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The Bears have one of the best defenses in the league, and that defense will certainly win them games. Another strength they have is special teams, with kick returner Devin Hester being one of the best in the league. But the NFL taking away kickoffs may hurt the Bears, as they frequently use Hester and their special teams to gain momentum on the opponent.
However, the biggest problem next year for the Bears will be their offense, particularly their offensive line, which was barely addressed in the offseason with the exception of the acquisition of Gabe Carimi. However, losing veteran Olin Kreutz hurts this offensive line more than Carimi helps it.
In addition, the Bears passing game has been less than stellar, with an inconsistent receiving corps and an inconsistent quarterback prone to turnovers. And while the running game may have been the strength of this offense, it could struggle this year with a weak offensive line.
Last year, the Bears had many lucky breaks, including an injury-free season and a few games where they should have lost, particularly the first game of the season against the Lions when Calvin Johnson's touchdown catch was called back. I don't see the Bears having the same luck this year, and I see them going 7-9 and finishing last in the very tough NFC North.