Thanks to the mediocrity of the NFC so far this season, the Bears are still very much in contention for a wild-card berth, although that would require that they raise their level of play significantly.
Despite four losses in their last five games, including a couple of tremendously embarrassing performances, the Bears are only a game away from the sixth and final playoff spot. Winning the NFC North is out of the question at this point considering the Vikings’ 8-1 record.
But, after eliminating the four current NFC division leaders, the two wild-card spots are up for grabs among the Packers, Eagles, Giants and Falcons, all of whom are just 5-4.
The Bears, Panthers and 49ers are all a game back at 4-5.
It would seem the Bears don’t have to be much better than .500 to stay in contention for the postseason, but even that may be asking too much. Also, they’re in bad shape if the playoff spots come down to tie-breakers, considering they’re 2-4 against NFC opponents.