This coming Sunday will be the second matchup between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings in the past three weeks. In Week 12, Vikings defensive end Jared Allen ended the season of Bears guard Lance Louis with a blindside block that tore his ACL.
Allen was apologetic about the illegal hit on Louis during a Vikings interception return, and said that he doesn’t expect Chicago’s offensive line to look for revenge for their fallen teammate when the Bears travel to Minnesota this weekend.
Even Bears quarterback Jay Cutler felt that Allen’s devastating hit wasn’t intentional. Cutler added that he hopes that his offensive line just concentrate on doing their job in trying to protect him in the loud, hostile environment that they will be playing in.
I think that retaliation is the last thing that should be on the mind of the Bears’ o-line. Focusing solely on revenge will keep them from doing their primary duty, which is to keep from adding to the 36 sacks that they have allowed all season long. In addition, the loud crowd at the Mall of America Field will make it even more difficult for the offensive line to stick to the original game plan, and to hear snap counts and audibles.
I hope that everyone plays with a short memory and totally forgets the unfortunate incident that happened a couple of weeks ago. Especially for the sake of the Bears, they can’t afford to let anything get in their way of securing a playoff spot in the last four weeks of the regular season. Focusing on the wrong thing in this Week 14 matchup could add to last week’s disappointing loss, and snowball into a major problem.
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