For the Lions and the Bears, the past is future.
This is where the timeline split. Plenty of Lions fans have wondered for weeks what it would have been like if D’Andre Swift had caught that ball in the end zone on Week 1, perhaps fates could have begun differently. But after the Thanksgiving skid and Matt Patricia’s defenestration, the Lions are scrapping towards the end and the inevitable coaching search.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears are falling apart and leaving nail marks a mile long as they try to hold on to their season. They’ve been exposed and losing game after game, and in their desperation they have wound back the clock and will once again start Mitch Trubisky, in what might be his final year as a Bear.
Of course, that’s no solace if you’re banking on a Lions victory. Trubisky has played exceptionally well against Detroit, if only that could be every week for him. But Lions interim coach Darrell Bevell is feeling good, and he’s a virtual audition for future coaching work at this point. He may very well empty out whatever playbook the Lions have left.
It’s just like it was at the beginning of the season for the Bears and Lions; just infinitely more despair and pain. Just as it always was.
How to watch Lions-Bears
Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: Soldier Field — Chicago, IL
Announcers: Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman
Week 12 TV Map: Courtesy of 506 Sports here
Online streaming: Yahoo Sports app, Fox Sports Go
Local radio: WJR-AM NEWS TALK 760
Radio announcers: Dan Miller, Lomas Brown
Odds: Chicago -3.5, 45 o/u