By: Jay Patel
The 2020 NFL schedule was recently released, and the Bears have a lot to prove after a disappointing 2019 season. There are going to be several great matchups including hosting Tom Brady and the new-look Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 5. This will be one of four primetime games the Bears are slated for. The other three will be against the Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, and Green Bay Packers.
Chicago has a chance to start the season off strong, with their first seven games against teams that did not make the playoffs last season. After that, seven of the remaining nine games will be against teams that clinched a postseason spot in 2019.
Beginning October 18th, Bears games will be subject to flexible scheduling, meaning the times of games could be changed depending on team records and playoff seeding.
The Bears preseason opponents will be the Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, and Tennessee Titans.
Looking at the schedule, I’m going to break down each opponent into three categories: Win, Loss, Maybe. Win meaning the Bears should win the game, loss meaning the Bears could lose the game, and maybe meaning the game could go either way.
Win: Lions (2), Giants, Panthers, Jaguars, Colts, Vikings (1), Packers (1)
Maybe: Falcons, Buccaneers, Rams, Texans
Loss: Packers (1), Vikings (1), Saints, Titans
This schedule has its tough matchups in there, but it also has a lot of games the Bears can win. I see a real possibility of at least starting the season 3-1, if not, better. It will be also nice to see the Bears end the season at home after the past couple ending in Minnesota. I might be optimistic, but I see the Bears as postseason contenders with a great chance to bounce back, and make it back into the playoffs.
Record Prediction: 10-6