Chicago Bears: Predicting Each Caleb Hanie Performance and the Bears' Season
I have already loudly voiced my opinion of how well I think Hanie will do this year. Hanie was not drafted, and this was not by coincidence. He is not very talented, and is a backup for a reason.
He has not had a chance to prove me right or wrong, but his lack of opportunity is most likely an indicator that I am correct.
Hanie will be alright, but he will realistically just be a game manager. The Bears are not going to ask him to do much, and he really won't need to because they face pretty weak competition.
I hope Hanie proves me wrong, because nothing would make me more satisfied than to see him excel.
Here is a look at the Bears remaining schedule with Caleb Hanie at the helm.
Week 12: @ Oakland Raiders
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The Raiders have been playing very well as of late even without star running back Darren McFadden. McFadden was out of his walking boot last week, but still did not play and is listed as questionable this week.
With the way Michael Bush is playing, he is probably a greater threat than a banged up McFadden anyways. If you couple his play with Carson Palmer's abilities, Hanie is going to have to fight to keep up.
More bad news for Hanie; the Raiders have allowed the sixth lowest quarterback rating in the NFL this year at 76.6, and opposing quarterbacks are only completing 52.5 percent of their passes.
Hopefully the Bears can get Forte going early and often as the Raiders give up over 130 yards on the ground, but I don't think the Bears will have enough to go to the west coast and keep their winning streak alive.
L: Oakland 24 Bears 16
Hanie's Stats: 16-27, 190 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
Hanie's record: 0-1
Week 13: vs. Kansas City Chiefs
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The Kansas City Chiefs are in worse shape than the Bears. They lost their All-Pro running back, Jamaal Charles, early in the season, and now their franchise quarterback, Matt Cassel, is on IR as well.
This leaves us with Tyler Palko vs. Calbe Hanie, the showdown of the century!
Actually it's just two guys who no one thought would see a start this year, and will most likely be a sloppy game.
With the Chiefs being one of the worst teams in the NFL, this will be a nice game for Hanie to settled in and bounce back from his first loss as a starter.
W: Bears 35 Chiefs 10
Hanie's Stats: 17-28, 225 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
Hanie's record: 1-1
Week 14: @ Denver Broncos
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The Denver Broncos are as hot as the Bears right now, but in a different way. The Broncos are hot garbage.
They continue to put up mediocre performances, but are able to put together one good drive at the end of the game and sneak out a win.
The Broncos' pass defense is terrible. They have allowed the fourth highest quarterback rating at 96.4, and have given up 18 touchdowns with just seven interceptions.
The Bears defense is faster than any defense Tim Tebow has seen, and he will not be able to perform his magic. This would be a more gratifying win if Jay Cutler was able to stick it to his former team, but he and the Bears will take it.
W: Bears 24 Broncos 13
Hanie's Stats: 18-31, 205 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interception
Hanie's record: 2-1
Week 15: vs. Seattle Seahawks
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This game is hard to predict because the Seahawks are so up and down. On paper this game should not be a contest. The Bears should win by double digits, even with Hanie, but the slippery Seahawks seem to have the Bears' number.
The Bears are 6-8 lifetime against the Seahawks, and I think the Seahawks build on their winning record and find a way to upset the Bears at Soldier field as they did last season.
L: Seahawks 21 Bears 14
Hanie's Stats: 20-42, 230 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
Hanie's record: 2-2
Week 16: @ Green Bay Packers
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This will be anything but a merry Christmas for Caleb Hanie and the Bears. Even if the Bears had Jay Cutler, this would have been an extremely difficult game to win.
For Hanie, the Packers defense is a mixed bag. They give up the second most passing yards per game in the NFL at 289.3, but they also lead the NFL in interceptions with 19.
The Bears defense has been playing much better than when the Bears and Packers met earlier this season, but unless the Bears defense and Devin Hester can combine for two or three touchdowns, the Bears do not have a real chance in this game.
Their only hope is that the Packers have wrapped up the NFC, and will be resting players. Unfortunately this is not likely because the San Francisco 49ers are nipping at the Packers' heels trailing them by just one game.
Hanie's Stats: 22-43, 265 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
Hanie's record: 2-3
Week 17: @ Minnesota
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This will be the most important game of Caleb Hanie's career. If he plays in it.
This game will be six weeks from now which is right at the edge of Jay Cutler's injury timetable. This would be about five-and-half weeks of rest for Cutler, and the Bears would be sitting 9-6. If this was the case, Cutler might risk playing injured because this game will most likely determine if the they make the playoffs.
I would like to believe that Cutler will be back by Week 16, but his injury really needs at least six weeks, and could take up to 12 weeks to recover fully.
The Vikings would love nothing more than to bounce the Bears out of the playoffs, but the Bears will not allow that to happen.
The defense along with whichever quarterback is behind center will get the job done, and 10 wins should secure the Bears a wild-card berth.
Hopefully Hanie can get the Bears to the playoffs and Jay Cutler can come back to bring the Bears back to the NFC championship game and beyond.
W: Bears 30 Vikings 19
Hanie's stats: 24-35, 235 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
Hanie's record: 3-3
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