Must win

The chances of a 2-4 team making the playoffs are even worse than one that's 2-3, so the Bears must consider a victory over the Lions a must.

Although, the team stresses the fact that there are still eleven games left the Bears must start winning in order for the logic to matter.

The Bears are one of six teams in the 16-team NFC with three losses; while three other teams already have four losses.

The NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers are 5-1 and already have a 2.5-game lead on the Bears. The Packers also hold a tiebreaker advantage, having defeated the Bears by 13 points at Memorial Stadium. San Francisco and New Orleans lead their respective divisions at 5-1.

However, other than the 5-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneer no team has more than a 1-game lead on the Bears in the race for the final NFC wild-card spot.

"An 8-8 team might get in; that's historically true," Jauron said. "A 9-7 team has a pretty good chance. At 10-6, you have to be really unlucky if you don't get in, but it's happened."

The Bears have chance to make things happen with four of their remaining 11 games against NFC teams ahead of them in the standings.

Three others are against NFC North foes Detroit and Minnesota, including the next two, both on the road. Three of the games are against 5-1 teams, while five are against teams with just one victory, including Detroit twice. But at 2-3, the Bears can't afford to take any team for granted.

Roster moves: The Bears released defensive tackle Curry Dawson from the practice squad and signed wide receiver Edell Shepherd. Shepherd was originally signed on April 22 and participated in the Bears training camp before his release on Sept. 1. This is his second stint on the Bears practice squad. He was originally signed to the practice squad on Sept. 3 and released Oct. 1.

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