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Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions - NFL Week 1

Sunday
September 13, 2020
1:00 PM ET

Detroit, Michigan
Ford Field

About the Bears

What QB Mitchell Trubisky does this season will ultimately decide his fate as the organization evaluates the situation. Many expectations were placed upon him as the Bears traded up for him and was drafted ahead of QB’s Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. Trubisky’s play regressed last year and the Bears acquired QB Nick Foles as an insurance policy in case Trubisky falters again. The starting RB position is David Montgomery’s to lose as big things are expected from the 2nd year player. The Bears also will focus on getting RB Tarik Cohen more involved in the offense giving him more touches. The Bears secondary is also a huge question mark entering the season. The unit only had 10 interceptions last season, a steep decline from the 27 they had from the season before. S Eddie Jackson is the leader of the Bears secondary. The 2-time Pro Bowler makes quick breaks in coverage with his ball-hawking ability and can restrict much of the field for opposing QB’s with his outstanding range.
About the Lions: It’s "show and prove" time for head coach Matt Patricia as big things are expected in Detroit. He has compiled a 9-19-1 record during his tenure with the Lions in 2 seasons, and this is most likely his final opportunity with the franchise. QB Matthew Stafford returns after only playing half of the season due to a back injury. The Lions offensive line will need to keep him upright and healthy because Stafford is critical to their success. According to Pro Football Focus, the Lions had the NFL’s 6th most efficient passing attack while Stafford was on the field. The Lions signed QB Chase Daniel as insurance just in case Stafford gets hurt again. Daniel has been a quality career back-up for several teams and has thrived in that role. The Lions drafted DB Jeffrey Okudah out of Ohio State with the 3rd overall pick in the draft and he is expected to replace departed All-Pro DB Darius Slay who was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles during the offseason. Okudah is projected to become a shutdown corner in the mold of a Darrelle Revis type of player. He possesses a great combination of size, speed, fluidity, and play-making ability.

Players to Watch

Khalil Mack (Bears): If you take your eyes off of him for just one second, he will create all kinds of havoc and impact the game with his innate ability to create turnovers.

Kenny Golladay (Lions): He made a case for himself as being mentioned among the elite WR’s in the NFL. What made him stand out was the production he put up without Stafford under center.

Impact Rookies

Cole Kmet (Bears): The Bears can bring Kmet along slowly since they will have Jimmy Graham for the next 2 years, even though Kmet could see some action early as head coach Matt Nagy likes to get the ball to the TE’s in space.

D’Andre Swift (Lions): He appears to be the Lions RB of the future, but could play earlier than expected with Kerryon Johnson’s injury history and Adrian Peterson entering the twilight of his career.

Prediction

Matthew Stafford attempts a ferocious comeback on the final drive that falls short as the Bears defense will be just too much for the Lions to overcome in this division rivalry.

Final Score: Bears 27 / Lions 21

Daniel I. Outerbridge

Daniel I. Outerbridge

A contributing writer with aspirations and ambitions to become a sports journalist.

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