1. Depth on the defensive side of the ball could be better than ever
It remains to be seen if Mike Brown can stay healthy in the secondary because he's pretty much irreplaceable back there, but this defense is arguably as deep and talented as any in the NFL right now.
2. This bus isn't just for running the football
While head coach Lovie Smith will continue to say that his team gets off the bus running the football, Turner is proving he can find mismatches through the air and knows how to exploit them – and pat Orton on the back for executing the game plan beautifully.
3. How did Anderson ever win the starting job from Brown in the first place?
Fortunately for the Bears, the back-and-forth flip-flop between Brown and Anderson hasn't affected their relationship and may have helped them better appreciate each other's role on this team.
4. No No. 1 target means spreading the ball around
Don't expect any Bears receiver to get anywhere near 1,000 yards once the regular season wraps up, but having three or four options capable of posting 40-50 catches means enemy defensive coordinators won't have anyone to specifically gameplan against every week.
5. The rest of the schedule isn't nearly as tough as originally anticipated
Not many experts figured the Bears to be a playoff team before the season started, but it appears that they could be the new favorites in the NFC North with the rest of the division crumbling around them.
John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.
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