Expectations for the Chicago Bears in 2022 are all over the shop. They are low in the broad spectrum of the NFC North with the Bears tipped as the fourth-best bet for the division title at +1200. Equally, in the NFC and Super Bowl LVII betting markets, the Bears are the quintessential longshot bet.
However, the projected win total is set to 6½ — as if, they’re to pick up from where they left off in 2021 behind a 6-11-0 record. So, will the Bears improve on last year’s account? Or is that asking too much of a team rebuilding under a new coaching staff and second-year quarterback Justin Fields?
If you’re a forward-thinking NFL bettor as we are, then read on for our way too early game-by-game predictions for the Chicago Bears. We dive into their NFL schedule, examine the NFL odds, and take into consideration the latest NFL news, trades, injury reports and more before delivering our NFL predictions.
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2022-23 NFL Futures – Chicago Bears
- Super Bowl LVII +12500
- NFC Conference +6600
- NFC North +1200
- Regular Season Win Totals O 6½ (+125) / U 6½ (-155)
Chicago Bears Game-by-Game Predictions & Preview
-Week 1 vs San Francisco 49ers – Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
Trey Lance will be starting at quarterback for the 49ers. It’s hard to be confident in a kid who started 17 games in college and whose rookie season featured a couple of starts and no wins. But the Niners are a good team. They are well-coached and Kyle Shanahan should be able to devise a plan for his whippersnapper to succeed.
-Week 2 @ Green Bay Packers – Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, 8:20 p.m. ET
Aaron Rodgers. The three-time defending NFC North champion Packers. Lambeau Field. Primetime Sunday Night Football. Fun Fact: The Bears haven’t beaten the Packers at Lambeau since Thanksgiving 2015. This is pretty self-explanatory.
-Week 3 vs Houston Texans – Sunday, Sept. 23, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
The benchmark might be low for the Bears in 2022, but the Texans’ is lower. There are no easy wins in the NFL, so both sides will fancy their chances in a matchup that offers up a pretty level playing field. It’s a tossup, even though we are chalking it as a win here.
-Week 4 @ New York Giants – Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
New head coach Brian Daboll has plenty of fans in the Big Apple, but the air of chummy bonhomie is wearing thin where Daniel Jones is concerned. The fourth-year quarterback is under huge pressure this season after the Giants chose not to pick up his fifth-year option. It’s that motivation plus the home advantage that could make this a tougher game than most expect.
-Week 5 @ Minnesota Vikings – Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
Love him or hate him, Kirk Cousins is a decent quarterback. And the Vikings have plenty of firepower on offense. Granted some question marks hang over the Vikings as they embark on the post-Mike-Zimmer era, but not enough to suggest Fields and Co. will romp to victory at U.S. Bank Stadium.
-Week 6 vs Washington Commanders – Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, 8:15 p.m. ET
Many believe this might be the only shot the Bears have for a primetime victory, basing this assumption on the presumption that Carson Wentz is a declining quarterback and he’ll struggle in Washington. But what if he doesn’t? What if Wentz proves to be better than many predict? If he doesn’t let the side down, don’t be surprised if the Commanders take the win. Their defense is no slouch.
-Week 7 @ New England Patriots – Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, 8:15 p.m. ET
Bill Belichick has made a meal of young quarterbacks in the past and this matchup against Fields is no exception. Separately, Mac Jones led Alabama to the 52-24 win over Fields and Ohio State in the College Football Championship game, just a few months before they were drafted in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft. Advantage Patriots on all fronts here.
-Week 8 @ Dallas Cowboys – Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
It’s hard to imagine Fields and Co. would deliver an upset at the AT&T Stadium when they’re not at the same level as the Cowboys at all.
-Week 9 vs Miami Dolphins – Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
The Dolphins’ bandwagon is chock full after an offseason spent overhauling the roster and staff. Acquisitions such as wide receiver Tyreek Hill and left tackle Terron Armstead and rising stars such as wide receiver Jaylen Waddle have raised expectations to new heights. But the jury is out on Tua Tagovailoa. Will the third-year quarterback deliver? It remains to be seen, but this could be a trap game for the Dolphins in the Windy City.
-Week 10 vs Detroit Lions – Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
The Bears swept this series last season, winning 24-14 at home with Fields and 16-14 on the road with Dalton. The Lions figure to be better this year, making this a tossup.
-Week 11 @ Atlanta Falcons – Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
The Falcons are a team in rebuild mode but it won’t be a gimme. Both sides will feel the game is there to be won. That said, with Marcus Mariota likely fighting for a second chance as a starter in the league and the Falcons playing at home, the advantage tips slightly in favor of the hosts.
-Week 12 @ New York Jets – Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
Where will the Jets be at this point in the season? By all accounts, the Jets were big winners in the 2022 NFL draft. If Zach Wilson can take a significant step forward in his sophomore season, the Jets could be sneaky good. Better than many are predicting.
-Week 13 vs Green Bay Packers – Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
Rodgers has shares in Chicago which he’ll be looking to cash in.
Week 14 BYE Week
-Week 15 vs Philadelphia Eagles – Sunday, Dec.18, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
Everyone is talking up the Eagles after a surprise playoff appearance last year on the back of a 9-8-0 record, overlooking the fact that all but one of those wins came against teams that finished under .500. The Eagles bolstered their roster in the drat and added A.J. Brown to its offense. But their quarterback remains Jalen Hurts, who is a big question mark.
-Week 16 vs Buffalo Bills – Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
This is a mismatch of epic proportions. There’s a reason why the bookmakers are tipping the Buffalo Bills as this year’s Super Bowl favorites in early betting markets.
-Week 17 @ Detroit Lions – Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Division rivalries are tough to predict, but the Lions appear to be on the right track with Dan Campbell. The Lions didn’t go down without a fight last season. They played tough football until the last game. There’s every reason to believe they will be tougher this season after improving their roster.
-Week 18 vs Minnesota Vikings – Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, TBD
In all likelihood, this will be a throwaway game for Chicago. There’s a chance it might be a meaningful one for Minnesota however. The Bears could therefore play spoilers.