Originally written on Midway Illustrated  |  Last updated 11/17/14
The Chicago Bears playoff hopes hinge not on the Packers beating the Vikings, but rather the defense figuring out a way to score.  The Lions are going to face a beat up Bears defense that has problems at the safety position, and at linebacker.   Safety Chris Conte is out for the game against the Lions meaning second year safety Anthony Walters will be taking his place.  Backing up Walters will be the newly signed Troy Nolan.   With the problems on defense somehow some way the Bears will have to find a way to score.  The Lions will be able to put up more than the seven points they did on the road in Chicago earlier this season.  If they do put up more than 14 points in the game, the Bears are going to have to find a way to score on defense.   The offense has for the most part averaged two offensive touchdowns a game on the season.  The offense has failed miserably at putting the ball in the end-zone throughout the season to the point that we know they're not going to score more than two touchdowns.   The Lions meanwhile are more likely to score more points on offense than the Bears will be able to on offense.  Simple math means the Lions can win this game and home ruining the Bears playoff hopes.   There is plenty of blame to go around for the problems on offense and why the Bears have failed miserably.   Mike Tice and his playing calling, play design, and game planning have been absolutely horrendous.   The offensive line while improved overall in pass blocking has been worse in run blocking.   Jay Cutler has been an extremely slow starter throughout most of the season.  Cutler's accuracy problems on the season have been disastrous for the offense as a whole.   Cutler's insistence of targeting Brandon Marshall come hell or high water has also hurt the overall balance and consistency of the offense.   The lack of play makers on offense has hampered the consistency of the offense.   I could go on, but suffice to say the Bears have not got it done on offense through the entire season, and there's no reason to expect that to change against the Lions.   Julius Peppers is going to have to force a fumble, Charles Tillman force a fumble and scoop and score, a pick six by someone in the secondary.  The mere fact that that is what's it's going to take for the Bears to make it the playoffs should tell you all you need to know about the Bears' chances in the playoffs if they so happen to get there.   The Bears are fortunate enough to be in this position, but at the end of the day they need to realize they're lucky to be in this position in the first place.  Something has to change in order for this team to get to where it wants to be.
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