NFL: How close are the Bears to being contenders?

NFL: How close are the Bears to being contenders?
January 15, 2014, 6:30 pm
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A 4th-and-8 Aaron Rodgers-Randall Cobb touchdown connection kept the Bears out of the playoffs for the fourth season in a row.

The play showed just how far Chicago's defense has fallen since a decade of dominance under Lovie Smith.

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As the NFL season winds down, only the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots remain in the hunt to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in February.

Are the Bears anywhere near that "contender" level?

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Finishing with a record of 8-8, CSN's Tom Cooper and Ryan McGuffey debate how far off the Bears are from the likes of the teams that reached the postseason.

"Closer to the NFL title game because in this league you need an offense, they have the offense," Cooper said. "The way that [Marc] Trestman has the offense going now, I think if you make a couple tweaks to the defense, which needs a lot of work, I think if you make enough tweaks to get by, I think you've got a good enough team offensively."

While, McGuffey disagrees and thinks the Bears are further off because the defense needs a complete overhaul.

Let us know how far off you think the Bears are and catch the full edition of The Rundown above.