Bears coach Matt Nagy reiterates team is ‘playing to win’ in Week 17
H0wever, the Bears are still in the position to possibly move up into the second overall spot and a first-round bye if they grab a win on Sunday afternoon coupled with the Los Angeles Rams falling to the San Francisco 49ers. With that in mind, this has made it quite clear for head coach Matt Nagy to keep his team pushing forward with all his starters playing in Week 17, according to Chris Tomasson of St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Head coach Matt Nagy reiterates that Bears will play their starters Sunday at the #Vikings. "We're playing to win.''
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) December 26, 2018
Although the Bears do not control their fate, they can still put themselves in the position to possibly earn that spot if the Rams were to fall to the 49ers. This is a significant opportunity in front of his team as it’s a chance to get a bye where his team can rest to prepare for the playoffs.
Chicago has some nagging injuries that have impacted their team such as quarterback Mitchell Trubisky being just a couple of weeks removed from a shoulder injury that cost him a game while wide receiver Allen Robinson has been dealing with a nagging hip injury. This could allow them to be closer to full strength for the divisional round of the postseason.
Beyond, this makes it more difficult for the Vikings to secure a playoff spot as a win will put them into one of the two playoff spots. All of this sets up what should be an intense season finale matchup with much on the line.