In Part Two we are going to look at Weeks Five through Eight. The Chicago Bears face off against the Vikings, Ravens, Panthers and Saints. While not as brutal as the first four teams, the second set of games is no cake walk.
Chicago enters Week Five with an 0-4 record in our simulation, let’s see if they can pick up a win.
Week Five: Minnesota Vikings
After playing on Thursday Night the week before, the Bears square off against Minnesota on Monday Night Football. The Bears lost both games to the Vikings last year, and with Minnesota improving it looks like that could be the case again in 2017.
The Vikings had the third best defense in the NFL last season. With players like Danielle Hunter, Anthony Barr and Linval Joseph, Minnesota should be a defensive nightmare for the Bears.
Minnesota did lose Adrian Peterson, but they brought in impressive rookie Dalvin Cook. After rebuilding their offensive line, the Vikings should have a much better offense. Sam Bradford won’t scare away the defense, but he, as well as the offense will do enough to get it done.
Overall, Chicago is going to struggle to put up points against a defense as good as the Vikings. It’ll be nice to watch the Bears in prime time, but the first of two will go to Minnesota.
Week Six: Baltimore Ravens
The Chicago Bears finally pull of their first win of the 2017-18 season. While predicting that win comes in a road game, the Ravens look more wounded than they do a playoff team going into the year.
Baltimore has already had injuries to their top two tight ends, Kenneth Dixon and Joe Flacco. While Flacco is expected back, the Bears defense should be able to handle a weak Ravens offense, as long as they can keep Mike Wallace in check.
As for Baltimore’s defense, the unit is no joke after adding safety Tony Jefferson next to the All-World Eric Weddle. That comes on top of the Ravens defense finishing 7th best in the league last season.
However in a game that should be extremely defensive oriented, the Bears squeak out with a one score game. Chicago will take advantage of the Ravens’ injuries and pick up their first win of the year.
Week Seven: Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers were not a good team in 2016, finishing with a 6-10 record. However we all saw how good they could be in 2015 when they made a run to the Super Bowl. It will be interesting to see which Panthers we get in 2017.
With the team adding two offensive weapons in Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel they look to have an improved offense. With the return of Kelvin Benjamin, the improvement of Devin Funchess and the always great Greg Olsen, Carolina should be home to one of the best offenses in the league. If Cam Newton returns to his MVP form then it could be downright impossible to stop the Panthers.
The defense will be a different story. Last year the Panthers finished 21st in total defense. They made no real adjustments to their defense outside of bringing in Julius Peppers. The secondary is still a mess, meaning this could be a high scoring affairs.
In the end, the Panthers offense will just be too good for the Bears to handle. Of course Carolina could revert back to their 2016 ways, but for now they look more than capable of beating the Bears.
Week Eight: New Orleans Saints
If this was a home game the Bears would likely be getting the win. However Drew Brees is just an animal at home, and should dominate Chicago’s secondary.
With Brees at the helm, the Saints have one of the best passing offenses in the NFL. New Orleans also has talented receivers in Michael Thomas, Willie Snead and Ted Ginn. Coupled with Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson, the Saints will be one of the best offenses the Bears face this season.
The Saints still have one of the worst defenses in the league. They made notable acquisitions such as rookie Marshon Lattimore, yet they should still finish towards the top of the league in yards allowed. Like the Panthers game this one could be another high scoring affair.
In the end, Drew Brees and his dominance at home will beat the Bears. Jordan Howard should put together one of his best games of the year in Week Eight, but the Saints will come out victorious, pushing the Bears to 1-7.
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