Chicago Sports Preview: Bulls, Bears, and Blackhawks. Vol. 1

Craig NuzzoCorrespondent INovember 30, 2008

Well, Thanksgiving is over and it's time to head back to school for finals. Before I do, let's quickly preview/recap the Bulls, Bears, and Blackhawks.


Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls (7-9) will play their last game of the "Circus Trip" today against the Philadelphia 76ers (7-9) at 4:00 PM CST.

Derrick Rose and the entire team have been struggling thus far. Vinny Del Negro and company just needs to go back to the basics, and play some simple basketball. That's really all they need to do. It looks like a well rounded high school team could even out play them.


Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears (6-5) will play tonight in the Metrodome against the Minnesota Vikings (6-5). The game is will be the feature of Sunday Night Football (in America) on NBC at 7:30 PM CST.

Keys of the Game

Stop Adrian Peterson: The Vikings will definitely be utilizing their star running-back after the Bears played horrible defense against the Packers.

Use Matt Forte: Forte will be a main threat for the Bears today. Look for him to run for 100+ yards with a touchdown or two.

Protect Kyle Orton: The Bears cannot risk losing Orton if they intend on making the playoffs. Orton will be a main key for the Bears success in the postseason.

This game is very important for both the Bears and the Vikings. It will be a great game. Be sure to tune-in!


Chicago Blackhawks

Overall, the Chicago Blackhawks (10-6-6) had a great "Circus Trip" compared to previous years. Even so, they struggled in the last two games against the Anaheim Ducks (13-8-3) and the Los Angeles Kings (10-9-3).

In both games the 'Hawks couldn't capitalize on most of their shot opportunities. It seemed like Patrick Sharp and Marty Havlat had many opportunities. Also, Jonathan Toews has been on a slump. And, Patrick Kane and company made some stupid penalty mistakes.

Nikolai Khabibulin is day-to-day with a lower body injury, and Aaron Johnson has been placed on the injury reserves.

The 'Hawks brought up netminder Corey Crawford to fill their roster.

This Wednesday, Dec. 3 the 'Hawks will be back home in the United Center to face-off against the Anaheim Ducks at 7:30 PM CST on Comcast SportsNet. The 'Hawks have won six games at home. Home ice advantage seems to be imperative for the 'Hawks.

Hopefully, I will have time to write a more in depth article on what the 'Hawks need to do against the Ducks before Wednesday.

Until next time,

Let's Go Chicago!