2020 Team Analysis and Schedule
The Chicago Bears enter the 2020 regular season looking for a bounce-back year after a disappointing 2019 campaign. Chicago is in the NFC North, considered one of the toughest divisions in the NFL.
The Bears have one of the best defenses in the NFL on paper, but they will need some help from their offense this season. A quarterback battle is set to ensue as well, and this team has plenty of questions heading into training camp.
Chicago is one of the most storied franchises in the NFL, but they have not been able to find consistent success over the last few decades. This will be a huge season for third-year coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace.
Bears 2020 Schedule
|Week 1||Sept. 13||at Detroit Lions|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||New York Giants|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||at Atlanta Falcons|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||Indianapolis Colts|
|Week 5||Oct. 8||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||at Carolina Panthers|
|Week 7||Oct. 26||at Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||New Orleans Saints|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||at Tennessee Titans|
|Week 10||Nov. 16||Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 11||Nov. 23||Bye Week|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||at Green Bay Packers|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Detroit Lions|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Houston Texans|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||at Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||at Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||Green Bay Packers|
Last Year’s History
After winning the NFC North Division in 2018, the Chicago Bears entered the 2019 season with high expectations. The Bears kicked off the season with a horrible performance against the Green Bay Packers in Week 1, and things never really improved from there.
Chicago did bounce back and won its next three games to get to 3-1, but it eventually lost four straight games. The Bears finished the regular season with a record of 8-8, but they failed to make the playoffs.
The Bears did finish the 2019 regular season with a 4-2 record against their NFC North opponents, but both losses came to the hated Green Bay Packers. Injuries played a major role during the 2019 regular season, and health will be a big key this season.
Chicago Bears Key Players
The Chicago Bears moved up in the draft to select Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Trubisky went 4-8 as a starter during his rookie season but showed some flashes of potential greatness.
Trubisky took off in 2018 and led the Bears to the NFC North Division title. He threw 24 touchdowns during that season and was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time. After going 11-3 as a starter in 2018, big things were expected in 2019.
Last season did not go well for Trubisky, and he finished the season with a 7-8 record as a starter. That prompted the Bears to bring in Nick Foles in the offseason, and the two men will battle for the starting quarterback position.
Allen Robinson came to the Bears before the 2018 season and has quickly developed into the top wide receiver on the team. Robinson had 98 receptions for 1,147 yards during 2019 and will be the top target for whichever quarterback wins the starting job.
Robinson was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft and was extremely successful with that team. Robinson will be entering his seventh season in the NFL, having totaled 33 touchdown receptions for 4,749 yards.
Robinson will be a huge part of the Bears’ offense in 2020.
Khalil Mack is widely considered one of the best defensive players in the NFL and is the leader of a great Bears defense. Chicago traded for Mack before the 2018 regular season, sending the Oakland Raiders several draft picks.
Mack racked up 12.5 sacks in his first season with the Bears but managed just 8.5 sacks a season ago. The middle linebacker is capable of disrupting a game, and he will need to have a big year for the Bears in 2020. Mack is averaging more than 10 sacks per season since joining the NFL in 2014.
Bears New Additions
The Chicago Bears spent a ton of money in free agency to bring in some help on both sides of the ball. One of the biggest new additions is QB Nick Foles, but it’s still unclear if he will be a starter when the season kicks off.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Bears signed free-agent TE Jimmy Graham and WR Ted Ginn Jr. Graham has had a great career at his position, and Ginn will provide some speed on the outside.
OLB Robert Quinn was brought in to help solidify the defense, while CB Artie Burns was signed to help in the secondary.
TE Cole Kmet out of Notre Dame and CB Jaylon Johnson out of Utah were both selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft and could contribute right away.
Bears Key Subtractions
Chicago didn’t lose any real key players from their 2019 team, although a few starters will have to be replaced. S HaHa Clinton-Dix is one of the players that must be replaced after he signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys.
OLB Aaron Lynch performed well during his time on the field, but he also left via free agency. The Bears decided to let TE Trey Burton go after he failed to stay healthy during his two years with the Bears.
OG Kyle Long was a Pro Bowl performer during his time with the Bears, but he decided to retire during the offseason.
The NFC North is set to be one of the toughest divisions in the NFL in 2020, as two teams made the playoffs in 2019. The Green Bay Packers won the NFC North a season ago and made it all the way to the NFC Championship Game.
The Minnesota Vikings also made the playoffs a season ago and won their first playoff game. Both the Packers and Vikings are expected to finish ahead of the Bears in 2020.
Chicago did go 4-2 against divisional opponents a season ago, and that could bode well for this season. The NFC North could produce two playoff teams again in 2020.
The defense will be the strength of the Chicago Bears again this season, and there are some talented players at each level. Khalil Mack is the leader of the defense, but S Eddie Jackson is a Pro Bowler as well.
The defensive line is a huge key, and that starts with DT Akiem Hicks. Hicks suffered a gruesome elbow injury a season ago, and the defense suffered without him on the field.
The Bears gave up just 18.6 points per game a season ago, which was the fourth-best mark in the NFL. Even though they don’t always get a ton of help from the offense, the Bears have the defense that can carry them to some victories.
After being ninth in the NFL in offensive scoring in 2018, the Chicago Bears suffered a dramatic decline in productivity last season as they fell all the way to the 29th spot. Much of the decline can be attributed to quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s spotty play. At times, Trubisky looked positively lost on the field. For that reason, the Bears brought in Super Bowl winner Nick Foles to compete for the job.
With an offensive line that struggles to protect and to make holes for the running game, it is unclear how much Foles can do, unless he becomes in this coming regular season what he was to the Eagles in his two postseason runs.
The loss of right guard Kyle Long to retirement means that very important spot will be filled by Rasaad Coward, who only ranked 71st out of 89 players at his position last season.
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