I said a few months ago that I was nervous about the 2009 Bears after they acquired Jay Cutler. After watching tonight’s game, I have to say, I’m a bit more nervous. Cutler is really good. On the last drive of the first half, Cutler threw some bullets, some touch passes and ended the drive with a perfectly thrown low ball pass to Forte for a TD. He’s good, they have a very good RB, their receivers (including TE Greg Olsen) will prove more than adequate and their defense will be strong again. Chicago may be a force in the NFC North this year. (One worthwhile note: Cutler can be rattled, so it will be critical for our 3-4 D to get to him early.)
As a prelude to my annual NFL predictions, I will offer this: in 2009, the NFC North will be the 2008 NFC East. Our division could end up being one of the better divisions in football.