The Bears put together as complete a performance as they have all season for their 7th win. We drink it all in.
Every week, I’m serving one Bearbon for the best thing I saw during the week, preferably smooth with a nice finish. One Scotch that burns the back of the throat but doesn’t stop you from loving it. We’ll then raise a beer to a player, play, incident, or whatever else I feel deserves it. Lastly, I’ll leave you with a song from the Jukebox.
This may seem a bit of a cop out, but we lift our Bearbon this week to a complete performance. DJ Moore had 159 yards on 9 catches including the beautiful over the shoulder highlight below. Herbert added 124 yards rushing averaging just under 7 yards per carry. Sure, Fields completed only 62% of his passes and was sacked 3 times but he avoided turnovers and added 45 ground yards. The important part is how you felt as a fan after that game. Did you feel this is a team on the rise? Will players like Roschon Johnson be fun to watch going forward? Did you notice there were no repeated jet sweeps or screens called over and over? That’s what sports franchises sell us: hope. There is a lot to feed that hope right now for the Bears. We lift a magic smoky potion for the future.
The biggest burning issue for this franchise is the Fields question. I’m going to wait until the season is over to make up my mind on that one. I will say though that it’s a great position to be in to have a choice. The burning scotch this week is for what might have been. One more win would have put this team in the middle of the playoff race going into the last week of the season. As it stands, the Bears would likely play the Cowboys or Lions. I may have had too much to drink over the holidays, but I believe this team would have an outside shot at both of those games. The Cleveland and Detroit losses are even more painful now.
I’ve always been fascinated by athleticism and sports in general. I break down the obscure Olympic sports, can explain the game of cricket and yes I have as much love for a soccer team as I have for the Bears (Arsenal, in case you’re curious). Come to Sunday afternoon after the Gordon pick. He pulled out the celebration below. For a sports nerd, this is simply awesome. I must have watched it a dozen times. I ask you to notice the one foot take off and opposite foot landing, the body angle that differentiates it from a simple back flip and the fact he’s wearing pads and a helmet. Hit play a few times and raise your Miller Lite to 6.
The game next Sunday feels like a final boss battle. It’s not an overstatement to say the Packers have owned this rivalry for a long time. To beat them in their place to keep them out of the playoffs would send the strongest of messages that there is good days to come. I leave you with an iconic final boss theme.