First in the NFC North
Nagy’s team has matched last season’s victory total, and the next hurdle to clear is proving it can start beating up division foes. The season-opening road loss to the Packers — and the Bears blew that game in the second half in so many ways — has been the only division game to date. The Bears know the schedule of Lions, Vikings and at Lions, with the latter two on national television, will be challenging. It’s a new team, so perhaps a troubling recent history shouldn’t matter. They have lost nine of the last 10 to the Lions, six of seven to the Vikings and 15 of 17 against the Packers. The Bears are second in turnover differential at plus-10, ninth in offensive red-zone efficiency and have gotten healthy, with outside linebacker Khalil Mack (right ankle) and wide receiver Allen Robinson (groin) ready to go after sitting out breezy victories over the Bills and Jets.