Bears Season Predictions

In this article, the Windy City Chronicle Bears staff, Thomas Gibbons, Alex Patt, Johnny Hatelak, and Brennen predict the 2017 Chicago Bears schedule. 

Sun, Sep 10
vs
Falcons
12:00 PM
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Sun, Sep 17
@
Buccaneers
12:00 PM
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Sun, Sep 24
vs
Steelers
12:00 PM
 J-L T-L A- W B-W
Thu, Sep 28
@
Packers
7:25 PM
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Mon, Oct 9
vs
Vikings
7:30 PM
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Sun, Oct 15
@
Ravens
12:00 PM
 J-W T-W A- W B-W
Sun, Oct 22
vs
Panthers
 
12:00 PM
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Sun, Oct 29
@
Saints
12:00 PM
 J-L T-L A- L B-W
Sun, Nov 12
vs
Packers
12:00 PM
 J-W T-W A- L B-L
Sun, Nov 19
vs
Lions
12:00 PM
 J-W T-W A- W B-W
Sun, Nov 26
@
Eagles
12:00 PM
 J-L T-L A- W B-W
Sun, Dec 3
vs
49ers
12:00 PM
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Sun, Dec 10
@
Bengals
 (LOSS)
12:00 PM
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Sat, Dec 16
@
Lions
 
3:30 PM
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Sun, Dec 24
vs
Browns
 
12:00 PM
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Sun, Dec 31
@
Vikings
12:00 PM
 J- L T-W A- L B-L

Thomas(9-7): First off, we can all agree this Bears team will be better than last year. The Bears upgraded their secondary in the draft and free agency, their front seven could be one of the best in football, and the running game will be established with Jordan Howard. Remember, just like Johnny said above, the Bears were close in multiple game and it could have been a totally different record. But inconsistency at the quarterback position, and injuries hurt the Bears drastically.

Yes, I have the Bears starting 0-4. It is a tough start to the season and their opponents are way ahead of the Bears in terms of star power and recent success. But the Bears can rebound and start earning some wins. And it all starts with Mike Glennon.

The quarterback position is the most important position on the field.  Glennon did not exactly have a great preseason, but with a strong running game and the right game prep, he should be able to manage the system. The key is to keep the turnovers down and Glennon can put up solid numbers along with wins. Now will he start the entire season? Maybe not. But whoever is at QB, if they limit turnovers, the offense will be able to put up points.

I’m excited for this season. Football is finally here and there is a lot to cheer about in Chicago. Overall, John Fox is coaching for his job. If the Bears do start 0-4, what is stopping the Bears from firing Fox? But at the same time, I do not wish for that because it would be chaos for a franchise that should be avoiding that after an awful year last season.

The Falcons come to Soldier Field on Sunday. Then, it’s go time

Johnny ( 9-7): Not sure if this gets them in the playoffs or not, but I picked them to win 9 games. That’s a 6 game improvement from last season. My reasoning is they’ll have more stability at Quarterback and I also predict Trubisky will start much sooner than some expect. My guess is game five versus the Vikings in Soldier Field. I also feel injuries submarined their season a year ago. Not sure if they’d have been a playoff team, but with relative health, they would have won at least 4 more games.

As it were they still should have won that many in spite of the injury issues. The Green Bay game at home on the last seconds blown coverage, The Colts game in Indianapolis where Hoyer missed a wide open Jeffery in the end zone, The Tennessee game on 3 dropped touchdown passes in the end zone at Soldier Field, and the Lions game in Detroit where the Bears allowed Stafford to waltz into the end zone like he was Michael Vick on a scramble for the winning touchdown after outplaying Detroit the majority of that game. I’d even throw in the Jaguars game as one that got away and they played well enough to beat the Giants too. Bears were also in the Texans game until the end too. With a better roster who knows? Bears are improved in all phases with the passing game as the big question mark. Defense, Special teams, and a running game can win you a lot of regular season games in this league and that’s the formula the Bears clearly plan to execute. Looking over the roster, It appears as though there’s a very good chance they will.

Alex(6-10): I think this Bears team is a 6-10 team. That does not mean this team will not be decently competitive, because it should be regardless or record. The team has a lot of great pieces with their young running back core, their front seven on defense and of course their young quarterback in Trubisky who will in my opinion be playing by mid-season. There is just so much youth on this team and still has plenty of holes including wide receiver talent, secondary depth and the questionable starting abilities of Mike Glennon.

A very unfortunate thing about this season is that they start off with such tough opponents with the Falcons, Bucs, Steelers, Packers and Vikings. That might put them out of any contention chances right off the bat, but this Bears team should make those games close and maybe win one or two of them. The rest of the season has winable games for this Bears squad with opponents like the Browns, Eagles and 49ers, and if the team stays relatively healthy they can pick up some wins toward the end of the season. In terms of division it is still hard to see them beating Green Bay, even though they almost did at Soldier Field last year, and the Vikings will probably depend on who is playing at QB and the status of the running game. I do think they can beat the Lions and that they will take a step back from last year. Overall, I expect a lot of improvement on this Bears team and hope that it is the last year we can say “rebuild” before looking to legit contention. My biggest fear is still the Bears staying healthy because the injury bug has been exceptionally terrible the past few years for this team.

Brennen(10-6): I believe this Bears team is in the 10-6 range. People don’t understand how young and injured this team was a year ago! The defense has the makings of a nasty one. The front 7 is legit, but the secondary is what could hold them back from being elite this year. The offense is full of question marks outside of running back and offensive lineman. Wide receiver could be a huge weakness with the Cam Meredith injury. The WR group has lots of potential, but nothing proven outside of Kendall Wright.

The tight end position could be very good, especially if Adam Shaheen can be the playmaker he was in college. But we all know the most important position on the team, the quarterback and this season, John Fox have a lot more stability. I do wish they would have kept Cutler over signing Glennon, because after Trubisky’s strong preseason, know one is that interested in Glennon anymore. We all want to see the prize Pace pick in Mitchell Trubisky. I am beyond excited for this kid in Chicago. He has all the tools to be a GREAT, yes, a GREAT QB in this league. I believe the earliest Trubisky comes in (barring injuries) is week 5 and the latest I see him coming in is after week 9. I just can’t see Trubisky not getting any playing time this year unless Glennon just has a pro bowl year (not happening). Overall, the keys to this team is health and execution.

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