The Chicago Bears’ schedule dropped earlier this week. Here is a week-by-week prediction of the season, with scenarios and analysis on each game.
We just can’t help ourselves. In a perfect, pandemic-free world, it would be another eight-to-ten weeks before the Chicago Bears began training camp. Even longer before an actual game is played, but chances are, when the official schedule dropped, many of us walked around muttering the same thing.
“That’s a win, that’s a win. That’s a tough one. Could go either way. That’s probably a win.” (But we know in our unbiased hearts which ones are losses, don’t lie). It’s just human nature. It doesn’t matter how many times we’re forced to see the horror movie that can sometimes be the Chicago Bears — we always come back for more.
And this upcoming season is no different. Most experts have the Chicago Bears pegged somewhere in between No. 23 and No. 31 on their annual Power Rankings, and it’s been a long time since it’s been that pessimistic (really only three seasons, but that’s a long time for us).
It’s given everyone one reason or another to watch. If not to watch the Bears win those classic 10-3 games, you’re probably watching because you can’t wait to talk noise to the doubters that overlooked them.
In any case, today we will follow the trend, but with a special twist. This will be a game-by-game look at each of the Bears’ 16 (and hopefully more) games, that will help us to factor in week-to-week scenarios, senses of urgency, and consider aspects such as short weeks, home and road games, and strength of schedule at any point in time. The website used for doing this can be found here.
Without further ado, let’s consider one pained Bears fan’s look at the 2020-21 season.