The 3-7-1 Detroit Lions host the 5-6 Chicago Bears at ford Field today. The Lion Lowdown writers offer their predictions for this week’s game.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
The Detroit Lions face their division rival for the second time in three weeks. Unlike the most recent game against the Chicago Bears, let’s get this news flash on the table right away so there’s room for the turkey later. Spoiler alert: That turkey could be in the form of today’s game.
Bruce Walker (@smoke25):
David Blough will be starting at quarterback for the Detroit Lions.
That was painful to write.
After ranking 30th in the NFL in defensive yards per game last week, the Lions rocketed up to 29th after playing the Washington Redskins. (Insert rolling eyes emoji here). They also currently rank 25th in points allowed, which is one place better than the previous week. The rest of their defensive rankings remain about the same as before.
The bad news is that, unlike the Redskins, the Chicago Bears have a pretty good defense. They are currently 7th in the NFL in yards given up per game and 4th in points allowed.
The Bears weak link this season continues to be offense where they rank 28th of the NFL defensively in points scored per game and 29th in yards gained per game.
In weeks past, Lions fans could pin their hopes on an offense that was scoring more points all but ten teams in the NFL. A remarkable statistic is that they have had a lead in every single game this season!
The problem is, even when they were solidly scoring points, the defense invariably allowed more, so they lost games. Now that the offense is being led by their third string quarterback, whom they picked up after their final preseason game this year in a trade with the Cleveland Browns.
Don’t get me wrong, the Lions really like Blough. He’s got a lot of upside. But he plays third string for a reason. Let me put it this way, I don’t think that this game is going make us to revert back to the Lions teams of the 1960s through 1990s where the best quarterback on the team was the one coming off the bench.
I expect the Lions to lean as heavily on the run game as possible, but I don’t think that’s going to be enough. Blough will have to throw the ball, too. I’m interested to see how well he handles the Bear’s impressive defense.
I do hope Blough surprises us. I really want to see him play well. If he protects the football, unlike Driskel last week, they might have a chance. After all, Mitch Trubisky is playing quarterback on the other side of the ball. Wait a minute. The last time the troubled Bears quarterback played the Lions, he threw 3 touchdown passes. Never mind.
Currently, the Lions are six point underdogs at home. Against Chicago. Ouch.
I would normally say that playing on the road would make it much more difficult for the Bears offense, but with the struggles that the Lions have had this year, I’m not sure that home field will be that much of an advantage, I’m afraid. The home team is going to be in for a long day.
Detroit Lions 13 — Chicago Bears 20
James Gullett (@gullett_james):
The Lions will host the Bears on Thanksgiving. After a short week and the most injuries I’ve seen in a while, it’s not looking good for Detroit.
Detroit will be turning to their third string quarterback and a running back who wasn’t even on the roster to start the season. Fortunately, Bo Scarbrough has been a great addition and Blough is going to be a rushing attack to rely on.
Given the situation, I don’t see how the Lions win this one — plan and simple. They are feilding an almost preseason like team due to injuries. I’ll take the Bears.
Detroit Lions 10 — Chicago Bears 24
Logan Lamorandier (@llamorandier):
The Lions will start an undrafted rookie free agent, David Blough, at quarterback in the holiday classic. Expectations are low and I personally am just hoping for an entertaining game at this point.
Given that the Lions offense has carried the team all year, it won’t be the case against a strong Bears defense. In week 10, Bears QB Mitch Trubisky looked like a competent signal caller against this Lions defense. In short, Chicago has the advantage on both sides of the ball.
I think you are going to see a lot of kickers on the field for this one, whether it be P Sam Martin or K Matt Prater.
If the Lions lose today, they can be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
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