Bears will face the Lions in hopes of another win

The 9-6 Chicago Bears will face the 4-11 Detroit Lions this Sunday. The game may mean little as neither team looks to be able to get a spot in this year’s playoffs. The Lions are certainly not going to get a spot, and have been one of the NFL’s biggest disappointments of the year. The Lions won a ton of games last year and looked like the NFL’s next big thing. This year, reality hit them square in the Jaw as they have made one of the biggest fall-outs in recent NFL memory. The Bears looked like the hottest team in the NFL the first half of the year, but injuries struck again which looks to prevent them from the postseason.

The Bears will travel to Ford field in Detroit to try and get their 10th win. Last week they won 28-13 in Arizona. The team was falling off quickly before that win and saw their quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte miss some time. Before the win against the Cardinals Sunday, they were on a 3-game losing streak. Given how they were doing earlier in the year, they have the potential to beat many teams that may be making the postseason. Unfortunately, for them, they will probably not get the chance to do so.

 

The Lions definitely will not be seeing the playoffs and instead will have to take a good hard look at what happened to their team. It appears to me that their problems go far beyond that of the players on the field. Leadership and discipline seems lacking on the team that needs nothing more then strict rules and structure. That will need addressed more this offseason then the roster.

Bears will travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings

 

The 8-4 Chicago Bears will be taking on the 6-6 Minnesota Vikings this week on the road. Minnesota’s Mall of America Field will host this week’s game against a couple old school rivals. The Bears have Cutler back and have been one of the NFC’s toughest teams this season. Minnesota, though, has been fairly strong and has surprised some teams. Adrian Peterson appears to be 100 plus percent and has rushed better then ever this season. The game could certainly go either way as both teams have seen recent success, but are both coming off losing weeks.

Last week the Bears did fall at home to a tough Seattle Seahawks team 23-17. The win helped Seattle get to 7-5, which helped set them up in good position for the playoffs. The loss came late in the game as the Seahawks engineered the win in overtime by scoring a touchdown on their first possession of the extra period. The Seahawks had struggled on the road most of the year, and really looked good against a tough Chicago defense.

The Vikings also are coming off a loss after falling to the Green Bay Packers 23-14 last week. The Packers moved to 8-4 with the win, but did not dominate the game by any means. The Vikings even looked like they may win the game at several points. That certainly would have been a tall-task and huge win. Considering how good the Packers are at home, especially this time of year, the win would really have been one that could of greatly helped their playoff hopes. 

Bears hope for a win against the Seahawks

 

The 8-3 Chicago bears will look to continue to prove themselves this week against the Seattle Seahawks. The Bears are currently 8-3 on the season and are looking to further solidify a playoff spot for themselves. In order to do so, they will have to get past the 6-5 Seattle Seahawks who have an outside shot of the playoffs themselves. One thing that will be on the Bears side will be the venue, as the game will be played at Chicago’s Soldier Field. The game should be physical throughout and will have a 1 PM ET kickoff.

Last week, Chicago won big against the Minnesota Vikings in Jay Cutler’s return to the team. Cutler was returning from a concussion suffered in week 10 against the Houston Texans. His return went very well as he led the team to a resounding 28-10 victory. Cutler threw for just 188 yards and a touchdown in the game, but was 23-31 passing. He will see a defense in the Seahawks that have shown a huge upside, and will have to, once again, be careful with the football while managing the game.

The Seahawks went in the wrong direction last week with a loss to the Miami Dolphins in Florida. The Seahawks gave up 17 points in the 4th quarter, which ultimately cost them the game. The loss really hurt their playoff chances which looked very good at the start of the contest. The team still has shown troubles winning on the road while they can not be stopped at home. Sunday we will see if they can break that habit.

Bears will host Vikings this Sunday

 

The 7-3 Chicago Bears will host the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday at 1 pm at Soldier Field. The Bears are coming off a tough loss while the Vikings have been surprisingly good this season. The Vikings enter the game at 6-4 with playoff aspirations of their own. Both teams represent the same division and a win for the Vikings could get them into the hunt for the division depending on how the Packers do. Currently the Bears are tied with the Packers for the division lead.

The Bears are coming off one of their more embarrassing losses last Monday night to the 49ers. There, they fell 32-7 as the 49ers backup QB, Kaepernick, outperformed the Bears backup Jason Campbell. Campbell was overall awful and the Bears defense looked more like the worst D in the league then one of the best. The Bears do hope to have Jay Cutler back for this game. He was knocked out with a concussion 2 games ago against the Houston Texans, and has not seen the field since. The Bears have not won a game since his departure as well.

The Vikings, meanwhile, are coming off their bye week and should be healthy. Their last game was a 34-24 victory over the Detroit Lions. The Vikings have surprised many as Adrian Peterson looks to be back to form after a late 2011 injury. Their sophomore QB Christian Ponder has also made huge steps at his position to get better. The game surely can go either way and should be a fun one to watch.

Monday Night game should be a great NFC matchup

 

The 7-2 Chicago Bears will take on the 6-2-1 San Francisco 49ers this Monday night at Candlestick Park. The game will be a great NFC matchup that pits two very similar teams that play very similar football. The Bears and 9ers both have 2 of the best defenses in football. They run the ball well and show an ability to move the ball by air as well. This game, they share another similarity that they probably wish they did not however.

That similarity involves the fact that their two franchise quarterbacks, Jay Cutler and Alex Smith, both suffered concussions in their team’s last game. Last week Cutler went down on an illegal hit by the Houston Texans. The Texans would go on to win the game 13-6, which probably had a lot to do with the loss of Cutler. The player who hit Cutler was fined $30000 this week. It is yet to be determined if Cutler will start the game Monday.

Alex Smith also took a hard, but legal, hit last week against the Rams. While running the ball he got turned around and was hit hard up top by Ram’s defenders. The 49ers would end up ending that game in San Francisco with a tie.  Alex Smith would have probably given the team enough to get the victory however. Smith was cleared for practice this week, and should definitely see action Sunday. I feel both QBs will play and Monday Night Football will see one of it’s better games of this year in San Fran, which could be a preview of things to come in the playoffs for these two teams.

Chicago hosts Texans on SNF

 

Chicago will host what is easily the best matchup in the NFL this week, and possibly the year. Soldier Field will see the 7-1 Houston Texans come to town against the 7-1 Chicago Bears. The teams share much more in common then just their records. Both have very productive offenses and tough defense. Statistically they are close in many categories, and the game could really come down to the last play. You can see it in primetime on Sunday Night Football at 8:20 PM ET on NBC.

Offensively both teams have very good running and passing games. They are separated by just a few yards on average rushing yards a game this Season. To this point, the Texans rush for an average of 138 yards while the Bears average 128.5. This is due to the team’s great backs, which may be the difference Sunday. Houston will have the elusive and slippery Arian Foster while a more powerful downward runner in Matt Forte will run the rock for Chicago.

The running games will have to be more productive against some very good defenses however. Both teams give up less then 100 yards a game rushing. Houston has given up an average of 81.9 yards on the ground to this point. Chicago, on the other hand, has given up an average of 88 yards. Both teams also give up little in the scoring department. Houston has averaged 17.1 points allowed a game and Chicago has given up 15 per game. This game is clearly a must see and will come down to the wire.

Bears get huge comeback against the Panthers

 

The Chicago Bears got a huge come-from-behind victory at Soldier Field last Sunday. The team hosted the Carolina Panthers, and looked terrible against them early. The Bears got off to a hot start, but quickly went flat and did not score another point until the 4th quarter. That is when they blew up offensively and earner their 6th win of the season with a 23-22 victory.

The Bears have struggled little to this point of the year and have been productive on both sides of the ball. The game showcased how balanced the team is as they scored touchdowns rushing, passing, and even defensively. The team began to make their comeback in the fourth quarter. That is when they got a couple quick scores thanks to a pick 6 after a scoring drive. They scored 16 points in that quarter alone to get a one-point-lead.

Carolina struggled in all aspects of team football, and scored no touchdowns on the day. The team in general had just one touchdown, which came from their defense. A majority of their points, 15 to be exact, came from field goals. They scored 19 points in the first 3 quarters, but just 3 in the final period of the game. Ultimately this cost them another game, which has been an unfortunate commonplace for the team. This must be even more frustrating to the team due to the fact that they gained more then 400 yards. Defensively they have been bad however, and they still make costly mistakes.

The Bears show consistency

 

The Bears have been a very quiet, and surprising, 6-1 this season. Despite a history of blow-ups and up and down play, Chicago has been consistent.  They have shown glimpses of their former selves from time to time this season, but ultimately they have shown that they are a team to be afraid of. They have done it on both sides of the ball and are 6-1. This may surprise many as they are not talked about by the national media and have remained very under-the-radar. Their next test comes this week in the form of the 3-5 Tennessee Titans.

Chicago will be traveling to Tennessee’s LP Field for this matchup and are coming off another difficult win. In week 8 they faced the struggling Carolina Panthers at home, and just eked out a victory 23-22. The win came after a huge 4th quarter comeback that saw them score 16 points in the last quarter to get the win. Before that point, their only other 7 points came from a 1st quarter touchdown.

Tennessee enters the game coming off a tough home loss to the Colts 19-13. Tennessee hoped to knock off the Colts to stay afloat in the AFC South. The division is currently dominated by a 6-1 Texans team, but a win could have kept their heads above water. A loss this week would certainly lead to a drowning in the division and Tennessee, being at home, could give the Bears a real run for their money.

Chicago hangs on to lead to beat the Lions last Monday night

 

Last Monday night the Chicago Bears were able to get past the Detroit Lions in a tightly fought game. Chicago ended up winning the game at Soldier Field 13-7. It was not pretty, but despite the score Chicago did dominate the game in many ways. The win propels them to 5-1 on the season, which is the best in the NFC North. Detroit finds their team in the division’s basement at just 2-4.

Chicago was relentless on defense and found enough offense to get the win. They too advantage of big mistakes by the Lions and have continued to show many that they could be a real threat in the NFC. Chicago jumped out to a hot start scoring ten points in the first quarter, but only scored three the remainder of the game. Their lone touchdown went to Brandon Marshall from Jay Cutler, as the two continue to build on a great relationship they found years ago in Denver. Cutler threw for only 150 yards, but the team made up for it with 171 rushing yards. These really helped control the clock and keep Detroit off the field.

When Detroit was on the field they found some success, but it would always fizzle out at the end. Stafford threw for 261 yards and had a touchdown to Broyles. The team also rushed for 99 yards on a Bears defense that gives up little. They made too many mistakes including fumbles and failed to make any progress in the game. Stafford and Megatron continue to struggle making the connection they have made numerous times in the past and they are all but out of any playoff hopes.

Bears will try to stay on top of the NFC North

 

The 5-1 Chicago Bears will take on the 1-5 Carolina Panthers this Sunday. The game will take place at Soldier Field in Chicago as the Bears try to stay atop the NFC North Division. The two teams are set to meet with a 1 PM ET kickoff on FOX. Chicago comes into the game with the momentum as they continue to play well on both sides of the ball. The Panthers are meanwhile folding, and have been visibly rattled by their poor play.

Chicago is coming off a 13-7 win against the Lions Monday night. They did not flash brilliance on offense, but did do a terrific job defensively against a strong Lions offense. Jay Cutler stayed in the game despite a big hit he took from Lions defensive tackle Suh. Many probably thought the frail and erratic acting quarterback would sit out the game, but he showed some advancement in his leadership by returning to the game.

Carolina, on the other hand, saw their leader falling apart after their week 7 loss to the Cowboys. They lost that game 19-14 and after the game Cam described a team that he could not understand but that had to change quickly. Some thought it sounded like Newton was calling out the offensive coordinator during his press conference as he kept talking about the play calling. Clearly, the two quarterbacks are going in opposite directions. However, it still seems like the Panthers always have a fighting chance with the dynamic Newton at the helm. Sunday we will find out how bad the Bears want it.

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