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Bears fall to Lions in Madden '20 simulation

Bears fall to Lions in Madden '20 simulation

Before the Bears host the Lions at noon on Sunday, we put the two teams through a simulation in Madden ‘20. And boy, was this game ugly. Much like their real-life counterparts, the Bears’ offense could not get anything going, managing only 188 total yards, and Mitch Trubisky only threw for 167 yards on 21 completions. The Lions’ offense wasn't much better, and neither team was able to score any offensive touchdowns. 

After trading field goals, the Bears were finally able to score a TD thanks to their special teams unit. DeAndre Houston-Carson was able to return a blocked punt for a touchdown, giving the Bears a 10-3 lead heading into halftime. The score stayed that way until late in the fourth quarter, when Mitchell Trubisky fumbled the ball at his own four-yard line, and the Lions were able to return it for a touchdown to tie the game at 10. 

The contest headed to overtime tied at 10, and while neither team was able to come away with points on their opening drives, Matt Prater hit a 43-yard field goal on Detroit’s second possession of OT to win the game, 13-10. 

Let’s hope the actual game goes a little better for the Bears as they look to snap their four-game losing streak on Sunday at Soldier Field.

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Bears Season in Review: Eddie Goldman

Bears Season in Review: Eddie Goldman

It seems like an annual talking point at this time in the offseason: Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman is one of the best yet most underrated players in Chicago. His performance in 2019 continued that career narrative. 

Goldman finished the year making 15 starts with 29 tackles and one sack. He earned the eighth-highest Pro Football Focus grade among all Bears defenders and remained the consistent run-stopping force in the center of Chicago’s defensive line. 

To be fair, Goldman wasn’t as dominant as he was in 2018, when his 89.1 PFF grade was one of the best at his position in the NFL. But in terms of his role with the Bears, he’s irreplaceable. 

Goldman is entering the third year of a four-year, $42 million contract and will quickly become a source of contract negotiations once again. If he has another strong season in 2020, GM Ryan Pace will have little choice but to lock him up on another extension. Sure, that seems like it’s way down the road, but big-time defensive linemen get paid big-time contracts; Pace has to be prepared. There are currently six defensive tackles making at least $14 million per season.

Quality nose tackles are hard to find. They don’t fill up the stat sheet and rarely do they ever become league-wide superstars; but the Bears’ defense simply wouldn’t possess the upside it does without Goldman anchoring the defensive line, and that remained true in 2019.

Bears Season in Review: Eddie Goldman

Bears Season in Review: Eddie Goldman

It seems like an annual talking point at this time in the offseason: Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman is one of the best yet most underrated players in Chicago. His performance in 2019 continued that career narrative. 

Goldman finished the year making 15 starts with 29 tackles and one sack. He earned the eighth-highest Pro Football Focus grade among all Bears defenders and remained the consistent run-stopping force in the center of Chicago’s defensive line. 

To be fair, Goldman wasn’t as dominant as he was in 2018, when his 89.1 PFF grade was one of the best at his position in the NFL. But in terms of his role with the Bears, he’s irreplaceable. 

Goldman is entering the third year of a four-year, $42 million contract and will quickly become a source of contract negotiations once again. If he has another strong season in 2020, GM Ryan Pace will have little choice but to lock him up on another extension. Sure, that seems like it’s way down the road, but big-time defensive linemen get paid big-time contracts; Pace has to be prepared. There are currently six defensive tackles making at least $14 million per season.

Quality nose tackles are hard to find. They don’t fill up the stat sheet and rarely do they ever become league-wide superstars; but the Bears’ defense simply wouldn’t possess the upside it does without Goldman anchoring the defensive line, and that remained true in 2019.