Despite losing two straight winnable contests, everything is still in front of the Bears as far as taking care of business in the 2018 season. Win their next two matchups against the Jets and Bills and they’ve put themselves in position for a tight finish in the NFC North down the stretch. Lose either game, and we start talking disappointments.
This is where a battle against adversity of a young team learning how to win has to show out. The Bears shouldn’t need Khalil Mack or Allen Robinson to beat an even more banged up Jets squad with a rookie quarterback in Sam Darnold. If they do, everything that’s been said about this Chicago team on paper was always incredibly hollow.
Here are Windy City Gridiron’s staff picks for Bears-Jets.
Robert Zeglinski: Bears 30 Jets 21
The Jets’ 21st-ranked offense has eight turnovers in their last three games, meaning there’s no better time to rebound for a reeling Bears defense at home.
Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Bears 28 Jets 14
Vic Fangio and the defense is in a funk, but a rookie quarterback that leads the league in interceptions is enough to shake them out of it.
Aaron Leming: Bears 31 Jets 20
It’s been a tough couple of weeks for the Bears, and the Jets can be a good team (depending on the week). Despite that, this is as close to a “must-win” as the Bears have had this season and I think they answer the bell.
Jacob Infante: Bears 34 Jets 24
Despite Chicago’s defensive struggles as of late, they shouldn’t be ineffective to the point that they override their offense’s dominance against the Jets.
Josh Sunderbruch: Bears 28 Jets 17
I think the Bears find their stride against another struggling team as the offense steadies itself and the defense tightens up.
Sam Householder: Bears 28 Jets 17
The Bears get back on track with a winnable game against a rookie quarterback and a defense that’s allowed 71 points in their last two games.
Andrew Link: Bears 35 Jets 27
I think the Bears offense gets back on track, specifically with Mitchell Trubisky’s errant throws. Fangio has seemingly lost his grasp on game-planning, and that won’t change against a Jets offense that can produce explosive plays.
ECD: Bears 38 Jets 20
The Bears’ offense has been productive in the passing game in the past three weeks. If they can get the ground game going with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, this game will be a blowout.
Patti Curl: Bears 27 Jets 9
Our precious Biscuit still struggles with blitzes and the Jets’ blitz happy ways could give him trouble. But it’s time for a bounce back game for the Bears defense and the Jets offense will be in over its head.
WhiskeyRanger: Bears 23 Jets 17
Sam Darnold might develop into a good quarterback at some point, but he isn’t one now. The Bears defense should make life difficult for the rookie, though annoying mistakes and poor tackling will probably keep this one closer than it should be.
Ken Mitchell: Bears 38 Jets 21
Wow, do I really think Chicago’s offense will score 38 points on the Jets? No, I predict a pick-six and or a fumble recovery for a touchdown in there as the Bears defense mauls New York.
WCG Contributors: Jeff Berckes; Patti Curl; Eric Christopher Duerrwaechter; Kev H; Sam Householder; Jacob Infante; Aaron Lemming; Andrew Link; Ken Mitchell; Steven Schweickert; Jack Silverstein; EJ Snyder; Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; Robert Zeglinski; Like us on Facebook.