Chicago Bears: A “SNF” embarrassment is brewing

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The Chicago Bears are teetering on the brink.

The Chicago Bears have been slipping lately, having lost four in a row, and are on the verge of entering a complete freefall from which they may not recover. That is why, despite being on their bye week, it felt like the Bears were still losers this weekend.

As the team prepares this week for its upcoming matchup in primetime against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football, a confluence of events seems to be setting the conditions for an outright disaster.

For starters, you have the uncertainty around the Bears quarterback situation. A story as old as time, the Bears head into yet another game against their arch-rivals with serious question marks surrounding their signal-caller — specifically, which one will it be? Will the team continue rolling with Nick Foles or go back to Mitchell Trubisky.

The truth is it doesn’t’ really matter, as both have looked incompetent, even by Chicago Bears standards. But the reality is the team has two substandard quarterbacks, both of whom are injured and would likely be playing at less than 100 percent. In addition, both would be playing behind an offensive line that makes a sieve look impenetrable. So pick your poison Bears fans, but if you are holding out hope that either of these two quarterbacks can give you enough from the position to make a serious playoff run, you’re kidding yourselves.

On the other side of the field, the Bears will be facing Aaron Rodgers, their nemesis, who will be coming into this game with a little extra motivation. The Packers blew a 14-point halftime lead against the Indianapolis Colts (who by the way are being competently led by Chris Ballard, the man the Bears thought was inferior to Ryan Pace) and lost in overtime by a field goal.

The loss moves the Packers to 7-3 and technically only two games ahead of the Bears in the NFC North, though in reality, it feels like a 200 game lead. The Packers can drive the proverbial final nail in the Bears’ coffin on Sunday night in primetime, and in doing so perhaps end the tenures of Pace and Matt Nagy (we can only hope).

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You see, while it’s an outdated notion, the McCaskeys seem to be most concerned with how they fare against the Packers, despite the fact that their team is an abomination regardless of their opponent. However, since they put a disproportionate amount of stock into the outcome of these games, an embarrassment on a national stage could spell trouble for the head coach and general manager.