The Bears next three opponents are the Seahawks, Redskins and Bills. While the Bears are in the softer part of their schedule, the Packers and Vikings next three opponents put them in prime position to take full control of the NFC North. Right now, the Bears sit atop the NFC North and share the best record in the NFL. By the time they have to play the Vikings, they may well be (at the very least) 6-2, but more likely 7-1.
The Packers have to play the Dolphins, Vikings and the Jets at the
Meadowlands. After that, they play the Cowboys, at Vikings and at the
Falcons. These six games will make or break the Packers season. They are
decimated with injuries as Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion last week
and might have to sit out and Jermichael Finley is probably out for the
season. The Packers have already lost Ryan Grant and Nick Barnett for
the season. By week eight, the Packers look like a 4-4 team.
The Vikings play the Cowboys this week. Then they go to Green Bay, travel
to New England, play the Arizona at home then travel to Soldier Field.
Brett Favre is playing like his hurt and old and he can't get on the
same page with the receivers. He may even sit out because of tendinitis
in his elbow. By the time they have to go to Soldier Field, the Vikings
might be 2-6 and in last place with the Lions.
In the thrid quarter of the season, the Bears could very well have a 3 game lead on the Packers. They do still have to play the Patriots and Jets but by the time they have to play them, the Bears offense will be running on all cylinders.
If all goes according to my copy of the "Back to the Future" Sports Almanac, the Bears are on pace to finish 12-4.
Start saving up for playoff tickets.