Chicago Bears playoff chance hinges on game in Green Bay
By Jimmy Lynch
The Chicago Bears are not the team they were last year. We have gone from being the NFC North champions to a team trying to sneak in with a wild card. Hopefully, the Bears can turn this around but in order to that it all hinges on their game this Sunday.
The Green Bay Packers won’t be holding back on Sunday when the Bears come to town. The Packers only have one game over the Minnesota Vikings for the NFC North title, if the Packers want to take the division they will want to beat the Bears. Plus Aaron Rodgers is not one to take the Bears lightly.
We all remember the cursed first game of the season when the Bears were defeated 10-3 by the Packers to kick-start the 2019-20 season. Chicago has certainly come a long way since then, but whether or not that is positive growth is yet to present itself.
Chicago has won their last 3 games, but beating out the Giants Lions and Cowboys was not that impressive, especially when you consider they won by a touchdown or less in every game. Last season the Bears would have obliterated any of these teams, this year it was a struggle. Whether or not the Bears make the playoffs start this week against the Packers, and the Packers are not a team to take lightly.
The Bears are already shorthanded. Roquan Smith being out creates a void the Bears are going to need to fill, someone will have to step up in his absence. Chicago already has very slim playoff chances, but one thing is for sure the conversation will be over if they lose Sunday.
Chicago made the possible look almost impossible when they beat the Lions Giants and Cowboys. Their next three games for the Bears will need to do just the opposite. Chicago has three games left against three really good teams. Whether it be the Packers this week on the road or the Chiefs next week things are not going to get easier.
I would get into the specifics of what the Bears need to happen in order to make the playoffs, but let’s be honest. It all hinges on their next game. Bears fans and players alike should focus on one thing, the next drive.
Chicago needs to take things one drive at a time, if they can do that and not look at the standings maybe just MAYBE they can sneak into the playoffs. Of course, that would require a fair amount of losses from other teams like the Vikings.