The Chicago Bears are
clearly the luckiest team in the NFL right now through one week of play but is their luck running out in week two? What do the betting odds say for this week's matchup against the Cowboys?
The Chicago Bears
had no business beating the Detroit Lions
last Sunday, as this stupid rule about having to control the ball all the way to the ground is just dumb... I know it, you know it, Calvin Johnson knew it, Jim Schwartz knew it, and so did everyone else in the Windy City last Sunday. The Lions should have beaten the Bears either 22-19 or 20-19 depending on the two point conversion play that would have ensued after Johnson's TD grab that was ruled as an incompletion.
The first question that we have about the operation of the Bears is why head coach Lovie Smith
still has a job. After all, this is the only man that can take a losing Super Bowl effort and parlay it into a number of bad seasons and still keep his job. But Smith aside, the brass of the Bears needs to be asking itself whether it has made some right moves or not with player personnel decisions. The same way bettor should be aware of making NFL betting picks
Last year, the kitchen sink was traded in order to get QB Jay Cutler
from the Denver Broncos. Part of the package that was sent back to the Broncos was QB Kyle Orton
. Denver also picked up a slew of draft picks from the Bears in the swap. How'd that work out for ya last year, Chi-town?
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Orton completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 3,802 yards with 21 TDs and 12 INTs. He also lost two fumbles on the year of the four that he put on the turf. Orton guided the Broncos to a 9-7 record and on the verge of the postseason. Cutler completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 3,666 yards with 27 TDs and 26 INTs. Things could've been significantly worse for the former Vanderbilt Commodore as well, as he put the ball on the ground nine times and only lost one. For the second straight year, the Chicago Bears
didn't end up going to the postseason due to the lack of quarterback play.
The biggest problem: Orton wasn't booed in Denver all season long, nor did he deserve it. I live in Florida, and I swear I can hear the boo birds from Soldier Field from here, and the Bears aren't even playing at home this weekend! So forget about the bad 2009 year. The 2010 seson
was going to be significantly different, right? The addition of DE Julius Peppers was supposed to make all the difference in the world for a defense that was also getting back the services of LB Brian Urlacher.
Let's fast forward to that debacle against the Lions once again. Cutler did throw for 372 yards, but he had a ton of receivers picking up YAC for him, including a little dump off pass with RB Matt Forte that he took for approximately 88 of the 89 yards on that TD pass that helped save Chicago on the day. However, we can plainly see that there is still a major, major problem in the Windy City. They're still the freaking Lions! And not only were they the Lions for a full game, but they were the Lions without QB Matt Stafford for the second half of play!
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Chicago had three drives in the fourth quarter start inside the Bears' 40. The first started at the one yard line. Four runs. Four zeroes. No points. The next drive started at the Detroit 41. Three plays. Three yards. One punt.
Things clearly aren't getting any better for the Bears. This team is the equivalent of the Michigan State Spartans for football betting picks
. Both of these teams think that they have these high standards and are supposed to be competing for division titles every year... And yet both just flat out stink!
Here's a reality check, Chicago. You can't just go out there and try to trade all of your commodities like draft picks and salary space for these players that just aren't that great. Cutler isn't better than Orton. The Bears aren't better than the Minnesota Vikings or the Green Bay Packers
. In fact, they're not better than most of the other teams in the NFC either. The Bears need to be imploded from the top, down. And until that happens, the city of Chicago had better prepare for more mediocre seasons.
Before I step down from my soap box, the Bears meet the Cowboys at 1pm ET at the Turf of Cowboys Stadium. 5Dimes football betting odds
have The Bears at +7, Bodog at +71/2 and Bookmaker at +7