So tomorrow we go to the polls to choose our next president and more...
Walsh vs. Duckworth has certainly got a lot of pub!
whomever your choice is between President Obama and the man with the same name as a baseball backstops' glove....just make sure and make your voice heard!
As far as Da Bears...let's have a little vote of our own...
1) Secretary of Defense:
A) Lance Briggs: tons of tackles, a few sacks, an awesome return for touchdown, and a few fumble recoveries
B) Julius Peppers: The stats are not there, but this man has been triple teamed on every play and opened things up for others. He has sacraficed himself for the benefit of the defense as a whole
C) Tim Jennings: Leads the NFL in interceptions. Named NFL defensive player of month for September. A shut down corner in a league that has few
D) Brian Urlacher: started a but slow coming off injury, but scored this past Sunday and seems to be close to the Urlacher of old
E) Charles Tillman: FOUR forced fumbles in one game. Almost 10 on the year. Shut down Calvin Johnson and other top receivers.
Prediction: Mr. Peanut! Not Jimmy Carter, but Tillman, who might be NFL defensive player of the year.
2) Commander in Chief
A) Jay Cutler: The quarterback, who is fiery and leads the offense. Has the ball on every play, but there are still questions about his leadership?
B) Brandon Marshall: The voice of reason as he is reclaiming his life and his place in the NFL's elite. Might finish with 120 catches and 15 TD's
C) Lovie Smith: the coach, the captain of the ship. The calm gandhi of the Bears
D) Phil Emery: The GM. The man behind the scenes making all the right moves.
Prediction: In a landslide, it's the Lovester!
3) The Ambassador
1) Israel Idonijay: A man who does much charity work in our fair city. A man who was never given a chance but has blossomed into an impact player
2) Corey Wooten: A NU grad who has given back to his community while at the same time scoring touchdowns!
3) Brandon Marshall: One who has raised awareness for personality disorder with his foundation and charity bowling events.
4) Roberto Garza Raising money for latin americans in Chicago and the anchor of the offensive line.
Prediction: A close race this is...Marshall's work is exemplary, but Idonija has done it for years and he will get the win.
Bears Mid-Season MVP
1) Charles Tillman: see above
2) Lance Briggs: see above
3) Jay Cutler: lead team to a 7-1 record and lit up Tennessee for 51 points
4) Brandon Marshall: Near double figures in catches almost every week. Scored numerous touchdowns. Goes out for passes by himself, and catches them.
Prediction: Once again, a close race. Tillman has been so dominant. However, Marshall has made all the difference on offense and he has had little help on that side of the ball, so he gets the victory here.
Best new Bear
1) Shea McLellan: 1st round pick has indeed made an impact as a key part of the defensive line rotation
2) Brandon Marshall: see above
3) Alshon Jeffrey: This huge rookie was making a difference before breaking his hand and will make a bigger difference upon his return to the lineup this week.
4) Eric Weems: has helped on returns and on special teams
5) Phil Emery: Drafted McLellan, Jeffrey, Kelvyn Hadin. Traded for Marshall. Kept Lovie Smith as coach.
Prediction: Mr. Emery, who has made us all forget quickly about the disaster that was Jerry Angelo.
Onto the game...a BIG one...Sunday Night Football.
Bears vs. Houston
This is where the schedule gets tougher. The best team in the AFC on a national televised stage.
This is the real test for the Bears. Can the great defense stop one of the NFL's best running backs in Arian Foster? This will be the key to a win or loss. Andre Johnson is not the same, and the Bears corners are presently the best in the league. Matt Schaub doesn't scare anyone, of course neither does Jay Cutler. The egde goes to the Bears on defense, but not by much. The Texans are tough on that side of the ball and the Bears offense needs to produce like they did this past week. Forte is good, but he's no Foster. The Bears need to utilize the screen pass and make the play action work. The Texans will pound the ball with Foster and the line rotation might give the Bears some fresh legs late in the game.
It's the biggest game since the Super Bowl trip with "Rex is our quarterback".
Will the Bears get it done?
Prediction: Bears 20 Texans 17 in a very close game won by a Robbie Gould field goal. Bears go to 8-1 and look to a showdown with the hated 49ers the following week.
Da Bears to Da super bowl!