Week 1: Sunday, Sep. 10 Atlanta Falcons
The Bears get the luxury of opening off their season against a team with something to prove after blowing a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl. This is going to be a tough game to watch if you’re a Bears fan, because it’s not even gonna be close. Falcons win this one 34-13.
Bears record: 0-1
Week 2: Sunday, Sep. 17 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 2 does not get much easier against an improved Tampa team. Mike Evans and Desean Jackson will have a fun day toying with our secondary, and handing the Bears back-to-back L’s to start the year. 31-20 Bucs.
Bears record: 0-2
Week 3: Sunday, Sep. 24 Pittsburgh Steelers
After two tough games to start the year, you’d expect a break week 3 right? Nope. The Steelers have had one of the top offenses in the league the last few years, and with the return of Martavis Bryant, they just got even better. Big Ben really does not play all that well on the road, and the Bears have a pretty stout run defense which should keep Le’veon Bell under control (as much as one possibly can…); this game actually may be surprisingly close, but Bears still drop three straight. Pitt wins it 26-21.
Bears record: 0-3
Week 4: Thursday, Sep. 28 @ Green Bay Packers
The Packers are favorites to win the division, and the Bears are favorites to finish in last. Yup, that makes it 4 straight very tough games to open the year. This rivalry is going to be a good game to watch, and for whatever reason the Bears always give the Packers a good game even when we suck. In Lambeau though, Bears don’t stand too much of a chance barring another Aaron Rodgers broken collarbone. 31-23 Packers.
Bears record: 0-4
Week 5: Monday, Oct. 9 Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have a respectable team and an elite defense, but Da Bears finally find themselves a winnable game. Sam Bradford played pretty well, but I think last year was a fluke. Bradford is trash and he shows it here: Bears secondary picks him off twice and forces one fumble. Bears win it 23-13.
Bears record: 1-4
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 15 @ Baltimore Ravens
Following the first W of the year, the Bears go into another battle in M&T Bank Stadium against the Ravens. Mike Glennon has his worst game of the year (0 TDs and 3 INTs), and the Bears drop this one 23-6.
Bears record: 1-5
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 22 Carolina Panthers
This game is somewhat of a toss up. Carolina is going to be an improved team this year, but still won’t come close to matching their Super Bowl squad two years ago. The Bears athletic group of linebackers keep Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey in check. 24-21 Bears.
Bears record: 2-5
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 29 @ New Orleans Saints
Week 8 can be a close game, but the fact that it’s in New Orleans makes it tough. The Bears can keep Brees and company off the field with the run game, but again lack the ability to do any damage in the air after another brutal showing from Mike Glennon. Saints take it 28-17.
Bears record 2-6
Week 9: BYE
Major bye week headline: Mike Glennon out as the Bears starter; enter Mitch Trubisky era.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 12 Green Bay Packers
In Trubisky’s first start he impresses with 240 yards passing with 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. However, it’s still not enough to get past Aaron Rodgers who torches the Bears secondary for 400 yards and 5 touchdowns. Bears lose 38-24.
Bears record: 2-7
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 19 Detroit Lions
Back to back games in Soldier Field, the Bears take advantage of a down year for the NFL’s highest paid man: Matthew Stafford. Trubisky gets his first win of his career 28-16.
Bears record 3-7
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 26 @ Philadelphia Eagles
Ex-Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery meets against his former team for the first time, and with an actual QB Carson Wentz, he goes off for 130 yards and a touchdown. Eagles win it 34-20.
Bears record: 3-8
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 3 San Francisco 49ers
Two of the worst teams in the National Football League square off here, in a game where the loser probably wins (starting to think about the upcoming NFL Draft order). Bears edge this one out 24-21.
Bears record: 4-8
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 10 @ Cincinnati Bengals
Rookie running back Joe Mixon is putting up impressive stats to this point (don’t be surprised if he ends up winning Offensive Rookie of the Year honors), and even though I think Andy Dalton sucks, AJ Green proves to be too much of a mismatch. Bengals win it 31-17.
Bears record: 4-9
Week 15: Saturday, Dec. 16 @ Detroit Lions
Detroit faces a must-win game against the Bears as they try to get back into the Wild Card hunt, but Jordan Howard has a big game in the snow at Ford Field. Bears win 24-21.
Bears record 5-9
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 24 Cleveland Browns
Cleveland is actually going to be a pretty competitive team this year. I like their young group on offense and I think Kizer is going to be a solid NFL quarterback. Browns hand the Bears a nice Christmas L 27-20.
Bears record 5-10
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 31 @ Minnesota Vikings
Last game of the season, the Vikings and Bears are both eliminated from playoff contention. Sam Bradford has a vintage Sam Bradford year, and at this point Teddy Bridgewater (who comes off the PUP list several weeks back) has taken back his starting job. Two teams with two poor offenses battle, with the Vikings taking it 24-17.
Bears final record: 5-11