3 reasons the Chicago Bears will go over their projected win total in 2023

These Chicago Bears look much different than they did a year ago. Can they shock the football world?

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The Bears' defense should be just as improved as the offense, if not more

Many people want to point out the additions of D.J. Moore, Darnell Wright, Nate Davis, and the trio of new running backs to go with Khalil Herbert. And, they would be justified in doing so, even saying that the Bears offense might be the most improved unit in the league.

But, let's not forget about the defense. The Bears were horrendous against the run last year, and because of that, it opened the floodgates in the passing game as the defense got tired throughout each game.

Year 2 for Jaquan Brisker and Kyler Gordon is going to see these guys evolve even further. Their development should skyrocket this coming year. Their level of talent, combined with Eddie Jackson, Tyrique Stevenson and Jaylon Johnson could make this one of the sneakier secondaries in football.

And, the Bears now have a phenomenal linebacker trio to help back up that secondary. The only question mark still lies at pass rusher, but there's time for the Bears to make one more signing, and they have plenty of cash to spend still.

The Bears' defense should be even better at every level, and might even overshadow the offense at times in 2023.