At the beginning of this season, I projected that the Bears would finish 10-6, win the NFC North and make a miraculous Super Bowl run.
Now, if you assume I'm an amazing guru who saw it from the start, you're wrong. My prediction was illogical and backed up with virtually no facts.
However, as the season goes on, my ridiculous prediction is becoming more and more realistic.
Everyone knew that the Bears were destined to improve this season. With the addition of Julius Peppers, the recovery of former All-Pro Brian Urlacher and the return of Pro Bowler Lance Briggs, there was no doubt that the defense would bounce back from 2009's subpar squad.
The return of Pro Bowl kick returner/wide receiver Johnny Knox wouldn't hurt offensive efforts, either.
But nobody expected this.
The Bears are currently 8-3, leading the NFC North and are No. 2 in the NFC.
Many have theories on how such a low-ranked offense could accomplish such a feat.
Most say it's their defense that propels them.
Some blame it on a soft schedule.
Some claim it's sheer luck.
I think the reasons for the Bears' success are rooted in their 2006 Super Bowl squad. The more I look into it, the more it seems that the Bears are exactly like the 2006 team.
Allow me to elaborate on the similarities (and the categories in which they surpass the 2006 squad).