4. Chicago Bears
The Bears have finished last in the NFC North for the past four years. Are they finally ready to make a playoff push?
Reason to be optimistic: Offseason additions
It’s been a good offseason for the Bears. GM Ryan Pace focused on surrounding second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with talent. Pace signed wide receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, as well as tight end Trey Burton in free agency. He also used a second-round pick on receiver Anthony Miller.
Cause for concern: Can Mitchell Trubisky lead the Bears to the playoffs?
Now it’s on Trubisky to step up and play well. That’s the main concern for the Bears. Last year’s second overall pick now has high expectations. If this offense doesn’t live up to its potential, it’ll likely be on Trubisky.
The NFC North is loaded at the quarterback position. Can Trubisky improve enough to lead Chicago into the postseason? He certainly has the potential, and showed improvements through the 2017 season, but he still has a lot of work to do.
For the Chicago Bears to take the next step and become regular playoff contenders, Trubisky has to play well.