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Detroit and Chicago have been going through a rough stretch as they are 1-4 in their last five games. Last year, the Bears swept the Lions for the first time since 2012. Before that, Detroit won nine of the last 10 matchups. Both teams are competing to stay out of the NFC North basement Sunday. The Lions (3-4-1) hold a half game lead over the Bears (3-5) to stay out of last place thanks to their week 1 ties against Arizona. As of writing this, the Bears are 2.5-point favorites. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears matchup page.
Date: November 10, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
Lions: Amani Oruwariye CB – Knee (Q), T.J. Hockenson TE – Back (Q), Graham Glasgow G – Back (Q), Mike Daniels DE – Foot (Q), Tracy Walker DB – Knee (Q), Joe Dahl G – Ankle (Q)
Bears: Isaiah Irving LB – Quadriceps (Q), Deon Bush DB – Illness (Q), Eddie Goldman NT – Thigh (Q)
Detroit Lions Analysis
Matthew Stafford has been the heart and soul of this Lions team, and has kept them in every game this season. Unfortunately, Stafford isn’t enough to get the Lions wins. According to Football Outsiders, the Lions rank 13th in offensive DVOA, and fifth in pass offense, thanks to Stafford. Their run game hasn’t helped them. They’re averaging 96 rushing yards per game and rank 28th in rush offense. They’re leading running back, Kerryon Johnson, has 308 rushing yards on the season and averaging 3.8 yards per carry. Stafford has been carrying the load on this side of the ball. Receivers Marvin Jones Jr, Kenny Golladay, and Danny Amendola all have over 30 receptions this season. This group is able to spread any defense out and have success.
On defense, they haven’t had any help either. The Lions traded away cornerback Quandre Diggs earlier this season, and Darius Slay and others weren’t thrilled by it. Diggs wasn’t the downfall of this defense, but moving him did not help. Detroit ranks 24th in defensive DVOA, and bottom half in both passing and rushing. Luckily, they face Mitch Trubisky this week. As bad as their defense has played, they should be able to slow down a Bears offense that has been horrid this season.
Detroit Lions Depth Chart
Chicago Bears Analysis
Chicago had nine yards of offense in the first half last Sunday, one of the worst performances in NFL history. Things are terrible in Chicago. They rank 27th in offensive DVOA, and there seems to be no solution at quarterback any time soon. As the season progresses, Matt Nagy is starting to take more of the blame for the Bears struggles. By now, everyone knows Trubisky is not a good quarterback, and Nagy continues to call plays as if Trubisky has shown ability to make certain throws. Chicago’s offense is just all-around horrific right now. If they weren’t able to exploit the Eagles weak secondary, they probably won’t be able to exploit the Lions either.
What is supposed to be the foundation of this team, the Bears defense is starting to slip as well. They have allowed 356 yards per game during the losing streak. Although the offense is bad, the defense has to start taking blame for the production on the field as well. If they aren’t focused this week, then Stafford can continue his dominance and pick apart this Bears team. Right now, there seems to be fading life on both sides of the ball. The Bears still rank in the top-10 in defensive DVOA, but they seem to be slipping every week. Their rush defense ranks 12th, according to Football Outsiders. With the front seven the Bears have, this has to be a concern for Chicagoans.
Chicago Bears Depth Chart
Fantasy Pick: Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford has been on fire this year. The 31-year-old Lions quarterback has completed 64 percent of his passes and has thrown for 2,500 yards. Also, he has 19 touchdowns and five interceptions while averaging 8.6 yards per pass. Stafford has been very underrated this season, and is about to go up against a Bears team that is starting to quit more each week. If the Bears defense continues to allow the yards they are on defense, then Stafford should have another strong game through the air.