After losing on Monday Night Football, the Chicago Bears season is just about over.
We went into the Monday Night Football game between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings saying that it was a must-win game for the Bears. They needed it to stay afloat in the NFC playoff picture but instead, they dropped their fourth straight game. The four-game slide comes after starting the season 5-1 with a clear path to the playoffs. There was even a chance that they won the NFC North Division there for a second but they let it slip away.
Why did it slip away? Well, there are many reasons. The first, and most notably, is the offensive line. They had a few injuries and COVID-19 cases but they weren’t very good, to begin with anyway. That has the be the first thing they address this offseason. It wouldn’t even be smart to go after a new quarterback until the offensive line is dealt with.
Speaking of quarterbacks, Nick Foles wasn’t very good either. He wasn’t able to take advantage of the new playcalling by Bill Lazor (who wasn’t much better than Matt Nagy). Foles is not the answer and now he is injured with what might be a serious lower-body injury. There is a chance that we might see Mitchell Trubisky back under center after all.
This loss dropping them to 5-5 makes things look really bleak down the stretch. After ten weeks, they are .500 going into a much-needed bye week. When they come out they will be fresh ready to play the, you guessed it, Green Bay Packers. Right now, the Packers are the lead dog for the number one seed in the NFC which would secure a spot in the second round of the playoffs.
The reason that the Bears are in trouble is because of the Packers. We would be feeling much better about going into that game with a 6-4 record than we would have at 5-5. It feels like, with this offense, there is very little chance that they figure out a way to beat that team.
Becoming 5-6 would put them out of the race even more than they are now. With Nick Foles, David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen, and now Akiem Hicks potentially out due to injury, it makes it feel even harder to stay optimistic. This team is clearly going nowhere and is going to become one of the most painful teams in the history of the franchise.
Would it be awesome if they won out to have an 11-5 season and go to the playoffs? Sure it would. There is just a very little chance that happens after the way things have gone. Their defense is still really good but they just can’t score at all. For all intents and purposes, the Chicago Bears season is over after ten weeks.