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19 Nov 2012

Bears Breakdown Week 11

I've been writing weekly previews for a Chicago site giving FO-style previews of each Bears game. Here's the article for tonight's bout with the 49ers.

Posted by: Robert Weintraub on 19 Nov 2012

6 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2012, 11:26am by Scott P.


by JIPanick :: Mon, 11/19/2012 - 11:11pm

So, I didn't read the article, but if the title was a prediction it was pretty accurate.

by Bobman :: Tue, 11/20/2012 - 3:44am

Yeah, I assumed it was a recap. I was hoping to learn something of the SF front seven, which was just monstrous tonight. I guess tying the Rams will do that to a team....

by Ender (not verified) :: Tue, 11/20/2012 - 12:37am

That Bears offense is just awful, one of the worst in the league. I don't see them beating many good teams this year, just beating up on the mediocre ones.

by bravehoptoad :: Tue, 11/20/2012 - 10:48am

I haven't seen a worse-looking O-line. It's hard to judge the rest of the offense when it's that bad.

Makes me respect Cutler a lot more,that he can look half-way decent at all behind those guys.

Chilo Rachal actually looked good by comparison...something I never thought I'd say.

by Steve in WI :: Tue, 11/20/2012 - 3:13pm

Agreed. I think the O-line is getting worse, not better, and I think that Carimi is a bust. I also don't know how bad the backups must be that someone isn't at least getting a shot in place of JaMarcus Webb. How much worse could they be?

I also agree that Cutler masked some of the problems with the O-line. Campbell isn't terrible, but he's not as mobile as Cutler and he held on to the ball too long a few times.

I can't remember ever feeling this pessimistic about a 7-3 team. Even when Cutler went down last year, I was cautiously optimistic about their chances to sneak into the playoffs behind Hanie (ha!) and then get Cutler back. This year, I don't see them winning a playoff game even if everybody stays healthy, and that's if they even make it. Arizona looks to be the only easy team left on the schedule, I think the Packers are going to kill them, and Minnesota/Seattle/Detroit aren't great but aren't bad, either.

by Scott P. (not verified) :: Wed, 11/21/2012 - 11:26am

Hey, "Bears Breakdown" was supposed to be a title, not a prediction.