The Chicago Bears' playoff hopes took a surprising and serious hit on Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings improved their record to 9-6 with an upset win against the Houston Texans. That 23-6 outcome means the Bears' afternoon game against the Arizona Cardinals is a must-win if Chicago wants to keep its playoff hopes alive.
They face an Arizona team that ended a nine-game losing streak last week by beating the Detroit Lions, 38-10.
Even if Chicago (8-6) wins against Arizona, they will have to root for the Vikings to lose to the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers next week. Then, they'll have to win their own season finale against the Lions.
The Bears losing five of their last six games put them in a bind following a 7-1 start to the season.