How many games will the Chicago Bears win this year? Sportsbooks have set the betting line at 7.0.
But our artificial intelligence computer Beardog has the Bears ranked 29th of 32 teams with only Washington, Oakland and Tennessee ranked lower. With Green Bay, Detroit and Minnesota ranked 4th, 11th and 19th ,respectively, Chicago is simply outmatched in their division. The bottom line is that the Bears are very weak on defense, careless and aging on offense and face a tough schedule in 2015-6. Newly acquired coach John Fox is in for a long season.
Despite a lot of offensive talent on the roster, 2014 was a disaster for the Bears. They only won 5 games and averaged less than 20 points per game. This led to the firing of coach Marc Trestman and the trading away of wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets. In 2015 Alshon Jeffery will assume the top wide receiver spot and be paired with rookie WR Kevin White out of West Virginia. We also see newly acquired Eddie Royal and TE Martellus Bennett being targeted. This is only an average group of receivers. Last season, QB Jay Cutler had the highest completion percentage and most touchdowns thrown in a season in his career. But sadly, Mr. Cutler simply did not deliver at critical moments. He was responsible for 21 turnovers!
If Cutler, does not improve, look for him to be yanked early in the season and the tumultous process of finding a suitable replacement beginning. Although he rushed for more than 1000 yards last season, Matt Forte carried the ball less than in recent previous years. In 2015, we see Forte possibly having a big year with increased workload as the play calling will be more run-oriented with coach Fox. But it is equally possible his durability will start slipping at this point in his career. The Bears offense is also crippled by a poor offensive line.
On top of these troubles the once feared defense gave up 27.6 points per game. The defense has not been significantly upgraded in the offseason. As evidence, in the third preseason game against Cincinatti the defense was completely flat and listless in a 21-10 loss in which the Bengals completed their first 13 passes.