5. The schedule
Three of the first four games (mentioned above) are tough. The second four games are where the Bears MUST make a move in the standings: Carolina, Seattle, Washington, and Buffalo (after a bye) are ALL winnable games. Assuming they go 2-2 in the first quarter and 3-1 in the next four. That puts them at 5-3 going into the 3rd quarter-season: Vikings at home will be a tough game emotionally and physically, Miami on Thursday night 4 days later will be even harder. Eagles at home and Lions on the road after that will both be a grind. They’ll be lucky to end up 2-2 at this stage and 7-5 on the season. Unless they prove me wrong and somehow end up at this point of the season at 9-3, they will NOT make the playoffs. Let me repeat that: the Bears MUST be at 9-3 after the first three quarters of the season if they want to make the playoffs as a wildcard. Anything less (8-4 or 7-5) and they will not make it… because…
The last four games are brutal – Patriots at home (fighting for a playoff spot and/or their division lead), at Minnesota (with the playoffs on the line for them), NY Jets at home (the Jets may be the most improved team going from last year to this one), and finally AT GREEN BAY! It would not surprise me to see the Bears go into the last 4 games 0-4. But, I’ll give them an upset over either the Patriots or the Jets. (Or the Packers if the Packers have nothing to play for at the end of the season). Best case scenario (in my opinion) 1-3.
That my Bear Fan Comrades is why I believe they will end up 8-8 and out of the playoffs. I can be one wrong at 9-7 but that too won’t get it done. Sorry, all. But I don’t see us making the playoffs this year.