Chicago took control of the NFC North last week ina nationally televised victory against the Minnesota Vikings.
Minnesota looked like the only true challenger for the division title, but the Lions also captured a quality win last week against the Panthers. They will try to let their fans enjoy their Thanksgiving dinner with happy thoughts of a fourth home victory.
Chicago coach Matt Nagy know there are still doubters ready to call out the rookie coach’s young team if they slip against the last-place Lions.
Unfortunately, one of the youngest and most important Bears could miss the game. Nagy revealed that quarterback Mitch Trubisky injured his throwing shoulder late in last week’s game. He did not practice even in the light walk-throughs the team held Monday and Tuesday.
Career backup passer, Chase Daniel, is slated to start unless Trubisky recovers quickly enough for the Bears to reverse themselves just before game time. The Bears might need to pass the ball more than they hope, thanks to the addition of Damon Harrison to the Lions’ defensive front.
With Harrison in the lineup, the Lions give up almost two fewer yards-per-carry. They held the Panthers and Bears to a combined 110 rushing yards the past two weeks.
Injuries and notes:
Detroit will also play without one of its young stars. Rookie running back Kerryon Johnson is week-to-week with a knee sprain suffered in last week’s victory.
Wide receiver Marvin Jones did not practice after missing the Week 11 matchup with a knee injury. He is highly questionable for Thursday.
Multiple other Lions were limited in practice, although often only to allow banged up or veteran players to rest in the short week. Defenders Darius Slay, Ezekiel Ansah, and Damon Harrison were the biggest names on the Detroit injury report.
Trubisky will be a game-time decision, but he will need to be completely pain-free with no chance of aggravating a sprain before the Bears will let him play.
Tight end Adam Shaheen and linebacker Aaron Lynch have to clear the concussion protocol, not a good bet in a short week.
Two rookie coaches face-off, albeit with decidedly different reviews on their debuts so far.
Matt Nagy is the toast of Chicago with the Bears beating all expectations so far. Nagy inherited a solid defense that was made better with the acquisition of Khalil Mack. Fans of “Da Bears” love their defense, but it is Nagy’s offense that has the Bears back on top.
Detroit’s Matt Patricia quieted some boos with a hard-fought win against the previously surging Panthers. The difference in the run defense the past few weeks is keeping the Lions in games and shows what Patricia can do if he has the right talent.
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Who will win the Lions-Bears game?
Each team is missing one of the main cogs in their offense. But it’s a defense that wins games anyway. That gives the edge to Chicago in what could be a low-scoring affair.