Chicago Bears back in first after perfect day

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: (L-R) Trey Burton #80, Jordan Howard #24, Cody Whitehair #65 and Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears celebrsate Howards' touchdown run against the New York Jets at Soldier Field on October 28, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Jets 24-10. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: (L-R) Trey Burton #80, Jordan Howard #24, Cody Whitehair #65 and Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears celebrsate Howards' touchdown run against the New York Jets at Soldier Field on October 28, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Jets 24-10. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Chicago Bears go from last to first in one day.

When the Chicago Bears woke up Sunday morning they were in last place. Sure, it wasn’t that big of a deal, the NFC North was pretty bottled up with every team very close to each other in the standings, but any way you slice it, the Bears were in fourth place out of four teams.

But as the NFL day kicked off, the Bears took the field against the New York Jets. It wasn’t always pretty, but Mitch Trubisky was effective enough on offense and the Bears’ defense played a solid game against young Sam Darnold, even with Khalil Mack on the sidelines. The Bears were victorious and increased their record to 4-3.

While the Bears were taking care of business, so were the Seattle Seahawks who traveled across the country to take on the Detroit Lions. The Seahawks used a second quarter where they outscored the Lions 21-0 to propel them to a 28-14 victory. That dropped the Lions record from 3-3 to 3-4 and the Bears moved back into third place.

As the 4pm Eastern games kicked, the game of the day, the Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams kicked off as well. The Packers were competitive and led most of the day, but they couldn’t hold off the high-powered Rams attack and at the end of the game, with the Packers needing a stop to get the ball back, Todd Gurley rumbled off left tackled for the first down, and the Rams ran out the clock on the Packers.

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The Packers record fell to 3-3-1 and suddenly, the 4-3 Bears were in second place.

The New Orleans Saints took on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football. The Saints have been hot, but the Vikings were home and it was anybody’s game. The Saints held a close lead for most of the game, but a back-breaking pick six from Kirk Cousins gave the Saints a comfortable lead which they held onto and saddled the Vikings with another loss.

That loss dropped the Vikings record to 4-3-1. While the Vikings now hold the same record as the Bears, the fact that the Vikings have played 8 games and the Bears have played 7 is actually the first tiebreaker and propels the Bears back into, you guessed it, first place.

Had anyone else in the NFC North won their game, they would be sitting in first, but all three NFC North teams lost while the Bears were victorious. That, is a perfect day, and because of it, the Chicago Bears are back atop the division.

With a game they should win next week against the Buffalo Bills, the Bears could hold onto first place in the division in mid-November, and that means it will be time to start seriously looking at a run to the playoffs. Bear Down, Bears fans. This year could be turning into something fun.