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Cowboys dismantle Bears in Madden ’20 simulation

Cowboys dismantle Bears in Madden ’20 simulation

As the Bears enter the fourth quarter of their season, so too does our Madden ‘20 simulation series. This week’s Madden sim was a very one-sided affair, and unfortunately it was not in favor of the Bears.

However, Madden didn’t pick the Bears to win in either of the last two weeks, and Matt Nagy’s crew proved them wrong both times with wins over New York and Detroit. Here’s hoping this week will be three in a row where the simulation was incorrect.

The star of this week’s sim was Dallas’ star RB, Ezekiel Elliott. The Ohio State product ran all over the Bears’ defense, rushing for 148 yards on just 23 attempts, and scoring a touchdown. WR Michael Gallup (the Cowboys’ second receiver behind Amari Cooper) also had a big game, coming up with three catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns against the Bears’ secondary that struggled at times against David Blough and the Lions on Thanksgiving.

The Bears’ offense was quite the disappointment, as the Mitch Trubisky-led unit scored just three points and only gained 168 yards of total offense. Madden clearly thinks the Bears are not making a playoff run, as the Cowboys won this one easily, 30-3.

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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.