Mack, Fuller and Co. are entertainers as much as they are guardians of an offense in frequent need of rescue. Still, the defense can double as a safety net but for only so long before its thread wears thin.
Regardless of multiple sources of frustration, the Bears sit atop the NFC North and are looking more and more like a lock for the playoffs in spite of the calls to dissect the team and disregard it because of uneven play.
On paper, it looks like this is a good match-up for the Bears and a prime chance to get back to running the football effectively.
Defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a Thursday Night Football thriller broadcast to the nation makes a bigger impact than losing at Noon the prior Sunday to Indianapolis in regional coverage.
A “now or never” type mentality is needed for this game…the stunning carriage that carried the team through September looks good for a pumpkin transformation as October continues.
If every game can be considered a test, then the Bears failed so hard in this go around that they may need a report card signed by a parent.
This will be the stiffest challenge the Bears have seen so far this year. These Colts come in with talent and are also very healthy, like the Bears are.
What constituted the Bears’ comeback from a 26-10 deficit to a 30-26 win boiled down to one thing — getting the right guy under center.
Clearly, the Bears defense will have to be good this week. Would it be too much to ask them to get back to elite level and potentially shut down this explosive Falcon team?
Despite elements of negativity in their win over the Giants, the Bears are now one of 10 NFL teams to start the year 2-0 after Sunday’s action. Never, ever apologize for victories in the NFL, no matter how ugly they are.