The Chicago Bears finished up the 2012 season at 10-6 overall. A mark that typically gets you into the playoffs, but the Bears were left watching the postseason at home. Chicago tied Minnesota for the second best record in the NFC North and the final Wild Card spot, but lost out in a tiebreaker. It was another difficult second half of the season for Chicago, who finished just 3-5 over their final eight games.
Looking ahead to the 2013 campaign, Chicago is right in the middle of the pack in strength of schedule. Their opponents went 128-127-1 last year. The Bears will play the AFC North, NFC East, St Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints on top of their six division games.
Chicago will alternate two home games with two away games all the way up until the final four weeks of the season. Getting off to another strong start isn’t a sure thing. The open up the season with a couple of home games against two playoff teams in Cincinnati and Minnesota, go on the road to face the Steelers and Lions, return home to take on two teams who are poised to get back in the playoff hunt in the Giants and Saints, followed by two road games against the Redskins and Packers.
I don’t think there’s any doubt the Bears have the talent to get to the playoffs, but there’s not an easy win on the schedule. Most of their winnable games all come on the road. In my opinion this isn’t the middle of the pack schedule, but one of the toughest in the NFL. If Chicago was able to repeat last year’s 10-6 mark, it would be a very successful season.
Update: Cantor Gaming has released their odds for every game of the regular season. We’ve included that line, as well as the line we projected a few weeks before these were released. We’ve also added a column to show the likelihood that the team will win the game based on the odds given from Cantor. For some reason Cantor did not offer lines for any team for Week 17 of the season, so we used our line for the Week 17 calculations.
At the very bottom of the schedule you’ll see the expected win totals posted by both Cantor Gaming and Atlantis Casino, how many wins the odds project, and a recommendation based on those expected wins.
|WEEK||OPPONENT||BOYD’S SPREAD||CANTOR SPREAD||WIN CHANCE|
|CANTOR WIN TOTAL: 8.5||EXPECTED WINS:||8.23|
|ATLANTIS WIN TOTAL: 8.5||RECOMMENDATION:||No Play|
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