Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bears vs. Lions: Week One

How does a team that has gone 2-30 (literally) over the past two seasons stack up with Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears?

If today's game was any indication, the only possible answer is pretty damn well.

Let's start this recap by saying that, frankly, this game was a difficult one for a fan to watch. Since the 2007 Superbowl appearance, Bears fans (myself included) have had high hopes for the team. With one year of Cutler leadership under our belt, a newly revamped offensive strategy and a healthy Brian Urlacher, I really thought today's game would be an easy Bears victory. In the spirit of full disclosure, my score prediction was 21-3 (Bears).

I was completely wrong - I gave the Bears WAY too much credit. With a final score of 19-14, the Bears BARELY pulled off the W.

If you watched the game, you know that the whole Cannoli came down to one play, one pass. Luckily, the officials sided with the Bears, but had they not, the Bears would have lost the game. LOST. To the LIONS. Who have won only 2 games in the past two SEASONS. That is simply unacceptable, no matter how you look at it. To be sure, I am VERY nervous about the rest of the season.

All that aside, a win is a win is a win, and to that extent: I'll take it. But Bears? Don't let that shitshow happen again. It was scary.

Takeaways:

- Jay Cutler needs to learn who is on his team. Ending last year with 26 interceptions, he had another today. Granted, the one interception he had against the Lions today sure beats the FOUR that he threw during last years season opener, but I'm seeing shades of last years interception-prone throwing, and I'm not liking it.

- I am not a Cutler fan. (O-v-e-r-r-a-t-e-d). That said, I gotta give him credit where he's due. The throw to Matt Forte with 1:40 left in the 4th? That throw MUST be what Lovie sees in him. It was spectacular. If he threw like that every time, well, let's just say he'd make a fan out of me.

- Julius Peppers is a rising star. I predict that we will hear much more from him in the coming weeks and years. I have no clue what kind of agreement he has with the Chicago Bears, but I hope he's here to stay.

- Did our offense party too hard watching the Hawkeye game yesterday or what? We got the ball on the one-yard line- the ONE YARD LINE - yet failed to convert it? What the heck. I've never played a down of football in my life (unless backyard Staloney games count) and yet I'm pretty certain I could have finagled my body those 36 inches... in stilettos. Next week, I hope the Bears offense decides to join us.

Bears (1-0...barely) vs. Lions 19-14
Next week: @ Dallas Cowboys

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