The Chicago Bears are 3-12 but they have a lot of reasons to keep playing hard. The hope is that certain players continue to play well while the team as a whole continues to lose so that they can end up with a top-two pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
One player to keep an eye on over these next two games is Justin Fields. It will be interesting to see how his playing time looks over the final couple of games as he has been knocked around a lot this season.
On deck this week is the Detroit Lions who are trying hard to get into the playoffs. Jared Goff and the crew had a terrible start to the season but have since bounced back and now have a very real chance of making it to the postseason.
They will be motivated to be at their best against the Bears which should mean that the Bears have no chance. They are one of the worst teams in the NFL so it won’t be surprising at all to see them be horrible in this game.
It also wouldn’t be surprising to see the Bears come up with an upset here over Detroit. Of course, that would be terrible for their draft stock, and nobody is actually rooting for that but the players are going to be trying to play spoiler.
2023 could be a great year if this team is smart but it is going to take some smart decisions and lots of hard work. They can’t forget that as an organization.
If Justin Fields needs to sit at any point over the next two weeks, he should. We now know after this year that he is the guy and everything should revolve around his future. One game against the Lions (or the Vikings for that matter) should not stand in the way of that.
JJ Watt Retires
JJ Watt has been a wildly respected foe for a long time. He spent most of his career with the Houston Texans before his short tenure with the Arizona Cardinals. This is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and a five-time Pro Bowler. It is a lock that he will be in the Hall of Fame.
On Tuesday, he announced that he will retire from the NFL after this season. That is some big news as one of the greatest ever will be leaving the game.
Few have been more respected for their game on the field and the person they are off the field more than him. Congrats to him on his amazing career.
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The races in both the NFC and AFC are heating up. With two weeks left in the regular season, there is still a lot left to be decided.
It will be interesting to see how injuries play a part in all of this. For one, Jalen Hurts is still questionable after missing last week. His Philadelphia Eagles are the frontrunners to be the number one seed in the NFC but can they do it without him?
The Miami Dolphins are barely hanging onto a playoff spot and Tua Tagovailoa is going to be out. They need to come up with some magic without their quarterback in order to finally get back into the postseason.
This league is amazing right now and completely unpredictable. As we get closer to the postseason, the more exciting it gets.