The Bears may have attempted to upgrade their talent, but they are projected to finish 7-9 again, according to Sports Illustrated.
In its NFL preview magazine, SI senior writer Peter King picked the Bears to finish third in the NFC North, behind the Green Bay Packers (11-5) and the Minnesota Vikings (10-6) but missing a postseason spot. In fact, SI has the Packers losing in the Super Bowl to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Detroit Lions are projected to finish 4-12.
I still haven't thought about the division and how things will stack up. But, I honestly believe the Lions will win more than four games. The defense has holes, but the offense has the potential to win some shootouts. How the other three NFC North teams fare against the Lions could make a huge impact on the final standings.
Other things worth noting:
* King ranked Julius Peppers the fifth-best pass rusher in the NFL.
* King has Aaron Rodgers as the MVP and Chris Johnson as the offensive MVP. He has Justin Tuck as the defensive MVP. He also has Carolina's John Fox as the coach of the year.