The Bears are bad, but the Lions are still the Lions
Mitch Trubisky had two very good games last season, and one was at home against the Lions. The Lions defense, which was rebuilt during the offseason, is struggling again. The Lions offense is once again one-dimensional now that running back Kerryon Johnson is on injured reserve. But first-year offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is bringing out the best in quarterback Matthew Stafford, and that makes him dangerous.
The Bears offense has scored at least 20 points in two games this season. The Lions have done it in seven. That’s scary math considering how well Stafford is pushing the ball downfield and how the Bears pass rush has been inconsistent without Akiem Hicks. But the Bears are desperate, and I’m weighing the career day Trubisky and the offense had against the Lions at home last November.
Stafford is having a career season in his 11th year in the league, and here I am picking a Trubisky-led group to win? Maybe I’m delusional, but I think a bad Lions defense will set the stage for a better showing on offense. And the Bears defense will thrive with less of a load to carry. The surly fans at Soldier Field will have something to cheer there for the first time in more than a month.
As bad as the Bears offense has been, it should have ample opportunity to break out of its slump against a defense that doesn’t pressure the quarterback consistently, is weak against the run and is ordinary on the back end. If the Bears fail to take advantage of this get-well game, their troubles will become deeper.