NFL Analyst has a pretty grim outlook on how the Bears season will go

The haters are BACK.
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Up until Friday, everyone was on the same page about the Bears. Now that they have Caleb Williams, Rome Odunze, and Keenan Allen, they were easily a 10-win team. Probably a 13-win team, in fact. The 2024 NFC North title is simply a formality, and things won't even get tough until the 2nd half of the NFC Championship. It is known.

Or, at least I assumed it was known. But apparently a little blog that goes by "ESPN" disagrees. This week, ESPN released a list of NFL team superlatives, because that is what you do in mid-May. And you may think that the Bears' superlative would be, like, "Obvious Super Bowl winner" or "All Around Fun Time," but nope; ESPN decided to rain on everyone's Memorial Day Weekend parade.

NFL Analyst has a pretty grim outlook on how the Bears season will go

ESPN's superlative: Team most likely to have the same items on its shopping list in 2025

"Bears fans are rightfully excited about the 2024 season. They're about to bring back a defense that ranked second in the NFL in points allowed per drive over the second half of the season and join it with an offense that added quarterback Caleb Williams and wide receivers Rome Odunze and Keenan Allen this offseason ... "

" ... Nobody should fault the Bears for drafting Williams and Odunze in the top 10 -- and Poles could still add players in the months to come -- but don't be surprised if we're sitting here next March counting on Chicago to prioritize offensive linemen and pass-rushers in free agency."

Like the blurb mentions, there's probably a veteran pass-rusher joining the team in August. Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue are the two names that get frequently tossed around in rumors, but there are plenty of guys out there that would fit the bill. But also ... like 90% of teams in the NFL are in the market for offensive line and edge rushing help every offseason, so it's not like this is some crisis. At least that's what I'm telling myself.