If tanking, Chicago Bears fans should cheer for these teams during the bye

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First of all, the Chicago Bears are not tanking. Tanking is not something a team does. It might be pushed by the higher-ups as it was rumored to be happening in Miami a few seasons ago. However, the coaches and players are never going to actively tank. Their jobs are on the line. However, from a fan perspective, the hope that your team tanks is definitely real.

Now, I am not going to tell you how to fan. Personally, I am not a fan of tanking. I’d much rather cheer on my team to win. How great did it feel that the Chicago Bears were winning 16-10 at halftime vs the Packers last week? As great as it is that the Bears held onto the second-overall pick, I would rather have Justin Fields and company dominate Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Whether you are a fan of tanking or not, with the Chicago Bears on a bye, every Bears fan should be cheering for these outcomes this weekend. Luckily, the Rams coming back to win over the Raiders already happened on Thursday night. That was great for the Chicago Bears’ draft positioning. The Saints and Colts are also on a bye week otherwise, we’d want to see them win too.

Chicago Bears fans should cheer on these teams this weekend

  • Denver Broncos to upset the Kansas City Chiefs
  • Arizona Cardinals to beat the New England Patriots
  • Jacksonville Jaguars to overcome the Tennesee Titans
  • Carolina Panthers to defeat the Seattle Seahawks
  • Houston Texans to shock the Dallas Cowboys
  • Detroit Lions to sneak one out over the Minnesota Vikings
  • Pittsburgh Steelers top the Baltimore Ravens

Denver and Houston have almost a zero percent chance of winning their games. The Chiefs and Cowboys are just too good compared to the lack of talent on each team. I wouldn’t count on the Jaguars beating the Titans either. Carolina keeps finding ways to win games they shouldn’t but the chances of beating Seattle are pretty slim. The two teams that have a legit chance of winning this week are Arizona and Detroit.

Denver, like the Bears, is currently a three-win team and is currently holding the third-overall pick. Houston only has one win and a tie. They hold the top pick in the draft. The rest of these teams have four or five wins each. Any additional win to their win total helps the Chicago Bears’ draft positioning.

Detroit and Pittsburgh each have five wins. If the Lions beat the Vikings, it will make it more likely that Minnesota has something to play for in the final week of the season. If they don’t, then resting their players could lead to a Bears win in Week 18. The Bears need Baltimore to lose more games to push the second-round pick they received in the Roquan Smith trade closer to the middle of the round.

If you are going to watch football this weekend, these are the teams to cheer on. Remember, this is the NFL and anything can happen on any given Sunday (or game day).