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Pro Football Focus predicts Nick Foles will win Bears' starting quarterback job

Pro Football Focus predicts Nick Foles will win Bears' starting quarterback job

There's serious momentum building in favor of Nick Foles winning the Chicago Bears' looming quarterback competition. 

Pro Football Focus published their prediction of every team's starting lineup, and the Bears' depth chart featured Foles behind center.

The Bears have indicated that this will be a legitimate competition between Foles and Trubisky, but it’s hard to imagine Foles isn’t the starter in 2020. He’s simply the better quarterback. The highs for Foles have been pretty high — namely his 2013 season with the Eagles (eighth-highest passing grade in the NFL) and his back-to-back elite performances during the Eagles’ Super Bowl run in 2017. To be fair, the lows have been pretty low, but Foles has shown a ceiling that Trubisky hasn’t to this point. That gives the Bears a better chance of getting back to the postseason in 2020 than if they were to roll with Trubisky. 

One of the biggest indicators that Foles will be Chicago's opening day starter is the Bears' decision to decline Trubisky's fifth-year option. If there was even the slightest amount of confidence in the former second overall pick becoming a legitimate NFL starting quarterback, securing an extra season of control is a no-brainer. Instead, the Bears have likely seen enough from Trubisky to know his future in the league is probably as a quality backup.

Foles, whose best work has actually come as an injury replacement off the bench, offers the Bears' offense something it hasn't had in many years (including the Jay Cutler era): a winner in the huddle. That, alone, is an intangible that will be hard to keep on the bench.

It's worth noting that PFF has rookie cornerback Jaylon Johnson in Chicago's starting lineup, too. The second-round pick from Utah has a huge opportunity to be a high-impact rookie from Week 1 of his first season in the league.

Soldier Field to host drive-in movie screenings through July

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Soldier Field to host drive-in movie screenings through July

You're probably not going to be able to watch the Bears at Soldier Field any time soon, but next week you'll be able to watch a movie there! That's kind of the same! 

That's because a program called 'Chi-Togther' "will provide Music Entertainment and Movie Screenings each night that will also include carpool-style concerts plus food and beverage options for all ages."

The event will be held in Soldier's South lot, and anyone who signs up will get a free popcorn! Honestly, it's worth it  just to get out of the house and grab yourself some free kernels. 

Movies being screened include Groundhog Day, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Fast and Furious (hell yeah). Also Shrek. 

12 greatest Chicago Bears wins in Soldier Field history

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USA TODAY

12 greatest Chicago Bears wins in Soldier Field history

The Chicago Bears franchise celebrated 100 years of football last season but there are a few more notable anniversaries on the horizon.

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Bears football at Soldier Field. And the columned stadium itself, which opened in 1924, is nearing the century mark.

While the franchise played a vast majority of their home games at Wrigley Field in its early years, a smattering of contests took place at the lakefront facility. The first of which was a 10-0 win over the Chicago Cardinals on Nov. 11, 1926. 

The Bears moved away from Wrigley Field after the 1970 campaign, landing at the AstroTurfed Soldier Field the following season. The team’s first game there — as official tenants — gave the franchise a positive jolt. A late Kent Nix touchdown pass gave the Bears a 17-15 victory over coach Chuck Noll’s Pittsburgh Steelers in front of a capacity crowd. The win was one of the bright spots in an otherwise pedestrian 6-8 season.

Alas, there were better days ahead.

Let’s take a look back at the 12 greatest Bears wins at Soldier Field:

12 greatest Bears wins in Soldier Field history