May 11, 2012; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery during rookie minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

ESPN's John Clayton: Bears are Better than the Lions

On Monday night, The Kevin Calabro Show on 710 ESPN Seattle interviewed ESPN Senior NFL Writer John Clayton and Clayton suggested that the Chicago Bears have made enough offseason moves this summer to move them past the Detroit Lions as the second best team in the NFC North.

Clayton’s point could hold merit given how this offseason has trended for both teams. The Lions have been in the news for all of the wrong reasons with their off the field issues and the Bears have quietly added pieces to their roster that could give Cutler and the gang a shot at grabbing one of the two NFC wild card spots in the playoffs, assuming the Packers win the division.

You cannot argue that the Bears haven’t added some serious weapons during free agency and in the draft. Adding big names like veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall, rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, and rookie defensive end Shea McClellin certainly gives Chicago more clout in making an argument toward being the second best team in the NFC North.

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  • Rob

    On paper, lets see what happens on the field. I am incredibly optimistic, but and do think that the Bears will be right there with the Lions and Packers in regards to offensive numbers and that is going to transfer over to the D and ST’s. I believe we will average 35 points a game.

    • Kim Vieira

      Toughest division…..period. I can’t wait! Go LIONS!

  • Dr. Johnny Nacho

    chicago sports in recent past have not lived up well to expectations….now is as good as any to right that ship.

    i like emery’s attitude in his first year towards the draft. obviously they have to produce on the field for it to be a successful draft but i just enjoy his willingness to make the bold pick if that’s the man he feels will make an impact.

  • ThompsonWay

    I like the Bears depth this years. We all remember last years injuries, and how it took us out of contention. This year, I feel that the second stringers could’ve won those last 6 games last year and put us into the playoffs. I think that the packers are tough, but they are not deep. If Rodgers goes out this year they are toast. Same with the lions, without Stafford or Megatron and they have no chance. The Bears have the best depth, then I would go with the lions, packers, ending with the vikings.

  • cedric5209

    It will come down to who stays healthy. If you look at the NFL history no team has ever won if they were not lucky to avoid crtical injuries. If Rogers goes down, where would the Packers end up?