I’ve got the Bears going 4-0 in the 2nd quarter of the season. That’s the good news. Now for the not-so-good news, here’s the outlook for a challenging 3rd quarter of the 2009 season:
Nov. 12 at San Francisco, 7:20 p.m., NFL Network
At first glance, you see San Fran on the schedule and chalk this up as an easy win, but taking a closer look, this game is fraught with peril. The Bears travel west to SF for a Thursday night game. That’s a double whammy – traveling west is always tough and the home team always has an advantage in short weeks.
Besides all that, former Bears great Mike Singletary will pull out all the stops in this prime time game to show his former team and the nation that he can be a great head coach. It hurts to say, but I think the Bears stumble here. 49ers 26-22. L
Nov. 22 PHILADELPHIA, 7:20 p.m., NBC
This is the second consecutive prime time date, this time at home after extended rest. The Eagles roll into town and the circus that surrounds them all season with the Mike Vick signing will be close behind. I think the Eagles will fade a bit this season and the Bears will be tough at home, so this one’s a winner. Bears 27-20. W
Nov. 29 at Minnesota, noon, FOX
I don’t know if old man Favre will still be playing by the time the Bears roll to Minnesota. Personally, I think this is the season when he finally breaks down playing on that concrete in the roller dome. Without Favre, the Vikes should still be formidable with their defense and Adrian Peterson leading the way on offense. The Bears have struggled in the Metrodome in recent years, tallying just one win in the last 5 seasons. That trend continues in ’09. Vikings 21-13 L
Dec. 6 ST. LOUIS, noon, FOX
The Bears bounce back big from a tough matchup at Minnesota and take it out on the Rams. Aside from Steven Jackson, this Rams team doesn’t have much going for it. Being one-dimensional plays right into the Bears hands. Cutler, Forte and Olsen carve these guys up. 34-10. Big W
The Bears get through a tough stretch of the schedule at 2-2. No need to panic Bears fans. We’ve still got the 4th quarter to close out the ’09 campaign.
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