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Power Ranking Round-Up: Bears drop (slightly) after loss

Power Ranking Round-Up: Bears drop (slightly) after loss

Despite the Bears' soul-crushing loss at the leg of Aaron Rodgers last week, it seems the national consensus remains the same: the Bears might be good??

As Power Rankings coming rolling in this afternoon, you won't find too much drastic movement in the Bears' positioning. Here's where sports media pegged the Bears after Week 1: 

Our Power Rankings: #17, down two spots

"They got Aaron Rodgers'd so, so hard. With that said, the Bears defense looked electric with both Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith on the field."

NBC Sports Washington: #19, no movement

"The ending of that showdown with the Packers was GUT-WRENCHING. But Khalil Mack stepped in and was a stud, while Mitch Trubisky showed some promise and lots of mobility on offense."

NFL.com: #16, down one spot

"While Bears fans are feeling the hangover of too many first-half Jagerbombs and/or one of the worst collapses in recent memory, let's try to look at the big picture. Chicago has a good enough team to win 10 games for the first time since the Brian Urlacher/Lovie Smith era."

Washington Post: #21, down four spots

"Khalil Mack was as dominant as a defender can be, at least for a half, in his Bears debut. And the Bears certainly resembled a team with possibilities for most of the night Sunday at Lambeau Field."

Bleacher Report: #15, up one spot

"The Bears team we saw in the first half is an indicator of just how improved Chicago is relative to last year. And Mack will only get better as he settles in to his new home."

ESPN: #21, up five spots

"What's more remarkable, Mack reached those thresholds in the first half alone and is the only player to put together a half of that kind since sacks became official in 1982."

USA Today: #18, up one spot

"Offense showed intriguing signs of life, but it still accounted for same number of TDs Sunday night (1) as new OLB Khalil Mack."

Sports Illustrated: #21, down two spots

SB Nation: #17, down four spots

CBS Sports: #25, down one spot

"If moral victories count, they got one against the Packers. But they don't. They are a better team now than a year ago - that's for sure."

Sporting News: #23, down four spots

"The Bears were sitting pretty with Khail Mack going all grizzly on the Packers, but then Mitchell Trubisky blew it for them in the new-look offense. They need to focus on winning despite Trubisky with a heavier defense/running game-oriented plan."

FanSided: #23, down two spots

"A brutal loss. A brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal loss that falls on Matt Nagy and a stagnant offense more than the rest."

 

Kindle Vildor dubbed Bears' rookie who could be surprise gem in 2020

Kindle Vildor dubbed Bears' rookie who could be surprise gem in 2020

Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace has a good eye for talent in the later rounds of the NFL Draft. He nailed picks like Eddie Jackson (fourth round), Jordan Howard (fifth round) and Adrian Amos (fifth round) over the years, and the hope is that one of his Day 3 picks in 2020 will continue that trend.

One player who has a chance to exceed his draft slot is Georgia Southern cornerback, Kindle Vildor, who Pace selected in the fifth round of April's draft. He was recently named the Bears' rookie who could be a surprise gem in 2020.

"We stress confidence when we talk about the corner position," general manager Ryan Pace told reporters. "And [Vildor] definitely has that confidence and that playing demeanor that we look for. A skill set that also translates well to special teams, which is going to be important especially in the early part of his development."

The two-time first-team All-Sun Belt performer will have to beat out a few veterans for reps, but his man-coverage and ball skills should fit favorably in the Bears' defensive scheme.

While most of the post-draft attention has been paid to another Bears rookie cornerback, second-round pick Jaylon Johnson, Vildor has a chance to earn significant playing time as a rookie. Only Kyle Fuller is assured a starting job at this point, and while Vildor faces an uphill battle to unseat Buster Skrine for reps, there's no reason to bet against him. Pace has always been a proponent of competition breeding the best results and if Vildor rises to the occasion, the Bears will waste little time inserting him into the lineup.

Vildor ended his college career with 94 tackles, nine interceptions and 25 passes defended.

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    NFL, players union agree on 5 year extension for 'Madden' video game

    NFL, players union agree on 5 year extension for 'Madden' video game

    Good news, Madden fans: you can officially continue spending $80 to complain about how the game hasn't been good in years. 

    According to Darren Rovell, the NFL and EA Sports have agreed to a 5-year extension: 

    Rovell says his sources have told him that, 'the deal is worth at least $1 billion to the NFL and $500 million to the players. The deal also includes at least $500 million in marketing commitments over the years.' 

    Congrats to everyone involved! Now more than ever, football fans need some good news. There's no tradition as timeless as throwing controllers through TVs and against walls when your friend runs four verticals with a Y skinny post over and over and over again. Madden exists solely to allow people cover to yell at the TV without the presence of, like, a real reason. What would we do without it?