Here's What That Cardinals Loss Means For the Bears

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Here’s What That Cardinals Loss Means For the Bears

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Despite Robbie Gould’s best efforts, the San Francisco 49ers pulled off an upset and beat the Arizona Cardinals.

Normally, a game between a pair of NFC West teams isn’t on our radar. But we are not in normal times.

The Chicago Bears now control their own destiny when it comes to the playoff hunt because of the Cardinals 20-12 loss to the Niners. You’re going to hear that a bunch between now and when the Bears kick off against the Jaguars tomorrow. So let’s talk about what that means, in brief.

For starters, it means a Bears win tomorrow would slide the team firmly into the playoff picture. And as we discussed in this morning’s Bullets, Arizona’s loss drops its playoff odds to 38 percent. In turn, Chicago’s playoff probabilities jump 71 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight’s projection calculations. What a huge turn of events just because of that one game.

Let’s take it a step further. If Chicago beats Jacksonville, FiveThirtyEight’s forecast would give the Bears an 84 percent chance at making the postseason. Seriously … who saw that coming!?

In the end, it breaks down simply: If the Bears and Cardinals have the same record after 16 games, Chicago will make the postseason as the seventh seed. Want simpler? Cool. I’ve got you. If the Bears win their next two games, they’ll qualify for the playoffs. That’s what it means to control your own destiny.

We’re on to Jacksonville, where the most important game of the year will pit Mitchell Trubisky against his former mentor Mike Glennon. Fasten those seatbelts, folks. This is where the fun begins.

 



Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.