Bears vs. Lions predictions: Can Justin Fields lead team to win in his return? originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Bears have the opportunity to notch their first win against a divisional opponent since Week 12 of the 2021 season this Sunday when they take on the Lions at Ford Field. That game in 2021 was a 16-14 battle of attrition between the 3-7 Bears and the 0-9-1 Lions. This game will look much different– at least on one side. The Bears once again enter this game with a 3-7 record, but the Lions have turned their fortunes around in two seasons and sit atop the NFC North at 7-2.
This will be the toughest game for the Bears since flying out to Los Angeles to play the Chargers at the end of October, and a win would be an instant signature game for head coach Matt Eberflus. The Under Center podcast crew explained why they think the Bears will, or will not, leave Detroit with a W.
This is not your father’s Detroit kitties. These guys are Big Cats! The Bears have one of the best rush defenses in the NFL. Now they face one of the best rushing teams, with the best tandem of running backs in David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs, along with one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. Add to this offense one of the best play callers in the NFL in Ben Johnson. The Bears play the Lions twice in the next four weeks. I mention this because usually against a division rival, regardless of record, you can find a split when it comes to victories. But the Lions are the best team in the NFC North. Even with the Bears’ improved play it is hard for me to pick them in either game. Justin Fields’ return may be the only way the Bears can upset a heavily favored Lions team.
Justin Fields’ return should give the Bears a little extra juice heading into their Week 11 tilt with the Detroit Lions. Fields’ return gives the Bears an added element and increased upside against a defense that is ranked ninth in total defense and third in run…
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Publish date : 2023-11-17 21:42:41
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