The Chicago Bears have barely defeated two very bad teams to start the season. But a win is a win and they are 2-0. The Bears will try to win their third straight game when they take on the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday (10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, FOX) in a Week 3 game.
The Bears (2-0) have defeated the Detroit Lions and New York Giants by a combined margin of eight points. The Lions and Giants are winless this season. Atlanta (0-2) coach Dan Quinn is back on the hot seat after the onside kick fiasco that allowed the Dallas Cowboys to eventually steal a 40-39 win in Week 2 that left owner Arthur Blank critical of Quinn.
Moneyline: Falcons (-185) | Bears (+150)
Point spread: Falcons (-3) | Bears (+3)
Here’s everything you need to know about the Bears-Falcons game:
What: Chicago Bears vs. Atlanta Falcons
When: Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020
The Atlanta Falcons, led by quarterback Matt Ryan, face the Chicago Bears in an NFL regular season game on Sunday, September 27, 2020. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
In-market fans can watch the game for free via a trial of fuboTV, while out-of-market fans can watch this and all other non-primetime out-of-market games with NFL Sunday Ticket.
The Atlanta Falcons will take on the Chicago Bears at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Falcons are the slight favorite, but fans of both teams should be in for an exciting contest likely to go down to the wire.
Atlanta lost a heartbreaker to the Dallas Cowboys when they met in November of 2018, and they left with a heavy heart again last week. It could have gone either way late during winning time for Atlanta or Dallas, but it was Dallas snatching the 40-39 victory. Atlanta was up 20 to nothing at the end of the first quarter but somehow couldn’t manage to seal the deal. A silver lining for them was the play of QB Matt Ryan, who passed for four TDs and 273 yards on 36 attempts. Ryan ended up with a passer rating of 126.30.
Special teams collected 15 points for the Falcons. Kicker K Younghoe Koo delivered a perfect 4-for-4 game.
Meanwhile, even if it wasn’t a dominant performance, Chicago beat the New York Giants 17-13 last week. Among those leading the charge for the Bears was RB David Montgomery, who snatched one receiving TD.
Chicago’s defense was a presence as well, as it got past New York’s offensive line to sack QB Daniel Jones four times for a loss of 21 yards. It was a group effort with four picking up one sack apiece.
Chicago’s win lifted them to 2-0 while Atlanta’s defeat dropped them down to 0-2. We’ll see if Chicago can repeat their recent success or if the Falcons bounce back and reverse their
The team that infamously squandered a 28-3 advantage in the 2017 Super Bowl suffered an improbable defeat in Week 2 of this NFL season, blowing a 20-point lead to the Dallas Cowboys and giving up an onside kick that set up a game-winning field goal on the final play.
The 40-39 stunner turned up the heat on coach Dan Quinn, especially when owner Arthur Blank said it looked as though the Falcons (0-2) didn’t know the onside kick rules.
Quinn urged his team to turn its attention to Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears (2-0), but he conceded that it wouldn’t be easy to get over such a disappointing outcome.
“You have to recognize the emotion,” Quinn said. “Yeah, you’re (ticked). We have to put it into another space, but it’s important to acknowledge why you’re so (ticked). That’s the life of a competitor. It’s hard, but you have to get past mad, you have to get past frustrated if you’re going to have the season you want.”