Bears are good, and could soon be great
Did you wake up this morning all bright eyed and bushy tailed even though you were deprived of some sleep? Did your coffee taste better than usual?
Then you’re surely not alone. You are just among the many of us who are giddy over the fact the Chicago Bears are undeniably good once more.
It’s been several years since the legion of loyal Bears’ fans could say as much, but all doubt was erased Sunday night when Chicago knocked off rival Minnesota 25-20.
The victory is the seventh in 10 games for the Bears, who already have won more games this year than in any of the previous four seasons. With six games left in 2018, Chicago holds a fairly comfortable NFC North Division lead, and controls its own destiny in terms of claiming the division title. If the Bears take care of business during the stretch run, they will make a playoff appearance for the first time since 2010.
What’s more, this year could be the beginning of something great. It’s hard to call the Bears a great team just yet. Their offense sputtered somewhat in the second half against Minnesota, and the defense had some difficulty adjusting to the no-huddle offense the Vikings ran during much of the game’s final two quarters.
But both the offensive and defensive units showed flashes of brilliance on Sunday. The Bears are one of the NFL’s youngest teams, and as the players gain experience, the effort will become more consistent and the brilliance more constant.
Remember the Bears’ rise to excellence in the 1980s, which was highlighted by a resounding win in Super Bowl XX? Something similar seems to be brewing again.