2022 Season Preview: Longtime Bears fans look at the team’s lineup heading into 2022 and don’t see any superstars, or even superstars-in-the-making. That does not mean they are short on talent. Injuries and inexperience held them back last season. If the team’s key players stay healthy and Chicago’s rookie defensive backs show they are ready to play, the Bears could be tough to score on. That will put the pressure on quarterback Justin Fields to step up and make game-winning plays in his second season as a starter.
2021 Season Roundup: Coach Mike Nagy assembled a promising offense for 2021, but the Bears didn’t score and it cost him his job. Justin Fields had an up-and-down rookie year at quarterback, while veterans Andy Daulton and Nick Foles weren’t any better when they went into the game. Linebackers Robert Quinn and Travis Gipson created plenty of havoc on defense, however the loss of their best linebacker—Khalil Mack—for more than half the season hurt Chicago, which lost 8 of 9 games in the middle of the year.
2021 Season Preview: The 2021 season will be a waiting game for Bears fans. They know veteran QB Andy Dalton will give way to high-powered rookie Justin Fields at some point. They also know the Chicago defense is going to make a lot of game-changing plays. The big questions are How and When? The Packers will be hard to catch in the NFC North, but a Wild Card spot is definitely within reach of Da Bears—especially if running back David Montgomery can repeat his 1,000-yard season and linebacker Khalil Mack stays on top of his game.
2020 Season Roundup: A winless November turned a promising year into a so-so 8–8 season for the Bears. Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky split quarterback duties, but neither could get the offense moving. The defense, led by Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith, looked good at times, but not all the time. The MVB (Most Valuable Bear) may have been special teams star Cordarrelle Paterson, who averaged nearly 30 yards per kick return. Allen Robinson also had a good year, with 102 receptions and 1,250 receiving yards.
November 16, 2020: Cordarrelle Patterson returned a kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown in a win over the Vikings. It was the longest return in team history and tied the NFL record of 8 TD kickoff returns.
September 27, 2020: The Bears beat the Falcons 30–26 after trailing 26–10 in the 4th quarter. Earlier in the year, Chicago came back to win after falling behind the Lions 23–6 in the final period. No team had ever made two bigger fourth-quarter comebacks in the same season.
2020 Season Preview: If the Chicago defense plays like it did in 2018 (and not 2019), fans in the Windy City will be watching playoff football in 2020. Khalil Mack is a force of nature on the defensive line, and he has solid support from Akiem Hicks and Robert Quinn. If the linebackers can stay healthy, the D should return to form. The offense has a lot of options, including running back Tarik Cohen, receiver Allen Robinson, and new tight ends Jimmy Graham and Cole Kmet. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has to show improvement this year. If he doesn’t, Nick Foles is waiting in the wings to keep the offense moving.
2019 Season Roundup: Chicago had the talent to reach double-figures in wins, but finished 8–8 and missed the playoffs. Mitchell Trubisky was up-and-down at quarterback, and the Bears never clicked as a passing team or a running team. The star of the offense was Allen Robinson, who caught 98 passes. The most fun Bear to watch was Coradelle Patterson, who was sensational on special teams. Khalil Mack led a defense that allowed just over 18 points a game—fourth-best in the NFL.
December 5, 2019: Coradelle Patterson was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month. In four games he returned kickoffs for a total of 294 yards, and also made four spectacular tackles covering punts.
2019 Season Preview: Chicago fell short of the playoffs in 2018 by a missed field goal. In 2019, the Bears return with the NFC’s scariest defense—including a dynamic group of linebackers led by Khalil Mack. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky leads an offense that features runner-receiver Tarik Cohen. Cohen must stay healthy, because the players behind him are largely unproven.
2018 Season Roundup: The Bears turned a 5–11 record into a 12–4 division championship behind great years from quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, linebacker Khalil Mack, and do-everything star Tarik Cohen. Chicago had the best defense in the NFL, featuring Pro Bowl picks Akiem Hicks, Kyle Fuller, and Eddie Jackson. The Bears had the most momentum of any team heading into the playoffs, but lost to the Eagles on a missed field goal.
2018 Season Preview: The Bears might surprise a lot of people after their disappointing 5-win 2017 season. Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard are sneaky runners and the team’s blockers know how to open up holes for them. They also can give young QB Mitchell Trubitsky time to operate on enemy defenses. Chicago’s D is good against the pass with newcomer Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks.
2017 Season Roundup: Fans had low expectations for the Bears heading into the season, but the defense gave them lots to cheer about. They allowed an average of under 14 points a game in December. On offense, Jordan Howard ran for more than 1,000 yards and rookie Mitch Trubisky took a step toward becoming Chicago’s quarterback of the future.
October 22, 2017: In a 17–3 victory over the Carolina Panthers, Chicago’s Eddie Jackson scored both touchdowns—one on a 76-yard interception return and the other on 75-yard run after recovering a fumble. The rookie safety was the first defensive player to score two touchdowns of 75 yards or more in the same game. Jackson was named Defensive Player of the Week.
2017 Season Preview: Questions at quarterback and a so-so group of receivers mean that running back Jordan Howard will be carrying a heavy load in 2017. Leonard Floyd leads a pass rush that must get to the quarterback more often in 2017, or another 3-win season could be the result.
2016 Season Roundup: The Bears hoped to improve on their six wins in 2015, but ended up with just three in 2016. They did not win a single road game, and much of the year was spent trying to replace their injured quarterback, Jay Cutler. Whatever cheering Chicago fans did was usually for rookie Jordan Howard. He went from third-string running back to team leader, with 1,313 rushing yards. That mark was second in the NFL and earned him an invitation to the Pro Bowl.
2016 Season Preview: The Bears made small improvements almost everywhere on the field heading into 2016. However, they will probably go only as far as Jay Cutler talented passing arm will take them. The Chicago pass rushers and linebackers also will have to make big plays this season if the team hopes to finish with a winning record. Newcomers Jerrell Freeman, Danny Trevathan and Akiem Hicks will need to be game-changers.
2015 Season Preview: The Bears plan to rebuild their team in 2015. Jay Cutler is a competitive quarterback, but he may not have the weapons to outscore opponents. The pressure will be on the defense to play near-perfect football.
December 28, 2014: Matt Forte caught his 102nd pass to set a new record for catches by a running.
October 12, 2014: The Bears became the first pro football team to win 750 games when they defeated the Atlanta Falcons 27–13.
September 1, 2014: The combination of QB Jay Cutler, running back Matt Forte and receiver Alshon Jeffrey gives Chicago a solid offense. The key to the Bears’ season may be in its pass defense. While the defensive line has improved, there are still many questions about their cornerbacks and safeties.
September 4, 2013: Lots of question marks surround the Bears in 2013. How will they do without Brian Urlacher? Can new coach Marc Trestman get the offense jump-started? Can Jay Cutler stay healthy at quarterback? One thing the Bears can count on is exceptional special teams play. Nothing is more electrifying than watching Devin Hester receive a kick and start upfield.
February 2, 2013: The Bears were looking like champions midway through the 2012 season with a 7–1 record. But 5 losses in their next 6 games kept them out of the playoffs. The poor second half cost coach Lovie Smith his job.
November 4, 2012: In a game against the Tennessee Titans, the Bears became the first team to score TDs on a pass, run, interception and blocked punt in the same quarter.
October 7, 2012: Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman each returned an interception for a touchdown in a victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. One week earlier, Briggs and Tillman also returned interceptions for scores against the Dallas Cowboys.
Summer, 2012: Injuries to Matt Forte and Jay Cutler late in the year ruined a fun season for the Bears. In 2012, Forte has a new running mate in Michael Bush and Cutler has a new target in Brandon Marshall. Everyone knows you can’t run against Chicago, so if the Bears can stop the passing game, they could challenge the Green Bay Packers for the division title.