Previewing the Chicago Bears Remaining Games

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October 14, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) runs onto the field before a game against the Green Bay Packers at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

Week 10 – vs Houston Texans (Sunday Night Football)

If things go according to plan, the Bears could very well be 7-1 heading into this matchup, but this is where the level of difficulty for the season schedule goes up a notch.  The Texans boasted an undefeated season until the Packers went down to Houston to humble the mighty Texans.  If you’re looking for a balanced team, look no further than the team from Houston.  They can run the ball with Foster and Tate and Matt Schaub gets the job done in the passing attack even if Andre Johnson seems to be coming back down to Earth.  On defense, JJ Watt is an early MVP candidate and could make for a looong night for the Bears offensive line.  They suffered a blow losing linebacker Brian Cushing to a season ending knee injury, but they’ll still potent.  For as well as the Bears do on Monday nights, they struggle that much worse on Sunday nights.  The Texans edge the Bears in this one. (7-2)

Week 11 – @ San Francisco 49ers (Monday Night Football)

The Bears head out to the left coast to take on another of the “complete teams” in the NFL which got pummeled on Sunday.  The Niners were humbled by the defending Super Bowl champs.  They can still play some nasty defense and Vernon Davis presents matchup problems for many a defense.  The Giants provided the blueprint to beat the Nines – get up early and get after Alex Smith.  I give the slightest of edges to the home team; Bears lose two in a row. (7-3)

Week 12 – vs Minnesota Vikings

If you’re looking for the biggest surprise in the league, look no further than the Minnesota Vikings.  This one looked like an easy Bears win before the season started, but that’s not the case.  Leslie Frazier has the Vikings defense playing at a high level while Christian Ponder has turned more than a few heads with his play at quarterback.  Adrian Peterson proves that he’s a freak of nature with his remarkable comeback from a late-2011 ACL injury and Percy Harvin has taken his game to another level.  Plus, the Vikings get an extra week to prepare for this one, as they enjoy a Week 11 bye.  Give the Bears a slight edge in this one.  (8-3)

Week 13 – vs Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks got the better of the Bears late in 2011, taking advantage of a Cutler-less Bears team.  Pete Carroll has his defense performing at a high level with a beastly secondary that won’t be intimidated by Brandon Marshall.  Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson continues to impress each week and Marshawn Lynch can go “Beast Mode” at any time.  The Bears were caught off guard by the Seahawks last season, but that doesn’t happen this time.  Bears win. (9-3)

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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.