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What are we rooting for this weekend as Bears fans?
- Browns over Redskins. This is perhaps the biggest non-Bears results. If the Redskins win on the road in Cleveland they will most likely head to Dallas in Week 17 with the same 9-6 record as the Bears (should Chicago lose to Green Bay).
- St. Louis over Minnesota. I don't think the Vikings are going on a run here down the stretch but why not have them lose?
- Pittsburgh over Dallas. The Bears win over Dallas makes them the least intimidating of the WC contenders but knocking them back a step would certainly be welcomed.
- Buffalo over Seattle. If the Bills could beat the Seahawks this week there is still an opportunity for the Seahawks to fade from the playoff picture as they have a home tilt with San Francisco next week.
- Take your pick on New York v. Atlanta. Someone has to win the NFC East and whomever is left will be thrown into the WC mix. I would prefer the Giants fall out of the playoff picture because - let's be frank - do you think the Bears can beat them in that building on wild card weekend?
Big point. If Bears beat Packers they should solidify a position in the postseason.