Are Bears contenders? It's complicated

History, luck and that team up north stand in way of another big season

Updated: September 9, 2011, 12:33 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Brian Urlacher got that look on his face Thursday, the one you can't usually make out completely but suspect is there behind his facemask most of the time.

It's the irritated half-smile that says, "Yeah, yeah, go ahead, bring it. And then we'll talk."

The subject was that annual event known as preseason predictions, which, other than two years ago when one national publication put the Bears on its cover with a Super Bowl forecast that went south with a team ...

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