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|Following their loss at Oakland, the Bears take a seat in the examination room.|
Obviously the Bears wanted to win Sunday. But I really don't think there should be much hand-wringing over this loss. In many ways, the Raiders were an ideal opponent for a team with a quarterback making his first NFL start. The loss is as meaningless as it can be in the context of playoff positioning. Out-of-conference records have a relatively minor role in tiebreakers. And when you look at the Bears' remaining schedule, there are several more winnable games remaining than this one. If you agree they need 10 wins to get to the playoffs, it's reasonable to think they can get them at home against the Kansas City Chiefs (Week 13), at home against the Seattle Seahawks (Week 15) and at the Minnesota Vikings (Week 17).