The start of a new NFL season is, again, upon us.
The defending Super Bowl Chiefs’ thrashing of the Texans not withstanding, all 30 other teams begin this Sunday with a clean slate. They’ll be starting fresh in a season that will seem like anything but a normal, casual routine for most of its runtime.
But one constant remains, and can never change. Pandemic or not: A combination of good quarterbacking, sound defense, and good coaching wins in pro football. Cliches may be repeated ad nauseam, but they become cliches because they ring true. You have to start somewhere.
Fresh off a down 2019, the Bears will begin what they hope to be a 2020 resurgence in MoTown. A visit to the Lions and Ford Field has been kind in recent years — Chicago has won two consecutive Thanksgiving matchups — but those victories haven’t come without a fight. Matt Patricia’s bunch may be characterized as one of the league’s current laughingstocks, but it’s not as if his team has laid down belly up when facing Chicago in their home digs. The fight continues. In yet another win-now campaign, Khalil Mack, Mitchell Trubisky, and Matt Nagy cannot afford to overlook the Lions. Every week and every win is too paramount to ever let your guard down for a division rival.
Thanks to the help of SB Nation partner Tallysight, here’s the Windy City Gridiron’s staff picks for Bears-Lions, along with every other NFL game this week.
Expect the same format for the rest of the regular season as there will finally be a full tally as to which prognosticator reigns high among them all. (Hint: It will be me, and it will be glorious.)
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