Dec 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) hits Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and causes a fumble during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears 2014 NFL Schedule Predictions


No set of games is ever the what it appears and the Chicago Bears know that as they prepare to tackle the 2014 NFL schedule.  How will things go for them?

Week 1 vs. Buffalo Bills

Playing four out of the first six games on the road means the Bears absolutely have to have this one.  The Buffalo Bills had their moments last year but they’re still finding their way with second year quarterback E.J. Manuel.

Result:  Win

Week 2 at San Francisco 49ers

Levi’s Stadium opens its doors for the first time and who would’ve thought the San Francisco 49ers would christen it with the Chicago Bears?  They certainly hope it yields results similar to that ugly 32-7 affair back in 2012.

Result:  Loss

Week 3 at New York Jets

This game is going to be decided by turnovers.  Both Jay Cutler and Geno Smith have their issues with that so the question becomes can the Bears defense stop a New York Jets ground game that was top 10 last season?  If they stay healthy, I believe they will.

Result:  Win

Week 4 vs. Green Bay Packers

This game is going to see blood in the water.  Chicago is still sore about their last-second defeat at the hands of the Green Bay Packers last season.  They will look to avenge that heartbreak and also hopefully welcome former teammate Julius Peppers home.

Result:  Win

Week 5 at Carolina Panthers

These next two road games are tough.  Marc Trestman will be challenged by a really good defense of the Carolina Panthers.  However, issues on offense around Cam Newton could allow the Bears to take advantage if they don’t make too many mistakes.

Result:  Win

Week 6 at Atlanta Falcons

Was last year a blip on the radar?  Time will tell for the Atlanta Falcons but either way playing in the Georgia Dome is always tough for an opponent.  Chicago will need to handle the noise and execute in order to keep up with Matt Ryan.

Result:  Win

Week 7 vs. Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill was battered a lot last season.  The Chicago Bears know that but should not overlook the Miami Dolphins.  If they can fix lingering problems up front, they will be a problem.  Home field will be decisive here.

Result:  Win

Week 8 at New England Patriots

Trestman has never faced Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots before, let alone in Foxborough.  Tom Brady is always a tough assignment and the offense will be facing a team well schooled in creating punts to give him more chances.

Result:  Loss

Week 9 BYE

Week 10 at Green Bay Packers

Last time the Chicago Bears visited Green Bay they broke Aaron Rodgers’ collarbone and knocked the Packers into a tailspin that almost ruined their season.  Don’t expect lightning to strike twice.

Result:  Loss

Week 11 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Jared Allen is going to be up for this game, but so are the Bears.  They still recall that ugly effort against the Minnesota Vikings last season they should’ve won in overtime but let slip away.  Continuing their dominance over them at Soldier Field will help.

Result:  Win

Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh McCown and Lovie Smith return to Chicago as opponents for the first time.  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to be a better football team with a really good defense but the Bears, barring injuries should be able to take care of business.

Result:  Win

Week 13 at Detroit Lions

A Thanksgiving affair marks the first matchup between the Bears and Detroit Lions.  This season will mark an apex point for Detroit, who have a really good roster and should add to it in the draft.  Expect them to hold serve at home here.

Result:  Loss

Week 14 vs. Dallas Cowboys

Wait.  The Bears get the Dallas Cowboys in the month of December?  Why not just pencil in the victory now?  In all seriousness the Cowboys don’t have the look of a contender at the moment and Chicago hammered them 45-21 in their meeting last year.

Result:  Win

Week 15 vs. New Orleans Saints

If any team is ready in the NFC for a Super Bowl run the New Orleans Saints have to be mentioned.  Their defense is ready for action and Drew Brees is still the quarterback.  Chicago can beat them, but it’s going to be really tough.

Result:  Loss

Week 16 vs. Detroit Lions

This game could end up meaning a lot for both teams.  The Bears almost beat them twice last year and now will have a dome team on a grass field in December.  Unless they fall apart completely Chicago can seize control.

Result:  Win

Week 17 at Minnesota Vikings

The Metrodome has been a nest of nightmares for the Bears ever since the Vikings moved to it but this tussle won’t be in that building.  It will take place at the University of Minnesota, outdoors in the cold.  Don’t expect the noise to be a factor this time.

Result:  Win

Final Record:  11-5

Much of the optimism comes from the great opportunity the Chicago Bears have to fortify the roster in the upcoming draft.  If they can add a couple of solid talents to the mix they’ve got a good enough offense and rebuilt the defense to a point where they can steal some victories against good teams.  Whether the 2014 NFL schedule breaks that way is left to be seen.

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  • Daniel Laxen

    What a homer!

    • Erik Lambert

      This coming from a guy who picked his own team to own the third overall pick in 2015. I think 11-5 is a fair assessment provided they stay healthy and draft well.

      • Daniel Laxen

        Exactly, I’m no fan of the direction Rick Spielman is taking my favorite team. I won’t predict my favorite team to win 6 games this year. So I’m a homer then?…Christ the Bears couldn’t beat that sorry excuse for a defense in Minnesota @ the metrodome, and if not for a last minute drive vs. the most putrid of defenses last year they’d have benn 0-2 vs. my Vikings!…That Bear defense will be better with a pass rush, but they still give up WAY too many 15+ yard pass plays. That vs. the NFC North is a recipe for disaster. I do suppose they will be better than the Vikings, but 11-5? Stay healthy and a solid draft doesn’t get you there in the NFC when you have to beat the Seahawks the 49ers and the Packers. I see the Bears 2-5 with a trip to see the Pats in your horizon…Where are you doing your stand up routine this weekend? You are killing me!…Don’t get all mad at me. You have the right to your opinion. Mine just differs that’s all…

        • Erik Lambert

          We don’t play the Seahawks, Daniel.

          Here’s what I know. The Bears were 8-8 last season with the 30th ranked defense in the league. Charles Tillman was out as was Henry Melton and Lance Briggs. Yet they still came a blown 4th down coverage away from making the post-season. Every single piece of that top 10 offense is back and they will have another year in the system. So based on football logic they should be at least as good as they were a year ago. Now you get Briggs and Tillman back healthy and add Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young to the mix and that is improvement, even if a modest one. Throw in a top defensive rookie like an Aaron Donald or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and that brings more improvement. That doesn’t make them elite like San Francisco or New England but it certainly puts them in the conversation of competitor. Every game I chose as a win is indeed a winnable game.

          Buffalo? – Please
          Jets? – Geno Smith playing against a defense built to cause turnovers.
          Packers? – Tossup game but the Bears are at home and have added motivation.
          Panthers? – Bears have owned Newton, and he has no left tackle or receivers.
          Falcons? – They were 4-12 last year and lost Tony Gonzalez
          Dolphins? – Not convinced they solved their offensive line problems
          Vikings? – I’ll just refer to what you said. Also no Metrodome help.
          Bucs? – Josh McCown has one good receiver and no Marc Trestman.
          Cowboys? – It will be December and the Bears hammered them last time.
          Lions? – Cold weather and bad field are bad mix for dome teams.

          If you want stand-up comedy, look up a guy named Anthony Jeselnik. Have a good one, Dan.

          • RyansDad

            It should be an interesting season. I’m betting the bears will be a little better than 8-8, but not much. And the Packers will beat them twice – once in a blowout.

          • Erik Lambert

            I don’t understand why everybody thinks the Packers are going to be so much better this season than last season. Is it because of the Peppers signing? Don’t get me wrong he’ll have a nice effect but it’s really not on par with the Reggie White and Charles Woodson thefts they made. And the ridiculous money they paid Sam Shields?

            I respect the heck out of Aaron Rodgers and believe Green Bay is a contender as usual but I don’t feel the Bears have any reason to fear them.

          • RyansDad

            I agree that Peppers is no Reggie, but the pack should be a lot better with a more healthy team. No certainty, but odds favor better injury luck than last year. The Pack had a couple very lucky breaks in the final Bears game, but Rodgers was rusty – still a little rusty in the Niner game, but the presence of Clay Mathiews could well have made the Niners game a W. We’ll just have to wait and see
            Looking forward to some great games next year.

          • Erik Lambert

            You and me both.

          • Daniel Laxen

            At 11-5 Erik the Bears would be a playoff team for sure. That means they would likely have to play Seattle, or another of the really good teams and probably on the road…Look I’m not Bear bashing here, but the fact remains that the road to the playoffs, in the NFC North, still goes through Green Bay. Had the Lions not completely collapsed they were better than the Bears too. The Vikings had the best 2nd half of the season record in the North albeit because of the Detroit meltdown and injuries to the QBs in GB and Chi. respectively…The Bear defense will still be mediocre, and Cutler can’t stay healthy behind the line that the Bears continue to trot out there…They don’t use Forte like they should, in my opinion, as he is one of the more dynamic players in the NFL…Allen will help with the pass rush, but Briggs is on the way out and you know this. He will play with a brace to protect those shoulder issues. The secondary is older too and they absolutely NEED a solid draft. I just see a bigger upside in the Detroit and Green Bay. I do like Trestman as the coach up there. Is he trying to look like Vince Lombardi or what?

          • Erik Lambert

            Trestman is still in the middle of building “his” team. That means ushering the old Lovie Smith vets out and while getting his guys in there. It’s not something they can do all at once. I think Phil Emery knows that, which is why the Bears are willing to ride it out with guys like Briggs and Tillman. I’m not denying Green Bay is the team to beat. I acknowledged as much. How can Detroit not be talented? They’ve been picking in the top ten forever. Yet they never seem to handle their business because they are undisciplined and lack true leadership. I’m not convinced Jim Caldwell will change that. I love Mike Zimmer as a coordinator but it remains to be seen about his time as a head coach. Trestman elevated what was a dispirited and injury-riddled team to almost making the playoffs. Is it unreasonable to think he can’t get them to the playoffs if his draft goes well and his roster stays relatively healthy? I don’t think so.

            Again, that’s MY assessment. Not everybody has to agree.

  • Greg Hill

    Sorry Eric, but the bears will not have the same schedule as last year and every team will draft someone who will improve their team. So a repeat of 8-8 is not logical. The bears maybe better but play better teams and finish 6-10. The bears best players are old and fragile but playing in the NFC’s weakest division always helps the record.

    • Erik Lambert

      With respect, Greg, that’s bold words coming from a fan of a team whose roster is much worse off than the Bears.

  • Peter Maiz

    Eric, I see 10-6 at best. Hopefully you will not beat the Pack to Mosley or Shazier. But Cutler is no Rodgers. The Pack will win both contests, sorry.

    • Erik Lambert

      I’m fine with everybody believing that but I’m also not one of those people in awe of the Packers. Despite the ongoing admiration from outside people, they have one playoff victory since that Super Bowl season and that was against a terrible Vikings team. Meanwhile they got hammered by a 9-7 Giants team in 2011 and beaten twice by the 49ers including once at Lambeau field. The Bears have always played them tough. With more stability on offense and a talent influx on defense, I believe they can win one of those contests.

  • Greg Hill

    Eric, I don’t recall saying who my team was. All I was saying is I believe your “football logic” has some holes in it and you defend it with roster comparisons with an unknown team? Hopefully, the bears will provide a better defense than you have.

    • Erik Lambert

      You didn’t have to, Greg. One click of your name and I could easily see “Cowboys fan.”

  • Greg Hill

    Eric, are you still trying to change the subject? What about your illogical concept that the bears can do no worse than last year which was my original comment? Do you always attempt to change the discussion when your out of ideas or facts? Who my team is irrelevant.

  • 65yt

    Hahaha that’s ah great trick Erik, clicking the persons name to find their team. I can go from Facebook stalker to fansided stalker. And as a Bucs fan I will love to watch THAT game sitting across from a beautiful glaring Bears fan. My wife.