2021 NFC North preview: How do the Detroit Lions stack up?

Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell (Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)
Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell (Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press) /
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Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears quarterbacks (Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Chicago Bears

The “Monsters of the Midway” are coming off of an 8-8 season and a second-place finish in the NFC North.

They gutted their quarterback room, bringing in Andy Dalton and drafting Justin Fields in Round 1 of the NFL Draft to try to right the ship that was being knocked off-course by former quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, at least that is how the blame game has shaken out.

Head coach Matt Nagy, like everyone this time of year, is adamant that the Bears have fixed what was broken. Dalton has the full confidence of the staff and Fields is going to start the year as the understudy. According to all available sources, Utopia has arrived and the playoffs are to follow.

We expect to see the Chicago Bears singing “Kumbaya” around a campfire any day now. After all the Bears defense ranked 11th in yards against and 14th in scoring defense, both just behind their cheese-headed rivals.

The 26th-ranked offense in yards and 22nd-ranked scoring unit have solved their problems, right? In many ways, the Bears have been the reverse of the Detroit Lions, who have been good offensively but struggled on defense.