The Bears don’t play until Monday night, so we have yet another Sunday without our football anchor, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t meaningful games going on with strong rooting interests for the Chicago Bears. Here are a few to keep an eyeball on while you’re gearing up for Bears – Packers. Oh and by the way, check your clock. Did you forget to Fall Back? If you did, you’ll be an hour early for all the games!
Atlanta Falcons (2-5) at Carolina Panthers (4-3)
Cam Newton and the Panthers find themselves in the midst of a playoff push with a winning record, but they’ve beaten the Giants, Vikings, Rams and Bucs. Can the once mighty Falcons knock this Wild Card contender off to help out the Bears?
Minnesota Vikings (1-6) at Dallas Cowboys (4-4)
The Cowboys will look to bounce back after a heartbreaking loss to the Lions last week. We don’t have Lions to kick around this week and the Vikings seem far enough back that the Bears can keep them at bay, so let’s hope the Vikings can knock off the Cowboys and knock a potential Wild Card challenger down in the rankings.
Tennessee Titans (3-4) at St Louis Rams (3-5)
The Rams are all but done now that Sam Bradford is out for the season, but just in case they have designs on trying to push for a Wild Card, we might as well have an AFC opponent take care of business. This is also a chance to watch the Rams, who the Bears play in 3 weeks!
San Diego Chargers (4-3) at Washington Redskins (2-5)
This should be a no-brainer. The Bears need the Chargers to beat the Redskins, who hold a potential Wild Card tie-breaker over the Bears on the merits of their Week 7 win.
Philadelphia Eagles at Oakland Raiders (2-6)
Michael Vick is out and Nick Foles is back in for the 3-5 Eagles. Let’s watch an AFC team knock off this future opponent and do a little advanced scouting in the process.
Which games will you be watching?