|1||Mon, Sep 8||at Green Bay||7:00 PM|
|2||Sun, Sep 14||Indianapolis||1:00 PM|
|3||Sun, Sep 21||Carolina||1:00 PM|
|4||Sun, Sep 28||at Tennessee||1:00 PM|
|5||Mon, Oct 6||at New Orleans||8:30 PM|
|6||Sun, Oct 12||Detroit||1:00 PM|
|7||Sun, Oct 19||at Chicago||1:00 PM|
|9||Sun, Nov 2||Houston||1:00 PM|
|10||Sun, Nov 9||Green Bay||1:00 PM|
|11||Sun, Nov 16||at Tampa Bay||1:00 PM|
|12||Sun, Nov 23||at Jacksonville||1:00 PM|
|13||Sun, Nov 30||Chicago||8:15 PM|
|14||Sun, Dec 7||at Detroit||1:00 PM|
|15||Sun, Dec 14||at Arizona||4:05 PM|
|16||Sun, Dec 21||Atlanta||1:00 PM|
|17||Sun, Dec 28||NY Giants||1:00 PM|
|1||Sun, Sep 7||at Atlanta||1:00 PM|
|2||Sun, Sep 14||Green Bay||1:00 PM|
|3||Sun, Sep 21||at San Francisco||4:05 PM|
|5||Sun, Oct 5||Chicago||1:00 PM|
|6||Sun, Oct 12||at Minnesota||1:00 PM|
|7||Sun, Oct 19||at Houston||4:05 PM|
|8||Sun, Oct 26||Washington||1:00 PM|
|9||Sun, Nov 2||at Chicago||1:00 PM|
|10||Sun, Nov 9||Jacksonville||1:00 PM|
|11||Sun, Nov 16||at Carolina||1:00 PM|
|12||Sun, Nov 23||Tampa Bay||1:00 PM|
|13||Thu, Nov 27||Tennessee||12:30 PM|
|14||Sun, Dec 7||Minnesota||1:00 PM|
|15||Sun, Dec 14||at Indianapolis||1:00 PM|
|16||Sun, Dec 21||New Orleans||1:00 PM|
|17||Sun, Dec 28||at Green Bay||1:00 PM|
Ok, now that we have that out of the way, let's get down to the dirty work: predictions and key acquisitions.
As we all know, Cedric Benson is gone, thank the lord, Brian Urlacher is happy being on the field, Lance Briggs is still a Bear, Robbie Gould got a new contract, as did Tommie Harris, who became the highest paid DT.
There is quarterback controversy brewing with Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman, but whoever wins the starting job will not bring the team much success.
Now, I know people are saying that this team stinks, but they did make some key upgrades via the draft and free agency.
The Bears drafted: Chris Williams (OL, Vanderbilt), Matt Forte (RB, Tulane), Earl Bennett (WR, Vanderbilt), Marcus Monk (WR, Arkansas), Kellen Davis (TE, Michigan State), Chester Adams (OT, Georgia), Ervin Baldwin (DE, Michigan State), Marcus Harrison (DT, Arkansas), and Craig Steltz (S, LSU).
The Bears also picked up receivers Marty Booker and Brandon Lloyd from free agency.
Chris Williams should move into the starting job, as should Matt Forte, Marty Booker, and Brandon Lloyd, if he can live up to his potential.
I see the Chicago Bears going 9-7 this season, which might be a wild-card spot, but I doubt that will happen.
Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers had some key players leave the team, but the one that hit them the most was the retirement of Brett Favre. Aaron Rodgers comes into the season with the starting job, but it is also his to lose. Rookie Brian Brohm is right on his heels. The Packers released WR Koren Robinson and TE Bubba Franks.
The Packers picked up two QBs in the draft, Brain Brohm of Louisville, and Matt Flynn from LSU. They also drafted Jordy Nelson, WR from Kansas State, Brett Swain, WR San Jose State, Jermichael Finley, TE from Texas, Jeremy Thompson, DT from Wake Forest, and Patrick Lee, CB from Auburn.
I see the Green Bay Packers going 12-4 this year.
What a surprise last year. Adrian Peterson's record-breaking year, a defense that was amazing, and a team that almost made the playoffs when nobody thought they would come even close.
This surprise has a lot of high expectations this year, due to the success of the running game with Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor.
In the draft the Vikings took: John David Booty (QB, USC), Jaymar Johnson (WR, Jackson State), Justin Surrency (WR, Northern Iowa), John Sullivan (OL, Notre Dame), Letroy Guion (DT, Florida State), and Tyrell Johnson (CB, Arkansas State).
Now, for the really big news: Jared Allen is the new starting DE for the Minnesota Vikings, as if Kevin and Pat Williams weren't enough. They also picked up Bernard Berrian in free agency.
I see the Minnesota Vikings possibly going 12-4, but probably more along the lines of 10-6 or 11-5. If the QB play is consistent, and the defense and running game can start where they left off last year, then they will go 12-4.
Oh, the season they could've had. But they blew it.
In the draft, the Lions brought in: Kevin Smith (RB, UCF), Kenneth Moore (WR, Wake Forest), Cliff Avril (DT, Purdue), Landan Cohen (DT, Ohio), Andre Fluellen (DT, Florida State), Jordan Dizon (LB, Colorado), and Caleb Campbell (CB, Army).
They lost DT Shaun Rodgers to the Browns in free agency. They also released RB Kevin Jones.
I see the Lions going 8-8 and nothing more, but possibly a whole lot less.