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NFL Draft: Dabo Swinney compares Deshaun Watson to Michael Jordan

NFL Draft: Dabo Swinney compares Deshaun Watson to Michael Jordan

Chicagoans take comparisons to Michael Jordan very seriously.

So it was intriguing to hear Clemson quarterback — and newly-minted national champion — Deshaun Watson compared to "His Airness."

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney (aka the next Joe Maddon) discussed Watson at the Senior Bowl and name-dropped MJ.

"He's humble, the same guy every day and always ready," Swinney said, according to ProFootball Talk. "He comes to every meeting prepared. That's how you change things. You change the culture through — for me, it's through discipline and recruiting, staffing and all that stuff.

"For [NFL teams], it's decision-making, it's who you pick. And I'm just telling you: They pass on Deshaun Watson, they're passing on Michael Jordan. I mean, I don't know what the heck I'm talking about, I'm just an old funky college coach, but Deshaun Watson is the best, by a long shot."

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Swinney was talking specifically about the Cleveland Browns with the No. 1 pick in this spring's NFL Draft, but as of right now, many pundits believe the Browns will go with edge rusher Myles Garrett.

The San Francisco 49ers hold the second pick and they appear to be in the market for a quarterback, too.

But if Watson is still around when the Bears pick at No. 3, would they take the chance? Or is that a reach?

By the way, guess when Michael Jordan was drafted: No. 3 overall.

Coincidence?

Bears among 4 teams under most pressure to secure win in Week 2

Bears among 4 teams under most pressure to secure win in Week 2

The Chicago Bears' Week 2 matchup against the Denver Broncos may not be a do-or-die moment in the season just yet, but it's certainly not a game they can afford to lose.

Since 2007, 98 teams have begun the year 0-2. Only 12 made the playoffs. Assuming math wasn't your major, that's just 12.2 percent.

So if the Bears lose Sunday, their season might already be on life support.

ESPN's Field Yates listed Chicago as one of four teams with notable pressure riding on Week 2's results.

The Browns, Falcons and Steelers, all of whom lost in embarrassing fashion in Week 1, join the Bears as teams who had playoff expectations entering the season. None of them looked like potential contenders on opening weekend, but with few starters playing any meaningful reps during the preseason, rust certainly played a factor.

That won't be the case after Week 2. If Chicago falls victim to a Denver team that's coming off a pretty bad loss to the Raiders, fans will begin to panic. 

And based on the history of 0-2 starts, the panic will be justified.

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Broncos cornerback predicts low-scoring game vs. Bears

Broncos cornerback predicts low-scoring game vs. Bears

If Week 1 was any indication, Sunday's game between the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos may not exactly qualify as a showcase of offensive football. 

Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco threw for just one touchdown against the Raiders while Mitch Trubisky was blanked against the Packers. Denver's leading rusher, Royce Freeman, managed just 56 yards rushing, which was actually three times more productive than David Montgomery, who had just 18 yards on six rushes.

An argument can be made that the Broncos had a more "productive" day than Chicago because they played a less-talented Raiders defense, but neither offense inspired much confidence that Week 2 will be a high-flying affair.

Broncos cornerback Chris Harris would seem to agree.

“I think it’s going to be a low scoring game, an old-school football game, a tough defensive game and that’s how I see it,” cornerback Chris Harris said Thursday. “We have to go out there and be the better defense this Sunday.”

Broncos defenders will have a little added pressure to outplay Chicago's defense in Week 2. Vic Fangio earned the Denver head job because of his defensive resume, which peaked in 2018 while serving as the Bears' defensive coordinator. There'll be a little extra motivation among Broncos starters to give their coach some bragging rights over his former team.

The opposite is also true; the Bears want to prove their defense is bigger than any single person, including Fangio. A dominating performance will go a long way in establishing that.

All of this likely adds up to a low-scoring Week 2 game.

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