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Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions Preview and Predictions 11-28-2019


Mitchell Trubisky has struggled to answer questions about the future of the Chicago Bears' quarterback position while the Detroit Lions are addressing immediate issues heading into their Thanksgiving Day showdown in Motown. Trubisky will look to boost the Bears' rail-thin postseason aspirations with another strong performance against the Lions.

Trubisky has thrown for just 10 touchdowns this season, although three were recorded in Chicago's 20-13 victory over Detroit on Nov. 10. The former second overall pick threw for a score and rushed for another in Sunday's 19-14 win over the New York Giants, lifting the Bears to their second victory in three outings on the heels of a four-game losing skid. Detroit has lost four in a row and seven of eight overall after dropping a 19-16 decision at Washington, with backup Jeff Driskel tossing three interceptions in that contest. Driskel showed up on Monday's injury report with an ailing hamstring and was limited in Tuesday's practice, raising concerns as to whether he or undrafted rookie quarterback David Blough will be under center on Thanksgiving Day.

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ABOUT THE BEARS (5-6): Trubisky, who threw for 355 yards and three scores in a win over the Lions last year, will look to exploit Detroit's third-worst NFL pass defense (275.5 yards per game) on Thursday. Allen Robinson had six receptions in the previous meeting with Detroit and matched that number for a season-best 131 yards receiving and a touchdown against the Giants last week. Running back Tarik Cohen reeled in a scoring strike in the previous encounter with the Lions to give him four touchdowns (two rushing, two receiving) in five career games against Detroit. The versatile dynamo had seven catches and a receiving score versus the Lions in last year's Thanksgiving Day tilt.

ABOUT THE LIONS (3-7-1): Bo Scarbrough has provided a presence in the backfield that had been missing since Kerryon Johnson sustained a knee injury last month, with the former rushing 18 times for 98 yards against the Redskins. The passing offense has taken a significant hit without Matthew Stafford, with Kenny Golladay limited to just eight catches for 152 yards and one touchdown in his last three games. Golladay's score was a result of a fortunate 47-yard heave from Driskell with 5:53 to play in the fourth quarter against Chicago. Fellow wideout Marvin Jones, who leads the team in receptions (56) and is tied in TD catches with Golladay, has just 89 receiving yards over his last two games.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Blough, who played collegiately at Purdue, threw for 271 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions during the preseason.

2. Chicago has recorded points on just one of its 11 opening offensive drives this season.

3. Lions DT Mike Daniels has collected at least one sack in each of his last three games versus the Bears.

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Last Injuries

Detroit Lions

  • Jalen Elliott

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Elliott has been added to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unclear how long he will need to get back to full health.

  • Romeo Okwara

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Okwara has landed on the active Non-Football Injury list with an unspecified ailment. He is without a definitive timetable for return.

  • Russell Bodine

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Bodine is on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after letting the team know that he has decided to rule himself out for the duration of the 2020 season.

  • Geronimo Allison

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Allison will sit out the entire 2020 season due to a personal decision, and he has been shifted to the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list.

  • Austin Bryant

    Pectoral
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Bryant will spend an extended period on the 10-day injured list while he heals from a pectoral injury.

  • Jayron Kearse

    Suspension
    Elig Week 4 | out

    Kearse has been issued a three-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He will be eligible to return versus the Saints in Week 4.

  • Justin Coleman

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Coleman has been added to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is up in the air when it will be safe for him to get back on the field.

  • Matthew Stafford

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Stafford has been posted on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unknown how long he will be sidelined.

Chicago Bears

  • Jordan Lucas

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Lucas is on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list and will sit out the duration of the 2020 season due to a personal decision.

  • Tre Roberson

    Foot
    I-R | I-R

    Roberson has reverted to the Injured Reserve/Non-Football Injury list after passing through waivers with a broken foot.

  • Eddie Goldman

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Goldman has been placed on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after announcing that he will sit out the 2020 season due to personal reasons.

  • Eric Saubert

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Saubert is on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list and is without a timetable for return.

  • John Jenkins

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Jenkins has landed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss an extended period.

  • Artavis Pierce

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Pierce will spend an undetermined length of time on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list due to the virus.