Aug 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) reacts to a play during the third quarter of the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.Co Coliseum. The Chicago Bears defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-26. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Praser (10-6)
I can see the Bears using the element of surprise to start the year with a win in the home opener against a good Bengals team. Other than that, this season is a total mystery to me. The defense seems to be at the same level it was last year, and the offence appears to be improving every week. I can honestly see the Bears going 10-6 and making the playoffs as a wild card. If I put my Bear Goggles On, they will go 16-0 and win the Super Bowl as the highest scoring team in NFL history everyone will be eating at Trestman’s Bar and Grill and Jay Cutler will host Saturday Night Live. Bears!
Who would have thought that my 9-7 record would be the lowest among the team? The Bears will take a step backward in 2013. The good news is that I think they take two steps forward as I like the direction Phil Emery and Marc Trestman have this team heading.
I think the Bears will start off slowly as the offense finds their groove as the season goes on. Cutler will struggle and the rookies will be challenged in pass protection; they don’t get to play the Raiders and Chargers every week. The Bears will lose games they have no business losing and win a couple of shootouts. As always, health will be a key, especially at key positions. Despite losing the last couple of games of the regular season, the Bears back their way into the playoffs.
I expect the offense to struggle coming out of the gate, but the defense should be strong enough to keep them afloat. As the offense grows, so will overall team chemistry, culminating in the Bears’ shocking upset of the Packers at Lambeau Field in week 9 and setting off a 7 game winning streak.
The Bears fall short of the division title, but secure a Wild Card spot with a solid 10-6 record. While 10-6 might not give Marc Trestman a better mark than his predecessor, Lovie Smith, had last year, it does give Bears fans a lot to look forward to.