Game Preview: Bears vs. Lions

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Nov 24, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) celebrates with tight end Eric Ebron (85) after running for a first down during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. The Lions won 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 24, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) celebrates with tight end Eric Ebron (85) after running for a first down during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. The Lions won 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Usually, when the Bears play one of their division rivals, the anticipation for the upcoming game is sky high. Following the dreadful loss to the Packers last Sunday, the same optimism is now gone. The Bears had the perfect opportunity to make a statement against the decimated Packers team and they blew it. Instead, the Bears proved exactly why they are the laughing stock of the NFC North. John Fox’s days are definitely numbered in Chicago and I would bet a serious amount of money that he does not return next year. This week the Bears will be facing off against of the league’s most productive passing offenses.  

Kyle Fuller’s performances have been very inconsistent, to say the least. He and the rest of the Bears secondary will need to kick it into high gear when he goes against Lions’ wide receivers. The key to the Bears winning this game is going to be great defensive play. Even though Trubisky did have his best passing performance of the year last week, the Bears offense cannot be relied upon to score enough points to win games. Luckily for them, it looks like Trubisky has found his new best friend in Dontrelle Inman who looked like a very polished and well-rounded wide receiver. Inman will most likely be shadowed by Darius Slay for most of the game so his numbers will most likely be limited.

The Bears offensive line will also need to be firing on all cylinders. They cannot win if they continue to allow the opposing defenses to crush the pocket within seconds. Trubisky is a very athletic and shifty quarterback but he has not figured out the nuances of throwing the ball away or finding the right hole to shoot through when under pressure.

Once again the Bears will be relying on a run-heavy offense through the legs of Jordan Howard. Both Howard and Tarik Cohen will need to be on their A game. Ideally, the Bears will get Howard a few holes to run through and involve Cohen in the short passing game if they hope to gain first downs on Sunday.

The Lions are currently two games behind Minnesota for the lead in the NFC North division so they will be a very hungry team as they look to make a push for the playoffs. At this point, the Bears are fighting for a top 10 draft pick in 2018.

With all of that being said, if the Bears can stop getting in their own way with unnecessary penalties and put a good offense, defense, and special teams on the field, I do believe they might have what it takes to pull off an upset in Soldier Field. If they continue to play like they did last week then be ready for a high scoring game by the Lions, and another embarrassing defeat by another NFC North rival.

Score Prediction:

Bears: 10

Lions: 34

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