Matt Nagy takes the driver seat for the Chicago Bears this season. Adding some weapons for Mitch Trubisky, Chicago looks to get back into the playoffs for the first time in eight years.
NFC NORTH DIVISION WINNERS: +800 (Bovada)
NFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS: +3300 (Bovada)
SUPER BOWL 53 CHAMPIONS: +8000 (Bovada)
Team Win Total: O/U 5.5 (Westgate)
Week 1 @ Green Bay (+8.5) Week 9 @ Buffalo (+1.5)
Week 2 vs. Seattle (PK) Week 10 vs. Detroit (-1)
Week 3 @ Arizona (+1) Week 11 vs. Minnesota (+3)
Week 4 vs. Tampa Bay ( -2.5) Week 12 @ Detroit (+5)
Week 5 BYE WEEK Week 13 @ New York (Giants) (+3.5)
Week 6 @ Miami (+1.5) Week 14 vs. Los Angeles (Rams) (+2.5)
Week 7 vs. New England (+5) Week 15 vs. Packers (+3)
Week 8 vs. New York (Jets) (-4.5) Week 16 vs. San Francisco (+6)
Week 17 @ Minnesota (N/A)
The Bears have an easier schedule than last year. The Packers and Vikings are both going to be some of their toughest games. three times throughout the year they will be back to back at home which will be a nice change of pace for the Bears.
Key Team Additions and Subtractions
Additions – QB Chase Daniels, WR Allen Robinson, Wr Taylor Gabriel, TE Trey Burton, LB Aaron Lynch and K Cody Parkey
Subtractions – QB Mike Glennon, WR Cameron Meredith, WR Kendall Wright, G Josh Sitton, G Tom Compton, Lb Christian Jones, and LB Pernell McPhee
Draft – LB Roquan Smith, C James Daniels, WR Anthony Miller, LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe, DT Bilal Nichols, DE Kylie Fitts, and WR Javon Wims
Mitch took over after four games last year. He show some bright spots but mostly was a mixed bag. He will have a few more guys to rely on this year and he kept most games within reason. John Fox wasn’t a fan of letting the Bears see what Mitch can bring.
Jordan Howard passed 1000 yards for the second time in two years, as well as added nine touchdowns. Tarik Cohen was a versatile player out of the backfield or in the slot.. Cohen can catch and run the ball causing mismatch problems. This is one of the better pairings in the league in terms of change of pace.
The Bears added arguably the most wide out help in the league. Allen Robinson is two years removed from sharing a league leading 15 touchdowns in a season. Coming off his ACL tear form week 1 last year, Robinson has a lot to prove. Taylor Gabriel’s talent was over shadowed by the players around him. Used primarily in the slot, Gabriel will look to become a steady option for Trubisky. Along with them, Trey Burton comes over from the Eagles where he gives Mitch a young tightend to grow with. Anthony Miller was drafted in the second round and will also have some high expectations our of Memphis.
Kyle Long, Charles Leno and Cody Whitehair all are solid lineman and give Mitch a chance to survey the field. James Daniels will likely be the starting left guard moving over from the center position in college. This unit should be a strong plus for the team.
Akiem Hicks has been a machine for the Bears. The other players he has been with, not so much. Eddie Goldman and Johnathon Bullard are serviceable but their next step should be upgrading this line.
Roquan Smith is an instant leader to this group. He should have a huge presence in the middle of the field. Paired with Danny Trevathan, this duo should be a solid tandem. On the outsides. Aaron Lynch started his career with some exciting promise, the Bears hope he can regain some of the promise. Leonard Flyod another highly drafted linebacker, has yet to stay on the field a full season but has looked great when he is, as an edge rusher.
The secondary last year was solid. Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller are above average corners that play well into the teams scheme. Adran Amos had a strong year and Eddie Jackson had two pick sixes. This team has a stout secondary that can go against any opposition
Cody Parkey comes from the Colts where he had a strong season. Tarik Cohen and Taylor Gabriel will most likely handle the return duties for the Bears this season. Patrick O’Donnell is one of the better punts and should allow the defense to not start in their own territory.
Chicago improved this off season, in the draft and free agents. It may take them another year to become a playoff team but with the weapons around Mitch and a strong defense, they should surprise a few teams.
This team isn’t favored in may games but they aren’t much of a dog either. They are vastly improved and the coaching staff is as well. Nagy is a tactician and should give Mitch a playbook that fits his style. The Bears will take a step forward.
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