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.