Tonight, we're going to lay down a few facts that point to the Bears as being the most overrated team this season.
Lets start with the Bears highly touted Defense:
In 2007, da Bears ranked 28th in league in total yardage allowed (355 ypg). 24th in the rush( 122 ypg) and 27th in the pass(231 ypg). They also finished 16th in points allowed.
Now last year, they did improve slightly but were still in the bottom halve of the league in total ypg (21st) , pass ypg (30th), and points allowed (16th). They did however finish an impressive 5th in rush defense after finishing 24th the year before.
Saying that the defense is the same defense of the 4 or 5 years ago is a joke. They haven't performed at that level for quite some time now. I know last year was last year and this year is this year, but the Bears have done little to improve their defense other than release Mike Brown (?) and sign a new d-line coach, who by the way led the lions into infamy last season.
And yes the Bears have talented linebackers in Urlacher and Biggs, but Urlachers had problems with his back and neck and hasn't made the Pro-Bowl since 2006.
Then there's Tommie Harris, he recently had his knees rebuilt and hasn't been a Pro-Bowler since 2007 and couldn't put in a full season last year.
I'm just going to say the pass D is a joke and now without Brown they'll be a bigger joke, evidence of this can be found in the gametape of week 7 and 13. Hell, you can get a better pic of their whole defense in thos tapes.
The Bears have the second best D in the North, but they shouldn't be relying to heavily on them this season unless somehow a miracle happens and Urlacher's arthritis disappears and Harris's legs holdup.
Now Special Teams:
Though they still can be explosive, without Hester there is really no need to pay extra special attention to them. Hester would have been the best returner of all time had he not switched to WR.
And Finally Offense:
Let's get this out of the way; without the addition of Jay "Baby" Cutler this team wouldn't even be talked about this year.
Jay Cutler: 17-20 as a starter on a very talented and capable Broncos team. Last season he threw 25 td passes compared to 18 picks on a team that only allowed 12 sacks all season long. 12 sacks and 18 picks. Those numbers shouldn't coincide. Especially, when those 12 sacks were allowed in 620 qb dropbacks. Poor decision making? IDK, because protection doesn't appear to have been the problem.And oh yeah, teams don't trade franchise qbs if they are in fact franchise qbs.
Matt Forte, is a good up and coming back, but he averaged less than 4 ypc last year.
WR's are iffy at best, according to Bear's sources Bennet and Hester have improved but after lackluster seasons last year and the fact that neither appear to be red zone targets doesn't help their case.
Their o-line is old and decrepit, players are let go for a reason and Pace hasn't played a full season in quite some time. Kreutz got worked last season. Schaffer let go by the Browns, need I say more. They also allowed their qb to get sacked the ninth most times last season with 43 sacks allowed.
Overrated, because those stats don't impress me. No one on that team has warranted the hype they've gotten this year. Not even Cutler, and especially not their defense.
All information gotten from profootballreference.com, nfl.com, chicagobears.com, wikipedia.org, and yahoo sports.