Chicago Bears (8-6) at Arizona Cardinals (5-9)
The Bears started the season 7-1 and looked primed for a first round bye, but now stand at 8-6 and need help to even get into the playoffs. How did this happen? Well, the simple answer is that they started playing tougher competition. In their first 8 games, they faced Indianapolis, Green Bay, St. Louis, Dallas, Jacksonville, Detroit, Carolina, and Tennessee, but in their last 6, they’ve faced Houston, San Francisco, Minnesota, Seattle, Minnesota again and last week the Packers.
The Bears have won every game this year in which they’ve been favored by more than 4 (going 7-0 SU and 5-1-1 ATS), but in their other 7 games, they’ve won just once, in Dallas, going 1-6 SU and ATS. Fortunately for them, they close out the season with two easier games, in Arizona and in Detroit and they should be able to take care of their business, but they need the Giants to lose at least once to get into the playoffs.
In their 7 games in which they’ve been fa...