As if the Chicago Bears needed an extra boost of motivation for tonight's rivalry game against the Green Bay Packers. It's been provided anyway, courtesy of former unproductive Bears' wide receiver, Bobby Wade, who is currently a Vikings wideout.
"We need the Bears to blow it,'' Wade told reporters in Minneapolis with a laugh. ``Where are they playing, at home? Great. They'll definitely blow it.''
I don't know what's so funny. The Bears beat the Vikings 48-41 earlier this year in Chicago, and the Vikings blew the opportunity to control their own fate this week by losing to the Falcons at home. In fact, if you wanna talk about blowing it, the Vikings fumbled the ball seven times and lost four of them. This translated into a loss despite significantly outgaining Atlanta and winning the time of possession battle. If the Vikings didn't blow that game, the Bears wouldn't even presently matter to them.
Maybe Wade's laughing about how he's never mattered in the NFL, or that casual fans wouldn't recognize the difference between him and a used car salesman?
I kid, of course. He's coming off a career year in 2007, so I should leave him alone. You know, 54 catches for 647 yards and three touchdowns. Man, he was a beast. No wonder he's running his mouth.
As for the game tonight, there is just too much going for the Bears for me to even think they can lose. I know I'm biased, but they:
1) Need this game to stay alive for the playoffs. The Packers don't.
2) Are playing at home.
3) Have revenge on their mind after being embarrassed in Lambeau.
4) Have had 11 days of rest and preparation since their last game.
5) Are the better team.
6) Have been practicing outside, unlike the Packers.
Just for fun, I'll throw out a prediction.
Bears win 31-17.Devin Hester shakes free for an early long touchdown and this time Kyle Orton doesn't badly over-or-under-throw him.
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