The Harsh Reality
Unfortunately Bears fans, it looks like the season will end like it started. Hard to watch football. The team has come out flat these last few games and I think that is due to fighting hard all season. This under-talented roster is struggling to hang on, and they just look worn out. After nine weeks of back and forth battle and testing the will of the team; the wear and tear has taken a toll on them physically and mentally. Now we are seeing the end result to cap off the 2015 season.
There’s still no reason to just give up, though. How cool would it be to see the Bears beat Lovie Smith and the Bucs, plus there’s a revenge game to end the season against Detroit. I might sound crazy, but these last two games are winnable as neither team we face has anything to play for at this point either.
Playing With a Chip on Their Shoulders
If anything, I hope to see some good individual efforts out on the field these last two Sundays. There are a lot of guys on the roster that are going to be fighting for a contract in the offseason. Who they bring back will be determined by how they play in these last two games.
Last week against Minnesota, the Bears elevated John Timu from the practice squad to start. He finished the game as the Bears leading tackler and proved that he wants a chance to come back to training camp next year.
You can’t say that you don’t see Shea in the stat sheets on Sundays. He is usually the leading tackler for the Bears, but outside of filling the stat sheet with tackles his play suffers. He likes to over commit on sealing the edge, his coverage is lackluster over the middle sometimes and he seems to prefer using weak arm tackles in the open field. Shea needs to have an absolute stand out game against Tampa Bay and then continue that into Detroit if he wants to return to the Windy City next season.
The new front office might have a skewed vision on Alshon due to his injuries this season. I think it’s inevitable that he comes back next year. However, avoiding the franchise tag and getting a much nicer looking contract can possibly be avoided if he can finish the season uninjured and leave his mark during these last two games.
You can’t rule out the possibility that he won’t come back next year. It looks unlikely he will return and I think that Bears fans are preparing for his departure.
Maybe he decides that he wants to be on a team that has a lot of potential. Maybe he signs with the team for two years and a lot less money than he thinks he deserves to put the team first. Maybe he sees a lot of winning in the near future and is willing to take a pay cut. You can’t rule it out until you see it happen!
Lovie Smith’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last week the Buccaneers got eliminated from playoff contention. They are 6-8 on the season, and just like the Bears they have played a fair share of close games. When Lovie has that defense motivated and playing well, they give up around 20 points or less. However, in six of their losses, they have coughed up 30 points or more.
Tampa Bay has number one overall pick Jameis Winston at quarterback. This season Winston has an 85.4 rating, thrown for 3,422 yards, thrown 20 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. He completes 58% of the passes he throws and is also able to scramble if he needs to.
Just a fun fact to keep in mind. Chris Conte is a safety for the Bucs. If Jay gets his chance, I’m almost willing to bet that he goes deep on Conte (if Conte plays) to make up for his blown coverage mistake against Green Bay in 2013. I know that game is still a little salty in my mouth and that was nearly two years ago to the day.
Before I Give My Prediction
I want to wish all the Chicago Bears fans, and all of Da Bears Brothers supporters a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! You guys are awesome and I hope your holiday is full of joy and happiness! Without you guys we wouldn’t be where we are today and we are still continuing to grow our fan base.
If you tuned into our last postgame show, you noticed that no one picked the Bears to beat the Buccaneers. It’s hard to pick the Bears when they play like they did against Minnesota. For the first time ever, I’m going to pick against the Bears.
I want to keep the optimism boat afloat, but there’s a lot that needs to be addressed before I pick them to win this game. That’s why I’m picking Lovie Smith’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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