All the remnants from the prior regime have already been discarded and the Chicago Bears are actually general manager Ryan Pace’s and head coach John Fox’s team. And that is a good thing. In Carolina, Fox’s team improved by four games from his first season to the next, reaching 11 wins and the Super Bowl in Year 2.
You will find two significant losses on the offensive side of the ball with longtime back Matt Forte gone after eight seasons in a Bears uniform and offensive coordinator Adam Gase off to Miami because the Dolphins’new head coach.
Based on last season’s records, Chicago will play the second-easiest schedule in the this season, facing opponents that combined for a .461 winning percentage. As we compare, the teams the Bears faced in 2015 combined to post a record of 140-116 for .547 winning percentage last season. Also, the Bears played four teams that are not in their division that finished with at least 10 wins in 2015 and won’t play any in 2016.
The Bears lost several close games last season and the defense has been improved dramatically. Coordinator Vic Fangio has the horses to make this club the monsters once again. The schedule also works in Chicago’s favor, but teams that struggled last year are also getting better – at least that’s the plan. There are so many questions surrounding the Bears it makes them tough to judge. Eight wins and a .500 record is the ceiling. Anything more and Fox is up for Coach of the Year.
NFL Prediction – Chicago Bears Over 7.5 Wins
2016 Chicago Bears Schedule
Week 1: at Houston Texans ( +5)
Week 2: vs. Philadelphia Eagles ( -2.5)
Week 3: at Dallas Cowboys ( +6)
Week 4: vs. Detroit Lions ( -1.5)
Week 5: at Indianapolis Colts ( +3.5)
Week 6: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars ( -3.5)
Week 7: at Green Bay Packers ( +9)
Week 8: vs. Minnesota Vikings ( +2.5)
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( +2)
Week 11: at New York Giants ( +4)
Week 12: vs. Tennessee Titans ( -5)
Week 13: vs. San Francisco 49ers ( -5)
Week 14: at Detroit Lions ( +2.5)
Week 15: vs. Green Bay Packers ( +5)
Week 16: vs. Washington Redskins (PK)
Week 17: at Minnesota Vikings