Well, That Could Have Gone Better
To make matters worse, Bernard Berrian and Brian Urlacher left the game with ominous injuries. The passing game looked hopeless without Berrian (come on Muhsin, it's time to start playing like you deserve your spot in the starting line-up, much less like a #1 receiver), and we all remember the last time Urlacher missed significant time: the Bears went 0-7 in 2004 without Urlacher in the lineup.
I don't mean to make too big a deal out of one game. Tommie Harris said after the game that the Bears had their worst week of practice leading up to this game. Try as they might to resist, the Bears appeared to have succumbed to their own hype. They seemed cocky. They lacked intensity. At least, that was my perception. I'm sure coaches and players will say all the right things about "crediting the Miami Dolphins," etc., but it's not all that surprising that Chicago would have a game like this. And, it's not all that surprising that it came one week before the team starts its toughest stretch of the season. If the injury situation isn't too serious, then this week will eventually be regarded as a hiccup in an otherwise successful season.
Overall, the Bears played more great games than crap ones during the first half (more on this later in the week). Their 7-1 record is not undeserved. So I, like the Bears, will simply put this game behind me, and start focusing on the New York Giants. The blogging season is a long one, and you can't allow yourself to get too high or too low after any given blog because there's always another blog right around the corner. I promise you, this time I'll be ready.