On a snowy and cold Christmas Eve, the Bears dispatched the 0-14 Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field. The game was close to shifting momentum in the first quarter when the Browns picked off a tipped pass by Mitchell Trubisky, and returned it for an apparent touchdown. It was nullified by an offsides penalty. It was all Bears after that.
The Browns added a field goal in the second quarter, but failed to score the rest of the game. Credit a pesky and determined Bears defense, and a solid effort from Jordan Howard, who scored two rushing touchdowns. Trubisky had a nice day passing, and added a rushing TD of his own, on a scrappy goal line run.
What does it mean? Probably nothing. I mean, it means a lot to the players–especially Trubisky and the younger guys. In the big picture, the fate of Fox, and his coaching staff has more than likely been determined. The latest rumor is that Ted Phillips has been working on a list–which is scary for all Bears fans. I’m hoping those rumors are false. Perhaps NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport will clarify his statements.
What’s next? The Bears will travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings who will be playing for home field advantage in the playoffs. I might be the lone person that thinks the Bears might have a shot at beating the Vikings. It’s not based on anything in reality, I just think the team is due for a solid win. I think John Fox will get the team fired up. As long as they don’t turn the ball over, the defense should keep it interesting.