The Chicago Bears finished the 2021 season with a 6-11 record, which was good for third place in the NFC North, but not good enough to make the playoffs. They fired head coach Matt Nagy after the season and hired Matt Eberflus in hopes that he can get them back into the playoffs.
Chicago averaged 18.3 points per game last season, which was 27th in the league. They gave up 23.9 points per game, which was 22nd.
Rookie quarterback Justin Fields completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 1,870 yards, seven touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. David Montgomery led the team in rushing with 849 yards and seven touchdowns, while Darnell Mooney led the team with 1,055 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
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With Montgomery and Khalil Herbert coming back, Chicago’s running game will be the team’s strength this season. However, their passing game likely won’t be very good, with the team losing former WR1 Allen Robinson II, who was replaced by Byron Pringle, who had 568 receiving yards and five touchdowns with the Kansas City Chiefs last season.
The Bears added depth to their offensive line, adding three offensive linemen in the draft to protect their quarterback who was sacked 36 times in 12 games.
Defensively, the Bears lost one of their best players in Khalil Mack. Who was traded to the Chargers in the offseason. They still have Robert Quinn, who set the team record with 18.5 sacks last season, and Trevis Gipson. Who had seven sacks and five forced fumbles.
They used three of their first five draft picks on defensive players. And believe they will be a better unit than they were last season.
The Bears will likely improve on their record from last season. But they are still not ready to compete for the NFC north title. So expect another third-place finish from them. Their Super Bowl 2023 odds is currently set at +5000.