The Chicago Bears are perhaps the quietest 6-3 team in the NFL right now, and maybe that’s how they like it. The Bears don’t get the recognition that the New England Patriots or Los Angeles Rams do, but they really should.
In a division with the Vikings, who played in the NFC Championship game last season, and the Packers who are led by the best quarterback in the league, the Bears were not expected to compete heading into the year. That changed when the Bears made the blockbuster move of the offseason by sending two first round picks to Oakland in exchange for All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack.
Instantly, there was a shift in the perception of the Bears. People knew that they were going to have a solid defense, but the acquisition of Mack made them borderline unfair. There were still question marks on the offensive side of the ball, but through ten weeks those worries have been appeased.
The Bears have a real shot at making the playoffs this year, but they have a tough road ahead of them. In their final eight games, the Bears will face the Vikings twice, and the Packers and Rams each once. That is not ideal. Not to mention, even if they make the playoffs, two of the top three teams in the league (the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams) stand in their way of a Super Bowl appearance.
Despite the tough path to the penultimate game, the Bears are a team that can make a run at it. Let’s look at five reasons why the Bears can win Super Bowl 53.
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