As usual last weekendís game was crazy. I feel like I write that every week on the blog but itís true yet again. The Bears were leading the NFC North division coming into the game. They had played and beaten some very good teams, such as the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and an underrated Detroit Lions team. I believe there were nine total turnovers in the game. It seemed like every time we turned around there was either a fumble or interception.
Speaking of interceptions, how about DeAngelo Hall?! He picked off Jay Cutler four times in the second half, tying an NFL record for most interception in one game by a single player. One of the interceptions he caught with one hand and took all the way back for a touchdown. That play was even bigger because it looked like the Bears were going to get points on their drive. To be honest, I have never seen a performance like that before by a defensive back in a game. I wonder if Jay Cutler completed more passes to any single receiver on his team than he did to DeAngelo?
It was a lot of fun to play at Solider Field. Jeremy Jarmon told me before the game that he was especially excited to play there. I didnít think their crowd was as loud as FedEx Field, though. The Detroit Lions are a very good team. To be honest, I donít understand how they only have one win. They have a good offensive line, a great receiver in Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford will be back for this weekendís game. To top it off, they are coming fresh off their bye week so you know they will have their engines even more revved up than normal. In fact, from what I understand we are the underdogs in the game. Itís going to be a great challenge for us and I think we can get the win and head into our bye week on a high note. Speaking of our bye week, I will not be doing a blog next week because Iím going to be relaxing on our few days off.
To me this year has been a crazy year in the NFL. A lot of the teams that people expected to do really good have struggled and some teams, such as ourselves, that people didnít expect much from, have played well. I think it just shows the equality and competitive nature of our profession. There really isnít a whole lot that separates the teams from each other. Every team is talented and every team has good players. To me, the difference is in the little things: who practices better, watches more film, works harder in the weight room and so on. Everybody in the NFL is big, fast and strong. I think it just goes to show how little room for error there is and how every yard and every inch is vitally important. I also think people severely underestimated us at the beginning of the year because we are a lot better than people think.
I love it when the teams that are overlooked come up and surprise people and I also like it when teams that have high expectations, whether they are deserved or not, are upset. Right now we are right in the thick of the playoff hunt. There is a lot of season left and I think itís going to be very fun and very interesting to watch the end of this season as it plays out. I would love to surprise the people who didnít expect anything from us.
I should also mention that I love playing in front of our fans at home games. The fans here are some of the most enthusiastic and football-crazy people I have ever seen and I love every minute of it. Keep supporting us throughout the year and I promise we will play our hearts out for you!