Chicago’s October Football – Avoiding the Fall

Football is on top of its game during Chicago’s colorful autumn, especially as Notre Dame pulled off its deservedly fortuitous win over Stanford and the Bears took over sole possession of the NFC North without having to take the field. The Minnesota Vikings met RGIII and their doom as he singlehandedly sealed the Redskins’ win with a 76-yard touchdown run – easily the biggest play of Week 6.  The Bears are now firmly in control of their destiny.  Meanwhile, The Pack sit at 3-3 after upsetting Houston on Sunday night, so the Bears hold a 1-1/2 game lead over them.  If Chicago – with its favorable schedule of matchups and home games – manages to run the table on the NFC North from here on out then they will be assured a home game in January.

With the trip to Green Bay out of the way the toughest game on their schedule is the road game at San Francisco in mid-November.  But this game shouldn’t matter in the grand scheme of things if Chicago simply takes care of business in its division. The Bears can all but bury the Lions on Monday Night, and then the most important divisional game confronting them is Week 12 when they travel to the Metrodome.  Chicago could easily be 7-1 heading into their Sunday Night tilt at home against the Texans which would make that game a ratings bonanza for NBC. Chicago is shaping up as the place to be for a football fan.  Now, if it can just avoid going cold as winter approaches.

(Notre Dame is -14 @ home against BYU, next big game comes in two weeks in Norman, OK)

In control and liking his prospects