Now with another rookie quarterback, the Bears are 2-3 and coming off the 28-3 victory over the Vikings.
"We need to get on a streak," said head coach Lovie Smith. "In order to get a streak going, you have to get the first one. We were able to do that (Sunday) and we're looking at No. 2."
The Bears are tied with Detroit for first place in the division and by virtue of their Week 2 win against the Lions they own the tiebreaker. Meaning if the playoffs started today, as division champs the team would host a home playoff game.
Although there is a lot of football between now and such a scenario, the Bears are in a position to climb above .500 over the next month with winnable games against the Ravens, road contests against the Lions and Saints, followed by a home date vs. the 49ers to open the third quarter of the season.
Last year the Bears went 1-3 in the opening quarter of the season, followed by 2-2 marks in the second and third quarters, while concluding the schedule without a win in the final quarter.
The franchise has not been above the breakeven point since Week 3 of 2002. Much of that has to do with getting off to slow starts and having to dig their way up the rest of the season. The last two years the Bears started 1-5 and never got closer than within one game of .500.
The Bears are once again within a victory of .500 and now face a Ravens squad that is a mirror image. A strong defense supported by a running game that has struggled to find a quarterback that can produce for 16 games.
"We know what's ahead on the schedule but it's one week at a time," Smith said. "We have a one-game season coming up against a good Baltimore team that's a lot like us. The offense has struggled a lot but can put points up at any time."