Massive Wins? Early 2021 Schedule Predictions
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 1||SUN 9/12||@ Rams||L||0 – 1||Stafford debut for the Rams. Tough road game first up for the Bears. Rams for the win|
|Week 2||SUN 9/19||Bengals||W||1 – 1||Fans 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 3||SUN 9/26||@ Browns||L||1 – 2||Baker Mayfield and the Browns solid defense, will be too good for the Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium|
|Week 4||SUN 10/3||Detroit||W||2 – 2||Matt Nagy continues his dominance over the Lions however, in a less than impressive win|
|Week 5||SUN 10/10||@ Raiders||L||2 – 3||No win in the city of sin. Pressure intensifies now for Justin Fields to debut next week against the Packers|
|Week 6||SUN 10/17||Packers||W||3 – 3||Fields debuts at Soldier Field on the grandest stage for the Bears first win at home against the Packers since 2018|
|Week 7||SUN 10/24||@ Buccaneers||L||3 – 4||Brady and the Super Bowl Champs too strong here|
|Week 8||SUN 10/31||49’ers||W||4 – 4||Fright night for the ‘9ers with a solid performance from Fields|
|Week 9||SUN 11/8||@ Steelers||L||4 – 5||The 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 10||BYE||–||4 – 5|
|Week 11||SUN 11/21||Ravens||L||4 – 6||Battle of the young guns with Jackson vs Fields. Ravens here|
|Week 12||THUR 11/25||@ Lions||W||5 – 6||Another Thanksgiving Day win for the Bears at Detroit|
|Week 13||SUN 12/5||Cardinals||W||6 – 6||The Cardinals defense are no match for a dominant Fields|
|Week 14||SUN 12/12||@ Packers||L||6 – 7||Despite the strength of the Bears defense, the misery at Lambeau Field continues|
|Week 15||MON 12/20||Vikings||W||7 – 7||Last 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 16||SUN 12/26||@ Seahawks||L||7 – 8||It’s always a tough road trip to Seattle and this one will be no different for the Bears|
|Week 17||SUN 1/2||Giants||W||8 – 8||Daniel Jones was sacked four times by the Bears defence in Week 2 last year. Khalil & Co are waiting for you again Mr Jones|
|Week 18||SUN 1/9||@ Vikings||W||9 – 8||A 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 games: 8
Away games: 9
Day of week:
Thursday evening: 1
Sunday (afternoon): 12
Sunday (evening): 2
Monday evening: 2
- No back-to-back away games (or at home)
- An 8 day break between Packers (home) and Vikings (away)
- 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