Chicago Bears 2015 Schedule: Month-by-month analysis

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December-January: 3-2 Record

Now we enter the stretch run of the season. The schedule makers, after really hitting the Bears hard early in the season, gives them a little bit of a break.

After getting spanked on national television on Thanksgiving, the Bears go home and play the San Francisco 49ers in Week 13. Both of these teams are in transition, but while the Bears did a real good job of bringing in players who could help the team, the Niners experienced a mass exodus, with free agents leaving or players retiring, starting with the exit of head coach Jim Harbaugh.

The Niners will struggle all season long, and it will continue here. The Bears will cruise to a victory.

In Week 14, the Bears host Washington. Washington has been a big mess over the last three seasons, and this season will be no different. Robert Griffin III will struggle through injuries once more, and head coach Jay Gruden will continue to question having Griffin as his quarterback.

The Bears enter Week 15 with their first winning streak of the season.

The streak will be broken.

The Bears will travel to Minnesota, where the Vikings will remember their loss at Soldier Field, and will come away with a victory. This is another game that will go down to the end. Bridgewater will make the plays down the stretch.

In Week 16, the Bears travel to Tampa Bay over the Christmas holiday weekend. They face the Buccaneers and former Bears head coach Lovie Smith.

Some say that Smith was the cause of a lot of the problems his replacement, Marc Trestman, had in Chicago. A lot of his players did not like how he was dumped after a 10-6 season, and they just did not want to play for Trestman.

That’s all in the past, now, and the Bears now have a coach who will demand respect, and the roster is quickly filling up with players who did not play under Smith. Expect the Bears to give Jameis Winston another in a long list of lessons he will learn in 2015.

Week 17 is the end of the season. The Bears host the Lions, who will likely be playing for the division title. If this is the case, the Lions will go all out for a victory, while the Bears will go all out to play spoilers. The Bears just won’t have enough to beat the Lions.

If there is nothing on the line, however. the Lions will take a break, and the Bears will have a chance at finishing at .500. I think it will be a loss.

There you have it, the 2015 Chicago Bears regular season record. After some rough games early on, I think the Bears will finish with a 7-9 record. That is not good, but it is better than a 5-11 and laughingstock status.

If course, there are several trade rumors surrounding the draft, so the personnel may be different. As the team is presently constructed, though, I think the Bears may reach a ceiling of 8-8.

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