Chicago Bears NFL Season Recap

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If not for a last second touchdown strike from Mitchell Trubisky to Jimmy Graham – two players that likely won’t be on next year’s roster – the Chicago Bears would’ve ended up scoring a grand total of three points and gone for around 175 combined yards in a playoff defeat to the New Orleans Saints. If that doesn’t let it be known that Chicago had no business being in the playoffs, I don’t know what would. Now that the season has mercifully come to a close, much needs to be rectified within Halas Hall. It starts with the top. Who will be the general manager? Who will be the head coach? Most importantly, who will be the starting quarterback of the offense moving forward? Due to the Bears actually qualifying for the postseason with an 8-8 record – the second straight year posting a .500 ledger – both Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy are likely to return; unfortunately. That likely won’t be the case for Trubisky who took some parting shots at the franchise knowing full well he likely won’t be a part of the team next season. Either way, plenty needs to be shored up for a franchise that’s been stuck in the mud since the heydays of the Lovie Smith regime – that ended back in 2012! Regardless, the 2020 Bears were mediocre across the board. They split their 16 regular season games SU, split them against the spread and saw the O/U split right down the middle as well. While there are some nice pieces to the puzzle, the roster as a whole doesn’t look anywhere close to being able to compete with a team like Green Bay whose owned them since the turn of the century and swept this year’s rivalry.

Chicago Bears Season Recap

What a roller coaster ride of a season it was for Bears fans and those that threw money on or against them over the course of the regular season. It all started with a dramatic comeback 27-23 win over the division rival Detroit Lions in a game Chicago needed to score 21 unanswered fourth quarter points to secure the outright win and cover at online sportsbooks. The following week, the defense was forced to hold on for dear life to log the 17-13 win and non-cover against a New York Giants team that lost Saquon Barkley early in the first half. Week 3 is when everything took a dramatic turn for the worst regardless of the fact that Nick Foles went on to lead Chicago to the 30-26 comeback when after Trubisky was benched at halftime. His first official start went terribly in a 19-11 home loss against an Indianapolis Colts defense that held the Bears offense to less than 270 combined yards. Then in true Bears fashion, Chicago upset the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as short home dogs the following week, and followed it up with a hard fought outright win and cover in Carolina the following week. At 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS, Bears fans started to believe the team might actually be legit.

Then reality reared its ugly head in a big way starting with an ugly 24-10 beat down at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football. That defeat was followed up with a tough to swallow 26-23 overtime defeat at home to the New Orleans Saints. The defense would have no answers for Drew Brees or Alvin Kamara in that one. The losing streak would increase to six straight after dropping four more to the Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions. By Week 14, Trubisky had gotten his job back and the former No. 2 draft pick looked good in leading Chicago to three straight wins and covers against the NFL odds versus the Houston Texans, Vikings, and Jacksonville Jaguars. With a playoff spot on the line, the team would then go on to spit the bit at home to the Green Bay Packers. Luckily, the Arizona Cardinals did the same which allowed the Bears to back into the expanded playoffs. Still, the loss to their neighbors up north saw them get swept in the season rivalry for the second straight year and fall to a sickening 3-17 SU and 5-15 ATS in the last 20 meetings!

Chicago’s season would end in New Orleans at the Superdome; a venue Bears fans still hold dearly after the “Monsters of the Midway” won their only Super Bowl title there back in 1986. Though an excellent throw from Trubisky to Javon Wims for a surefire touchdown on a trick play that would’ve completely changed the complexion of the game was dropped early in the second quarter, the miscue wasn’t the only reason why Chicago saw its season come to a close in the ugly 21-9 defeat. From ill-timed penalties, failing to convert nine straight third down tries and ejections, the Bears never stood a chance. Before going on a meaningless 99-yard scoring drive to end the game that made the final score look a bit more respectable, Chicago had been outgained 385-140.

So where does the franchise go from here. First and foremost, the culture needs to be changed; something Trubisky was vocal about in his likely final postgame presser as a member of the team. "There’s a lot of things we need to do better, a lot of things we need to change. And a lot of it is the culture and what we accept and what we don’t." This team has been hampered by mediocrity for a number of years now. Even in the 12-4 season back in 2018, the team had no answers and was unable to pull away from a Philadelphia Eagles team that went 9-7 and finished second in the NFC East standings. There’s been no consistency. There’s been no killer instinct. While most of that can be attributed to the coaching staff, it also has much to do with the caliber of player upper management has sought out under the current regime. Bears fans have been screaming for change from the top of the Willis – I mean Sears – Tower for decades. Unfortunately, it’s fallen upon deaf ears. It doesn’t look like much of anything will change in 2021 due to the way the team closed the year out by taking advantage of other non-playoff teams that also had their own warts.

Chicago Bears Schedule & Results

Week 1 at Detroit Lions W 27-23 1-0
Week 2 vs New York Giants W 17-13 2-0
Week 3 at Atlanta Falcons W 30-26 3-0
Week 4 vs Indianapolis Colts L 14-19 3-1
Week 5 vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 20-19 4-1
Week 6 at Carolina Panthers W 23-16 5-1
Week 7 at Los Angeles Rams L 10-24 5-2
Week 8 vs New Orleans Saints L 23-26 5-3
Week 9 at Tennessee Titans L 17-24 5-4
Week 10 vs Minnesota Vikings L 13-19 5-5
Week 11 BYE WEEK
Week 12 at Green Bay Packers L 25-41 5-6
Week 13 vs Detroit Lions L 30-34 5-7
Week 14 vs Houston Texans W 36-7 6-7
Week 15 at Minnesota Vikings W 33-27 7-7
Week 16 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 41-17 8-7
Week 17 vs Green Bay Packers L 16-35 8-8
Wild Card Round at New Orleans Saints L 9-21 8-8
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Bears Past Seasons (2000)

2020 8-8 Lost Wild Card Round
2019 8-8 None
2018 12-4 Lost Wild Card Round
2017 5-11 None
2016 3-13 None
2015 6-10 None
2014 5-11 None
2013 8-8 None
2012 10-6 None
2011 8-8 None
2010 11-5 Lost Conference Championship
2009 7-9 None
2008 9-7 None
2007 7-9 None
2006 13-3 Lost Super Bowl
2005 11-5 Lost Divisional Round
2004 5-11 None
2003 7-9 None
2002 4-12 None
2001 13-3 Lost Divisional Round
2000 5-11 None

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