Based on at we have seen in seasons past, as well as in moves made in the offseason, we get a pretty decent idea of how teams might perform over the course of a 16-game regular season on the NFL. The reality, though, is that some teams are going to come out of nowhere and overachieve, while others will fail to meet the expectations. The 2019 Chicago Bears fell into that latter category, stumbling their way to an 8-8 record, which meant that they missed the playoffs. There is still the core of a very decent team here, with the hope being that the moves made this offseason will help them challenge in the NFC North once again. Let’s take a closer look at the coming schedule for the Chicago Bears and their NFL odds.
Chicago Bears Schedule Analysis
Strength of Schedule
It would be easy to write off the Chicago Bears after a pretty rough year in 2019, but as we already mentioned, this is a decent enough team. Their strength of schedule for the coming season lies pretty much in the middle of the pack, as they are T-13th in that department based on the records that teams posted last season. If you look at the Bears schedule, there are some very winnable games in there and a chance to build some momentum. Overall, the teams that they will face in 2020 put together a combined record of 129-125-2 last season.
Do We Have a QB Controversy Brewing in Chicago?
Unfair or not, it was QB Mitch Trubisky who shouldered a lot of the blame for a disappointing season in 2019. It was certainly a down year for the young man, with many believing that Chicago would cut ties in the offseason. Trubisky is still there, but whether he will be the starter this season or not remains to be seen, especially with the Bears going out and acquiring the services of Nick Foles in the offseason. Those two will be battling it out in training camp to see who gets the starting job. If it’s Trubisky, expect him to be on a very short leash.
Primetime and Featured Games
Even when they are not that great, the Bears are still a good draw on national TV, so it is perhaps no real surprise that they will make 4 primetime appearances this coming season. Their first one will come in Week 5 and will be a Thursday night date with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Next up will be a Monday night game on the road against the LA Rams in Week 7. They will then have a pair of crucial NFC North rivalry games in their final two appearances, starting with a home tilt against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night in Week 10. They will then have a bye week before heading to Lambeau to face the Packers on Sunday night in Week 12.
When a team has a down season, one of the most effective ways to bounce back is with a solid start to the new season. The Bears certainly have a shot at doing that, as they have 4 very winnable games through the opening 4 weeks, going against the Lions, Giants, Falcons, and Colts.
The Chicago Bears Complete Schedule
- Week 1: Sept. 13: at Lions, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 2, Sept. 20: vs. Giants, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 3, Sept. 27: at Falcons, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 4, Oct. 4: vs Colts, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 5, Oct. 8: vs Buccaneers(Thursday Night Football), 8:20 p.m., Fox/NFL Network/Amazon
- Week 6, Oct. 18: at Panthers, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 7, Oct. 26: at Rams, (Monday Night Football), 8:15 p.m., ESPN
- Week 8, Nov. 1: vs. Saints, 4:25 p.m., Fox
- Week 9, Nov. 8: at Titans, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 10, Nov. 16: vs. Vikings (Monday Night Football), 8:15 p.m., ESPN
- Week 11: BYE
- Week 12, Nov. 29: at Packers (Sunday Night Football), 8:20 p.m., NBC
- Week 13, Dec. 6: vs. Lions, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 14, Dec. 13: vs. Texans, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 15, Dec. 20: at Vikings, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 16, Dec. 27: at Jaguars, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 17, Jan. 3: vs. Packers, 1 p.m., Fox