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I feared for the Bears' season before Jay Cutler's latest concussion. Now, I'm just convinced they are headed towards an abrupt disappointment.
Now, hopefully Cutler will quickly pass this concussion and get back on the field, but as CBS' Gene Chamberlain points out, the concussions are mounting for Cutler, and with the Bears' less-than-stellar pass blocking, Cutler will be just one snap away from another concussion.
But let's move away from Cutler's injury. The Bears have other things working against them.
The Bears are an impressive 7-2, but the two best teams they have played, the Packers and Texans, have dealt the Bears a loss. Chicago's schedule is only going to get more difficult.
They have two games with the Vikings, will host the Seahawks and Packers, and then end the season with two straight road games against the Cardinals and Lions.
What is especially troubling about the Bears' chances is that their hot start was a bit of smoke and mirrors.
A huge part of the Bears' success has come via turnovers. They lead the league with 3.3 turnovers forced per game.
While there is unquestionable a talent involved in forcing turnovers, this is a pace the Bears cannot uphold. These things have a way of evening out a bit, and it is harder to force turnovers against more quality opponents.
Also, the Bears have turned an insane amount of these turnovers into points. They have a league-leading and unsustainable 0.8 defensive touchdowns per game. Last year the Bears tied for the league lead with 0.4.
The Bears built up insanely high expectations with their promising start—expectations they simply aren't good enough to fulfill.