Predicting the Bears Record for the Second Half of the 2022-2023 Season

We’re back to setting our prediction for the Chicago Bears’ 2022 season. A couple of weeks ago I published our predictions for weeks one through nine, you can find that article here. Now we roll on to the second half of the season to see where the Bears finish. 

Week 10: Detroit Lions, Win
The Bears have a lot in common with the Detroit Lions. Both teams have bright talent on either side of the ball, with objectively new coaches. Both teams find themselves in playoff win droughts, the Bears are yet to win a playoff game since 2010, while the Lions haven’t won a playoff game since 1993. The Lions have been progressively bulking up their roster through the draft and free agency. Tight-end TJ Hockenson and receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown are maturing into reliable options on offense. Detroit’s offense looks solid and quarterback Jared Goff needs to make the most of it. Their defense isn’t as sharp as their offense but is looking better than in previous years. Despite the Lion’s off-season upgrades, the Bears defend home turf well against the Lions, which is why I see them winning a close one. 

Week 11: At Atlanta Falcons, Win
The Atlanta Falcons are arguably one of the weakest teams in the NFL. Former Bears general manager Ryan Pace joined the Falcons as a senior personnel executive. Pace’s move to Atlanta brought several other Bears players along, including Eddie Goldman before he retired. Matt Ryan, the face of the franchise for the last season, was also dealt to the Colts, making Marcus Mariota the quarterback. Other than Matt Ryan’s trade, the Falcons had themselves a faint off-season. Atlanta drafted Drake London from USC with their first-round pick to be Mariota’s primary option as Calvin Ridley serves his season-long suspension. Expectations are low for both teams, but the Bears have a better defense to earn them a spot in the victory column. 

Week 12: At New York Jets, Loss
The Bears head to MetLife stadium facing Robert Saleh’s New York Jets. The Jets had a wild yet underrated off-season. They were easily the winners of the 2022 draft, drafting Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, Garrett Wilson, Jermain Johnson, and Breece Hall. These players are expected to make difference on each side of the football. With eight new starters this season, Jet’s fans are hoping this team performs better than in previous years. Multiple players could break out this season for the Jets, noteworthy players being Zach Wilson and Mekhi Becton. The Jets barely beat the Bears talent-wise, and with the Bears on the road I see the Jets handing them their seventh loss. 

Week 13: Green Bay Packers, Win
The second matchup between the Bears and Packers takes place in Soldier Field. A lot of emotions will be circulating for both teams. The Bears haven’t beat the Packers since 2018 when they won their last NFC North divisional title. The Bears are definitely looking to change things, while Green Bay looks to keep their win streak going. With Aaron Rodgers in town, the crowd at Soldier Field should be electric, pumping up the Bears’ adrenaline. I think Justin Fields will earn his first victory over Green Bay in a low-scoring affair, ending the Packer’s win-streak. 

Week 14: Bye
Week 15: Philadelphia Eagles, Loss
The Philadelphia Eagles are looking to contend this season after losing their wildcard matchup to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. AJ Brown followed the same fate as Davante Adams, as he was traded to the Eagles where he signed a contract extension after. Jalen Hurts’ receiving core in Philly hasn’t been great, but AJ Brown shifts that conservation. AJ Brown could be the solution to considering Jalen Hurts an elite quarterback. The Eagles also formed a threatening secondary after signing cornerback James Bradberry to play next to Darius Slay. The Eagles are clearly the superior team and should beat the Bears by a possession or more. 

Week 16: Buffalo Bills, Loss
The Buffalo Bills are the best team in football, and my pick to win this year’s Super Bowl. The Bills had one of the best rosters last year and managed to get better in the off-season. Buffalo signed long-time star pass rusher Von Miller and kept most of their starters. After choking against Patrick Mahomes and company, the Bills are looking for a different outcome-winning the Super Bowl. With Josh Allen leading the offense and Tre’Davious White leading the defense, the sky’s the limit in Buffalo. The Bills will make light work against the Bears, racking in a Week 16 win. 

Week 17: At Detroit Lions, Loss
Dan Campbell and the Lions are looking for revenge against the Bears, making a new name for themselves. As stated earlier, both these teams are nearly identical in expectations and flair. I have the Bears beating the Lions in Week 10, but I see Detroit winning in Ford Field handing the Bears their third loss in a row. 

Week 18: Minnesota Vikings, Loss
After having a disappointing 2021 season, the Vikings are looking for a bounce-back season. Minnesota is occasionally seen to creep into the playoffs, yet come short of the big title. The Vikings are flying heavily under people’s radar. This year is Minnesota’s best shot at putting themselves in history, winning their first Super Bowl in franchise history. The Vikings are most suited for winning the NFC North and making a playoff push with Justin Jefferson and Danielle Hunter leading both sides of the team respectively. The Vikings will sweep the Bears, concluding their 2022 season. 

  The Bears will finish the season 6-11, finding themselves at the bottom of the league in place for a high draft pick. Nobody is expecting the Bears to contend this season, but nobody expected the Bengals to compete last season either. My optimism for the Bears is high, but in reality, this team is in the middle of a rebuild, hoping to contend in the future with Justin Fields. Only time will tell if my predictions are right or wrong. With the NFL’s Hall of Game already passed, we are only a few days away from watching the future of Bears football.

  If you have any questions or concerns about my predictions, please leave them in the comment box below. As always stay safe and Bear Down. 
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1 year ago

The Packers will sweep the bears again this year.

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