If last week taught Detroit Lions fans anything, it’s that good players can help bad teams compete in a game they should otherwise lose. DeShone Kizer played a hell of a game against the Lions last week, and may have won the game had he not missed two key possessions with a rib injury.
The Chicago Bears are no different. They have a slew of talented players, likely more than the Browns, but haven’t been able to put it all together to sport a competitive team. The Bears are just 3-6 through nine weeks with all realistic hopes for a playoff berth thoroughly squashed.
But they have some players that could give the Lions problems on Sunday. So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Bears player is the biggest threat to the Lions on Sunday?
My answer: Defensive end Akiem Hicks. Brandon Thorn of FanRag Sports put together an excellent film breakdown of just how disruptive Hicks can be. He’s a versatile lineman that can kick inside and toss an offensive guard aside like a discarded banana peel. He’s also speedy enough to take the edge on unsuspecting offensive tackles.
Hicks has 7.0 sacks this year (5.0 in his last five games) and four tackles for loss.
Detroit may have a fully healthy offensive line for the first time all season, but Hicks presents a unique challenge for a unit that hasn’t played together all year.
The easiest way for the Lions to pick up a win on Sunday is to protect Matthew Stafford and give him time. Hicks is easily the biggest threat to destroy that plan.