The Chicago Bears started the 2013 season 3-0, but have mustered just one in their last four games.
Things won't get easier with quarterback Jay Cutler out four weeks with a groin injury and linebacker Lance Briggs out six weeks with a shoulder injury.
However, in recent history the Bears have fared well following a 4-3 start. The last time they started with that record was in 2005,when they finished the season 11-5.
The Bears began that season 1-3 as rookie quarterback Kyle Orton was under center with Rex Grossman injured for the season.
They went on to win 10 of their last 12 games of the season before falling to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Divisional Round.
I'm not saying that the 2005 season has anything to do with the 2013 season. I'm just saying it goes to show you that the Bears don't lie down after bad starts or bad slumps.
They have shown it this season through seven games. It won't be easy without the captains on both sides of the ball, but it can be done with proper adjustments and great coaching.
Only four players remain from that 2005 season (Robbie Gould, Lance Briggs, Patrick Mannelly and Roberto Garza).
That year, the offense ranked 26th in points scored and 29th in yards gained, while the defense allowed the least amount of points and the second least amount of yards in the league that year.
The story is quite different in 2013 as the Bears' offense ranks second in points scored and 11th in yards gained. The defense has been pitiful allowing the 28th most points and the 26th most yards.
The 2013 Bears should take a look at what the 2005 Bears accomplished. It could help them hang around in the NFC North until Briggs and Cutler come back.
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