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7 Positives to Take Away from Sunday Night’s Meltdown

“Over? Did you say ‘over’? Nothing is over until we decide it is!

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!”

John “Bluto” Blutarsky

(from Animal House)

Reading some of the posts from disgruntled fans across Bear Nation, you’d think the season was already over. While it’s hard to imagine a worse beginning than what transpired at Lambeau Field Sunday night, allow me to channel my inner Bluto and give you 7 good reasons to keep up the fight.

1.      Despite the loss of Urlacher, LB is the most loaded position on our roster. How many of you have been clamoring to see more of the talented Jamar Williams? Well, you’re about to get your chance (assuming he stays healthy). And how smart does the decision to keep Hillenmeyer around look now?

2.      Cutler was miserable at times (note his throw into quadruple coverage), but he had flashes of brilliance. For example: the TD to Hester, bomb to Knox and a couple of other deep sideline outs that were perfectly placed where only his receivers could nab them. And correct me if I’m wrong, but despite his 3 first-half INTs, didn’t we regain the lead with 2.5 minutes to go…

3.      Robbie Gould is Mr. Clutch. I’ll speak on behalf of all Bears fans when I say “Robbie, I’m sorry for taking you for granted these past few years.” The guy is so smooth and makes his kicks look effortless. If last night is a precursor of what’s to come, we’ll have a handful of games that go down to the wire. I can’t think of another kicker I’d rather have with the game on the line – especially in windy Solder Field.

4.      Our young WRs are only going to get better with experience. For every badly run route, there were 2 or 3 good things each of the young WRs did against a seasoned Green Bay secondary. Nothing like back-to-back games against the Pack and Steelers to get Bennett, Knox and Co. some needed on-the-job training.

5.      Let’s say we beat the Steelers Sunday. Are all the ill feelings from Sunday night erased? If during the pre-season I offered you a split of our first two regular season games, chances are you’d live with that. I don’t care if it’s ugly, controversial or illegal, a win against the defending champs will get the bandwagon rolling again.

6.      The defense looked juiced. It’s official – the missing ingredient from last season’s bland defense was a pinch of Lovie-Marinelli. The ‘potent’ Packers offense that scored TDs on 9 of 13 preseason drives was held to 226 total yards. And 10 of their 21 points came from gift-wrapped turnovers (INT and failed fake punt) that put them deep in Bears’ territory.

7.      Playoff berths aren’t awarded in Week One. While it would’ve been nice to start 1-0, look no further than our own division last year – the Vikings started 0-2 and finished on top of the North. We still have 2 games vs. the Lions and others against Cincy, Cleveland and St. Louis – I think we can assume 5 wins there. If we split the remaining 10 games on the schedule, 10-6 should get us to the show.

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