Chicago Bears: 5 positives halfway through the season

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The Bears are 5-3

With all the negatives surrounding this season, the Bears are STILL 5-3. People can say all they want, but the Bears are in the hunt for a playoff spot and can make the playoffs. With their remaining schedule, it may be hard, but they can do it.

They showed a lot of promise against an excellent New Orleans Saints team led by one of the best head coaches in the NFL and one of the best quarterbacks of all time. They lost in overtime, and a lot went wrong that game in order for that to happen like the penalties and Javon Wims starting his boxing career.

In the remaining schedule, the Bears have five games in which they will face a team that is below .500. They face the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings (x2), Houston Texans, and Jacksonville Jaguars. Assuming they coast by these teams, that instantly puts them at 10-6 with winnable games against the Green Bay Packers (x2) and Tennessee Titans.

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This isn’t to say the Bears should easily make the playoffs, but they have a very good shot. If this offense is serviceable and puts up at least 23 points as they did against the Saints, that should win them most of their games given their elite defense. But, they should make some moves before the trade deadline if they would like to make a run.