With a 37-34 overtime loss to Detroit in Week 6, any playoff hopes the Chicago Bears had for 2015 took a major hit. Sitting at 2-4 as they emerge from their bye week, history is not on the Bears' side when it comes to reaching the postseason.
Since 1978 only 18 of the 85 teams that have started 2-4 on the season (21.18 percent) have made the playoffs. The last team to do it, the 2011 Denver Broncos, has connections to the Bears. Head coach John Fox was the coach of that Broncos team and they defeated the Bears 13-10 in overtime in Week 14 that season - the infamous Marion-Barber-ran-out-of-bounds game.
That Denver team went on a nice run out of the bye week, winning seven of their next eight games. The task won’t be so easy for this year’s Bears team, as they have the eighth-toughest schedule remaining in the NFL.
Other Stats of Note
- Quarterback Jay Cutler continued his hot fourth-quarter play in the loss to the Lions last week. Cutler completed 5-of-7 passes for 78 yards, a touchdown and had a passer rating of 147.6 in the fourth quarter.
- The Bears may have finally found their answer at the safety position. Rookie Adrian Amos has performed well through six weeks this year, earning praise from coaches. Amos has started since Week 1 and is third among rookies this year with 377 defensive snaps. He’s only missed 0.8 percent of Chicago's defensive snaps this season. He also ranks second among rookies in total snaps with 448.
- The Bears' struggles against the NFC North continue. With the loss to Detroit in Week 6, the Bears are now just 3-11 against the division since 2013. They haven’t beat the Lions since Week 17 of the 2012 season.
- With his touchdown pass in Detroit, Jay Cutler needs just one more TD to tie Sid Luckman for the franchise record of 137 scoring passes. Barring injury, Cutler will set the all-time record this season.
- The Bears ran a total of 80 plays against Detroit, which was the most they have run in eight years. They ran exactly 80 plays in a loss to the Lions at Ford Field in 2007. The previous high for plays run this season by the Bears was 75 in the Week 4 win over the Oakland Raiders.