That being said, tonight will be a competitive game. Why, you ask? Well, the Niners also are inept and inconsistent, and they will allow the Bears to hang around. Mike Singletary is “not into moral victories” except I heard him on the radio earlier in the week after the loss to the Titans saying “There were things that football people can see going on with our team that were positive despite the scoreboard not going our way.” That sounds like a moral victory, Coach. I respect the hell out of Singletary, and he is doing a good job for the Niners, but let’s be honest, the NIners don’t have the complete talent to be a true playoff contender. Remember the Bears lost to Atlanta 21-14- the Niners lost to those very same Falcons 45-10. I know common opponents don’t always equate other results, but that seems to be a significant difference in score.
And then we have Vernon Davis. Last year, he was kicked off the field for not giving good enough effort. This year, he is a captain, playing very well, and shooting off his mouth while the Niners are in the midst of a 4 game losing streak. Davis said, “We will destroy the Bears defensive line.” Really? Because the last time I checked (and I check often as I listen to the Bay Area’s KNBR 680 THE Sports Leader every day) the Niners have one of the worst offensive lines in the entire NFL. Their best offensive lineman is Joe Staley and he is injured. As long as Tommie Harris doesn’t punch Vernon in the face and get kicked out of the game 1 minute in, I think the Bears will be fine tonight.
This leads me to the biggest disadvantage the Bears have tonight- the travel. In a short week, they had to spend one of their days traveling from Chicago to San Francisco. The Bears will be less prepared and less energetic and that worries me. They have proven to be the least resilient team in the NFL, so why would be Bears be able to overcome these disadvantages this week?
I think we will get a competitive game tonight, but I’m not sure who will win. I will say that one of my friends offered up a $10 bet where I would take the Bears and he would have the Niners and I declined. This is not a game I would bet on and that speaks volumes about where I, as a fan, perceive the Bears place in the NFL is.