Key Additions: Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, Buster Skrine, Mike Davis, Cordarrelle Patterson, David Montgomery, Riley Ridley, Chuck Pagano
Key Returns: Pat O’Donnell, Aaron Lynch
Key Departures: Jordan Howard, Adrian Amos, Cody Parkey, Bryce Callahan, Josh Bellamy, Eric Kush, Kevin White, Vic Fangio
|Week 1||Sept. 5th 8:20 PM ET||vs. Green Bay Packers (NBC)|
|Week 2||Sept. 15th 4:25 PM ET||@ Denver Broncos (FOX)|
|Week 3||Sept. 22nd 8:15 PM ET||@ Washington Redskins (ESPN)|
|Week 4||Sept. 29th 4:25 PM ET||vs. Minnesota Vikings (CBS)|
|Week 5||Oct. 6th 1:00 PM ET||@ Oakland Raiders (FOX)|
|Week 6||Bye Week|
|Week 7||Oct. 20th 4:25 PM ET||vs. New Orleans Saints (FOX)|
|Week 8||Oct. 27th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Los Angeles Chargers (FOX)|
|Week 9||Nov. 3rd 1:00 PM ET||@ Philadelphia Eagles (FOX)|
|Week 10||Nov. 10th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Detroit Lions (CBS)|
|Week 11||Nov. 17th 8:20 PM ET||@ Los Angeles Rams (NBC)|
|Week 12||Nov. 24th 1:00 PM ET||vs. New York Giants (FOX)|
|Week 13||Nov. 28th 12:30 PM ET||@ Detroit Lions (FOX)|
|Week 14||Dec. 5th 8:20 PM ET||vs. Dallas Cowboys (FOX)|
|Week 15||Dec. 15th 1:00 PM ET||@ Green Bay Packers (FOX)|
|Week 16||Dec. 22nd 8:20 PM ET||vs. Kansas City Chiefs (NBC)|
|Week 17||Dec. 29th 1:00 PM ET||@ Minnesota Vikings (FOX)|
Last season was a year to remember for Bears fans, starting with new Head Coach Matt Nagy, the acquisition of Khalil Mack, beating the Green Bay Packers to win the NFC North for the first time since 2010 and hosting a playoff game. The Chicago Bears finished 2018 with a 12-4 record, all four loses coming within seven points or less. With young talent across the board, this Bears will be another team to keep an eye on to possibly represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
In order to reach that goal, the Bears have to overcome a lot heading into this season, most importantly, the departure of Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio. Fangio, who is now the Head Coach in Denver, was the mastermind last season with his different schemes that helped the Bears defense be one of the best in the league. They called in former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano to fill the spot. Pagano, a defensive minded coach, will have a lot to work with.
The development of Mitchell Trubisky will be the most impactful key to the Bears success this season. After a season of ups and downs for the young quarterback, this season is what Head Coach Matt Nagy calls “102 class.” Trubisky showed some positive sparks last season, including a six passing touchdown game against Tampa Bay and his drive to set up a potential game-winning kick against the Eagles in the wild card game. Trubisky already has shown that he is a mobile quarterback and his long ball is a weapon, but if his decision making and mid-range accuracy improve, this offense will be dangerous.
Trubisky has a solid wide receiver core to work with this year including Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and rookie Riley Ridley. The RPO style offense will be fun to watch this year with two running backs who have experience catching the ball out of the backfield. Tarik Cohen returns with his electrifying speed and agility, along with the addition of rookie David Montgomery. If the offense stays healthy and the development of Trubisky continues to grow, I see this offense being top ten in the league.
The schedule for the Bears this year is daunting to say the least. Opening up once again with the Green Bay Packers at home on Thursday night is a huge matchup not only because of the rivalry but because Green Bay will debut their new Head Coach, Matt LaFleur. They take on Vic Fangio’s Broncos in week two in Denver before seeing the Redskins, Vikings and Raiders before the bye week.
The second half of the season will test this Bears as they see three possible division winners in the Saints, Chargers, and Eagles in three consecutive games. Other key matchups on the schedule is a rematch with the Rams in LA, the Cowboys at home on Thursday night and the Chiefs at home on Sunday night in December. In a division where three teams, maybe even all four, are very capable of winning the division crown, the Bears need to find a way to win these big-time games.
The Bears should definitely be a team to watch out for in 2019. This team has the talent to be one of the best in the league and can be if they stay healthy. If the Bears survive the schedule they have this year, they very well could get to the Super Bowl.