Is Matthew Stafford the best QB in the NFC North this year?

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Mitchell Trubisky/ Nick Foles- Chicago Bears

The last of the Detroit Lions rivals are the Chicago Bears who have been invested in the Mitchell Trubisky experiment, which seems to have been put into a holding pattern for the moment. In many ways the Bears are in an opposite situation from the Detroit Lions, good defense, offense … yes, they have one. Not only that, but head coach Matt Nagy is also supposed to be an offensive mind much the same way that Lions head coach Matt Patricia is supposed to be a defensive football guru.

A big difference is that Nagy won the division in his inaugural stint at the helm, although it was largely due to the team’s defensive prowess. According to many Bears fans and pundits, they expect Nagy to find more success for his offense in time.

Trubisky is still in the Windy City but has a challenger in former Eagles playoff hero, Nick Foles, who had also previously started in St. Louis and last year in Jacksonville before losing his job to then-rookie and pop culture icon, Gardner Minshew, whose jorts and 1970’s mustache made him an instant attention magnet.

Foles and Trubisky will duel it out in whatever camp format is allowed and will look to exceed Trubisky’s 3,138 yards passing, 17 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions, with a 63.2% completion rate. To us, it isn’t necessarily fair to blame all of the low touchdown numbers on ol’ Mitchell. Looking at his cast, there’s a lot to be desired, especially in the deep threat, down-the-field options.

The “big uglies”, the offensive line, has good depth and relies heavily on left tackle Charles Leno, who has a $!0.3 million dollar cap hit for 2020. Bobbie Massie, the other bookend, is slated to earn $8.3 million this year according to Spotrac’s website. The other starters, Cody Whitehair at center, James Daniels, and Rashaad Coward at guard are solid. Jason Spriggs, Germain Ifedi, Alex Bars, and Sam Mustipher give the Bears some depth.