The Chicago Bears never fail to entertain. They kicked off the 2020 season with a 5-1 start despite benching Mitchell Trubisky for Nick Foles in Week 3 but went on to lose six games in a row. Trubisky’s return to the starting lineup brought some success though, as Chicago was able to creep into the Wild Card Round with an 8-8 record by winning three of its last four games.
People have argued that a competent quarterback could make Chicago a legitimate contender in recent years and that just might be the case. The Bears’ defense is formidable and their rushing attack remained strong in 2020 following Tarik Cohen’s early season-ending knee injury. Then there’s Allen Robinson, who tallied his first-ever 100-catch season in 2020. There’s room for Chicago to improve though.
Only three players broke more tackles than David Montgomery and that helped Chicago’s offensive line not look too bad. However, Foles ranks dead last in yards per completion during the regular season (5.9) while Trubisky (6.9) finished 23rd. Chicago could improve its offense significantly with better run blocking and more time to make plays down the field. There’s a good chance the Bears will seek out offensive linemen late in the first round if they opt to re-sign Trubisky.
The Bears will face their NFC North divisional opponents six times, half at home and half on the road. In addition, they draw matchups against all four teams from the AFC North and NFC West. The NFL is expected to add a 17th game to the regular season schedule that will feature an inter-conference matchup with a similarly placed team. The Bears would face the AFC West.
Home: Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants
Away: Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers