With just a few weeks remaining before the NFL kicks off the new football year, analysts everywhere are making their final predictions for the 2020 season... and many of them are quite unfavorable towards the Bears.
But amidst all the predictive commotion that the new season brings, one surprisingly positive forecast has arisen — in Yahoo’s 2020 Madden-simulated season, the Chicago Bears aren’t just good, they’re great.
16. Nick Foles (yes, Nick Foles) wins NFL MVP. If you’ve made it this far, congrats, because you’re about to enter the “Madden” Twilight Zone. Foles finished with a league-best 4,801 yards, 44 TDs, 5 interceptions and 70 percent completion rate. If this was “Madden 2014,” I might buy this since Foles was coming off his 27-touchdown breakout with the Eagles. In 2020, I’d be hard pressed to find something less likely to happen.
17. Oh wait, I spoke too soon! The Bears had the league’s best record, finishing 14-2 before eventually advancing to Super Bowl LV against Kansas City.
18. Which of course … They won. The Chicago Bears won Super Bowl LV 42-24, with Nick Foles throwing for six touchdown passes and tying Steve Young’s record from Super Bowl XXIX.
Obviously winning a Super Bowl would be beyond a dream season for the 2020 Bears, but it’s fun to imagine it happening anyways. And hey, Yahoo’s 2019 simulation correctly predicted the Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory, so maybe Madden knows more than we might think.
Either way, one thing’s for sure — if Nick Foles puts up anything close to that incredible 4,800 yard, 44 touchdown stat line, I’ll fly to Chicago and build a statue in his likeness myself.
What do YOU think? Is Yahoo’s Madden simulation onto something?