A new regime means a fresh start for Chicago Bears players and new expectations for the organization. However, a rebuilding list did not inspire confidence in many beyond the walls of Halas Hall. As part of Last Word on Pro Football’s schedule analysis series, let’s identify which competitions are the easiest (chance of stealing a win) and which are the most difficult.
We started with the most difficult games and will now cover the easier ones on the slate.
The easiest games on the Chicago Bears 2022 schedule
9. Week 6 vs. Washington Commanders (Thursday Night Football)
This game could have easily been the hardest part of our breakdown. But they end up being the Bears’ toughest games. Carson Wentz is the reason for both. His presence both raises their ceiling and lowers their floor. Despite 27 touchdowns for seven interceptions last season, he struggled mightily for the Indianapolis Colts. the last two games of the regular season costing Matt Eberflus‘ old team a shot at the post-season.
10. Week 18 vs Minnesota Vikings
Kirk Cousins’ recent dominance over the Bears hasn’t confined itself to its home turf, winning each of the last two matchups at Soldier Field. The fact that the Vikings have a new head coach leaves room for optimism. But Mike McConnell arrives after helping guide the Los Angeles Rams offense to the top 10 in points and yards as offensive coordinator.
11. Week 9 vs. Miami Dolphins
This could very easily end with a game we look back on and say it should have been rated much higher (harder). The Miami Dolphins clarified their offensive identity with the addition of Tyreek Hill and Raheem Mostert in Jaylen Waddle around Tua Tagovialoa at quarterback. Tight end Mike Gesicki also features prominently in new head coach Mike McDaniel’s plan.
12. Week 4 @ New York Giants
While the Eagles feel like a team the Bears aspire to be this season, the New York Giants feel more like a team on the verge of what the Bears became before last season. Daniel Jones enters the final year of his contract at the Mitchell Trubisky as is running back Saquan Barkley. The Bears have won each of the last three meetings.
13. Week 17 @ Detroit Lions
The Bears lost to the Detroit Lions only once since the 2017 season. Even that came back in 2020. Dan Campbell’s team could be much improved under him. But they’re still lining up Jared Goff who really is the quarterback Cousins is rumored to be fair with a Super Bowl appearance to his name.
14. Week 12 @ New York Jets
Year 2 under Robert Saleh should be better for the New York Jets. But to what extent that makes them better than the Bears is questionable at best. They have a trio of highly touted rookies in Ahmad Gardner, Garret Wilson and Jermaine Johnson II joining the fold. It always looks like a battle that will come down to Justin Fields vs. Zach Wilson.
15. Week 11 @ Atlanta Falcons
Shout out to Ryan Pace. The former Bears general manager, now a senior personnel manager for the Atlanta Falcons, would surely love nothing more than to pick up a win there. Unfortunately for him, his new team mishandled his quarterback situation this offseason by pursuing Deshaun Watson and, now, falling back on Marcus Mariota.
16. Week 3 vs. Houston Texans
The Houston Texans are banking their 2022 season on the right arm of their second-year passer, Davis Mills. He went 2-9 as a starter last season. They’ve improved a lot from the 31st-ranked defense last season, the draft additions of Derek Stingley Jr. and Jalen Pitre.
17. Week 10 vs. Detroit Lions
Sorry, Campbell and Goff. To be fair, there are a lot of unknowns despite the head coach entering his second season at the helm of Motor City. And Goff will have DJ Chark and rookie Jameson Williams to pitch. Their defense also added Aidan Hutchison and Josh Paschal to the draft.
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