I know last night's game sucked. But, assuming that Cutler's concussion issues don't linger past the next one or two games (not a guarantee, I know, but a fair assumption I think), they still are one of the few teams in the league that are best suited to contend for a Super Bowl.
1) They have inarguably one of the best two or three defenses in the league, with an elite run defense, pass rush, and coverage ability. The Texans were the second highest scoring offense in the league going into last night's game and they scored a whopping 13 points.
2) They have a QB that can make plays on third down.
3) They have a receiving threat that can consistently win one on one match ups in critical moments on third down.
4) They have a deep running game that can protect a lead and win in short yardage situations.
All of these factors are critical to winning close tight games both at home and on the road, and the Bears are one of only two or three teams that have all of these abilities. The Giants are one, so are the Texans. Depending on how much you trust Vernon Davis and Alex Smith, the 49ers do as well.
The Falcons have a pedestrian running game, and their defense is strong but not elite. The Patriots offense is amazing but their defense is a joke. The Ravens are banged up as hell. The Packers have the best QB in football and great defense, but without Greg Jennings fully healthy their skill players don't really scare me.
Of course nothing is guaranteed, but nothing about last night's changed the optics of what the rest of hte season should look like, unless Cutler misses more than two or three games. One silver lining is that the offensive line had its best night in pass protection all year against a great pass rush.
Everyone calm down. Jason Campbell will be better with a full week of practice and those extra reps now might come in handy should Cutty go down again in the middle of a game in the post season.