What a 2-0 start means to the Bears

What a 2-0 start means to the Bears
September 16, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Starting 2-0 has put the Bears in the unofficial Week 2 “playoffs” but since those don’t really count – or exist – there’s no point in mentioning that (oh, wait, I just did).

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What 2-0 means right now is that the Bears are a game up on Detroit (which lost in Arizona Sunday) and Green Bay (which demolished RGIII and Washington) and two on Minnesota. That’s all.
But it’s really not “all” since the last two times the Bears opened 2-0 were 2010 when they went to the NFC Championship game and 2006 when they went to the Super Bowl. Adam Schefter over at ESPN tweeted that 63 percent of teams starting 2-0 have made the playoffs since those were expanded to 12 teams in 1990.
And a 2-0 start is significant because the Bears are winning without playing exceptional football, accomplishing fourth-quarter comebacks with a quarterback who hasn’t consistently led those, and with two rookie offensive linemen starting and a defensive line that has underachieved through two games.

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“But I thought overall the physicality of our defense and the ability again to create turnovers put our football team, and holding them to 16 points certainly put our football team, in position to win,” head coach Marc Trestman said.