How each division rival made life easier on the Bears this offseason

Where did the Bears' NFC North rivals go wrong this offseason?
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This offseason, there have been few teams who have improved as much as the Chicago Bears.

It all starts and ends with the addition of no. 1 overall pick Caleb Williams, but general manager Ryan Poles has done a phenomenal job filling out this roster around the quarterback. No rookie passer has ever come into such a good situation.

The rest of the NFC North may have improved in significant areas, too, but not every team did all that they could in order to compete at the highest level. There were some misses, for sure.

Which moves, or lack of moves from all three rivals, were the biggest misses that the Bears can take advantage of?

The Vikings did not solidify their LG spot

If you ask a die-hard Vikings fan what area they're most concerned about going into the summer and eventually, the regular season, they'd probably tell you the left guard. Currently, Blake Brandel is slotted to start. But, the inexperience and, quite frankly, lack of consistency, is worrying for Minnesota fans.

The highest number of snaps Brandel has played in a season came in 2022 when he played 273 snaps, appearing in nine games with three starts. To make it simple, he was given an overall grade of just 55.3 via Pro Football Focus.

Minnesota has seemingly always had questions on the offensive line. It's been a while since we've seen consistency there. And, for the Bears, that's a good thing. Chicago has had a tough time coming up with sacks in recent seasons and can use all the help they can get.