Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery and the Bears will have to wait until 2014… (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago…)
The Bears' record doesn't lie. When you finish 8-8, some of the stats are going to look outstanding and some are going to be so ugly you might vomit all over your screen. (Please don't, if you can help it.)
Maybe the best advice RedEye can give Bears fans is to close your eyes and repeat "only seven months until training camp" in your head.
Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.
When the Bears beat Pittsburgh to improve to 3-0, they had a 77.18 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to sportsclubstats.com. So much for the odds being in their favor.
Even when the Bears were pounded by Philadelphia in Week 16, sportsclubstats.com still had their chances of reaching the postseason at 55.57 percent. How did they screw this up again?
The Bears will have the No. 14 pick in the 2014 NFL draft. What position will be their focus? A defensive lineman? Linebacker? Safety? Cornerback? Defensive coordinator? Quarterback?
The current Bears roster includes 29 players coming out of contract, including quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Josh McCown. Brandon Marshall, for his part, believes Cutler will be back, and McCown has said he would like to return.
In Green Bay, they're celebrating another NFC North title. And according to vegasinsider.com, the Packers' odds of winning the Super Bowl are 20-1. As long as they lose, Bears fans can sleep easier.
Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker’s unit finished 32nd—dead last—in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game (161.4) and per rush (5.3). The Bears also were 31st in points surrendered per game (29.9).
RedEye’s Whizzer and Rob Cressy’s dog, Callie, competed for NFL prediction supremacy this season. Overall, Whizzer went 54-30 and Callie went 46-38. In Bears games, Whizzer was 10-6 and Callie was 6-10. Average those and you get ... 8-8.
THEY’RE NO. 1
On the bright side, the Bears did set several franchise bests in 2013, including:
First downs: 344 (previous high 343 in 1985)
Passing first downs: 215 (previous high 203 in 1999)
Passing yards: 4,281 (previous high 4,136 in 1999)
Passing TDs: 32 (previous high 29 in 1995 and 1947)
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