The Chicago Bears’ playoff chances were believed to have been shot after the team loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Despite the loss and less than ideal chances at the playoffs, Bears head coach Marc Trestman insisted the he stills believes that the Bears have a shot to make the playoffs and that their loss to the Vikings does not eliminate the team’s chances.
“There are some historical points of view that show that it doesn’t,” Trestman said. “We’ve got a long season left. We’ve got four games to go. There was a sign of a team that played very well today at times. We just didn’t play well enough all the time. There’s clearly evidence that we can move forward here, and I’m always going to feel that way.” -Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago
With a record of 6-6 after their loss to the on Sunday, the Bears will need to leapfrog at least three of the five teams that are currently ahead of them in the NFC Conference. As the standings currently state, the Bears are behind the Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, and Arizona Cardinals. All those teams would hold the tie-breaker over the Bears because they possess a better conference record.
Either the Cowboys or the Eagles will win the NFC East division. Meaning the other team will likely be in the same category as the 49ers and Cardinals as the three teams that have the best shot at being one of the two NFC conference wild-card teams. Considering the Bears 3-6 record against the NFC conference, it would appear that the team’s chances at earning a wild card spot are slim to none.
If the Bears are going to have any chance at making the playoffs the team will have to run the table and win their remaining four games on the season. Beyond that, the Bears need to hope that the Detroit Lions lose at least two of their next four games. In the span of the next four weeks, the Bears play the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, and Green Bay Packers; meanwhile, the Lions play the Eagles, Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, and Vikings.
The Bears may not be eliminated from playoff contention but their chances of making the playoffs are dangling on life support.