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Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions Pick & Prediction SEP 13TH 2020

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Matthew Stafford takes great pride in playing through whatever injuries he may endure.


That's what made last season especially painful for the veteran Detroit Lions quarterback. After starting every game the previous eight seasons, Stafford was sidelined by a back injury that forced him to miss the last eight games.


Predictably, the Lions fell apart without him, losing nine in a row to finish 3-12-1. Stafford will return to the field when the Lions face the NFC North-rival Chicago Bears in the season opener at Detroit's Ford Field.


"No question last year stung," Stafford told "It stung for me to not be out there. It stung for our team to have it go the way it went. The intensity level and the urgency is high as it always is. I'm just excited to go play."


The Bears are also coming off a disappointing campaign, as they returned to mediocrity (8-8) after running away with the division in 2018.


Until late in camp, the Bears were still trying to decide who would start behind center. They traded a fourth-round pick for Nick Foles but incumbent Mitchell Trubisky held onto his job, at least for now.


"This was going to be a fair battle for both of these guys," head coach Matt Nagy said. "Both these guys were really battling their tail off every single day. In the end, Mitch won the job, and I think that's very important for him, for us, for everybody to understand that he worked really hard to get to this point."


Trubisky knows his hold on the starting job is tenuous. He regressed last season after throwing 24 touchdown passes and completing 66.6 percent of his passes in 2018. Those figures dropped to 17 and 63.2 percent in 2019.


"We know we've got to be better in the red zone, be better on third down to stay on the field, and when we get down there, we've got to make sure we're scoring points, because at the end of the day, that's all that really matters," Trubisky told "But I just feel like where we're at studying and where we're at mentally, our approach taking the field is different than it was last year."


Trubisky had two three-touchdown performances (just one INT) against the Lions last season, his two highest-rated games of the season. For his career, Trubisky is 3-2 with a 106.3 rating and 11 touchdowns and four interceptions vs. the Lions.


"Overall, his decision-making, we felt like that's improving," Bears GM Ryan Pace said about naming Trubisky the starter. "And as he builds, you feel his command and comfort level in the offense. That's real. We've added a lot of pieces around him that I think are going to benefit him when you talk about what we've done at tight end and receiver and in the run game."


Detroit has a potentially dynamic offense if its quarterback doesn't suffer another injury setback. Stafford threw 19 touchdown passes in eight games. He has a variety of enticing targets in Kenny Golladay (1,190 YDs, 11 TDs), Marvin Jones Jr., Danny Amendola and tight end T.J. Hockenson.


"I know I have a bunch of talented playmakers around me, some guys that if I can just get the ball in their hands, they can do some pretty incredible stuff," Stafford said. "It's on us as an offense to go out there and operate. We have to operate as one, 11 guys working together, and just because we had success last year (when he was healthy) doesn't mean we're going to have success this year."


It remains uncertain how coach Matt Patricia will use his potpourri of running backs. The Lions added Adrian Peterson to the mix late in training camp. Rookie D'Andre Swift has missed time in camp due to a leg injury. Incumbent Kerryon Johnson is still listed as the starter.


"We're excited to have him, but we have to see how this all shakes out," Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said of Peterson.


Golladay, Amendola and Swift practiced in a limited fashion on Wednesday and are questionable for Sunday. Also, starting right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (foot) was limited and is also questionable. Starting defensive end Da'Shawn Hand (groin) was limited Wednesday.


Allen Robinson (98 receptions, 1,147 yards, 7 TDs) remains the top receiving threat for the Bears.


The team's top running back, David Montgomery, is dealing with a groin injury and practiced in a limited fashion on Wednesday. Top pass rusher Kahlil Mack (knee) and offseason acquisition Robert Quinn were also limited.


--Field Level Media


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Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions

Player Position Lineup
James Daniels primary: Left Guard Starter
Kyle Fuller primary: Cornerback Starter
Akiem Hicks primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Eddie Jackson primary: Safety Starter
Charles Leno Jr. primary: Left Tackle Starter
Khalil Mack primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Bobby Massie primary: Right Tackle Starter
David Montgomery primary: Runningback Starter
Bilal Nichols primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Roy Robertson-Harris primary: Defensive End Starter
Allen Robinson II primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Roquan Smith primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Danny Trevathan primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Mitchell Trubisky primary: Quarterback Starter
Cody Whitehair primary: Center Starter
Javon Wims primary: Wide Receiver Starter
J.P. Holtz primary: Fullback Starter
Jimmy Graham primary: Tight End Starter
Germain Ifedi primary: Right Guard Starter
Barkevious Mingo primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Jaylon Johnson primary: Cornerback Starter
Tashaun Gipson Sr. primary: Safety Starter
Alex Bars primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Deon Bush primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Tarik Cohen primary: Runningback Substitution
Rashaad Coward primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
DeAndre Houston-Carson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Joel Iyiegbuniwe primary: Linebacker Substitution
Sherrick McManis primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Anthony Miller primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ryan Nall primary: Runningback Substitution
Pat O'Donnell primary: Punter Substitution
Cordarrelle Patterson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Buster Skrine primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Josh Woods primary: Linebacker Substitution
Demetrius Harris primary: Tight End Substitution
James Vaughters primary: Linebacker Substitution
Brent Urban primary: Defensive End Substitution
Patrick Scales primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Cole Kmet primary: Tight End Substitution
Trevis Gipson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Kindle Vildor primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Darnell Mooney primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
John Jenkins primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Ted Ginn Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Cairo Santos primary: Kicker Substitution
Riley Ridley primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Eric Saubert primary: Tight End Not active
Duke Shelley primary: Defensive Back Not active
Nick Foles primary: Quarterback Did not play
Robert Quinn primary: Linebacker Not active
Jason Spriggs primary: Offensive Linesman Did not play
Arlington Hambright primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Mario Edwards Jr. primary: Defensive End Not active
Player PositionLineup
Jason Cabinda primary: Fullback Starter
Justin Coleman primary: Cornerback Starter
Tyrell Crosby primary: Right Tackle Starter
Joe Dahl primary: Left Guard Starter
Jarrad Davis primary: Linebacker Starter
Taylor Decker primary: Left Tackle Starter
Trey Flowers primary: Defensive End Starter
Will Harris primary: Safety Starter
T.J. Hockenson primary: Tight End Starter
Kerryon Johnson primary: Runningback Starter
Marvin Jones Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Christian Jones primary: Linebacker Starter
Amani Oruwariye primary: Cornerback Starter
Frank Ragnow primary: Offensive Linesman Starter
Matthew Stafford primary: Quarterback Starter
Duron Harmon primary: Safety Starter
Nick Williams primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Desmond Trufant primary: Cornerback Starter
Jamie Collins Sr. primary: Linebacker Starter
Danny Shelton primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jonah Jackson primary: Right Guard Starter
Quintez Cephus primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Oday Aboushi primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Jamal Agnew primary: Runningback Substitution
Danny Amendola primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Marvin Hall primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Da'Shawn Hand primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Jesse James primary: Tight End Substitution
Ty Johnson primary: Runningback Substitution
Miles Killebrew primary: Safety Substitution
Romeo Okwara primary: Defensive End Substitution
Matt Prater primary: Kicker Substitution
Jalen Reeves-Maybin primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jahlani Tavai primary: Linebacker Substitution
Tracy Walker primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Kenny Wiggins primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Jack Fox primary: Punter Substitution
Matt Nelson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Don Muhlbach primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Tony McRae primary: Cornerback Substitution
Elijah Lee primary: Linebacker Substitution
Reggie Ragland primary: Linebacker Substitution
Darryl Roberts primary: Cornerback Substitution
D'Andre Swift primary: Runningback Substitution
Julian Okwara primary: Defensive End Substitution
John Penisini primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Adrian Peterson primary: Runningback Substitution
Kenny Golladay primary: Wide Receiver Not active
C.J. Moore primary: Safety Not active
Chase Daniel primary: Quarterback Did not play
Halapoulivaati Vaitai primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Jeff Okudah primary: Cornerback Not active
Logan Stenberg primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Hunter Bryant primary: Tight End Not active
Jonathan Williams primary: Runningback Not active

Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 35 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Cairo Santos
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 27 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Matt Prater
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: D'Andre Swift
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 28 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Cairo Santos
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 32 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Matt Prater
  • Period 3
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 44 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Matt Prater
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 4 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: T.J. Hockenson
    • Passer: Matthew Stafford
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
  • Period 4
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 27 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Anthony Miller
    • Passer: Mitchell Trubisky
    • Conv Kicker: Cairo Santos
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 1 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Javon Wims
    • Passer: Mitchell Trubisky
    • Conv Kicker: Cairo Santos
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 2 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Cairo Santos
    • Pass Receiver: Jimmy Graham
    • Passer: Mitchell Trubisky
  • Match End


Last 10

W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • @New Orleans L 9 - 21
  • Green Bay L 35 - 16
  • @Jacksonville W 41 - 17
  • @Minnesota W 33 - 27
  • Houston W 7 - 36
  • Detroit L 34 - 30
  • @Green Bay L 25 - 41
  • Minnesota L 19 - 13
  • @Tennessee L 17 - 24
  • New Orleans L 26 - 23
W 20% L 80%
2 8
  • Minnesota L 37 - 35
  • Tampa Bay L 47 - 7
  • @Tennessee L 25 - 46
  • Green Bay L 31 - 24
  • @Chicago W 34 - 30
  • Houston L 41 - 25
  • @Carolina L 0 - 20
  • Washington W 27 - 30
  • @Minnesota L 20 - 34
  • Indianapolis L 41 - 21

Last Meetings

  • Lions @ Bears 34-30
  • Bears @ Lions 27-23
  • Bears @ Lions 24-20
  • Lions @ Bears 13-20
  • Bears @ Lions 23-16
  • Lions @ Bears 22-34
  • Bears @ Lions 10-20
  • Lions @ Bears 27-24
  • Bears @ Lions 17-20
  • Lions @ Bears 14-17

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions

Mitchell Trubisky threw three fourth-quarter touchdown passes, including the go-ahead score to Anthony Miller with 1:54 remaining, as the Chicago Bears erased a 17-point deficit to stun the host Detroit Lions 27-23 on Sunday.

Trubisky finished with 242 passing yards. Miller had 76 yards on four catches in the season opener for both teams.

Matthew Stafford threw for 297 yards and a score but also had a crucial fourth-quarter interception for Detroit. Adrian Peterson, making his Lions debut, rushed for 93 yards on 14 carries and caught three passes for 21 yards.

The Lions were missing top receiver Kenny Golladay, who was sidelined by a hamstring injury. Linebacker Jamie Collins was ejected during the second quarter for making contact with an official.

Stafford guided his team on a 72-yard drive after the second-half kickoff, culminating with his 4-yard scoring pass to T.J. Hockenson.

Matt Prater's 44-yard field goal with 3:19 left in the third put the Lions up 23-6.

With 13:39 remaining, Chicago cut the Lions' lead to 10 on a 2-yard scoring pass from Trubisky to tight end Jimmy Graham.

Trubisky hit Javon Wims with a 1-yard scoring pass with 2:58 remaining to pull the Bears within three, 23-20.

A Kyle Fuller interception at the Detroit 42 gave the Bears the ball back with 2:35 remaining and a chance to take the lead. Miller then beat one-on-one coverage to haul in the go-ahead 27-yard pass from Trubisky.

Lions rookie running back D'Andre Swift dropped a potential winning touchdown pass in the red zone with six seconds left. The Bears then broke up Stafford's final pass.

Detroit led 13-6 at halftime.

Peterson gained 19 yards in his first carry with his new team. That helped to set up a 27-yard field goal from Prater.

Cairo Santos' 35-yard field goal later in the quarter tied the score at 3.

The Lions drove 12 plays and 87 yards midway through the second quarter but had to settle for Prater's 32-yard field goal. Chicago knotted the score again with Santos' 28-yard field goal.

Detroit took a 13-6 lead with 19 seconds left in the half. A pair of completions to Hockenson for 40 yards set up Swift's 1-yard scoring run, his first NFL touchdown.

--Field Level Media