With their impressive 29-13 win over the Colts last night, the Bears have started their season out on the right foot. Indy fans may blame their season-opening loss on Peyton Manning missing the preseason or Jeff Saturday, Dallas Clark and Joseph Addai getting banged up and missing game time. But the fact is that the Bears looked a lot better than just about any of us thought they would.
And what's the best thing to do after only one surprising win? Speculate, of course!
I'm only kidding. Sure, the Bears could lose the rest of their games this season. Sure, the defense could get ravaged by injuries again. But then again, the Bears could squeak out 10-12 wins and get into the playoffs again.
In 2006 and most of 2007, the Bears made playoff runs on the strength of a dominating defense, a solid running game and a Trent Dilfer-like game management job from the quarterback position.
Sound familiar? Sounds a lot like what the Bears did in Indianapolis last night. For one night, Forte looked like Thomas Jones, the old dominating defense from 2006 was back wreaking havoc and Kyle Orton actually seemed like a competent NFL player.
So why not?