In an attempt to keep a sense of normalcy, the NFL released its 2020 football schedule on Thursday. And although there are obvious concerns whether there will actually be football games come September with many states still under stay-at-home orders and others testing the waters of opening up, as of now the NFL plans on opening on time.
There are contingency plans in place in case the NFL does have to adjust, but if things stay the same here is how I see the Chicago Bears season going.
Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions 9-13 – 1pm est
The Lions have opened up as a 1.5 point favorite in the season opener, but the Bears have swept the past two seasons against their division rivals. The Lions are coming off of a very disappointing 3-12-1 season that included losing the last 9 games of the season.
The Bears have had well-publicized issues on offense, but their top-5 defense got even better over the offseason with the additions of Robert Quinn and Tashaun Gipson and should be enough to come out on top in this one.
Prediction: Bears 20, Lions 10 Season Record 1-0
New York Giants @ Chicago Bears 9-20 – 1 pm est
Another opportunity for the Bears to get off on a good start to the season, the rebuilding New York Giants will visit Soldier Field in week 2. Although second-year quarterback Daniel Jones showed flashes of his ability last year, the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft struggled and the Giants finished 4-12 on the season.
They might be better this year, and Saquon Barkley is a great offensive weapon, but the Giants do not have enough to win on the road against the Bears.
Prediction: Bears 27, Giants 13 Season Record 2-0
Chicago Bears @ Atlanta Falcons 9-27 – 1 pm est
The first tough game of the new year for the Chicago Bears, they travel to Atlanta for week 3 of the 2020 season. To improve their 30th ranked running game, the Falcons added running back Todd Gurley to the team, which will make an already good offense even better.
Although the Bears certainly have the ability to beat the Falcons on the road, they have shown over the last couple of years that they struggle with continuing winning streaks, especially early in the season. Look for the first loss of the season here.
Prediction: Bears 17, Falcons 20 Season Record 2-1
Indianapolis Colts @ Chicago Bears 10-4 – 1 pm est
Chicago returns home against an Indianapolis team that signed quarterback Phillip Rivers over the offseason. Obviously, a talented quarterback, but Chicago’s defense should be able to get after him and disrupt the Colts offense.
Prediction: Bears 24, Colts 17 Season Record 3-1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Chicago Bears 10-8 – 8:20 pm est
Before free agency, this game looked like another game the Bears had a very good chance to win. Then Tom Brady decided to join the team, followed by one of his favorite targets, Rob Gronkowski.
By this point, the team should have solidified its own quarterback position, either by Mitchell Trubiski playing better than he did last year or by being replaced by Nick Foles, but I do not think that will be enough against Brady, who is 5-0 against the Chicago Bears throughout his career.
Prediction: Bears 28, Bucs 35 Season Record 3-2
Chicago Bears @ Carolina Panthers 10-18 – 1 pm est
With 10 days rest before this game, Chicago should be well prepared for Teddy Bridgewater and his new team. Although Bridgewater should be an improvement over Kyle Allen, who replaced Cam Newton last year after injury, Bridgewater does not have the same team that he had in New Orleans when they decimated the Bears a year ago.
Prediction: Bears 28, Panthers 14 Season Record 4-2
Chicago Bears @ Los Angeles Rams 10-26 – 8:15 pm est
The Rams still remain a very good team under the tutelage of head coach Sean McVay, but the Bears were the first team to solve their potent offense two years ago, and that was when the team still had Todd Gurley.
There is no doubt that the Rams will be tough on defense as well, but if the Bears offense is not clicking by this point in the year then it could be coach Matt Nagy and gm Ryan Pace’s last season with the team.
Prediction: Bears 17, Rams 13 Season Record 5-2
New Orleans Saints @ Chicago Bears 11-1 – 4:25 pm est
In what could be quarterback Drew Brees’ last run at another super bowl title, the Saints will once again be one of the best teams in the league. The Saints won easily a year ago with Teddy Bridgewater at the helm, and although the Bears may have improved offensively, they still do not have enough firepower to overcome this team.
Prediction: Bears 24, Saints 38 Season Record 5-3
Chicago Bears @ Tennessee Titans 11-8 – 1 pm est
This will be a hard-hitting game. Running back Derrick Henry against the vaunted Bears defense will be one of the most intriguing matchups of the season. In a game that very well could go down to the wire, the deciding factor will be whether Ryan Tannehill or Trubiski/Foles play a better game.
Prediction: Bears 20, Titans 17 Season Record 6-3
Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears 11-16 – 8:15 pm est
As good as the Vikings have been the last 2 years, the Bears have had their number, sweeping the last two seasons. Granted one of the games was a throw-away game at the end of last season that didn’t mean anything for either team, but the Bears have been able to get it done against their division rival.
Prediction: Bears 24, Vikings 20 Season Record 7-3
Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers 11-29 – 8:25 pm est
On the other end of the Bear’s rivalry spectrum, the Chicago Bears have only won 4 of the last 22 meetings against the Packers. Add to the fact that this will be the second season in head coach Matt LaFleur’s system, so look for Aaron Rodger to show improvement as well.
Prediction: Bears 21, Packers 31 Season Record 7-4
Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears 12-6 – 1 pm est
To finish 3 straight division games, the Bears will face the Detroit Lions for the second time this season. And for the second time, the Bears should come out victorious.
Prediction: Bears 35, Lions 21 Season Record 8-4
Houston Texans @ Chicago Bears 12-13 – 1 pm est
The Houston Texans made a lot of head-scratching moves this offseason, most notably getting rid of one of the best wide receivers in the game DeAndre Hopkins for little in return. If Trubiski ends up playing well enough to keep his job, this game will be a matchup of two of the top three quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL draft. But if Trubiski is still playing, that means the Bears offense is playing much better, making this Bears team scary good.
Prediction: Bears 27, Texans 20 Season Record 9-4
Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings 12-20 – 1 pm est
The Bears travel to Minnesota for their next game but do not look for the Vikings to go down easily. With the home crowd behind them, the Vikings will get their first win against the Bears in 3 years.
Prediction: Bears 24, Vikings 27 Season Record 9-5
Chicago Bears @ Jacksonville Jaguars 12-27 1 pm est
Jacksonville is in perpetual rebuilding mode, and by this point in the season they may be in the running for Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. With the Bears fighting for a playoff spot, this should be an easy win for the Monsters of the Midway.
Prediction: Bears 38, Jaguars 13 Season Record 10-5
Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears 1-3 1 pm est
In what very well could be for the division crown, the Packer and Bears continue their storied rivalry to finish the 2020 regular season. The Bears will have the home-field advantage but have not shown in the last 10+ years that they are able to beat the Packers when it really matters.
Prediction: Bears 24, Packers 27 Season Record 10-6
After a disappointing 8-8 season a year ago, Matt Nagy will undoubtedly be coaching for his job this year. A 10-6 record and a playoff appearance should save it for at least another year, but with a small window to compete with a Super Bowl-caliber defense, Nagy needs to get his offense playing at a much higher level.
What do you think of the Chicago Bears 2020 season? Will they make it back to the playoffs? Or do you see another regression? Let me know in the comments below!