Bears Flex

On Monday night the Bears crushed the Cowboys on a frozen Soldier Field. The game was registered as the coldest regular season game in the Cowboys’ history, and the fourth-coldest in Bears’ history. Chicago put up a staggering 490 yards of offense and scored on every possession en route to dismantling Dallas by three touchdowns. Dallas appeared as though they didn’t want to be there in the first place, even though it was a game that it needed to win.

Chicago stands at 7-6 on the year, which is the same record as the Lions who, by falling to Philadelphia on Sunday, also moved to 7-6. Chicago’s performance and apparent momentum pushed the Patriots-Ravens out of the primetime spot to make room for the Bears upcoming game against the NFC East-leading Eagles. But first the Bears have what is known as a trap game as they take on the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland. The Browns are 4-9 on the year, but almost defeated the Patriots up in Foxborough where New England hardly ever loses. The oddsmakers have already made the Browns a -2.5 point favorite in the game, which shows how little faith they have in Chicago keeping momentum from their Monday Night victory.

The Bears are in suddenly decent position and hopefully Marc Trestman can capitalize on it. The Lions are facing a surging Ravens team at home without the assistance of Reggie Bush who has made all the difference for Detroit this year. If Chicago can win this week, it’ll keep the pressure on Detroit to have to keep winning. Chicago’s playoff chances keep getting revitalized just when you think they’re dead in the water. It’s now up to them to take control of their opportunity and win out so that they can get a home game in the playoffs and allow me a restful night’s sleep. Trestman needs to know that I still toss and turn at the notion that he left Cutler in too long against the Lions at home; again, the only reason Chicago doesn’t already have a game lead in the division.