Fresh off a Monday night beat down of the Dallas Cowboys, the 7-6 Chicago Bears have once again performed their favorite magic trick. The one where they dangle the possibility of a postseason in front of their fans.
Now watch it closely. There it is.
Just like it was there after starting the season 3-0. Or after pulling to 5-3 with a win over the Green Bay Packers. Or following the overtime victory against the Baltimore Ravens that took them to 6-4.
Now You See It.
But then they lost in Weeks 4 and 5 to fall to 3-2. They dropped a crucial Week 10 matchup to the Lions, and with it, an important tiebreaker. They followed the Baltimore win with losses against the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings, falling to 6-6.
Now You Don’t.
Of course, the Bears would love a different ending to that trick, one where an upswing setup isn’t followed by a downturn reveal.
With three weeks remaining, what are the chances of that happening? What are the best case scenarios moving forward? What are the worst case scenarios? What’s the most likely ending to this story? Check it out in the following slideshow.