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Does winning the Hall of Fame Game lead to regular season success?

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Does winning the Hall of Fame Game lead to regular season success?

The annual Hall of Fame Game kicks off the NFL's preseason and gives two teams an extra week of training camp and preparation for the regular season. The Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens are those clubs this year, but will they really benefit from the extra practice time and one more preseason game?

Recent history suggests they will.

Taking the last five Hall of Fame contests into account (note: 2016 was canceled due to poor field conditions), the winners have combined to go 41-39 in the regular season. The best season was had by the Vikings in 2015. They defeated the Steelers, 14-3, and went on to enjoy 11 wins.

The Cowboys were last year's winner (defeated the Cardinals 20-18); they went 9-7.

Only two of the last five winners have gone on to have losing records. In 2014, the Giants won the Hall of Fame Game and finished the regular season 6-10. In 2012, the Saints finished 7-9.

Still, the Bears (who've won only 14 games over the last three years) are on a quest to get back to respectable football, and the Hall of Fame Game results suggest the extra scrimmage will help get them there.

And that doesn't just apply to the winning team. Losing teams from the last five Hall of Fame games have gone 40-40 in the regular season, with everyone but the 2012 Cardinals finishing at or above .500. 

So while the game itself may have little to no meaning, the extra week of work has had positive results for participating teams the last few years.

The Bears have the top-ranked defense in Madden 20, plus other takeaways from today's ratings reveal

The Bears have the top-ranked defense in Madden 20, plus other takeaways from today's ratings reveal

A boatload of Madden ratings dropped on Monday, and with it, more content than you could shake a stick at. 

The Bears, predictably, got a fair bit of love on the defensive side of the ball and were largely ignored on offense. 

No Fangio, No Problem

For a wide variety of reasons, it's trendy to point out that the Bears' defense is headed for some regression this season. Madden disagrees, though, rating the Bears defense (88) as the best in football. They did also give the Houston Texans' defense an 88 as well, but never let the details get in the way of a good story. Here's what they said: 

For Chicago, the unit is fronted by 99 Club member, LOLB Khalil Mack. FS Eddie Jackson (91 OVR) is a Superstar X-Factor like his teammate, Mack. That’s a scary combination for any opposing quarterback. Toss in CB Kyle Fuller (89 OVR) and you can see why this Bears unit should roar out of the gate in Madden 20. 

Year 2 Mitch Doesn't Get Any Love 

Trubisky was rated as the 24th best QB, which is already being debated passionately, regardless of how debatable it actually is. What's lowkey worse is that Chase Daniel, the 9-year NFL vet, got the same rating as Dax Raymond, the undrafted free agent. 

May We Remind You That Khalil Mack Is A Terrific Football Player 

Earlier in the month, Mack was revealed as one of the 4 players who received the infamous 99 rating. That means he's also the top-ranked LOLB, two points ahead of Denver's Von Miller and 16 points ahead of any NFC North LOLB. Enjoy those draft picks, Oakland! 

Akiem Hicks Gets Snubbed And Frankly We've Just About Had It 

Hicks was ranked as the 19th-best defensive lineman, which is just objectively untrue. In some alternate universe, there may be 18 better defensive linemen than Akiem Hicks, but that is just simply inaccurate in this one. He was heated about his rating, and we cannot blame him. 

The Lowest Ranked Bears Player Was ... 

Patrick Scales. Sorry Patrick Scales.

Akiem Hicks not happy with Madden 20 ratings: ‘Tell them to come see me’

Akiem Hicks not happy with Madden 20 ratings: ‘Tell them to come see me’

EA Sports released the full Madden 20 player ratings for every team in the NFL, and not everyone was happy with the numbers they received.

The Bears shared a video of backup quarterback Chase Daniel revealing ratings to his teammates, and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks seemed the most upset of the group.

“Bring some of the scouts out here doing the madden ratings,” Hicks said. “Tell them to come see me.”

Hicks received an overall rating of 87, tied for fourth-highest on the team and 10th-highest among defensive ends.

He has the same rating as Green Bay Packers DE Mike Daniels and Detroit Lions DE Trey Flowers.

In the video, running back Tarik Cohen was disappointed with his 92 speed, which is tied for third-fastest on the team behind wide receivers Taylor Gabriel and Emanuel Hall.

Cohen does lead the Bears with 97 agility and 92 elusiveness, but he thought his throwing power stat should be higher than 51 after his two career passing touchdowns.