Bears try to keep slim playoff hopes alive

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With the calendar flipped to December and flickering playoff hopes, the Chicago Bears start a defining schedule stretch that begins with a home game against the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field Thursday evening.

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Both clubs stand 6-6 on the season and rate as two of the bigger disappointments in the NFL to date. However, Dallas’ mark is good enough to lead the NFC East while the Bears are playing catchup in the NFC North to Green Bay and Minnesota.

Chicago heads into the contest with some momentum, having won its last two games against the Giants and Lions, while the Cowboys are staggering after consecutive losses to New England and Buffalo.

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