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NFL Week 17: Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions Pre-Party Open Thread

The season ends today, and the Bears go for their seventh win of the year.

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Good morning. The Bears' season ends today.

It's been quite a roller coaster of a year, all things considered. There were sniffs of playoff contention, there were tight games all year round, there were indeed a couple blowouts in there, there was a Jimmy Clausen sighting, and in the end, there was a better season than last year with reason to expect improvement next year. Sam and I will get into our end-of-season thoughts next in tomorrow's WCG Livestream Season-Ending Show, but before that...

There's one more game to go, and it's the game to stay out of the NFC North basement (and get out of having ten losses on the year). The Lions fired their GM, there are chances Jim Caldwell is out after this season, Calvin Johnson could find his way out of town due to his cap hit... and the Lions have won 5 of their last 7 after starting the season 1-7.

The Bears' coaching staff is solid for next season - well, if you ignore the possibilities of Adam Gase leaving town, as well as Vic Fangio maybe interviewing for head coaching opportunies. There's a lot to watch for at the end of this season, such as development, free agents auditioning for next year, and maybe a higher draft pick? Also known as something these players won't be playing for.

It's the final game of the regular season. Let's go.


WEEK 16 REVIEW: Quick Recap (Dane) | Notes (Kev) | Snap Counts (Les) | Sackwatch (Les)

WEEK 17 PREVIEW: Game InfoInjury ReportSam's Key Bears

AROUND THE NFL: Ten ThoughtsPower Rankings

BEARS ON RESERVE: Eddie Goldman and Alshon Jeffery

BEARS INTO THE FUTURE: Offensive Free AgentsDefensive Free AgentsFangio's Building BlocksTop UDFAsPraise for Cutler

FANTASY: We salute you, Mister Won-Your-2016-League-Cause-You-Listened-To-Jeff-Berckes Man.

COACHING SEARCHES: Could Promote Dowell LoggainsDolphins Want To Interview Adam Gase

DRAFTWATCH: This week, it's DT Kenny Clark.

Josh asked if draft position mattered to the Bears. Interesting stuff, here.

RIP Doug Atkins.

The procedures for today are the same as any other noon game. We'll have the first quarter thread at noon, then subsequent threads for each quarter thereafter. Immediately after the game, we'll have a quick recap for you as well as the threads for the later slates of games, and we'll have Notes in the morning for you. We'll also have the playoff picture and draft order as those fill in.

With all the propers out of the way... for the final time in the 2015 season... Bear Down, my friends.


No WCG Sunday Livestream this morning. We'll have our season in retrospective livestream tomorrow night.