The Chicago Bears will play host to the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field this Sunday, and for me, it is one of the most crucial divisional matchups of the season.
It’s no secret that the Lions are a wounded animal right now, coming off a crushing defeat by the Vikings. Luckily for the Lions, there’s an old adage that says a team is at its most dangerous when it is wounded.
An Upset on the Cards?
For the Lions to prevail in this clash they simply must ignite the run game. That’s why Kerryon Johnson must be utilised this week because he can be a game-changer when he is given the opportunity.
Last week for example, Johnson amassed just 37 rushing yards which definitely didn’t help Stafford establish his passing game, as he suffered 10 sacks at the hands of the Vikings’ excellent pass rushers. However, in the Lions’ most recent victory against the Dolphins, Johnson rushed for 158 yards and was able to provide breathing room for Matthew Stafford who threw 2 TD’s and completed 18 of 22 passes.
Additionally, the turnover game is once again absolutely vital in this game, so look for Darius Slay to replicate last weeks performance and steal another interception which could turn the game on its head.
Bears Season on the Brink?
This match, for me, is an absolute must-win for the Bears. Firstly because they are blessed with the opportunity to pull ahead from the Vikings who are on their bye week. Furthermore, the Bears must take advantage of the following three fixtures against the Vikings, Lions and Giants as they provide the greatest opportunity for victory.
Mitchell Trubisky will once again be under pressure to perform. However, he has constantly been improving at the helm of the team this year; as he continues to make better decisions with the ball in his hands.
Although, he won’t be isolated as he will be aided by the returning Allen Robinson, as well as dynamic talents like Tarik Cohen, who’s skill at both rushing and receiving provides versatility from the backfield.
Furthermore, defensively the Bears are exquisite. They possess great pass rushers in Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack who will look to capitalise on the Lions’ poor O-line.
This pressure on Stafford will present the Bears’ DB’s with a chance to win the turnover battle as aforementioned, something they have been great at all year.
Honestly, I think the Chicago Bears end the Lions’ hopes for the playoffs this Sunday. This is majorly due to the fact that the Bears possess one of the most dangerous defensive outfits in the NFL and they will ultimately get the better of the Lions whether it be through sacking Stafford or forcing an interception or two along the way.
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