4 bold predictions for Bears vs. Jaguars in Week 16

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Brendan Sugrue
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By all accounts, the Chicago Bears won’t need a Christmas miracle to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars as they continue their pursuit to make the postseason.

The Bears are winners of two in a row, thanks to their revamped offense that has averaged over 31 points per game in the last four weeks. The 1-13 Jaguars, meanwhile, are well on their way to the number one pick in the 2021 NFL Draft after the New York Jets won their first game of the season last week.

The Bears are easily favored to win on Sunday and should be above .500 for the first time since week nine, but how will they get their victory exactly? Here are my bold predictions for this week’s game.

Allen Robinson goes off for 100+ yards and a touchdown in his return to Jacksonville

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At this point, Bears fans know wide receiver Allen Robinson doesn’t like to be doubted. So how do you think he’ll feel when he faces the team that let him get away nearly three years ago? Robinson has had another superb season and continues to be the team’s top wideout over the second half of the year. He’s had 13 targets in two of the Bears last four games and facing a bottom-five defense, he’ll look to pop off yet again. Given that the opponent is the Jaguars, it’s fair to assume Robinson is going to have a huge impact and will make sure Jacksonville knows he's the one who got away.

David Montgomery tallies another 100-yard game

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Is there anyone on a hotter streak than running back David Montgomery? The second-year pro is on a tear right now and he’s been the focal point of the offensive resurgence. Last week against the Minnesota Vikings, Montgomery ran for a career-best 146 yards and two touchdowns. Can he follow it up this week against a defense giving up over 146 yards per game? My bet is he can. The Bears coaching staff clearly understands that Montgomery is the key to their success at this point and won’t shy away from feeding their bellcow back this Sunday. Expect another huge day from the tough runner.

Robert Quinn posts another sack

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For the first time in months, Bears outside linebacker Robert Quinn took down a quarterback. The veteran pass rusher had been noticeably absent from stat sheets over the course of the season in his first season as a Bear but appears to finally be turning a corner after he strip sacked Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins last week. Whether he was dealing with a foot injury or was simply ineffective, Quinn looked like a different player in week 15. Sometimes it only takes one good play to turn everything around. What’s more, the Jaguars allowed five sacks last week against the Baltimore Ravens. I know I’ve picked Quinn to click quite a few times this season, but this time, he’s finally going to deliver against the Jaguars now that his sack drought is over.

Roquan Smith gets revenge for his Pro Bowl snub

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Bears fans and even the coaches and players themselves were upset with linebacker Roquan Smith’s Pro Bowl snub. The third-year pro is near the top of the league in every statistical category and has emerged as one of the top linebackers in the NFL. But missing out on Pro Bowl honors can fuel a player's fire, just ask Indianapolis Colts star linebacker Darius Leonard. Smith has had a tremendous season, but he may kick it up a notch on Sunday to show everyone what they missed. He’ll find a way to not only lead the team in tackles but take the ball away as well. Whether it’s an interception or a forced fumble, Smith is going to wreak havoc on the Jaguars offense.

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