The final week of the regular season marks the fourth year in a row with no playoff appearance for the Bears, and their lowest win total since 2004, Lovie Smith's first season as a head coach. Yet, as bad as that season was, a quarterback carousel between Craig Krenzel, Jonathan Quinn, and Henry Burris seems tame compared to the trainwreck this season has endured.
(I'll be honest, with a better coordinator, I think I might have liked to see a little more of Craig Krenzel back then.)
But enough about re-living ten-year-old history. Right now the Bears have one last game against the Vikings, for either draft position or a six-win season, whichever goal you prefer as a fan, or as a player, to prepare for next season, audition for jobs elsewhere or an extension, or for one last win to finish the year on a high note.
So how can you follow the action:
Game Time: 1:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM CT
Location: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
TV: This week, it's on FOX. And that gets us the... unusual pairing of Dick Stockton and Brady Quinn. Ideal scenario, Bears sign Brady Quinn as a potential quarterback option and Dick Stockton gets replaced by a chair. Or maybe it won't be that bad. The rest of the action can be found on the 506.
Radio: Jeff Joniak and Tom Thayer do the play-by-play and color over on 780 WBBM, and are a fantastic listen. You can hear them over on 780 or on the WBBM web site.
Other Online Streaming: We'll do one last regular season edition of the WCG Sunday Livestream tomorrow morning at the usual time, at the usual channels. We'll break down the final game of the year as well as look towards the offseason.
Odds: The first matchup in Chicago saw the Bears as 4.5-point favorites. This time, in Minnesota, they're a touchdown underdog. For more, visit the SBN odds page.
The Pick: I don't see a reason to go against that. Vikings 20, Bears 16.
Next Week: Aside from the possibilities of Black Monday carrying some news, the Bears are off until free agency, the draft, and training camp. Or, you can always watch playoff football from your couch just like the Bears.