No, I don’t seriously mean that, but read on.
What a crazy season it’s been. The Bears rally in the final minutes to win their first two games, then survive a comeback at Pittsburgh to start 3-0. They lose handily to New Orleans, survive another comeback to beat the Giants. They score 41 points and lose to a reeling Redskins team. They beat Green Bay for the first time in six attempts, but come up short in two rallies to be swept by Detroit for the first time in six years.
The Bears stand 5-4 with seven games remaining. Unless the Lions start falling on their own (Detroit owns the first tiebreaker over the Bears), they will win the division for the first time in, well, ever. In order for the Bears to have any shot at the wildcard against Green Bay, Dallas, Washington, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Carolina, you have to think they have to finish with a 5-2 record at worst.
So why do I say “rooting for the Bears to lose” this week, which I’m really not? The best two games for the Bears to lose the rest of the season are against Baltimore and Cleveland, their remaining AFC opponents. Obviously, finishing 7-0 is preferred. But unlikely even for the most optimistic fans to believe.
It has been interesting. But not as interesting as the 2013 off-season will be, with over 30 players not under contract.