2. Chicago Bears
Much was expected of the Chicago Bears in 2019. Despite a late surge, they were unable to make the postseason and this has left more questions than answers heading into a crossroads season for the franchise.
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There is expected to be a battle for the No. 1 quarterback spot between Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles during training camp. While neither option possesses a significant amount of upside, it might be worth going with the former Jacksonville Jaguars gunslinger given their apparent lack of faith in a player they took No. 2 overall ahead of Patrick Mahomes and DeShaun Watson.
David Montgomery showed glimpses of promise at running back during his rookie season and more is expected this time around. Allen Robinson is a threat when healthy and the Bears invested a lot in tight end Jimmy Graham during free agency in the hope he can return to his form of old.
The Bears’ defense remains of a high standard with the likes of Khalil Mack, Roquan Smith, and Akiem Hicks. This is the undoubted strength of their roster and the Carolina Panthers will need to be at their best to get the better of them.
That being said, the Panthers schedule is not littered with eye-catching opportunities for wins. But this is definitely one game that sticks out. A team lives or dies by their quarterback play and the Bears’ options going forward have been inconsistent at best during the previous campaign.