"With arguably the most talented set of offensive skill players in the entire NFL-headlined by
"But of course, they must greatly improve a defensive unit that ranked near the bottom in almost every major statistical category. The Bears did well by adding
Billick, who coached the Ravens to a Super Bowl championship in 2000, was the only one among six NFL.com analysts to select the Bears as the non-playoff team with the best chance to win the title this year. The Ravens drew three votes, while the Giants and Steelers each received one.
Two of the last five Super Bowl champions did not make the playoffs the previous season. Both of those teams—the 2009 Saints and 2011 Giants—had 8-8 records the previous year, the same mark the Bears compiled in 2013.
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