2015 Chicago Bears Predictions
Things couldn’t go much worse for the Chicago Bears last season, as they only won five games. They dealt with a lot of injuries throughout the year, but you could tell last year’s Bears team was in rebuilding mode.
2014 Record: 5-11
Bears Odds to Win the NFC North Division: +1400
Bears Odds to Win the NFC Conference: +2500
Bears Odds to Win the 2016 Super Bowl: +5000
Chicago has nowhere to go but up, although do they have enough talent to compete in the NFC North?
That’s a definite no! The Bears actually shipped off more veterans this off-season and it’s clear the team is still trying to build towards the future. For some reason, Jay Cutler is still around, but several big names are gone.
So, whose gone from the Bears? Well, Brandon Marshall, Lance Briggs, Stephen Paea, Chris Conte, Charles Tillman and Roberto Garza are all gone. The Bears needed to continue cleaning house and building for a brighter future.
Chicago had a relatively busy off-season, as they brought in Pernell McPhee, Antrel Rolle, Mason Foster, Alan Ball and Eddie Royal. I thought Kevin White was a great signing in the first round, but he may miss his rookie campaign.
It’s a good thing the Bears brought in Royal or they’d be really shallow at WR.
White and Alshon Jeffrey would have been one of the best young WR duos in the NFL, but White is injured and just had to undergo surgery, so he won’t be back for awhile. That leaves the Bears offense with one less weapon.
Cutler will need to rely heavily on Jeffrey and Martellus Bennett in the pass game. Matt Forte will play a huge role through the air again as well, but I expect Forte to get more carries, as the Bears need to be more run-heavy this season.
The Bears need a better run game in order to manage the clock better. This Bears defense isn’t the same as it was just a few seasons ago. Last season the Bears allowed 27.6 PPG (31st) – only the Raiders allowed more points per game.
This defense needs to be off the field as long as possible and that’s why the Bears need to run it more.
It isn’t like the offense is setting any records either. Last season the Bears only averaged 19.9 PPG (23rd). That won’t get it done in today’s NFL where the top teams are putting up over 30+ points on a regular basis.
Bears Betting Outlook
Even Bears fans know that they have little chance of making the playoffs and contending in the division.
The Packers are without Nelson, which gives some optimism, but the Packers and Lions are still much better. Heck – even the Vikings have a better chance of winning the NFC North than the Bears based on my projections.
Chicago opens the season against the Packers, Cardinals and Seahawks. They could easily be 0-3 after this stage and I can’t see them bouncing back from that, although the schedule gets easier as the season progresses.
Bears 2015 NFL Prediction
The Bears regular season win total has been set way down at 6 games.
Even the bookies aren’t giving the Bears much of a chance this season. The rebuild process will continue into next season as well. The Bears will need to part with Cutler and the aging Forte before they can turn the franchise around.
I’m not interested in betting on any Bears futures this season. The win total is too low to bet on the under, although I do expect another miserable season in the windy city.
Healthy or not – the Bears will finish last in the NFC North.
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