It wasn’t a surprise when the ax fell on John Fox following another dismal performance in a season-ending loss to the Vikings. It was a bit surprising that the club extended the contract of GM Ryan Pace, though. The Bears did have a two-win improvement from the previous season, winning five games this year. But with a record of 14-34 and three double-digit loss campaigns, Fox was let go.
And the search begins for a new head coach that can hopefully transform the Bears’ moribund offense. Given what Sean McVay has done with the Rams, the team is searching for a coach that has an offensive background. It’s been reported that the Bears have requested interviews with Josh McDaniels, Pat Shurmur and John DeFilippo, all of whom have worked on the offensive side of the football. McDaniels is the most well-known of the group having won five Super Bowl titles with the Patriots.
Whoever accepts the job will have some tools in the box. The Bears turned the offense over to rookie Mitchell Trubisky early in the year and he showed he can play despite still being green. With the proper coaching and a few playmakers added to the mix, there’s no reason why the Bears shouldn’t improve on their woeful 2017 numbers. The Bears finished last in the league with just over 175 passing yards per game, ranked 30th in total yards and scored just 16.5 points per game. There is nowhere to go but up.
2017 Record: 5-11
2017 ATS Record: 8-7-1
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 4-12
Current Super Bowl Odds: N/A
Current Odds to Win NFC: N/A
Current Odds to Win NFC North: N/A
Week 17: Vikings 23, Bears 10
ATS Result: Bears +13.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 38.5
The Bears managed just 201 total yards and didn’t score an offensive touchdown, yet they were able to cover the 13.5-point spread. Some trickeration led to their only score when Bryce Callahan returned a punt 59 yards to cut the gap to 14-7 in the second quarter. Mike Nugent’s 55-yard field goal in the fourth gave the Bears the cover, but it wasn’t enough as the Bears cashed the under for a fifth straight game.
Week 16: Bears 20, Browns 3
ATS Result: Bears -5.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 37
Leading 6-3 early in the third quarter, the Bears caught a break when Cleveland was flagged for being offside on a long interception return. Chicago took advantage and drove for a touchdown and a 10-point lead. Trubisky added a touchdown run later in the third and Chicago forced a pair of turnovers to cover the spread in a game that fell below the total in blizzard-like conditions.
Week 15: Lions 20, Bears 10
ATS Result: Lions -5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 43.5
Too many mistakes cost the Bears a chance at pulling the upset. Chicago outgained the Lions, but three Trubisky interceptions and 13 penalties curtailed any chance. The Bears got a gift at the end of the first half, getting a field goal after a Detroit turnover to cut the deficit to 13-3. They scored late in the fourth to make it 20-10 and got the ball back moments later, only to have Trubisky throw his final pick, ending any chance of covering the spread.
Week 14: Bears 33, Bengals 7
ATS Result: Bears +6
Over/Under Total Result: Under 40.5
Chicago’s defense got a kick out of the offensive exploits, holding the Bengals to 234 yards while Trubisky and Howard took care of the scoring in a decisive cover win. The Bears tightened up after allowing a touchdown late in the first quarter to fall behind 7-6. They scored the final 27 points with Trubisky running and passing for a score and Mike Nugent tacking on a pair of field goals against his former team.
Week 13: 49ers 15, Bears 14
ATS Result: 49ers +2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 42
The Bears had a 14-6 lead following Tarik Cohen’s punt return touchdown, but they mustered just 147 total yards and failed to produce any more points. The Niners controlled the entire second half and managed just three field goals, but it was enough to send Chicago to its fourth ATS loss in the last five games.
Week 12: Eagles 31, Bears 3
ATS Result: Eagles -14
Over/Under Total Result: Under 43.5
The Bears were simply outclassed by a better team. They couldn’t run the ball, getting just six yards on 14 carries, and Trubisky had as much success in the passing game. The Bears failed to get a first down in the first half and were held to just 140 total yards. Former Bear Alshon Jeffery caught a touchdown pass late in the first half to cover the spread, sending Chicago to the ATS loss.
Week 11: Vikings 27, Bears 24
ATS Result: PUSH Bears +3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 41
The Bears twice had a 10-point lead in the first half but they allowed a pair of Matthew Stafford touchdown passes to fall behind 21-17 at the break. Tarik Cohen tied the game with a 15-yard scoring run midway through the fourth, but the Lions got enough yards for a 52-yard field goal to retake the lead, setting the stage for Barth’s failed attempt, which left the game at a push.
Week 10: Packers 23, Bears 16
ATS Result: Packers +4.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 37.5
One huge replay review changed the course of the entire game. With the Bears down 10-3 and driving, Benny Cunningham reached for the pylon and was ruled out of bounds. The Bears challenged and video concluded that Cunningham lost the ball before hitting pylon, giving Green Bay possession. Taking points off the board for a team that struggles to score was a contributing factor to Chicago’s ATS loss, though their offensive outburst helped go over the low total.
Week 9: BYE
Week 8: Saints 20, Bears 12
ATS Result: Saints -7.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46
The Bears were strong again defensively, but the offense just doesn’t have the horses and the under was a winner for the second straight game and the sixth time this season. The Bears managed just two field goals, one when an apparent touchdown was overturned on Miller’s catch. They forced two turnovers in the final quarter, converting a touchdown off one and failing to mount anything off the other, breaking a three-game ATS win streak.
Week 7: Bears 17, Panthers 3
ATS Result: Bears +2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 39.5
The Bears didn’t need their offense in this one and it’s a good thing because the group didn’t show up. Jackson’s two defensive scores were all they needed in getting their third straight ATS win and second SU. The D hounded Cam Newton sacking him five times and picking off a pair of passes among their three takeaways. There were no offensive touchdowns scored which led to an easy payout on the under.
Week 6: Bears 27, Ravens 24 (OT)
ATS Result: Bears +5.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 39.5
The Bears tried to give this one away, allowing a late punt return touchdown and 2-point conversion to send it to overtime, but Howard was the hero in the extra session again. The defense didn’t allow a touchdown and hounded Joe Flacco all afternoon, intercepting a pair of passes, one that was returned 90-yards for a score by Adrian Amos, and recording three sacks. Howard’s long run set up Connor Barth for the game-winning field goal as the Bears won outright.
Week 5: Vikings 20, Bears 17
ATS Result: Bears +3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 41
The Bears kept the Vikings out of the endzone after Trubisky’s pick late in the fourth quarter, which allowed them to cover. But Minnesota converted the game-winning field goal after the miscue, spoiling the debut of the No. 2 overall pick. The Trubisky era started much like the Glennon era ended with turnovers being a factor. The Vikes scored twice off the miscues, which turned out to be deadly for a team that has trouble scoring.
Week 4: Packers 35, Bears 14
ATS Result: Packers -7.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 44
Glennon’s four turnovers resulted in 21 Packers points, which was enough to cash the over. The Bears just aren’t good enough to overcome the mistakes and they never rebounded from the early deficit. The numbers looked good defensively, but the Pack was given a short field on several occasions and Aaron Rodgers picked them apart in the short passing game to give the home team an easy cover win.
Week 3: Bears 23, Steelers 17 (OT)
ATS Result: Bears +7
Over/Under Total Result: Under 43.5
The Bears had the 7-point spread covered once the game went to overtime, but it probably should never have gotten there. They blocked a Steelers field goal attempt in the closing seconds of the first half and the ball was returned for what should have been a touchdown. However, Marcus Cooper had the ball poked away as he slowed down approaching the goal line. It was a good thing the run game produced over 200 yards and the defense stymied Ben Roethlisberger and Pitt’s offense.
Week 2: Buccaneers 29, Bears 7
ATS Result: Buccaneers -7
Over/Under Total Result: Under 44
Four first-half turnovers doomed the Bears as they failed to cover the 7-point spread in yet another loss. The offense was denied a chance to score, coughing up the football on their first three possessions and muffing a punt. The result was a 26-0 halftime deficit. Chicago broke the shutout bid, scoring with less than two minutes remaining, but they played below the total for a second straight week.
Week 1: Falcons 23, Bears 17
ATS Result: Bears +6.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 48
The Bears covered the 6.5-point spread, but they came oh so close to upsetting the NFC champs. It would have been a huge victory for John Fox and his club, who are projected to finish near the bottom of the standings. And the reason is they can’t pull out the close games. Chicago played on even terms for much of the day, but that long touchdown play proved critical. Take that off Matt Ryan’s stat sheet and he has just 233 passing yards.
Preseason Record: 2-2
ATS Record: 2-2
Over/Under Total Record: 2-2
We don’t normally talk about trap games for a season opener, but this would be one if the discussion ever came up. The Falcons are a favorite to win the NFC after they demolished the competition last year and the Bears have won a total of 14 games in the past three years. Chicago looks to be vastly improved and could give Atlanta a battle. But the Bears have struggled at home during their three-year skid, going 6-18 SU and 10-14 ATS in that span.
Week 1: Bears vs. Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 10, 1 p.m. ET — Fox
Week 2: Bears at Buccaneers, Sunday, Sept. 17, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 3: Bears vs. Steelers, Sunday, Sept. 24, 1 p.m. ET — CBS
Week 4: Bears at Packers, Thursday, Sept. 28, 8:25 p.m. ET — CBS/NFL Network
Week 5: Bears vs. Vikings, Monday, Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m. ET — ESPN
Week 6: Bears at Ravens, Sunday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m. ET — Fox
Week 7: Bears vs. Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 8: Bears at Saints, Sunday, Oct. 29, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 9: Bye Week
Week 10: Bears vs. Packers, Sunday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 11: Bears vs. Lions, Sunday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 12: Bears at Eagles, Sunday, Nov. 26, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 13: Bears vs. 49ers, Sunday, Dec. 3, 1 p.m. ET— CBS
Week 14: Bears at Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 15: Bears at Lions, Saturday, Dec. 16, 4:30 p.m. ET — NFL Network
Week 16: Bears vs. Browns, Sunday, Dec. 24, 1 p.m. ET— CBS
Week 17: Bears at Vikings Sunday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
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