Time to Respond: Someone has to step up and be a leader with their words, along with their actions of course(2 sacks – 6 sacks on the season – career high). It’s good to hear confidence, and a hunger and thrist for a win, as it will be an important game in which they need to win at home against an “average” team at best. Games like these are ones the team needs to win and has to if it wants to make it back to the Playoffs. The 3-4 Windy City Bears need to protect their house and play the defense we’ve been accustomed to seeing them play. I expect the comments of Tommie Harris to motivate the team and lead ‘em en route to another win to get the team back to .500, heading into a much-needed bye week. It’s the right time for some confidence to flow when the team needs the boost to be committed to staying focused on winning games, letting go of what they could have done during the four losses, while remembering them enough to improve on them and not let it go by in terms of staying concentrated on getting better each day, week, and month, proving to themselves and others that they are the team they were last year and that they are better from the losses and last year’s SB performance. Therefore, you have to see this as a must-win and a game that I’m exited to see – if they respond in a big way. While the team has lots of work to be done, the steps towards the right direction and a winning mark can still be accomplished and it starts this week it getting back to .500, first things first. Tommie Harris and the defense needs to step up and force the issue along with turnovers, as they are now starting to feel the heat from not only from offenses, but from maybe from their own offense, what a concept…
Tommie Harris speaks: “We’re ready,” defensive tackle Tommie Harris said, speaking of the Lions. “You don’t come into Philadelphia and win in that stadium against Donovan McNabb. So that boosted our confidence so much.
“Detroit don’t come into Chicago and win in our stadium. We have to be 4-4 going into our (week off). We have to be. … I’m going to do whatever I have to do for us to be 4-4.”
Health update: Safety Brandon McGowan is day-to-day with a sprained elbow that forced him to exit Sunday’s game late in the second quarter.
Defensive tackle Tommie Harris has a sore back and running back Cedric Benson suffered a minor knee injury, but both finished the game and are expected to be OK.
Defensive tackle Darwin Walker (knee) and cornerback Nate Vasher (groin) are continuing to make progress after sitting out Sunday’s game with injuries.
Playing with fire and intensity: The Bears knew a loss to the Eagles would have been heartbreaking and a crushing blow and end to their playoff admirations, and that sense of urgency was clearly visible as they came from behind, erasing a 9-3 halftime deficit.
“We came out in the second half and we pretty much knew our season was on the line,” said receiver Muhsin Muhammad. “We talked about it [Saturday] night in the hotel in our team meeting. We were pretty fired up in our meeting.”
“[Saturday] night and all week we talked a lot about playing our best game,” said coach Lovie Smith. “If we lose, fine. But we didn’t want to have any regrets and I think that was the case.”
Don’t Look back now: I wonder if you know who is second in the NFL at 300.8 ypg passing to Tom Brady? Well its, Michigan’s own Brian Griese, the QB that has been excellent at times and very superb and consistent in each of his starts, making good decisions, quick choices, and reads with his passes – becoming the key to a mini Bears turnaround and resurgence to a lowly Chicago offense, while the remarkable play has everyone buzzing about this former Pro Bowl QB and once heir apparent of a legendary Cardinal and Bronco signal caller, John Elway. Griese #’s don’t lie and his production is amazing, as he has thrown for over 300 yards in 3 of 4 games and is the first Bears QB to go back-to-back in 300 yard games since Jim Miller in 1999. He has been their best QB since the days of Erik Kramer and Griese has been applauded by Joe Theismann, among others, in discussion about his comeback victory that he lead against Philly. Can it be an Era of a new QB and can he be the “one” the Bears have been waiting for and is the good QB play finally here to stay and continue? Griese looks like the Real Deal and will be a main reason when talked about any Bears success this season because the offense now looks like a legitimate unit that can score points and spread the ball around the field via the aerial attack. Now the running game should be able to get back on-track and get going, as this passing game will open by more for Cedric Benson and the Bears’ RB’s. Talk about an upside down season so far as the team’s greatest weaknessess are now their strengths and the other way around, as the team this week will showcase a complete, balanced effort in all 3 phases of the game, hoping for it to happen for the first time this season. I really expect Chicago to win this division if they continue to utilize thier weapons and stay healthy on defense.
More players talk after the win, they now look at this week’s match-up in pursuit of another: “It’s a starting point for us,” said guard Roberto Garza. “Our season has been up and down to this point. It’s time we get on a streak and get back to playing Bear football.” “This win won’t mean anything if we don’t win next week,” quarterback Brian Griese said in advance of Sunday’s home game against the Detroit Lions. “It was a big game for us,” Griese said. “But the key to us going forward is how do we build on what we did, how do we learn from the situations in the red zone per se that we didn’t capitalize on and become a better football team going forward and build on that momentum.”