Playoff Spot is Bears’ to Lose

It’s never too early to start thinking about a playoff spot, especially if you’re a Chicago Bears writer excited about your favorite team’s 4 game winning streak.  After Sunday’s 37-13 smackdown of the Detroit Pussycats, the Bears have bounced back from a 2-3 start to move to 6-3 and nab the NFC’s final playoff berth if the season ended today.  Now it’s up to the Bears to start moving up the ranks and solidify their spot.

Sitting at the #6 seed in the NFC, the Bears would face the highest seeded division winner which doesn’t earn a bye.  Right now, that would mean a return trip to New Orleans for a Week 2 rematch with the Saints.  I wonder if I could make that return trip too.  Something tells me that my wife would object, especially since we’re expecting a new little Bear at the end of December.  But I digress.

It looks like the top 2 seeds are starting to take shape, with the 9-0 Packers and 8-1 Niners both seeming to be headed for byes.  The Niners could lock up the NFC West within the next couple of weeks, so it will depend on their motivation to hold that bye.  I’m not conceding the division for the Bears, but a 3 game lead with 7 left to play would be tough to overcome, even for the Bears and their soft second half schedule.  Then again, the Packers are an Aaron Rodgers injury away from joining the rest of the field.

If the Bears move past the Lions for the #5 seed, and their upcoming schedules seem to indicate that they should be able to, the Bears could get the lowest seeded division winner, currently the NFC East leader the New York Giants.  It will be interesting to see how these teams jockey for position in the weeks to come.

Of course the Bears can’t afford a letdown, because they have the Cowboys and Falcons nipping at their heels, both sitting 1 game back at 5-4, though the Bears do hold the tie-breaker over the Falcons.   While the Bears are going on a rare 4-game AFC West streak, they will be helpless to improve their conference record, critical for tie-breakers, until December 18th when they host the Seattle Seahawks.

The playoffs are within reach.  Now it’s time to go out and take a firm grasp of them.  Who knows, the Bears could get on a roll and…

I’m getting ahead of myself.  Let’s focus on Philip Rivers and the struggling Chargers.

BEAR DOWN!!!

  • Mr.Pickles

    I have to be honest, after the Bears loss to Detroit I had half a mind to root against the beloved for the rest of the season in hopes that they would clean house and essentially start rebuilding next year. My pessimism was based on the fact that they looked pitiful against three playoff caliber teams and simply didn’t look like a contender. However, a four game winstreak that included the absolute decimation of the Lions has (almost) completely restored my hopes for the season. If they stay on this roll, which they can with their schedule, who knows what could happen come playoff time.

  • Mr.Pickles

    I have to be honest, after the Bears loss to Detroit I had half a mind to root against the beloved for the rest of the season in hopes that they would clean house and essentially start rebuilding next year. My pessimism was based on the fact that they looked pitiful against three playoff caliber teams and simply didn’t look like a contender. However, a four game winstreak that included the absolute decimation of the Lions has (almost) completely restored my hopes for the season. If they stay on this roll, which they can with their schedule, who knows what could happen come playoff time.

  • DetroitMotorCity

    @Mr.Pickles “However, a four game winstreak that included the absolute decimation of the LIons” I’m sorry Mr. Pickles, not only do I have to chuckle at your name, but I also have to chuckle at your post. How do you consider the game a “decimation”? The Bears had a total of 216 offensive yards, while the Lions had a total of 393. Lions had a total of 22 first downs, while the Bears had a measly 12, yes, 12 first downs! As a Lions fan, I can completely admit Stafford threw that game away. 6 turnovers will ruin anyone’s day…I don’t care who you are.

  • DetroitMotorCity

    @Mr.Pickles “However, a four game winstreak that included the absolute decimation of the LIons” I’m sorry Mr. Pickles, not only do I have to chuckle at your name, but I also have to chuckle at your post. How do you consider the game a “decimation”? The Bears had a total of 216 offensive yards, while the Lions had a total of 393. Lions had a total of 22 first downs, while the Bears had a measly 12, yes, 12 first downs! As a Lions fan, I can completely admit Stafford threw that game away. 6 turnovers will ruin anyone’s day…I don’t care who you are.

  • BearGogglesOn

    I think decimated is about right word. The only numbers that mattered in that game were 37 and 13. There was NEVER a moment in that game that it felt like the Lions were in it.

    If you’re a Lions fan you should at least understand that is exactly what the Bears do, take the ball away.

    Better luck next year for your young, up-and-coming Lions. @DetroitMotorCity @Mr.Pickles

  • DetroitMotorCity

    @BearGogglesOn @Mr.Pickles You’re completely right BearGogglesOn, there was never a moment where I felt like the Lions were in it, either. In my opinion, the game was given to the Bears. It’s quite apparent Stafford is absolutely HORRIBLE in the outdoor elements, and hopefully he can work on that in the coming years. It’s also pretty easy to cover the passing game when you know the opposing team is going to throw EVERY play. If we wern’t playing with our 3rd and 4th string running backs, I have a feeling there may have been a different outcome of the game. I’m not here to make excuses though, Bears won fair and square. Don’t count the Lions out of the Playoff hunt just yet, though.

  • BearGogglesOn

    I know I’m right. That’s why it’s my website. :)

    Lions ain’t dead yet, but tough part of the schedule is coming up for them. Look on the bright side, the Thanksgiving game will be pretty meaningful this year.

    @[email protected]

  • BearGogglesOn

    I think decimated is about right word. The only numbers that mattered in that game were 37 and 13. There was NEVER a moment in that game that it felt like the Lions were in it.

    If you’re a Lions fan you should at least understand that is exactly what the Bears do, take the ball away.

    Better luck next year for your young, up-and-coming Lions. @DetroitMotorCity @Mr.Pickles

  • DetroitMotorCity

    @BearGogglesOn @Mr.Pickles You’re completely right BearGogglesOn, there was never a moment where I felt like the Lions were in it, either. In my opinion, the game was given to the Bears. It’s quite apparent Stafford is absolutely HORRIBLE in the outdoor elements, and hopefully he can work on that in the coming years. It’s also pretty easy to cover the passing game when you know the opposing team is going to throw EVERY play. If we wern’t playing with our 3rd and 4th string running backs, I have a feeling there may have been a different outcome of the game. I’m not here to make excuses though, Bears won fair and square. Don’t count the Lions out of the Playoff hunt just yet, though.

  • BearGogglesOn

    I know I’m right. That’s why it’s my website. :)

    Lions ain’t dead yet, but tough part of the schedule is coming up for them. Look on the bright side, the Thanksgiving game will be pretty meaningful this year.

    @[email protected]

  • TomSchwarz

    @[email protected] Think of it this way Detroit, your defense decimated our offense. While our defense bent your offense over the table and proceeded to shove everything in the immediate area up your bung holes without lubrication. Including a pickle or two (but not Mr. Pickle. He was spared).

  • TomSchwarz

    @[email protected] Think of it this way Detroit, your defense decimated our offense. While our defense bent your offense over the table and proceeded to shove everything in the immediate area up your bung holes without lubrication. Including a pickle or two (but not Mr. Pickle. He was spared).

  • lanalavigne @ rush card pro

    I agree that we have to focus on Philip Rivers and the struggling Chargers…I like this post!!Thanks for sharing it with us…

  • lanalavigne @ rush card pro

    I agree that we have to focus on Philip Rivers and the struggling Chargers…I like this post!!Thanks for sharing it with us…

  • DetroitMotorCity

    I don’t mean to be that guy, but it’s gonna be tough for the Playoff spot to be Bears to lose, when Cutler is out for 6-8 weeks. I, as a Lions fan, know all too well about this type of situation. Good luck, Bears fans. All we can do is hope the Packers don’t repeat. Go Lions!

  • DetroitMotorCity

    I don’t mean to be that guy, but it’s gonna be tough for the Playoff spot to be Bears to lose, when Cutler is out for 6-8 weeks. I, as a Lions fan, know all too well about this type of situation. Good luck, Bears fans. All we can do is hope the Packers don’t repeat. Go Lions!