Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy walks the sidelines during their game against the Tennessee Titans Thursday night at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy walks the sidelines during their game against the Tennessee Titans Thursday night at Soldier Field in Chicago. — Mark Busch - mbusch@shawmedia.com

Hub Arkush, Pro Football Weekly Executive Editor/GM/Bears Insider:

The Bears will be better than last year, but a much tougher schedule and the odds against a second straight year of great health will lower the win total. The murderer's row of Saints, Chargers, Eagles, Lions and Rams from Weeks 7-11 has to yield at least three wins, and the Bears will need to take at least two out of three in the final stretch with the Packers and Vikings on the road, sandwiched around the Chiefs in Soldier Field, for them to be a legit Super Bowl contender.

2019 Prediction: 11-5

NFC North Prediction Bears, Vikings, Packers, Lions

Super Bowl LIV pick: Chargers over Saints

Arthur Arkush, Pro Football Weekly Managing Editor/Bears Reporter:

They still have the division’s best roster, but their formula should shift a bit with Matt Nagy’s offense in Year 2 picking up more slack of a defense unlikely to replicate last year’s scoring contributions. That’s OK. The ‘D’ remains quite stout, and the offense now could be fearsome too. The stakes have risen with a stiffer schedule and the unique opportunity to culminate their centennial celebration campaign in super fashion. It’s a test the franchise is finally ready for, with Nagy building his club’s mettle to embrace — and ace — it.  

2019 Prediction: 12-4

NFC North Prediction: Bears, Packers, Vikings, Lions

Super Bowl LIV pick: Patriots over Bears

Eric Olson, Daily Chronicle GM:

The Bears return to the playoffs as a 10-win wild card team this season, unable to keep pace with a Packers squad that will have a new coach with a new offensive scheme and led by a healthy Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. Depending on how healthy the Bears are by the end of the season, they could pull an upset or two as a road team in the playoffs, though ultimately they won't be able to get past an elite, warm-weather or dome team on the road.

2019 Prediction: 10-6

NFC North Prediction: Packers, Bears, Vikings, Lions

Super Bowl LIV pick: Rams over Colts

Kyle Nabors, Northwest Herald Sports Editor:

The schedule grows considerably more difficult after the Week 6 bye, but the Bears have a chance to stack wins early. They also remain the favorite in the NFC North. The Vikings should improve; the Packers are retooling; and the Lions are still the Lions. When you consider overall talent, the Bears can match up with any team in the NFL. That doesn't always translate to success, but it's the best you can ask for heading into the season.

2019 Prediction: 12-4

NFC North Prediction: Bears, Vikings, Packers, Lions

Super Bowl LIV pick: Chiefs over Bears

J.C. Talon, Pro Football Weekly Fantasy Expert:

The Bears are the most complete team, and are in good position to repeat as champs in a very competitive division. Green Bay, however, is not far behind. It could be a tight race. The Packers have the best QB in Aaron Rodgers. They also made three, key defensive free-agent signings with Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith and Adrian Amos. The Vikings will continue to regret last year’s cap sapping addition of Kirk Cousins. We are not buying what Matt Patricia and the Lions are selling. It would not be surprising if they regressed from their six-win total of 2018.

2019 Prediction: 14-2

NFC North Prediction: Bears, Packers, Vikings, Lions

Super Bowl LIV pick: Bears over Chargers

Sean Hammond, Shaw Media Sports Writer:

They have the potential to be better than last season’s 12-4 team, but the schedule does the Bears no favors. Still, 11-5 should be good enough to win the division. If Trubisky can stay healthy, the offense has the potential to be really, really good. Trubisky should be even better than he was in 2018. Expectations remain through the roof for the defense, and rightfully so. I foresee the Bears being in the mix with the top teams in the NFC, but I think this is the year Drew Brees and the Saints finally earn another Super Bowl shot.

2019 Prediction: Bears

NFC North Prediction: Bears, Packers, Vikings, Lions

Super Bowl LIV pick: Saints over Patriots

Kaleb Carter, Shaw Media Sports Writer:

Don't expect the Bears to regress in terms of overall product on the field, as a further trip in the postseason should be the expectation after improvements were made in the offense that should yield explosive returns. Couple that with another year of experience for Trubisky and more weapons to work with and the offense should improve. Whether the defense can replicate the takeaway numbers is a whole other issue, but with Chuck Pagano's defensive expertise, I wouldn't expect much to change in terms of yielded results.

2019 Prediction: 11-5

NFC North Prediction: Bears, Packers, Vikings, Lions

Super Bowl LIV pick: Saints over Chiefs

Jake Bartelson, Shaw Media Sports Writer:

Assuming the Bears stay healthy, on paper, they should likely maintain their place among the top teams in the NFC. Despite some notable changes on the defensive coaching staff, the league's top-rated unit and rushing defense from a season ago returns several starters, led by Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky must also continue to make positive strides in Year Three with the championship contention window clearly open.

One of the major question marks continues to be how the kicker competition gets settled moving forward, and that could be the difference between a deeper playoff run or an early exit.

2019 Prediction: 11-5

NFC North Prediction: Bears, Packers, Vikings, Lions

Super Bowl LIV pick: Chiefs over Saints