Previewing the Chicago Bears Remaining Games

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The Chicago Bears come off their Week 6 bye in sole possession of first place in the NFC North, boasting an NFC second best 4-1 record.  Can the Bears keep their #2 seed down the stretch?  What does the back end of their schedule look like?  We previewed all 16 games before the season started, but a lot has changed over the first few weeks in our perception of the Bears and their opponents.  Let’s preview their remaining games and see how we think the Bears will finish up the season.

Nov 13, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) is hurried by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) in the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Week 7 – vs Detroit Lions (Monday Night Football)

Detroit has been a mess so far this season.  Sure, they got a nice come-from-behind win against the Philadelphia Eagles, but Michael Vick and the Eagles might be in greater disarray.  The Lions offense has been out of sync all season and Matthew Stafford has been airmailing throws all year.  He can’t consistently get the ball to Calvin Johnson, who’s had tighter coverage than a new Madden ’13 game wrapper.  Their running game is still in disarray, dealt another blow when Jahvid Best wasn’t cleared to come off the PUP list.  The Bears get 2+ weeks to prepare for this mess on a Monday Night in Soldier Field???  Bears win big! (5-1)

Week 8 – vs Carolina Panthers

Where oh where is Superman?  I’m talking about slumping sophomore Cam Newton, whose Superman celebration hasn’t been seen too often in 2012.  The Panthers have struggled on offense and Cam hasn’t been able to save them.  Ron Rivera has yet to be able to get his defense going, as they’re ranked in the bottom quarter of the league in yardage and the bottom third in scoring defense.  The Bears tame these kitties easily.  Bears win. (6-1)

Week 9 – @ Tennessee Titans

Speaking of poor scoring defenses, the Titans are league worst, allowing 34 points per game.  Meanwhile, Chris Johnson has gone from CJ2K to CJOKE, as he’s become the poster child for not giving running backs a huge payday.  Winning on the road in the NFL is tough, as the Steelers learned last Thursday in Nashville, but Jay Cutler won’t let his homecoming be ruined.  Bears win. (7-1)

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  • Patryck Boberg

    Can’t agree with the Texans decision. They are losing key players and wont fare well in Chicago.

  • Phil_X

    Boom – Pretty close to what I have. I have them beating the Texans at home, but losing to the Packers. I just can’t pick them against GB until they prove to me they can be up for that game. I could see them winning one extra somewhere and be 12-4 which might be good enough for a #2 or possibly a #1 seed.

    • John Mack

      I’m in agreement with you Phil 100%. Until the Beloved show me they can handle their neighbors in the north, I’m not convinced. Some teams just have others #, and with Rodgers this Packers team is the one to be a blemish on the Bears. A 14-2 season would be 2 losses to the Cheeseheads. I also agree that I see us beating the Texans at Soldier Field. The 9ers game is up in the air for me. If our offense is clicking that will be one hell of a Monday Night Match-up.

  • John Mack

    I have to agree with group consensus and say the Bears beat the Texans at home. The 9ers I can’t call. Originally I thought this would be a 10-6/11-5 season. Now seeing how effective the defense is playing, how under the radar we still are and how the offense despite starting slow EVERY game still can pull out a win…I’m going to go out on a long stretch and say Chicago ends the season 13-3 losing to GB again and the 9ers. Big surprise in the NFC, and wrap up a #2. But will still maintain home-field advantage since Atlanta will give up their divisional game to a wildcard Packers or Giants team.

  • Bill Edgar

    I think the Bears can beat the Texans & if the offense is playing at a top level the should be able to beat the niners. The defense is playing lights out. We need to get the offense on the same page. Consistantly! I can see them going 13-3 & being the # 1 seed. Atlanta is going to strumble.

  • Todd Miller

    13-3 or 14-2. The Bears beat either Texans(probably) or the Niners(hopefully). Now lets move to the two divisional series. Am I the only that thinks the Bears capable of sweeping either the Lions or the Vikes if not both? The Lions always tank after a good year because they get a real schedule the following season and can’t really compete. Leslie has the Vikes playing well beyond their ability and that will run out of steam. I can see either of these teams losing the first match up and it actually causing the second loss as their seasons fall apart. As much as I’d love to say the Bears beat the Pack and go 15-1, they just give up too many big plays to the Pack on both sides of the ball.

  • Club Life

    Looking at the Bears schedule I only see 5 games that they can lose -
    Texans. 49ers. Seahawks. Cardinals. Greenbay.
    Now having said that I only see three “gimme” games the Panthers – they have just been atrocious, the Titans because what they did against the lions – well they wont be able to do twice, and at least one of the vikings games.
    That leaves us with the Detroit Lions a team that everyone had pegged winning the division or at least a securing wild card spot and thus far the team just hasn’t lived up to its potential – barely / luckily getting an OT win in Philli – now going on the road to chicago for a MNF game that the bears have not forgotten since last season – but the Lions do not have star running back Jahvid Best who was a Key factor in the win last season – the lions also dont have any corners to speak of – but when you have stafford and megatron on the field anything can happen at any moment – the lions are a team who have plenty of come from behind wins and could easily be a 4-1 team this season if wasnt for special teams “madden curse” – but as we sit and wait for monday night the lions are at 2-3 struggling just to stay a float and the bears are coming off of a bye week well rested at 4-1 after stomping teams out on both sides of the ball.
    The Bears will finish with a 9-7 record – Only if injury woes its wicked head -
    11-5 if it doesnt. Lions will finish 9-7 best case scenario most likely 7-9. Vikings will finish 10-6. Packers will finish 12-4.