Our man Champ, co-founder of Weareregalradio.com, is providing special Chicago Bears-related columns for the RedEye newspaper this season, appearing online every Thursday and in the print edition each Friday.
This week — if there’s anything this NFL season has taught us is to expect the unexpected, or even expect the expected but not at the time you expect it (case in point: Packers beating the Lions, but in the most unexpected way possible).
In regards to Chicago’s beloved Bears, still in a somewhat competitive NFC playoff race, losing to the 49ers this Sunday would be in some ways both the unexpected and the expected coming a little later than expected, or to put it more plainly it’d be an inevitable conclusion finally coming to fruition.
But who wants that though? Sure, the Bears look like a wild card weekend out at best, but last Thursday afternoon how certain were you that the Bears were going to handle business in Green Bay, huh? And look what happened there…
What it comes down to is that in the NFL there’s never been a thinner line between mediocrity and greatness — that’s something that the 49ers, whose 2015 so far has been a walking Ray McDonald (or to put it more plainly, a walking disaster) can allow itself to take solace in.
The 9ers will be no one’s playoff team this year but starting this weekend against the Bears they can play a role in the NFC’s playoff picture, for that reason alone says Champ, the Bears have to stay mindful of what San Francisco can do while making sure they keep working on their faults:
The Bears are ranked toward the bottom of the NFL in rushing defense (29th out of 32 teams), giving up 129 yards per game. Until they become more consistent in stopping the run, teams will try to exploit this weakness. If the Bears are to make a push for the playoffs, the rush defense has to improve dramatically.
Read the rest of his column here.
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