Texans, Bears attempting to go from worst to first in their divisions

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The Texans can clinch the AFC South and the Bears can clinch the NFC North this weekend. That would complete a worst-to-first transformation for both teams.

Houston was tied for last place in its division last year, at 4-12, and Chicago had sole possession of last place in its division last year, at 5-11. Now both teams are poised to finish first.

Since the NFL realigned to its current format of eight divisions with four teams each in 2002, teams have gone from worst (or tied for worst) to first 23 times. The Texans and Bears are attempting to become the 24th and 25th teams to do it.

That is welcome news in Houston and Chicago. And in New York, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Oakland, Detroit, Atlanta, San Francisco and Arizona, cities where last-place teams this year will hope they can be first-place teams next year.

16 responses to “Texans, Bears attempting to go from worst to first in their divisions

  1. I wish my Packers had stability at head coach like the Bears do.
    But we don’t. We have Philbin. A former OC that has hardly ever called plays in the NFL.

    Maybe next year my Packers can go from worst to first. Or not.

  2. 2017 Texans were a better team than how they ended the season — they looked awful by the end of the year. Rough start with losses in first 3 out of 6 games against decent teams (Jags, Pats, and Chiefs) followed by Watt and Watson getting knocked out for the year. Kind of hard to come back from that.

  3. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    December 15, 2018 at 1:33 pm
    I wish my Packers had stability at head coach like the Bears do.
    But we don’t. We have Philbin. A former OC that has hardly ever called plays in the NFL.
    Maybe next year my Packers can go from worst to first. Or not.
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    Bears OC doesn’t call plays either- Matt Nagy does. The Bears OC Mark Helfrich has never called plays in the NFL either. You’re shtick is as old and stale as your name. If you follow football at all, you know that the OC has plenty to do outside of calling plays.

  4. buds4grant says:
    December 15, 2018 at 3:13 pm

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    The Bears have beaten playoff contenders in the Vikings, Seahawks, and Rams. The Vikings lost to the Seahawks and Rams and haven’t beaten a team with a winning record this year. Regardless of the schedule, it kind of helps to win games.

  5. The real news will be if it flips back next season and the Jags are 1st again, and the Texans are last. Both teams were “worst” because of Injuries, not a lack talent.

  6. buds4grant says:
    December 15, 2018 at 3:13 pm
    Last place schedules hella help, eh.

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    Those days are long gone. The Bears had the toughest schedule in the league last season even though they were in last place the year before. But hey, give yourself whatever excuses you need to ease the pain of your Vikings being bad.

  7. buds4grant says:
    December 15, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Last place schedules hella help, eh.

    Every teams schedule in the NFL is already determined aside from two, yes TWO games. Let me break it down for you:

    -6 Division opponent games
    -4 conference games (rotating every year)
    -4 Non-conference games (rotating every year)
    THEN, you have your two games (conference) based off how your team finishes their division. Next years Bears play NFC East, AFC West and most likely Rams (at)/Saints (home)

    End of learning session….

  8. When you finish in last place and are one of if not the worst team in the league…….your schedule will automatically look tough pre season because you are playing nothing but teams better than you. Their schedule takes a hit having you on it 1-2 times that season.

  9. The Falcons fall from grace, the Panthers underachieving, and the Eagles woes sure has helped some middle of the road teams make the playoffs. Bears are legit, however. That Vic Fangio defense is no joke. They owned their division and have beat their share of playoff teams. Hoping it translates into playoff success. They’re the real underdogs of the season.

  10. uncommon1 says:
    December 15, 2018 at 3:06 pm
    The Bears are trying hard to get to first, and the Vikings and Packers aren’t trying very hard to stop them

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    I agree with on the Vikings (they’re not trying hard to stop anybody).
    But considering that the Packers have already beat the Bears this year *and* have beaten them in their own house for 8 years straight – how can you say their not trying?

  11. I’ve been saying this since the draft. Ryan Pace should be NFL exec of the year and Nagy should be coach of the year. Worst to First.. You heard it here.

  12. “But considering that the Packers have already beat the Bears this year *and* have beaten them in their own house for 8 years straight – how can you say their not trying?”

    Week one was Nagy’s first game as the Bears HC at Green Bay and you were lucky to win that game and everyone knows it.
    Also, you’re boasting about winning eight in a row against Jay Cutler, Marc Trestman and John Fox……I have a lot of respect for the Green Bay organization and their fan base, but definitely not you.

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