Chicago Bears: Predicting win-loss record for the 2022 season

Chicago Bears, Justin Fields - Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports
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Now that the Chicago Bears have their roster pretty much set we can analyze the season much better. Here is a prediction of wins and losses in 2022.

Well, the Chicago Bears are pretty much set up for the 2022 season. They announced their 53-man roster. Of course, with other teams doing the same, there are other players who will be available. For example, the Las Vegas Raiders released offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood. The Bears claimed him off waivers so as of this writing they need to cut one of the linemen who thought they made the team.

We now have most of the players the Chicago Bears are going with this season. These are the guys the coaches and general manager Ryan Poles feel they want to go to battle with.

Now that we know what the roster looks like, we have a better idea of predicting the Bears’ win-loss record this season. We see an explosion of record predictions whenever the NFL releases the schedule. However, that release occurs before we know how the roster looks.

Look at the case of Teven Jenkins. When minicamps began, he was penciled in as the starting left tackle. Then the coaches moved him to right tackle. After that, they had him with the number twos, and later he was with the threes. When that happened, rumors circulated about his maturity and that the Bears were fielding calls for trades.

While everyone felt that Jenkins was gone, an opportunity arose at right guard. No one was able to solidify his position there. Micheal Schofield, someone Poles signed to possibly start there, had an awful showing in the first preseason game.

Jenkins shifted again and did well there. Suddenly he won the starting job. Back when the schedule was released, Chicago didn’t have Riley Reiff, Cody Whitehair, Lucas Patrick, Jenkins, and Larry Borom as the starting five. It also wasn’t clear if the Bears would go with such a young line. Three of the four draft choices on the line are on the roster. Add in Jenkins, Borom, and Leatherwood, and the Chicago Bears have six players with two seasons or less of experience.

Here is my record prediction for the Chicago Bears in 2022.

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Chicago Bears predictions for 2022 season: Weeks 1-4: 2-2 Record

In Week 1, the Chicago Bears take on the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field. Early in the season, we usually see some surprises. Offenses usually progress slower than defenses so that gives certain teams a chance at surprise wins.

With that being the case, both the Niners and the Bears have second-year quarterbacks in Trey Lance and Justin Fields. They are both full-time starters now. Let’s see which QB gets off on the right step.

The Bears have a new system. However, it seems Fields already has a good grasp on it. Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy likely has some wrinkles that we haven’t seen in the preseason. The Bears win a close one.

In Week 2, the Bears travel to Lambeau Field to take on the hated Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers is where Fields wants to be. He isn’t there yet so the Packers win. It will be closer than many anticipate, though.

The Bears take on the Houston Texans in Week 3. Houston only had four wins last season but they made some improvements to the team. Additionally, we have the return of Lovie Smith. He is the Texans’ defensive coordinator. He’ll have a plan to hold down the Bears. This will be a good test for the offense. The Bears come away with the win, however.

The Bears go to New York to take on the Giants in Week 4. Even when the Bears played well they’ve had trouble in New York. Another close game, but the Giants come away with a win.