But the Bears already having clinched their division and likely the No. 3 seed, allowing their fans' minds to wander — temporarily — to next season while also preparing for next week's playoffs to begin certainly is both new and refreshing.
So here we are, Bears fans. Your squad is likely to be resting its starters by halftime or sooner Sunday in Minnesota, where the Vikings will be fighting for their postseason lives. That should create an interesting viewing experience for fans, who'll get extended looks at a number of younger players who could be vying for bigger roles in the Bears' NFC North title defense season in 2019.
You hopefully know by now that PFW will have all of your playoff preview needs met — and exceeded — very soon. Meantime, let's focus on 5 Bears who should play a lot more than usual Sunday and how their performances might influence their future with the club.