Sporting News’ NFL predictions for the 2020 season have been made with the understanding that the pro football landscape almost surely will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in some way through the fall and winter.
So predictions regarding how all teams including the Bears will finish in the 2020 NFL standings and beyond are more of a crap shoot than usual. We have no choice but to operate with the roster and schedule knowledge we have of all 32 teams heading into what will be a strange season.
Based on NFL senior writer Vinnie Iyer’s game picks for the entire 2020 season, SN is projecting a slight slip in Chicago from .500 to 7-9. We still have the Bears finishing ahead of the Lions in the NFC North, but even with an expanded NFL playoff field for 2020, Chicago doesn’t get enough wins to reach the postseason.
Below are Iyer’s predictions for the Bears in 2020, plus how Vegas oddsmakers view their chances to win the Super Bowl.
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Bears record prediction for 2020
- Record: 7-9
- Division: No. 3 in NFC North
- Playoffs: N/A
Iyer’s take: The Bears won’t be battling either the Packers or the Vikings to regain playoff status in the NFC North. The uninspiring QB situation between Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky is a bad start. The defense will have more regression with no Eddie Goldman up front and new issues at linebacker and cornerback. They will be at least one game worse in 2020.
Haislop’s take: If Foles ends up starting over Trubisky and plays at least adequately, the Bears have a strong enough roster to go better than 7-9 and even flirt with a division title. The problem is trusting Foles to play well enough to elevate Matt Nagy’s offense.
Bears odds for 2020 win total, Super Bowl
According to the Super Bowl odds at Sports Insider, Chicago is expected to finish the season somewhere between 5-11 and 9-7. The Bears are behind both the Vikings (+150) and the Packers (+225) in odds to win the NFC North, tied with the Lions at +400.
Chicago is well ahead of Detroit, though, in its odds to win the NFC championship. It is ninth in the conference at +2000.
Bears schedule 2020
Assuming the 2020 NFL schedule remains intact without any pandemic-related adjustments, the Bears will play the 13th toughest schedule in the NFL based on opponents’ 2019 winning percentage.
As a high-profile team, the Bears have four prime-time games on their schedule, including a pair of “Monday Night Football” games. The rest (except for the late-afternoon game against the Saints on Nov. 1) are scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET.
Below is the Bears’ complete schedule for the 2020 season.
|Week||Date||Opponent||Kickoff time (ET)||TV|
|1||Sept. 13||at Lions||1 p.m.||Fox|
|2||Sept. 20||vs. Giants||1 p.m.||CBS|
|3||Sept. 27||at Falcons||1 p.m.||Fox|
|4||Oct. 4||vs. Colts||1 p.m.||CBS|
|5||Oct. 8||vs. Buccaneers||8:20 p.m.||Fox/NFLN|
|6||Oct. 18||at Panthers||1 p.m.||Fox|
|7||Oct. 26||at Rams||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|8||Nov. 1||vs. Saints||4:25 p.m.||Fox|
|9||Nov. 8||at Titans||1 p.m.||Fox|
|10||Nov. 16||vs. Vikings||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|12||Nov. 29||at Packers||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|13||Dec. 6||vs. Lions||1 p.m.||Fox|
|14||Dec. 13||vs. Texans||1 p.m.||CBS|
|15||Dec. 20||at Vikings||1 p.m.||Fox|
|16||Dec. 27||at Jaguars||1 p.m.||Fox|
|17||Jan. 3||vs. Packers||1 p.m.||Fox|