Rooting for Bears to Lose?

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.

3 Responses to “Rooting for Bears to Lose?”

  1. The Bears already have four conference losses, so that’s a problem. But, they have six very winnable games coming up. 4-2 or 5-1 isn’t out of the question. But yes, obviously, it is best to lose to the AFC if you are going to lose. Whether GB is in or out of the race, they are still going to play their starters.

    And, let’s not hand DET the division yet. They will find a few to screw something up. Hell, I’m going to pick them to lose on Sunday at PIT. Of course, if the Bears were healthier, I would feel better about them. Just got to watch and hope for the best.

  2. Emery has done a great job so far, but his biggest task lies ahead: Rebuilding this crumbling (age and injury…oh, and Conte too..) defense.

  3. I think 6-1 the rest of the way is needed for a wild card. The Bears are on the wrong side of too many tiebreakers, and that’s what cost us a playoff spot last year. All the remaining games are winnable, though who knows what situation GB will be in on week 17. I’m with jdm, the Lions are certainly capable of a meltdown.

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