The Bears Are For Real, Folks!

The Bears improved to 6-1 Sunday and continue to fly under the radar in many circles.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

Why is no one talking about the Chicago Bears? They are now 6-1, second in the NFC, and still, everyone is concentrating on just about every other team. I repeat, why is no one talking about how good the Bears are doing this season?

The rest of the NFC has plenty of teams that deserve talking about.

Maybe it is because the Falcons are the only undefeated team at 7-0?

Maybe it is because the Packers and 49ers have stumbled badly at times?

Maybe it is because the Vikings, Cardinals and Seahawks have won in surprising spectacle fashion a couple times?

Maybe it is because the Cowboys and Eagles are a train wreck and no one can stop watching?

Maybe it is because the Lions, Panthers and Saints have imploded in such unexplained fashion deserving analysis?

Maybe it is because the Giants, Rams, Buccaneers, and Redskins are middling and plain old boring?

Or, OR, OR, maybe… it has to do with the fact the Bears are simply none of the above?

They have stayed out of the drama. They have simply put their heads down and played hard. Sunday's 23-22 victory over Carolina exemplifies their season. Strong defense, bad offensive line protection and hard running.

There are plenty ways da’ Bears could have been one of those other losing teams. For example, as Cutler and the rest of the team ran into the locker room during Sunday’s game, the fans rained boos down upon them. To be fair, it was after Cutler fumbled once, threw an interception and his o-line allowed the Panthers to sack him six times. Instead of pulling a Vick or Romo, he turned it around in the second half. He drove the team down to a Robbie Gould winning field goal.

They also could have pulled a Packers or 49ers and succumbed on defense during the second half. Tim Jennings had a pick-six with less than seven minutes to go. It was just the type of play that separates playoff teams with those sitting home.

Once again the Bears defense is a Top 10 force, reminding folks of teams' past. They kept Cam Newton contained to Clark Kent status.

That explains how the Bears are not like the other teams, but still leaves the question on why no one is talking about Chicago’s football team?

In a year, where every team not named Falcons has disappointed at one point or another. Many have disappointed multiple times (I’ll get to you in a second, Carolina). The Bears have had times when they haven’t performed (like Sunday’s first half) but they haven’t laid an egg yet either.

Cutler has given up too many sacks, but he still hasn’t given up any games. They have relied on too many pick-six returns, but that could hold up, right?

Their one loss was back in week 2 against a Packers team that still had last year’s vibe and swagger. But, and this is the important part, the Bears haven’t disappointed.

So, let the bandwagon start now. T-shirts bearing (pun intended) the slogan “Hibernation is my Forte” for one and all. It is time to get excited. For the first time in a long time when a Bear fan says “Da’ Bears are awesome”, you can believe him.

Brian Reddoch is a CraveOnline reporter and rabid fan of all teams Seattle. You can follow him on Twitter @ReddReddoch and at www.facebookcom/

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