The NFL revealed their 2019 schedule last week, so we had to get in on the much-too-early Chicago Bears prediction fun. But to take it in a different direction, we wanted to break the schedule down into four easy to digest portions of prognostications. Former Bears head coach, Lovie Smith, used to like to break the schedule into four quarters — much like a football game — so we’re going to do the same thing here at WCG. And we’re also going to do it roundtable style to get more of our Bears experts involved in the process.
Most of us had the Bears going 4-0 to start the 2019 season, with none going less than 3-1 to start the year. To see what we said about the first quarter you can check that out here.
We weren’t as optimistic in the second quarter, and you can see those predictions here.
Here’s how the third quarter of the season will go for the Bears.
Week 10: vs. Detroit Lions Sunday, Nov. 10, noon, CBS
Week 11: at Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Nov. 17, 7:20 p.m., NBC
Week 12: vs. New York Giants Sunday, Nov. 24, noon, FOX
Week 13: at Detroit Lions Thursday, Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving), 11:30 a.m., FOX
(All times Central)
Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. - (3-1, 10-2) I see two possible losses in this quarter, either the Rams in L.A. or Thanksgiving in Detroit. I think the Lions are going to be better in 2019, but the Bears have more talent top to bottom.
Erik Christopher Duerrwaechter - (4-0, 11-1) The Rams will be a challenge while they’re at home in LA. However, this Bears defense has already broken Jared Goff once, and I expect that to happen again. The rest of the teams should be a relative piece of cake. #WeOwnTheLions
Sam Householder - (3-1, 8-4) Again there’s two possible losses here, but here’s in April, let’s keep it all navy and orange Kool-Aid. The Lions could be better, but I don’t know that they will be and the Bears still have more talent. The Rams game looms large, they could be out for revenge, but has Jared Goff been figured out? I think the Rams will beat the Bears in a close game. Thanksgiving is always tough given the turnaround, but they’ll be ready to go.
Ken Mitchell - (4-0, 12-0) Detroit will be lucky to win 6 games this year. We know how to beat L.A. as was proven in 2018, and Jared Goff is not nearly as good as he gets credit for. Eli vs. Khalil? The only real guy we have to worry about with the Giants is Odell Beckham, Jr. Oh, wait... never mind. My over under on Matt Patricia being fired is week 12, so that adds a bit of juice to week 13 for me.
Aaron Leming - (4-0, 10-2) I’m sorry but I’m not sold the Lions will be any better than they were last year. My biggest issue with them is the coaching staff and I think the talent gap between them and the rest of the NFC North was larger than some had thought. I also believe the Bears are simply a better team than the Rams and don’t underrate the Super Bowl hangover that has plagued multiple Super Bowl losers over the years.
Robert Schmitz - (4-0, 10-2) This is, and I mean this, the stretch of the year where I’m most confident (assuming good health). I want to act like the sweeping the Lions won’t happen, but I don’t think much of Matt Patricia and don’t think they’ll have the firepower to compete with us. The Rams are my biggest candidate for a big drop off (Super Bowl Hangover + Goff getting exposed = potential catastrophe), so I’m actually not worried about having to play at their place. Add in the Giants have had one of the worst offseasons I could’ve imagined so far and I think we pick up four quick wins.
Will the Bears go undefeated in this 4 game stretch?
This poll is closed
Now it’s your turn. Give us your record prediction for the third quarter of the season in the comment section and a few sentences about why you feel the way you do.