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Bye weeks are tough on Bears fans

October 30, 2011|RedEye

With the Bears (4-3) on their bye week, all Chicago fans had to do was sit back, relax and watch the other NFL action unfold, right? Not exactly. Even at this point in the season there are playoff implications to worry about. So how frightening were some of the results Sunday?

Detroit 45, Denver 10

Fear factor: 4 out of 4

An upset by the Broncos would have pulled the Bears even with the Lions (6-2) in the loss column. Instead, Detroit QB Matthew Stafford proved effective even at less than 100 percent.And the Bears play the Lions again Nov. 13.

St. Louis 31, New Orleans 21

Fear factor: 2 out of 4

It's possible that the race between New Orleans, Tampa Bay and Atlanta will leave only one playoff team standing from the NFC South, and the Bears already have beaten the latter two teams. That's good news.

San Francisco 20, Cleveland 10

Fear factor: 0 out of 4

The only thing that should scare the Bears about this is a potential first-round playoff matchup. And not the game itself, but rather Niners coach Jim Harbaugh's devastating handshake.

Phliadelphia 34, Dallas 7

Fear factor: 3 out of 4

Yep, watching Michael Vick throw for 279 yards and two touchdowns the week before the Eagles play the Bears is extremely terrifying.

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