Prediction szn is upon us all.
It's about now -- Week 3 of the preseason for most teams -- when the shine of exhibition football starts to wear off. With Week 1 in sight, media outlets are starting to unveil their season predictions. Sheild your eyes, Bears fans.
Sports Illustrated: 7-9, Last in the NFC North
"The offensive line took a big hit losing guard Josh Sitton and the defense, while improved with Roquan Smith at linebacker, still needs to find a pass rush. It may take one more year for this group to gel."
CBS Sports: 4-12 (oof), Last in the NFC North
Yahoo Sports: 7-9, Last in the NFC North
ESPN: 7-9, Last in NFC North
"The NFL did the Bears no favors with early games against Green Bay and Seattle, but the schedule lightens up considerably beginning in Week 3."
Bleacher Report: 7-9, Last in NFC North
"Chicago is well-positioned to rapidly improve even though its home schedule is difficult, with the Rams, Patriots, Seahawks, Jets and Buccaneers coming to town beyond its regular rivalries."
Pro Football Focus: O/U 6.5 wins - Over
"Among optimistic plays on win totals, the Bears OVER 6.5 wins (even at -130) offers the best value, especially given the aforementioned environment surrounding second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky."
Newsday: O/U 6.5 wins - Over
"If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that the Bears are my breakout team for the 2018 season. They had such a great offseason that they can be this year’s 2017 Rams."
USA Today: 7-9, 3rd in NFC North
"Let's not expect them to fully replicate the Rams' model of success in 2017. But if Mitchell Trubisky is the real deal, he and new coach Matt Nagy should finally get this proud franchise pointed in a direction that could reasonably mean playoffs ... in 2019."
For The Win: 6-10, 3rd in the NFC North
The city of Chicago lost a sports icon earlier this month when Stan Mikita died at the age of 78 after a long illness. He's the all-time leading scorer in Blackhawks history with 1,467 points, but perhaps more importantly made as much of an impact off the ice as he did on it.
Former Blackhawks defenseman and current team ambassador Chris Chelios joined Pearl Jam on stage at Wrigley Field on Monday night, holding up a red No. 21 Mikita sweater to pay tribute to a Chicago legend.
Lead vocalist Eddie Vedder even dedicated the song "Come Back" to Mikita and his family, with the help of thousands of fans who paid homage by holding up their cell phones:
A touching moment.