27. Chicago Bears (27)
At least for the Chicago Bears, the team played better than expected opening weekend against the Atlanta Falcons when considering they only lost to the defending NFC champions by six points, and can use this performance to build off from. After back-to-back seasons of just three wins, the Bears brought Mike Glennon on board through free agency, and even though the veteran’s performance against the Falcons was decent, he’ll still need to perform better moving forward to hang on to his starting job.
Finishing 26 of 40 for 213 yards with a touchdown isn’t terrible for a quarterback like Glennon making his first start with a new team in the regular season, but it’s also nothing to brag about. With rookie Mitch Trubisky providing unexpected competition during preseason, Glennon understands the pressure that comes with performing well enough during the regular season to make sure he holds on to the starting job.
When it comes to the rest of the offense, the one surprise for Chicago was seeing rookie running back Tarik Cohen (113 yards from the line of scrimmage with a touchdown) outperform Jordan Howard, who was one of the biggest surprises from the 2016 season. Even if it was only one game, it will be interesting to see if Cohen can be consistent enough to give the Bears a solid duo in the backfield along with Howard.