Originally written November 28, 2011 on Fox Sports:
This is why you take a chance. It's why you look for that opportunity and go all-in at the first hint of it. It's why the Oakland Raiders were smart to give up so much for a possibly washed-up Carson Palmer. It's why some players were so quick to attack Jay Cutler on Twitter last season when he left the NFC Championship Game. In the NFL, chances come and chances go. You only get so many of them. Dynasties are too rare to play for. The Raiders beat the Bears 25-20 Sunday, and it was such a great example. The Raiders are being rewarded for taking a chance. The Bears? They had their chance last year, and let it go, no matter what you thought of Cutler's injury. This year, they were in position to get another chance, but a fluke injury, Cutler's broken thumb, might have taken it all away. You can't count on chances in the NFL. Ever. Last year's conference championship game seems so much bigger now for the Bears. Eight days ago, they were the second best ...
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