Now that we are 3-1 going into out bye week, I wanted to add my predictions and match-ups for the third quarter of the season.I also want to recap on the games we have had so far. I was right about what I thought our record would be at this point in the season, but wrong about the team we lost to.Before you continue,I recommend you read my predictions for the first half of the season. I have added a link to it as the first comment of this slide show.
I predicted this would be a battle between Jay Cutler, and the Green Bay secondary. I was right about that, and not much else. This was a rough start to the season, especially when Bears fans found out Brian Urlacher was out for the season. The season opener was ugly, and we should all NEVER speak of this again. Moving right along....
Week 2, the Chicago Bears did the unthinkable. Lead by veteran Alex Brown's two sacks, and his pressure causing the game altering interception, they beat the defending Super Bowl champs. Granted the Steelers were without defensive superstar Troy Polamalu, but the Bears were also playing without defensive captain Brian Urlacher. In addition to great play by key players on the Bears, the Steelers kicker Jeff Reed missed two field goals. I think the Bears were lucky to pull this one out, but I think it has started the momentum I said they will need.
What a cute Tony Pail, too bad it didn't help him when Charles Tillman stripped the ball. I am so glad that "the Bears ain't holla at him," as he said. I am just fine with Hester, Knox and Bennett. In this game, I have to give credit to Seneca Wallace. That guy played like a maniac. Also, I have to give Lance Briggs a vote of recognition for the difficult interception. I was worried early on in this game, but the Bears eked it out.
Finally, Matt Forte comes onto the scene. The Lions struck early, and kept it much closer than I thought. The second half rolled around, and Johnny knocked the wind out of the Lions, with an 102 yard kickoff return. Then the Bears were unstoppable. Charles Tillman shut down Calvin Johnson, and Odewale Ogunleye took Stafford out of the game. The Bears came out and stomped the Lions in the second half, plain and simple. I predicted this game correctly, stating "Stafford would be running away from the Bears all day."
After the first 4 games, the Bears have quite a few guys that are dinged up. Devin Hester left the game against the Lions in the first half, and Johnny Knox followed him late in the second half. In addition to these two guys going down, Israel Idonije had his knee checked, and Alex Brown has been suffering from an ankle injury. Pisa Tinoisamoa is expected to be back after the bye week, along with Hunter Hillenmeyer. Hopefully, all of these recently injured guys will recuperate, and all the players with lingering injuries will get a chance to rest(Tommie Harris).
Mike Singletary is the coach of San Francisco. He is also the man who played Middle Linebacker for the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears.Singletary has gotten his team off to a strong start this season, and this team looks to give the Bears a serious threat. The 49er's defense has looked especially strong, and now they have finally signed holdout Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree. I think this game will be a defensive battle, and will be a big running game for both teams. I think the match-up to watch is Frank Gore vs. the Bear's Defensive Line. If Head Coach Mike Singletary can contribute his intensity to his team, they could beat the Bears. I think this is going to be a very close one.
Really darn good. This game is borderline scary. The Eagles have shown that they can not only score, but also, that they can stop their opponents from scoring. I expect this to be a low scoring game, and a battle of the defenses. I think this will be a battle between Charles Tillman/Zack Bowman vs. Desean Jackson/Jeremy Maclin. The Bears front four also has to get to Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick to secure a solid victory.
Another game that worries me. The Viqueens are good, again. We all(Bears fans) know AP is really good, and are really sick of hearing about it. The guy we are even more sick of hearing about that isn't Brett Favre, its a Hillbilly Defensive End. The guy had 4.5 sacks against arguably the worst offensive line in professional football. Can the USA please get over it. This game will come down to the longevity of Brett Favre this season, he has a tendency to taper off at the end of seasons. The match-up to watch will be Orlando Pace vs. Jared Allen. I hope Orlando keeps the pace.
Probably not. Poor Steve Jackson. If he was drafted by a better team, he would definitely get a lot more recognition. This game should be a pretty easy one, considering the Bears are at home. The Bears have to stuff Jackson, and get pressure on the QB. I think this will be a blowout in Chicago, maybe even a shutout....Gutsy call on my part.
At this point in the season, I think the Bears will be 8-4. I revoke my previous prediction, and think they will bypass Arizona. However, I think they will go 1-3 in the 3rd quarter of the season, with losses to San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Minnesota. I hate to say this, but the second half of the season is going to be a real challenge. I hope the Bears prove me wrong. GO BEARS! I am pulling for you guys. Also, I am going to recap, and finish my predictions following week eight.