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2011 NFL Predictions & Preview: Chicago Bears 97 – SportsUntapped.com
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Added August 23rd, 2011 by Chalk

2011 NFL Predictions & Preview: Chicago Bears 9-7
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With the NFL regular season fast approaching, we at SportsUntapped are taking our crystal balls out of storage and examining each team’s full 16-game schedule to prognosticate how the 2011 season will play out. We’ll look at all 32 teams and reveal each one’s final record. Next up: the defending NFC North champion Chicago Bears.

Chicago Bears

Last year’s record: 11-5.

Vegas Over/Under on 2011 Regular Season Wins: 8.5.

First four games:
Sept. 11 Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Sept. 18 at New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Sept. 25 Green Bay, 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 2 Carolina, 1 p.m.

The Bears have a brutal opening three games, with the only good news that two are at home. An 0-3 start is a definite possibility, but I think they’ll find a way to steal one and be 2-2 after beating the Panthers in Week 4.

Second four games:
Oct. 10 at Detroit, 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 16 Minnesota, 8:20 p.m.
Oct. 23 Tampa Bay at London, 1 p.m.
Oct. 30 BYE
Nov. 7 at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m.

The Bears had trouble with the Lions last year but upset the Eagles late in the season. The Buccaneers in London should also be tough, but the Bears probably win two of these four as well to be at .500 halfway through the season.

First four games of the second half:

Nov. 13 Detroit, 1 p.m.
Nov. 20 San Diego, 4:15 p.m.
Nov. 27 at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 4 Kansas City, 1 p.m.

There’s a lot of toss-ups here, so 6-6 through 12 games should be the best bet.

Last four games:

Dec. 11 at Denver, 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 18 Seattle, 1 p.m.
Dec. 25 at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m.
Jan. 1 at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

The playoff rematch with the Seahawks could be interesting, but the Bears should be resilient enough to win three of their last four to get to 9-7 for the season.

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