The next five games will define the entire 2012 season for the Chicago Bears.
With games against Seattle, Minnesota, Green Bay, Arizona and Detroit, it is definitely going to be an interesting end to the season, with three of the final five games for the Bears being within the division and two of those three divisional games being on the road.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, though, there is a game in Chicago this weekend featuring the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears (8-3) against the Seattle Seahawks (6-5) who currently hold the last playoff spot in the NFC.
For the Bears, this game is going to mean a lot. With so many questions surrounding the health of a lot of players, the Bears are going to have to stay focused and let a lot of guys stay off the field and get healthy, meaning that there will be some noticeable missing faces from the starting lineup for Chicago this weekend.
For the Seahawks, a win means that they would improve to 7-5 on the season and be right in the mix of things with Green Bay or Chicago for the fifth spot in the playoffs.
There are seven things that the Bears need to do to ensure a victory and move to 9-3 on the season.