PHILADELPHIA – For all of the discussion of whether coach Marc Trestman might rest some veterans if the game against the Eagles does not give the Bears the outright championship of the NFC North, the ultimate situation is that the Bears are playing to maintain a shot at the No. 3 seed in the playoffs.
That can mean not needing to go to Seattle, with the Seahawks the presumptive No. 1 seed in the playoffs, one of the most difficult venues in sports and where the Seahawks were 6-0 going into Sunday.
But the Bears need to beat a Philadelphia team that is in virtually the same position, also at 8-6 and with a chance to clinch the NFC East going in. The focus this week has not been on the standings, however; it has been on the latest of what the coaching staff has instilled as the weekly “most important game ever.”
“Because we’ve treated every game as the most important game, the next one becomes the most important game,” said coach Marc Trestman. “Hopefully we’ve built some toughness and some resiliency to be able to play at the level we need to play.”
The Bears opened this season with three straight wins. Before last week’s win at Cleveland, they had not been able to win two straight. Now they are in position to build closing momentum in a season on the brink of being an unqualified success.
“I think you want to get on a run going into the playoffs,” said quarterback Jay Cutler. “You want to be playing your best football, you don’t want to lose, lose [and] get in the playoffs. You want to be on a winning streak when you get into the playoffs and kind of roll from there. That’s our mindset. We’re going to play the Eagles as hard as we can and hopefully get out of there with a win.”
Bears 27, Eagles 24
“View from the Moon” 2013 record: 8-6. If only for prediction purposes, VFTW welcomed the return of Jay Cutler, around whom VFTW opened the season with 6-0.