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Ryan Pace pulls no punches, names Mike Glennon is the Bears starting quarterback

Ryan Pace pulls no punches, names Mike Glennon is the Bears starting quarterback

If you were wondering whether or not Mike Glennon would be handed the keys to the Bears' starting quarterback job next season, GM Ryan Pace has made it abundantly clear.

"Mike Glennon is our starting quarterback and we’re fired up about that," Pace told reporters at Halas Hall on Friday afternoon.

Glennon, fresh off signing a three-year deal that will pay him a reported $45 million with $18.5 in guaranteed money, is one of two quarterbacks on the Bears' roster — the other being Connor Shaw who signed a one-year deal earlier this week after spending the 2016 season on IR with the Bears.

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Glennon's presence on the Bears won't stop the front office from giving consideration to selecting a quarterback at No. 3 in this April's draft.

However, Pace made it clear that having Glennon gives the organization the opportunity to use the "best player available" strategy in the draft, but it may change what round the Bears address the position.

"I think the best thing about free agency is if we can address some of our needs, again, it opens up the draft for best player available," Pace said.  "And then when we do that it's just increasing our odds. 

"We're going to take the best player at every pick."

Controversial calls played a large part in the Detroit Lions NFC North loss on Monday night

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Controversial calls played a large part in the Detroit Lions NFC North loss on Monday night

The Green Bay Packers managed to pull off a dramatic comeback victory on Monday night, defeating the Detroit Lions 23-22 on a last-second field goal from Mason Crosby. But after the game, it wasn't Aaron Rodgers usual clutch ways that people were talking about, it was the officiating crew, who had two controversial hands to the face penalty calls against the Lions that all but killed any momentum they had going. 

As you can see in the clip above, both hands to the face calls seemed questionable at best, and downright ludicrous at worst. What makes the calls so tough is the timing. The first hands to the face penalty on Lions DE Trey Flowers came after he sacked Rodgers on third-and-10 and the penalty both took away the sack and provided the Pack with an automatic first down. Later in the drive, Rodgers dropped in a great 35-yard touchdown pass to bring Green Bay within two points 

The second questionable hands to the face call came on third-and-4 and it was the most costly call of the game. The Packers received another automatic first down and ran down the clock—Detroit was out of timeouts—to set up the eventual game-winning, walk-off field goal from Crosby. 

And it didn't take long for many people, everyone from former NFL greats to NFL reporters, to chime in on social media with their thoughts on the officiating that seemingly cost Detroit a crucial win. 

With the Green Bay win, the Lions moved to last-place in the NFC North, while the Bears now sit 2.5 games back of first place heading into their Week 7 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

NFC North Standings: Bears 2.5 games behind Packers entering Week 7

NFC North Standings: Bears 2.5 games behind Packers entering Week 7

The Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers pulled off another incredible (or maybe controversial) victory over the Detroit Lions in Monday night's NFC North slugfest, 23-22, to advance to 5-1 and in sole possession of first place in the NFC North.

It was the worst possible outcome for the Chicago Bears, who could've used a little help from the Lions to keep pace with Green Bay entering Week 7.

Instead, the Bears (3-2) are now 2.5 games behind the Packers ahead of their showdown with the New Orleans Saints Sunday at Soldier Field.

It could be worse for Chicago. Detroit's loss drops their record to 2-2-1 on the season and moves them into the division's cellar. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings had arguably their strongest showing of the season in their 38-20 victory over the Eagles and improved to 4-2 on the year. Their four wins slot them ahead of the Bears for second place in the North even though Chicago currently owns the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Here are the NFC North standings heading into Week 7:

1) Packers (5-1)
2) Vikings (4-2)
3) Bears (3-2)
4) Lions (2-2-1)