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If the Bears can’t beat the Chargers, who can they beat?

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Like the Bears, the Chargers once had high hopes for the 2019 season. A year removed from a 12-4 campaign saw Los Angeles B primed to take advantage of another weak AFC. Yet ever since they overcame the formidable Colts, Phillip Rivers’ ragtag bunch has resorted to the same old habits of self-inflicted wounds, poor discipline, and self-imposed irrelevance.

If there were ever a week for the Bears to compose themselves and keep their season from derailing, it’d be against the Chargers. But the funny thing is that the Chargers are probably having the same thoughts about the discombobulating Bears. Two teams lacking consistent cohesion. Both have no answers until further notice. Something’s got to give, right? Right?

Windy City Gridiron’s staff picks for Bears-Chargers on Sunday.


Robert Zeglinski: Chargers 20, Bears 16

Does it matter? Eat at Portillos (Arby’s).

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Chargers 12, Bears 6

Two bad teams going at it, but the Chargers can do more on offense.

Bill Zimmerman: Chargers 27, Bears 6

Give me one good reason why I should think this team will be competitive this week?

Sam Householder: Chargers 21, Bears 13

The Chargers have a top 10 defense, which seems to decimate the Bears, although the Bears’ pass rush should have an advantage.

Steven Schweickert: Chargers 21, Bears 16

I never thought we’d have a position six games in where the Bears would have to win back trust, but here we are.

(Also, I’m first in line to follow the @NihilistPortillo’s Twitter account.)

Jacob Infante: Chargers 24, Bears 17

Don’t let the score fool you; this game is going to be heavily in favor of the Chargers. Mitchell Trubisky will throw a garbage-time touchdown to Allen Robinson or something to make the box score look competitive.

Jeff Berckes: Bears 23, Chargers 0

There’s way too much negativity here. The Bears’ defense rebounds in a big way.

Erik Duerrwaechter: Bears 17, Chargers 10

I’m Optimist Prime, damn it. The Chargers are experiencing a slump of their own, including a pair of losses to the Broncos and Steelers. Khalil Mack and the Bears’ defense will seek revenge.

WhiskeyRanger: Chargers 20, Bears 20

The Chargers aren’t good. On paper, this looks to be something of a get-right game that the Bears shouldn’t lose. My confidence is such that I can’t see them pulling out the win. Thus, we have a tie.

Josh Sunderbruch: Chargers 24, Bears 13

The Bears only get the offense going in garbage time, and it’s not the defense’s fault that they keep defending a short field.

Robert Schmitz: Chargers 20, Bears 13

The Chargers are bad and the Bears should beat them. They absolutely should beat them. There’s no real reason they should lose this game, certainly not at home. Still, the Bears manage to anyway.

Patti Curl: Bears 96, Chargers 12

The Bears pay back some of their point debt and honor an injured Akiem Hicks in the process.

Ken Mitchell: Bears 24, Chargers 17

Because Bears.

Robert admires the Chargers’ steadfast commitment to acting as the football roulette wheel where you never win.

WCG Contributors: Jeff Berckes; Patti Curl; Eric Christopher Duerrwaechter; Kev H; Sam Householder; Jacob Infante; Aaron Lemming; Ken Mitchell; Steven Schweickert; Jack Silverstein; EJ Snyder; Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; Whiskey Ranger; Robert Schmitz; Robert Zeglinski; Bill Zimmerman; Like us on Facebook