Bears 2009 Season Preview – 1st Quarter


When the schedule first came out, I took some grief from some of my die-hard readers, saying that I flaked out on my 2009 season prediction.  Maybe I had overdosed on Jay CutlerKool Aide with my tongue in cheek 16-0 prediction for the season.  I promised that I would take a real look at the schedule and offer real prognosis for the season.  Since Lovie Smith breaks the season down into quarters, I will too.   Here’s my first  quarter outlook:

Sept. 13 at Green Bay, 7:20 p.m., NBC

The start of a new era in Chicago Bears football will be on display for a national audience. I think this one will be a shootout thanks to Cutler for the Bears and the banged up secondary.  Matt Forte will find some running lanes and gives the Bears a slight edge.  Bears 27-24.  W

Sept. 20 PITTSBURGH, 3:15 p.m., CBS

The defending champs boast a killer defense and an offense that just gets it done.Cutler will be under tons of pressure and the home fans go home disappointed.  Steelers 16-14.  L

Sept. 27 at Seattle, 3:05 p.m., FOX

The Seahawks expect to bounce  back after a disappointing 2008, but Cutler and Forte prove too much for the Seattle defense.  Bears 31-23.  W

Oct. 4 DETROIT, noon, FOX

The Lions were historically bad in 2oo8; like 0-16 bad.   If they can win a couple of games, the season will be a success.  Don’t count on it this week.  Bears 37-17.  Big W

So I project the Bears to wind up the first quarter 3-1.  It’s a nice start and a softer portion of the schedule ahead.


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