Let’s be honest, there isn’t a whole lot to talk about this week for Bears fans. Yeah, I guess we could talk about the fact that Todd Collins, at 38 years young, will become the oldest starting quarterback in Chicago Bears history on Sunday. We could talk about the fact that Jay Cutler has been practicing all week, yet, did not get cleared to play on Sunday as a result of a “mild concussion” suffered last week vs the Giants. We could even talk about the historically embarrassing performance by the Bears on Sunday Night Football which included a make shift offensive line allowing NINE sacks in the first half. Was it entirely their fault? Probably not, a couple of times Jay Cutler held on to the ball too long and a couple of sacks were the result of a missed chip block by a running back or a tight end. But in the end, the offensive line deserves to shoulder the majority of the blame for being so incredibly overmatched that it became painful to watch. I started to sympathize with Jay Cutler after awhile, I wouldn’t wish that type of punishment on my own worst enemy.
Looking ahead to Sunday, do we really want to dwell on any of these negative topics? As Bears fans, let’s be happy that after the first quarter of the season we are 3-1 (on pace for 12-4) and we defeated two quality opponents in Dallas and Green Bay. All we can do now is hope Jay Cutler only misses one game and the Bears defense and special teams can help Todd Collins and company keep the game close this weekend against a Carolina Panthers team that most consider one of the worst teams in the NFL. Let’s not forget that Carolina is starting a rookie quarterback in Jimmy Clausen and will be without their best wide receiver, Steve Smith. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the Panthers are going to be very one dimensional in their attempt to run the ball against one of the best run defenses in the NFL. All Pro linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs should have a field day sniffing out runs against a vanilla Carolina offense that isn’t really a threat to take any chances in the passing game. On top of all this, do you think Julius Peppers might be fairly motivated to have a big game against his former team that told him they were moving in a different direction last year? I would not want to be in Jimmy Clausen’s shoes come Sunday…come to think of it, I wouldn’t want to be in Todd Collins’s shoes either.
So what do I think is going to happen on Sunday? Well, how are the Bears going to score? How are the Panthers going to score? The Bears are the worst rushing team in the NFL. The Bears are starting TODD COLLINS at QB. The Panthers meanwhile, are going to be forced to run the ball against one of the best run defenses in the NFL. Is either team going to score? My prediction is the obvious one…the Bears turn back the clock to 2006 and generate points with their defense and special teams, Bears 20 Carolina 13.
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Written by Tim Lewis