The last two times Mitchell Trubisky has faced the Detroit Lions, he has feasted. With three touchdowns against the Lions in each of those games, it seems like the Lions defense is whatever the opposite of Kryptonite is for the Bears quarterback.
There was a lot of talk surrounding that statistic following the Lions’ latest loss at Trubisky’s hands. This time Trubisky may feast, but for each blow he delivers to the Lions defense, he’ll take one back.
Bold prediction of the week: Lions rack up 5+ sacks against the Chicago Bears
Looking into the last Lions-Bears matchup, it caught my eye that while Trubisky had another three touchdown passes, the Bears’ offensive line also surrendered five sacks to the Lions defense. You wouldn’t know that by looking at the score, but here’s to hoping things are different on Thursday.
The Lions defense had their best statistical day in a while last Sunday against Washington, but that was in large part to Dwayne Haskins’ struggles. The Lions did get home on several blitzes, however. The big key is Jarrad Davis. Davis is on a three-game hot streak that includes shedding blocks, hitting holes, and—no, this is not a typo—wrapping up the quarterback when blitzing.
If Davis keeps it up, it should only give head coach Matt Patricia (or whichever mystery man is calling the Lions’ defensive plays) more faith in unleashing Davis against Trubisky. Sending Davis up the middle can tighten up the Bears’ line and get the attention of their backs in pass protection, thus opening things up for Trey Flowers (if he plays) and Devon Kennard on the edge.
I’m not gonna predict the impossible and say the Lions defense stops Trubisky from feasting on Thursday. It’s very possible he carves them up once more. If he does, however, let’s just hope the Lions defense makes a concerted effort to stop him.