Bears Win Vikings Helps Patriots Lock Top-Three Draft Pick
The Chicago Bears are in a good position to land a high draft pick for 2024, while the New England Patriots struggle.
The NFL standings are starting to take shape, and the Chicago Bears are in a prime position. With the Panthers' first-round pick in 2024, the Bears could potentially secure the No. 1 overall pick. Additionally, the Bears are having a tough season, guaranteeing them another high draft pick for next year. However, the team doesn't need to worry about their own pick too much, as the 1-10 Panthers are on track to deliver the best pick in the entire draft.
When the Bears defeated the Vikings in a unique football game on Monday night, it brought good feelings to Chicago. The win improved the Bears' record to 4-8, putting them in a three-way tie for the fourth-worst record in the NFL. They now have two more wins than the Patriots and Cardinals.
The current NFL Draft order after Week 12 stands as follows:
1. Carolina (belongs to Chicago), 1-10
2. Arizona, 2-10
3. New England, 2-9
4. Chicago, 4-8
5. Washington, 4-8
6. NY Giants, 4-8
The Patriots' upcoming schedule presents challenges, making it difficult for them to secure more wins. With the uncertainty surrounding their quarterback situation, it's unlikely for the Patriots to reach four wins. Even if the Bears, Commanders, and Giants all fail to win another game, the Patriots will likely end the year with a top-three pick.
The Patriots' schedule includes tough matchups against the Chargers, Steelers, Chiefs, and Broncos, with a potential upset opportunity against the Bills. However, the return of Aaron Rodgers could change the dynamics of their final game. While anything can happen in sports, the most likely scenario for the Patriots is securing at least the third pick in next year's draft.