Detroit Lions free safety Louis Delmas intercepts a Jay Cutler pass Sunday. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago…)
The fan overreaction that follows the first Bears loss of the season is as predictable as leaves changing color and local politicians getting indicted. After reading my timeline Sunday afternoon, I'm convinced Twitterbots generate at least half the Bears-related tweets out there. It doesn't even matter what year it is.
"Fire [name='current.coach.Bears']!" "Put in [name='backupQB.current' NOT IF name='grossman.rex']!" "[print='This is not TRUE BEARS FOOTBALL!!!' IF date=>01-26-1986]"
There's a reason no NFL team has gone undefeated since 1972. Every once in a while, your quarterback makes a few more terrible decisions than usual. Slap those extra mistakes onto Jay Cutler's one Guaranteed WTF Throw per game and it's amazing the Bears still had a slim chance to win when Robbie Gould lined up for his final onside kick try of the day.
(Complete tangent: Why is Gould so terrible at onside kicks? Is it because he's so good at regular kicks that he just doesn't know how to make a terrible, bouncy, squibby kick? The NFL's average onside kick recovery rate is around 20 percent, so why does it seem like Gould's running at a 0.001 percent clip? Can YOU kick terrible, bouncy, squibby footballs 10-15 yards? Get to Halas Hall!)
They clearly missed Henry Melton up front, and they'll have to do better stopping the run. Immediately.
But after years of suffering with a substandard offense, the Bears have scored the second-most points in the league through four weeks. If not for the Tecmo-tastic Broncos, they'd be on top. And since the strike-shortened 1982 season, the second-highest scoring team in the NFL has missed the playoffs only three times.
The other 28 teams made the postseason, including the '85 BEARCE RAR RAR DITKA AAAH. That's a heckuva lot better success ratio than one out of the last six. Good offense beats good defense these days.
As long as the Bears keep scoring, they'll win far more games than they lose. They just won't win 'em all. Look for a bounce-back win against New Orleans this weekend, with the Saints coming off a short week and out of their dome. Doesn't matter if the D allows 30 if the O scores 40!
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