Patriot's Vs The Monday Night Letdown.
December 9th, 2010
This is another tough game to judge. An NFC team we are unfamiliar with, the weather conditions which seem to change daily, and the Monday Night letdown make this a tough game to call. The Pats have to a letdown after last weeks game, in what even the owner called the most important regular season game in his history. The Pats and the Bears are both looking to own their Conferences, and each needs this win to achieve that goal, though a non-Conference lass would hurt the least. The Bears appear to be the more desperate team. They have a much harder final four with games against the Pats, then they have a Bye week (as they have to go to Minnesota to play the pathetically imploded Vikings), the Jets, and end their season in Green Bay, in what looks like will be the final fight for the NFC Central Crown.
Oh, and just for the record, the
Jets don’t stink. I love how before the Monday Night game the Jets are
force onto themselves, and then have one disastrous game and suddenly they
suck. I wonder how many people who follow sports have actually played
sports? Because if have played sports than you’ve played in games like
that. I’ve been on both sides of games like that. Games were you can’t
do anything wrong, and your opponent can’t seem to do anything right, and
maybe more accurately played in games were you couldn't seem to get it
together early, and your opponent starts rolling and suddenly that momentum
is bowling right over you. The Pats aren’t as good as they looked on
Monday, and Jets are certainly are not as bad. However, that win placed the
Pats the top of the
The biggest problem the Pats face is that the Bears and Jets share so little in common in how they win and play. The Jets are the big bad brash bullies on defense, and the Bears are a speed-baby-speed defense. The Jets are a team that needs to run, and the Bears are a team that wants to pass. This will be a completely different game then what we saw last week.
The Bears biggest problem is that they built an O-Line to run, and then traded for Cutler who has to throw. This O-line is not so bad when they are moving forward, and not so good when they are moving backwards. The less they throw the better they are, or rather when they can use the run to set up the pass Cutler looks like a genius and not the dumbest QB in the League. Which is a problem for this weekend, as weather is going to significantly hinder the passing game. This is a problem for the Pats. If the Pats can’t pass, you have to believe their running game will not be as effective, while the Bears offense has become effective when Smith forced Mike Martz to start calling running plays. In the past 6 games, when Martz uncharacteristically emphasized the run, Cutler has been on a tear. Throwing 10 TDs, and only 3 INTs. Plus he’s garnered over a 1,000 yards in the air, and the offense has garnered 24 point a game.
The good news for the Pats D is they they have been significantly tougher against the run in the second half of the season than the first. Their run defense will be tested, and tested hard, viciously, and repeatedly. If the Pats can stop Matt Forte early they should have the advantage. This game looks like another Tight End game, which significantly favors the Pats. Running shorter patterns and blocking for the running backs is going to be the offensive keys to victory for the Pats.
Picking this game is simply
ridiculous. We have no idea how the weather is going to affect the game.
Does a Bear DB slip and fall down causing a TD, or does a Pats WR slip and
fall down causing an
In the end, I think you have to
favor the Pats as they have the better history winning game in these
conditions. If you are looking to pick this game, the game this game most
compares to is the
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