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The Chicago Bears 2017 Schedule Reviewed: December

By Bryan Dietzler

The month of December will signal the end of the 2017 regular season and will, most likely, be the end of the Bears’ season.  Chicago will start the year struggling but will end it as a better team.  However, they won’t be quite good enough to make the playoffs.  But they won’t end the season with as poor a record as many prognosticators are saying.

In fact, the Bears will be much better off at the end of the 2017 season than they were at the end of last year’s miserable campaign.  You can bet on it.  And they will have a strong finish to the season, in the month of December, to show how far they have progressed.

So here, in our final preview of the Bears’ schedule for 2017, we will look at the last five games of the season.  Can they end the year on a high note or will they suffer a big blow and lose out?  Let’s find out.

December 3rd @ 1 pm on Fox San Francisco at Chicago

If you remember last year’s game between these two teams, the Bears, after a rough start, pretty much had their way with the 49ers.  Thanks to extremely poor play by San Francisco’s quarterbacks and a shoddy run defense, Chicago earned one of their three wins on the year.  The 49ers, like the Bears, are in rebuilding mode now.  But, they have a longer way to go than the Bears do.

I think this will be an easy win for the Bears.  The 49ers quarterback situation will still be a problem next season so don’t count a lot of passing.  Ironically, Chicago could be facing one of their two temporary starters from last year, Brian Hoyer or Matt Barkley.  That should make things interesting.  The Bears’ defense should be able to take care of those two.  With issues on defense to boot, San Francisco has a way to go before they can be very competitive again.

Chicago will get another win and start the month of December on a high note.  It could be what kicks off a strong close to a promising season.

Early “Don’t hold me to it” Prediction: Chicago 27 San Francisco 13

December 10th @ 1 pm on Fox Chicago at Cincinnati

The Bengals had a tough season last year and will hope to rebound in 2017.  If they can stay healthy, they have a chance at a lot better than last year.  But there are some holes they need to fill before they can count on winning a lot of games.  For one, their offensive line needs work, and if they can’t protect quarterback Andy Dalton, they will struggle.  The defense has some talent but can they put it all together?

This Cincinnati team is going to be a little hard to predict.  They are usually up one year then down the next, and I think they are an inconsistent team overall.  I do think this will be a good game and it will be a close one no matter what.  Do I think the Bears can beat the Bengals?  Yes, I do.  Will they beat the Bengals?  Yes, they will.

It will be a close game, but I think the Bears will take this one.  Health will be the biggest factor.  If the Bears are healthy at this point, they will win.

One question comes to mind now is, could Mitchell Trubisky be starting by the time they play this game?  With this being a pivotal point in 2017, with lots of changes, changes at quarterback could happen.  That’s just something to think about.  There will be more on this in future postings.

Early “Don’t hold me to it” Prediction: Chicago 23 Cincinnati 18

December 16th @ 4:30 pm on NFLN Chicago at Detroit

The Bears and the Lions will face off for the second time this season in a game that could be important for the Lion’s playoff hopes.  That’s if they still have playoff hopes.  Some feel, including this writer, that the Lions have a real shot at making it to the postseason.  At this point in the year, the Lions may be pushing hard for a playoff berth and will be playing lights out to earn every victory.  Some teams turn it on at the end of the year, and the Lions could be in a position to do that.

I had the Bears taking the first game and think they will play tough in the second one.  But if the Lions are poised for the playoffs, Chicago won’t beat them. I do think that if Detroit is headed towards the basement, then I think the Bears will win.  These division games are so tough to predict, most of the time they could go either way.  But this one belongs to the Lions.

Early “Don’t hold me to it” Prediction: Detroit 23 Chicago 20

December 24th @ 1 pm on Fox Cleveland at Chicago

The Bears hope to get an early Christmas present on Christmas Eve as they play host to last year’s worst team, the Cleveland Browns.  I believe, after several good drafts, Cleveland has a lot of potential, and they will do better in 2017.  But, they won’t beat the Bears.  With questions on offense, particularly at quarterback, the Browns aren’t going to climb out of their hole just yet.  And the Bears will not be a rung on the ladder they use to climb out of that hole.

This game could see the Bears earn the largest margin of victory they have against any team in 2017.  I predict the Bears will have a good game through the air.  If they haven’t run him into the ground by this time, Jordan Howard may be able to have a solid game too.  And the defense could benefit from what should be an unsettled Cleveland offense.

Chicago will roll in this game and grab their third victory of the month.

Early “Don’t hold me to it” Prediction: Chicago 32 Cleveland 17

December 32st @ 1 pm on Fox Chicago at Minnesota

The Bears will play their final game of the season against division rival Minnesota, at Minnesota, for the second season in a row.  The Vikings could take a bit of a dip this season, and I predict that they will compete with the Bears for the bottom spot in the NFC North.  So, this could be dubbed the “basement bowl, ” and the loser could end up having the most losses in the North.

I think that this will be a hard fought game and will be one played for pride more than anything else.  Remembering last year’s result, the Bears are going to want to play better and should play better.  Hopefully, their key players will be healthy and ready for this game.  The last game of the season for a team that isn’t bound for the playoffs can be a good test for rookies or players who haven’t seen a lot of action during the year.  Could it be the game we see Mitchell Trubisky play in?

The Bears and Vikings will be playing for next year at this point.  So who will come out on top?

This will be a win for the Vikings giving them each one win over the other.  I think that the Bears will have a bit of a letdown in this game and end the season on a low note.  But it’s certainly not going to be a down season.  It won’t be a playoff season, but it will be better than last year.

Early “Don’t hold me to it” Prediction: Minnesota 24 Chicago 20

If you have been keeping up with my predictions, you will see that the record I have predicted might leave you shocked.   All told, I have Chicago going 7-9 in 2017 which should be right about on the money. This record, of course, is barring a massive amount of injuries or a complete collapse which is possible.  But I don’t think it will happen.

The Bears’ defense should be strong, but their offense will be a question mark.  The running game will be solid, but there are some questions in the passing game where their quarterback, Mike Glennon, is not a seasoned signal caller.  The wide receiver corps is a group of underachievers and could be the biggest question mark on this team.  It could also be its biggest weakness.

There is so much we don’t know yet.

So here’s hoping for a 7-9 record or better.  Achieving this mark will make it a “winning” season for the Bears and will show they are on the right path.

What are your thoughts?  What do you think the Bears’ record will be in 2017?

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