Bears: Cut to the chase
Picture this at Soldier Field.
The Bears are driving, and the ball rests at midfield. QB Jay Cutler hands off to RB Matt Forte who plows through the line for a 15-yard gain. Then Cutler drops back and completes a play-action, 35-yard touchdown pass to the streaking Devin Hester down the far sideline.
The fans celebrate. The Bears' fight song blares. The scoreboard lights up the sky.
Yes, Chicago, this is what a real NFL offense looks like.
Let's be realistic, though. The Bears aren't going to put up 30 points per game. But fantasy owners will actually find more than a Bears' defender or team defense in their fantasy lineups this season.
Forte is a top-three pick. Cutler is a low-end QB1. Hester's stock likely has risen enough for you to take a chance on him as a WR3. Greg Olsen is top-10 TE, too.
Meanwhile, Chicago's defense seems like the suspect unit now because the Bears were No. 21 in total defense last season. But 22 INTs last season were third-best in the league, and Chicago's D/ST is a consistent top-10 fantasy unit.
Names like LBs Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher and DB Charles Tillman should be ones to watch for in IDP leagues.
Yes, it's a bit hard to believe, but a 26-year-old with a cannon arm could make Chicago a contender in the NFC North.