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07:59 AM ET 11.06 | Despite Chicago's sparkling record, there is an elephant in the room. [Jay Cutler] on his weekly ESPN radio show Monday was blunt that as far as an offense, "we still have a long way to go." And Monday night in a chat with David Kaplan and Brian Noonan on WGN-AM 720's "WGN Sports Night," the offense accounted for most of the talking and worrying points. The reason this remains a significant issue is that the Bears have a potential championship team and that can be undone by a problem offense. ... My thought was that this defense is good enough to win a championship but the weakness of the 2012 Bears defense is the same one that threatens any defense: If the offense cannot stay on the field, defenses eventually wear down.

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November 6, 2012  08:13 AM ET

If the offense were as anemic as the Cowboys then there would be an elephant in the room.

November 6, 2012  08:33 AM ET

All I can say to this is, try and remember the "offense" the Bears were dragging out onto the field for the 2006 season when they went to the Super Bowl. This offense is light years past that version.

November 6, 2012  08:45 AM ET

They've beaten only 1 team with a winning record, and that was week 1 over the Colts in Andrew Luck's first NFL game. Let's see how good they look against the Texans and Niners the next 2 weeks.

Still, they should easily make the playoffs, maybe even win the division.

November 6, 2012  08:58 AM ET

Thank you, John Mullin for citing the obvious. (CSN is the weakest of "weak sister" sports networks at least in Chicago.) The real problem with the Bear offense boils down to the left tackle. Webb caused the safety, got beat, can't block. He's like a lit up runaway with lights pointing through him to the QB. QB, WRs, backs are fine. It's the line, especially Webb which is the Achilles heel. Cutler still gets put on his back - 3x this last game - and he doesn't like it. But the Bears have no one to replace Webb.

November 6, 2012  09:00 AM ET
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They've beaten only 1 team with a winning record, and that was week 1 over the Colts in Andrew Luck's first NFL game. Let's see how good they look against the Texans and Niners the next 2 weeks.Still, they should easily make the playoffs, maybe even win the division.

That sounds like what folks usually have to say about your Pats this time of year.

I know where you're coming from though, DD. It's been nice to see Chicago drop 30 and 50 points on their opponents, but the overall quality of their opposition keeps me from getting too worked-up over their 7-1 record.

The O-line (which Lovie Smith and GM Phil Emery failed to do anything about in this past off-season) will likely be what keeps them from meeting their full potential. It's a shame, because aside from a couple of pieces on the O-line, they have a great team this season.

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November 6, 2012  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That sounds like what folks usually have to say about your Pats this time of year.

Yeah. Nothing against da Bears, but the media is doing the same thing with Atlanta, who haven't beaten a team with a winning record yet.

There are a lot of really bad teams this season. It makes it hard to evaluate the good ones.

Remember the 2010 KC Chiefs. They won their division easily, but did not beat a single team with better than a .500 record. Playoffs? One and done to a wildcard team.

November 6, 2012  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That sounds like what folks usually have to say about your Pats this time of year. I know where you're coming from though, DD. It's been nice to see Chicago drop 30 and 50 points on their opponents, but the overall quality of their opposition keeps me from getting too worked-up over their 7-1 record.The O-line (which Lovie Smith and GM Phil Emery failed to do anything about in this past off-season) will likely be what keeps them from meeting their full potential. It's a shame, because aside from a couple of pieces on the O-line, they have a great team this season.

Now, now, Mel. GB beat TX handily and Bears will comport themselves well. Money's on Bears. (Yeah: it's one underperforming piece on the O-line. Mr. Hands-to-the-Mask.)

November 6, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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Their toughest opponents remain Houston, San Fran, Packers, and Seattle if you choose to include them. A 5-3 record in their final eight games would still serve them quite well.

Defenses of TX, SEA, SF are the problems: defense should equalize first two, not the last; only threatening offense is GB, but the defense keys on Webb, etc. TX and SEA are beatable -I think will be beaten; toughest are GB and SF. SF can be a very bad-**** defense.

November 6, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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...Let's see how good they look against the Texans and Niners the next 2 weeks...

Good tests leading into the meat of their schedule.

November 6, 2012  09:30 AM ET

Da Bears!!!!

November 6, 2012  09:34 AM ET
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All I can say to this is, try and remember the "offense" the Bears were dragging out onto the field for the 2006 season when they went to the Super Bowl. This offense is light years past that version.

They'd better be. That version lost the Super Bowl 29-17 and only put up 265 total yards.

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November 6, 2012  10:08 AM ET

The Bears had the ball for 37 minutes this weekend. Maybe this wasn't the best week to criticize them for not being on the field long enough.

November 6, 2012  10:39 AM ET

The Bears biggest vulnerability may be Cutler's head!
He is mecurial, takes offense easily, and one never knows when his emotioinal balance may make a difference in his performance in a game.
Great physical talent, emotional control of an adolescent.

November 6, 2012  10:40 AM ET
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They'd better be. That version lost the Super Bowl 29-17 and only put up 265 total yards.

and Grossman was a mess that game. Just having a serviceable QB could have brought the title home to the Windy City.

November 6, 2012  10:43 AM ET

When your D puts up a couple of touchdowns a game, offensive problems shrink quite a bit. If I'm a Bear fan the only thing I'm really worried about right now is keeping Cutler healthy and has my team peaked too soon. The D is great but key players are pretty old so we'll see what happens in December. When I watch them play I can't believe the Packers beat them as they look great on D and ST and really good on O. That's a SB combination.

November 6, 2012  10:43 AM ET
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They've beaten only 1 team with a winning record, and that was week 1 over the Colts in Andrew Luck's first NFL game. Let's see how good they look against the Texans and Niners the next 2 weeks.Still, they should easily make the playoffs, maybe even win the division.

Absolutely. They have teams in their own division that are starting to sort themselves out too.

November 6, 2012  10:44 AM ET
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The Bears biggest vulnerability may be Cutler's head!He is mecurial, takes offense easily, and one never knows when his emotioinal balance may make a difference in his performance in a game. Great physical talent, emotional control of an adolescent.

Cutler is the least of the Bears problems. See the above description of J'Marcus "Landing Strip" Webb.

 
November 6, 2012  10:52 AM ET
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and Grossman was a mess that game. Just having a serviceable QB could have brought the title home to the Windy City.

Kyle Orton would have gotten the job done.

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