4. Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears followed up a 3-13 2016 season by going 5-11 last year. Although it was only marginal improvement, it was a step in the right direction.
In order to speed up the rebuilding process, however, they fired John Fox and hired Matt Nagy as their head coach. Nagy had been with the Kansas City Chiefs the past five seasons and was their offensive coordinator last year.
The Bears also brought in some more weapons to surround last year’s second overall pick Mitch Trubisky. They brought in Taylor Gabriel from the Atlanta Falcons and also signed Allen Robinson from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Those two figure to give the second-year quarterback a couple of additional weapons he didn’t have last season.
Chicago also picked up linebacker Roquan Smith in the first round of the draft. Smith should help solidify the defense as well.
Quietly, the bears have gotten better and better and could challenge for a .500 record if everything goes right for them.