By Charlie Roumeliotis
Three weeks ago, the Chicago Bears' playoff chances looked encouraging, even with injuries to their anchors on offense and defense, Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs.
The streaking Green Bay Packers quickly lost three straight without their Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is still nursing a collarbone injury. The Dallas Cowboys fell to .500 after allowing 625 total yards and an NFL-record 40 first downs to the New Orleans Saints. The Carolina Panthers were about to host Tom Brady's 7-2 New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. And the 4-5 Philadelphia Eagles had no idea who their starting quarterback would be moving forward. (Now, coach Chip Kelly says Nick Foles is their starter for the next 1,000 years).
As you can see, a lot can change in a couple weeks.
The Bears sat atop the NFC North with a 6-4 record after Week 10, tied with the Detroit Lions.
But after their second consecutive loss, the Bears' odds of making the playoffs have plummeted to 15 percent, according to playoffrace.com.
Chicago has dropped to 6-6 and remain only a game back from the Lions for the division lead, but Detroit owns the tiebreaker giving them a 75.99 percent chance at holding their current playoff spot.
The Bears return to Soldier Field this week for the first time since Nov. 17, squaring off against a Cowboys team that has won three of their last four games, including two in a row.
Chicago's final three games consist of back-to-back road contests against the Cleveland Browns and red-hot Eagles, and will wrap-up the regular-season vs. the Packers, who are hoping Rodgers will be back for.