It is the season for believing, but it’s hard even during the holidays to not be skeptical about the Bears playoff chances. They know they’ve put themselves in a major hole with no margin for error.
“We’ve got to be able to come out and show up, go out and figure out a way to get the ‘W.’ I don’t care how we get it. That’s what it all comes down to,” said linebacker Willie Young after the Bears’ loss to the Niners Sunday.
The Bears playoff picture is dire right now. They have to win out their remaining four games and hope to get a lot of help from elsewhere.
The Bears remaining games are against the Redskins, Vikings, Buccaneers and Lions. Early in the season this looked like a soft schedule for the Bears, but no longer. Those first three teams are all battling for playoff spots and the Lions are an Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary away from being on a four game winning streak.
At the moment the Vikings and the Seahawks hold down the two wildcard spots in the NFC. For the Bears to overtake the Seahawks they need Seattle to lose three of it’s four remaining games. For them to overtake the Vikings, they need to win out and hope the Vikings lose all of their remaining games. The Bears also need to leap over the Buccaneers, Falcons, Eagles and Giants…all of them currently hold playoff tiebreakers over the Bears.
If only the Bears had Beared Down against the Niners and made an extra play or two they’d be in a far better spot.
“Two huge plays we let get away that we can’t let happen if we want to win games and even talk about and hint about the playoffs,” says cornerback Tracy Porter.
“It’s going to be about how we bounce back mentally, prepare for next week and be ready for Washington,” says Young.
“It’s what you’ve done for me lately in this league, so you’ve got to be ready every week, and you’ve got to perform at a high level,” says head coach John Fox.