Tuesday, November 08, 2011

3 in a Row!

The Bears won a huge game on the road in Philly last night. It was a game that went back and forth with some great plays and some miscues that could have derailed the Bears, but they overcame.

Just a couple of thoughts. First and foremost, the offensive line is really coming together. No sacks and huge holes for Forte and Barber to run through. People can say what they want, but the Bears line is a very good, young group of guys who are gelling just like I thought they would. The thing I like about them is that they are maulers who are all improving their footwork.

Defensively the Bears were terrific. Briggs and Urlacher looked 5 years younger the way they were flying around the field. The bye week really helped them. Peppers was a force, and I thought the defensive tackles were pretty good. The Bears played a lot more man than they usually do and beat up the Eagles receivers. The two young safeties played another solid game. There were a few missed tackles but that is going to happen against the Eagles - but overall a solid game.

Forte had a strong game although he had two rare fumbles. But he was productive. But credit goes to the coaches who called a very good game and Jay Cutler who executed well and improvised a couple of times when needed. It was great to see Earl Bennett back as he had some huge plays to keep drives alive.

The Bears get Detroit at home this weekend and if they win that they will almost certainly make it back to the playoffs. I like the way things are rolling - the Bears are exactly who I thought they were.

2 comments:

j, k, and s's d said...

It was a good win and I will say that the O line played very well.

The plays of the game were the miscues at the end of the first half. I thought it was a bad call on Babin for the hit on Cutler that let them have another first down but it is what it is.

The other big play was the fake punt where the punter missed by a mile the wide open Eagle.

I will agree with you that Bennet was good as was Cutler. It was a good road victory for the Bears and a game both teams needed.

Makes next week's Lion's game very big. Will be interesting to see how that turns out.

Rob said...

The Bears have head-to-head tiebreakers with Philly, Atlanta, and Tampa - those are huge. It is unlikely that a wild card team will come out of the NFC West. So that leaves Detroit, Dallas, Philly, Atlanta, and Tampa with the Bears.

Right now things look pretty good - but we'll see.

If they beat the Lions I would say their chances of making the playoffs jump to about 70 percent.

Aside from Garza, all of the guys are under 27 on the O-line. The interesting thing is that Gabe Carimi - who I think is a real player - should probably sit until there is an injury. Garza has been great at center. Louis is a mauler at RT and is playing better there than he did at RG. Spencer has done a nice job at RG. Webb is a great LT prospect who has really improved his footwork. Chris Williams is a huge, athletic player who can pull and get out in front to open up holes. It is just a really, really good unit that has a chance to be great for many years.