The Chicago Bears are still in playoff contention. Seriously.
They just have to keep wining. Chicago faces off against a downward-spiraling San Francisco 49ers squad this afternoon, fresh off a Thanksgiving victory over the Green Bay Packers last week.
Add into the mix that the Bears have already matched last season’s win total, despite an 0-3 start, and have won three of their last four and this squad is feeling downright confident heading into today’s tilt.
Here’s everything you need to know about the non-divisional matchup:
Date: Sunday, December 6, 2015
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.
TV Channel: Locally broadcast on FOX with Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston on the call. Click here to see if you fall within the TV coverage zone.
Line: Chicago -8.5 via OddsShark.com
Game Preview: The Chicago Bears have a major opportunity this afternoon.
The squad is still in postseason contention thanks in large part of an offensive upswing that they need to keep rolling this afternoon. The San Francisco 49ers are one of the worst road defenses in the league and if Jay Cutler can keep throwing touchdowns, the Bears could make quick work of this matchup.
Meanwhile, the 49ers don’t present much of an offensive threat with Blaine Gabbert under center. He’s 1-2 since replacing Colin Kaepernick and San Francisco still has yet to score a first quarter touchdown this season.
If the Bears can get off to a quick start, and they can with the double threat of running backs and tight ends on the roster, Chicago could get out to an early lead and take complete control of this game before it even reaches halftime.
As mentioned, the Bears have a pretty big opportunity in front of them. They should probably consider seizing it.