Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
Chicago Bears Preview
The Chicago Bears have won two of their past three games but are still a game below .500 and three games behind NFC North co-leaders Green Bay and Minnesota with five remaining. The suffocating defense that carried Chicago to the playoffs last season has been an ordinary unit this year. The Bears have scored just one defensive touchdown and are tied for 19th in sacks (26), 21st in interceptions (seven) and 10th in forced fumbles (12).
On offense, the Bears have had a 100-yard rusher just once this season. They had a number of players listed as non-participants in walkthroughs on Monday and Tuesday, including tight ends Ben Braunecker and Adam Shaheen, linebacker Danny Trevathan, offensive lineman Bobby Massie and wide receiver Taylor Gabriel.
Detroit Lions Preview
Second-year Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia’s job status seems precarious, and the outlook for the remainder of the season bleak unless quarterback Matthew Stafford returns. Stafford likely will miss his fourth consecutive game on Thursday due to a back injury. Backup Jeff Driskel is questionable to play due to hamstring soreness, which may force the Lions to start third-stringer David Blough.
The former Purdue quarterback would be making his NFL debut. Detroit has lost four straight, including an embarrassing 19-16 loss to 2-9 Washington on Sunday. The Lions have also dropped their past two Thanksgiving Day games. Wide receiver Marvin Hall and cornerbacks James Agnew and Rashaan Melvin were listed as non-participants in walkthroughs on Monday and Tuesday.