The Detroit Lions (3-5) will head to Soldier Field to battle the Chicago Bears (5-3) in Week 10 (November 11, 2018 at 1:00pm EST). The Lions opened as 6.5-point underdogs.
Detroit’s offense has been the cause of many problems for the team this season. They struggle to move the ball through the air, averaging just 248.6 passing yards per game (20th), and running the ball has been a chore too, averaging 104.3 rushing yards per game (20th). As you likely assumed, the result has been a measly 22.5 points per game (20th).
Matthew Stafford just isn’t getting it done consistently enough. He is completing 67.8% of his passes, but has struggled to push the ball down the field. If Stafford and Kenny Golladay (33 receptions for 523 yards this year) cannot get the aerial attack going, you can expect similar results from the Lions’ offense. A little help from Kerryon Johnson (503 rushing yards this season) on the ground wouldn’t hurt, either.
Detroit’s defense is built to defend the pass. They only spot their opponent 214.6 yards per game through the air (4th), compared to 142.5 on the ground (30th). Unfortunately, the Lions’ strength against the pass has not been enough to keep teams out of the endzone, as they allow 26.3 points per game (23rd).
Detroit’s defense will certainly be tested this week against a Chicago offense that looks nearly unstoppable. The power of the Bears’ offense has been their running game, helping them post 29.4 points per game (fifth). Led by Jordan Howard, they average 128.4 rushing yards per game (seventh).
This isn’t to suggest Mitchell Trubisky has been lousy, though. In fact, he’s been top notch. Trubisky has thrown for 1,949 yards with a 16:7 TD to INT ratio. The fact that Chicago wants to take the ball away from Trubisky tells you just how strong their ground game is.
On the other side of the ball, Chicago’s defense has been outstanding. They’re permitting just 19.1 points per game, the fourth-fewest in the league. They’ve done such a great job keeping teams out of the endzone thanks to their ability to create turnovers. The Bears have generated 20 turnovers this season, the second-most in the NFL. And they’ve even contributed to the scoreboard themselves, finding the endzone four times. Ball security will be vital for Detroit against this ball-hawking defense in Week 10.
The last meeting between these two came on December 16th, 2017, when Detroit beat the Bears 20-10. The Lions were 5.0-point favorites in that game.