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Fact or Fiction: Bears predictions & Madden's impact

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The crew is presented with statements and must decide whether they are Fact or Fiction.

The Giants and Bears each will play multiple quarterbacks on Sunday

John Schmeelk: Fiction - If Justin Fields is healthy he will be the Bears quarterback. Is there a chance he starts and then has to leave due to injury? Perhaps, but you can't predict that. If Fields doesn't start, you can expect Andy Dalton or Nick Foles to play the entire game. It would not surprise me if the Giants use both quarterbacks if one happens to be ineffective.

Dan Salomone: Fiction – Joe Judge already said he expects both Mike Glennon and Jake Fromm to play on Sunday. "If that's what's best for the team," he said. There is no plan, for example, to play one in the first half and the other in the second half. "No, but as we go through the game plan, obviously we're going to bracket some different things together if we think one thing is better for one guy, one is better for the other guy," Judge said. "We'll see how they practice and how we'll go into the game." Chicago, meanwhile, has three options but hopes to stick with one once the game starts.

Lance Medow: Fiction - It's much more likely the Giants play multiple quarterbacks than the Bears. Based on the most recent practice reports, it looks like Justin Fields and Andy Dalton are in the mix. So if one of those two is fully healthy, you would expect that person to play the entire game, barring an injury. Unlike Chicago, New York doesn't have an injury situation at quarterback, so that opens the door for Joe Judge to utilize both of his passers based on game flow and production.

Matt Citak: Fiction – For the Giants, Joe Judge expects to see both quarterbacks on the field at some point during Sunday's game. But on the other sideline, if rookie quarterback Justin Fields is healthy enough to start, it's tough to see Bears coach Matt Nagy taking him off the field for any reason. Fields has shown flashes at various points and could benefit from more game experience in his first NFL season. However, if he is unable to go and it's Andy Dalton or Nick Foles under center, then it would not be surprising to see both play if the starter is struggling.

Bears linebacker Robert Quinn is the most underrated player in the NFL

John Schmeelk: Fiction - Sacks are a funny thing. Quinn has 17 of them and deserves credit for all of them. In that respect, is he underrated? Of course, since he is rarely listed in the same category of the TJ Watts of the world. Pressures are a more consistent stat to determine how well a player actually played because they take the variance of stats out of the equation. Robert Quinn has 45 total pressures this season, which is tied for the 39th in the NFL. Do you know who else has 45 pressures? Leonard Williams. Quinn is having a great year and is an excellent pass rusher, but that sack number is probably a little inflated.

Dan Salomone: Fact - The average sports fan outside Chicago might not be able to name what team he plays for these days … and he's a half-sack away from becoming the 39th player to join the 100-sack club. He has 17 this season and is in line for his eighth consecutive game with a sack.

Lance Medow: Fact - Robert Quinn leads the NFC in sacks with 17 and is in position to break Richard Dent's Bears' single-season record (17.5) with two games to go. Despite that fact, Quinn's name doesn't usually come up when discussing the NFL's top pass rushers – partially because of the Bears' record and maybe Quinn is a byproduct of their entire defense being underrated. Chicago is ranked ninth in total defense, fourth against the pass and tied for fifth in sacks, mainly thanks to Quinn. T.J. Watt, Myles Garrett, Nick Bosa and Trey Hendrickson round out the NFL's Top 5 in sacks this season. With the exception of Hendrickson (despite being tied for the NFC lead last season), the remaining names are usually mentioned among the most dangerous players in getting after the quarterback. Quinn is a bit of an afterthought and it's understandable considering he had just two sacks last season.

Matt Citak: Fiction – This one was tough. Quinn has long been one of the most underrated players in the NFL, despite registering four different seasons of 10+ sacks in his first nine NFL seasons. He even put together an incredibly impressive 19-sack performance in 2013. Although he's been quite dominant this season, let's give the title of most underrated player in the NFL to Cincinnati's Trey Hendrickson. Hendrickson has 14 sacks after totaling 13.5 last year, and is looking like the clear top free agent signing from this past off-season. Yet, he is still greatly underappreciated in the eyes of fans across the country. However, Quinn is certainly in the conversation.

The Madden NFL video game series has affected how pro football is played these days

John Schmeelk: Fiction - The video game has not impacted how NFL coaches call games, except for the fact many of today's younger coaches and coordinators probably played it as a kid and gleamed some knowledge from it. The Madden game also has made every fan think they know how to design an offense and call plays, which is obviously not the case.

Dan Salomone: Fact – A lot of times players say they didn't grow up as fans because they were too busy playing the actual game on the field, but you would be hard-pressed to find a current player who didn't play the video game. Same goes for the young generation of coaches. Although the video game might not be the direct cause of teams, for example, playing more aggressively on fourth downs, you could tie it in with the explosion of analytics and fantasy football. In addition, don't forget the video game has changed how we consume football from the skycam to the camera operators parked in the end zone for the celebration shots we get when a player scores a touchdown.

Lance Medow: Fiction - It's not like coaches are playing the game to look for new schemes and strategies, but the video has impacted how fans view the game – and that's been both good and bad. Madden Football has taught generations about the sport, although a video game doesn't necessarily present an accurate picture of the challenges presented on a real field.

Matt Citak: Fact – Countless players and coaches at all levels of football have gone on record to say that the video game influenced them and the way they approach the sport. The first thing that comes to mind is the story of when Teddy Bridgewater was a rookie in 2014. Prior to joining the Vikings at training camp, Bridgewater told the media that he imported the entire Vikings playbook into the game and used it in order to get virtual reps and simulate opponents before camp started. The league has also become a lot more high-scoring and pass-heavy over the last decade or so, which some people believe can be partially attributed to the video game's rise in popularity.


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