As you continue to digest the 2014 NFL preseason, it’s time to forget about the past and look forward to the future.
Some of the high expectations that many have had about the Chicago Bears have died down due to their defensive performances in their four preseason games. But fear not, Bears fans. There is still plenty to be confident about when it comes to this team.
The Bears will start their season on an extra tough schedule. Six 0f their first nine games will be on the road. Not only is most of their first half of the season on the road, but they will face some stiff competition as well. They play the Green Bay Packers twice: in Week 4 and 10. They also play the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2, which will be the first regular season game at Levi’s Stadium. Week 9 vs. the New England Patriots and Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers are also road games for the Bears.
I could see the Bears’ record being anything from 3-6 to 7-2 in the first nine games of the season. If they can make it past Week 10 with at least a 5-4 record, then they will be poised for an easier path to a playoff berth.
Their second half of the season compared to the first is night and day when it comes to difficulty. Only one team of the last seven matchups made the playoffs last season, the New Orleans Saints. Although the second half is easier, four of the seven games are inside the division. Look for them to have a very successful end to their regular season.
I’ll say it here first. The Chicago Bears will finish the season 10-6 and make the playoffs for the first time under Marc Trestman.
Note: The final phase of preseason will be dealt with tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET when all rosters will be down to the 53-man standard.