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The Bears are done!

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 If only for a second, everything seemed to align in the proper place, spelling a Bears postseason appaearance — the New York Giants were beating the Vikings and Oakland was pulling out a surprising win in Tampa against the Buccaneers.

But it all fell apart, as the Bears seem to do in the fourth quarter of so many games– today was no exception.

The Bears were on a role before facing this Texans team, though it did not come in the conventions sense. Sudden special teams plays and defemsive anomolies have saved the Bears in tough spots all season. There was no such event late in the Houston game, especially since a first down offsides penalty on the last Houston possession of the game put the Texans in position for an easy first down conversion, which they converted. The Bears wouldn’t recover from the costly blunder, and their season has come to an end against a team destined for vacation regardless of the games final.

While they stopped the run early, Andre Johnson took advantage of the absence of free safety Mike Brown’s and caught 10 balls. His success set up the run game which ultimately spelled the end for the Bears. The Texans two offensive phases, and an inept Bears offensive attack, became too much for the Bears to carry. The defense wilted in the latter stages of the game, surrendering big runs to Steve Slaton on successive offensive downs.

What hurt the Bears most, though, was the erie circumstances that led rookie running back Matt Forte to leave the game. The running back was having a stellar game but didn’t see much of the second half. In fact, he missed the entire fourth quarter. At no point was he more missed than a third down, goaline play where Adrian Peterson went in for the td and was immediately stopped at the one-yard line by one defender. Forte would have punched it in, no question.

All successful endings for the Bears hinged on a Sunday win, they simply couldn’t deliver.

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Bears still hold out playoff hope

75557833DM011_CHICAGO_BEARSMany teams are still vying for a playoff position but the one that means the most to me is my hometown Bears, who happens to be playing against the Texas for their playoff lives.

Chicago couldn’t have asked for Minnesota to face a team more capable of ensuring that it would continue to play on Sundays; the NY Giants play every game as if it were their last and they will be sure to do the same today. That very strategy led the Giants to last year Super Bowl, why stray from a successful formula? You remember what the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air once said: “If it ain’t broke then don’t try to fix it.”

The Gaints will be sure to take Will’s advice serioiusly. There is also the long-shot possibility of both Dallas and Tampa Bay taking losses against Philadelphia and Oakland, respectively.

The rest is up to Chicago.

I’ll be back with the final verdict.

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Forte surpasses Sayers’ rookie record for total yards

81181360JD026_KANSAS_CITY_CWho saw Matt Forte coming? Who knew he’d be this good, so soon? None of the questions that marked Forte’s meteoric rise matter now, only the numbers. And those numbers cement Forte’s rookie season as overwhelmingly successful.

In fact, he was so successful that he surpassed Gale Sayers on the Chicago Bears rookie total yards list with two games left on the schedule. Forte gained 1,476 total yards, eclipsing Sayers’ Bears rookie record of 1,374 total yards, which he established in a 14-game schedule in 1965. Forte rushed for 1108 yards, and caught 59 balls for 431 yards receiving.

As a rookie, he helped anchor a Bears’ offense that was expected to land at the bottom of the NFL’s chain movers, its tumultuous locker room  had much to do with those perception. As did a laughable off-season quarterback controversy and an overpaid running back who couldn’t stay out of legal trouble. No one outside of Chicago had a glimmer of hope for the Chicago Bears season — Forte changed that.

He improved with every game, and displayed his play-making ability in his first showing of the NFL season when he rushed for 132 yards against the Indianapolis Colts in a 29-13 win. He followed that performance up with 92 yards in a 17-20 loss at Carolina and 89 yards rushing in a close 24-27 loss to Tampa, averaging 101 yards in his first three games as a pro.

While his teammates didn’t fully show up in the two loses, Forte had arrived. From there on he was a constant threat to make the big play, forever showing up in crucial moments. The ascension of Kyle Orton as a formidable big-league quarterback only enhanced Forte’s looks, as teams put less defenders in the box, opening holes for the rookie.

In seasons past, the Bears have left fans with a sour taste in their mouth. The end of every season leaves onlookers wondering “what if?” At 8-6, with a short chance of making the playoffs if they win out against Green Bay and Houston, this year may be different. If so, it’ll be thanks to one hell of a rookie running back who has performed well beyond his years for the entirety of the 2008 NFL season.

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Orton injury may signal Bears down spiral

340x_featureOK, so the Chicago Tribune has reported that Kyle Orton has no tear, but will be out for three to four weeks, leaving the revolving quarterback door open for, you guessed it, Rex Grossman.

I thought I had escaped the far reaches of agony that Grossman inflicted on fans, and his own team, in the 2006 Super Bowl XLI against the Colts while fumbling away the championship under a downpour in the Orange Bowl. All the while, Lovie Smith continued to utter those dreaded four words: “Rex is our quarterback.”

I can’t recall how many times I’ve seen Lovie have to defend the decision to play the bum that is “Rexy.” Now, the default quarterback may ruin what has been a somewhat mediocre team, but a team that happens to have an NFC North at 5-3.

Shades of the old Rex were on display Sunday as he went 9-19 and threw for 58 yards and a touchdown. What was more telling than the touchdown, were the many tipped balls and ultimate interception Grossman threw. He’ll now face the NFL’s best defense in 8-0 Tennessee — good luck.

Worst of all, this injury hurts the Bears’ and Orton’s progression. Just as he seemed to grasp what it takes to be successful at the quarterback position, averaging 294.6 yards passing over the last three games — he’s out.

Orton finished late-game drives and even carried the Bears’ staple defense this season on several occasions, something Rex could never do.

The next three to four weeks will not be easy, either. A showdown with 8-0 Tennessee looms on the coming Sunday. The Titans feature an old school defense-first team, with a running game containing speed in Chris Johnson and strength LenDale White. Green Bay and a possible win in St. Louis awaits the Bears in the subsequent weeks. If Orton is out for the full four weeks, a tough game with Minnesota is next on the schedule.

Hopefully, Orton will return before the slated three or four weeks, and salvage whatever parts of the season Grossman hasn’t already destroyed.

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