It’s true. But it’s not my prediction. In its September 3 NFL 2012 double issue, Sports Illustrated has the Chicago Bears winning their division with a record of 11-5, followed by the Green Bay Packers (also at 11-5), the Detroit Lions (9-7), and the Minnesota Vikings (4-12).
From SI‘s write-up on the team:
Watching the Bears practice this preseason, you think, They’ve finally joined the NFL mainstream! They got big at receiver, and they made peace with the running back they have to have—and have to have happy—in order to stand a chance of unseating the Packers atop the NFC North.