Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Have at It: Assessing Bears' prospects
By Kevin Seifert
In recent days, one or two (thousand) of you have suggested I might have been a bit harsh in my assessment of the Chicago Bears' performance in Sunday's 19-14 victory over the Detroit Lions. In short, I didn't think it was worth beating your chest over and I didn't think it was good enough to get it done against most of the teams on their schedule this season.
But we're all about free speech on this blog, and I've listened to everyone. In our SportsNation chat Tuesday, I thought Yhammi expressed your thoughts in a particularly reasonable way. Here was our exchange:
Yhammi (La Crosse)
I understand people focusing on the controversial call at the end of the Bears game and perhaps going for it on fourth and goal but why isn't anyone mentioning the outstanding defense the Bears displayed or [Matt] Forte's awesome day or that [Jay] Cutler threw for 375 yards. The Bears had a 4 to 1 total offensive yards advantage. Why isn't anyone talking about those things and this much improved team?
Kevin Seifert (1:40 PM)
I think it's been mentioned, but it's only fair to mention it in context. They gained a lot of yards, but also had four turnovers and couldn't convert in the red zone. They stopped the Lions for most of the day, but when it counted they almost gave up the game-winning score. It's all part of the big picture.
So I'll throw the floor open to you. Here's how I'd like to start our Week 2 Have at It: When the game was over, did you feel better, worse or no different about the Bears' prospects this season?
As you can see from the chart to your right, most of the Bears' offensive and defensive production ranked at or near the top of the NFL. They also committed more penalties than all but seven NFL teams, turned the ball over four times and won only when a Lions touchdown was overturned with 24 seconds remaining.
But don't let me influence your thoughts. As always, let me know what you think in the comments section below. I'll publish a representative sample, along with my own take, by the end of the week. Have at It.