This team is legit
Last night proved what many Bears fans already know, but what still escaped many — especially in the national media. The Bears are for real this season. Until last night, the doubters’ favorite refrain was that the team hadn’t beaten anybody good.
Well, they made a 5-3-1 Vikings team, with a top-five defense and an $84 million quarterback look mediocre at best. In fact, they made Kirk Cousins look putrid. Ironically, Cousins was overheard during a pregame team huddle claiming that they, and not the Bears, were the reason the game was flexed to Sunday night.
Color me suspicious, but I don’t think folks tuned in to see Cousins throw 2 interceptions including a pick-six, with a 52.5 quarterback rating, finishing the evening 4-12 in primetime games. Whatever the reason people tuned in, they got to watch the Bears tune up on the Vikings, dominating every facet of the game, and showing why they are perhaps, the most balanced and complete team in the NFL.
That is a remarkable statement considering where this organization was less than 12 months ago. But the reality is according to ESPN’s Football Power Index, they now have an 87 percent chance to make the playoffs and a 73 percent chance to win the division.
And if you’re willing to let yourself get really vulnerable as a fan, consider this: If the Los Angeles Rams lose tonight against the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Bears win their next two against the Detroit Lions and New York Giants, that could set up another primetime Sunday night matchup against the Rams for a potential first-round playoff bye. In other words, the NFL might want to sit up and take notice.