2024 NFL Schedule Release: Bears could be a part of crowded NFC Playoff picture

The NFC North is starting to get a lot of love in early playoff predictions.
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Although the NFL season is still a few months away, the hype for the season is already starting to build up. The speculation about how the season could play out usually ramps up around this time of the year. With the NFL draft already over and the majority of free agent signings completed, predictions about players, teams, and divisions are now at the forefront of the discussion.

This year the Chicago Bears find themselves as the talk of the league. Much of the talk is centered around Caleb Williams and this new-look offense. It is no secret that Williams is stepping into one of the best situations a rookie quarterback has ever stepped into, but will he be able to do enough during his rookie season to put the Bears in a position to win?

The Bears have had a remarkable offseason and have positioned themselves well to succeed. However, qualifying for the playoffs will be a challenging task.

The NFC North is shaping up to be one of the most competitive divisions in football. The Detroit Lions won the division last year and advanced to the NFC Championship game, while also improving their team on paper. The Green Bay Packers also made the playoffs last year and are poised to continue that success this season with one of the youngest offenses in football. The Minnesota Vikings lost some crucial players this offseason, including their quarterback, Kirk Cousins, and top edge rusher, Danielle Hunter. However, the Vikings were aggressive in the draft, trading up to acquire Kirk's replacement in J.J. McCarthy and Hunter's replacement in Dallas Turner. These two moves alone indicate that the Vikings are determined to compete at the top of the NFC North.

The Bears could be one of three NFC North teams to make the 2024 NFL playoffs

It's safe to say that every team in the NFC North division will be tough to beat this year. It'll be interesting to see how the season unfolds. If everything goes well, we might witness some intense playoff action from the NFC North.