1. It's not over in the NFC North by a long shot
Chicago should be the favorite at Soldier Field over the visiting Jaguars, Saints, and hated Packers before the season finale in Houston, so a three-game sweep on the homestand might be enough to vault back into first place.
2. Tight ends can no longer pick up the slack
While Devin Hester was able to turn a short slant pass into a scorching 65-yard scoring strike in the first quarter, Rashied Davis is still battling a mean case of the dropsies, Brandon Lloyd can't find his rhythm after missing time with a sprained knee, and neither of the kids – rookie Earl Bennett nor practice-squad hero Brandon Rideau – is being given a chance to contribute.
3. The D simply doesn't have a chance without constant pressure
The Bears will apparently live and die by the Cover 2 so long as Lovie Smith is head coach, meaning this defense is quite beatable if the D-line has an off day.
4. St. Clair doesn't deserve the blame he's getting
A couple of Matt Forte screens and draws to Allen's side of the field might have helped slow his ferocious pass rush off the edge, but this was far from offensive coordinator Ron Turner's finest hour.
5. Now's the time for Harrison to grow into all that first-round talent
Everybody loves Dvoracek for his blue-collar style and game-day intensity, although it might be time to turn the page since he will have missed 35 of 48 career games by season's end.
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