If Hawk Harrelson covered the Bears, he would say they’re “in the catbird seat.”
That’s because, after humbling the Cowboys, the Bears are 3-1. Over the next month, simply by winning games they should, they’ll be 7-1 by the time they host the undefeated Texans on Nov. 11.
After what should be a pleasure trip to Jacksonville this week to face the 1-3 Jaguars, the Bears have their bye. They don’t have any significant injuries that need to heal up during the off week. But it will provide an extra week to prepare for the Lions, another reeling 1-3 team that comes to town the following week for yet another Monday night game.
The Bears are home the next week as well, and against another 1-3 team, Ron Rivera’s Panthers. The luck of the draw continues the following week when Lovie Smith takes his troops on the road to Nashville to face the Titans, who are, you guessed it, 1-3. The Titans have already allowed 151 points, 20 more than any other NFL team.
So, if they can just knock off four straight 1-3 teams, the Bears will reach the halfway mark at 7-1. Only a White Sox-type collapse could keep them out of the playoffs.
Put that on the board.