We’re nearing the Top 10 in our preseason power rankings, and the Chicago Bears have fallen just short.
But in a league where 12 teams make the playoffs, No. 11 is a good place to be for Lovie Smith’s team, which has made the postseason just once in the last five years.
In 2011, the Bears probably would have been one of the NFC’s two wild card teams if Jay Cutler had stayed healthy. This year, in our power rankings, an NFC wild card spot looks like the most likely scenario.