There is no crying in baseball. Or football. The Bears have no time to mope after their devastating 54-11 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite the lopsided score, the game still only counts as one in the loss column, unless the Bears let the bad feelings linger into their preparations for the Packers. Week 17 and a matchup with the division rival Green Bay Packers with a trip to the playoffs at stake are coming up. This will be Marc Trestman’s biggest challenge as head coach, pull the team together and prepare them to play for a trip to the postseason.
Considering what happened in Philadelphia on Sunday night, the Bears couldn’t ask for a better set of circumstances, with their playoff fate still in their own hands. They could easily be behind the 8-ball, had the Lions not Lions’ed all over themselves and dropped out of the playoff picture. If the Lions had won on Sunday, the Bears would need a win AND help from the Vikings to nab a playoff spot. It may not be as hard as you’d think.