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

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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 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

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