Is a Super Bowl shuffle on the horizon for the Bears?
It has been eight years since the Chicago Bears have been in the playoffs.
After finishing last in the NFC North last season, the Monsters of the Midway are back in the chase for the Lombardi Trophy.
Head coach Matt Nagy and his cutting-edge playbook set a franchise record with 12 wins as a rookie head coach. And the team’s four losses were by one possession or a combined 14 points.
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky took several steps forward in his second pro season with a new receiving corps of Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, as well as Trey Burton.
Oh, and the defense was monstrous. A preseason trade for renowned pass rusher Khalil Mack tipped the scales. The Bears defense led the NFL with 36 takeaways. It also allowed only 17.7 points per game, the lowest in the NFL.
All in all, the Bears are back, and local fans are optimistic about this year’s playoffs. So, will the Monsters of the Midway “club dub” their way into a Super Bowl Shuffle?
Here’s what your neighbors around the Kankakee County area think about Sunday’s first round playoff game against the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles:
I’m pretty optimistic about the Bears’ chances. While the Eagles are the reigning Super Bowl champs and are still formidable, they have ton of injuries. As long as the Bears defense stays consistent and the O-line can buy Trubisky time, they should have a dominate performance. The Bears win 24-6.
– Greg Rattin, Bradley
I am thrilled at how well the Bears have done this year. I was thrilled with their QB pick last year. Mitch is our future QB. I am looking forward to the Eagles game Sunday. And I do think we will beat them. I also would not be surprised if they made it to Atlanta come February. It has been a long time since the Bears were the Monsters of the Midway. They are once again, and I couldn’t be happier. Go Bears!
– Iola Gomez, Bourbonnais
I think the Bears will do great against the Eagles. The Bears’ defense is back to being dominant. I think they will have to be clicking on all cylinders but will win the game. As a diehard Bears fan, I truly believe that they have what it takes to go all the way as long as the key players stay healthy. Mitchell Trubisky and and the offense will need to limit mistakes. But overall I think the Bears are on the right track. I think they will win 27-21 on Sunday.
– Todd Harris, Watseka
I love the season they have had. I love the team, the coaches and the relationship they have with each other and the way they feed off each other. Being a Bears fan all my life, it hasn’t been easy the last few years. But it’s exciting again, and I can’t wait. Even though Trubisky is a young dude, he has great leadership. They look up to him and feed off his energy. I think we’re going to win 20-10 on Sunday.
– Dawn Akerman-Quick, Limestone
They’ve had an amazing season. Fighting until the end of each game, they most certainly earned getting into the playoffs. As for Sunday, they just have to make sure to set the tone early and to not let up. They are strong and powerful, but so is the other team. If they set the tone early, they will be competing yet one more week. Good luck, Bears!
– Bryan Valladarez, Kankakee
They have had a fabulous season! They are capable of going all the way if they continue to stay healthy and don’t lose their focus. I plan on not missing any of their games. I’ve been a fan all along, win or lose. Love my Bears!
– Brenda Ekhoff, Grant Park