1. Getting blasted by the Packers said more than blasting the Rams
That being said, the Rams mailed in the rest of the 2008 season long ago, and the fact that the Bears were shredded on both sides of the ball by the rival Packers just seven days earlier still haunts this team.
2. Harris is starting to be a factor again up front
3. The offensive line needs to start getting more credit for its play
But lo and behold, Forte has found running room more often than not, Orton isn't getting sacked all that much, and Chicago is respectable stat-wise in most every offensive category across the board – the starting O-line has remained intact for all 11 games, which makes any unit more cohesive.
4. Losing Vasher might not be a bad thing
Having Graham starting opposite Charles Tillman at cornerback also returns Manning to nickel back on a full-time basis, giving the Bears their most physically-imposing secondary just in time for Minnesota's Adrian Peterson.
5. Sunday in Minnesota is a must-win and will make or break the season
However, losing to Purple Jesus and the Vikings could spell disaster for this team since the odds of qualifying for a wild card have all but disappeared – those giveaway games against Carolina, Tampa Bay, and Atlanta a while back robbed the Bears of any breathing room.
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