Previewing the Chicago Bears Remaining Games

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Oct 17, 2010; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Michael Cuddyer blows the Viking horn before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Vikings win 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

Week 14 – @ Minnesota Vikings

I hate that damned Vikings horn but the Bears don’t do enough to silence it.  Two matchups in a three week span gives the edge to the home team.  Short and sweet – Vikings best the Bears. (9-4)

Week 15 – vs Green Bay Packers

The Packers are the lone blemish on the Bears’ record thus far and after a slow start, they came roaring to life vs the Texans on Sunday night.  Aaron Rodgers enjoyed his 2012 coming out party with a 6 TD performance that silenced critics.  The Packers still can’t run the ball worth a damn, but it doesn’t seem to matter.  The Packers defense is still vulnerable with plenty of holes that can be exploited as long as Jay Cutler doesn’t throw them the ball.  Bears avenge a Week 2 loss with a win. (10-4)

Week 16 – @ Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals are who we thought they were!  Translate – not very good.  If you’re familiar with Statistics, you’ve heard of regression to the mean.  This is what’s happening to the early Cardinals who started off strong but are just overmatched.  They don’t have a quarterback and they don’t have a running back.  Oh, and their offensive line might be the worst in the league and that’s saying something.  But other than that, they’re fine on offense.  Their defense can play, but it’s not enough.  The Bears put a lump of coal into the Cardinals’ stocking.  Bears win (11-4)

Week 17 – @ Detroit Lions

We’ll end this post how we started it – with the Lions.  Can they get their act together by the end of the season?  Will they factor into the playoff picture?  Will Calvin Johnson ever score a touchdown?  (For the sake of my fantasy team, I hope so, but only in garbage time!).  I don’t think the Lions lay down and play dead.  They’ll fight and claw to try to get into the playoffs as a Wild Card.  Lions use home field to their advantage for the win.  (11-5)

That gets me to a 7-4 record in the remaining games for the Bears and an 11-5 overall record.  That gets the Bears into the playoffs but not with a lot of margin.  What do you think?  What is the Bears’ record down the stretch?  How do they end up this season?  Let’s hear your thoughts in the Comments.

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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.