With the apparent proliferation of weapons on that side of the ball, the Bears offense in 2012 was expected to be capable of carrying the defense if need be this season.
Losing three out of four games constitutes falling off a seasons cliff for the Bears after a 7-1 start.
With a huge acknowledging nod to the defense, the Bears are 27-10 in Jay Cutlers last 37 starts, which is predictably creating starts of its own, as in mutterings about Cutler as a possible MVP can
The date was October 14, 2007. The stage was Soldier Field.
In less than a calendar week, the Bears lost control of the NFC North and took it back again.