Super Bowl Predictions: Chicago Bears Will Win Super Bowl XLV, and Here's Why
The Chicago Bears have Super Bowl XLV in their sights and they need three wins to claim the ultimate prize.
Chicago wasn't expected to be a major force prior to the start of the season, but they took the league by storm and they're ready to continue proving their biggest critics wrong.
The team has had their ups and downs, but they've shown the rest of the league that they're real and that they can hang with the league's elite.
Here are 10 reasons why the Chicago Bears will get to the promised land and win it all.
10. Versatility of Matt Forte
Matt Forte is Mike Martz's version of—and no, I'm not actually comparing their talent level—Marshall Faulk. He is the Bears' Swiss-army knife and the team's most potent offensive weapon.
Forte is big enough to run you over, but also elusive enough to make you look foolish. The offense should go through Forte.
His great hands also make him the perfect backfield companion to Jay Cutler. When Cutler is faced with pressure, he can rely on the steady hands of Forte for the check down pass.
9. Mike Martz
Having Mike Martz as your offensive coordinator is both a gift and a curse.
When Martz goes pass-happy, he makes the offense predictable and easy to defend. He puts Jay Cutler into compromising situations due to the poor offensive line and exposes them.
However, when he brings a more balanced attack, he can use his offensive schemes to wreak havoc on opposing defenses.
First, he needs to establish the run to setup the big pass play. After all, Jay Cutler has a cannon for an arm capable of getting it downfield to the deep threats in the receiving corps.
If the Bears are looking at short yardage situations, he needs to dial up short-drops and quick releases for Cutler, and he'll get brilliant play from his quarterback.
Martz gives the Bears one of the most potent offensive attacks in the league and a competitive edge.
8. Lovie Smith
Lovie Smith was on the hot seat entering the season and he swung for the fences. In turn, he was rewarded with the No. 2 seed in the NFC and a first-round bye.
Smith is one of the most respected coaches in the NFL today. He has the experience and pedigree to not only take the team back to the promised land, but to walk away as Super Bowl Champs.
His players play hard for him and he'll make sure they're in a position to win every game.
7. Third Down
Third down is a pivotal moment for both an offense and a defense. Getting a team into a three-and-out situation and putting the ball back in the hands of your offense is vital to a team's success.
Chicago is one of the very best teams at forcing opponents into failed third-down conversions. They held teams to a 34.7 percent success rate over the course of the regular season.
When you force your opponent to punt the ball, they will get a healthy dose of...
6. Devin Hester
Devin Hester means much more to the Chicago Bears than meets the eye.
To the casual fan, his ability on returns and kickoffs doesn't seem like much, but it impacts the game in more than one way.
First and foremost, he gives the special teams a home run hitter capable of putting up six on the board any time he touches the ball.
His presence alone forces tough decisions on opposing coaches and kickers. If they kick it to him, he may return it for a touchdown. If they are forced to kick it out of bounds, they could just as easily give the Bears' offense great field position.
5. Brian Urlacher
Brian Urlacher ranks right near the top of linebackers in the NFL. He's one of the most cerebral players at his position and he is the quarterback of their defense.
His absence last season was a clear indicator of how important he was to not only their defense, but the team as a whole. Urlacher elevates the teams' defense into another tier they wouldn't be able to reach without him.
You won't find any quarterbacks or running backs willing to admit it, but when Urlacher is standing opposite from you staring you down, a foreboding sense of fear washes over you.
Quite simply, turnovers are game-changers. Chicago just happens to be one of the best in the league at takeaways.
Forcing a turnover can completely shift the momentum of a game, especially if you happen to get that takeaway deep in your opponents territory.
Great field position usually leads to great things, and the team knows how to capitalize on those situations.
3. Run Defense
The Chicago Bears were the second ranked run defense in the NFL during the regular season.
Whenever a tailback had the ball in his hands, the Bears swarmed all over him and clogged up all the running lanes.
When you take away the run game, you force the opposing offense into a one-dimensional attack. That makes it much easier to gameplan around.
2. Pass Defense
I am a firm believer that defense wins championships and this rings particularly true in the NFL. With the league geared more towards the pass, being able to defend against it becomes paramount in the postseason.
The Chicago Bears have an elite defense that is capable of putting the clamps on even the most prolific offenses in the league.
They're one of, if not the best team at limiting the big play, and they do that thanks to their secondary.
The Chicago Bears are tough and unwavering. They don't back down from a challenge and you can't rattle them.
The team will battle to the bitter end and there's no way they go down without a fight.
With a number of game-changers on both sides of the ball, the team will come out swinging on every possession.
Resiliency defines the Chicago Bears, and you cannot win a ring without this characteristic.