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Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Bears Land?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the NFC North.

The longtime company picks the Packers and Bears, not a big surprise, will be the two top teams in the division, with just a game between the two.

The Packers are expected to end the season at 12-4, while they have the Bears ending the year at 11-5.

Sporting News has the Vikings at 9-7 being the third place team, while they have the Lions sitting at 5-11.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.

Video: Obsessed to be the Best: The Story of the 2018 Chicago Bears

The 2018 Chicago Bears season was the franchise’s 99th season in the National Football League, as well as the first under head coach Matt Nagy, who took over the job after John Fox was fired in 2017 following a three-year tenure.

Video – Football Gameplan’s 2019 NFL Team Preview: Chicago Bears

– 4-Minute Offense: 00:44

– Positional Breakdown: 2:25

– Hunt’s Playbook: 8:08

– Fantasy Focus: 12:18

– Best Bets: 15:14

– Training Camp Quick Takes: 16:00

– Road to the Super Bowl: 19:56

Check Out the Madden 20 Rankings for All the Bears Players

Monday was a day that many gaming fans wait for each year, the day that the most popular sports series of all-time puts out their player rankings.

That game of course is Madden football, and this year Madden 20 is once again going to be a game played by millions who are into the NFL and video games.

One aspect of the game is player rankings, and the top Bears player on the list was linebacker Khalil Mack, who has a ranking of 99.

Free safety Eddie Jackson has a mark of 91, while corner Kyle Fuller is at 89.

Check out all the Bears Rankings by clicking HERE.

Safety Eddie Jackson Says the 2019 Bears Will ‘Top Everything’ the 1985 Bears Did

Legendary comparisons and the highest of expectations certainly do not dissuade Bears safety Eddie Jackson, Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports.

The All-Pro stood his ground on the Bears’ belief that they’re Super Bowl bound.

And Jackson added a goal that’s sure to rile some of the staunchest old school Chicago fans, who will forever revere the 1985 Bears who won the franchise’s only Super Bowl.

“Our goal right now is for the defense to be No. 1 across the board,” Jackson told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Shouts out to the ’85 Bears, but we want to top everything they’ve done.”

For Jackson, who’s entering only his third season, anything less than winning on the final Sunday of the season will fall short of hopes. Having already prognosticated a Super Bowl berth, Jackson doubled down on those lofty words.

“I’m really excited for this year, it’s going to be something special,” Jackson said. “Like I said, I stand behind what I said earlier in the season. We plan on taking this whole thing, we plan on winning the Super Bowl.”

“We have everything to prove. We went far last year, but we came up short,” Jackson said. “That’s the fuel to our fire right now. That keeps us going. Everyone seen and felt how great this team was last year. And now everyone sees that it’s even better this year with the new faces added, the new coaches and just to see that everyone’s on board. We had 100 percent OTA attendance.”

Bears Release Slate of Home Uniforms to Be Worn for the 2019 Season

The Bears on Wednesday released their schedule of home uniforms, and they’ll wear traditional navy for both preseason home games as well as the season opener Sept. 5 against the Packers, Phil Thompson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The ’36 “classic” also features a white jersey with a Bears 100th anniversary patch and navy and orange stripes on the shoulders and sleeves. The navy helmet has orange stripes in a pattern reminiscent of vintage football helmets.

In another alternate uniform, the Bears don 1960s-era helmets with a white “C” and gray face mask Nov. 24 against the Giants. The white “C” made its debut on the helmet in 1962, according to the Bears.

They’ll break out the classic 1936 whites the next home game Sept. 29 against the Vikings. They’ll wear the same ’30s throwbacks Dec. 5 against the Cowboys.

Here is the uniform schedule for each regular-season game at Soldier Field.

Week 1: Sept. 5 vs. Packers

7:20 p.m., NBC-5

Uniform: Navy

Week 4: Sept. 29 vs. Vikings

3:25 p.m., CBS-2

Uniform: 1936 white classic

Week 7: Oct. 20 vs. Saints

3:25 p.m., FOX-32

Uniform: Navy

Week 8: Oct. 27 vs. Chargers

Noon, FOX-32

Uniform: Orange

Week 10: Nov. 10 vs. Lions

Noon, CBS-2

Uniform: Navy

Week 12: Nov. 24 vs. Giants

Noon, FOX-32

Uniform: Navy with a white “C” on the helmet and a gray face mask

Week 14: Dec. 5 vs. Cowboys

7:20 p.m., FOX-32/NFL Network

Uniform: 1936 white classic

Week 16: Dec. 22 vs. Chiefs

7:20 p.m., NBC-5

Uniform: Navy

Bears QB Mitch Trubisky Getting Plenty of Bets to Win the MVP Award in 2019

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Mitch Trubisky isn’t the favorite to win the NFL Most Valuable Player Award, but he’s the most popular pick among bettors in Las Vegas, Phil Thompson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has sold more tickets on Trubisky winning the 2019 MVP, initially at 200-1 odds, than any of his NFL peers, according to Jay Kornegay, vice president of race and sports book operations.

Caesars Palace has seen similar action. And the Bears are generating Westgate’s most Super Bowl bets too.

Westgate has taken so many Trubisky tickets in the last two weeks that it moved the line to 50-1. The small wagers — between $20 and $100 — typically indicate bets made by fans, most likely Bears fans, Kornegay said.

“I just want to know what kind of water you guys are drinking up there,” Kornegay said. “Is everybody drinking, like, Soldier Field water or something? What the heck is going on up there?”

Trubisky represented 17% of the bets placed and 22% of the money wagered on the NFL MVP at Westgate, Kornegay said. The breakdown for the Bears winning the Super Bowl: 11% of the money and 10% of the tickets.

Kornegay acknowledged the Bears are a good team — they’re favored to repeat as NFC North champions — but said Trubisky would have to put up “gaudy” numbers to have a realistic shot at MVP.

“I’m not sure you have all the weapons in line for (Trubisky) to accomplish that,” Kornegay said, adding with a laugh: “I feel like I’m giving the Bears a lot of billboard material right now.”

Three Questions About the Bears as Training Camp Gets Closer

Following a season in which the Bears went 12-4 and won the NFC North before falling to the Eagles in the NFC Wild Card game, there’s a lot of excitement for the upcoming season.

Now that the calendar has turned to July, the start of training camp is closing in and things are ramping up for the franchise to get ready for 2019.

Today we take a quick look at three questions about this team as they get set to embark on what they hope will be a season playing into early February.

1. Can the D Have a Repeat of 2018?

The Bears defense was the best in the NFL in terms of allowing just 17.7 points per game, and overall they were right at the top in most of the rankings in the NFL.

The D lost Vic Fango to the Denver Broncos, and there’s bound to be a bit of a letdown, but this was the strength of the team and they need this unit to again step up and play well.

Chuck Pagano will have a lot of pressure on him to keep this unit great again in 2019, and here’s hoping he can have a great camp and motivate this squad.

2. Let’s Get Off to Another Quick Start

Last season after a crushing loss to start the season to the Packers, the Bears ran off four straight, and then after losses to the Dolphins and Patriots, the team ran off five straight.

This season the club starts with another huge game, this time on Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers at home.

After that they take on Denver on the road, then travel to Washington before coming home for a big NFC North game against the Vikings.

An early start is key for a possible NFC North Title repeat.

3. Mitch Ready to Be a Star

Third-year Bears QB Mitch Trubisky went 11-3 as a starter last season, and after throwing 24 scores and 12 picks, he’s ready to be a star in this league.

Trubiksy had four games in which he threw for 300 yards or more, and threw for two touchdowns or more in seven games.

With Matt Nagy a big part of the success of Trubisky, don’t be surprised to see the QB not only make the Pro Bowl, but also to be in the running for an MVP by year’s end.

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