Chicago Bears 2018 Preview & Prediction
The Bears have been at the cellar of the NFC North for the last several years and it was time for a coaching change as Matt Nagy takes over. The young coach will attempt to light a spark for a team with a fan base hungry for success again. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky begins his second season in the NFL after a subpar rookie year under center. The Bears were last in the league passing the ball averaging 175.7 yards per game. Trubisky will have more weapons including receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel along with tight end Trey Burton. The additions in the receiving game should provide a more balanced attack as the Bears return talented third year running back Jordan Howard coming off back to back 1,000 yard seasons to start his career.
The defense was no pushover ranking 10th in the league in yards allowed giving up 319.1 yards per game. Defensive end Akiem Hicks is a tremendous pass rusher recording 8.5 sacks last season. The ultimate success of the Bears defense will come down to the linebackers. The Bears hope Roquan Smith, the 8th selection in the draft, is the solution in the middle of the defense.
Watching the Bears
The Bears’ improvements will be on full display to open the season as they will be featured on national broadcasts in week one and two. Bears’ fans might want to rely on online streaming services such as DirecTV NOW or utilize an antenna for the remainder of the season.
The Bears have made the upgrades on both sides of the ball to be a more competitive force in the NFC North and have the potential to escape the cellar of the division this year. The schedule for 2018 is a daunting one. Outside of their six divisional games against playoff caliber teams, they will face-off against a plethora of quality opponents. The Bears will have home games against Seattle, New England, and the L.A. Rams. Away contests against Buffalo and San Francisco will also be difficult games to win.
2018 Prediction: 6-10 & 4th in NFC North
All eyes will be focused on the Bears top draft pick in linebacker Roquan Smith. He is currently in the middle of a holdout and has not made an appearance in training camp. Smith’s absence is potentially a major setback in the development of the defense.