The Chicago Bears took a strong lead in the NFC North with a huge win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night.
Heading into Sunday night, the Chicago Bears knew what was at stake. Not only was it a chance to take a commanding lead in the NFC North, but it was a chance to prove to the football world that they had taken that step into the class of the conference.
Though they were 6-3 prior to the huge victory over the Minnesota Vikings, much of the media, fans and general football population still weren’t sold on the Bears. They weren’t sold on head coach Matt Nagy. They weren’t sold on quarterback Mitch Trubisky. They simply weren’t sold on the idea of the Bears being relevant again.
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Well, here we are. The Bears are 7-3 and looking much more than just “relevant again.” These Bears cemented, on national television and in primetime, that they were for real. Going into this past week, some national outlets still had the Bears below not only the Vikings, but the Green Bay Packers, in their “Power Rankings” segments.
It was laughable, really. I consider myself a pretty unbiased fan. I’m a realist. It takes me a bit before I’m all-in. After all, what am I used to, as a Bears fan? It makes sense to be gun-shy.
Yet, after this victory over the Vikings, it’s tough to continue that type of mentality. It’s tough to stand back a little bit and wonder if or when it’s all coming crashing down again.
No, this coach, this quarterback, this team — they’re for real. Collectively, this franchise is back. They’re doing it as a group. On the shoulders of the league’s top defense, this team is proving to be a problem for the opposition.
Sunday night, there were three particular moments that should have sold America on the Chicago Bears of 2018. Let’s check those out and dive into what they really meant.