The Chicago Bears are about to start the second half of the 2017 season. What should they be doing for a successful second half?
The Chicago Bears hit the halfway point of the 2017 season with a surprising 3-5 record. Most experts had them down for maybe one or two wins that the break. They might be exceeding expectations in certain areas while lacking in others. The defense is progressing rapidly while the offense is still in its infancy.
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If you look at their schedule for the second half of the season, it’s not out of the realm of possibility to win five or maybe even six games if things break their way. That would be a huge step forward for a team that only won three games all of last season, a franchise-worst record for a sixteen game season. I’m not sure that even getting to nine wins is enough to capture the NFC North, an NFC North without Aaron Rodgers mind you. Nine wins will be a tall order to drum up a Wild Card berth with the NFC East and NFC West appearing to be very top-heavy on talent.
So what does success look like for the Bears in the second half of the season? We want to see the development of Mitch Trubisky and the continued success of the defense. But there’s more to it than that.
The Bears need to figure out what they have because it’s fair to set the expectation for the playoffs in 2018. Here is a checklist of items that the Chicago Bears need to address to ensure a successful second half of the season…