Chicago Bears Playoff Chances Week 18: Bears Eliminated from Playoff Picture

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Key Takeaways:

  • 🚫 The Bears playoff chances are 0%.
  • ❌ The Bears can no longer make the playoffs as they were eliminated in Week 17.
  • πŸ‘€ However, Chicago can play spoiler vs. the Packers this weekend.

Now that the Bears' season is over, the focus shifts on the off season - including the NFL Draft. That builds the question of who will the bears draft in 2024?

Justin Fields throws the ball

The Bears were eliminated from playoff contention after Week 17's games, despite Chicago's win over Atlanta. Now, their attention will turn to the offseason and potential roster changes like Justin Fields next team odds.

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What are the Bears Playoff Chances?

The Chicago Bears playoff chances are 0% at Illinois sportsbooks. They have been eliminated from playoff contention.

❌ Bears Playoff Chances0% chance
πŸ’― Bears Miss Playoffs100% chance
❌ Bears Win Super Bowl0% chance
❌ Bears Win NFC0% chance
❌ Bears Win NFC North0% chance
❌ NYT Playoff Simulator0% chance
❌ ESPN FPI0% chance
βœ… Last Verified:February 23, 2024
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Can the Bears Still Make the Playoffs?

No, the Bears cannot make the playoffs.

Chicago Bears Playoff Chances Week-by-Week

Below you will find the Bears' week-by-week playoff chances to see how they fluctuate throughout the 2023 season.

πŸ“… Week 1: 39.2%
πŸ“… Week 2:πŸ”» 20.8%
πŸ“… Week 3:πŸ”» 13.3%
πŸ“… Week 4: πŸ”» 4.8%
πŸ“… Week 5: πŸ”» 3.8%
πŸ“… Week 6: πŸ”Ί 6.3%
πŸ“… Week 7: πŸ”» 4.8%
πŸ“… Week 8: πŸ”Ί 6.3%
πŸ“… Week 9: πŸ”» 5.3%
πŸ“… Week 10: πŸ”» 3.8%
πŸ“… Week 11: πŸ”Ί 5.9%
πŸ“… Week 12:πŸ”» 5.3%
πŸ“… Week 13: βž–5.3%
πŸ“… Week 14: πŸ”» 3.8%
πŸ“… Week 15: πŸ”Ί6.7%
πŸ“… Week 16: πŸ”» 3.8%
πŸ“… Week 17: βž– 3.8%
πŸ“… Week 18: πŸ”» 0%

Chicago Bears Playoff Chances: Key Updates February 2024

Stay up to date with the latest Bears news and how it impacts their postseason chances:

  • πŸ“… Jan. 3: Montez Sweat and Jaylon Johnson are named Pro Bowl starters.
  • πŸ“… Dec. 31: The Bears are eliminated from playoff contention, but they secure the No. 1 pick in the 2024 draft due to the Panthers loss.
  • πŸ“… Dec. 23: The Bears sign kicker Cairo Santos to a four-year, $16M contract extension.
  • πŸ“… Dec. 13: DE Yannick Ngakoue is placed on IR with a broken ankle.
  • πŸ“… Nov. 19: The Bears get Fields back a little more than a month after he suffered thumb injury while Herbert is also activated from IR.
  • πŸ“… Nov. 4: Sweat agrees to a four-year contract extension worth $98M with $72.9M guaranteed.
  • πŸ“… Oct. 31: The Bears acquire defensive end Montez Sweat from the Commanders for a second-round 2024 draft pick at the trade deadline. 
  • πŸ“… Oct. 22: Undrafted rookie free agent QB Tyson Bagent leads the team to its second win in his first start.
  • πŸ“… Oct. 15: QB Justin Fields suffers a dislocated thumb.
  • πŸ“… Oct. 5: The Bears end their franchise-record 14-game losing streak on same day legendary linebacker Dick Butkus died, but running backs Khalil Herbert (ankle) and Roschon Johnson (concussion) suffer injuries.
  • πŸ“… Oct. 1: WR Chase Claypool is a "healthy scratch" and told not to be around the team as Chicago attempts to find a trade partner after trading for him last season.
  • πŸ“† Sept. 20: Defensive coordinator Alan Williams resigns due to "personal issues" that the team later revealed to be related to inappropriate activity on the job. Head coach Matt Eberflus takes over defensive play-calling duties.
  • πŸ“† August 21: LG Teven Jenkins is ruled out indefinitely with a leg injury.
  • πŸ“† April 27: The Bears select T Darnell Wright (Tennessee) with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
  • πŸ“† March 16: The Bears sign RB D’Onta Foreman, who led the Panthers with 914 yards rushing and five touchdowns last season.
  • πŸ“† March 15: The Bears acquire multiple draft picks and WR DJ Moore from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for the No. 1 overall pick. The Bears sign DL DeMarcus Walker and LB Tremaine Edmunds

The Bears made something happen prior to the trade deadline to improve their defense. They now have another solid pass rusher to complement Yannick Ngakoue this year.

Make sure to bookmark this page to stay up to date with recent Bears news and developments.

Chicago Bears Schedule & Betting Lines

The Bears kept their playoff hopes alive with a convincing win over the Cardinals in Week 16. Here are the latest results and game lines from DraftKings Illinois:

OpponentFinalSpread
Week 1 vs. GB❌ L, 38-20❌ L, CHI -1
Week 2 @ TB❌ L, 27-17❌ L, CHI +3
Week 3 @ KC❌ L, 41-10❌ L, CHI +12.5
Week 4 vs. DEN❌ L, 31-28πŸ“Œ Push, CHI +3
Week 5 @ WASβœ… W, 40-20βœ… W, CHI +6.5
Week 6 vs. MIN❌ L, 19-13❌ L, CHI +2.5
Week 7 vs. LVβœ… W, 30-12βœ… W, CHI +3 
Week 8 @ LAC❌ L, 30-13❌ L, CHI +8.5
Week 9 @ NO❌ L, 24-17πŸ“Œ Push, CHI +7
Week 10 vs. CARβœ… W, 16-13 βŒ L, CHI -3.5
Week 11 @ DET❌ L, 31-26βœ… W, CHI +8
Week 12 @ MINβœ… W 12-10βœ… W, CHI +3.5
Week 13: BYEN/AN/A
Week 14 vs. DETβœ… W, 28-13βœ… W, CHI +3
Week 15 @ CLE❌ L 20-17βœ… W, CHI +3.5
Week 16 vs. ARIβœ… W, 27-16βœ… W, CHI -4
Week 17 vs. ATLβœ… W, 37-17βœ… W, CHI -2.5
Week 18 @ GB🏈 ML +135🏈 CHI +3

πŸ“ See how teams that start 0-4 finish the season historically.

Key Contributors Toward Bears Playoff Chances

Perhaps no player is more important to the Bears than Chicago QB Justin Fields, who is now 10-27 all-time as a starter. While other teammates such as WR DJ Moore (the team's leading receiver) have publicly endorsed Fields, his future with the Bears remains uncertain.

On defense, DE Montez Sweat's impact on the defense cannot be understated, as he will be a key foundation piece for years to come. He leads the team in sacks with 6.

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Where Can I Bet on the Chicago Bears to Make the Playoffs?

Fortunately for fans in the Windy City, Chicago sports betting is legal in the city, as well as throughout the entire state, both online and at retail sportsbooks. 

Retail locations with sportsbooks include:

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Looking Ahead: Chicago Bears Playoff Picture

The Bears no longer have a path to the playoffs, as they've been eliminated. Now the Bears move on to the offseason work of evaluating their front office and roster.

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Are the Bears Out of the Playoff Picture?

Yes, the Bears are out of the playoff picture.

Where Do the Bears Rank in the NFC North?

As of Week 17, the Bears rank tied for third out of four teams in the NFC North.

Here is what the final standings looked like last year:

  1. πŸ‘‘ Minnesota Vikings 14-3
  2. Detroit Lions 9-8
  3. Green Bay Packers 8-9
  4. Chicago Bears 3-14

Where Do the Bears Rank in the NFC Playoff Standings?

The Bears are currently the No. 11 team in the NFC, sitting on the outside of the playoff picture.

Where Do the Bears Rank in the NFC Wild Card Race?

The Bears are out of the NFC wild card race.

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Can the Bears Get the No. 1 Seed?

No, the Bears cannot get the No. 1 seed in the NFC. 

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Chicago Bears Preseason Win Total 2023

The Chicago Bears' season win total was set at 7.5. Their 7-9 record means they will have to win their last game in order to go OVER their win total.

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