It’s a fresh season of football, Jim, but not as we know it. Ford Field will sit devoid of physical fans as the Chicago Bears take the field against the Detroit Lions; virtual fans will instead be present on the FOX television broadcast. It’s a strange, strange year that has everyone on edge, but if Thursday’s game between the Chiefs and Texans were any sign, it will be the same NFL we’ve known for years.
It’s a critical third-year kickoff for Lions coach Matt Patricia to show his homework on his defensive schemes, while this may very well be the make-or-break year for Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky got the nod to start before the season, with sources from inside Bears camp contending he was the better player over Nick Foles.
As poor as Trubisky’s play has been in the past, he’s been a Lions slayer. In his five matches against Detroit, Trubisky has racked up 1,359 yards and 11 touchdowns, at a 70.1 completion percentage. Chicago also returns a defense that remains in the top of the league—plus the return of Akiem Hicks from injury, but minus the presence of Prince Amukamara.
How to watch Bears-Lions
Date: Sunday, September 13, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: Ford Field — Detroit, MI
Week 1 TV Map: Courtesy of 506 Sports here
Kenny Albert, Dick Stockton, Jonathan Vilma (Note: Albert has been removed from this assignment due to COVID protocol)
Online streaming: Yahoo Sports app, FOX Sports Go
Local radio: WJR-AM NEWS TALK 760
Radio announcers: Dan Miller, Lomas Brown
Odds: Lions -2.5, 42.5 o/u