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Please show me the math when it comes to the 7th best team. And you are discounting Cutlers success and the offensive weapons the Bears posses. Last couple of years, only thing that held him back was injuries. Defense has never been the problem, and so far they look just as good if not better. None of the teams you listed are unbeatable.
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Please show me the math when it comes to the 7th best team.
Let's start with the differences in the play and leadership qualities at the QB position............................
If you want to go stats, Cutler's QB rating last season was lower than ALL of the QBs of the teams I've mentioned: Eli, Rodgers, Ryan, Brees, Wilson, and Kapernick.
In the last decade, every Super Bowl-winning QB has had one thing in common: they have all had at least one season where their QB rating was over 90. And Flacco didn't even have his +90 season last year. He had his one and only +90 QB rating season two seasons prior.
Cutler's highest QB rating? 88.5, his rookie season, where he only played 5 games. His best full season was an 88.1 the following season.
So his best QB play, which was mediocre at best, was 6 seasons ago.
Now what about Cutler's putrid intangibles? And how do they stack up against all these other QBs?
Would any GM take Cutler over any of these QBs?!?
Of course they wouldn't.
Rushing game? Glad you asked!
Last season's rushing totals:
Now let's go to defense. The Bears have a strong D, no question. But statistically, last season they ranked below both NFC "powerhouses", the Seahawks and 49ers, both in terms of yards- and points-per-game.
So, to recap: worst QB of any of the possible NFC contenders, worse running game.................by over 500 yards!.................than either of the two NFC "powerhouses", and a worse D than either of them, too.
But throw all that out the window, and the Bears are going all the way because.................................why?!?
Originally Posted by DaBUU
And you are discounting Cutlers success and the offensive weapons the Bears posses. Last couple of years, only thing that held him back was injuries. Defense has never been the problem, and so far they look just as good if not better. None of the teams you listed are unbeatable.
No, they're not, but a big game is kryptonite to Cutler. You're completely disregarding that basic fact. Cutler has "will gift-wrap a win to an opponent" written in his DNA.
If someone's going to knock off one/both of the powerhouses, it's going to be a team with a proven winner/leader at QB, i.e. the Saints behind Brees or the Giants behind Eli.
I'd actually bet on Romo in a big game before I bet on Cutler, and that's saying something.
That would actually make a fantastic bizarro-world NFC Championship game. The football would be the hottest potato, constantly up for grabs, in a race to see who could out-interception the other QB. They could even switch QBs at halftime just for the fuck of it, because it would make 0.0 fucking difference.
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