Don’t put a checkmark in the win column until you actually see the San Francisco 49ers dispose of the Chicago Bears in Week 1.
It won’t be long now. A long offseason followed a heartbreaking loss in this past January’s NFC Championship Game. That led us to an NFL Combine, Pro Days, and the most recent draft as long debates ensued about the top two quarterbacks on the San Francisco 49ers’ depth chart. Ultimately, Jimmy Garoppolo decided that he wanted to remain a part of what the Niners are continuing to build, but make no mistake about it. This is Trey Lance’s team.
Perhaps you’ve heard. The Chicago Bears are the first test on San Fran’s schedule, and their hope is that they’ve found their franchise quarterback as well. He’s definitely worth mentioning.
Justin Fields, quarterback
Two of the first four offensive signal-callers taken in the 2021 NFL Draft meet in Week 1. Lance, fortunately, has better weapons, but both he and Justin Fields have a lot to learn and work to do before they join the ‘elite’ class at pro football’s most recognizable position.
This, for obvious reasons, will be one of the intriguing duels of the NFL’s opening weekend, one the Niners will have to tackle on the road (pun intended). Here are nine other Bears that will look to put their stamp on Week 1 as well.