But why so negative Joe? The Bears are the only 3-0 team in the NFC. Why aren't you happy?
Well, last year the Bears started 3-1, beating Pittsburgh, Seattle and Detroit after losing the opener to Green Bay. Then they managed to lose 7 of the next 8 and I think they got tagged for a loss on their bye week. Last year Denver started 6-0 by beating teams like New England, Dallas and San Diego before losing their next four games and 8 of their last 10.
But it's a new year and a new team and Denver isn't even relevant.
When you've suffered through the Bears regimes with bad draft after bad draft, bad decision on player after player and an inability to make in game adjustments, you get a bit cynical I guess. It is a new year and Urlacher is back from injury, but there are still significant problems with the offensive line as demonstrated by our failure to score from around the goal line on 9 plays. Our running game is not a strength and when the weather turns nasty, we're going to have to run the ball. And Denver is more an example of how a great start can turn bad in a hurry.
How does the rest of the season look?
We have five very winnable games coming up. If we even went 3-2, I'd be disappointed. So let's say they go 4-1. That's 7-1 to start the season. Pretty damn awesome. Then we have some tough games including Minnesota twice, Philadelphia, New England, the Jets, and Miami and Green Bay on the road. That could be quite a few losses in there. There should be a Detroit win at least in the final 8, but how they do will depend on how they can finish against some tough teams.
But the rest of the season was not on our minds on Monday night. We started tailgating at 4 and I didn't get home until after midnight. LL couldn't make it, but we had a good mix of folks at the tailgate. In the lot, we parked next to the Punke family who sits next to me in my seats. Great fun!