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Bears are at their best ... or are they?

Lovie Smith's team can afford to make some promises

November 04, 2012|RedEye

The Bears really do look like they can do it all. In Sunday's 51-20 win at Tennessee, they became the first team in NFL history to have a touchdown pass, touchdown run, interception return touchdown and blocked kick touchdown in the same quarter.

This one was over before you could say "Houston Texans"—the Bears' next opponent—which gave fans time to ponder how this team can get better. Yes, even at 7-1, the Bears have work to do if they're going to make a serious run at the Super Bowl.

Seeing as politicians always promise to improve things, why can't NFL teams do the same? The Bears can start with this to-do list. They should promise to …

Protect Cutler better

True, not all the hits Cutler takes are the O-line's fault. He needs to throw the ball away when running toward the sideline instead of sticking his neck out, for example. However, he seems to take more than his share of blindside shots, fumbling often. Set up a force field, maybe?

Grow mustaches all season

Several Bears are taking part in the Movember campaign to raise money for cancer awareness. No matter how the team plays from here on out, their mustaches will be entertaining. Just don't mention how they remind us of playoff beards in hockey. D'oh! Our bad.

Send the Dolphins a gift basket

Except for the game against Green Bay—the Bears' only loss thus far—Brandon Marshall has looked brilliant. He caught nine passes for 122 yards and three scores Sunday and has seven TDs this season. Could be the best deal in Chicago

Throw more passes to offensive linemen

Actually, we can't expect the Bears to do this. But it was exciting/laughable/ridiculously lucky when a batted pass in the red zone ended up in the hands of guard Lance Louis, who rumbled 4 yards. Nice hands, big guy.

Give Brian Urlacher a week off

The 34-year-old linebacker's gotta be exhausted after his 46-yard interception return for a TD. Just kidding, Brian. Keep doing what you do. Also, please don't hurt us.

Have Charles Tillman teach a seminar

He's forced 36 fumbles in his career, including four Sunday. The guy's a magician, though sharing his secrets with teammates shouldn't be out of line, especially with Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and the Packers receivers still ahead. In fact, give Tillman a raise.

Extend Lovie Smith's contract

On second thought, let's wait to see how the Bears weather their next eight games, especially against Houston (7-1), San Francisco (6-2) and, of course, Green Bay (6-3). Super Bowl or bust?

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