“There once was a girl, who had a little curl right in the middle of her head. And when she was good, she was very very good, but when she was bad she was awful.” In two sentences, the story of the Chicago Bears this season — Jay Cutler and their Defense in particular.
When Cutler is on, you get shootouts like versus Minnesota. When the defense is on, they had some close losses. When both are clicking, they dominate. Hasn’t happened near enough for them this season. It’s either hot or cold.
This game could, like many of their contests this season, be a win or loss for the Lions. The Bears have many flaws right now — with one of the biggest under center. They also have many strengths, again one of the biggest under center. The Bears live and die by Cutler’s INT’s. If Gunther can get pressure on Cutler, and the offense can at least deliver enough points to keep the Bears out of a run-only mode, then Cutler will throw some picks.
This game will wrap up the Lions’ season, and then it will be time for more analysis on the season, speculation, and looks back at best and worst moments. We will have a whole ifseason — tomorrow through the next 8 months without real football. So sit back, and win or lose know the odds are the Lions are picking 2nd or third in the draft. Not really a way to “screw up” their draft position — which means we can just enjoy the game for what it is: a contest to entertain us, and give us an excuse to be with friends and family, sharing a common bond.
Enjoy the first game of the New Year!!