Bears vs. Lions: What to Watch 4

Key pairing

The Lions’ strike unit is not particularly threatening. Outside linebacker Romeo Okwara had 10 sacks as a defensive end last season, double his four-year career. Michael Brockers and former Bear Nick Williams have modest career sack totals. Trey Flowers (shoulder / knee) is out. Backup linebacker Charles Harris, who

He started in Flowers’ place last week and had a sack from Lamar Jackson of the Ravens, leading the Lions with two sacks.

But they are all a threat against a Bears offensive line that allowed nine sacks against the Browns last Sunday. While all the starting linemen had something to do with the debacle, tackles Germain Ifedi and Jason Peters are in place after being exposed against the Browns.

“It was just one of those days,” Ifedi said. ” Everything that could go wrong did go a little wrong. But it is one of those to learn. There were a few little things that seemed to be just total breakdowns, and we know we can clean them up. . . . There are things that will not be a problem and that we will adjust faster. ”

Trends

In coach Matt Nagy’s fourth year of offense, the Bears rank 32nd (last) in the NFL in total yards, yards per play, passing yards and sacks allowed per attempt and 31st in scoring. They had 47 yards and allowed nine sacks against the Browns.

With freshman coach Dan Campbell, the winless Lions are 22 in total defense, 29 in yards allowed per play and tied at 31 in points allowed. But they are coming off an excellent performance in a 19-17 loss to the Ravens, holding them to their fourth-lowest point total in Jackson’s 40 starts.

Player to watch

Nagy said his starting quarterback against the Lions, veteran Andy Dalton or rookie Justin Fields, will be a decision at game time. Either of you will have a chance to have a great day.

In six games against the Lions on Nagy’s offense, the Bears’ quarterbacks have an average passer rating of 118.4 (15 touchdowns, one interception), with a rating of 100 or better in each game.

X Factor

The Bears’ offensive and pass protection problems were embarrassingly exposed against the Browns, a debacle that generally leads to an all-out effort to correct.

When Nagy was penalized for having only seven carries against the Saints in 2019, he responded with 38 carries (for 162 yards) against the Chargers the following week.

When Jay Cutler was sacked nine times in the first half in an embarrassing 17-3 loss to the Giants in 2010, the Bears responded with a dominant 26-3 victory against the Panthers, racking up 222 all-purpose yards on a 17-3. advantage in the first 10 minutes of the game.

The Bears are poised for a positive response against a winless Lions team at home. If it doesn’t happen, the Soldier Field dogs will howl.

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