NFL.com released their preseason Power Rankings and the Chicago Bears jumped into the Top 5. The Beloved rank behind the Super Bowl champion Giants (1), the runner up Patriots (2), the NFC runner up 49ers (3) and their division rival Packers (4).
Not bad for a team that missed the playoffs last season. Clearly they acknowledge the acquisitions the Bears have made as making a big impact on their outlook for the 2012 season. Here’s what Elliott Harrison said in his blurb about the Bears:
Chicago and Green Bay will lock up twice in 2012, as they always do, in games that will likely decide the NFC North. The acquisitions of Brandon Marshall and Michael Bush are huge, but there is still one big issue that can hold this team back.
That issue that Harrison mentions? It’s the Bears inattention to their offensive line. If they can find a way to protect Cutler, the sky’s the limit.
What do you think? Did Harrison put a little too much stock in Marshall’s addition? Are the Bears a Top 5 team? Where would you rank them?