As the Chicago Bears enter the last stretch of the season, tension is brewing. Everyone is on the cusp of excitement and uncertainty. Here are three bold predictions for the Bears that might completely change the team’s trajectory while leaving a lasting legacy for the end of the season.
3 Bold Predictions For The Chicago Bears
Bold Prediction #1: Bears Win Out And Make Playoffs
Predictions are meant to be bold, so why not be optimistic? The Bears have begun to pick it up recently, and there is serious optimism that they have a legitimate shot at the playoffs.
Their record currently sits at (4-8), and last place in the NFC North. It’s hard to believe they have a shot at the playoffs. But with a more manageable schedule and a fully healthy team, there might be a chance. If the Bears win out, they have a 53% chance of making the playoffs. The Bears host the Detroit Lions this weekend, and for most of their last meeting, they dominated. The Bears then play the Browns with their fourth-starting quarterback—the Cardinals, Falcons, and finally, the Packers in Green Bay.
With the help of newly acquired additions on defense, such as Tremaine Edmunds, T.J. Edwards, and Montez Sweat, this defense has turned the corner from last year. If the defense continues to play at the level they are playing at right now, and the offense begins to improve, there is a real shot at sneaking into the playoffs.
The Chicago Bears defense has allowed just 166 rushing yards before contact this season (13.83 per game) 🤯
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— PFF CHI Bears (@PFF_Bears) December 7, 2023
Prediction #2: Bears retain Matt Eberflus
If the first bold prediction is true, the Bears will likely retain Matt Eberflus. It’s no secret that Eberflus has not been the coach the Bears expected him to be. He currently has a 7-22 record overall and a 1-9 record vs. NFC North teams. Zero back-to-back wins, only one win against +.500 teams, and suffered a 14-game losing streak in only two years as the Bears Head Coach. However, Eberflus has the defense playing on an extraordinary level right now, and it doesn’t help that he has no defensive coordinator and a lackluster offensive coordinator to help him. Many Bears fans would be ecstatic to make the playoffs, but that might come at a price.
Prediction #3: Quarterback Resurgence
Facing skepticism, Bears starting quarterback Justin Fields experiences a late-season renaissance that defies all odds. Overcoming earlier challenges, Fields posts career-best numbers and leads the team to a series of thrilling comeback victories. This unexpected resurgence solidifies Fields’ place as the franchise quarterback and sparks discussions of a potential postseason Cinderella story for the Bears. With Fields ending the season on a high note, this will lead to the Bears having conversations about possibly moving back with the pick they acquired via the Panthers.
Making bold predictions can be unsettling for a lot of fans. They’re “bold” because it’s unlikely to happen. Conversely, it’s always good to try to be optimistic. In a season with a great deal of adversity, hoping for success with the team, whether it’s coaching, the players, or playoff aspirations, serves as a beacon of hope, encouraging fans to stay engaged and passionate throughout the season.
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