If I were a gambling man, I wouldn’t throw a large amount of money down on the Chicago Bears (7-4) to leapfrog the Green Bay Packers (11-0) in the NFC North, especially since the Packers have a mathematical 90 percent chance of winning the division.
For every dominating squad, there’s that one team that has a “one in a million” chance of pulling off an upset. That team may not look much like the Bears without starting quarterback Jay Cutler at the helm, but you never know.
Several things need to go right for Chicago if they’re going to pull off the upset of the NFL season. Wishing and praying for a 5-0 Bears finish combined with an 0-5 Packers meltdown won’t exactly do the trick.
Every team has a certain number of X-factors that can make or break any game. Even without Cutler, the Bears still have playmakers. It will be on those playmakers to keep the divisional hopes alive.
Here are five reasons why the Bears can still win the NFC North: