Gut reaction: Hayes has Bears finishing 10-6. You?

SHARE Gut reaction: Hayes has Bears finishing 10-6. You?

Mock drafts are being produced every 15 seconds this time of year, proving that it’s never too early for meaningless prognostications. With that in mind, I’ve broken down the 2011 schedule and predict the Bears will finish 10-6 next season — if the lockout ever ends.

Frankly, I’m a little more optimistic than I thought I would be, thanks largely to the problems the Vikings could have getting their new quarterback up to speed during the lockout and the Bears facing AFC West opponents next season.

Anyway, Here’s what I think. Let me know what you think.

Sept. 11: Atlanta Falcons at Bears, 12 noon.

Comment: Lovie Smith’s teams usually perform well in openers. WIN

Sept. 18: Bears at New Orleans Saints, 12 noon

Comment: Saints will have extra time to prepare after opening against Packers on Thursday night. LOSS

Sept. 25: Green Bay Packers at Bears, 3:15, p.m.

Comment: 2010 proved Bears don’t match up well against rivals. LOSS

Oct. 2: Carolina Panthers at Bears, 12 noon

Comment: Bears even record against Ron Rivera’s team. WIN

Oct. 10: Bears at Detroit Lions, 7:30 p.m.

Comment: Lions lose on first “Monday Night Football” appearance since 2001. WIN

Oct. 16: Minnesota Vikings at Bears, 7:20 (Sunday Night Football)

Comment: It will be tough for Vikes to get new QB up to speed during lockout. WIN

Oct. 23: Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 12 noon.

Comment: If played in London it will be like home game for Bears. WIN

Oct. 30: BYE

Nov. 7: Bears at Philadelphia Eagles, 7:30 p.m.

Comment: Michael Vick gets revenge in Monday Night showdown. LOSS

Nov. 13: Lions at Bears, 12 noon

Comment: Lions better but not good enough. WIN

Nov. 20: San Diego Chargers at Bears, 3:15 p.m.

Comment: Philip Rivers can carve up any secondary. LOSS

Nov. 27: Bears at Raiders, 3:05 p.m.

Comment: Expect Raiders to take step sideways. WIN

Dec. 4: Kansas City Chiefs at Bears, 12 noon

Comment: Bears edge improving Chiefs at home. WIN

Dec. 11: Bears at Denver Broncos, 3:05 p.m.

Comment: Jay Cutler gets last laugh in homecoming. WIN

Dec. 18: Seattle Seahawks at Bears, 12 noon

Comment: Same result as 2010 Divisional Playoff game. WIN

Dec. 25: Bears at Packers, 7:20 p.m.

Comment: Mike Martz’s offense struggled against Pack in 2010. LOSS

Jan 1: Bears at Vikings, 12 noon.

Comment: New QB should have settled in by now. LOSS

The Latest
The man, 39, was in a car with four other men when he was shot in the 1700 block of North Lotus Street, police said.
There’s no response to texts three months after the uncomfortable vacation.
Philip Jordan sought a different path than perch fishing Thanksgiving on the Chicago lakefront. It paid off a steelhead.
Don’t be fooled by the mayor’s winning smile and soaring, preacher’s son rhetoric, nor by the governor’s make-nice statements from the podium. There is real frustration and tension behind the scenes on both sides.
With vacancy rates rising and valuations falling hard, civic and business leaders are starting to talk about what can be done with office space few companies want anymore.