Week 10 Preview: Lions at Bears - November 13, 2022

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Week 10 Preview: Lions at Bears – November 13, 2022

Chicago Bears

Even after back-to-back losing efforts, the buzz around the Bears is as high as it’s been in some time, thanks to the performance of second-year quarterback Justin Fields in recent weeks.

With the 2-6 Detroit Lions coming to Soldier Field on Sunday, we have another golden opportunity to add to the good vibes surrounding the Bears’ future. Justin Fields and the offense has a shot at doing some damage against one of the worst secondaries in football — which we’ll discuss in Three Bears. And the defense gets somewhat of a breather after facing the Cowboys and Dolphins in the two previous weeks.

It’s a good time to be a Bears fan, and Sunday should be another enjoyable afternoon. In the meantime, hit the recruiting trail with Ryan Poles and Ian Cunningham in a new episode of 1920 Football Drive:

Game Info

Chicago Bears (3-6, T-2nd NFC North) vs Detroit Lions (2-6, T-4th NFC North) – FOX (Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin); WBBM 780 AM, 105.9 FM (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Mark Grote)

Kickoff Time: Noon CT
Soldier Field; Chicago.
Referee: Land Clark
Odds: CHI -3, O/U 48.5 (via DraftKings Sports Book)

We Got $5 On It

Note: Patrick’s listed bets were placed on Draft Kings Sportsbook, while Luis’ were made at BetMGM.

Lu’s Plays

  • One-Game Parlay: Darnell Moony anytime TD, Mooney 50+ receiving yards, Justin Fields 20+ pass attempts, Fields 16+ pass completions, Bears OVER 20.5 points (+525) — I felt good about Chase Claypool finding the end zone last week. Turns out, I chose the wrong Notre Dame player. This week, I have a good feeling about Darnell Mooney finding paydirt. Mooney put up a pair of 100-yard receiving games against the Lions last year. And after scoring his first touchdown of the season last week against the Dolphins, I can see more scores in his immediate future. A $5 wager on the parlay above would come with a payout of $31.25 if everything hits. I have a good feeling about this one.

Patrick’s Plays

  • Same-Game Parlay: OVER 2.5 Each Team Total Touchdowns, OVER 9.5 Total Points – 1st Quarter, Bears Moneyline (+550) — We were pretty darn close last week! Still, quite the thriller, even without the extra walking around money. This week we’re going with a SGP that includes both teams scoring three touchdowns and the Bears winning in the end. A $5 bet wins you $32.50 here.

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Starting QBs and Projected Game Stats

Lions: Jared Goff: 22/34, 255 passing yards, 2 TD, 1 INT; 2 carries, 4 rushing yards


Bears: Justin Fields: 14/23, 175 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT; 11 carries, 72 rushing yards, 1 TD

Week 10 projected stats via ESPN projections

Bears Projected Starters

•   QB Justin Fields
•   RB David Montgomery
•   FB Khari Blasingame
•   WRs Darnell Mooney, Chase Claypool
•   TE Cole Kmet
•   LT Braxton Jones, LG Cody Whitehair, C Sam Mustipher, RG Teven Jenkins, RT Riley Reiff

•   LDE Al-Quadin Muhammad, LDT Armon Watts, RDT Justin Jones, RDE Trevis Gipson
•   SAM Joe Thomas, MIKE Jack Sanborn, WILL Nicholas Morrow
•   LCB Jaylon Johnson, RCB Kyler Gordon
•   FS Eddie Jackson, SS Jaquan Brisker

•   Cairo Santos (kicker), Trenton Gill (punter, holder), Patrick Scales (long snapper), Dante Pettis (punt returns), Khalil Herbert (kick returns)

Lions Projected Starters

•   QB Jared Goff
•   RB D’Andre Swift
•   WRs Amon-Ra St. Brown
•   TE Brock Wright
•   LT Taylor Decker, LG Jonah Jackson, C Frank Ragnow, RG Logan Stenberg, RT Penei Sewell

•   LDE Charles Harris, LDT Alim McNeill, RDT Isaiah Buggs, RDE Aidan Hutchinson
•   WLB Derrick Barnes, MLB Alex Anzalone, SLB Chris Board
•   LCB Will Harris, RCB Jeff Okudah
•   FS DeShon Elliott, SS Kerby Joseph

•  Michael Badgley (kicker), Jack Fox (punter, holder), Scott Daly (long snapper), Justin Jackson, Kalif Raymond (kick and punt returns)

Three Bears

Cole Kmet has three touchdown catches in the last two games, one more than he saw in his first two-plus seasons in the NFL. His targets, catches, and yardage has sky-rocketed from the early-season norms in recent weeks, and he is making the most of his opportunity.

Offensive Coordinator Luke Getsy has also done an excellent job of getting the ball into Kmet’s hands with touches in the backfield, something Kmet said he likes the idea of.

It’ll be interesting to see if the budding connection between Fields and Kmet can continue to blossom this week against the Lions.

Justin Fields is white-hot right now and comes into this week’s matchup with the Detroit Lions as the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week after breaking Michael Vick’s regular season single-game rushing record for quarterbacks.

The second-year quarterback has put up some wildly good numbers over the past five weeks that have his stock at an all-time high.

Fields over his last 5 games:

  • 11 touchdowns (8 passing, 3 rushing)
  • 2 interceptions
  • 99.7 passer rating
  • 851 passing yards
  • 455 rushing yards

With that being said, at some point it would be nice to see his arm put him in consideration for the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award. And this week’s matchup against the Lions might be just what the doctor ordered in that regard.

The Lions have an abysmal secondary, plain and simple. I wrote about the Lions secondary woes and where Justin Fields’ connections with his top play makers in the passing game stand at the halfway point in the season on Wednesday. You can check that out here:

The Bears’ right tackle situation is fluid. Larry Borom is healthy, but Riley Reiff was starting last week. And he very well could start again. No matter if it’s Borom or Reiff, the Bears’ starting right tackle will have their work cut out for them with Aidan Hutchison lining up opposite them on the line of scrimmage.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft has five sacks this season and hasn’t even begun scratching the surface of his potential as one of the brightest young edge rushers in the NFL. PFF has Hutchison graded out at 66.9 right now, which isn’t stellar, but he’s an immense talent and a potential problem. The Bears O-line better pack a lunch for this one or Fields will see a lot of 97 in white and blue.

Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is a Staff Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.