Smith: Time to win is now

Bears coach Lovie Smith tried to keep his message positive a day after his latest loss to the Green Bay Packers.

On Monday, Smith said the Bears' playoff hopes remained alive despite a slump that has included five losses in the past six games. At 8-6, the Bears likely will need to win their final two games of the regular season for a shot at a wild-card playoff berth.

All hope of a division title is lost after the Packers clinched the NFC North on the Bears' turf.

"Yesterday's game was a must game for the NFC North championship," Smith said Monday at Halas Hall. "But besides that, it wasn't a must game as far as what can happen with our season.

"This week, we're to that must game – a term that has begun for us. It's about Arizona."

Here is a look at the Bears' place in the conference standings entering Week 16.

Division leaders –
1. Atlanta Falcons (12-2)
2. San Francisco 49ers (10-3-1)
3. Green Bay Packers (10-4)
4. Washington Redskins (8-6)

Wild-card positions – 
5. Seattle Seahawks (9-5)
6. Minnesota Vikings (8-6)

In the hunt – 
7. Chicago Bears (8-6)
8. Dallas Cowboys (8-6)
9. New York Giants (8-6)
10. St. Louis Rams (6-7-1)

The Bears will return to practice Wednesday at Halas Hall to prepare for the Cardinals.

-Tom Musick

Comments

Comments

About the Author

Follow this blog:

Get updates from this blog when they happen by following it on Twitter or using its RSS feed.

Reader Poll

Which summer movie are you most excited to see?
Maleficent
The Amazing Spiderman 2
Guardians of the Galaxy
Godzilla
Jersey Boys