Just posting this because it comes from a national news source. http://q.usatoday.com/2014/07/22/five-reasons-to-believe-in-the-chicago-bears/ Five reasons to believe in the Chicago Bears By MAGGIE HENDRICKS ( Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports) Not every team should be believed in. The Jets are still figuring themselves out. The Browns are hoping for one week without a player’s name in the news. And the Redskins, well, they’re the Redskins. There are some teams who aren’t favorites to win the Super Bowl, but have enough of the pieces in place to believe a run deep into the playoffs is possible. Starting in Chicago, where the offense is hoping the defense can keep up. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) 1. A revamped defense: Last season, the age of Chicago’s defensive core showed. Brian Urlacher retired. Lance Briggs was injured for much of the season. Julius Peppers struggled, and Charles Tillman had little help in the backfield. But through the draft and free agency, Chicago’s defense has been strengthened. Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston were added to the defensive line, and cornerback Kyle Fuller was drafted. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) 2. An offensive line with continuity: Barring injury, the Bears’ 2014 offensive line will be the same as the 2013 version. Last year’s line was young, but did a good job protecting the quarterback and opening lines for Matt Forte. Now, they’ll be on their second year under Marc Trestman’s offense and working together. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports) 3. Proven targets for Jay Cutler: Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett flourished last season, and gave the Bears several targets for defenses to worry about. Cutler is healed from the injuries that hobbled him in 2013. With the line working and several pass-catching options, he should be able to flourish. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports) 4. An underrated running game: Quick, which running back had the second-most yards in the NFL last season? Was it Jamaal Charles? Maybe Adrian Peterson? No, it was Matt Forte. He ran for 1,339 yards, and added another 594 yards as a receiver. With a total of 12 touchdowns, he also shook off the scoring problems he has faced in the past. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) 5. The relatively easy NFC North: Minnesota and Detroit are both trying to figure out what to do with talented, disparate pieces. The Packers have a healthy Aaron Rodgers again, and will be the team to beat. But their defense isn’t anything to be concerned about. Even with a split against Green Bay, Chicago could go 5-1 in the NFC North, setting up a walk to the divisional title.