NFL Power Rankings: NFC North after preseason Week 2

In a wide-open NFC North, it's anyone's game

Chicago Bears, Matt Eberflus
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3. Chicago Bears - 78

The Bears may have finished last season as the worst team in the league last year, but they very well could be the most-improved team in football. In Preseason Week 2, the Bears rested most of their key players, but looking back at Week 1 against the Titans, it sure looks like this offense could be a whole lot more fun.

All offseason, we've heard Matt Eberflus say things like "We want to take our shots," and if the Bears scored two long touchdowns off screen plays, boy, we cannot wait to see what those shots look like.

We can talk all day long about the offseason additions on both sides of the ball, but the fact of the matter is, it's all going to come down to whether or not Justin Fields takes the step we think he can take.

The defense is going to be better at all three levels, at least by all accounts. Chicago was middle of the pack against the pass last year, but second-to-last against the run in 2022. Assuming those offseason additions do make the difference we think they can make, they shouldn't finish so low in 2023.

Let's say the offense even finishes between 14th and 22nd. I'm sure the Bears would call that a big win, and Chicago will be around a .500 team if not a bit better.