Carolina might be one of the better teams in the NFC, with Green Bay losing Rogers and the Cowboys seemingly falling apart. Thus it is amazing that the Bears are only 3 point underdogs at home against this team.
Here’s a prediction per the Bleacher Report
Look for the Bears to make this a competitive game at home. It should come down to a field goal either way, and that will keep this game within the point spread. Take the points and the Bears.
Let’s think about this a bit. First of all, the Bears finally gave up on Giraffe Neck, primarily because the mouth breathers (fans) could not stand the idea of giving up on the entire season for a better draft pick and saving the wear and tear on our new shiny QB of the future. While I don’t set the odds for Vegas, I think the line would be a lot higher if the Bears hadn’t been very close against the Vikings (who amazingly are also one of the better teams in the NFC) and beat Baltimore on the road, which is due to the fact that Trubisky came into the game as the starter and brings the Bears a shot at winning instead of a cardboard cutout (albeit a tall one) of a QB.
If the Bears really are this close to Carolina with all their wide receivers hurt and down many key folks on defense to season ending injuries, what does this say about HOW TERRIBLE THE NFL IS RIGHT NOW?
A bunch of crazy things are happening in the NFL. Teams that were supposed to be great are terrible, and teams that were supposed to be terrible are great. What is the cause? What separates the good teams from the bad teams?
- Competent QB play – this implies that your QB isn’t costing you the game and is able to run a decent passing attack in the scope of your offense. If you have a terrible O line (like the Bears right now) then this must be overcome; if you have no receivers (like the Jets) then that has to overcome, as well
- Defense Against the Pass – I don’t care how it happens per se whether it is between rushing the QB to hurry him or having great downfield players in the secondary, if you can put pressure on the opposing passing offense you will do well. Sure there are some running backs out there but they aren’t really putting teams up or down all that much in the grand scheme of things
The Jets, for instance, have this. Crazily enough, McClown is playing competently even with all his obstacles and the defense is woke enough to do some damage. Even the lowly Dolphins with Smokin’ Jay were able to win once he started getting his soon-to-be-backbreaking passes to land.
Do the Bears meet these criteria with Trubisky in the lineup? Probably. He isn’t killing them like Giraffe Neck and can make some plays when the o line gives him a couple seconds. Their defense is actually not too terrible, either. The difference is probably special teams / trick plays which seem to tilt the Bears one way or another on any given week.
I still laugh HA HA HA when I see people take defensive players or receivers and the like with their top draft picks while there are top (potential) QB’s on the board. IF YOU HAVE TERRIBLE QB PLAY YOU ARE TERRIBLE, PERIOD. Look at the Raiders without Carr – they are now “the Bears” as Dan and I typically term a team “without hope of winning a playoff game”. Cleveland took a defensive stud with their #1 pick and sure he’s made a few plays but their quarterback woes make them completely uncompetitive as a team.
It is sooooo ironic that McClown is out there leading the Jests and smokin Jay can even bring the Dolphins an occasional win. The level of play in the NFL for QB’s is laughable, and it is even worse when “garbage time” yards are taken out of the equation (I still can’t believe that Glennon threw for 300+ yards in a game).