Final Score Predictions for Every Bears Primetime Game

The Bears have three primetime matchups this season, how will they fare?
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Week 15: Dec. 16 at Minnesota (MNF)

There is a very long stretch between the first primetime game and the next with this one coming in Week 15. By this time in the season, we should have a good idea of what the 2024 Chicago Bears are and just how good Caleb Williams is or how much he truly looks the part of a rookie. The first portion of the Bears schedule is very easy so it should give Williams time to learn the game more and have a handful of starts under his belt. On the other side, the Vikings will likely be starting their own rookie, J.J. McCarthy, by this point in the season. I don't think anyone believes Sam Darnold will be the starter in Minnesota for the duration of the season.

On paper, the Bears have a better roster than the Vikings so they should have the edge. The Vikings' offense should be above average if they can get solid QB play as they still have the best receiver in the game, Justin Jefferson, as well as one of the best tight ends in the league - T.J. Hockenson. Their defense, however, will likely take a step back in 2024 after losing premier rusher Danielle Hunter. They did bring in Jonathan Greenard who had a very good 2023 season, but he is not quite the player Hunter is. Harrison Smith is also a year older and can potentially see a decline in his play.

This game should be close as are most division games, but I like Caleb Williams a lot more than I like J.J. McCarthy. I even like Williams over Darnold if that ends up being the matchup. It is never easy playing in Minnesota with the dome and SKOL chants for every other play, but I think the Bears go in and take care of business.

Score Prediction: Bears 27, Vikings 17