NFL Power Rankings Roundup: Are the Bears Super Bowl contenders?

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Only 24 hours left! The Bears and Packers finally kick off the 100th NFL season tomorrow night, with both teams looking to get a strong start on highly-anticipated years. Are the Bears truly a Super Bowl contender? Here's what they're saying: 

NBC Sports Chicago: #7
It all comes down to Mitchell Trubisky taking the developmental step that's expected from him for this squad to reach its maximum potential. 

NFL.com: #6 
As surreal -- as absurd -- as this kicking competition has been in Chicago, it wouldn't have surprised me at that moment if Matt Nagy met Pineiro at the 20-yard line with a pink slip and bindle stick. To Eddy's credit, he converted all three of his field goal attempts after that horrendous miss, and Nagy announced that he'd won the Week 1 job against the Packers on Thursday night. That's right: After all that, Pineiro has earned one day of job security. Have fun out there, kid!

CBS Sports: #11
The defense will again be special, but this season will be all about the improvement of Mitch Trubisky. Can he take the next step? If he does, they could win the NFC. 

The Ringer: #10
But all the incremental improvements in the world don’t compare to what could happen if Mitchell Trubisky takes a leap in his second season with head coach Matt Nagy. Nagy’s offense, which borrows heavily from Andy Reid’s scheme in Kansas City, is a dense study that would take a long time for any quarterback to master. Patrick Mahomes got to spend his first year in the system studying with Reid and Alex Smith rather than learning in front of a national audience. Trubisky has all the tools to be an above-average NFL quarterback. 

Bleacher Report: #6
If things fall the right way, the Bears could easily represent the NFC in Super Bowl LIV. If they don't—in a division with the Packers and Vikings—the Bears could miss the postseason altogether. No pressure.

USA Today: #7
Defense drives bus here, but offense kept under wraps in preseason must close gap if Chicago hopes to recapture Super Bowl glory.

The Athletic: #7
Good news, Chicago. You’ve got a kicker. Now let’s all hold our breath and hope Eddie Piñeiro doesn’t perform poorly on Thursday night. Meanwhile, we’ll also be closely watching the post-Fangio defense and furiously taking fantasy notes about the Bears’ running back rotation.

Washington Post: #7
The kicking misadventure that knocked the Bears from last season’s NFC playoffs obscured the excellent coaching job Matt Nagy did to develop QB Mitchell Trubisky and make this team a division winner. The task gets tougher this season with the expectation that the Vikings and Green Bay Packers will be more formidable challengers in the NFC North.

Chicago Tribune: #5
Mitch Trubisky is expected to take a big step forward in his second year in the offense, and coach Matt Nagy did a really fine job with him last season. The Bears should have a more dynamic and productive running game with rookie David Montgomery in the mix along with veteran Mike Davis.

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