Look at mustachioed #24. Bottom row. Last seat to your right.
Three final thoughts on today’s contest:
- Is this a must win? There really are no must wins when it comes to the third week of the season, are there? This is a should win. If the Bears don’t win today at home they will make the road ahead far more difficult. My five projected losses at the start of the season were at Green Bay, at Dallas, home Houston, at San Fran, at Detroit. If the Bears lose a game like today’s they’ll need to poach one of these trickier games to have truly successful season. (Still I’d be very surprised if they lost today.)
- Jeff Fisher knows how to coach and Jeff Fisher teams know how to get under the skin of their opponents. Someone needed to be in Jay Cutler’s ear all week, repeating a single mantra: “Smile and play. Smile and play.”
- Pay close attention to the area surrounding J’Marcus Webb. It will be fascinating to see how much help Mike Tice throws his way. Part of me knows that putting a tight end (Spaeth) at his side or a chipping back (Bush, Bell) behind him is the intelligent move when it comes to scheme. Another part of me wonders if giving Webb constant assistance is the equivalent of placing a bandage on an axe wound.
Picks Contest Side Note: An inordinate number of us have the Bears today. Can’t say I like that.