The Chicago Bears have done fans two big favors this year. First, they got their sucking out of the way early so any delusions of a post-season run were put to death early. Second, thanks to their quirky schedule, they got their prime time games (SNF, MNF, TNF) and out of the way early as well so that blue collar Grabowskis like me could get their yard work and other fall projects done while there is still some warm weather and daylight left in the Autumn afternoon.
A 3rd Favor would be not being a distraction to the Cub's amazing World Series run. If the Cubs do force a game 7, then I'm convinced they will win the series (obviously if they don't they won't). But I'm sincerely pleased with how far they have come and just making it to the WS certainly undoes a lot of the bullshit about curses and Steve Bartman and the Cubs being the Cubs.
Back to the NFL for a minute. We are at the mid-season of the football seasons and while there are a few teams with good win records, this is the first time in a while I can recall that the majority of the teams seem to be within a game of .500. That's tot to say that a 3-5 team is gonna make a Super Bowl run. But if you are in a lousy division your chance of getting to the playoffs isn't as bad as your record.
In today's' NFL it is hard for even a good team to make the playoffs, let alone go deep. How many 9-7, 10-6 and even the occasional 11-5 team stay home while some 8-8 team gets to go because they won their division.
Update: Before beating the Vikings yesterday (which I felt they would do with Cutler or Hoyer), this year's Bears were a 4-4 team disguised as a 1-6. They really should have won the game against the Colts and the Jaguars. They probably should have won one of the first 3 games of the season too but that is just being too much of a fan.
Now they go off to their Bye Week which hopefully allows everyone to rest, the injured to heal and Cutler to get more practice since allegedly he was held out of practice during the Hoyer experiment.
I think they do okay against their remaining opponents. Just well enough for Fox to keep his job. Cutler to audition for his next team and exact a decent draft pick for a trade. Hoyer can be our starter next year as long as they draft a decent quarterback to develop and groom. But the owners being who we thought they were, they probably will screw this up too.