The Bearsí defense was solid across the board in 2018, finishing seventh against the pass, 11th against the run, ninth in points allowed, 10th in total yardage allowed and ninth in defensive fantasy scoring. Itís a young and improving unit whose 11 projected starters are all in their 20s. Cornerback, for years a problem area, now looks like a strength with Kyle Fuller blossoming into a good cover man and Prince Amukamara providing consistency. DE Akiem Hicks has become a stud, ILB Danny Trevathan is a rock in the middle, OLB Leonard Floyd could be on the verge of a breakout season as an edge rusher, and Adrian Amos and Eddie Jackson have finally given the Bears some strong play at safety.
Things can get tough for a defense in the NFC North. The Bears will have to deal with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers twice, Kirk Cousins and the Vikings twice, and Matt Stafford and the Lions twice. Floyd is a promising, young player, but if he doesnít live up to his potential, the Bears might not have much of a pass rush off the edges.
Chicago has a sneaky-good defense that could be a nice option in fantasy leagues, but you probably wonít want to start the Bears against the Packers or Vikings.