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

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465Bears Chicago
466Lions Detroit
OP
44
-1
CU
44.5o -110
-2.5 -104
ML
ML: -135
ML: 115
Partials
1 2 3
3 3 0 21
3 10 10 0
Score
27
23

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 DetroitLions.com. "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 NFL.com. "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

 

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