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Doomsday scenario: Bears could still make it at 8-8

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Bears vs. Seahawks.jpgCould the 8-4 Bears lose their final four games and still make the playoffs?

With 10 of the 16 teams in the NFC .500 or below, it's not an improbable scenario. The biggest threats would be the Redskins (6-6) and Vikings (6-6), both of whom would have to finish 7-9 because they would win 8-8 tie-breakers with the Bears. And the Redskins are on a roll with three consecutive victories behind rookie quarterback Robert Griffin.

It's possible the Giants (7-5) and/or Seahawks (7-5) -- both currently in the NFC playoff bracket -- could fail to make the playoffs, which would open up an additional berth for an 8-8 Bears team to sneak in. The Giants have lost three of their last four games; The Seahawks will be without cornerback Brandon Browner, who dropped the appeal of his four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy and will miss the rest of the regular season. But both teams would win tie-breakers with the Bears and would have to finish 7-9.

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I hate to say this, but, I don't think the Bears are going to make the playoffs. They don't have the consistency on either line against good teams to make a run at a Superbowl.

The loss to Seattle, in my mind, really exposed the Bears depth and some bad coaching as well. They were already in trouble with all of their injuries. Now with Urlacher out, man, I think he masks deficiencies, albeit to a lesser degree, on the defense much like Cutty does on offense.

I hope I"m wrong.

We'll see on Sunday.

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