Chicago Bears Thoughts
At 5-4, the Bears find themselves leading the North by tiebreaker over the Vikings. They let a couple of games get away from them - most notably Atlanta - but, I like where the team is right now.
Forte looks great. Orton has been great. Frankly, the offense has looked good most of the year. Rex played well in relief of Orton two weeks ago. Against Tennessee he was adequate, but missed on a couple of easy throws. I love Rex and think he can play in the NFL, but the Bears fans just won't give him a chance. It is sad how much they have turned on the guy. He will probably get the start in Green Bay and I hope he just plays ball the way he can play when he is loose and confident.
On D, the Bears are playing well, but not great. They don't have any kind of pass rush and they are getting picked apart week after week as a result. I am still no fan of Babich and have to say that they just don't look well prepared. They also cannot seem to make adjustments mid-game. This past week they made Kerry Collins look like an All-Pro.
Special Teams have also been mostly a disappointment. Brad Maynard cannot seem to punt longer than 40 yards, Robbie Gould had a kick blocked this last week, and Devin Hester has looked ordinary to above average. I think the extra time at receiver is taking some of his explosiveness and speed away. I'd like to see them cut down some of his receiving reps and focus on returns. When Brandon Lloyd returns from injury this may be possible.
Still, the team is in the driver's seat right now. That is where they want to be after 9 weeks.