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As we work our way through the Bears upcoming schedule, we look into the crystal ball and see that the Bears are 4-4, headed into the third quarter of the season. Historically, this is where the wheels come off.
That terrible loss to the 49ers and the close one to the Texans? The game where Jay Cutler broke his hand and then the hell that broke loose afterward? If Marc Trestman has really changed this team, this is where we'll find out.
Week 10, Sun, Nov 10, vs. Detroit -- The first time around, the Bears didn't play so well against the first time around (in our prognostication) but this is the point in time when Detroit's run to the playoffs usually slows down. Stafford will have to miss a game due to injury, Suh will have to miss a game for a suspension, and the Bears will benefit.
Prediction: The Bears win.
Week 11, Sun, Nov 17, vs Baltimore -- Cue ominous music. The defending Super Bowl champions will come to Chicago after playing the Bengals, their division rival. Will they be the same team who won the Super Bowl. No, as they have made significant changes to their roster. Still, they will be a team with a top quarterback, a frightening defense, and many offensive weapons.
Prediction: The Bears can't stop the Ravens' many ways to score. Baltimore wins a high-scoring game.
Week 12, Sun, Nov 24, at St. Louis -- A 7-8-1 record from last season is likely to be improved upon as the coach Jeff Fisher figures out how to mold his young talent into a real team. He's done it before in Tennessee.
Prediction: the Rams won surprising games last year, and they're going to do it again here.
Week 13, Sun, Dec 1, at Minnesota -- Ick. Them again. We said the Bears would lose the first game, and Minnesota under Leslie Frazir has improved as the season went on. This will be a huge game to play for as the Bears try to stop a losing streak and hold on to a chance to get to the playoffs.
Prediction: The Bears win in overtime.