When I wrote in Monday’s paper that the Bears would finish 8-8, I half-expected to be ripped by the faithful for my blasphemy.
But most of the comments were much more negative than I was. So I went through the entire schedule and tried to predict what would happen in each game. It still comes out 8-8.
Week One: Vs. Detroit (W) – The Lions are better than they’ve been the past two years, when they won a total of two games. But they’re still a long way from good.
Week Two: At Dallas (L) – The Cowboys are considered a serious Super Bowl contender; the Bears aren’t.
Week Three: Vs. Green Bay (L) -- Looks like a mismatch on paper, even if it’s at Soldier Field.
Week Four: At N.Y. Giants (L) -- A short week after a Monday night game and a road trip to the East Coast spell L-O-S-S.
Week Five: At Carolina (W) – It’s a must-win situation vs. Peppers’ old team. They’ll miss him.
Week Six: Vs. Seattle (W) – Pete Carroll was a great coach – at USC.
Week Seven: Vs. Washington (W) – Redskins owner Daniel Snyder finally has the right coach in Mike Shanahan, but it’ll take some time.
Week Eight: Bye
Week Nine: At Buffalo (W) – An extra week’s rest for Bears, and it’s barely even a home game for Bills in Toronto.
Week 10: Vs. Minnesota (L) – Vikes aren’t as strong as last year but still better than the Bears.
Week 11: At Miami (L) – Nice weather, tough Thursday night game against team on the rise.
Week 12: Vs. Philadelphia (W) – Extra three days’ rest has to help the Bears here.
Week 13: At Detroit (W) – Bears have won last 2 at Ford Field by combined 71-30.
Week 14: Vs. New England (L) – Pats aren’t going to the Super Bowl but they’re the better team in this matchup.
Week 15: At Minnesota (L) – Bears have lost 3 straight in Minny. Make it 4.
Week 16: Vs. N.Y. Jets (W) – Jets aren’t going to the Super Bowl, and even the playoffs are a stretch.
Week 17: At Green Bay (L) – Maybe the Packers will be resting starters. It won’t matter.
Add it up: 8-8.