By now, you’re probably starting preparation for your Thanksgiving feast. But before you do that, chew on a few links in our spin around the Chicago Bears beat:
-- Here are Brad Biggs’ grades of the Bears after reviewing film of the win over the Buccaneers.
-- Marc Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times gives you his 10 observations and finds a glimmer of hope for the Bears, who on Thanksgiving face a Lions team reeling from a two-game losing streak.
After back-to-back victories over the Vikings and Buccaneers, the 5-6 Bears’ biggest obstacle to an improbable seven-game run-of-the-table that just might put them in the playoffs arguably is up next -- a road game on a short week against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day.
The eye test says there’s no way. The Bears’ victories over the last-place Vikings and Buccaneers were as unimpressive as they come -- the Bears had to overcome 10-0 deficits at home to win both games. And the Lions will be primed to reassert their playoff status after back-to-back losses to the first-place Cardinals and Patriots. They won’t be traveling on a short week. And they have Ndamukong Suh and the No. 3-ranked defense in the NFL against a Bears offense that needed a helping hand in gaining all of 204 yards Sunday against the 27th-ranked defense in the league.
Then again, they’re still the Lions. They’re the Bears of Detroit, with a history of disappointment and second-half failures that will hang over them like an ominous dark cloud until they clinch a playoff berth. The Lions have made the playoffs once in the last 14 seasons. They haven’t won a playoff game since 1991. They haven’t won an NFL championship since the Eisenhower administration.