Chester Taylor hasn’t had the sort of season he envisioned when he signed a contract with the Bears on the first day of free agency.
The running back is on pace for a career low in yards per carry (just 2.6 yards) and 24 catches, which would be his lowest total since his second season in the NFL.
But one thing comforts Taylor: the chance for him to be on an NFC North champion team for the third consecutive season.
Taylor helped the Minnesota Vikings win back-to-back division titles in 2008 and 2009, before signing with the Bears for a four-year, $12.5 million contract.
“It hasn’t been frustrating because we’ve been winning,” Taylor said. “I could see if we were losing and I would want to do more to help the team. But as long as we’re winning, I’m all right.”
Taylor said he isn’t focused on playing his old team Monday night.
“I’m excited to get this win, because we can lock up this division,” he said.
Asked about the distinction that he would win a third consecutive NFC North title, Taylor playfully said, “Exactly.
“More playoff bread.”
Taylor said the players have moved on from Sunday’s 36-7 loss to the New England Patriots.
“We still got a goal ahead of us,” he said. “We’re still at the top of the division.”
Where the Bears will play the Vikings next Monday is still not set in stone.
The Vikings and the NFL are planning for the game to be held at the University of Minnesota.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that he’s “confident” the game will be played at TCF Bank Stadium, noting he planned to be at the game.
Pro Bowl votes
If fan votes are an indicator, the Bears aren’t going to have an overwhelming presence at the Pro Bowl.
Defensive end Julius Peppers, linebacker Brian Urlacher and kick returner Devin Hester lead their positions in the NFC.
Fan votes count as one-third of the total, as do coaches and players votes.
The only other player in the top five in fan votes are Olin Kreutz (third for center) and Lance Briggs (third for outside linebacker).