5 Key Matchups for Detroit Lions vs Chicago Bears

1. QB Mitch Trubisky vs Lions DBs

The Chicago Bears have the 31st ranked passing offense this year. After the Bears switched to Trubisky, their passing offense did not get any better. Trubisky has been sacked twice as often and it has a 15% lower completion percentage than Glennon.

The elite Lions secondary should have a field day with the rookie quarterback. Expect Darius Slay and Glover Quin to both have big games.

2. RB Jordan Howard vs Lions LBs

Howard has the 5th most rushing yards in NFL so far this season. It is going to be up to the Lions rookie first-round pick Jarrod Davis and this linebacker unit to stop Howard from being the difference-maker he can be.

3. Bears OL vs Lions DL

This will be the most interesting matchup of the game. The Detroit Lions have failed to get to the quarterback in a few games this year. The Chicago Bears offensive line has given up more than it’s fair share of sacks this season–24 times to be exact.

Ziggy Ansah will once again be out, but the Lions will still have the blossoming Anthony Zettel.

4. Lions OL vs Bears Pass Rush

The Bears pass rush is nothing to be scoffed at so far this season as they have 26 sacks. The Bears best pass-rusher Akiem Hicks has seven sacks on the year.

The good news is that LT Taylor Decker is back from his offseason surgery and OG TJ Lang returns from his concussion after missing the game last week. The Lions offensive line will be fully healthy for the first time all year.

5. QB Matthew Stafford vs Bears DBs

Stafford should have a breakout game in this one. The Bears defense only has three interceptions in nine games this year. This should allow Stafford to be comfortable slinging it into tighter gaps, even more so with a full arsenal on offense now at his disposal.

The Bears run a 3-4 defense, so they will have to bring added pressure with blitzing linebackers. Over the last two games, Stafford has a quarterback rating of over 100 when being blitzed. Stafford also said in an interview this week that he prefers when defenses blitz him because that creates more openings and passing lanes.

 

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