Despite dropping to 6-6 on the season after their loss to the Minnesota Vikings this past Sunday, the Chicago Bears can still conceivably win the NFC North and make a trip to the playoffs this season.
The Detroit Lions (7-5) currently stand ahead of the Bears and also hold the tiebreaker having won both contests between the two teams this season.
Despite the Lions holding steady at the top of the division, their past would suggest that they are capable of falling apart down the stretch.
The Lions remaining schedule—Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants and Vikings—have a combined 21-26-1 record, while the Bears have a similar but slightly more difficult schedule with the Dallas Cowboys, Eagles, Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers remaining. Those four teams currently have a combined record of 23-24-1.
While the Bears need the Lions to stumble down the stretch, they also need to get their own house in order. Here are five quick fixes for Chicago's biggest problems.