The First Course is the Footballiest: Bears at Lions – November 28, 2019

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The First Course is the Footballiest: Bears at Lions – November 28, 2019

Chicago Bears

Football before noon tomorrow will give me flashbacks to when I was in Los Angeles a few weeks ago … but without the sunshine, warm weather, oceanfront chill times, and the accessibility of a nearby In-N-Out burger.

Never Tell Me The Odds:

The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas lists the Bears as a 4.5-point favorite against the Lions with an over/under set at 37. Clearly, the oddsmakers don’t think much of the offensive firepower that Mitch Trubisky and Lions QB To Be Named Later bring to the table.

Series History:

The Bears lead the all-time season series 100-74-5 and have won three straight in the series. Before this three-game run, Chicago had won just once in its previous 10 games against Detroit.

Game Time, Broadcast Info, Officiating Crew:

Location: Ford Field

Broadcast Info: Thursday, November 28 at 11:30 a.m. CT on FOX-TV (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews), WBBM-AM 780 and WCFS-FM 105.9 (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Mark Grote)

Referee: Jerome Boger

Expected Starters and Lineups:

Bears Offense Expected Starters:

  • QB Mitch Trubisky
  • RB David Montgomery
  • WR Allen Robinson II
  • WR Taylor Gabriel
  • WR Anthony Miller
  • TE J.P. Holtz
  • LT Charles Leno Jr.
  • LG James Daniels
  • C Cody Whitehair
  • RG Rashaad Coward
  • RT Cornelius Lucas

Bears Defense Expected Starters:

  • NT Eddie Goldman
  • DE Roy Robertson-Harris
  • OLB Khalil Mack
  • ILB Nick Kwiatkoski
  • ILB Roquan Smith
  • OLB Leonard Floyd
  • CB Kyle Fuller
  • CB Prince Amukamara
  • CB Buster Skrine
  • S Eddie Jackson
  • S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Bears Specialists: 

  • Eddy Piñeiro (kicker), Pat O’Donnell (punter, holder), Patrick Scales (long snapper), Cordarrelle Patterson (kick returner), Tarik Cohen (punt returner)

Lions Offense Expected Starters:

  • QB Jeff Driskel
  • RB Bo Scarbrough
  • WR Kenny Golladay
  • WR Marvin Jones Jr.
  • WR Danny Amemdola
  • TE T.J. Hockenson
  • LT Taylor Decker
  • LG Joe Dahl
  • C Frank Ragnow
  • RG Graham Glasgow
  • RT Rick Wagner

Lions Defense Expected Starters:

  • LDE Romeo Okwara
  • LDT Damon “Snacks” Harrison Sr.
  • RDT A’Shawn Robinson
  • RDE Trey Flowers
  • WLB Devon Kennard
  • MLB Jarrad Davis
  • SLB Christian Jones
  • LCB Darius Slay
  • RCB Justin Coleman
  • FS Tracy Walker
  • SS Tavon Wilson

Lions Specialists:

  • Matt Prater (kicker), Sam Martin (punter, holder), Don Mulbach (long snapper), Jamal Agnew (kick, punt returns)

Keep An Eye On …

Bears Offense: David Montgomery was in a prime position to gash the Lions when these two teams met earlier in the month, but gained just 60 yards on 17 carries. Perhaps getting a second look at the Lions defense will bring the best out of the rookie rusher? If so, then Thanksgiving marks a great time to take advantage of a defense that has given up the second most fantasy points to running backs this season. Go get yours, Monty.

Bears Defense: Khalil Mack is back. Projected Lions starting quarterback Jeff Driskel is coming off a game in which he was sacked six times and suffered 14 quarterback hits. Do you see what I’m getting at here?

Lions Offense: Marvin Jones Jr. is on pace for an 81-catch, 1,020-yard, and 12-touchdown season. That’s impressive, especially when you think about how awesome Kenny Golladay has been across the field from him. Just because Jones isn’t on Golladay’s level doesn’t mean he isn’t a threat. Jones’ 56.5 percent catch rate in tight windows is the second best in football, per NFL’s NextGen Stats. Only Saints all-world receiver Michael Thomas ranks ahead of him. In short, Jones is pretty darn good.

Lions Defense: Damon Harrison Sr. a.k.a. “Snacks” was one of the league’s best run-stuffing interior defensive linemen in the league. Between 2014 and 2018, Harrison earned grades of 89.9, 89.9, 90.9, and 92 from Pro Football Focus. For those unfamiliar with PFF’s grading scale, players who earn grades of 90 or better are listed as elite. Harrison isn’t playing elite by PFF’s standards, with his 64.7 grade checking in at 71st among players in his position group. If he reverts to his past, Harrison could be a problem for the Bears’ offensive line. But if he continues to struggle, then maybe the Bears can take advantage of it for a change.



Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.