The Chicago Bears have the benefit of not playing on Sunday. The Bears play the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football. Meaning when the Bears enter their game against the Cowboys on Monday, the team will have the benefit of knowing what exactly their playoff situation is.
The Bears enter week 14 with a record of 6-6. That record is strong enough for second place in the NFC North division. The Lions are the division leaders with a record of 7-5. The Lions essentially hold a two-game lead over the Bears because of the head-to-head record between the two teams this season.
It goes without saying that the Lions need to lose their game on Sunday. The Lions are playing the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday. The Eagles may be the right up there with the Carolina Panthers in terms of being the hottest team in the league. The Eagles have won four straight games entering their game against the Lions and Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has emerged as an effective starting quarterback during that span.
A Lions loss to the Eagles on Sunday would put the Bears in a position where the team is only a game back of the division lead. That would be operating under the assumption that the Bears win on Monday.
In terms of the wild-card standings, the Bears may face too many hurdles. With only four games remaining on the season, the Bears need to leapfrog at least 3 of the 4 teams that are ahead of them. The teams that are ahead of the Bears for the wild-card spot are the Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Arizona Cardinals.
If the Bears were going to have any shot at earning one of the two wild-card spots, either the 49ers or Panthers would need to lose out for the remaining four games of the season. Beyond that the Bears would then need to leap over the Cardinals and Eagles.
The old adage may tell you to never say never, but that doesn’t apply to the Bears position in the wild-card standings.
The sole benefit of the Bears on this statement Sunday in the NFL is to root against the Lions.