The past two Super Bowl winners have a lot of things in common: a solid (but not at-all-times dominating) defense, talented skill position players on offense, an offensive line that played better in the playoffs than they did in the regular season, and a late-season hot streak. The Bears seemingly have all those same components, except for a late season hot streak. With Marc Trestman in charge, hopefully the offensive line and the team in general can play hot when the weather turns cold, and give the Bears a chance to follow in the footsteps of the Giants and Ravens.
The Giants and Ravens both have one other thing in common: quarterbacks that announced themselves as "elite" before they actually played that way. Before the 2011 season, Eli Manning said that he was in the same class as Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and his big bro, Peyton Manning. Everyone scoffed, despite Manning's 2007 Super Bowl victory against the Patriots. Seven years into his professional career, Manning had one season (2009) with a quarterback rating above 86, and was coming off a 2010 season where he had 25 interceptions. In 2011, Manning had one of his best seasons with a 92.9 rating, 29 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, and a 8.4 yards per attempt average. His postseason was even better, throwing nine touchdowns and only one interception over four games and had a rating of over a hundred in three of those games.
Jay Cutler can follow the lead of Joe Flacco and Eli Manning
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