Hub Arkush (General Manager/Editor):10-6; second place behind Vikings
At 3-1 through the first quarter of the season, the Chicago Bears have significantly raised the bar on expectations for themselves this season. And with the combined record of their next eight opponents standing at 11-20-1, there's a good chance things are going to get better before their final four games at home vs. the Rams and Packers and on the road at San Francisco and Minnesota.
After the bye, the Bears are in Miami, at home vs. New England and the Jets, at Buffalo, at home vs. Detroit and Minnesota and on the road at Detroit and the Giants.
The hard part now is throwing out who we thought the Bears were and projecting what we think is going to happen based on what we've seen so far.
I don't see the Bears losing to Miami, the Jets, Buffalo, the Lions twice, the Giants or the 49ers, but history tells us they'll probably lose at least two of them, making them 7-3 pending a second Lions game, two with the Vikings, the Packers rematch and the Patriots and Rams games.
Again, off their first four games, the Bears should go at least 3-3 in those six, making them a 10-6 football team — two wins better than I expected at the start of the season. Call it the Khalil Mack effect.