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Bears 2020 schedule: Will Titans, Ryan Tannehill replicate magical 2019 run?

Bears 2020 schedule: Will Titans, Ryan Tannehill replicate magical 2019 run?

The Game

In Week 9, the Bears will face one of the biggest surprises in the league last season, the AFC finalist Tennessee Titans. The last time the Bears made the trek to Nashville on Nov. 4, 2012, traveling Chicago fans famously drank some local establishments dry and Lovie Smith’s squad waltzed to a 51-20 blowout win behind a pick-six by Brian Urlacher and four forced fumbles by Charles “Peanut” Tillman.

Player to Watch

Mike Vrabel made a quarterback change from Marcus Mariota to Ryan Tannehill early last season, and the former Dolphin lifted the team into the playoffs, earning a lucrative contract in the process. In 13 games last season, including the playoffs, Tannehill went 9-4, throwing for 3,111 yards with 27 touchdowns against only 7 interceptions. He received $91 million guaranteed for his efforts, and it will be interesting to see how the next act in his resurrected career will play out.

Additions & Subtractions

Alongside Tannehill, the Titans made sure their other standout performer from their playoff run stayed in town, slapping the franchise tag on running back Derrick Henry. The former Alabama star was unstoppable in January, and now he’ll pair with Tannehill for a full season. The Titans also signed former Falcons pass rusher Vic Beasley, while saying goodbye to their one-time franchise signal-caller in Mariota.

Key Storyline

The Titans were one of the league’s biggest surprises as they caught fire and made it all the way to the AFC Championship game. Can they repeat that success now that they have a target on their backs? The AFC South had a lot of personnel turnover with a QB change in Indianapolis and DeAndre Hopkins getting traded from Houston, so Tennessee might be able to take advantage and book a return trip to the playoffs.

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Soldier Field to host drive-in movie screenings through July

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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