Despite losses in five of their last six games the Chicago Bears still have a shot at the playoffs as they take on the Arizona Cardinals Sunday at U of Phoenix Stadium.
Chicago must win their final two games, both on the road, and hope for a Minnesota tumble to move up to the final NFC Wild Card spot.
The 8-6 Bears have not helped their chances by losing three straight games, topped by last week’s 21-13 letdown against the Green Bay Packers.
Chicago mustered just 190 total yards, with receiver Brandon Marshall catching the only touchdown in the first quarter. Marshall would finish the game with six catches for 56 yards.
During their three-game slide the Bears are averaging just 14 points per game, and have fallen from first in the NFC North with a 7-1 record after the first nine weeks of the season.
Meanwhile Arizona snapped a nine-game losing streak by dropping the Detroit Lions 38-10. The Cardinals fourth ranked secondary picked off Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford three times, and running back Beanie Wells two second quarter touchdowns put them up for good.
Arizona cornerback Greg Toler piled on the lead with a 102 yard interception return in the fourth quarter. It was the first time this season the Cardinals scored 30 or more points.
The game begins at 4:25 p.m. EDT and will be shown by FOX, or watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
Betting Odds: Chicago is favored by 6 points
Over/Under: 37 points
Prediction: Arizona could be on the upswing after snapping their losing streak, but the Bears defense will prove too strong, and Marshall should have another big day in a Chicago win.
Predicted Score: Chicago 30, Arizona 10