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Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears Preview and Predictions 11-10-2019


Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has gone so far as to publicly request that televisions are turned off inside Halas Hall in a bid to shield the sputtering team from outside criticism. The Bears look to give their fans something better to watch on Sunday as they look to snap a four-game skid against the Detroit Lions.

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The Bears hardly were "Must See TV" during last Sunday's 22-14 setback to Philadelphia, going three-and-out on their first five possessions and mustering a meager nine total yards of offense in the first half. "We just got to come out better," the 25-year-old Trubisky said. "We've got to come out faster. We've got to come out with a different attitude, kind of like we did in the second half, with a little chip on our shoulder. I think if we start the game like that, we give ourselves a better chance." The Lions didn't give themselves a chance with how they finished last Sunday, falling to 1-4 in their last five games following a 31-24 setback to Oakland. Matthew Stafford, who will play in his 150th career game on Sunday, threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns against the Raiders before failing to connect on a fourth-down attempt in the waning moments.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Bears -2.5. O/U: 41.5

ABOUT THE LIONS (3-4-1): Chicago native Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. each reeled in a touchdown pass last Sunday to give the duo 13 scoring catches, tied with Tampa Bay's Mike Evans and Chris Godwin for the most among tandems this season. "I ain't going to lie, me and Marv, we compete with that kind of stuff. That just makes it fun," said the 26-year-old Golladay, whose seven touchdown receptions are tied with Evans for the league lead. What hasn't been fun is Detroit's defense, which has been gashed for at least 400 yards in five of eight games this season and surrendered at least 20 points in each contest since Week 2. "It's not even surprising what offenses do to us because we already know what they want to do, and we just ain't stopping it right now," cornerback Darius Slay said.

ABOUT THE BEARS (3-5): While Trubisky has experienced regression in his third season, rookie David Montgomery appears to have overcome a slow start and is headed in the right direction after rushing for his first multi-touchdown performance of his career. Speedy running back Tarik Cohen has gone nowhere fast this season, although he has rushed for a touchdown in each of his last two home games versus Detroit. Allen Robinson looks to rebound from a one-catch, six-yard performance when he faces Detroit's 30th-ranked pass defense. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound wideout has three touchdowns in as many career games against the Lions, including two scores in a six-reception, 133-yard effort in the last home outing.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Stafford has thrown for 4,471 yards and 28 touchdowns in 18 career games against Chicago.

2. The Bears won both meetings last season after the Lions won nine of the previous 10.

3. Detroit's J.D. McKissic has 13 receptions, the most of any running back on the team despite playing half as many snaps as the injured Kerryon Johnson.

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Last Injuries

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.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.