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Bears 2020 schedule: Will Aaron Rodgers, Packers be affected by QB drama?

Bears 2020 schedule: Will Aaron Rodgers, Packers be affected by QB drama?

The Games
The Bears will face off with their eternal archrival and defending division champion in Weeks 12 and 17, traveling to Green Bay for a Sunday Night Football matchup on Thanksgiving weekend before finishing up the regular season in Chicago on January 3. That game could end up being quite significant if both teams have a shot at the playoffs. The Packers hold a slim 99-95-6 margin in the all-time series, which is the longest-running rivalry in the league. 

Player to Watch
While the Packers remain Aaron Rodgers’ team, Aaron Jones burst onto the scene in a big way last season. Jones rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 16 TD, which led the entire league. If he builds on that success and forms an even more potent backfield with Jamaal Williams, it will lessen the load on the 36-year-old Rodgers substantially, and will help Matt LaFleur improve an offense that was middle-of-the-pack last season in yards and points per game.

RELATED: Rookie Tight End Cole Kmet Is Already Winning Over Bears Coaches

Additions & Subtractions
One side effect of the Jordan Love pick, and the subsequent selection of Boston College RB AJ Dillon, is that the Packers did nothing to augment their receiving corps, which lacks depth behind Pro Bowler Davante Adams. The Packers lost a couple starters in free agency, as tackle Bryan Bulaga and linebacker Blake Martinez left town for Los Angeles and New York, respectively. To help replace Martinez, Green Bay gave a 2-year deal to LB Christian Kirksey, who will try to help reinvigorate a run defense that was gashed repeatedly by the 49ers in the NFC Championship game last January.

Key Storyline
Aaron Rodgers remains the heartbeat of this team, and continues to be an eternal thorn in the Bears’ sides. Rodgers is 19-5 in his career against Chicago, throwing for 5,806 yards, 47 TD, and a 102.1 passer rating. However, some drama has been injected into the situation, as the Packers traded up in the first round to draft QB Jordan Love out of Utah State, essentially stashing Rodgers’ eventual replacement behind him on the depth chart - much like they did 15 years ago when Rodgers was drafted to sit behind Brett Favre. How Rodgers handles the situation will be fascinating to watch as he tries to defend the NFC North crown.

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