5 Signs That the Chicago Bears Will Make the Playoffs in 2014

5 Signs That the Chicago Bears Will Make the Playoffs in 2014

Marc Trestman
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Some of the preseason expectations for the Chicago Bears have taken a hit after some preseason struggles. Let's not forget it's only preseason and the Bears will still be playoff contenders. Here are five signs that they will make the playoffs.

5. A productive return man emerges

Devin Hester
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5. A productive return man emerges

Devin Hester

This offseason, the Bears let go of record-breaking return man, Devin Hester. All preseason long, one has yet to emerge and fill in that role. The Bears are still looking for one to emerge. If they can find one, you can bet their playoff hopes will be in closer reach.

4. Defensive backs play at a high level

Ryan Mundy
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4. Defensive backs play at a high level

Ryan Mundy

The defensive line was revamped to force opposing quarterbacks into quicker passes. The DBs should have less pressure on them in 2014. The only question that remains is who will be the starting safeties. Once they come together and perform like they should, the Bears will be poised for a nice playoff run with an improved defense.

3. Cutler stays healthy

Jay Cutler
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3. Cutler stays Healthy

Jay Cutler

Cutler hasn't played a whole season for the Bears since his first year in Chicago. It's fair to say most teams rely on starting QB's health. A full season from Cutler, along with the weapons and offensive line, the offense will be elite.

2. Jeffery and Marshall show out

Alshon Jeffery
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2. Jeffery and Marshall show out

Brandon Marshall

As mentioned in the previous slide, the Bears have one of the top WR combos in the entire NFL. Even while catching passes from Josh McCown they succeeded. If they can maintain last season's production, the Bears will be a playoff team.

1. The Bears beat the Packers

Aaron Rodgers
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1. The Bears beat the Packers

Aaron Rodgers

Bears vs. Packers has been huge for many, many years now. Unlike last season, they will not square off near the end of the season. Instead, they play in Week 4 and Week 10. The advantage on the division will be decided early on. If the Bears can win one or both of those games, it's a sure bet they make the playoffs.


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