Chicago Bears: Analyzing the remainder of the Bears 2020 schedule

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What does the rest of the Chicago Bears 2020 regular season schedule look like?

Nine weeks into the 2020 NFL season and the Chicago Bears stand at 5-4, only in second place behind the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North. It could probably be worse, so let’s be thankful that the Bears at least have a winning record, despite being in the middle of a three-game losing streak.

When looking at the rest of the Bears 2020 schedule, the Bears have five divisional games left, two against the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, and then one against the Detroit Lions. Then, when December rolls around, the Bears have a home game against the Houston Texans and a road game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Looking at the remaining schedule, there are a few things to note. First, between weeks ten, 12, and 13, the Bears play three divisional opponents. The Bears have a bye week in week 11. It’s crucial that the Bears win at least two of these three games in order to have a chance to compete for the NFC North at the end of the season. Ideally, the Bears want to win all three games in order to really make a case for contending for the NFC North.

Of the final seven games, it’s crucial to note the week 12 Sunday Night Football and week 17 matchups, both of which are against the Packers will decide the NFC North Division Champion. While the Vikings appear to be figuring out who they are, they’ve lost five games so far, three of which have been to NFC teams. Minnesota still has to play the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Carolina Panthers. The Bears beat two of those teams, giving them the tiebreaker.

While matchups against the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars don’t appear to be very significant because they are out-of-conference games, those are two wins that could help the Bears tremendously in terms of fighting for a playoff spot in the NFC.

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Overall, the Bears know that despite having a 5-4 record, the losses to the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams will haunt them more than they’ll admit. That means that for the Bears, winning at least six of the next seven games will be critical if this team is going to be playing meaningful football in January.