It seems like only yesterday I was watching Chicago Bears tickets fly off the shelf, Jay Cutler being hoisted to the toast, and the clamor for Super Bowl tickets from Bears fans reaching a crescendo. And it was understandable. The only thing keeping the Chicago Bears from reaching the Super Bowl was the weakness at quarterback. Kyle Orton sucked, right? Now that Jay Cutler was in town, nothing stood between the Chicago Bears and a date in Miami.
Except an NFL schedule. The Chicago Bears, rather than riding a wave of enthusiasm, are struggling in third place with a 4-5 record. The hero of the hour, Jay Cutler, just finished a 5-interception performance in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Meanwhile, back in the snowy confines of Denver, Kyle Orton has his Denver Broncos a surprising 6-2 after running out to a 6-0 start. With the San Diego Chargers their only real competition the Broncos have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs. Be careful what you wish for.Eric Drouant