Final Thoughts on the Bears’ Victory over the Vikings

My overall thoughts on the Bears’ division-clinching win over the Vikings on Monday Night:

1) For all the talk about the Bears’ bickering over the playing surface, I think it is only fair to applaud the Bears’ players and coached for the mental toughness they showed on Monday Night. Firstly, the Vikings were able to somehow skirt a rule regarding injury reports that nobody in the NFL knew about and get Brett Favre in the lineup after declaring him out on Saturday. The Vikings were able to get an NFL game played at TCF Bank Stadium, a college stadium, that a) does not have the required number of NFL seats to host an NFL game (the very reason the Bears moved from Wrigley Field to Soldier Field in 1970); and b) does not have the NFL-mandated safety features, such as heating coils in the turf. Secondly, the Bears were going to be playing outside, in the cold—which was not a very good formula for us the previous week versus the Patriots. To make matters worse, the Vikings won the toss and drove right down with no resistance and scored on the opening drive. I don’t think I was the only Bears fan in the world thinking, “Oh CRAP.” Even the referees seemed determined to make the game close. Two BOGUS Holding calls on the Bears wiped out a long screen play and a TD; A roughing the Passer call was flat out missed on Jay Cutler’s INT; Brett Favre appeared to fumble on the play that knocked him out of the game; and The pass interference call on Major Wright that led to the Vikings; 2nd TD was incorrect. But the Bears withstood the early emotional burst from the Vikings and, quite frankly, physically and mentally beat them back down. Sure, the Vikings were a little short-handed, but the Bears went out and for the most part, took care of business very clinically.

2) It is GREAT to see Matt Forte finally running like a6-foot 2-inch, 225 pound running back. He was running downhill, and PUNISHING would-be tacklers. If this continues, this will give us that dimension that we really haven’t had since Thomas Jones left in 2006.

3) Our defensive line played their most dominant game of the season. Besides Wootton putting Favre out of the game, we had constant pressure on their QBs and batted down a few balls with active hands. Even the pursuit on plays down the field looked 100 times better. Everyone knows the defensive line is the lifeblood of the Cover-2 scheme—so hopefully, the high level of play carries over. One side note—HAS ISRAEL IDONIJE HAD THE QUIETEST 8-SACK SEASON IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL?

4) Devin Hester. THANK GOD we have him. In an era where special teams coverage units are schemed and practiced more than ever, and teams have specialists on their teams strictly to nuetralize a good returner, it is safe to say that Devin Hester is the most dynamic returner in the NFL. Ever.


1) What is up with our tackling at the beginning of games? We settled in okay, but Toby Gerhart is NOT Earl Campbell. Is it the cold weather? Lack of focus at the outset of games? This must be corrected, as we will play some good tough runners in the playoffs.

2) What is wrong with our kick coverage units? Is it just having to plug different guys in there as a domino effect of the Tinoisamoa injury? IT would be a shame to play so well in the playoffs and have a special team return turn the game in the other team’s favor.

3) With a 37-14 lead late the fourth quarter, WHAT THE HECK IS JAY CUTLER STILL DOING IN THE GAME? I think I can speak for all Bears fans when I say that based on what I saw in the Carolina game, I do not want to enter the postseason with TODD COLLINS as our starter. Lovie, PLEASE get Cutler to the playoffs healthy.

With all this being said, if you would have told me that with 2 weeks left, the Bears would have clinched the division, had inside track at a 1st-round bye in the playoffs, and an outside shot at home-field throughout the playoffs, I would have been pretty happy with that. Congrats to the Bears on a great year so far, and lets keep it going. BEAR DOWN!

9 responses

  1. johnnyharvard

    God my typing is for shit.

    December 24, 2010 at 8:35 am

  2. johnnyharvard

    Gotta be honest with you Peter I really want to see th giants man. And than the patriots in the superbowl. Those losses left a bad taste in my muth and I would love to see this redeem itself and shut everybody up! I think with the continuity of the line, being in the offese together longer as a unit and the tweeks they made at the bye we’d fair much better against them.

    December 24, 2010 at 8:33 am

  3. Powerful Peter

    Hey guys we are the NFL North CHAMPS!!! REKISH the victory will yas I m NOT thinking of the Jets til game time. OUR team never looked better all year than it did Monday night and I don’t believe we have peaked yet!! ONLY Atlanta still worries me and I for one don’t expect to see Cutler (for long if at all) vs the Giants.

    December 23, 2010 at 4:34 pm

  4. johnnyharvard

    Listen just because you didn’t mean to do something wrong you still did something wrong. Bottom line. It was a roughing call pure and simple. He actually could have prevented that hit to the chin. Incidental or not. If you take your eye off the road for one split second and a pedestrian walks in front of you and you notice them too late to avoid you still pay the penalty for hitting them don’t you? Even though you didn’t mean it.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:51 am

    • Even though it shouldn’t matter, maybe all the times Cutler demonstratively protests for a flag makes refs less likely to give it to him, who knows. But it should have gotten called, and we should have had the ball back. But personally, I think the Favre non-fumble was the most blatant missed call of the game. They ruled him in the grasp, which I must say is the quickest whistle I have seen. EVER.

      December 23, 2010 at 11:59 am

      • johnnyharvard

        It was. They were trying to protect him there, but in that case theres no way Wooten could’ve stopped midway so the whistle was unnecessary.

        December 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm

  5. Lincoln1

    everything I agree with except for the Cutler pic…that was not roughing the pass by any means. The defender actually pulled up which tells me alot about the viking players….the helmet to chin was accidental contact….

    December 22, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    • I agree with you that it was accidental. But w have seen those called this season, not based on intent, but by the result. A perfect example is the hit that the Eagles DB put on Austin Collier. He would have hit him in the shoulder or chest, except Austin Collier dropped his head to protect himself at the last instant, and was hit square in the head.

      December 23, 2010 at 7:19 am

  6. johnnyharvard

    To be fair to the return coverage teams they did play some good ST units lately. Both the Pats and Vikes are very good and get paid same as we do. In circumstances such as that you have to match them in returns and no one does it better than the Chicago Bears who have a bunch of great returners. Even DJ Moore if needed can do the job. Detroit has one of the best returners in the game too, so the last three teams were formidable. I give them credit for not losing the game and letting ST’s dictate the game. They got burned a few times but nothing too major.

    Everything else I pretty much agree with. Go Bears!

    December 22, 2010 at 12:01 pm

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