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Bears 2020 schedule: Can Kirk Cousins take Minnesota Vikings to next level?

Bears 2020 schedule: Can Kirk Cousins take Minnesota Vikings to next level?

The games
The Bears will face their longtime division rival twice in six weeks in the second half of the season, facing off in Chicago on Monday Night Football in Week 10 before heading up to Minneapolis in Week 15. Chicago beat the Vikings in both matchups last year by a combined 12 points, and Matt Nagy is 4-0 against Minnesota in his time as Bears head coach. 

Player to watch
Dalvin Cook made a leap last season toward becoming one of the top backs in the league, rushing for a career-high 1,135 yards in 14 games and scoring 13 touchdowns. Even with the weapons Minnesota has in its passing game, a healthy Cook remains the focal point of this offense, and new OC Gary Kubiak will undoubtedly feed him plenty of touches. If Cook can continue his upward trajectory, he’ll be a problem for everyone the Vikings face.

Additions and subtractions
The Vikings made headlines earlier this offseason when they traded star wideout Stefon Diggs after an up-and-down 2019 season. Adam Thielen will certainly help pick up some slack, but Minnesota drafted Justin Jefferson out of LSU to help replace the departed Diggs.

The Vikings also had some longtime defensive starters leave town, with Xavier Rhodes, Linval Joseph and Everson Griffen all walking in free agency. Former Raven Michael Pierce will help replace Joseph on the defensive line, and GM Rick Spielman used two of his top four picks to select CBs Jeff Gladney and Cameron Dantzler to help bolster the secondary.

Key storyline
As has been the case since the Vikings signed Kirk Cousins two offseasons ago, the big question is whether their QB (who signed a two-year extension in March worth $66 million guaranteed) can get them over the postseason hump. He won his first playoff game when the Vikings upset the Saints last January, but doubts remain over his ability to consistently win games in big spots.

If Cousins can rise to the occasion in concert with their elite running game, headlined by Cook, and the Danielle Hunter-led defense, the Vikings will likely be playing in January again for the fourth time in six seasons.

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Soldier Field to host drive-in movie screenings through July

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NBC Sports Chicago

Soldier Field to host drive-in movie screenings through July

You're probably not going to be able to watch the Bears at Soldier Field any time soon, but next week you'll be able to watch a movie there! That's kind of the same! 

That's because a program called 'Chi-Togther' "will provide Music Entertainment and Movie Screenings each night that will also include carpool-style concerts plus food and beverage options for all ages."

The event will be held in Soldier's South lot, and anyone who signs up will get a free popcorn! Honestly, it's worth it  just to get out of the house and grab yourself some free kernels. 

Movies being screened include Groundhog Day, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Fast and Furious (hell yeah). Also Shrek. 

12 greatest Chicago Bears wins in Soldier Field history

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USA TODAY

12 greatest Chicago Bears wins in Soldier Field history

The Chicago Bears franchise celebrated 100 years of football last season but there are a few more notable anniversaries on the horizon.

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Bears football at Soldier Field. And the columned stadium itself, which opened in 1924, is nearing the century mark.

While the franchise played a vast majority of their home games at Wrigley Field in its early years, a smattering of contests took place at the lakefront facility. The first of which was a 10-0 win over the Chicago Cardinals on Nov. 11, 1926. 

The Bears moved away from Wrigley Field after the 1970 campaign, landing at the AstroTurfed Soldier Field the following season. The team’s first game there — as official tenants — gave the franchise a positive jolt. A late Kent Nix touchdown pass gave the Bears a 17-15 victory over coach Chuck Noll’s Pittsburgh Steelers in front of a capacity crowd. The win was one of the bright spots in an otherwise pedestrian 6-8 season.

Alas, there were better days ahead.

Let’s take a look back at the 12 greatest Bears wins at Soldier Field:

12 greatest Bears wins in Soldier Field history