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Bears In Midst Of Ambush: Team Needs Victory For Shot At Division Title

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Still hope leftover for a comeback: One thing that’s going in favor for the Bears, well, albeit, it may be the only thing going for them on their side nowadays, with all the injuries, bad losses, and the continued dismal, offensive play, is the fact that Super Bowl Head Coach and former Coach of the Year, Lovie Smith, can make history this Sunday, as he can become the first coach since the “Purple Eaters” own, Minnesota’s Hall of Fame Coach and four-time SB downer Bud Grant; to win his team’s first four games at Lambeau Field, with that being noted, I do in essence – like the Chicago Bears chances this weekend at division leading Green Bay to pull of an upset over the rivals up north. Now on to our slumping Bears, that may be at the lowest point since the beginning of ’05… Well, in that case, speaking of the struggling Windy City Soldiers, let’s talk about that overcoming, heroic, per say, one-sided and one dimensional11-5 squad, with that playoff team having a little, something in common with this year’s ’07 Bears…

Season’s over, right…? The season may not be over, just yet, anyways, that’s if you look back to the 1-3 start of the 2005 season, you get the picture?… As you can see – after a pathetic 20-10 road loss to Cleveland (I was at the game), in which All-Pro Safety Mike Brown was infuriated with the result and outcome of the 4th quarter letdown (we “stink”), voicing his opinion about the team during a postgame talk ~ sound familiar? So if it was done once before, can it be done once again…? We’ll see… If the Bears do bounce back, and if they make it a complete “360” degree turnaround, the main reasons will be improvements on the offensive side of the ball (Balanced and Time of Possession are they big KEYS), a return of healthy(?) starters on defense, and a better emphasis and focus to finish off games in the 2nd half, more importantly the 4th Quarter (outscored: 58-14)! In all of the game this season, Chicago has either had a lead or has been tied in the 2nd half… With that being said, look for more “trick” plays, a more open/balanced offensive playbook to be used, I know’s it about time, and for the calls on both sides of the football to be more aggressive, knowing it has to be to make up for the poor start, vast amount of turnovers, and the injuries that seem to haunt and doom the team week in, week out; as the Bears truly understand and believe that this game Sunday Nite at Lambeau, against the 4-0, undefeated rivals of Green Bay, will be the game they need to have in order to bounce back and have a shot for a third consecutive NFC North divisional crown.

How can we win this? Granted the Pack is not all that “mighty” as some experts have been coming out calling them as big-time “charlies”, so in looking at this match-up between the Windy City and the “cheesehead” state, where does the game turn and give the edge to Green Bay? Certainly, the run game of the Pack will not be the area getting the job done on Sunday, as they’re ranked 32nd, worst in the NFL! Chicago, well, on the other hand, has “Fumbling, Bumbling” Cedric Benson leading the way with a 27th overall ranking, while on defense, both team’s are about equal in average – Chicago at 15th, and G.B. at 19th… So cancel the postgame show, right…? No, the comparisons will all come to a “halt” and stop right there, as the Pack is ranked 2nd in passing offense, with the Bears at an awful 30th ranking in the NFL, so that’s where this game may(?) be won, as you can draw the differences and conclusions here. So Favre, Driver, and Co. have the huge edge on the O-Line and passing the football against Griese and the gang, so you have to end the discussion here. Though, hypothetically, if the Bears come out on top with a victory Sunday, you can credit and contribute it towards a (+) plus, turnover differential (-7), something they have not accomplished yet and been able to do, all year, as their margin of error has been big, in favor of the other team. If the turnover trend insurmountably kills the team’s chances of winning like it has the past four weeks, then at that moment, like All-Pro DT Tommie Harris said it best (quote of the week), so eloquently and truthfully so, the only thing as Bears fans we can do is… HOPE ~ for that’s all there is left to do, in a time where the Monsters of the Midway are not too “monstrous”!

Are they Healthy yet? Is the secondary going to be ready and prepared to take on the 2nd best aerial attack in the NFL, a potent, winning formula of dart-throwing #4 Brett Favre and friends? Not if we have the whole, entire starting secondary absent like we did in Detroit, as we went up against the 4th quarter powerhouse Lions at Ford Field, I don’t think it can work out even as close as it did last week. Facing the Pack on the road with a banged up defensive backfield is not in the best interest of the team that so desperately needs a win, that is a “must” if they want to get back on track and join the division race for a 3rd straight Title…

Still questions: Seven players sat out practice Wednesday with injuries. Guard Ruben Brown (shoulder) and tackle Fred Miller (knee) were limited in practice, while safety Adam Archuleta (hand) participated without restrictions.

“All of the players are getting better as they normally do daily, which is a good thing,” Smith said. “Exactly who will be available for the game this week, I don’t know. But again, they are all making improvement. All of our players know that this is Packer Week, so we assume we’ll get the majority of them back.”

Injury update: Charles Tillman (ankle) and Lance Briggs (hamstring) returned to the practice field Wednesday, but only to do light conditioning drills away from the rest of the team. Neither player looked game-ready.

Cornerback Nathan Vasher, defensive tackle Tommie Harris (knee), safety Brandon McGowan (shoulder), tackle John Tait (ankle) and running back Adrian Peterson (calf) did not practice either. Brown (ankle) and fellow offensive lineman Fred Miller (knee) saw limited time.

Safety Adam Archuleta, playing with a broken right hand, was a full go after missing the Detroit game. Archuleta will play against Green Bay, barring any last-minute setback.


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