The NFC North specifically has become a very entertaining story this season. The undefeated Green Bay Packers (7-0), the surprising and youthful Detroit Lions (6-2), the middle-of-the-pack Bears (4-3) and bottom-feeder Minnesota Vikings (2-6) have made things entertaining. Being a difficult division benefits all four teams in the long run.
It seems like a longshot for the Bears to wear the NFC North crown in 2011. Unless Chicago can come close to running the table and hoping for some outside help to bring the Lions and Packers back to earth, the Wild Card seems much more likely.
The first half of the season has been very NFC-heavy for Chicago. In fact, the Bears have faced strictly all NFC foes.
The NFC North plays the AFC West this year. With the Bears schedule, they play all four AFC West teams four consecutive weeks in the second half as their interconference series.
What this means for Chicago is that their fate in the NFC might have already been established.
With a handful of conference games left for the Bears, every one matters. The season could be won or lost with the outcomes of those games.
As the season begins to dwindle down, here’s what lies ahead for the Bears in their remaining regular season contests: