Why The Bears Are The Best In The NFL
Despite their loss this past Sunday, there is still sound evidence with which fans can argue that the Chicago Bears are the best team in the NFL.
While the five remaining undefeated teams get all the press, the Bears are stating their case as to why they should be getting a lot of attention.
There's no sugar-coating it. There were a lot of ugly plays for Chicago last Sunday in Detroit. Quarterback Jay Cutler turning the ball over four times can't happen if the Bears want to win the NFC North. However, this Bears team showed strength in adversity by coming back from 24 points down to make the game a one-score affair and have a chance to recover an onside kick that would have given them the ball and a chance to force overtime.
In their three wins, the Bears showed tremendous balance on offense. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey had one of the best games of his career this past Sunday. If Jeffrey and Martellus Bennett can continue to produce, the Bears will have a dangerous passing attack that is bigger than just Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte out of the backfield.
The defense has been nothing short of what Chicago fans have come to expect. Through four games, the Bears' defense has forced 14 turnovers and converted three of them into touchdowns. And the three defensive touchdowns, once again, lead the NFL.
On special teams the Bears have a reliable kicker in Robbie Gould and arguably the greatest return man in the history of professional football with Devin Hester. No other team in the NFL can boast both a defense that has scored in three of its first four games and a weapon on special teams that has proven he is beyond dangerous.
Chicago also has a quarterback that is in a contract year. There are few bigger motivations in professional sports than the possibility of a huge payday. Cutler knows that if he performs well, he'll get a mega deal from somewhere this offseason, even if it's not Chicago. The better he performs, the more pressure he puts on the Bears' front office.
Chicago has the potential to be the best team in the NFL. All the Bears have to do is play up to their potential and they can beat anyone on any field in the NFL.
Whether they will do play up to that potential consistently remains to be seen, but it's without a question there.
The last sentence defines the Bears recent history. This is team has had great starts the last two seasons only to come unraveled down the stretch. And Alshon Jefferey? I'd bet no one has heard of him outside of the NFC North. Let's pump the brakes on this kid. He's got about a season's worth of games under his belt. And if Cutler can only string 3 good games together before having another pick party then how good will his next contract be?