By John Stillman ‘19
Face the truth Bears fans, you’re not that good. Despite their 4-3 start and being in first place after week 8, reality will set in and the Bears will NOT make the playoffs.
You might be thinking… “what Packers fan is writing this right now?” Well, think again. I’m a New England Patriots fan who has no bias against the Bears. The future may be bright in Chicago, but hear why this is not their year.
The Chicago Bears are definitely a team on the rise and have shown signs of promise this year with Mitchell Trubisky making strides. Not only has Trubisky developed, but the addition of Khalil Mack has given their defense a significant boost. Also, first-year coach Matt Nagy has shown signs of creativity that certainly give hope to a franchise that has not seen the playoffs since 2010. Despite these significant improvements, there are still many obstacles before the Bears can reach the playoffs again.
The Bears have shown promise in the early stages of games this year, such as week 1 vs Green Bay, week 4 vs Tampa Bay, and week 6 vs Miami. Week 4 is an exception from this conversation as they were up by a laughable margin, but the common theme is that the team has regressed as they have held a lead. It seems when pressure matters the most, the team cannot find a way to succeed.
Also, the Bears defense has been nothing but a laughingstock over two of the past three games. Through the first four games, they gave up an impressive 16.25 ppg. But before the weekend against the pathetic Jets, they had given up a comical 34.5 ppg. Granted, one game was against the greatest quarterback of all time (Tom Brady), but a championship team does not give up 31 points to a backup quarterback in Brock Osweiler.
As far as strength of wins, the Bears beat one of the NFL’s worst teams, the Arizona Cardinals, in a nail biter and won against three mediocre teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets. A playoff team must beat playoff caliber teams, and the Bears have yet to prove that feat.
Down the road, the Bears have a mixed bag schedule packed with division games. They have some easy wins available against the Giants, Bills, and 49ers; however, the team also has some brutal games against the Vikings, Packers, and the NFL’s best, the Rams.
While I cast much doubt on this Bears team, there are still individuals who have expressed their belief in this year’s team.
Senior Aidan McGuire still believes in his team: “The Bears definitely hit a rough patch but they have bounced back and are charging for the division crown.”
Senior Pat Flynn said, “Da Bears are back with the Mack attack and the rest of the monsters of the midway. Expect them in the playoffs this year.”
Granted, anything could happen over the next nine games, but I do not see the Bears making the playoffs this year. I see the Bears finishing a solo 3rd in the division this year at 9-7. This would obviously be a huge step forward for Chicago, but don’t expect football in January in Chicago this year.
Until next year, Bears fans.