Chicago got the news this week that their Week 11 game has been flexed to prime time. Apparently, network television officials believe they are for real.
Facing a potential trap game in Week 9, the Bears responded as only a well-coach team would. They throttled the Buffalo Bills from the opening gun, never giving their opponent hope of making it a game.
And the Bears did that without their best defensive player, Khalil Mack, on the field.
There are still some questions about the Bears offense, especially around their young quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. But right now, they are in first place in the NFC North during what was supposed to be a rebuilding year.
Meanwhile, Detroit and their rookie coach laid an egg against the Minnesota Vikings, failing on a fake punt and letting Minnesota set a franchise record with ten sacks.
Detroit traded away one of their top receivers in Golden Tate, but coming off a bye, it was hoped they could take Minnesota and pull within a game of first place.
Instead, they came out flat against a Vikings team determined to take the division away from the upstart Bears before long.
Injuries and notes:
Detroit added defensive tackle Damien Harrison before the bye, and he is making a difference. Detroit gives up almost two fewer yards per carrying with Harrison in the middle.
The Lions’ injury list consists only of linebacker Jalin Reeves-Maybin, listed as questionable.
Chicago could get Mack back this week, but they will not decide until late in the week.
The team has a lengthy list of questionable players, including WR Taylor Gabriel (sore leg), Adrian Robinson, TE Dion Sims (concussion), and TE Ben Braunecker.
Matt Patricia has had some ups and downs in his rookie campaign and addressed the Tate trade as a difficult decision that will benefit the Lions in the long run. He also pointed to the Harrison addition as proof he hasn’t given up on this season’s chances.
But in a tough division made tougher by the advancement of this week’s opponent, Detroit is a long-shot to make the playoffs.
Matt Nagy wants to make their odds longer by besting his fellow rookie coach. Nagy is adding plays each week to his offense, expected to be one of the most explosive in the league, but not this season. He made it a point to get Jordan Howard back in the mix in a move that defines his all-inclusive approach to the game.
How to watch the Bears-Lions game
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Who will win the Bears-Lions game?
These teams appear headed in different directions, with the Bears riding an optimistic wave of enthusiasm from their fans while the Lions are answering questions about their plans.
Anything can happen in any week, but in front of the home fans, it is a good bet the Bears will add to the Lions’ misery.