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NFL Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears Season Predictions

With the NFL season officially kicking off today, I make my bold predictions on the Chicago Bears 2012 season.

Week 1 Indianapolis Colts vs. Bears: Win

Week 2 Bears vs. Green Bay Packers: Loss

Week 3 St. Louis Rams vs. Bears: Win

Week 4 Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys: Loss

Week 5 Bears vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: Win

Week 7 Detroit Lions vs. Bears: Win

Week 8 Carolina Panthers vs. Bears: Win

Week 9 Bears vs. Tennessee Titans: Loss

Week 10 Houston Titans vs. Bears: Win

Week 11 Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers: Loss

Week 12 Minnesota Vikings vs. Bears: Win

Week 13 Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks: Loss

Week 14 Bears vs. Vikings: Win

Week 15 Packers vs. Bears: Win

Week 16 Bears vs. Arizona Cardinals: Win

Week 17 Bears vs. Lions: Loss

Overall record 11-5 (Second in NFC North behind Packers)

MVP of the Team: Jay Cutler

The system change on offense should benefit the Offensive Line; the ground game should be very effective, and the Wide Receiver position looks to be much improved. There’s no excuse for Cutler not to have a breakout season and take that next step into reaching elite status.

Team’s Rookie of the Year: Alshon Jeffery

It usually takes first year WR’s three years for them to reach their full potential. If the preseason gives any indication, Jeffery should be an immediate impact player this season. Jeffery should be able to make his presence felt in the red zone early on in the season, and midway should crack into the starting line-up.

Leading Rusher: Matt Forte

Michael Bush was brought in to help Forte in the red zone and short yardage opportunities. However, Forte should see his best season from a rushing stand point now that teams won’t be zero in on him.

Leading Receiver: Brandon Marshall

The last 1,000 yard receiver for the Bears was Marty Booker back in 2002. Great chance the Bears finally break the decade long drought, with a WR that has posted 1000+ yards five out of his six years in the league.

Leader in Tackles: Lance Briggs

In a system that is predicated on the weak-side Linebacker being the clean-up man, Briggs should be a heavy favorite every year to lead the team in tackles

Leader in Sacks: Julius Peppers

Even though he will battle Plantar Fasciitis, double and sometimes triple teams throughout the season, I just can’t bet against Peppers leading the team in sacks this year.

Breakout Player on Offense: Gabe Carimi

In preseason play, Carimi look like he is starting to trust his surgically repaired knee again. The 2011 first round draft pick, has the potential to be the Bears best OL this year hands down.

Breakout Player on Defense: Chris Conte

The Bears last season struggle to prevent big plays from happening on the secondary; Conte insertion in the starting line-up midway in the season change that.

With another year in the defense, Conte should have an even better understanding of the defense, which should allow him to be in position to make more plays on the ball.

Most Improved Player: Major Wright

In his third year with the team, 2012 will be a crucial year for Wright to prove that he’s an NFL starting caliber safety. I have Wright as the most improve player on the team, in a year where I feel he will turn the corner on being a more consistent and discipline Strong Safety.