But enough of such downcast thinking! Let's get on with deluding ourselves that the Bears are still viable.
Chicago's victory at Detroit that lifted it back to .500 also raised its chances of making the playoffs from 2% to 3%. Half again as much added on, with just one win! Huge!
So just look at that for a while, to start. It's as august a news source as there is, The Gray Lady herself, stating the truth that hope remains extant. And does it ever!
Their analysts have done thousands of randomized simulations of the NFL season in Monte Carlo style and then can tell us how often the Bears came out as a postseason participant. Should the Bears vanquish the Cowboys, their chances jump all the way up to 5%. Another win at Green Bay in Week 15 more than doubles that possibility, boosting it all the way to 11%. But wait until we really get going.
And when the Bears head home from Minneapolis having once again gotten the better of the Vikings in the final regular-season game, they sit rather pretty at 10-6 and with a 65% chance of more football to play according to 39,424 simulations -- and even a 21% chance of hosting an NFC wild-card game.
After all that they have been through, they did it! A chance to avenge the heartbreaking loss to the Eagles last year and make another run at winning the whole thing!
This is fun, right?