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Bears have fifth-best odds to win Super Bowl LIII

Bears have fifth-best odds to win Super Bowl LIII

The Bears pulled out a huge 25-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football at Soldier Field, extending their NFC North lead.

The offense looked great, the defense looked dangerous, and special teams came through in a big way. The Bears were clicking on all cylinders.

Not only are the Bears in a good position to win the division, but oddsmakers like their chances at winning the Super Bowl. (Yes, Super Bowl.)

According to footballoutsiders.com, the Bears have the fifth-best odds to win Super Bowl LIII.

Check it out:

Team Percentage
Kansas City 34.1%
LA Rams 22.3%
New Orleans 11.8%
Pittsburgh 8.1%
Chicago 6.2%

How about that?

Now, there's a lot of season left to play, but if the Bears keep playing like they did on Sunday night, their chances are pretty darn good.

The Bears will have the opportunity to host one of the teams ahead of them, the Los Angeles Rams, on Dec. 9, a game that got flexed to Sunday Night Football in Week 14. Will that be a preview of the NFC Championship game?

Time will tell.

The fun part is, we get to sit back and watch it all unfold.

Who is Ryan Pace's best draft pick as Bears general manager?

Who is Ryan Pace's best draft pick as Bears general manager?

Ryan Pace has been the Bears' general manager since 2015, and while some of his most memorable moments aren't the kind GMs want to be known for, like trading up for Mitch Trubisky in a draft class that included Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watston, he hasn't been a complete failure on draft weekend.

Former Super Bowl-winning GM of the Washington Redskins, Charley Casserly, published a scouting report of sorts for all of the league's top decision-makers that offered a somewhat positive spin on Pace's track record.

After five drafts, Pace has selected five Pro Bowlers: Tarik Cohen, Jordan Howard, Eddie Jackson, Cody Whitehair and Trubisky.

OK, so, maybe we should give him credit for four; Trubisky is entering a training-camp battle for the starting job with Nick Foles this summer. His Pro Bowl berth feels like ancient history.

According to Casserly, Roquan Smith has been Pace's best pick so far.

"He is the complete package as a linebacker," Casserly wrote of Smith, "who has the speed to cover sideline to sideline, excelling vs. the run."

Cody Whitehair checked in as Pace's best value pick after selecting the team's starting center in the second round of the 2016 draft. 

As for how Pace conducts draft weekend?

"There seems to be a very close working relationship between Pace and head coach Matt Nagy," wrote Casserly. "It is a collaborative effort between those two, as well as other scouts and coaches -- all must agree on how the player's skill set fits into the scheme. The organization believes in being aggressive to acquire players, including when they traded draft picks for Khalil Mack, traded up for safety Eddie Jackson and back for OL Cody Whitehair. Those were all good trades for the Bears."

Pace has some ammunition to make a move up the board in the 2020 NFL Draft if he so chooses. Armed with two second-round picks (Nos. 43 and 50 overall), he'll have the ability to move into the back half of the first round if a must-have player slides further than expected. This year's virtual draft environment may make trades tougher to execute, but there's no doubt Pace will be active in an attempt to slide up or down the board.

NFL teams seriously concerned about tech safety for virtual 2020 NFL draft

NFL teams seriously concerned about tech safety for virtual 2020 NFL draft

The NFL Draft is going "fully virtual" this year, which means the Bears won't get to witness the firepower of their fully armed and operational battle station. 

And because the NFL is ultimately a league run by dads, concerns about technology use are HIGH:

The article goes on to quote several people within the organization, including head coach John Harbaugh/your dad:

"It's a big concern," Harbaugh said during the Ravens' pre-draft news conference. "Hopefully we'll be okay. I really wouldn't want the opposing coaches to have our playbook or our draft meetings. That would be preferable, if we can stay away from that."

Everything is awful right now, but the idea of John Harbaugh going Full Dad (never go Full Dad) with his newest draft picks is undeniably less awful than most things. Kenneth Murray's going to have to confirm that it's really him three different ways. Jonathan Taylor's going to get three digits into sending his phone number to the team before Harbaugh sends an all-caps email forcing him to stop. Michael Pittman Jr.'s explanation of TikTok will be pointless. 

NFL front offices have spent decades trying to outsmart and outposition each other, and that's all going to be worthless because they have to log on to the internet on their own. It's going to be great.

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