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Here’s where the Bears stand within the 2023 NFL draft after bye week


Here’s where the Bears stand within the draft after Week 14 originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Through the Bears‘ bye week in Week 14, the Denver Broncos lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, boosting them as much as the second pick within the draft over the Bears.

With that, the Bears now have the No. 3 pick within the 2023 NFL draft. How did this occur?

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The Broncos tied the Bears for overall record over the weekend, each sporting a 3-10 record through 14 weeks. Since they’ve the identical record, the tiebreaker goes to the lower strength of schedule (SOS).

As of this writing, the Bears have the very best strength of schedule of each team drafting within the top-18 picks. Hence, they lose the tiebreaker to each team who has a lower SOS.

For the Bears to retain the No. 2 overall pick within the draft, they need – not only to lose out – but for the Broncos to choose up a win over the ultimate 4 weeks.

The Rams, who had joined the Bears and Broncos as three-win teams, picked up a win on Thursday night over the Raiders on the back of an exhilarating game-winning drive from Baker Mayfield. They moved right down to the No. 4 pick and placed a one-win gap on the Bears/Broncos.

During the last 4 weeks, the Broncos play the Cardinals, Rams, Chiefs and Chargers. The Cardinals and Rams each have 4 wins on the season, so it’s possible they snag a win from either game.

The Bears, then again, have a demanding schedule down the stretch. They return from their bye week against the Eagles before taking up the Bills, Lions and Vikings to complete off their season.

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All eyes will probably be on the Bears and Broncos for the race for the No. 2 pick.

Where will the Bears find yourself? Soon enough, they’ll solidify their position within the draft.

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