The NFL regular season is just four Sundays away from gracing our TVs and taking over our Sunday plans for the next six months leading up to the Super Bowl.
Even with these new, yet ridiculous rules about lowering your helmet, America still will watch football because, frankly, it’s an addiction.
Last season, I predicted the Chicago Bears would finish the season 5-11, and I was right on the money with that. So let’s see if I can make it 2-for-2.
Here’s how I believe all 16 games go for the 2018-19 Chicago Bears:
Week 1: Chicago at Green Bay, Sunday Night Football
Off to a bad start already because there’s no chance Chicago is beating Green Bay at home with the bet quarterback in the game under center. Not only that, Green Bay had a new defensive coordinator in Mike Pettine, who never has coached a defense that finished outside of the top 10. Not a good start to the Matt Nagy era.
Score: Green Bay 38, Chicago 17
Week 2: Seattle at Chicago, Monday Night Football
The NFL must be really high on the Bears to have them center stage for their first two games of the season. The home opener for the Bears no doubt will be filled with excitement as the players aim to protect Soldier Field and give the fans a win. Not happening. I understand Seattle’s defense isn’t the same, period, however, its offense still has the magician known as Russell Wilson and he’ll pick a win out of hat.
Score: Seattle 23, Chicago 21
Week 3: Chicago at Arizona, 3:25 p.m.
Matt Nagy, congrats on your first win as a head coach. This will be the classic running back clash between the returning David Johnson and Jordan Howard. Both backs will have more than 100 yards and two touchdowns, but in the end, I like Mitch Trubisky over Sam Bradford to make one more throw for the win down the stretch to set up a game-winning field goal.
Score: Chicago 24, Arizona 21
Week 4: Tampa Bay at Chicago, Noon
Make it two in a row Bears fans. This one should be on the easier side of things. Quarterback Jameis Winston returns after his three-game suspension for his Arizona uber-driver incident, so the Buccaneers have extra juice going into this one. However, this is the game where the Bears’ defense begins to get it together. I’m predicting a pick-six happens by Prince Amukamara that seals the Bucs’ fate.
Score: Chicago 28, Tampa Bay 17
Week 5: Bye Week
Week 6: Chicago at Miami, Noon
If only Jay Culter was still the quarterback, Chicago would win by 25. But he’s gone and Ryan Tannehill is back. However, a number of playmakers for the Dolphins such as Ndamukong Suh and Jarvis Landry are gone. Maybe it’s addition by subtraction, which works sometimes. This is a one of those games where Chicago could win, but it wouldn’t surprise anyone if it lost. But I’ll give them three straight.
Score: Chicago 31, Miami 24
Week 7: New England at Chicago, Noon
Yeah....so Chicago, you guys aren’t winning this one. But you’ll keep it very close. This game can be used as a measuring stick to see how the Bears can compete with one of the top teams in the league. New England will come into the game 6-1 (Texans) and leave 7-1, but not before getting beat up by the Bears’ defense.
Score: New England 24, Chicago 21
Week 8: N.Y. Jets at Chicago, Noon
Chicago, this is all you have to do in this game— stay out of your own way. Simply run the ball, play defense and wait for the Jets to mess it up because that’s what they’ve done during the past five seasons. This should be the coming out party for the offense, and everything should click.
Score: Chicago 37, Jets 20
Week 9: Chicago at Buffalo, Noon
The Bears officially end their run of facing the AFC East and go 3-1 against the division. This is one of those games where I think special teams comes into play. Whether a kick return or punt return, something happens that Chicago capitalizes on and gets a touchdown to swing all momentum.
Score: Chicago 27, Buffalo 17
Week 10: Detroit at Chicago, 11:30 a.m.
A little earlier start time, but it won’t mean too much. Since I believe that the offense will still be on somewhat of a hit streak, it’ll be just enough to sneak this one into the win column. A battle of rookie head coaches and although I like Matt Stafford, the fact that he doesn’t and has never had a running game in his now 11-year NFL career is mind blowing to me. Running game wins this one.
Score: Chicago 28, Detroit 24
Week 11: Minnesota at Chicago, Noon
Putting it bluntly, Minnesota is way too much for Chicago to handle. This game begins the downslide of the Bears’ season. As much as the Bears want to be the top defense in the NFL, they’ll get a tough lesson about who the real top defense is. Trubisky throws a pick-six, Kirk Cousins throws three touchdowns and the Vikings win easy.
Score: Minnesota 31, Chicago 14
Week 12: Chicago at Detroit, Thursday Night Football
I will be the first person to admit that I absolutely can’t stand these Thursday night games. It’s a big look for the league because both teams are still beat up from Sunday’s games and it’s clearly visible. Not to mention, someone always suffers a major injury. Hopefully that’s not the case. Anyways, Detroit gets its revenge and Stafford goes ballistic.
Score: Detroit 38, Chicago 20
Week 13: Chicago at N.Y. Giants, Noon
Although I’m not too high on the Giants because of Eli Manning’s interception habits, however he’s the type of guy who throws four interceptions one Sunday and then lights it up for four touchdowns the next Sunday. I predict the latter happens to the Bears on what will be a cold Sunday afternoon. Eli is interception free, and Saquon Barkley gashes the defense for 150 on the ground.
Score: N.Y. Giants 34, Chicago 21
Week 14: Los Angeles at Chicago, Noon
Because it’s in Chicago, the Bears have a high chance of pulling a win out. But winners find ways to win, and the Rams are establishing themselves that way. Jared Goff won’t be a factor in this one. Cold weather and Goff don’t mix. Low scoring scoring type of game for this one, but I like Los Angeles’ offensive line to create Todd Gurley one hole to set up a field goal in the final minute.
Score: Los Angeles 17, Chicago 14
Week 15: Green Bay at Chicago, Noon
Chicago has a chance to play spoiler and dash Green Bay’s chance of winning the NFC North title right here. But the late play-making ability of Aaron Rodgers drives another dagger through the hearts of Bears fans. Nothing like the Randall Cobb catch in 2013, but a field goal at the buzzer wins it for the Packers.
Bonus pick: Green Bay wins the Super Bowl.
Score: Green Bay 24, Chicago 21
Week 16: Chicago at San Francisco, 3:05
The sunshine will be a nice and welcomed change compared to the snow, cold and frozen field the Bears are accustomed to come December. I do think that San Francisco at this point of the season has a potential wild card spot to play for, which means win at all costs. The Bears play hard, but Jimmy Garoppolo gets it done.
Score: San Francisco 30, Chicago 20
Week 17: Chicago at Minnesota, Noon
The only reason I don’t have the Bears winning this is because Minnesota will have something to play for which is either locking up the No. 1 seed in the NFC or potentially winning the NFC North. And because of that, Chicago, this will get ugly. Quick. Inside a dome, Minnesota will put up 40 in this one. Bears fans, just bare with it.
Score: Minnesota 42, Chicago 17
There you have it Bears fans, 6-10 in Matt Nagy’s first season as head coach. Treading in the right direction to playoff contention. Be sure to draft another corner in 2019.