5 Key Matchups for the Detroit Lions vs Chicago Bears

1. TE Eric Ebron vs Bears LB

Ebron is coming off a career game. Expect him to be targeted early and often to see if he can continue his recent success. Last week Ebron had 10 catches for 94 yards–both career highs. With defenses mainly focusing on Tate and Jones, Ebron may be able to sneak under the radar for another big game.

2. Lions O-Line vs Bears D-Line

The Lions will be without starting C Travis Swanson and starting RT Rick Wagner. Expect second-year OG Joe Dahl to start at left guard because Glasgow will be moved over to center. Brian Mihalik will likely start at right tackle. The Lions did not allow a sack all game last week for the first time in two years. Let’s hope the Lions can do that again with this patched up line.

3. LB Jarred Davis vs RB Jordan Howard

Davis lost this matchup in their first meeting after allowing Howard to get 125-yards and a TD. Davis also failed to keep Trubisky in the pocket and allowed him to get 53-yards rushing. However, now seeing them first hand and having film to study once already, maybe Davis can turn it around and help shut down the Bears best weapon.

4. WR Marvin Jones vs CB Kyle Fuller

Jones has been an absolute beast this year. The first game against the Bears this year was no different as Jones had 85-yards on four catches and a TD. Fuller, however, in the past few weeks has really stepped up his game and has not allowed much of anything.

5. QB Matthew Stafford vs Bears DB

Stafford has had back to back great games with over an 80% completion rate while still getting the ball down the field. In their first meeting, Stafford had 299-yards, 2 TDs, and 0 INTs. With Tate and Jones always being consistent with an emerging Eborn, Stafford will have quite a few targets to get the job done.

The Bears will need to pressure Stafford and not give him time in the pocket. The Lions are missing two starting O-Lineman and may make it pretty easy to get to Stafford.

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