The 2010 season is the 25th Anniversary of the Super Bowl Shufflin' '85 Bears. Lovie Smith's and Jerry Angelo's jobs are on the line so its win or go home for them. This also could be the final year before a lockout. This is why the Bears will regain their swagger and give us something to be proud about.
The regular season doesn't start for another 113 days but that doesn't mean its too early to predict how many games the Bears will win in the 2010 season. Well, maybe it is. You can never predict injuries, off the field issues, suspensions and locker room drama that could determine a team's fate. Regardless, here we go...
1st Quarter: Record 3-1
9/12 - Lions
Win. It's against the Lions. I won't be sold on them until they win the NFC North. Fat chance.
9/19 - @ Cowboys
Lose. Tough game at the Taj Mahal of stadiums, but it will be close. I keep remembering that Sunday night dismantling and the Thanksgiving Thomas vs. Julius Jones game.
9/27 - Packers, Monday night game
Win. The Packers swept the Bears last year, not this year. Remember this Lovie-ism, "Beat the Packers, win the Division"? The Bears haven't been all that successful recently against the Packers even though Lovie still has a winning record against the them. Cutler 1, Rodgers 0.
10/3 - @ Giants, Sunday night game
Win. The Giants defense hasn't been all that since Michael Strahan left, so they brought in Perry Fewell, the hot shot defensive coordinator that stiff armed the Bears this past offseason. The Bears will show us who they really are on the road, in a new stadium and on prime time.
2nd Quarter: Record 4-0
10/10 - @ Panthers
Win. Julius Peppers goes back to Carolina and teaches them a lesson in not being a little more aggressive in wanting to keep him. Bears will stay hot.
10/17 - Seahawks
Win. Playing at Soldier Field after a couple away games will be refreshing. Coach Pete Carroll will start to second guess his decision of leaving USC. Most great college coaches turn out to be duds in the NFL.
10/24 - Redskins
Win. Remember when Donovan McNabb had a one-to-one with Jay Cutler after the Bears lost to the Eagles in a heartbreaker on Sunday night? Cutler will have a one-to-one with McNabb this time. The Redskins also realize they should have waited to spend their money on Julius Peppers instead of Albert Haynesworth.
11/7 - @ Bills
Win. The Bears will beat the Bills so bad that the Bills won't want to come back to Buffalo as the United States conquers Canada. This is a no-brainer.
3rd Quarter: Record 3-1
11/14 - Vikings
Remember when Chris Williams manhandled Jared Allen? With an entire
season at left tackle, Williams will have gotten better since the two
matched up. The weather will be warm enough for Grandpa Brett Favre so
this game will be close. The NFL didn't want to see Favre suffer in
single degree temperatures in Chicago.
11/18 - @ Dolphins, Thursday night
The Bears have a short week and have to travel for the second week in a
row. Let's hope Jay Cutler isn't parading through South Beach the night
before. The Dolphins have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.
Second straight tough game.
11/28 - Eagles
Kevin Kolb may turn out to be a decent quarterback but the Eagles will
have their growing pains, especially when Kolb's throwing from his
back. The Eagles have a lot of young talents and are yet another
12/5 - @ Lions
12/12 - Patriots
Under Lovie Smith, the Bears seem to lose a game or two because of
Lovie's in-game decision making. It could be by challenging a play with
no chance of a reversal, a wrongly-timed time out or inadequate use of
personnel. Bill Bilicheck, even more unlikable than Lovie, is the
12/20 - @ Vikings, Monday night
Who likes playing in the Roller Dome? Mike Ditka hated the place and I
hate it too. I hate the dumb Viking Horn, the ugly Viking that needs to
shave his back and artificial turf. Football wasn't made to be play on
an artificial surface nor was it made to be played indoors.
12/26 - Jets
As good as Rex Ryan's defenses are with the Jets, they will never be as
good as his old man's, Buddy. This will be a game will be tough as I
see the Bears winning by multiple Robbie Gould field goals.
1/2 - @ Packers
A must win for the Bears. Remember.. beat the Packers, win the
division? This will be for the division and possibly for home field
advantage in the playoffs. Cutler shows us why he's money. Cutler 2,
Overall: 12-4, NFC North Champs...and more to be determined later.