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Chicago Bears: Predicting Outcomes for the Remaining 8 Games

Matt CoanCorrespondent IIDecember 21, 2016

Chicago Bears: Predicting Outcomes for the Remaining 8 Games

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    Going down a team's schedule and picking "win" or loss" to predict its final record is stupid.

    Teams change so drastically over the season. Whether it be because of major injuries, vast improvement or decline, almost no team is the same in Week 10 as it was in Week 1.

    Weather can have a major impact on a game, as can teams facing distractions throughout the season.

    Making predictions like this is very inaccurate and rarely is it spot on correct, unless by complete chance.

    With all that said, I'm going to do it anyway!

    Here are some predictions for the Chicago Bears and their remaining regular season schedule.

Chicago Bears vs. Houston Texans Week 10

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    The Chicago Bears enter the toughest part of their season this week against the Houston Texans.

    Lucky for Chicago, they get the AFC's best team at home and actually match up pretty well against them.

    Most would agree, the Bears have the better defense. They have been more dominant, causing turnovers and scoring a lot of points. They have given up fewer points than Houston's has and haven't been blown out like the Texans were against Green Bay.

    With that said, Houston still ranks high in most defensive categories. Their pass defense is fourth in the NFL in yards per game and they pressure the quarterback.

    J.J. Watt is the type of player who can take over a game defensively but if the Bears can keep him in check they should be able to move the ball with a balanced run attack and an efficient passing game.

    This isn't the game to try anything too fancy. The slow-to-start Bears offense cannot show up this week and expect to win.

    The Bears haven't played this quality of an opponent since Week 2 against Green Bay and we shouldn't expect the defense to carry the team like it has a number of times over the course of the season. 

    The offense needs to step up for the Bears to win.

    Keys: Slow Arian Foster, contain J.J. Watt and don't turn the ball over.

    Prediction: Bears Win

Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers Week 11

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    It doesn't get any easier after Houston for the Chicago Bears, who take on the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11.

    The Bears will travel to San Fran for this one and will struggle offensively.

    Alex Smith doesn't scare me one bit, nor do any members of the 49ers' offense but I can definitely see the Bears' weak offensive line getting exposed and Jay Cutler getting pressured and sacked and turning the ball over.

    Expect a low scoring game that should be close, but I can't see the Bears sweeping Houston and San Francisco in back-to-back weeks. 

    Keys: Protect Jay Cutler, play the "field position" game, and hope for some defensive scores.

    Prediction: Bears Lose

Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings Week 12

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    I have the Chicago Bears bouncing back in their Week 12 game at home against the Minnesota Vikings.

    The Bears dominated a bad Vikings team in Chicago last year and I expect much of the same.

    The offense has the firepower to score against the Vikings secondary (which has been surprisingly decent this season) and the Bears should have no problem putting up points.

    The Bears defense is great against any offense that revolves around the running game, and as long as it holds Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin to modest yard totals, the Bears will have no problem winning.

    I can't see Christian Ponder beating this Bears defense without major help from the running game, especially on the road in Chicago.

    Keys: Slow Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin's play-making abilities, make Christian Ponder beat you, and keep Jared Allen off Jay Cutler.

    Prediction: Bears Win

Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks Week 13

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    The Seattle Seahawks come to town Week 13 with their destructive defensive line, which will be ready to feast on Jay Cutler.

    Seattle's defense matches up against Chicago's offense very well. It can defend Brandon Marshall with a secondary full of guys who can match up with him physically, it stops the run, and it pressures the quarterback.

    Fortunately for Chicago, their defense should dominate Seattle.

    The Bears do a better job than any team when defending against inexperienced quarterbacks. I know Russell Wilson has had some magic moments this year, but the Bears defense is too smart to give up any big plays to the rookie.

    They will force Wilson to try and beat its scheme and he will fail, giving the Bears a close win.

    Keys: Protect Jay Cutler, stop Marshawn Lynch and get turnovers.

    Prediction: Bears Win

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings Week 14

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    The Chicago Bears go to Minnesota in Week 14 to play a Vikings team that will probably be fighting for its playoff life, if they haven't already been eliminated.

    The Bears could have a playoff spot locked up at this point and the game could mean a lot more to Minnesota. That makes a major difference in the NFL and could be the reason the Bears lose this one.

    I have the Vikings winning this with a good home effort and the Bears falling into the dreaded "trap game" scenario before their second battle with Green Bay in Week 15.

    Keys: Keep the crowd out of it, don't allow turnovers, and win time of possession.

    Prediction: Bears Lose


Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers Week 15

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    The Chicago Bears haven't beaten the Green Bay Packers since Week 3 of the 2010 NFL season.

    I have that changing in a big Week 15 game that could crown the division champion. 

    I had the Bears losing their Week 2 game against Green Bay this season. The Packers needed the game more. The Packers were not starting the season with two home losses; it just wasn't going to happen. Jay Cutler played poorly and the Packers defense dominated in a performance in which it was highly motivated.

    Green Bay's offense didn't do much and the Bears defense plays Aaron Rodgers as well as anyone can. 

    I have the Week 15 game ending differently in another rough rivalry game that both teams will need.

    Chicago gets the edge being at home.

    Keys: Run the ball with Matt Forte, cause turnovers, keep Aaron Rodgers on the sideline, and make long drives that run the clock.

    Prediction: Bears Win

Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals Week 16

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    I can't see the Arizona Cardinal's offense putting up many points against this Chicago Bears' defense. It's as simple as that.

    As long as the Bears can control the line of scrimmage offensively and not let the Cardinals' talented front seven get to Jay Cutler, they should take this one on the road in Arizona.

    Keys: Stop Larry Fitzgerald, make John Skelton/Kevin Kolb beat you, and don't turn the ball over.

    Prediction: Bears Win

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions Week 17

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    I believe the Chicago Bears will have the NFC North, as well as the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, locked up by Week 17 and should rest their starters against the Detroit Lions

    I see Detroit getting a freebie against a Chicago team getting ready for January football.

    Keys: Don't get hurt.

    Prediction: Bears Lose

Final Record

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    I have the Chicago Bears finishing off their season going 5-3, a record most folks would take against the difficult schedule they face. 

    That would have the Bears entering the playoffs at 12-4 and winners of the NFC North. I have them as the No. 2 seed in the NFC, earning them a first-round bye and a home game in the divisional round.

    Feel free to leave your predictions in the comment's below and come back at the end of the year to praise, or more likely, tell me how wrong I was.

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