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Chalk Talk: Is Foles also in mix to start?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

Earlier in the week I heard Matt Nagy say that all three Bears quarterbacks were under consideration to start Sunday against the Lions. But on Friday he only spoke about Andy Dalton and Justin Fields. Does that mean that Nick Foles isn't being considered?
Robert G.
Illinois

When coach Matt Nagy said that all three quarterbacks were under consideration, that was because both Andy Dalton and Justin Fields were dealing with injuries. So, what he meant is that if Dalton and Fields both would be unable to play Sunday against the Lions, Nick Foles would likely start. But Fields practiced in full all week and was not given an injury designation Friday, so he's good to go. The only question going into the weekend is whether Dalton will be healthy enough to start. If the Bears determine that Dalton can't play in any capacity, Foles would be the No. 2 quarterback behind Fields for the second straight week.

Is Cairo Santos' streak of 31 straight field goals the longest active streak in the NFL?
Thomas P.
Schaumburg, Illinois

Cairo Santos' streak of 31 consecutive field goals dating back to Week 3 of last season is the third longest active streak in the NFL. The Giants' Graham Gano has made his last 35 field goals, while the Patriots' Nick Folk has connected on his last 33. Both of their streaks began in Week 2 of last season. It's interesting to me that all three kickers play in outdoor stadiums in cold-weather climates.

I read your story about the Bears winning their last six games against the Lions when Matthew Stafford was not Detroit's quarterback. Who, then, is the last Lions quarterback to beat the Bears other than Stafford?
Reginald G.
Chicago

The last Lions quarterback not named Matthew Stafford to beat the Bears was Jon Kitna, who completed 24 of 35 passes for 268 yards in a 16-7 victory Oct. 28, 2007 at Soldier Field. As you mentioned, the Bears have won the last six games they've played against the Lions when Detroit's starting quarterback was not Stafford. They beat Dan Orlovsky twice in 2008, 27-23 and 34-7, Daunte Culpepper 37-23 in 2009, Drew Stanton 24-20 in 2010 and Jeff Driskel 20-13 and David Blough 24-20 in 2019.

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