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Chicago Bears schedule and 2021 season predictions

Chicago Bears schedule takeaways:

  • The Bears will face the Packers in Week 4 (@ Chicago) and Week 14 (@ Green Bay). Since 2010, the Packers own a 19-4 record in head-to-head matchups with Chicago.
  • Chicago has the third hardest schedule in 2021, including a grueling stretch from Week 6-Week 1 (Packers, Buccaneers, 49ers, Steelers, Ravens).

The Chicago Bears schedule for the 2021 NFL season is out and the fan base is excited to finally see a franchise quarterback. But while Justin Fields is poised to give this team something it hasn’t had in years, Chicago could run into some hurdles this fall.

There’s a lot at stake for this organization. Even after landing a potential franchise quarterback, general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy will have their jobs on the line this season. If Chicago doesn’t reach the playoffs, a regime change is almost inevitable.

Bears roster outlook:

All our predictions are based on the Bears keeping and starting these key players:

Let’s dive into our game-by-game predictions for the Bears’ 2021 season.

Chicago Bears 2021 preseason schedule

DateOpponentTime (ET)TV
Saturday, Aug. 14vs. Miami Dolphins1:00 PMFOX 32
Saturday, Aug. 21vs. Buffalo Bills1:00 PMFOX 32
Saturday, Aug. 28@ Tennessee Titans7:00 PMFOX 32

This season the NFL is lowering the amount of preseason games to three per team, and instead expanding the regular season to 17 games, rather than the traditional 16 games.

Chicago Bears schedule predictions

Week 1 – @ Los Angeles Rams

DateTimeTV
Sunday, Sept. 128:20 PMNBC
  • Spread: Rams -7 (via DraftKings)
  • Moneyline: Rams -295, Bears +230
  • Over/Under: 45

Andy Dalton is expected to open the season as the Bears’ starting quarterback and that’s concerning. He’s a great backup and a serviceable fill-in option, but he brings the ceiling of Chicago’s offense down significantly. Facing one of the best defenses in the NFL, the Bears get taken out.

  • Week 1 prediction: Rams 31, Bears 20

Week 2 – vs. Cincinnati Bengals

DateTimeTV
Sunday, Sept. 191 PMFOX

Cincinnati’s rebuild is going to take several years and it frankly wouldn’t be a huge surprise if the Bears tear things down this winter and immediately build a better foundation than the Bengals. Chicago will take care of business in this matchup, with Dalton getting some revenge against his former team.

  • Week 2 prediction: prediction: Bears 31, Bengals 24

Week 3 – @ Cleveland Browns

DateTimeTV
Sunday, Sept. 261 PMFOX

The Cleveland Browns have a legitimate shot to reach the Super Bowl this year, that’s how good this team is on both sides of the ball. Even if Baker Mayfield struggles against Chicago’s front seven, the Browns have the running game and defense to take over this contest.

  • Week 3 prediction: Browns 35, Bears 20

Week 4 – vs. Detroit Lions

DateTimeTV
Sunday, Oct. 31 PMFOX

There will come a time, maybe three years from now, when the Detroit Lions are a legitimate NFC North threat. But this roster is being rebuilt from the ground up and that’s something Chicago can take advantage of, even with Dalton under center and its defense regressing.

  • Week 4 prediction: Bears 28, Lions 17
Chicago Bears schedule
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Week 5 – @ Las Vegas Raiders

DateTimeTV
Sun, Oct. 104:05 PMCBS

Once the Bears landed their franchise quarterback, they traded up to draft an offensive lineman. Compare that to the Raiders, who tore apart the very offensive line that protected Derek Carr and helped him become a Pro Bowl quarterback.

  • Week 5 prediction: Bears 24, Raiders 21

Week 6 – vs. Green Bay Packers

DateTimeTV
Sun, Oct. 171 PMFOX

It looks increasingly likely that Aaron Rodgers will play for the Packers in 2021. That sound you heard is the city of Chicago weeping. Even at Soldier Field, the Bears have very little shot at containing the Packers’ offense. Maybe we see a few snaps from Fields in this game, but Dalton at quarterback is a recipe for a loss.

  • Week 6 prediction: Packers 31, Bears 27

Week 7 – @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

DateTimeTV
Sun, Oct. 244:25 PMCBS

If the Bears have little hope against Green Bay, it’s a wrap on their trip to Tampa Bay. Tom Brady will slice this secondary to pieces and Chicago’s offense will likely struggle to move the football into scoring range before the second half.

  • Week 7 prediction: Buccaneers 38, Bears 17

Week 8 – vs. San Francisco 49ers

DateTimeTV
Sun, Oct. 311 PMFOX

If we get a Trey Lance vs. Justin Fields matchup, it becomes must-see television. Naturally, this game would be a lot more difficult for one rookie than the other. Likewise, first-year defensive coordinator Sean Desai will be taken to school by Kyle Shanahan.

Week 8 prediction: 49ers 24, Bears 14

Week 9 – @ Pittsburgh Steelers

DateTimeTV
Mon, Nov. 88:15ESPN

Many expect the Pittsburgh Steelers to remain an AFC power this season, count me out on this franchise. This is an excellent opportunity for Chicago’s front seven, namely Khalil Mack, to terrorize Ben Roethlisberger. Pair that with a strong showing from Allen Robinson and it’s a Bears’ victory.

  • Week 9 prediction: Bears 17, Steelers 13
Chicago Bears schedule
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Week 10 – BYE

Week 11 – vs. Baltimore Ravens

DateTimeTV
Sun, Nov. 211 PMCBS

If the Bears were only facing Lamar Jackson, they might have a shot in this game. But NFL defenses don’t just have to worry about Jackson’s legs torching them on Sunday. Now, with Sammy Watkins and Rashod Bateman on board, Baltimore’s offense will be ridiculous. This might be Fields’ first NFL start, coming off the bye, but it will be rough against the Ravens’ blitz-heavy defense.

  • Week 11 prediction: Ravens 27, Bears 17

Week 12 – @ Detroit Lions

DateTimeTV
Thu., Nov. 2512:30 PMFOX

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A short week with travel isn’t ideal, but the beauty of an opponent rebuilding is matchups like this are much easier. As everyone sits down for a Thanksgiving lunch, Fields can slice up Detroit’s defense and serve up touchdowns to multiple wide receivers.

  • Week 12 prediction: Bears 30, Lions 21

Week 13 – vs. Arizona Cardinals

DateTimeTV
Sun, Dec. 51 PMFOX

The Bears don’t have the cornerbacks to contain Rondale Moore, DeAndre Hopkins and AJ Green. On the other side of the ball, it’s difficult to imagine Chicago’s offensive tackles stopping J.J. Watt and Chandler Jones. Even at home, this matchup just doesn’t work in the Bears’ favor.

  • Week 13 prediction: Cardinals 31, Bears 24

Week 14 – @ Green Bay Packers

DateTimeTV
FOX

The Bears have won twice at Lambeau Field since 2008. We might see Chicago take control of this rivalry in 2022, when Rodgers is likely gone and Fields is the best quarterback in the NFC North. As things currently stand, another loss on the Bears schedule.

  • Week 14 prediction: Packers 28, Bears 20

Week 15 – vs. Minnesota Vikings

DateTimeTV
Mon, Dec. 208:15ESPN

Kirk Cousins isn’t exactly made for Monday Night Football. The big stage and a road matchup against a defense that should grow more comfortable in a new system lead to predictable results. These late-season wins will provide momentum for Fields and Co. to build on heading into 2022.

  • Week 15 prediction: Bears 17, Vikings 14
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Week 16 – @ Seattle Seahawks

DateTimeTV
Sun, Dec. 264:05 PMFOX

Opponents will long for that 2020 season when Lumen Field didn’t allow fans. The “12th Man” will be back in Seattle this year, creating the kind of hostile environment that Fields must deal with. Russell Wilson is going to cook in this meeting, showing the Bears what they missed out on.

  • Week 16 prediction: Seahawks 34, Bears 24

Week 17 – vs. New York Giants

DateTimeTV
Sun, Jan. 21 PMCBS

The Giants might live to regret passing on Fields. New York boasts the personnel to win the NFC East, but a turnover-prone quarterback is holding this team back. While the Giants’ defense might be too much to overcome, this will be a great chance for Fields to show Joe Judge what he missed out on.

  • Week 17 prediction: Giants 20, Bears 17

Week 18 – @ Minnesota Vikings

DateTimeTV
Sun, June 91 PMFOX

Beating a divisional opponent twice in one season isn’t easy, especially when they have great coaching and an elite running back. This will be a bitter end to a disappointing Bears’ season, but it will be the final nail in Matt Nagy’s coffin and a new regime leads to a brighter future.

  • Week 18 prediction: Vikings 23, Bears 17

Chicago Bears projected record: 6-11