Chicago Bears December Schedule Preview: Predicting the Final Games

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 19: Akiem Hicks
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 19: Akiem Hicks /
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The Bears will head south and east down along the Ohio River to take on the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have been struggling all year and have made some changes especially on offense. They fired their offensive coordinator a few weeks ago and haven’t been doing that bad.

But they still aren’t doing great.

This is another game that the Bears can win if they can play tight. The Bengals defense, while strong against opponents passing attacks (ranked 6th in the NFL) is ranked 27th allowing 122.4 yards per game on the ground. The Bears should be able to run the ball against the Bengals in this one and keep their offense on the field.

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Chicago’s defense had fallen off a bit in their last two games and needs to pick it up. They should be able to stop the Bengals’ 29th ranked passing attack and 32nd ranked rushing attack. The defense, if it’s key components remain healthy after the two games Chicago will play before this one (and they get a key guy like Danny Trevathan back) could beat the Bengals.

This is going to be a close game. The Bengals are tough, despite their record while the Bears have been very inconsistent this season. The Bengals will be playing at home, and the Bears traditionally haven’t fared very well on the road although they do have one road win under their belt in 2017. But with little improvement coming on offense and a defense that is starting to show some cracks, it may be tough for the Bears to win this game. I consider it even though and won’t predict a winner for this one.

Score Prediction: Even