With a win and some help from the team they just beat, the Bears can end up earning a bye. They may have to do that without a couple of key players.
Safety Eddie Jackson and receiver Allen Robinson have yet to practice this week.
Jackson suffered an ankle injury in a Week 15 win over the Packers; he hasn’t played or practiced since then. Robinson has a rib injury that has kept him out of practice this week.
If the Bears beat the Vikings and the Rams lose to the 49ers, the Bears will become the No. 2 seed, securing a first-round bye and quite possibly welcoming the Rams back to Chicago in the divisional round. A Chicago loss forces the Bears to play at home in the wild-card round, most likely in a rematch with the Vikings.