After a much-needed divisional win over the Packers on Monday Night Football, the Bears pushed themselves into the conversation not only for a wild card spot, but to possibly take over control of the NFC North if they can pull off the big win against the Lions on November 10th.
But if the playoffs started today, they wouldn't be in. It's because they lost that first game to the Lions. It's because of those conference games they've lost, including the Saints game, and the Redskins game (each a 1 score game.) It's because football is a cruel mistress.
But there's a lot of light ahead. The Bears only have 2 games left against teams with winning records, for what that's worth. The Packers could have problems with Rodgers being out a yet to be determined length of time. The two teams directly ahead of them play each other, so only one can gain ground.
Check out the current standings, and look for rooting interests in each game below. Don't agree? Tell us why.
|Wk. Rank||Last Wk.||Team||Div||W||L||Div Rec||Conf Rec||Wk10 Opponent|
|2||-||New Orleans Saints||South||6||2||2-0||4-0||Cowboys|
|5||-||San Francisco 49ers||West||6||2||2-1||3-1||Panthers|
|8||-||Green Bay Packers||North||5||3||2-1||3-2||Eagles|
Seahawks @ Falcons
This game, as it is, has virtually no effect on the Bears at this exact moment. Let's root for the Falcons because it's fun to see Seattle lose.
Cowboys @ Saints
Let's go Saints here. Realistically, the Bears are more likely to be against Cowboys in a tiebreaker scenario, and the Saints already have a head to head against Chicago.
Lions @ Bears
Bears. 'Nuff said. Well, not really. Winning this game makes a lot of the rest of the rooting interests less important.
49ers @ Panthers
49ers. Help the Panthers record fall back down.
Packers @ Eagles
Eagles. Never the Packers.
Texans @ Cardinals
Texans. Just cuz.
Redskins @ Vikings
Vikings. Redskins also maintain a tiebreaker over the Bears
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