Another day, another anti-Chicago Bears piece of content. This time it’s from ESPN, who carved out a path for every team to potentially win the Super Bowl in 2022.
Unfortunately for the Bears, their chances at winning the ‘Big Game’ are the worst in the NFL, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. Just how bad are they? ESPN says the Bears have a less than 1% chance of winning it all, 0.5% to be exact.
Still, in the spirit of ESPN’s breakdown, they had to at least try to imagine a scenario in which the Bears make a playoff run.
“The Bears aren’t making the Super Bowl. But even here, in the most unlikely of scenarios, it’s not impossible to carve out their path,” ESPN’s Bill Barnwell wrote. “The Packers have been dominant in the NFC North under coach Matt LaFleur, but they can’t defy their point differential forever. Aaron Rodgers is 38. The Vikings are transitioning to a new regime and are overturning their roster. The Lions project to be better without being a playoff contender. In a universe in which Rodgers declines dramatically or gets injured, the North could be wide open. Could a Chicago team with a solid defense and a surprisingly effective offense contend?”
Does anyone really think the Bears are going to win the Super Bowl this year? Obviously not. But it’s still pretty surprising to see teams like the Houston Texans, New York Jets, and Atlanta Falcons earn more respect at this point in the calendar. Chicago doesn’t have a superstar roster, but they do have the best quarterback out of all of those teams. In a league driven by quarterback play, that alone should give the Bears the nod over several cellar-dwelling clubs.
The Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, and New York Giants, according to ESPN, have a better chance at winning the Super Bowl than Chicago. Baker Mayfield? Geno Smith? Daniel Jones? Really??
In the infamous words of former coach Matt Nagy, that’s where we’re at right now. And until the Chicago Bears win some early-season games, they’ll continue to be doubted by writers and major media outlets across the league.