Denver will be hoping for a repeat performance of Oakland's effort last week in Miami, although this time the outcome wouldn't be so unexpected against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
The Broncos control their destiny within the West and therefore they must simply keep pace with Oakland and remain tied or better through the end of the season.
That is why a loss to the Bears is not devastating because it likely will result in the two teams—Denver and Oakland—staying right where they are now, with Denver in the lead via a tiebreaker.
However, being a game ahead with a win and an Oakland loss feels much better considering the Patriots game will be a test for Denver coming up next. It also helps that the Raiders will have their hands full with the Lions next week also.
Fortunately, the Broncos seem to be in a good position to at least not hinder their playoff chances much this weekend. Still, if the Broncos want to be true contenders then they need to win games in which they are favored and protect their home field.
They will have the chance to send out an official opening statement for their playoff candidacy this weekend against Chicago.