnovers committed by the O, were playing with their backs against the wall for a large part of the game and were on the field for a long, long time? I thought they were fantastic under those conditions. As for sacks, Brees had only been sacked 8 times the entire season so that one sack is nothing to laugh at. Our guys put Brees under a lot of pressure. Geez, I guess Babich should also get some props. Hopefully he keeps it up.

Let's see, you're also upset with Hester. Well, with his speed and ability to get behind the coverage, he forced the Saints' defense to completely switch to a soft, preventive coverage. In my opinion, that saved our O from being blitzed into oblivion. Orton looked like he could have been pressured into more bad decisions but the fear of Hester kept the blitzers at bay. In addition to the acquired penalties, Hester played a huge role in our success.

Have you ever seen Spongebob Creighton? You remind me of "Plankton."

Creighton:

You are a little tough on Biggs!!

Hester has improved as a wideout, look at the last drive just as an example. The corners are playing off him and he catches a few first downs to keep the drive alive. Also he was wide open deep, it was not his fault the the two passes were not catchable. He should have had at least two long bomb touchdowns.

Also the D did have a good game, that fourth down stop was huge, unfortunately Orton gave it right back to them on an interception.

You are right about the Pack trying to be a spoiler, my feeling is the Bears D was so embarrassed by the 37-3 shellacking that they will come out and totally dominate the Pack.

It is too bad the Bears are faced with possibly missing the playoffs due to the poor plays that cost them at least 4 games in the fourth quarter of games this year. Just the loss against Atlanta alone may cost them the playoffs. The Bears really did not finish in those losses and realistically should have 3 losses at the most instead of 6. It is what it is and they are who they are but they should be right there with the Giants and Carolina as having the best record in the NFC. I don't understand what is up with Tommie Harris, he must be playing really hurt because he has not played well all year, any ideas as to why?

Play calling is still somewhat suspect, up 21-17 late in the fourth quarter and once again no running plays to burn the clock, although it did work out fine in the end.

waht?????? even i thought it was a excitng game!!!! creighton is a LUNATICK! ans no i am not him. plase dont ever confues me with that thing!! even i dont wake up at 4:21 AM to bash the bears.

Why is Rasheed Davis still on this team, let alone getting onto the field during a game? Surely one the the ghosts buried in the depth chart - Bennett, Rideau or Hass couldn't do any worse than this guy. At this level of competion, how many dropped balls can be tolerated?

The next time Creighton says something positive about the Bears will be a first. Even after a win he focuses on all the negative things. Like Mike said, do you need a hug? Maybe a teddy bear to help you sleep at night? How about a puppy dog Creighton? You know I thought it was a huge win. Even though their were some bad plays, their were some good ones too and the good ones were enough to win the game. The good news for you is that the Packers play the jaguars on sunday and actually have a chance for a meaningless win. Maybe that will cheer you up.

A Win is a Win Baby, and that's what we got last night. BEARS need to finsih the job against the PACK next week so the last game actually means something down in Houston. Still have some issues on the team, it become painfully obvious that Rashied is lost mentally, he is dropping balls that he used to catch which got him in the line-up in the first place, time to give one of the young receivers some run, hell how else will we find out how many receivers we need to bring in next season without trying out who we have......also what is the deal wiht Jones, last night would have been a great time for him to step in and contribute, he is not appearing on the injury roster, Brad what gives, I think we need more information on this situation. the vikes have the case being heard in their jurisdiction and they call Chicago the land of corruption, the Williams boys play again for the next two weeks. still the team has some holes, but has shown some improvement, they are winning games and we still have something to blog about, whether you agree or not, welcome back Da coach.....Go BEARS

Mike:

Brees had been sacked 10 times before this game not 7 I know this because I posted the number earlier this week. Second I picked the Bears to win, but they almost blew it again against a team who is really bad on the road 1-6. Now as for the sacks Joe Thomas didn't play last night so Brown was looking at a guy who had played LT twice in his entire life and got 1 sack on him. When a team has a weakness like that you go after it. As for a pass happy offense, yeah I know they like to pass, there a passing team. They have run the ball 357 times this year, the Bears have run it 390 times and they are a running team, thats less than rushes a game difference. So your point really doesn't make much sense that the Saints don't run the ball. It looks like they do run it, or at least they run against the Bears. You do realize that the Saints are a last place team and the Bears are 1-3 against the South.

Dahli, I was not being rough on Biggs, he wrote how bad the the Saints secondary was and then wrote how Hester improved this week with all of 46 yards. He just destroyed his own point. I didn't blame Hester for the Bad throws I just stated I don't think Orton and Hester were trying to get penalties and that if you are relying on penalties to win games you are in trouble. Without those penalties the Bears loose this game. Biggs gave credit to Hester for those penalties, and I don't think Hester did anything special against a really Bad secondary as Biggs pointed out the Saints are.

I am not saying the Bears were lucky to win this game, I have stated time and again that I don't believe in luck. They deserved the win because they got the win. All I am saying is they played sloppy incosistant football and if they keep it up they will not make the playoffs.

Everyone seems to agree the Saints played really bad and that it was an ugly game, exciting, but ugly. Nobody seems to be mentioning Manning, who basically won the game for the Bears. What the Heck at least he got a TD what did Hester do get a flase start penalty, how the heck does a reciever get a false start penalty? Give some credit were credit is do. Talken about Hester when Manning was the Bears star.

Let me put it this way.

Will it help the Bears to make it to the playoffs if:

The Other team dominates TOP 36-26.(Probably not)

The other team has fewer turnovers (Probably not)

The other team has 120 more yards of offense

Orton commits 3 turnovers and throws for no TD's and 170 yards passing

The offense scores 3 points in the second half against a bad defense.

The defense gives up third and long time and again, or did you guys miss that they continue to do that?

The opposing running team gets 120 yards rushing while the Bears Bears get 55 yards rushing. (That don't look good does it) Yes I know Forte was hurt and if he is hurt that bad that he can't perform let Peterson carry the load for the rest of the game. Bad call by Lovie.

All I am saying is if you play like this you are going to loose more than you win. The Saints offense played batter and there defense played better then the Bears did. The Bears won on special teams and penalties. It's similar to the Vikings game the Bears won this year. It masked a lot of problems because it was a win but it didn't make the team better.

It is ok to be objective you know, like Kevin is mad because he doesn't want anyone to say Orton had a bad game. But he did have a bad game. It's ok to say the Bears played sloppy when they played sloppy. Or that the offense scored 3 points in the second half, that is not a good thing. It is ok to say that stuff, believe it or not cause it's true.

Just like it's ok to say Adams had another solid game. Yet I still wonder why he was inactive for most of the season sense he looks far better than Dusty did all year.

You guys do realize that there is only one guy on this board who sense before the season started has been calling for the Bears to be a better team. If I hate the Bears so much how come I am the only one that wants them to get better? YOU people are happy with this team and I think this team sucks and I want a Super Bowl winner on the field not this mess. If you guys think this is a playoff team or a contender or even a good team you are mistaken. Most of you don't care if the team improves your just hoping for a win to satisfy your fanboy needs. I could care less what there record is at the end of any season. There is only one goal every year and thats to win the Super Bowl. This team has no shot of doing that playing this kind of football. I want them to be the Best team in the NFL and to win it all and that will not happen under this staff, with these players, using this scheme. Has the Team improved sense 2005? Nope. How about 2006? Nope. Well 2007? Some parts are better but some are worse. They have one more win to show and I think it's there last win of the season. Last year they played a much tougher schedual than this year. Sorry guys but when this organization decides to get serious and put a real contender on the field instead of milking the fans i'll back off. When they decide that the Bears deserve the best coaches, staff and players and go do something about it, i'll back off. But until then I will hammer this organization for the slop they keep throwing on the field and I will hammer the fans that enable this organization to do that. Football is not about catch phrases (da Bears), painting your faces, or Joe Blow trying to show an organization that he is a true fan by constantly giving them money, kissing there butt or agreeing with every move them make no matter how bad it is, in exchange for garbage. It's about being the best you can be and winning it all.

Yeah you guys are real fans, well at least your fans of the status quo.

Ok, you're right about the sacks on Brees, Creighton. Although I didn't write 7, I wrote 8. Still, 10 sacks in 13 games. Brees has kept his jersey remarkably clean for the most part and for a pass rush as dysfunctional as ours has been, I think it's a notable accomplishment.

"Joe Thomas didn't play last night."

Joe Thomas? The 3rd round pick out of the 2007 draft? I got news for you Creighton, he didn't play last night because he doesn't play for the Saints. He starts for the Cleveland Browns. LOL, you must be thinking of Jammal Brown.

And you called the Bears a running team? That's just something Lovie says. We're actually pretty balanced. If we were a running team Kevin Jones would actually be used.

Anyway, I think we all can agree that we want the Bears to be the best team in the league year in and year out. But realistically it can't happen. It's called salary cap restrictions. Even teams with star QBs like Peyton Manning or Tom Brady aren't guaranteed anything. I mean, wasn't the Colts' last SuperBowl title before XLI in the 1970's?

That's why I at least root for the guys we do have and hope for the best because anything can happen.

You brought up a lot of problems with this team. I can't disagree. There are a lot of issues with this squad; coaches for instance. But there are a bunch of positives too. Look at Forte, Adams, Idonije, Manning, Mike Brown etc.

You want a team that's "guaranteed" to win a SB every season? Then the team you're looking for are the Cowboys. They were supposed to win the big game last year and were heavy favorites this year. Jerry Jones spends big $$$ on bringing FA talent to his team to, again, "guarantee" Dallas a championship. But Whoopsie, they're a hideous train wreck who hasn't won a playoff game in over ten years.

There's no set guide to improving a team, but I think we did improve since last year. Don't you? Matt Forte's selection for instance was a huge step in the right direction.

I like Angelo and think he tries to do what's best for our franchise. If you were GM, what would you do? Didn't you want Mendenhall in the draft? How has he fared? Last I heard, Ray Lewis turned him into silly putty.

Anyway, the point is, the NFL is totally unpredictable with injuries, impact plays, character issues etc. That's why we watch. No franchise is perfect nor can they expect to be. Even the good teams will someday be bad teams and vice-versa. So whenever my hometeam wins, I'm gonna cheer and enjoy the moment. You should too.


I like Kevin's optimism. Who cares if they got lucky or not, they effin won. Remember that the Bears gave 3 opponents earlier in the season "lucky" breaks so they could win. So it goes both ways.

Does anyone besides me wonder what Creighton does for a living, and if he is the boss? If so I would quit, because there would never be anything I did right, he would always tell me how bad I did.

I am still amazed at how negative Creighton is. But whatever, so was Jay Marrioti, and he is gone. Thank god.

Face it, the Bears are a middle of the pack team just like 80% of the league. The Bears just happened to get the breaks against Philly, Minnesota, Detroit, and New Orleans. But they also have just beat the heck out of opponents (Indy, @det, and Jax). They have lost breaks in losses (Atl, Car, and TB). They have also gotten straight up beat (Tennessee, GB, and Minn). So in games where the breaks count, they are 5-3. And that is the way the cookie crumbles in the NFL.

There are the no doubt about it bad teams that have no chance (you know who they are), and a few really good teams that have a clear advantage over any opponent (this now included Indy). the rest are pretty close and the breaks decide the game.

Go Bears

Take away one long run and Thomas did nothing special. Same as Peterson a couple of weeks ago. Forte does that too. It happens.

Creighton, you need to be a little more realistic as a Bear fan or of any other NFL team for that matter. Not every team is going to ever be constantly competitive every single season, its just not gonna happen.

Also Creighton, just because your not happy with the Bears [or life?], don't sit there and say all of us optimistic Bear fans are brainless neanderthal's that paint our face blue & orange and say "da Bears" and are happy with anything the Bears throw on the field! I told you before, whatever kind of fan you are, optimistic or pessimistic, it doesn't really matter, the Chicago Bears are gonna do what they are gonna do, no matter how long you #itch & cry about it. What do you want everyone to do, boycott all the Bears games until they are the "perfect franchise," or stop buying Bear merchandise and rooting for them all together till they are perfect??? Do you want all us Bear fans to go in front of Halas hall, hold hands, sing "we are the world" till they throw Jerry Angelo out???? Give me a break guy!

Creighton, no, Im not always happy with the moves the Bears make, but again, its beyond my control, no matter if I cry about it or not, get what Im trying to tell you?? Also, yes, Kyle Orton had a bad game, that was not my point, my point was, a lot of Bear fans [this means you Creighton] expect Orton to play like an all-pro week in and week out, again, not ever gonna happen! I always want the Bears to improve, why do you think Im such a fan of the NFL draft? The draft is a way for your favorite team to improve, and kind of a way for us die-hards to follow and root for the team in the off-season. Again, Im not some brainless Bear fan nut that brainlessly goes along with every move the team makes. I'll give you an example, Im not very happy with the way the Bears have handled their wide receiver core, I have never liked the idea of converting corners into wideouts, but no matter how long I cry about it, in the end, Chicago is gonna do what they want. Also, hey, Hester is turning out to be a pretty good receiver. And Creighton, if the Bears do make the play-offs, they DO deserve to be there. Anyone who knows anything about the NFL, knows one thing, winning is very hard to do in the NFL, and if you win enough to be in the play-offs, you deserve to be there so GO BEARS!!

Hats off to Devin Hester and Ron Turner! The Saints secondary has been prone all year to the big play. They tend to let players behind them. It's a weakness that a lot of teams have exploited. The Bears have just the guy to use -Devin- to get behind the NO defense. People in NO woke up Monday and said what's new. Another team got a fast, quick receiver behind our secondary and made a big play.

Both teams played poorly. Both would have lost if playing another team that day. I'm not impressed with the Bears at all. Under Lovie they NEVER play up to their potential.

I really loved watching the Bears win again! I thought they played very good in the first half but fell flat AGAIN in the socond half but I am trying to tell you that we can not win `by luck' in the playoffs.
Guys! Listen up!
Creighton is being realistic, alot of you are being dreamers, hate to say it but Creighton is right about alot of things he says, you just don't like the negative comments.
We scored 3 points in the second half 3!!! You don't win games against good teams doing that! period!
I do not really want the Bears in the playoffs because I feel we can not beat a playoff calibre team and we will lose in the first round and get a bad draft choice next year.

But look at the game realistically w/o your shaded glasses:
A. Peterson 15 yds rushing! pretty p!@# poor
M. Forte 34 yds rushing - maybe injured but we still had 55 yds rushing on the game, even a backup runner should get more than that!
172 yds receiving - combined that's only 227 offensive yards the entire game! (not O.T.)thats pitiful! and trust me we will not beat a good playoff team with that kind of execution. Defense looked good in the first half but even the announcers said it, we show blitz and then drop off into pass coverage and our LB's get beat. The announcers said it! Everyone knows we drop out of the blitz we show, and it does not work. Our D had 1 measly sack! 1!!! Can we please get someone in there that can get to the QB!

For comparison: last week Detroit had 296 offensive yards againt the Vikings - one of the top D's this year! and one of the worst Offenses this year!
Another comparison: The Rams had 308 offensive yards against the Cardinals! The f!@# Rams!
I am trying to tell you that we can not win `by luck' in the playoffs. I really loved watching the Bears win again! It was great but please be realistic about this, you can not beat the good teams by scoring 3 points in the second half with 1 sack!
btw I do disagree with Creighton about Hester - he was a game changer w/o him we lose bottom line. If we get him the ball we win, as a WR, his return days are over. Also Orton has alot of skills we need a great WR to pair him with and a great Oline. Williams/Buenning are on the way (hopefully) and Beekman will be a good one but we need another RT and RG next year for sure!
I want the Bears to be a Super Bowl! team as well not just win a game every now and then so I can put on my shaded glasses untill the next win a few weeks later and these stats I showed above have to get better for us to go to the Super Bowl next year (forget this year)
Go Bears! to the super bowl!!!
Maybe I want too much? Isn't that the goal?

Randy, you totally misunderstood what I was trying to communicate with Creighton. When I said, "Creighton needs to be more realistic," what I meant was, having ridiculously high expectation on how a franchise should look, year in and year out. You can't realistically expect a team to be up for a super bowl every single season, not gonna happen, not with free agency and the high rate of injuries in the NFL.

Im not always happy with what Chicago does either, but what can I really do about it?? Im a FAN, my job is to support the team, no matter what they put on the field. Also, hey, no one is making me root for the Bears, last time I looked, being a fan is by choice. If I really wanted to make a difference, as far as how the Bears build their team, I would go out and become a scout, then work my way up to GM, and then build the Bears myself.

As far as your shaded glasses comment, you need to remember one thing, there is always two sides to every opinion. Randy, you bring up all the negatives on the Saints game, but did you ever take the time to consider that the Saints have the leagues number one offense, and had it not been for a botched snap, two long runs, Chicago might have shut out the leagues number one offense, see what I meant by two sides to every opinion. Also, your so sure the Bears would lose their first playoff game, did you also take the time to consider Chicago would probably be hosting either Tampa Bay, Atlanta, or Carolina, three teams they lost to by a combined 8 points??? Chicago could have won any three of these games, and I don't see why they can't beat them in the cold, windy confines of good ol Soldier field, especially with all three teams being from the south. Randy, as a Bear fan, you can't really be ready for Bear football to be over for another long off-season, Im sure as hell not. This Bear team is not great, but how many other teams are???? Chicago is not a bad team, you think we have it so bad, take a look at teams like Detroit, Green Bay, St. Louis, Oakland etc etc... I want the Bears to make the playoffs, I am not ready for Bear football to be over, this team could be a lot worse, life is to short to always be hoping your team could be the perfect franchise, its never gonna happen, I like my Chicago Bears, thats why I say GO BEARS!!

Randy, you totally misunderstood what I was trying to communicate with Creighton. When I said, "Creighton needs to be more realistic," what I meant was, having ridiculously high expectation on how a franchise should look, year in and year out. You can't realistically expect a team to be up for a super bowl every single season, not gonna happen, not with free agency and the high rate of injuries in the NFL.

Im not always happy with what Chicago does either, but what can I really do about it?? Im a FAN, my job is to support the team, no matter what they put on the field. Also, hey, no one is making me root for the Bears, last time I looked, being a fan is by choice. If I really wanted to make a difference, as far as how the Bears build their team, I would go out and become a scout, then work my way up to GM, and then build the Bears myself.

As far as your shaded glasses comment, you need to remember one thing, there is always two sides to every opinion. Randy, you bring up all the negatives on the Saints game, but did you ever take the time to consider that the Saints have the leagues number one offense, and had it not been for a botched snap, two long runs, Chicago might have shut out the leagues number one offense, see what I meant by two sides to every opinion. Also, your so sure the Bears would lose their first playoff game, did you also take the time to consider Chicago would probably be hosting either Tampa Bay, Atlanta, or Carolina, three teams they lost to by a combined 8 points??? Chicago could have won any three of these games, and I don't see why they can't beat them in the cold, windy confines of good ol Soldier field, especially with all three teams being from the south. Randy, as a Bear fan, you can't really be ready for Bear football to be over for another long off-season, Im sure as hell not. This Bear team is not great, but how many other teams are???? Chicago is not a bad team, you think we have it so bad, take a look at teams like Detroit, Green Bay, St. Louis, Oakland etc etc... I want the Bears to make the playoffs, I am not ready for Bear football to be over, this team could be a lot worse, life is to short to always be hoping your team could be the perfect franchise, its never gonna happen, I like my Chicago Bears, thats why I say GO BEARS!!

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