Julius Peppers #90 (L) and Israel Idonije #71 of the Chicago Bears knock down Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings after a pass at Soldier Field on November 14, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 27-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Maybe they don't look like world beaters, but do they need to? Look around the NFC and show me a team that doesn't have gaping holes.
The Giants just lost to the Cowboys. The Eagles can't settle on a QB. The Packers have a rash of injuries. The Falcons can't win on the road. The Saints dropped to the Browns. The Bucs are inexperienced, feasting off the conference's stumbling zombie teams. The entire NFC West is just plain awful.
So maybe ... just maybe ... the Bears are the best team in the NFC. We're allowing the fourth fewest yards per game and only the Steelers have a tougher run defense. Like our most recent Super Bowl run, we're creating ample turnovers - 10 fumble recoveries and 14 interceptions. They say defense wins championships and the Bears could have the best D in the NFC.
Also like our Super Bowl run, Devin Hester is ringing the bell on special teams. The man is a game-changer. A short field gives the Bears a bigger cushion. Turnovers, three-and-outs, missed field goals - none of that matters if we spend all day camped on the opponent's side of the field. And with that kind of field position, it's just a matter of time before a receiver breaks open.
Winning the NFC may not be about who's the best team. It may be about which team is the least dysfunctional. And hold on to your butts, ladies and gentlemen, that could be the Bears.
Next up is a tough Dolphins team on a short week. It's the first of many tough tests to come. But for right now, we're in first place in the NFC North. Let's just enjoy that for a while.