At the dawn of a new season and a new era in Bears football, many of their fans are optimistic about how the team will fare in 2022.
Three talent evaluators who work for NFL teams — we will refer to them as Scout A, Scout B and Scout C — are less optimistic.
Scouts A and B say the Bears will finish with a 5-12 record. Scout C predicts a 6-11 finish.
“I don’t know what they are hanging their hat on,” Scout A says.
“Chicago will be bringing up the rear,” Scout B says.
Scout C says, “The Bears will have a hard time.”
In the opinion of all three scouts, the Packers will win the NFC North for the fifth straight season despite losing star wide receiver Davante Adams.
“They are in a transition period, but (Aaron) Rodgers is so ridiculous he can make it work with (Allen) Lazard,” Scout A says.
Scout C says Rodgers has proven to be able to get the best from his wide receivers and offensive linemen, so his confidence in the Packers remains high.
The evaluators see the Vikings as the second-best team, and Scout A believes the Vikings could challenge the Packers.
“They are excited to play football again, and Kevin O’Donnell will get the best out of Kirk (Cousins),” Scout A says. “They can maybe get 10 or 11 wins. I wouldn’t be surprised if they won the division.”
As for the Lions, they were described by the front office people as “a wild card” and “a little bit of an unknown.” Scout B believes Detroit is closing the gap between them and the top teams.
Scout C predicts defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, the second pick of the draft, will help the Lions.
“They have set themselves up to be really good up front on both sides of the ball,” he says. “They should be able to impact the other teams’ quarterbacks and protect theirs.’”