2020 Chicago Bears Season Review
The Chicago Bears finished the 2020 season with an overall record of 8-8, but that was just enough to sneak into the playoffs as a Wild Card team. Chicago traveled to New Orleans in Round 1 of the Playoffs and were promptly eliminated by the Saints.
Poor quarterback play really hurt the Bears in 2020, and both Nick Foles and Mitch Trubisky had an opportunity to play. The defense really let Chicago down last season as well, but that unit was not getting much help in most games.
2021 Bears Offseason Additions
Chicago signed veteran QB Andy Dalton this offseason and then drafted Justin Fields in the First Round of the NFL Draft. These players will compete for the starting job, and Chicago needs one of them to play well.
The Bears signed DL Angelo Blackson and linebacker Christian Jones and those moves should help them become a better defensive team.
2021 Bears Offseason Departures
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky has moved on to the Buffalo Bills after leading the Bears to a pair of playoff appearances. Even though Trubisky struggled at times, this still leaves a hole in an important position.
Chicago will also enter 2021 without Kyle Fuller, and he has been a staple on the defense for years.
Three Key Factors to a Winning Season
The biggest key for the Chicago Bears in 2021 will be the play of the quarterback, and there is hope that rookie Justin Fields can take over that job. Chicago has had decades of poor play from this position, but there is an actual real belief that they have some hope at the QB position this season.
Return of the Mack
The Bears have made a living off of forcing turnovers in the past decade, but this year, they will be helped out on the offensive side by the addition of some key weapons. They should be able to put some points on the board, which will take less pressure off the defense to force those turnovers.
Rating Their Schedule
According to experts that study the 2021 schedules of each team, the Bears will face one of the toughest in the league. The NFC North Division should not be super strong, but the Bears will play teams from AFC North and NFC West this season.
Chicago kicks off the 2021 season in Los Angeles to face the Rams in primetime. The first matchup of the season with the Green Bay Packers takes place in Week 6, and this is always one of the best games of the year.
One week later, the Bears will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers in what will kick off a brutal four-game stretch.
Expectations in 2021
The status of Aaron Rodgers with the Green Bay Packers will play a large role in the expectations of the Bears in 2021. If Rodgers is gone, suddenly the Bears look like the best team in the NFC North.
The 2021 schedule for the Bears is brutal, but this team has surprised the league in years past. If Justin Fields is able to play like a future superstar at the quarterback position, then the Bears could be a playoff contender.
Look for Chicago to go 10-7, which might be good enough to win the division.