Detroit (3-3-1; 4-3 ATS) at Chicago (3-4; 2-5 ATS)
Early line: Bears (minus-3 points). Total: (42.5)
DET 5TH OFF; CHI 8TH DEF
DET 21ST RUN; CHI 8TH vs. RUN
DET 3RD PASS; CHI 14TH vs. PASS
DET 12TH PTS; CHI 6TH PTS ALLOWED
CHI 29TH OFF; DET 31ST DEF
CHI 27TH RUN; DET 27TH vs. RUN
CHI 30TH PASS; DET 30TH vs. PASS
CHI 27TH PTS; DET 27TH PTS ALLOWED
DET 15TH TO/TA; CHI T12TH TO-TA
Bears lead all-time series 99-74-5 and swept season series last year after losing 3 previous games. In first game against Detroit last season in Week 10, Bears beat Lions 34-22 at Chicago with QB Mitch Trubisky playing arguably his best game as a pro, throwing 3 TDs and running for another (23-30-355-148.6 QB rating), and Bears defense registering 6 sacks and 3 takeaways. In second game vs. Detroit 2 weeks later on Thanksgiving in Detroit, Bears won 23-16 on FS Eddie Jackson’s 41-yard INT return for a game-winning TD with 6 minutes remaining (Lions outgained Bears 333-264).
LIONS appear to be quickly falling out of contention in the NFC playoff race following 31-24 Week 9 road defeat to the Raiders for their 4th loss in 5 games after QB Matthew Stafford’s pass to TE Logan Thomas was broken up in endzone with 3 seconds remaining.
"We didn't convert, we didn't score, we didn't win the game," Stafford said after LIONS’ latest loss. "You can look at it all you want. Had we scored there I wouldn't be fielding these questions. We just have to execute the play better and score."
Stafford did plenty of good things against the Raiders, and Detroit outgained Oakland 473-450, but it was a few missed opportunities by the LIONS that proved to be the difference.
There was a botched handoff to RB J.D. McKissic on the opening drive that denied LIONS a scoring opportunity, an INT in the end zone in the 2nd quarter when the Lions had a chance to take a 2-score lead and problems on both sides of the ball in the closing minutes after Stafford's 26-yard TD pass to McKissic tied the game with 5:16 to play.
LIONS still had a chance and Stafford managed to move the ball inside the 10 with less than a minute to play following a 26-yard pass interference call on Raiders. Stafford scrambled for 4 yards to the 4 on first down, was sacked on second down and then scrambled 13 yards to the 1 on third down.
With the clock running down, the Raiders called a timeout with 8 seconds left to get the right personnel on the field. The LIONS responded with heavy personnel with six offensive linemen, two tight ends and no receivers and called for a pass play.
Stafford tried to find Thomas in the back of the end zone over smaller Raiders S Karl Joseph, but the play was broken up, sealing another loss for LIONS.
Stafford threw for 406 yards and 3 TDs (110.4 QB rating) but had a hand in both of the LIONS’ turnovers as well. His 59-yard TD pass to WR Kenny Golladay in 2nd quarter gave him 255 TDs in his career, passing Hall of Famer Dan Fouts for 20th place in NFL history. Stafford also passed Drew Brees for the 3rd most yards passing in his first 11 seasons with 41,205 .
LIONS offense also got strong Week 9 efforts from WRs Marvin Jones, who had 8-126-1 receiving on 10 targets and a long of 47, and Golladay, who had 4-132-1 on 7 targets and a long of 59 (TD).
But that still wasn't enough because LIONS’ defense struggled to slow down Josh Jacobs and the Raiders running game (36-171-2), and the offense had three drives get inside Oakland's 30 and end up without points.
LIONS defense allowed Oakland 450 total yards and 7-of-13 3rd-down conversions and registered only one sack and zero takeaways.
Check status of LIONS first-round rookie TE T.J. Hockenson, who was not on field for Detroit’s final drive in Week 9; DT Mike Daniels, who has missed last 5 games with foot injury; and DB Tracy Walker, (knee; DNP in Week 9)
After going “0-for-October,” BEARS began November by suffering their 4th straight loss, as offense continued to struggle mightily under regressing QB Mitch Trubisky in 22-14 Week 9 road loss to the Eagles.
BEARS survived one of the worst offensive outputs in recent franchise history (would you believe 9 TOTAL yards in first half?) to make a run at the Eagles in the 2nd half. They trailed 19-0 before rookie RB David Montgomery had a pair of 1-yard TD runs to make it a one-possession game in the 4th quarter.
But the Eagles gained enough yardage against the BEARS’ stressed-out defense on the game’s final drive to hold on for the Week 9 win.
Trubisky was only 10-of-21 for 125 yards while getting sacked 3 times, and Montgomery topped anemic 18-62 running game with a measly 40 yards, as the BEARS seemingly started every drive down 10 yards before second or third down.
The BEARS didn't get a first down until only 48 seconds were left in the first half. They had eight penalties for 56 yards in the first half, and somehow three players were flagged for a combined four offside penalties.
BEARS defense, meanwhile, started strong but steadily wore down as the game progressed, surrendering 373 total yards and 8-of-18 3rd-down conversions. The defense got 4 sacks from 4 different defenders but failed to force a turnover (Bears have registered only 3 takeaways during 4-game losing streak).
Eagles sealed win over BEARS with a 16-play, 69-yard drive capped by Jake Elliott’s 38-yard FG, as QB Carson Wentz completed all four of his third-down passes on the drive for first downs, and the Eagles held the ball for 8:14.
OLB Leonard Floyd led BEARS Week 9 defense with a sack and 6 tackles. Star OLB Khalil Mack had four tackles, including two for loss, one quarterback hit and one pass knockdown.
Check status of BEARS DT Eddie Goldman, who left Week 9 game in 2nd quarter with thigh injury; and LB Isaiah Irving (quadricep; DNP in Week 9).
In BEARS’ Week 10 win over Lions last season, WR Allen Robinson had 6-133-2 on 8 targets, including 36-yard TD; and WR Anthony Miller also flourished with 5-122-1 on 6 targets and a long of 55.
BEARS ILB Roquan Smith had a sack and team-high 10 tackles in first game vs. Detroit last season, and followed up with a sack and team-high 11 tackles in 2nd game vs. Detroit. Mack led Bears’ pass rush in first game vs. Detroit last season with 2 sacks and also had a sack in 2nd game.
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