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.
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)