Can the Chicago Bears Pass the Detroit Lions in the Playoff Race?

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Nov 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) reacts to his touchdown against the Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay (30) in the 1st quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

It’s nut cutting time for the Chicago Bears, who have their backs against the wall and a very tenuous road to the playoffs.  With a couple of back to back losses in the last couple of weeks, the 6-6 Bears trail the division leading Lions by more than just a game in the standings.  The Bears don’t figure into the Wild Card battle with teams like the 9-win Panthers and the 8-win 49ers in the mix for those two spots.  That leaves the Bears with their best chance into the playoffs is to win the NFC North.

By virtue of a season sweep over the Bears, the Lions hold the tie-breaker over the Bears.  With four games left to play, the Bears need to make up two games in the standings to catch the Lions.  It’s unlikely, but it’s not impossible.  Can the Bears win two more games than the Lions with just four games left to play?  Why of course they can.

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