Absurdly Early Predictions for All 2013 Chicago Bears Games

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Aug 24, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears helmets during the second half against the New York Giants at Metlife Stadium. The Bears won the game 20-17 Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears schedule has been released.  Even though we’ve known the opponents, now that we have the dates and order of the opponents, it just makes football season feel a lot more real.  Let’s make some absurdly early predictions for the upcoming season.

Week 1: Cincinnati Bengals vs Chicago Bears

Andy Dalton and the Bengals will visit Soldier Field to open the Marc Trestman era of Chicago Bears football.  The Bears start the season at home yet again, and they’ve had really good success starting the season at home. Trestman’s high octane offense surprises Marvin Lewis’ Bengals and the Bears send the Soldier Field faithful home happy.

Bears 34, Bengals 24 

Dec 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) against the Chicago Bears at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Week 2: Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears

The Bears get back to back home games for the first time since 1999.  The Vikings bowled over their opponents in 2012 behind the miraculous season by Adrian Peterson, coming off an ACL injury to within yards of the NFL record.  Can the Bears bounce back and push the Vikings back down the standings in 2013?  The Bears find a way to slow down Adrian Peterson long enough to pull out a victory.

Bears 19 – Vikings 16

Week 3: Chicago Bears @ Pittsburgh Steelers (SNF)

The Bears open the road porion of their schedule in Pittsburgh under the lights for Sunday Night Football.  The Steelers are coming off a rare missed postseason appearance in 2012 and I expect the Steelers to bounce back big time in 2013.  Big Ben and the Steelers offense adjust to life without Mike Wallace and put up enough points and while their defense holds down the Jay Cutler led offense.

Steelers 20 – Bears 16

Week 4: Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions

This series has been back and forth the last couple of years and is really starting to become a hotly contested rivalry in the NFC North.  The Lions took a step back in 2012 and I expect Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson to be up to their old tricks once again.  New offense or not, Ndamukong Suh gets to Cutler and the Lions get the best of the Bears in a shootout.

Lions 37 – Bears 34

Sep 18, 2011;New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton during their game against the Chicago Bears at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Week 5: New Orleans Saints vs Chicago Bears

It will be a reunion of sorts, as Aaron Kromer and Jermon Bushrod make the acquaintance of their former team at Soldier Field.  Don’t think the Bears new OC and O-line coach doesn’t want to win this one but Sean Payton and Drew Brees prove to be too much for the Beloved.

Saints 34 – Bears 21

Week 6: New York Giants  vs Chicago Bears (TNF)

There’s a quick turnaround for the Bears, who play the mandatory Thursday night game, but at least they get it at home following a home game the week before.  The Giants started out 2012 on fire with a 6-2 record but suffered a Lovie Smith-ian 3-5 collapse in the second half to miss the postseason.  Will they bounce back in 2013 or has Tom Coughlin finally worn out his welcome?  Martellus Bennett will get to pal around with some former teammates and he shows his old team what they were missing.  Thursday night game favor the home teams, so the Bears pull this one out.

Bears 28 – Giants 26

Week 7: Chicago Bears @ Washington Redskins

The Bears head to DC to face RGIII and his surgically repaired knee.  Unless he’s on the Derrick Rose recovery plan, Griffin will be back at full speed to challenge Mel Tucker’s version of the Cover-2 defense.  Hopefully he has an answer for the read-option that I’m sure we’ll see.  I wonder if Obama will be at this game to watch his favorite NFL team?  Unless the prez has an answer for the read-option, Griffin will run wild on the aging Bears defense.

Redskins 27 – Bears 23

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  • Daniel Lawson

    Lions and Bears have been about as back and forth as Bears and Packers… it may seem competitive, but the truth is that there Bears were not a throat crushing team under Lovie. He’d let you crush your own throat, but he wouldn’t do it for you and this allowed sidearm Matt to get back in the game last year, but they really were never in it.

  • Daniel Lawson

    I keep on questioning your reasoning… just doesn’t seem sane… lose to crappy Eagles, but beat GB twice? Lose to RG3? This defense is mostly in tact so I don’t see how you have all these high scoring game especially against passing only teams and A Rog has had his worst games vs Chicago as well as a couple of good ones.

    • BearGogglesOn

      It’s always tough to win on the road which is why I have them losing a couple of road games to NFC East opponents in tough venues. In 2010 the Bears lost back-to-back home games to the crappy Redskins and Seahawks, so don’t discount them losing games they’re not supposed to lose. Even last season, they needed late game heroics from Tim Jennings and Robbie Gould to get past the struggling Carolina Panthers. Not sure how I got them past the Packers except that subconsciously I can’t pick GB. This is all admittedly absurd, as noted in the title of the post.

  • http://twitter.com/vossifer Ray

    I’d like to see all these points added up and compared to recent years point totals. Seems high, only 2 games under 20 that I noticed scrolling through. Offense won’t be that improved that quickly?

    • BearGogglesOn

      I always overshoot on points when I do my predictions, for both the Bears and their opponents. Call me an optimist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DraconWolf Jerry Richardson

    I think you are on the right track with the Bears scoring…the OL improvements and the addition of M Bennett have an immediate and positive effect on the offensive point production. I seriously look for the Bears to avg 28.5 to 34.5 ppg on offense. And if Hester can revert to his former style of PKR’s and Tillman and Jennings play as they did last year…the D/ST could easily add from 7 to 9 ppg to the overall scoring per game by this team…so for me it would be very feasible to see the Bears avg 35 to 37 points per game.