The Chicago Bears may be thankful for third-string quarterbacks this season. The Bears just beat a divisional rival in the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving day, and in doing so, scratched and clawed their way to 6-6. The win assures that the Bears are still alive in the NFC playoff picture. The Lions gave the Bears everything they had, taking a 17-10 lead into the third quarter. The Bears tied it up with 4:44 in the third quarter, and pulled ahead in the fourth in what could be an extremely crucial game for their 2019 season.
Here’s a breakdown of the NFC playoff picture, as well as a look at the Bears’ current playoff chances after their big win against the Detroit Lions.
*Note: all playoff percentages and data are courtesy of Playoff Status.
Current NFC Playoff Standings
The San Francisco 49ers (10-1) currently hold the top spot in the NFC, and the New Orleans Saints (9-2), who play later Thanksgiving night, hold the #2 slot. The NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers (8-3) are the division’s third seed, and the Dallas Cowboys (6-5), who also play on Thanksgiving, are the current fourth seed.
The NFC’s two Wild Card spots are currently held by the Minnesota Vikings (8-3) and the Seattle Seahawks, who, at 9-2, may be the best team in the NFC, but they sit a full game behind the dominant 49ers in the NFC West. So where do the Bears fit into this very crowded playoff picture?
Updated Chicago Bears Playoff Chances
With their win in Detroit, the Bears still have very slim playoff hopes–but they still have a chance. Currently, Chicago has a 3% chance to make the playoffs after today, per Playoff Status. It went up one percentage point after their Thanksgiving win. The Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings still sit ahead of Chicago in the Wild Card race, which is both good and bad for the Bears.
The Bears have lost potential tie-breakers to both the LA Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles this season, but they beat the Vikings earlier this year, and if Chicago can keep winning–and if they get a little help with a Minnesota loss or two–they could sneak in. But again–the odds are slim.
The Bears are in a division featuring the revamped Packers and Vikings–who are both very good this year, which has also contributed to the Bears’ downslide. The Bears still have games at both Green Bay and Minnesota, and if they can manage to win both of those, as well as a few more, they can absolutely stay in the thick of the playoff race–especially if the Rams and Vikings give them a little help by losing a few more.
The Bears have now won three of their last four, and will have a huge matchup against the Dallas Cowboys next Thursday in a game that could have major playoff implications for both teams.