The Monsters of the Midway, otherwise known as the Chicago Bears, haven’t been monstrous for a while as they have missed the playoffs the past six years. Our capper breaks down Chicago’s projected 2017 record with a game-by-game look.
This is Year 3 for Coach John Fox (pictured) with the Chicago Bears, and if they don’t show improvement from a 3-13 mark in 2016, Fox likely won’t be around in 2018. GM Ryan Pace might not be, either, after his very questionable 2017 draft. Pace did little to help Fox on the field this season by trading up one spot to No. 2 overall to draft North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky. He might be good someday, but the Bears don’t want Trubisky to play at all in 2017 if possible after adding Mike Glennon in free agency. Chicago also lost its top receiving threat from last season, Alshon Jeffery, in free agency to Philadelphia. It figures to be another long football season in the Windy City. At least the Cubs could be playing until late October.
Bears 2017 Win Total At SBR’s Top Sportsbooks: 5
Capper’s Projected Record: 4-12
Bears Regular-Season Schedule (All times Eastern)
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 10, Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Chicago opened as a 6.5-point NFL betting underdog against the reigning NFC champions. Bears won last meeting 27-13 in 2014. LOSS
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 17, at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Bears had three-game winning streak in series end in 2016, a 36-10 loss in Tampa. LOSS
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 24, Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
First Matt Ryan, then Jameis Winston and now Ben Roethlisberger. Schedule-makers did Bears no early favors. LOSS
Week 4: Thursday, Sept. 28, at Green Bay, 8:25 p.m.
Second straight year Chicago plays on Thursday night at Lambeau. Didn’t go well in 2016, a 26-10 defeat. LOSS
Week 5: Monday, Oct. 9, Minnesota, 8:30 p.m.
Finally, the Bears defense faces an average quarterback in the Vikings’ Sam Bradford. Chicago beat visiting Minnesota 20-10 in Week 8 last year. WIN
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 15, at Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Bears haven’t won in Baltimore since that franchise became the Ravens and won’t be favored to do so here, either. LOSS
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 22, Carolina, 1 p.m.
Cam Newton starts another run on great quarterbacks the Bears’ defense must go against. LOSS
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 29, at New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Likely many Bears fans in attendance to spend Halloween weekend in the Big Easy. LOSS
Week 9: BYE
Perfect midseason position for the bye week.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 12, Green Bay, 1 p.m.
The Bears simply don’t know how to beat Aaron Rodgers at Soldier Field. LOSS
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 19, Detroit, 1 p.m.
Chicago’s only victory in its first seven games last year was 17-14 at home against the Lions. WIN
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 26, at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Could Trubisky be starting by now and go against the 2016 No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz? LOSS
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 3, San Francisco, 1 p.m.
This could be the first time all season that the Bears are favored and have a QB advantage. WIN
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 10, at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
If the Bears are going to win a road game in 2017, this might represent the best chance. LOSS
Week 15: Saturday, Dec. 16, at Detroit, 4:30 p.m.
The Bears have dropped five of their past six at Ford Field. LOSS
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 24, Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Plenty of good seats available at Soldier Field for this one! The No. 1 overall pick in 2018 draft might be in play. WIN
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 31, at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
This is as close as Bears will get to playing in Super Bowl LII, which is held at U.S. Bank Stadium. LOSS
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