It wasn’t until the dust had settled from the raucous Sunday night game between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers that fans could take a deep breath: the season is not lost, after all. Far from it. Sure, Chicago is 2-3, but I bet that this is the best that 2-3 has ever felt before in the Windy City.
Instead of tied for last in the NFC North with the Minnesota VIkings and four games back in the division hunt, we’re tied for second with the Detroit Lions and 2 games back with 11 to play. Although things are not going to come easily for the Bears, this team is simply too talented to fold early.
In an NFL where great parity exists throughout most of the league, most games will be both winnable and losable, often in the last 5 minutes. Case in point: the 27-20 come-from-behind victory over the cheese heads.
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Chicago now has a much needed shot of optimism. That may be all they need. A victory against lowly Minnesota puts Chicago back at .500. From there, the possibilities are nearly endless. I’m not saying that a first round bye looks good, but in the NFC, anybody could do it (after all, Chicago just beat the 2nd best team in the Conference last night).
On the flip side, things may not go so well. Nobody stays lucky for too long, and every team will lose games they could have won. All the more reason to enjoy this victory.
So, go forth! Embrace these Bear cubs with a youthful optimism that today, in the NFL, anything is possible! Anyone could make the playoffs. Except the Rams. And the Falcons. And yeah, the Dolphins, Browns, Vikings, and Bills are out too. But the Bears, oh those maddening Bears. Who knows?