16 (+3 previously 19)
This is an odd stretch for the Bears. They can be knocked from realistic playoff contention before they get back on the field. (KS)
17 (+0 previously 17)
By the time they take the field against the Packers on Monday night, will they still have something for which to play?
Fox Sports Rankings:
13 (+4 previously 17)
The Bears are returning to form with three wins in their last four games, though it may be too late. Da Bears have two winnable games remaining, but need some help to sneak into the postseason, which is a shame for all fans of Kyle Orton’s hearty neck beard.
Sporting News Rankings:
17 (+1 previously 18)
The Bears have lived and died with the close games. Kyle Orton has played well overall, but he also makes head-scratching mistakes. Matt Forte is a consistent productive presence, but the offense as a whole is inconsistent. The defense usually stuffs the run, but sometimes the pass rush and coverage are nonexistent. Chicago has the classic ups and downs of a 8-6 team that’s about to miss the playoffs.