If the Chicago Bears' 100th season is going to include a playoff berth and run at a Super Bowl, as many predicted it would in the preseason, they'll need to even up their record to 5-5 Sunday night against the Rams in Los Angeles. If they fall to 4-6, roll the credits.
Sadly, if the experts are proven correct, it's on to 2020.
According to NFL Pick Watch, 86 percent of experts polled are taking the also-underachieving Rams in Week 11. It'll be a strange and twisted battle between two first-round quarterbacks — Jared Goff and Mitch Trubisky — who will compete for the right to be called less of a bust by the end of the game.
The Rams are favored in Vegas, too (-6), making the Bears the ultimate underdog.
Bears fans would love to say an upset is coming, but it's hard to find any player on the roster who'd spark that kind of confidence. The quarterback has been terrible, the offensive line will need divine intervention to stop Aaron Donald, and Khalil Mack has gone into early hibernation. And let's not forget Eddie Jackson, who apparently has forgotten what it means to make a play on the ball.
Add a less-than-100% healthy David Montgomery and a tight end group that's down its "top" two players and the odds stack higher and higher against Chicago accomplishing their second win in a row.
If the Bears can somehow pull off the upset, they'll face the Giants and Lions in Weeks 12 and 13 in what should be two games they can win. A four-game winning streak isn't out of the realm of possibility, but it all depends on their ability to keep Goff in his pit of miserable play on Sunday night.
The sports world is one of many industries forced to a halt by the coronavirus outbreak. As uncertainty continues to loom over professional American sports leagues, the commissioners of a number of leagues had a conference call with President Trump on Saturday.
It’s worth noting the NCAA was not included on this call. All leagues represented were fully professional.
Since the call concluded some info has come out about what was discussed. Trump appears optimistic about sports in the later summer and early fall.
Obviously, there are many currently unknown variables that go into that scenario becoming a possibility.
Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski have more info on what was discussed on the call. According to their reporting, NBA commissioner Adam Silver talked about the desire to restart once public health officials allow it:
Silver told those on the call the leagues were the first to shut down and that he and the NBA would love to lead the way in starting the economy once there was an "all clear" from public health officials, sources familiar with the call told ESPN.
The NBA and MLB are considering alternate plans for how to resume their seasons, although there is pessimism within the NBA about resuming this season. The NFL has more lead time before its season would begin. The first game of the NFL preseason is set for Aug. 6 and the regular season is currently scheduled to start in September.
It's a Friday edition of SportsTalk Live. Host David Kaplan is joined by David Haugh, Patrick Finley, and KC Johnson.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy confirm that there will be an open competition for starting quarterback between Nick Foles and Mitch Trubisky. The guys wonder how open it will actually be. Meanwhile, Nagy says he can sense Trubisky is a fierce competitor. The panel wonders if competition will elevate his play and make him better.
The Bulls have officially begun their search for the new executive to lead their basketball operations. Bulls Insider KC goes through the potential candidates. Haugh and Finley wonder how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect their search and ability to land a big name. And what about Jim Boylen's future? KC says it will ultimately be up to the new person in charge but reminds everyone how much Boylen is liked by the current front office.
Later, former NFL coach Dave Wannstedt joins Kap on the show from Florida. Wanny dissects the Bears quarterback competition and explains why the pressure will always be high on Mitch no matter what. They also talk about new tight end Jimmy Graham's impact on the offense and pass rusher Robert Quinn's impact on the defense. And what's Wanny up to during quarantine? He tells Kap the shows he's binge-watching and gives his review of "Tiger King".
0:00- There will be an open competition for the Bears starting quarterback job. Does either QB have an advantage? Will competition make Mitch a better quarterback? Also, how much better does Robert Quinn make the defense?
8:00- The Bulls have begun their search for the new head of their basketball operations. KC goes through some of the candidates. Plus, the panel discusses what this means for Jim Boylen's future, John Paxson's role in the search and his future role in the organization.
16:00- Dave Wannstedt joins Kap on the show. He talks about Mitch's chances to win the QB competition and his chances to keep the job throughout next season. Plus, they talk about Jimmy Graham's role in the offense, Robert Quinn's impact on the defense and Wanny gives his honest review of "Tiger King".
Sports Talk Live Podcast