As we enter the NFL’s offseason, with contract extensions, trades and the draft imminent, we take a look at the biggest NFL contracts of all-time.
Stopping Alvin Kamara and disappointing Mitchell Trubisky. That's how the Chicago Bears can upset the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wild Card Playoffs on Sunday.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. After last season’s playoff berth and Coach of the Year honours for their rookie head coach hire, Bears Nation went into this season hoping to take the next step forward. With a second full offseason to fully immerse his unit in his offensive scheme, in particular third year quarterback Mitch Trubisky, Matt Nagy’s team were expected to make a significant leap forward.
All the talk in the lead up to the first of this season’s London series games was about the performance of the Chicago Bears defence four games into the season. Some folks in Bears circles were even talking of what it would mean for QB Mitch Trubisky’s job security if backup Chase Daniel dominated against the Oakland Raiders.
On NFL opening night, the Monsters of the Midway showed up emphatically. But they were wearing green and white.
However, given the depth of Chicago's roster and lack of turnover, I’m cautiously optimistic about the Bears chances of playing football into January.
The NFC North looks set to be the tightest division in the NFL in 2019. The Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings all have serious – and realistic – playoff ambitions, while the Detroit Lions are still in contention, having picked up six wins in 2018.
On the surface, it looks like the Raiders are all over the place, but there is a method to their madness. Trading Mack and Cooper was a hard pill to swallow, but management knew the Raiders were in no position to contend last year. Rather than commit all that money to Mack and Cooper, they supercharged a rebuild with extra picks, and spread that cap space across multiple needs. After the draft concluded, shortsighted twitter GM’s were quick to mock the Raiders.
Chicago Bears are in a very good position heading into the draft, though they will not be picking until the third round because of previous trades.
Chicago Bears stunned the NFC North last season. The Packers, Vikings and Lions will be looking to fightback in the 2019 campaign, making this a crucial offseason.
The NFL announced that four regular season games will be hosted in London in 2019. The times, dates and venues will be announced at a later date.
The chaos continues for Oakland.
Stephen Beavon evaluates the options for the NFC North teams.
Evaluating the AFC West ahead of the deadline.
Jack Wills previews Sunday's Wembley showpiece.