If there is one team that compares to the New York Yankees in the NFL, that team would be the New England Patriots. There is no team in the NFL that is more universally hated than the Patriots. That was why much of twitter was in jubilation late Monday night when the Patriots lost to the Carolina Panthers with the game ending a controversial no-call.
Unfortunately, the outcome of last night’s game was not one that Chicago Bears wanted to see.
The Bears current record on the season is 6-4. That record is tied with the Detroit Lions for first place in the NFC North division. But considering that the Lions have defeated the Bears in both games that the teams played against each other this season, the Bears technically face a one game deficit. The Bears could overcome that deficit but that would be a difficult task considering the Lions schedule for the remainder features only one team that is over .500.
With that being said, the Bears need to focus their efforts on trying to secure one of the two wild card spots in the NFC. Something the team was unable to do last season. The way the playoff picture is currently constructed, the Bears are on the outside looking in. The Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, and Arizona Cardinals are the three teams that are ahead of the Bears in the wild-card standings. If the playoffs were to start today, the Panthers and 49ers would be the two wild card teams.
The Cardinals and 49ers play each other at the end of the season. Both teams have the same record as the Bears. If the Bears can stay the course with both teams, the team would figure to jump ahead of whatever team loses that game at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, the Panthers are currently riding a six-game winning streak. The Panthers still have to face the New Orleans Saints twice before the season concludes. Those two games against the Saints are the only two games that the Panthers may not be the favorites in for the remainder of their schedule.
It goes without saying that the Bears can not afford to drop another game against a NFC conference opponent. All three teams that are ahead of the Bears in the wild-card standings have a better conference record than the Bears. Five of the remaining six games for the Bears this season are against NFC opponents.
Needless to say Bears fans, you should have been cursing along with Tom Brady at the conclusion of the game between the Panthers and Patriots on Monday night.