Chicago Bears Playoff Scenario: The Easy Way, Hard Way and a Prediction

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Alright, Chicago Bears fans. At this point, nobody knows what’s going to happen with this team. Throughout the season, the Bears have lost to the St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings — all teams that playoff squads should be able to handle. Yet, at this point, Chicago controls its own destiny in a suddenly not-so-great NFC North.

With Jay Cutler back and hopefully improving day by day, the Bears look to squeak their way into the playoffs where they could be a bit more healthy on defense — at that point, it’s anyone’s game.

How do they get in, though? That’s a pretty simple question to answer, assuming Chicago takes care of business on their end. Again, though, we are talking about the Bears. It’s never easy for this team — it never has been. Here are the two ways this team makes it to the end atop the NFC North and into the playoffs.

The Easy Way:

If the Bears just win their last two games against the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers, then it’s a done deal. It doesn’t matter what the Packers or the Detroit Lions do in the remaining weeks, as long as Chicago wins out.

Sounds easy, right?

The Hard Way:

If Chicago loses this weekend against the Eagles and the Packers wind up beating the Pittsburgh Steelers, then it all comes down to a week 17 showdown in the black and blue division. Here’s the kicker: I would bet Aaron Rodgers plays in that one.

Do Bears fans want it to come down to that scenario? Absolutely not. But, it’s a real possibility. The Eagles’ offense is no joke and, well, the Bears’ defense is at the moment. Chicago may be looking to get back Lance Briggs this weekend, which would certainly help a great deal. This team hasn’t been able to stop the run better than they could stop a 4-year old from taking their wallet as of late.

Remember, if the Bears beat the Eagles this weekend and the Packers lose to Pittsburgh, they are in the playoffs. If not, we’ll be in for one heck of a finish this season.

Prediction:

Something tells me that this team will be fired up more than usual if they get Briggs back, which looks like a strong possibility. Just his presence alone makes a huge difference in making the calls and executing them. I believe the Bears can beat the Eagles Sunday night and will score 30-plus points. That means the defense will allow less than 30.

I also believe Green Bay will take care of business against Pittsburgh, leaving it all up to a week 17 battle between them and the Bears. Because Chicago is at home and the Packers’ defense has also looked terrible all year, I give the nod to the Bears to win out and head into the postseason.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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