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Here's where Peter King ranks the Bears entering the 2020 NFL season

Here's where Peter King ranks the Bears entering the 2020 NFL season

With free agency and the 2020 NFL draft in the rear-view mirror, and most teams at their 90-man roster limit, preseason NFL power rankings have more value. Training camp will help answer even more questions, like in Chicago where the Bears have a looming quarterback competition between Nick Foles and Mitch Trubisky. 

NBC Sports analyst Peter King published his most recent NFL Power Rankings on Monday and was pretty reasonable with his assessment of the Bears.

Chicago checked-in at No. 17:

Chicago doesn’t play a 2019 playoff team in its seven games before Halloween, and by the time a killer November (Saints, at Titans, Vikings, at Packers) rolls around, the quarterback dilemma should be solved. I’m more bullish on the Bears than many, in part, because the defensive front should be as good as it was in 2018, when Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks led a marauding front; now Robert Quinn (11.5 sacks in 14 Dallas games last year) is a third force to offense to worry about. In 33 games of the Nagy Era, the Bears have allowed 18.1 points per game, and there’s no reason to expect that production to go away. If the quarterback’s a B-plus player, the Bears could ride a favorable schedule to the playoffs. That’s a big if.

It's refreshing to read an analyst like King, who isn't getting caught up in the popular anti-Bears narrative that's taken hold of football media this summer. While some analysts are slotting Chicago as one of the worst teams in the NFL, King (accurately) outlines how good this team can be.

One thing I'd disagree with King about is the level of play required from Foles or Trubisky for the Bears to go on a playoff run. It doesn't have to be B-plus; it just has to be slightly above average.

The Bears averaged 17.5 points per game in 2019, which ranked in the bottom five of the league last year. If they improve that mark by one touchdown per game (which isn't asking for much), they'd qualify as a top-15 scoring offense complemented by a defense with a chance to be the league's best.

That's why King's ranking of the Bears (No. 17) is fair. Chicago has to prove their offense is capable of making even the slightest of jumps in 2020 before the Bears can be taken seriously as a contender.

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Chiefs reportedly give Patrick Mahomes a 10-year contract extension

Chiefs reportedly give Patrick Mahomes a 10-year contract extension

Patrick Mahomes is a rich man who's about to be a RICH man. 

Enter Adam Schefter: 

10 years. TEN YEARS. It's an unprecedented contract in the NFL, though there's probably a great argument to be made that Mahomes is an unprecedented NFL player. In three years since being drafted 10th overall, the 2018 league MVP has won a Super Bowl while going 24-7 and throwing for 9412 yards with 76 touchdowns. 

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He was also, you may remember, available to Bears' GM Ryan Pace when the Bears had the 2nd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Instead, Pace took Mitch Trubisky, who will enter the final year of his rookie contract as one of a few infamous first-round quarterbacks not to have their 5th-year option picked up. Look, I'm sorry, I'm required to mention this part. I don't like it either. 

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Maybe just stay off Bears Twitter today. 


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Under Center Podcast: Adam Amin on announcing for Chicago

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Under Center Podcast: Adam Amin on announcing for Chicago

New play-by-play voice for the Chicago Bulls Adam Amin joins Laurence Holmes and JJ Stankevitz to discuss his dual roles going forward for the Bulls and football voice for the Bears. They dive into what will become of the 2020 Bears and Amin's love of the classic game, Tecmo Bowl.

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(1:30) - Calling Bears and Bulls games for Chicago


(7:30) - For the love of Tecmo Bowl


(13:28) - Fans are stuck on who the Bears will be in 2020


(19:05) - What can Mitch Trubisky be in 2020


(27:40) - Announcing football and basketball


(36:10) - Announcing with no fans involved in games


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