At this point in the season, losing is really winning for the Chicago Bears.

On Sunday, the Bears (3-9) lost in a 31-10 blowout to the New York Jets (7-4). Though the result was an embarrassing one, especially considering the Jets, like the Bears, started its back-up quarterback, Week 12 couldn’t have gone much better for Chicago.

With the loss, the Bears currently hold the No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Chicago got some help around the league with four three-win teams finding the win column this weekend. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Raiders each picked up win number four on the season.

Chicago was never mentioned as a playoff candidate, though the Bears did accomplish the team’s most important goal, which was to find an answer on Justin Fields, one way or another.

Fields proved that he can lead this franchise at the quarterback position, now general manager Ryan pace looks towards this offseason as the next opportunity to improve this roster.

With over $116 million in salary cap space and a top pick in the draft, Pace has a chance to narrow the gap between the Bears and the legitimate contenders in the NFC.

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