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Chicago throws the ball — a lot

Think about Chicago Bears for a moment. Robust defense, Mike Ditka, 1985, Walter Payton, Rex Grossman, Devin Hester, Mike Singletary, Gale Sayers, and Brian Urlacher should come to mind.

Do the Bears strike you as a team that likes the fling the ball around the stadium? Probably not, but that’s precisely what they’re doing in 2020. Chicago passes the football 66 percent of the time. Only the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars pass the ball more (because they play from behind frequently).

Chicago does not have a prolific rushing game. They do employ David Montgomery and Cordarrelle Patterson, but Montogomery has been afflicted by injury (and really isn’t too dynamic when he’s healthy). Ergo, the Bears air it out — with Foles and Trubisky. Most offensive coordinators would frown on so much passing with such mediocrity at the quarterback position. But not these 2020 Bears.

And, that’s probably why the team is 6-7. That is — throwing the football to the utmost with average quarterbacking.