Originally written October 24, 2012 on The Penalty Flag:
The Chicago Bears find themselves atop the NFC North standings.  Behind a revamped offense and determined defense the Bears have found a way to outlast most opponents and currently have the second best record in the NFC.  Chicago came into the season with high expectations after a flurry of offseason moves and after six games, so far so good for the Bears, right?  Well maybe not so fast.  The Bears have indeed been winning but are they truly contenders or mere pretenders? To begin answering that question let’s take a look at the Bears schedule. Of their first six opponents, only one, the Green Bay Packers, have a winning record.  Those same Packers just so happen to be the one blemish on the Bears record as well.  The Bears other games, all wins, came against the Indianapolis Colts, St.… Read more
5 Comments:
  • The Bears are for REAL!!!! This is the year barring any injuries.
  • Hm...The Houston Texans are 6-1 and they have won only one game against a team that is presently over .500. So I guess the Texans aren't contenders either. The "record against [winning/losing]teams" criterion is bogus. There is a reason teams are losing teams. It is because winning teams consistently beat them, and that is precisely why the winning teams are contenders. They take care of business.
  • LOL SILLY MAN!!!! BEARS ARE FOR REAL.

    GO BEARS !!!!
  • And let's not forget those "pretenders" the undefeated Atlanta Falcons. They have beaten only two teams that are presently .500. The remaining four teams they have beaten all have losing records and are a combined 7-18. And the combined record of all six teams the Falcons have beaten is a mighty 13-24. On the other hand, the combined record of the teams the Bears have played is 16-22. So it appears that, if the Bears are pretenders, then the Falcons are full-blown imposters! Of course, no one would consider the Falcons as anything but contenders, and based on the same criterion, no one should consider the Bears and the Texans as anything but contenders, despite whom they have played. This simply demonstrates how ineffective it is to evaluate the play-off potential of a team based on the "record against winning or losing teams" criterion. It is an empty statistic. Winners are winners because they beat losers, plain and simple.
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