Found December 28, 2012 on The Sports Bank:
If the Bears fall to Detroit in Week 17, will it be better for the team in the long run? It’s that time of year again Bears fans. No, I’m not talking about making New Year’s preparations and looking forward to a nice long bye week heading into the playoffs. It’s time to look back on what was once a promising season, and hurriedly scramble together a scenario that has the Bears backing into the playoffs as the 2nd Wild Card team. This year, the equation isn’t all that difficult: take care of business against Detroit at home, and then hope for a little help from “our friends” up in Green Bay as they take on the Vikings. But in the grand scheme of things, would it actually be better for the Bears to lose this Sunday and miss the playoffs all together? I can hear all the diehards yelling at me through their computer screens. But hear me out. First, we should consider if the Bears deserve to be in the playoffs at all. It’s hard to look at this objectively, but when I strip my fanhood fr...
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