Second-most favorable matchup: Chicago Bears vs. Washington Redskins
Yes, the Bears showed that it is indeed possible to win with a backup quarterback at the helm.
However, the same isn’t constant for all teams. For one team in particular, the entire flow of their offense could be in shambles even if they find themselves in a playoff game.
Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith is done for the season after a broken leg. Veteran backup quarterback Colt McCoy is now the starter in D.C., and he struggled mightily at times in the Redskins’ loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving.
McCoy has been a career backup quarterback, and thus hasn’t started a playoff game in his career. McCoy surely played in big games at the University of Texas, including a National Championship Game, but the NFL is a whole different ballgame.
Additionally, the Redskins have had injuries all over the field. Most notably at running back and wide receiver, an already-average Redskins offense is going to find it impossible to score against the Bears menacing defense.
The only downside to a matchup with the ‘Skins is their defense. The Redskins have a couple of former Pro-Bowlers on defense, and could give the Bears similar troubles that they’ll face on offense.
A playoff game with the Redskins could be a grind-out, but I think Bears fans will take their chances against a career backup quarterback any day.