Bears

Where do the Bears' wide receivers rank among NFL pass-catchers?

Where do the Bears' wide receivers rank among NFL pass-catchers?

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson is one of the most underrated offensive skill players in the entire NFL. His 98 catches for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns in 2019 was a remarkable stat line considering the underwhelming play from quarterbacks Mitch Trubisky and Chase Daniel all year. Yet, A-Rob is rarely mentioned among the game's elite wideouts.

He's also not enough to carry Chicago's wide receiver corps to a respectable ranking from Pro Football Focus, who slotted the Bears' pass-catchers 27th out of 32 teams.

Allen Robinson II may be getting the best quarterback play he’s ever seen with Nick Foles getting the opportunity to win the starting job over Mitchell Trubisky. The fact that Robinson has been able to be as productive as he has (84.9 career receiving grade) despite dealing with Trubisky and Blake Bortles at quarterback is a testament to just how talented he is. Chicago still is probably a little short in the receiving department heading into 2020, however. They ended last season ranked tied for 28th in team receiving grade, and their major additions consisted of Ted Ginn Jr., Darnell Mooney, Jimmy Graham and Cole Kmet. None of those players seem likely to move the needle significantly next season.

This isn't a completely unfair assessment of the state of the Bears' receivers. Aside from Robinson, Chicago has a collection of question marks. Will Anthony Miller finally live up to his second-round pedigree? Is Javon Wims ready to take advantage of his physical attributes? How much does Ginn have left in the tank? 

The Bears don't need much to flip this narrative in 2020. If Miller (or Wims or even Riley Ridley) breakout as a quality complementary receiver, Chicago's pass-catchers will instantly become one of the more formidable groups in the league.

Until then, the expectations remain low for the Bears offense.

Soldier Field to host drive-in movie screenings through July

bears_fans_soldier_field.jpg
NBC Sports Chicago

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

soldier_field_fantasy_event_slide.jpg
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