Bears Playoff Chances, Scenarios, Super Bowl Odds, More
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images. Pictured: Mitchell Trubisky
Bears Playoff Chances
The Bears have two paths to a playoff berth, which is two more than expected three weeks ago:
- If the Bears beat the Packers on Sunday, they’re in.
- If the Cardinals lose to the Rams, the Bears are in.
Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is questionable with a lower leg injury while the Rams have already ruled Jared Goff out. The line is off the board at most books while awaiting official word on Murray.
Bears Odds vs. Packers
It’s only fitting that the Bears’ road to the playoffs rolls through a Packers team trying to lock up a first-round bye. The line is bouncing between 5.5 and 5, with our NFL PRO Report showing 68% of tickets on the Packers but 77% of money on the Bears as of Wednesday.
Chicago lost 41-25 in the other meeting with Green Bay this season.
How the Bears Got Here
The season has weirdly come full circle: There were hopes that the offense would click in a third season of Matt Nagy-Mitch Trubisky, especially with new backup Nick Foles around to apply pressure.
Playoff optimism turned to expectation following a 5-1 start, even after Foles took over for Trubisky during Week 3 against Atlanta. After six consecutive losses and sitting at 5-7, the only expectation was change.
The change fans wanted was in the front office with Ryan Pace, on the sidelines with Nagy and in the hidden executive suite seating Ted Phillips.
The change they got was Trubisky and the offense putting up big numbers in three straight wins.
A lot is on the line this Sunday. A playoff berth. Hitting over their preseason win total of 8. And potentially determining the future of Nagy and Trubisky in Chicago.
Bears Super Bowl Odds
The Bears might backdoor their way into the playoffs, but once they get there they won’t see the Texans, Vikings or Jaguars — the three teams Chicago beat to start this playoff run.
Should the Bears make it, look for them to embrace the “Nobody Believes In Us” mantra — but there’s a reason no one believes in them as Super Bowl contenders: Our model has a 0.60% chance of belief.