1. The coaching staff isn't worried about playing favorites
He plays more against the run these days than against the pass, and the Packers don't run it nearly as much as they throw it, but it's still hard to believe the Bears had the balls to sit Harris even if it supposedly gave them a better chance to win.
2. Bend-but-don't-break works when there are takeaways
So long as Julius Peppers gets some strip sacks off the edge and Zack Bowman remembers how to make a play on the ball, the Bears should be able to stay true to the Cover 2, take away long-distance strikes down the field and make teams have to score via 10- and 12-play drives.
3. Short-yardage and goal-line situations are a problem
The front office paid free-agent signee Brandon Manumaleuna better than $6 million in compensation this year alone to be a difference-making blocker at tight end, H-back and fullback, but it looks like money down the drain at this point.
4. Nobody ever lost any confidence in Hester as a return man
Now that Hester has proven that he can indeed do it again, giving Chicago its first lead against the Packers with a 62-yard sprint to paydirt, the intimidation effect he once had on every coverage unit is suddenly back.
5. This is a contender if the stars keep playing like stars
That being said, if Cutler starts firing picks at an alarming rate again or Brian Urlacher stops playing like he did in his prime, then the Bears will see their overachieving ways come to an end quickly.
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