It is amazing that even after a win on Sunday, we still have to look at the bright side. This was probably the angriest win in the history of Chicago football. A win is a win, but it seems based on the reactions of fans very, few people are enjoying it.
[picappgallerysingle id=”9617893″]There are some teams with higher expectations than the Chicago Bears sitting with one loss. The list includes a hard knock case in the New York Jets (I loved the show, but can you imagine how many people are rooting against the Jets based on it?), Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers (they got their rear-ends kicked by the Seattle Seahawks) and Dallas Cowboys. Ah…the Cowboys, our next opponent.
[picappgallerysingle id=”9752879″]If any of you watched the game on Sunday night, Dallas looked like the hare in the race against the tortoise. Everyone expected Dallas to win except the Washington Redskins and frankly, the idiotic play of the Cowboys. Two plays stand out. At the end of the first half, why in the world would you throw a dump-off pass. Either throw the ball downfield or run with it! For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, Romo threw a dump-off pass at the end of the first half from their own 30-yardline (I am guessing to pad his stats, but maybe there was another reason behind it). Tashard Choice caught the pass and was stripped by a few Redskins resulting in a half-ending touchdown. This gave the Redskins a 10 point lead. At the end of the second half (game), the Cowboys scored on the last play of the game but it was off-set by a holding penalty. This gave the Redskins a 13-7 victory.
[picappgallerysingle id=”4629844″]Will this make the Dallas Cowboys more hungry on Sunday against the Chicago Bears? Will the Chicago Bears view this as a chance to actually get some point production out of what appears to be a high-powered offense? I think the Chicago Bears enter this game with a lot less pressure than the Cowboys. For starters, pretty much everyone will pick the Cowboys Sunday. Currently, the Cowboys are a nine point favorite at home. While that seems to be high, the experts obviously aren’t taking much stock in first-week results.
[picappgallerysingle id=”9748454″]Based on what I saw on Sunday, I think the Chicago Bears have the makings of a good football team (doesn’t mean I think there a good football team yet…there is work to do). But the offensive line played better than most of us expected on Sunday (minus the lack of getting one freaking yard on seven tries). Mike Martz’s offense will be fun to watch (he drew up the game-winning touchdown during the game…in other words…the Chicago Bears have a coach that can actually make game adjustments). It’s so nice to have an offensive mind like his running the show.
On the other side of the ball, there were some good things too including the play of the linebackers. Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher are stealing the headlines, but Pisa Tinoisamoa also played very well. The secondary did its job too. But in typical Lovie Smith fashion, his defense plays well enough until the end to give something up. Man, has this been a theme!!!
So, I am going to enjoy being 1-0 for the week. It could be a lot worse.