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Although it may hurt as a football fan to say this, the Chicago Bears defense just ain't what it used to be.
Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs and the rest of the D are aging but still very effective.
It's the pass unit that has been bothersome in the Windy City.
Major Wright, Chris Conte and Brandon Meriweather must improve if the Bears want to be considered legitimate playoff contenders.
Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije anchor a fierce defensive line that has totaled 15 sacks this season.
On the offensive side of things, Matt Forte basically runs the show. He is on pace for more than 2,500 yards combined (rushing and receiving) during his contract year.
Devin Hester continues to impress when returning (even breaking the all-time return touchdown record this season) but fails as a No. 1 receiver.
It's time for the Bears to look at another veteran for the one spot, because Hester and Roy Williams aren't doing the job. Perhaps Terrell Owens could be given a call?
I am impressed by Jay Cutler's improved precision this season. Last year, he aimlessly tossed picks at will, but in 2011 he has one of the league's lowest interception total at six.
At 4-3 and with losses to the Lions, Saints and Packers, a trio that sports a combined 18-5 win-loss record, it's safe to call the Bears a good team.
Will "good" translate into "great" come December and January?