The Bears achieved a modicum of respectability with their season-ending victory over the Vikings Sunday in Minneapolis. They halted a five-game skid by winning for the first time since quarterback Jay Cutler went out with an injury, finishing even with the league at 8-8. Even though this was clearly a playoff team with Cutler—who rehabilitated his reputation and career in guiding the Bears to a 7-3 record before breaking his thumb while making a tackle on an interception return—the immediate future does not look bright with or without his full recovery.