Sep 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears fans in the stands prior to to a game against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Guys like Brennan and Robert are sticking to their guns. The playoffs are unlikely, but they think the Bears will buck the trend and go against the odds to make a run at the playoffs.
Here’s Robert’s view on the Bears second half:
"The Bears are in a tough place. They have to win out just to make 11-5. They have the talent, no doubt about that. Hopefully the bye has given them enough time to figure out how to do it. I’m going to be an optimist. They do it, and shock the world."
This is the majority of our writers. These are the guys who maybe tamped their expectations down by a game or two based on what they’ve seen so far. In some cases, they didn’t even change their picks in the second half. Here’s Michael Curcio, who went from 11-5 to 9-7.
"Bright side – There is not 1 defense in the second half schedule that should scare anyone. The offense should get on track with all of the talent on that side of the ball. Unfortunately, in this league you need to have the ability to play all 3 phases, not just offense, and the Bears have not shown the ability to stop anyone. With injuries piling up on that side of the ball – I see an 8-8/9-7 finish at best."
There are a few writers who went “all-in” on their preseason Bears predictions. They’ve now pulled a 180, going all Ditka “I don’t think we can win another game” with their second half picks. They’ve gone from 11 win predictions to 3 win predictions.
Here’s Mike Praser’s assessment for the second half:
"I have changed my picks to 3-13. The Bears will lose every game for the rest of the year, get a very high draft pick and waste it on a player who will be a bust. You know, like the good old days. I just can’t pick the Bears to win any more games this year. They have so much offensive talent, and it is just wasted every week. If there is no leadership, it’s because the leadership is supposed to come from the coach."
So what do you think? Which group do you count yourself in? Were your high hopes dashed? Do the Bears find a way to pull out of their nosedive and make a season of it or do they crash and burn? What’s your prediction for the rest of the season? Post your thoughts in the Comments.