If the Lions want to get themselves back on track this season, then they might be in luck as they head to Chicago to face a struggling Bears team. Detroit currently ranks 17th in the NFL by Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric in overall team efficiency. The Bears rank three spots behind them and would be much further back if their defensive and special team units weren’t in the top 10.
It’s been no secret that the offense is what’s been holding the Bears back, and you can thank Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky for a lot of it. Trubisky has struggled with accuracy and decision making throughout his short career, but it appears that the mental side of the game is also giving him issues lately. Recently, it was reported that Trubisky wanted to get some of the TVs turned off in the building due to negative comments and criticism.
I don’t think I’d want to hear anyone talking about my struggles all day, every day either, but that’s not exactly a good look for a franchise quarterback who should be more focused on his play and less focused on what the media thinks of him.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
What is the Chicago Bears’ biggest weakness, other than quarterback?
My answer: Well, kicker would be an obvious answer, too, but I will stick on the offensive side of the ball and call out Matt Nagy.
The offensive struggles for the Bears do not start and end with Mitchell Trubisky. I believe that Nagy has enabled Trubisky’s mistakes and is doubling down on them with his poor game planning and play calling. The defense has been able to keep some of these games close for Chicago, yet with their franchise QB struggling, it almost seems like they have completely abandoned the running game at times.
Bears fans are starting to turn on their QB, but many are also extremely unhappy with their head coach, placing a lot of the blame on either one.
With all of this said, this is a game that the Lions need to take advantage of. Having their division rival in complete shambles, can the defense hold Chicago’s offense in check? Last year, they weren’t so lucky. Let’s see if that can change this year.