How will Bears respond to success?
If, as a Bears fan, you’ve been having this funny feeling that you don’t know what to do about, chances are it’s a condition called “Successius Unfamiliarium.” It’s a serious, but treatable condition in which historically beaten-down fans don’t know how to react when their team starts to have success.
You can already see how it’s affecting Chicago. Fans have their guard up, not wanting to buy-in to what the Bears have been doing. And who can blame them? This team has broken many hearts over the last decade or so.
But fans aren’t the only ones who have to figure out how to handle their team’s success. The team itself has to figure that out as well. It can be much easier playing when expectations are low and the pressure is nowhere in sight. But how does a team respond in a big moment, once expectations have been raised?
It’s safe to say that the Bears aren’t going to be sneaking up on anyone the rest of the year. So far, they haven’t been the subject of a lot of national buzz. But that has changed a little in recent days. You can see some national pundits begin to come around on Trubisky, and some of the television segments feature questions about whether the Bears are contenders.
The Bears know what’s at stake this week. They understand the magnitude of this game and what it means for the national narrative. And while they could care less about that narrative, they certainly care about the underlying message a win would send, which is that they can play with any team in this league. A win against the Vikings would prove their worth — now they just have to go make it happen.