Massive Wins? Early 2021 Schedule Predictions

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Will Andy Dalton be the Bears starting quarterback? 

When will we see Justin Fields take his first snap for Chicago?

Will Aaron Rodgers still be a Packer and continue to strike misery into the hearts of Bears fans, or will he move on to greener pastures leaving us rejoicing at the fact that we no longer have to see him in the NFC North?

There’s so many questions, and of course we have very little answers at this point.

The Bears have a difficult draw for 2021. So difficult in fact, that Warren Sharp from NBC Sports Edge has ranked the Bears in last place for having the most inequitable schedule for the 2021 season.

It’s a tough schedule, Bears fans, no question. However, with Ryan Pace’s impressive performance at the 2021 draft table, there is a lot to be excited about, which could bring about some unexpected results throughout the course of the season.

So now that the 2021 NFL regular schedule has been released, it’s that time of year where we can take a way too early, ill-informed, and somewhat premature look at the Bears’ season that lay ahead.

Note: The below season prediction is on the basis that Matt Nagy sticks to his word with Andy Dalton being the Bears starting quarterback, and Aaron Rodgers staying with Green Bay.

Week 1SUN 9/12@ RamsL0 – 1Stafford debut for the Rams. Tough road game first up for the Bears. Rams for the win
Week 2SUN 9/19BengalsW1 – 1Fans rejoice! First home game at Soldier Field with fans in attendance since Week 16 (Dec 22) against Kansas City. A win but I’m predicting it won’t be a convincing one
Week 3SUN 9/26@ BrownsL1 – 2Baker Mayfield and the Browns solid defense, will be too good for the Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium
Week 4SUN 10/3DetroitW2 – 2Matt Nagy continues his dominance over the Lions however, in a less than impressive win
Week 5SUN 10/10@ RaidersL2 – 3No win in the city of sin. Pressure intensifies now for Justin Fields to debut next week against the Packers
Week 6SUN 10/17PackersW3 – 3Fields debuts at Soldier Field on the grandest stage for the Bears first win at home against the Packers since 2018
Week 7SUN 10/24@ BuccaneersL3 – 4Brady and the Super Bowl Champs too strong here
Week 8SUN 10/3149’ersW4 – 4Fright night for the ‘9ers with a solid performance from Fields
Week 9SUN 11/8@ SteelersL4 – 5The Bears haven’t faced the Steelers since way back when in 2017, when Mike Glennon led the Bears to a 23 – 17 win. Steelers too strong at home (just)
Week 10BYE4 – 5
Week 11SUN 11/21RavensL4 – 6Battle of the young guns with Jackson vs Fields. Ravens here
Week 12THUR 11/25@ LionsW5 – 6Another Thanksgiving Day win for the Bears at Detroit
Week 13SUN 12/5CardinalsW6 – 6The Cardinals defense are no match for a dominant Fields
Week 14SUN 12/12@ PackersL6 – 7Despite the strength of the Bears defense, the misery at Lambeau Field continues
Week 15MON 12/20VikingsW7 – 7Last time the Bears faced the Vikings, David Montgomery rushed for a career-high 146 yards and 2 touchdowns. Nagy to improve on his 5 – 1 record against the Vikings
Week 16SUN 12/26@ SeahawksL7 – 8It’s always a tough road trip to Seattle and this one will be no different for the Bears
Week 17SUN 1/2GiantsW8 – 8Daniel Jones was sacked four times by the Bears defence in Week 2 last year. Khalil & Co are waiting for you again Mr Jones
Week 18SUN 1/9@ VikingsW9 – 8A nice win to round out the regular season. Just

I have the Bears scraping into the play-offs. Much like they did last year, with Nagy extending his impressive, yet surprising run to 3 play-off series in 4 years.

So what are the Bears fortunes at that point? We can only speculate. However, it is going to be one hell of a year watching the growth and development of Fields, Jenkins, Newsome and Ifedi, the return of Cohen and Goldman, and increased output from Mack, Robinson, Montgomery, Kmet, Mooney and Gipson.

Rest assured Bears fans, and nevermind the schedule, something exciting is seriously brewing in Chicago.

Bears schedule at a glance:

Home/Away:

Home games: 8

Away games: 9

Day of week:

Thursday evening: 1

Sunday (afternoon): 12

Sunday (evening): 2

Monday evening: 2

Divisional split:

NFC: 12

AFC: 5

Scheduling advantages:

  • No back-to-back away games (or at home)
  • An 8 day break between Packers (home) and Vikings (away)

Scheduling disadvantages:

  • Following the bye-week, the Bears have only a 4 day break between Rams (home) and Lions (away)
  • The Bears will have to face two teams after they have their bye-week; Cardinals and Packers (in consecutive weeks), (W13) and (W14) respectively
  • 2 x Sunday road games within 14 days, against Packers (W14) and Seahawks (W16)
  • The Bears face the NFC and AFC play-off participants (Packers) and (Buccaneers)
  • The Bears play 7 play-off teams from the 2020 season

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