Will team win NFC North, make playoffs? – NBC Sports Chicago

It’s prediction time for the Under Center podcast. A week after the Bears and the rest of the NFL released the full schedule, the team analyzed the team’s chances of winning the division or making the playoffs as a Wild Card team.

Here is a transcript (lightly edited for clarity) of the conversation:

Will the Bears win the NFC North this year?

Alex Shapiro: I think this team could still be third in the NFC North.

Josh Schrock: If I was a gambler – I don’t gamble – I’d probably bet 50-1, 40-1.

I just think they will be in a year. They’re talented, they’re young, but Detroit is better. Green Bay is better and Minnesota could be better. As if, for just one year, Minnesota could strike lightning in a bottle. Sam Darnold, all of a sudden, he’s good for a year. Brian Flores knows what he’s doing, and all of a sudden they win 10 games. It’s like, wait, what happened, right? So yes, that’s far from the case.

Shapiro: It’s not a question of talent. For me, this is an established thing. The Bears are just coming out of the rebuild, right? They went through all that. They have the pieces in place and are now ready to start competing. The other teams in the division have already done this.

The Packers found a way to not rebuild. They just put Jordan Love in there, tweaked the defense and everything is fine. They didn’t really miss a step. Or at least not a big step, maybe half a step back. The Lions, as we all know, are clearly on the other side. They are about two years ahead of the Bears.

Kenneth Davis: You still have a rookie quarterback. You have a guy who now has a new staff in (offensive coordinator) Shane Waldron, who is trying to make it all come together behind this rookie quarterback. And we will still have to see how solid the offensive line is in the middle. Because we’re thinking about the edges, they’re fine, but we need to see how big they are in the middle.

Schrock: Look, if a few breaks come your way, I’m not saying they can’t win the NFC North. Certainly, crazier things have happened. Nothing stops injuries from happening here. One team gets unlucky and all of a sudden the Bears take first place on December 16th. Then it’s okay, maybe they’re ahead of schedule.

Will the Bears make the playoffs as a Wild Card team?

Schrock: I think the Bears’ goal should be: In Monday night’s game against Minnesota, you should be in the thick of the action. It should be something like: Hey, if we take care of business, we get a Wild Card spot. » You should play relevant and meaningful football in December. You have the talent to be a playoff contender, a Wild Card contender.

Shapiro: If Josh pegs the odds at 50-1 for the Bears to win the division, it might even be money for them to make the playoffs. What do you think, fellow bookie Josh?

Schrock: You know, maybe +112.

Shapiro: So, definitely more likely, but I don’t know if I’m ready to call them favorites yet, just because we have to see it. I still view the Rams as a real Wild Card threat behind the 49ers. The Eagles and Dallas, whichever team doesn’t win the division, the other team will probably be there. And then the Packers. So the Bears will have to be better than one of these teams.

And every year there is a surprise team. The Arizona Cardinals, for example, with Marvin Harrison, Jr. and Kyler Murray playing a full season, is this offense just going to click? Is this going to be the big, big year for Kyler Murray that a lot of people may have predicted when he was playing really well early in his career, before he got hurt? The Seahawks, there’s a chance they’ll be good. There will be some good teams pushing for that Wild Card spot with the Bears.

Schrock: They should definitely be in the mix for those six, seven, eight seeds.

Later, the guys broke Caleb Williams’ chances of breaking a big rookie record. They also shared their full game-by-game predictions for the regular season. To watch the full conversation on YouTube, click here or listen wherever you find your podcasts.

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