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Bears Tue Apr 15 2008

A 'Blue Monday' For Bears?

The thing that immediately jumps out at you about the Bears' 2008 schedule is that the NFL powers that be actually deemed them worthy of a Monday night national television showcase. Against the Green Bay Packers, no less, the team that swiped the NFC North crown from them last season.

My guess is that with the (alleged) retirement of Brett Favre, the game might represent the best chance the Bears (7-9 in 2007) have to defeat the Packers on Monday night, after having lost five Monday night games in a row to them since 1994. In light of that dubious achievement, a win by the Bears on MNF might actually qualify as national news. In fact, the Bears haven’t won on a Monday night since a 36-33 overtime win over Miami in 1997. Which means a win should at least earn them top billing over any Lindsey Lohan stories that may happen that day.

The Bears, in fact, have five prime time games, including the season opener Sept. 7 against the Indianapolis Colts (their 2006 Super Bowl foe) in the RCA Dome, a game which, at this moment, indicates a quick 0-1 start for Lovie Smith's squad. Other than that given, the NFL has handed the Bears a potential winning season, scheduling them against six teams with losing records in 2007 and four teams that just made it to .500. They also play Philadelphia (Sept. 28, 7:15 p.m.), Minnesota (Nov. 30, 7:15 p.m.) and New Orleans (Dec. 11, 7:15 p.m.) in prime time games.

Now it’s up to Jerry Angelo and Company to pick up the ball and run with it and construct something resembling an offense that doesn’t rely on Devin Hester finding the end zone every time he takes a kickoff or punt. Wake me when the first “Bench Rex” article hits the newsstands.


Andy AngelosAuthor Profile Page / April 16, 2008 10:43 AM

Looks like another frustrating season ahead.

Ken GreenAuthor Profile Page / April 16, 2008 12:40 PM

yeah, first game out the box, Indy? Not a good sign...

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