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Chicago Bears vs. Atlanta Falcons Pick & Prediction SEP 27TH 2020

FinishedTV: FOXMercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta

475Chicago Bears
476Atlanta Falcons

OP
48
-3.5
CU
47.5o -113
-2.5 -113
ML
113
-133
Partials
1 2 3 4
3 7 0 20
6 10 10 0
Score
30
26
Recap

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The Chicago Bears can improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2013 when they visit the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon.

 

Atlanta is trying to avoid its first 0-3 start since 2007 as scrutiny increases on head coach Dan Quinn's job security. The Falcons fumbled away a victory at Dallas in Week 2 and are still unpacking the totality of the 40-39 loss to the Cowboys.

 

This is the first meeting between the franchises since 2017. The Falcons held on for a 23-17 victory in Chicago.

 

"Listen, it is not easy to win in this league, I don't care who you're playing, and we're 2-0," Bears coach Matt Nagy said. "So, (what we've) got to do now is we've got to go back and we've got to balance out, OK, where are we at as a team right now? Do we like our identity -- offense, defense and special teams? How can we get better? And that's what we'll do."

 

Now, the Bears will make their first trip to Mercedes-Benz Stadium with early season momentum.

 

Chicago is coming off a 17-13 win over the New York Giants in Week 2, which followed a 27-23 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 1. Neither performance was perfect, but the Bears have done enough to remain as one of 11 unbeaten teams.

 

Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will make his third start of the season and the 44th of his career. He beat out veteran challenger Nick Foles for the top job during the preseason, and since then he has posted a 92.7 passer rating while throwing for 432 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.

 

David Montgomery leads the Bears' running backs with 146 rushing yards, while Allen Robinson is the top wideout on the team with 107 receiving yards.

 

On defense, Akiem Hicks leads Chicago with two sacks. Kyle Fuller and Deon Bush have one interception apiece in the secondary.

 

No team in the NFL has given up more points through the first two weeks than the Falcons. Atlanta is hoping to regroup on defense after surrendering 38 points to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1 and 40 points to the Cowboys in Week 2.

 

A special-teams meltdown last week only added to the pressure on Quinn, who is in his sixth season coaching Atlanta and sports a career record of 43-39.

 

"In terms of the process that we go through, I have a lot of confidence in the staff," Quinn said. "I have a lot of confidence in the players that we will get the performances that we are looking for."

 

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has posted a terrific 109.6 rating this season while throwing for 723 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. The 35-year-old has thrown 327 career touchdown passes, which ranks 11th all time.

 

Todd Gurley paces Atlanta on the ground with 117 rushing yards and a touchdown. Calvin Ridley has been Ryan's top target with 239 receiving yards and four touchdowns, but the Bears know that Julio Jones (181 receiving yards) also has the ability to change the game on any given play. Jones did not practice on Wednesday with an aggravated hamstring muscle.

 

Bears rookie cornerback Jaylon Johnson, a second-round pick out of Utah, said he could not wait for the chance to compete against Atlanta's talented wideouts.

 

"Just being able to match up against (Jones), arguably one of the best receivers of this generation," Johnson said. "I mean, being able to line up against him, and then Calvin Ridley is an upcoming star as well. Just being able to match up against this high-quality talent is big for me in being able to get my name out there, to be able to make plays against those guys."

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Chicago Bears

Atlanta Falcons

Player Position Lineup
James Daniels primary: Left Guard Starter
Kyle Fuller primary: Cornerback Starter
Akiem Hicks primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Eddie Jackson primary: Safety Starter
Charles Leno Jr. primary: Left Tackle Starter
Khalil Mack primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Bobby Massie primary: Right Tackle Starter
David Montgomery primary: Runningback Starter
Bilal Nichols primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Roy Robertson-Harris primary: Defensive End Starter
Allen Robinson II primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Roquan Smith primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Danny Trevathan primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Mitchell Trubisky primary: Quarterback Starter
Cody Whitehair primary: Center Starter
Demetrius Harris primary: Tight End Starter
Jimmy Graham primary: Tight End Starter
Germain Ifedi primary: Right Guard Starter
Barkevious Mingo primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Cole Kmet primary: Tight End Starter
Jaylon Johnson primary: Cornerback Starter
Tashaun Gipson Sr. primary: Safety Starter
Alex Bars primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Deon Bush primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Tarik Cohen primary: Runningback Substitution
Rashaad Coward primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
DeAndre Houston-Carson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Joel Iyiegbuniwe primary: Linebacker Substitution
Sherrick McManis primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Anthony Miller primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ryan Nall primary: Runningback Substitution
Pat O'Donnell primary: Punter Substitution
Cordarrelle Patterson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Buster Skrine primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Javon Wims primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Josh Woods primary: Linebacker Substitution
J.P. Holtz primary: Tight End Substitution
James Vaughters primary: Linebacker Substitution
Brent Urban primary: Defensive End Substitution
Patrick Scales primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Nick Foles primary: Quarterback Substitution
Robert Quinn primary: Linebacker Substitution
Kindle Vildor primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Darnell Mooney primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ted Ginn Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Cairo Santos primary: Kicker Substitution
Mario Edwards Jr. primary: Defensive End Substitution
Riley Ridley primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Duke Shelley primary: Defensive Back Not active
Jason Spriggs primary: Offensive Linesman Did not play
Trevis Gipson primary: Linebacker Not active
Arlington Hambright primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Dan McCullers primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Player PositionLineup
Allen Bailey primary: Defensive End Starter
James Carpenter primary: Left Guard Starter
Tyeler Davison primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Russell Gage primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Matt Gono primary: Right Tackle Starter
Grady Jarrett primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Deion Jones primary: Linebacker Starter
Damontae Kazee primary: Safety Starter
Chris Lindstrom primary: Right Guard Starter
Alex Mack primary: Center Starter
Jake Matthews primary: Left Tackle Starter
Steven Means primary: Defensive End Starter
Keanu Neal primary: Safety Starter
Isaiah Oliver primary: Cornerback Starter
Calvin Ridley primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Matt Ryan primary: Quarterback Starter
Keith Smith primary: Fullback Starter
Todd Gurley primary: Halfback Starter
Mykal Walker primary: Linebacker Starter
Jaylinn Hawkins primary: Safety Starter
Darqueze Dennard primary: Cornerback Starter
Luke Stocker primary: Tight End Starter
Christian Blake primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
John Cominsky primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jaeden Graham primary: Tight End Substitution
Josh Harris primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Brian Hill primary: Runningback Substitution
Younghoe Koo primary: Kicker Substitution
Qadree Ollison primary: Runningback Substitution
Brandon Powell primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ito Smith primary: Runningback Substitution
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
John Wetzel primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Olamide Zaccheaus primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Hayden Hurst primary: Tight End Substitution
Sharrod Neasman primary: Safety Substitution
Blidi Wreh-Wilson primary: Cornerback Substitution
LaRoy Reynolds primary: Linebacker Substitution
Dante Fowler Jr. primary: Defensive End Substitution
Justin McCray primary: Guard Substitution
Edmond Robinson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Marlon Davidson primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Matt Hennessy primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Sterling Hofrichter primary: Punter Substitution
Delrick Abrams primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Tyler Hall primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Charles Harris primary: Defensive End Substitution
Ricardo Allen primary: Safety Not active
Julio Jones primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Kaleb McGary primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Takkarist McKinley primary: Defensive End Not active
Foyesade Oluokun primary: Linebacker Not active
Matt Schaub primary: Quarterback Did not play
Deadrin Senat primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Kendall Sheffield primary: Cornerback Not active

Chicago Bears

Atlanta Falcons

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 35 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Cairo Santos
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
    • Passer: Matt Ryan
    • Pass Receiver: Hayden Hurst
  • Period 2
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 2 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Jimmy Graham
    • Passer: Mitchell Trubisky
    • Conv Kicker: Cairo Santos
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 35 Yards
    • Rusher: Brian Hill
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 29 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • Period 3
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 36 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 10 Yards
    • Rusher: Todd Gurley
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • Period 4
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 28 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Cairo Santos
    • Pass Receiver: Anthony Miller
    • Passer: Nick Foles
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 37 Yards
    • Passer: Nick Foles
    • Conv Kicker: Cairo Santos
    • Pass Receiver: Allen Robinson II
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 3 Yards
    • Conv Passer: Nick Foles
    • Conv Receiver: Cole Kmet
    • Passer: Nick Foles
    • Pass Receiver: Jimmy Graham
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • @New Orleans L 9 - 21
  • Green Bay L 35 - 16
  • @Jacksonville W 41 - 17
  • @Minnesota W 33 - 27
  • Houston W 7 - 36
  • Detroit L 34 - 30
  • @Green Bay L 25 - 41
  • Minnesota L 19 - 13
  • @Tennessee L 17 - 24
  • New Orleans L 26 - 23
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • @Tampa Bay L 27 - 44
  • @Kansas City L 14 - 17
  • Tampa Bay L 31 - 27
  • @L.A. Chargers L 17 - 20
  • New Orleans L 21 - 16
  • Las Vegas W 6 - 43
  • @New Orleans L 9 - 24
  • Denver W 27 - 34
  • @Carolina W 25 - 17
  • Detroit L 23 - 22

Last Meetings

  • Bears @ Falcons 30-26
  • Falcons @ Bears 23-17
  • Bears @ Falcons 27-13
  • Falcons @ Bears 12-30
  • Bears @ Falcons 14-21
  • Bears @ Falcons 20-22

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Chicago Bears vs. Atlanta Falcons

Nick Foles came off the bench and completed three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to lead the Chicago Bears to a 30-26 comeback win over the host Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon.

Foles completed the rally with a go-ahead, 28-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Miller with 1:53 to go in the fourth quarter. Bears safety Tashaun Gipson made an interception on the Falcons' next drive to seal the victory.

Chicago (3-0) remained unbeaten after three weeks for the first time since 2013. Jimmy Graham led the Bears with two touchdown catches while Miller and Allen Robinson added one touchdown reception apiece.

Foles completed 16 of 29 passes for 188 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in less than two quarters. The 31-year-old veteran replaced Mitchell Trubisky, who completed 13 of 21 passes for 128 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.

Matt Ryan completed 19 of 38 passes for 238 yards, one touchdown and one interception for Atlanta (0-3). The Falcons are winless after three weeks for the first time since 2007, adding to questions about the future of embattled coach Dan Quinn.

The Falcons led 26-10 in the second half before the Bears rallied, similar to last week, when Atlanta squandered a 19-point halftime lead over the Dallas Cowboys.

Todd Gurley gave the Falcons a 23-10 advantage on the first drive after halftime. He bounced left and stiff-armed a Bears defender for a 10-yard score -- his second rushing touchdown of the season and No. 60 of his career.

A 36-yard field goal by Younghoe Koo on Atlanta's next drive increased the lead to 16 points with 10:07 left in the third quarter.

Foles then entered for Chicago and led the Bears down field before throwing a hard-luck interception. He lobbed a 21-yard pass along the right sideline to Robinson, who caught the ball in the end zone only to have it wrestled away by Falcons cornerback Darqueze Dennard. The play initially was ruled as a touchdown, but the call was reversed after video review.

In the next quarter, Foles came through with a 3-yard touchdown strike to Graham to slice the deficit to 26-16. The Bears failed on a two-point-conversion attempt.

Foles notched his second touchdown pass on a 37-yard score by Robinson with 4:21 to go. He zipped a quick pass to the left for Robinson, who broke through a pair of would-be tacklers and sprinted to the end zone to bring the Bears within 26-23.

The Falcons allowed the go-ahead score from Foles to Miller in the final two minutes despite putting pressure on the quarterback. Atlanta's secondary allowed Miller to cut across the middle of the field for the decisive touchdown.

Atlanta played without star wideout Julio Jones, who was inactive because of a hamstring injury.

--Field Level Media