The Bears Are Definitely Not the Worst 5-1 Team (But They’re Kinda Close) and Other Bears Bullets

My interest in the World Series lasted all of five innings. Wake me up when pitchers and catchers report in 2021.

•   Not only are the Bears NOT the worst 5-1 team in league history, they’re not even the worst since the turn of the century:

•   The word “fraud” gets thrown around a lot when discussing certain football teams. It’s used mostly by those who couldn’t point one out if it was staring them in the face. Chicago’s football team happens to be one of those that some consider fraudulent in the wake of its 5-1 start. HOWEVER, Kaelen Jones (The Ringer) explains the Bears are no joke. Sure, I realize so much is dependent on the defense. But if the Bears can scrape by to a 5-1 start with a bottom-of-the-barrel offense, what can they be if it gets slightly better?

•   There are signs of life if you squint:

https://twitter.com/MarkSchofield/status/1318561416786419713?s=20

•   When Head Coach Matt Nagy stresses about the importance of attention to detail, I imagine this is among the things he’s talking about. Look off a defender here to make a throw there. Shoulder fake there to open up a throwing window here. Get to a space here to open up room for another pass-catcher in the route concept over there. These Bears aren’t going to be the Greatest Show on Turf. But they should be a middle-of-the-pack offense if they can hone in on getting the little things right.

•   Seriously, this isn’t gonna cut it:

•   The defense has kept them in ball games, but it’s not getting any easier:

•   Chicago’s remaining schedule is a doozy: Seven games against five teams that made the playoffs last year and five games against teams currently with winning records. But it’s not all gloom and doom. The Bears have five games against four teams who currently have less than a 15 percent shot at making the playoffs, per FiveThirtyEight’s projection model. Or to put it a different way, the Bears could conceivably go 5-5 down the stretch, get to 10 wins, and should be positioned for a playoff spot. Don’t take anything for granted, because nothing is easy in the NFL. But this stretch of games figures to be telling.

•   Especially the ones in the immediate future. Four of the Bears’ next five games are against teams ranked among Pro Football Focus’ top-5 offenses. And because the Bears still have two games to go with the Packers and Vikings, that means six of their final 10 games are against teams with top-5 offenses. In other words, the Bears have to score to win. No pressure, guys.

•   I bet Allen Robinson’s agent like this tweet:

•   Chicago’s secondary is a no-fly zone:

 

•   I see the Mike McCarthy era is going smoothly in Dallas:

•   Carolina’s COVID-19 update:

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Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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