Grisly truth: Bears are lucky (if not good)
Chicago's painful-to-watch shutout of Miami latest win for Lovie's 'opportunists'
MIAMI -- No matter what happens between now and Sunday night, the Chicago Bears are going to be tied for the first- or second-most number of wins in the NFC.I repeat, the Bears. Not only that, but at the very least, they're going to be tied for the division lead and need maybe two, possibly three more wins to lock down a playoff spot. But why stop there? The way things are going for the Bears, I can see them running the table on their schedule, capturing Osama bin Laden and brokering an airport pat-down compromise. A Super Bowl is a given. Bears fans, buy your plane tickets to JerryWorld now -- non-refundable. If you want to win Lotto, hang out with the Bears. If you want to find gold doubloons at the bottom of Lake Michigan, hang out with the Bears. They have become the official NFL sponsor of rabbits' feet, four-leaf clovers and rainbows. The Bears won their seventh game of the season Thursday night. Beat the Miami Dolphins 16-0. It wasn't so much a game as it was a three-plus-hour colonoscopy. "We're winning games," Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "That's all that matters to me."
On Thursday evening at Sun Life Stadium, they took advantage of a Dolphins team that featured an emergency third-string center (Richie Incognito) snapping the ball to a third-string quarterback (Tyler Thigpen). The Dolphins' Pro Bowl wide receiver (Brandon Marshall) missed the entire second half with a hamstring injury. The Dolphins' Pro Bowl offensive tackle (Jake Long) played with a shoulder harness apparently borrowed from farm oxen.So the Bears did what they were supposed to do: They showed zero mercy. Thigpen spent much of the evening running for his life or peeling himself from the turf. The Bears recorded their first shutout in four seasons.
Gene Wojciechowski is the senior national columnist for ESPN.com. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hear Gene's podcasts and ESPN Radio appearances by clicking here.
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