BE: Bears predicted to finish 2nd in division

Let’s take a quick trip through the Bears Essentials headlines, starting with our NFL preview focusing on the Chicago Bears.

Four out of five ESPN.com writers picked the Bears to finish second in the division behind the Green Bay Packers, while our Ashley Fox has the club finishing third in the NFC North. John Clayton said: “Marc Trestman should get scoring out of Jay Cutler, but a tough schedule might make it tough for the Bears to get back to 10 wins.” Adam Schefter said that “if Jay Cutler cannot thrive under Marc Trestman, he will struggle to thrive under any head coach.”

-- Adam Jahns of the Sun-Times takes a look at Chicago's youth movement.

-- Veteran Eben Britton is primarily an offensive tackle, but capable of playing guard and center. His versatility is likely the reason the Bears opted to keep Britton over former starter J'Marcus Webb.

-- The Bears will field the league's second-oldest team based on average ages put together, according to ESPN.com's Mike Sando, while the Lions will play with the oldest roster.

But age isn't necessarily a bad thing. According to John "Moon" Mullin, six of the nine oldest teams in 2012 finished with winning records, and of those six, just the Bears and the New York Giants missed the postseason.