In his latest article, Gil Brandt goes over the 8-8 teams from last year. He gives his opinions on which of these teams will improve, stay the same, or decline: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap20...ams-cowboys-will-slip-while-bears-should-soar Granted he gives the Bears the best positive win differential from last year at +2 (10 wins) of any of the 8-8 teams from last year, this little tidbit caught my eye and tells me that we're in for an uphill battle in 2014 (especially with our tough schedule): "History hasn't been especially kind to 8-8 teams. Of the 22 teams that posted .500 records from 2008 to 2012, just six improved the following season (and just three of those made the playoffs), while five teams stayed at 8-8. Half, meanwhile, did worse. And 10 of the 22 squads failed to win more than six games. Of course, that isn't to say you can't get anywhere from 8-8 -- three of the past 14 Super Bowl-winning teams had .500 records the year before (the 2009 New Orleans Saints, the 2007New York Giants and the 2000 Baltimore Ravens)."