The Chicago Bears are coming off of a very impressive 2018 campaign in which they won 12 games and captured the NFC North division title before suffering a devastating Wild Card Round playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Still, the fashion in which the Bears lost aside, it was blatantly obvious that Chicago was not ready for the big stage in 2018 regardless, but now, going into 2019, the Bears look primed for a run.
With an outstanding defense and an improving young offense, Chicago could be destined for big things this coming season.
Here are four bold predictions for the Bears.
4. Mike Davis Will Break Out
The Bears traded Jordan Howard to the Eagles earlier this offseason and replaced him with former Seattle Seahawks running back Mike Davis, who was stuck behind Chris Carson in Seattle.
But when Davis got playing time, he produced, rushing for 514 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 4.6 yards per carry. In addition, he hauled in 34 receptions for 214 yards and a score.
With Tarik Cohen not really representing a true No. 1 back, Davis will get a ton of carries with the Bears this coming season, which could end up being a breakout year for the 26-year-old.
This will be the first time Davis has really gotten some shine. Expect him to make the most of it.
3. Allen Robinson Will Total 1,000 Yards
The biggest issue for Allen Robinson over the last couple of years has been his inability to stay healthy.
He played in just one game during his final season with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017 due to a torn ACL, and in his first year with the Bears in 2018, he was limited to 13 contests due to hip and rib issues.
But now, Robinson is finally healthy, and with that, he could be ready to recapture his old form when he caught 80 passes for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns back in 2015.
Will he post those numbers in 2019? Probably not, but if he stays on the field, bank on him totaling 1,000 yards, especially in an offense that is getting better.
2. Mitchell Trubisky Will Take His Game Up a Notch
Thus far in his NFL career, Mitchell Trubisky has earned the dreaded title of game manager.
For a quarterback that was a No. 2 overall pick, that is not something you want to hear.
Yes, I understand that Trubisky made the Pro Bowl this past season, but let’s be real: he didn’t deserve it, as he threw for just 3,223 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Very middling numbers.
But the good news is that Trubisky showed some marked improvement from his rookie year, meaning that Year 3 could be a huge season for the 24-year-old.
If the Bears want to contend for a Super Bowl, Trubisky will have to be better, and the feeling here is that he will be.
1. The Bears Will Make the Super Bowl
Unless you’re the New England Patriots, teams that lose the Super Bowl almost never make it back the following year, and with Todd Gurley’s knee issues, I’m not crazy about the Los Angeles Rams’ chances of getting back there again this coming season.
The New Orleans Saints? I’m not sure how many more devastating playoff losses they can take, and with Drew Brees hitting 40 and with a lot o questions on both sides of the ball, I’m not confident in the Saints, either.
Enter the Bears, a young, fresh team with a dominant defense and an interesting offense.
Obviously, there are some concerns here, as we don’t know how Trubisky will perform nor if the receiving corps will stay healthy, but I really like the Bears’ chances of making it to the Super Bowl because of that defense and due to the potential of the offense.
Get ready, Bears fans. It could be a special season.