The Bears Have a Chance at the Playoffs!!!!!

That is to say, a 0.93 percent chance &#8212 at least, according to Sports Club Stats, a fascinating website sent to us by an alert reader. Through a dizzying array of algorithms Ken Roberts calculates the probability of your favorite sports team going all the way. Or even how well they might do next week. And by “your favorite sports team,” I mean ANY professional team in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, auto racing &#8212 even the Barclays Premier League, for all you Manchester United fans out there.

I must say, 0.93% sounds entirely accurate. And speaking of the Bears…

Who’s excited to see Kyle Orton start on Monday?!? Don’t all shout at once. I, for one, am curious to see how he does, but “excited” would be pushing it. He hasn’t played in over two years, but he was certainly adequate back then (10-4 and a playoff berth). He also looked sharp this last pre-season. Apparently he started a new workout program during the last off-season, and there were definite signs of improvement in his game. I don’t know that it’s going to make him the future of the franchise, but if he shows some skills in the last three games of the season he may prove valuable as a trade.

As for Sexy Rexy, it’s tough to say what the future holds for him. The knee injury he sustained last week against Washington was not too serious, but it should keep him off the field for the rest of the season. If it had been worse, we most likely would have seen Grossman’s last game as a Bear. As it is, I think there is a good chance he will return for one more season. The Bears don’t pick high enough in next season’s draft to have a chance at one of the few decent quarterbacks coming out of college, and no veteran QBs hitting free agency would be an improvement. The Bears would be better served spending this off-season beefing up their aging offensive line and improving the depth in the defensive secondary. Grossman showed some real improvement since coming off the bench, and I would like to see how well he does when he has some real protection. Plus, Adrian Peterson and Garrett Wolfe are decent running backs and could work well in tandem, provided they have an O-line who can create some opportunities for them.

It’s always tough saying, “Wait until next year,” especially when we’re still remembering last year. But, as Sports Club Stats scientifically proves, there’s always a chance.

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