Whenever it’s Chicago Bears on the road, weather becomes a big storyline for the Detroit Lions game. This week, the forecast looks relatively mild—only a seven percent chance of precipitation and 10-15 MPH winds—but with temperatures expected to be in the 30s, it will be Detroit’s only cold-weather game on the schedule this year.
Lions wide receiver Jameson Williams welcomes that development with open arms. Though he played college football in the SEC—where cold games almost never happen—growing up in St. Louis, frigid football was the norm.
“I’ve been playing in the snow, ice, and everything since I was eight years old, seven years old,” Williams said. “Never really changed. That’s kinda one of my funnest games. I like playing in those games because you really just get to see who wants it.”
While Williams, the team’s first-round pick in 2022, hasn’t been used as a primary weapon in the Lions offense yet, Detroit is incorporating him more into the weekly game plan. He’s played at least 50 percent of the snaps in four straight games and has at least two touches in five straight.
Last week against the Saints, Williams had one of the most explosive plays of the game, taking a reverse for a 19-yard touchdown run. Per NextGenStats, Williams reached 20.7 miles per hour on the play, and he’s incredibly reached at least 20 MPH on four of his 16 career touches.
If you think the cold weather may slow him down this week in Soldier Field, you don’t know Jameson Williams.
“Nah. Nah. Ain’t nothing make me slower.”