Bears turn into nfl‘s first staff to face this unlucky distinction following Vikings’ Thanksgiving win
The Bears do not have the worst file within the nfl, however that did not cease them from the turning into the primary staff this 12 months to be eradicated from division title rivalry.
The Vikings’ 33-26 win over the Patriots on Thanksgiving formally implies that the Bears cannot win the NFC North, giving Chicago the unlucky distinction of turning into the primary staff to be eradicated from division title rivalry.
Going into Week 12, each single staff within the nfl was mathematically alive when it got here to profitable their division, together with the Texans, who’re at present sitting at 1-8-1. Regardless of that file, the Texans may nonetheless win their division. Sure, it could take a monumental collapse by the Titans, however the level is that not like the Bears, Houston continues to be mathematically alive.
The Vikings win does not imply the Bears cannot make the playoffs, it simply means it is going to be unattainable for them to host a first-round sport since they’re going to not have the ability to win the NFC North.
This is a have a look at the division tiebreakers and why it’s now unattainable for the Bears to win the NFC North:
- 1. Head-to-head. The Vikings have already got one win over the Bears, so one of the best Chicago can do right here is beat Minnesota in Week 18, which might even out the collection. If that had been to occur, that may take us to tiebreaker No. 2.
- 2. Greatest won-lost-tied proportion in video games performed throughout the division. The Vikings are at present 3-0 within the division whereas the Bears are 0-3, which implies one of the best the Bears can do is tie the Vikings at 3-3. If that occurs, we might go to tiebreaker No. 3.
- 3. Greatest won-lost-tied proportion in widespread video games. The Vikings and Bears play 12 widespread video games, and that is the place the official clinching occurred. At this level, one of the best the Bears can do is go 6-6 within the widespread video games. Then again, with Minnesota’s win over New England, the Vikings can now do no worse than 7-5, which supplies Minnesota the sting ought to each groups end 9-8.
Though the Bears cannot win the division this 12 months, followers in Chicago in all probability will not be that upset and that is as a result of the staff seems to lastly have discovered a franchise QB. Justin Fields has become probably the greatest dual-threat quarterbacks in soccer and he is at present on tempo for 1,288 speeding yards, which might set a single-season file for quarterbacks.
Fields has additionally been on a tear over the previous few weeks: In Week 9, he grew to become the primary participant in nfl historical past with three passing touchdowns and at the least 150 speeding yards in the identical sport. In Week 10, he grew to become the primary participant in nfl historical past with two passing touchdowns, two speeding touchdowns and at the least 100 speeding yards in a sport.
The quarterback appears to have a shiny future even when the Bears’ future may not be so shiny with the staff probably being eradicated from division title rivalry this weekend.