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Bears Land Near the Bottom of ESPN's Early 2022 NFL Power Rankings

Larry Rupp
The Chicago Bears land near the bottom of ESPN's early 2022 NFL power rankings.
The Chicago Bears land near the bottom of ESPN's early 2022 NFL power rankings. / Jonathan Daniel/GettyImages

The Chicago Bears have made the NFL playoffs in two of the last four seasons, but have never seemed like a true contender during that time. Next season will go a long way in developing young players on the roster as Chicago lands near the bottom of ESPN's early 2022 power rankings.

Bears Power Rankings

The Bears check in at No. 26, ahead of just three other NFC squads. New head coach Matt Eberflus certainly has his work cut out for him on offense after Chicago finished among the bottom 10 of NFL teams in statistical categories such as points per game (18.3) and yards per play (4.9).

With wide receiver Allen Robinson set to enter free agency, the Bears are suddenly lacking explosive downfield threats for quarterback Justin Fields. New general manager Ryan Poles has a chance to change that given the team has over $29 million in projected cap space and five picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.

If the offense can improve, Chicago may be able to exceed expectations in 2022 since their defense has remained dominant. The Bears gave up the fifth-fewest yards per game (316.7) this past season, while veteran linebacker Robert Quinn set a franchise record with 18.5 sacks in 16 games played.

All thins considered, Chicago fans have to be patient here. An overhaul of both the coaching staff and the front office means that it will likely take some time for things to come together. There is a lot of upside moving forward, though.

The Bears remain long shots to win Super Bowl 57 with odds set at +7000 (27th), according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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