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NFL Update: The Chicago Bears 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft

Will This Be The Season The Bears Clinch a Playoff Bid?

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2013 Season Recap: The Chicago Bears were an inconsistent team last season, finishing 8-8 and second in the NFC North. The Bears missed the playoffs for the third straight season mainly because of a run defense that ranked 32nd in the NFL. The Bears lost four of their last six games and allowed 30 or more points seven times. Of course, it wasn’t your typical Chicago defense that season.

Key Losses: The Bears decided that it was time to part ways with defensive end Julius Peppers, who spend the last four years in Chicago. Peppers may be on the downside of his career, but he does have 119 career sacks and 40 forced fumbles, making him pretty much a lock for the Hall of Fame once he decides to hang them up. The Bears also released backup running back Michael Bush, who had 197 yards and three touchdowns last season.

NFL Update: The Chicago Bears 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft

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Key Additions: Besides extending Brandon Marshall’s contract, the main pickup for the Bears was adding Lamarr Houston to the defense. Houston spent his first four years with the Oakland Raiders and has 16.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and 171 tackles. Houston is a younger players who can help Bears’ fans forget the fact that Peppers is now playing for the Green Bay Packers.

Draft: The Bears did a nice job of adding youth to an aging defense by drafting cornerback Kyle Fuller and defensive linemen Ego Furguson and Will Sutton. All three guys can play right away and are the future of keeping this Chicago defense up to par. The steal for the Bears in the draft came in the fourth round when they snagged Ka’Deem Carey, a speedy running back out of Arizona.

2014 Season Outlook, So Far: The Bears have one of the top offenses in the entire league, it really just comes down to whether their defense can hold up. Last year was brutal. However, adding Houston, building through the draft and possibly having a healthy Lance Briggs should help. If the Bears defense can just be average and get a few more steps than they did last season, there’s little doubt they have what it takes to win their division with the talent they have offensively. This will be a big season for the Bears, a team looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

2014 Schedule: 

Sept. 7 Buffalo Bills, 1

Sept. 14 at San Francisco 49ers, 8:30

Sept. 22 at New York Jets (Mon), 8:30

Sep. 28 Green Bay Packers, 1

Oct. 5 at Carolina Panthers, 1

Oct. 12 at Atlanta Falcons, 1

Oct. 19 Miami Dolphins, 1

Oct. 26 at New England Patriots, 1

Nov. 2 BYE

Nov. 9 at Green Bay Packers, 8:30*

Nov. 16 Minnesota Vikings, 1

Nov. 23 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1

Nov. 27 at Detroit Lions (Thu), 12:30

Dec. 4 Dallas Cowboys (Thu), 8:25

Dec. 15 New Orleans Saints (Mon), 8:30

Dec. 21 Detroit Lions, 1

Dec. 28 at Minnesota Vikings, 1

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