The Bears may have finished their season with only six wins, only one better than last year, but there is clear optimism heading into next year. There may be even more reason to be excited if their 2016 opponents are as bad as they were this season.
As it currently sits, the Bears have one of the worst strengths of schedule in the NFL. Their 2015 opponents have a winning percentage of 46.1, tied for the second worst in the NFL. Their opponents also had far and away the worst point differential, with -502.
From Blogging The Boys:
While it’s obvious the Bears play plenty of teams that were bad, there is something just as important – they aren’t playing teams that are good either. The only team that reached the second weekend in the playoffs that the Bears play next year is the Packers.
Of 8 teams remaining in NFL playoffs, only one #Bears play next season is Packers.— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 11, 2016
In the NFL, things are always changing. So it shouldn’t be a total surprise if one of the teams that finished with an ugly record turned things around to win their division next year. But Bears fans can hold out hope that they will be that surprise team.