Game-by-game predictions for 2023 Chicago Bears schedule

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The Chicago Bears 2022 season did not go as well as I had expected. Last year, I predicted the team to finish with nine wins. I think my Bear Goggles were on too tight. I did not see the defense faltering as much as it did. Despite the poor season, the Bears couldn't have asked for a better result. They were able to determine that Justin Fields is worth the investment while landing the first-overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Ryan Poles then turned that pick into multiple picks plus D.J. Moore. The 2023 season might not be this team's Super Bowl year, but it can't be as bad as 2022, right?

The Bears finished the season 1-8 in one-score games last year. I cannot expect the same result for this team in 2023. That said, I'm going to be a little more realistic when it comes to predicting the outcome of these games. I don't want to keep drinking the Kool-Aid until I see some actual results. Besides, these are some way-too-early game predictions as the teams are not even set yet. I am expecting a few free-agent signings between now and August.

A few tweaks regarding the upcoming 2023 NFL schedule were reported by Adam Schefter today. Starting this year, the NFL will have its first-ever Black Friday game. Games will no longer "belong" to networks anymore. All games are "free agents" so-to-speak. Teams can now be on Thursday Night Football twice in a season. Not all teams will be guaranteed to have a primetime spot. Here is a look at the Chicago Bears and NFL schedule release.


  • Week 1: vs Packers (Sun. 9/10)
  • Week 2: @ Buccaneers (Sun. 9/17)
  • Week 3: @ Chiefs (Sun. 9/24)
  • Week 4: vs Broncos (Sun. 10/1)
  • Week 5: @ Commanders (Thu. 10/5)
  • Week 6: vs Vikings (Sun. 10/15)
  • Week 7: vs Raiders (Sun. 10/22)
  • Week 8: @ Chargers (Sun. 10/29)
  • Week 9: @ Saints (Sun. 11/5)
  • Week 10: vs Panthers (Thu. 11/9)
  • Week 11: @ Lions (Sun. 11/19)
  • Week 12: @ Vikings (Mon. 11/27)
  • Week 13: BYE
  • Week 14: vs Lions (Sun. 12/10)
  • Week 15: @ Browns (TBD)
  • Week 16: vs Cardinal (Sun. 12/24)
  • Week 17: vs Falcons (Sun. 12/31)
  • Week 18: @ Packers (Sun. 1/7)

Chicago Bears Week 1 Prediction

Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers

The Jordan Love era is not going to look the same as the Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers eras. Justin Fields will be the better quarterback between these two teams for the first time in over 30 years. Chicago Bears fans will be excited to see this game from within Soldier Field. The Bears' offense comes out swinging and the defense is as dominant as can be. There is nothing in this game that goes in the Packers' favor. Is this the start of something great for Chicago?

Prediction: Bears Win