The Chicago Bears are the defending NFC North champions, but if they want to repeat as the division kings they will have to improve from last season.
The Bears will to improve internally as well as battle new external hurdles. The Bears will have a tougher time winning the NFC North this season because the increased talent in the division.
First off, the Bears will have to get by the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. They will also have to contend with Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. The Lions should be healthy this year, and will be a sleeper pick to make it to the playoffs. The Vikings improved when they acquired Donovan McNabb from Washington.
There are several ways the Bears can improve, and if successful they will legitimate Super Bowl contenders.