with similar caveats to Riczaj re: forte, draft etc etc
Colts: Big win
@Packers: close loss
Rams, comfortable win
@Cowboys, close loss
@Jags, big win
Panthers, close win
@49'rs, close loss.
@Vikings huge win
Vikings huge win
Packers, close win
@Lions, close loss
12-4 baby! hopefully the division too, but you never know in NFC N next year. will be strong!
I may just book those Singapore to New Orleans flights now!
Ya this season has 11-5 all over it...but come final rosters i'll revisit. Got about 5 coinflip games that could really change how the season goes for better or worse though.
Colts: Win -This team is going to be bad at least for one more year. The Bears should have no trouble winning this game. If the pass rush is good, it could be a laugher. (Final Score: Bears 34, Colts 9)
@Packers: Loss - Winning at Lambeau Field is difficult, especially when the Packers are strong. This game should be close, but I have to pick Green Bay to win. At this point in the season, the Bears' defense will still be getting things in order on defense and offense with all the new pieces, while the Packers will probably experience minimal changes. However, fast forward down this list and look at my prediction for Week 15. It is much different than what will happen in Green Bay. (Final Score: Packers 28, Bears 24)
Rams: Win - This team seems like it's in a downward spiral and it's only getting worse. I predict a big win here. (Final Score: Bears 31, Rams 14)
@Cowboys: Win - This is a potential trap game, but the Cowboys consistently underachieve, and I don't think Jason Garrett is a good coach. I say the Bears win, but it's going to be close. (Final Score: Bears 27, Cowboys 24)
@Jaguars: Win - The Jaguars are going to be the weakest team in the AFC South this season, so I expect a comfortable win for the Bears. (Final Score: Bears 24, Jaguars 6)
Lions: Win - This game will test the Bears' secondary for sure. If we upgrade the secondary enough, it could be a Bears win by a blow out. If not, I still expect the Bears to win in a close game because it's played outside in the elements. (Final Score: Bears 33, Lions 21)
Panthers: Win - This may come down to who has the ball last. Our pass rushers had better get ready to mirror Cam Newton, or he'll carve our secondary apart. I expect a shootout and a close Bears victory. (Final Score: Bears 38, Panthers 31)
@Titans: Win - Another close game played just three hours west of where I live. Look for this to be a close game. The Bears will win because they will be more balanced offensive and have a better defense. When is the last time you can honestly say that the Bears were better than anybody on offense? (Final Score: Bears 21, Titans 17)
Texans: Loss - Right now, I think the Texans may have the most balanced offensive attack in the league, and though they lost Mario Williams, their defense still thrived under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. This game will be low scoring and close, and it could go either way, but I think the Texans have a bitter taste in their mouths after losing in the playoffs. I look for them to win by no more than a touchdown. (Final Score: Texans 17, Bears 13)
@49'rs: Win - I have little respect for the Niners' offense as I believe Alex Smith to be at best a game manager, so I expect this to be a low scoring game. Luckily, the Bears are very adept at stopping the run, and this will prove problematic for Frank Gore. Because the Niners have a great defense, the game will be close, and they will stretch San Fran's defense with deep pass plays. The Bears will win with a balanced offense and a solid defensive effort. (Final Score: Bears 17, Niners 12)
@Vikings: Win - The Vikings truly suck. I am not going to analyze this game because they are at least a year or two away from posing a threat to anyone inside the NFC North. (Final Score: Bears 28, Vikings 7)
Seahawks: Win - If the Bears are at full strength, they should win this game. Last year, they committed entirely too many turnovers to be able to win against them, but then again, they were without Cutler.
(Final Score: Bears 27, Seahawks 17)
Vikings: Win - Do you honestly think they are going to get better in two weeks? Better yet, the Bears get them in the cold, so they're really going to struggle. (Final Score: Bears 38, Vikings 9)
Packers: Win - Revenge, bitches! A hostile crowd will await the Packers at Soldier Field, and the Bears will have finally gotten their pass rush and secondary in order to seriously challenge Aaron Rodgers. (Final Score: Bears 28, Packers 20)
@Cardinals: Win - They suck. They took a big step back from their Super Bowl year of 2008 and division title in 2009. We could be seeing the end of Ken Whisenhunt's career unfolding before our very eyes. (Final Score: Bears 30, Cardinals 16)
@Lions: Loss - This game will be a non-factor in the Bears' season due to clinching the NFC North, and the Lions will be looking to get back at the Bears for the loss earlier in the season. Plus, that artificial turf is like a track meet for them. The Bears will probably put in the scrubs and save their players for the playoffs. LET'S TAKE ONE FOR THE TEAM, BOYS!!! (Final Score: Lions 28, Bears 14)
I know this is very generous on my part, but I think this team has the potential, based on what I see in these they are playing, of finishing with as good of a record as 13-3, garnering a division championship and the #1 seed out of the NFC. I don't think the Bears will finish with lower than an 11-5 season. It will all depend on a number of variables such as depth, injuries, how our rookies live up to their pre-draft billing, and of course, whether Matt Forte returns. I have faith in Michael Bush to be a solid back for the Bears, but he is no Matt Forte. Forte is an elite running back when his line is blocking for him, and he accounts for a huge portion of the offense that is produced. I pray that Forte gets some sense slapped into him and he accepts a long term deal, but I am also willing to acknowledge the fact that the Bears may have to trade him for draft picks, and if that is the case, we add some much needed depth to this team.
I for one hate the Thu. Sept 13 at Green Bay. I get one set of tickets free each season to a Packers home game and always go to the Bears game. Sept is a really bad month for me to find time to take a few days off, not to mention it on a Thursday.
vs. Colts @ Packers vs. Rams @ Cowboys @ Jaguars
vs. Panthers @ Titans vs. Texans @ 49ers vs. Vikings
@ Cardinals @ Lions
10-6 Not really an easy schedule. Having two games on the road at the end of the season is quite tough imo.
Wow, you are harsh on our Beloveds! lol. I stick by my prediction of anywhere from an 11-5 to a 13-3 run. I fully expect our offense to pick up and our defense to improve and our special teams to remain as it always is: the best in pro football.