ESPN Chicago's Bears season predictions
September, 5, 2013
By ESPNChicago.com | ESPN.com
|Trestman and Cutler click and the Bears make it back to the postseason.
|Bears finish with one fewer win but manage to sneak into the playoffs in Marc Trestman's first year. A strong defense should keep the team afloat while the new offense evolves over the course of the season.
|Unlike the last two seasons, I think a healthy Bears team will improve as the season goes along. The defense will be familiar, while the offense has potential to be middle of the pack instead of near the bottom.
|As usual with the Bears, there are almost as many reasons to be optimistic as pessimistic, but I choose the former. Reasons: Bears offense HAS to be better under Trestman, O-line will help; they play good teams at home; defense more aggressive; last year's Vikes flukey; Packers not as good.
|Playing in the best division in the NFL probably won't bode well for the Bears as each team will spend the regular season beating one another up and splitting each season series. Playoffs again will be highly questionable, but that all depends on the asterisk. (*if no major injuries)
|Hopefully 10-6 is enough to qualify for the playoffs.||10-6|
|A late-season push will be just enough to get the Bears a wildcard entry into playoffs.
|Truth is, no one really knows how good Marc Trestman's Bears will be. I think they could win as many as 11 or as few as 6. Therefore, Ill take the safe 9-7 prediction.
|Defense is still king on this team, but the offense is catching up. A new o-line and better weapons help Jay Cutler take a big step forward and lead the Bears back to the playoffs.
|I wanna say 10-6. I think 10-6 is very doable but soooo many questions need to be answered. Cautiously optimistic!
|The Bears are a better team than this if Jay Cutler plays the way he's capable. At this point, not sure I trust him though.