The Chicago Bears headed into this bye week with a swagger and confidence that was earned through an early-season record of 4-1, along with a somewhat improved offense and a defense that is playing as if it has discovered the fountain of youth.
Actually, the aging core of this Bears defense is playing better than it did when they were each younger, especially Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman, who became the only teammates in history to record touchdowns in consecutive weeks on defense.
The offense, meanwhile, exploded in the second half of the Jacksonville Jaguars contest last Sunday, after looking rather pathetic in the first half of that game. But, they still haven't fully realized the potential of that offense, in my opinion.
While the offense faces some concerns—most notably the loss of WR Alshon Jeffery—the Bears can hold their heads up proudly as they face the post-bye week schedule.
With that in mind, I will take a look at each remaining game on the schedule and offer analysis and predictions of the outcomes.
Obviously, I don't have a crystal ball, but I will attempt to take an objective viewpoint with these prognostications. So, while I am a fan, I will not just be drinking the Kool-Aid with these picks, even though I do believe the arrow is pointing up for this team.
Here we go!