(670 The Score) Despite the frustrations of a four-game losing streak amid a season becoming seemingly lost, the Bears sit just one game outside of a playoff spot with six weeks remaining.
Once tied for the best record in the NFC, the Bears are now 5-5 and one game behind the Cardinals (6-4) for the seventh seed in the expanded playoff format. Chicago's offense ranks 31st in scoring and yardage, and coach Matt Nagy has found no solutions to fix it. The Bears seem closer to great organizational change than a playoff run. If they're to make anything of what's left of this season, they could really use a win against the rival Packers in Lambeau Field on Sunday night to right the sinking ship.
"We won’t care about how pretty it is or how ugly it is as long as we get the win," Nagy said Monday.
Even with their defense playing at a high level, the Bears know their dysfunctional offense will dictate where they go from here. Nagy made the quarterback switch from Mitchell Trubisky to Nick Foles during the third quarter of Chicago's game at Atlanta on Sept. 27. Foles rallied the Bears to a win from a 16-point deficit, but Chicago has gone 2-5 in his seven starts since.
Nagy gave up play-calling duties prior to the Bears' loss to the Vikings on Nov. 16, letting offensive coordinator Bill Lazor assume that role. Chicago's offense then bottomed out with a season-low 149 yards of offense.
Now Nagy is considering going back to Trubisky as the Bears' starter. There's hope that the more mobile Trubisky would be a better option behind a struggling offensive line, which could help open up the stagnant running game and lead to better success when the Bears get red-zone opportunities.
"We’ve got the talent to be able to do it," top receiver Allen Robinson said. "We’ve just got to execute and we’ve got to execute when those times come."
The Bears first must sort through the respective injuries to Trubisky and Foles, both of whom could be limited in practice this week. Trubisky is still recovering from a right shoulder injury that he suffered on Nov. 1. Foles suffered a hip injury near the end of the Bears' loss on Nov. 16. Trubisky was spotted by reporters in practice Monday. Foles wasn't spotted. Nagy declined to discuss specifics to the Bears' injury situation.
Trubisky will likely be the Bears' starter Sunday night, unless Foles' health improves significantly this week. Even if both quarterbacks are fully healthy, Nagy admitted he would consider going back to Trubisky.
Down the stretch, the Bears play just two games against opponents that currently boast a winning record -- and both will come against the Packers (7-3), first on Sunday and then in the regular-season finale at Soldier Field on Jan 4.
Despite all the difficulties the Bears have endured, they still have an opportunity. It starts with earning one win to get the feeling right.
"Because what that does is it breaks that negative momentum that can come when you’re losing, and it can create some positive energy," Nagy said. "Now, you throw on top of that it’s a division game. It’s the Packers. It’s against a really good football team that’s well-coached and has a lot of great players.
"I’m excited to see the competition level of where we’re at and how we’re going to respond to where we’re at right now."
Eddie Jackson update
The Bears placed safety Eddie Jackson on the COVID-19 reserve list Monday afternoon. He was deemed a close contact to an individual outside the Bears organization who tested positive for the virus, a source said. Should Jackson continue to test negative, he would be able to return later this week.
Given that Jackson didn't practice with the Bears on Monday morning, he hasn't come in contact with members of the organization.
Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.