So as of this writing, the Philadelphia Eagles are pounding the Dallas Cowboys 41-3 in the fourth quarter. Thanks to a very improbable win by the Oakland Raiders at Tampa, if the Bears would have won, they would be in the playoffs in just a bit as a wildcard team.
But they did it to themselves by not taking care of their business. They didn’t deserve to be in the playoffs, and the Minnesota Vikings ultimately deserved to be the NFC North division champs by doing what they needed to do, which the Bears did not.
I still maintain that it’s better this way. If the Bears would have made the playoffs, it may have masked some of the gaping holes they have to address, starting with a defense that gave up 455 yards to the Houston Texans today.
I agree with some comments that the Bears really need to blow up this defense and not sit tight in the offseason, but I’m afraid they will go with the status quo. So unfortunately I can’t expect much better next year.
But thankfully, I’ll probably be wrong, I hope so. But it is difficult to think of what could be right now had the Bears just beaten an expansion team.
At least the Dallas Cowboys are embarassing themselves. That makes me feel a little better.