Three days after their disappointing 22-14 road loss to the Eagles, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to continue preparing for Sunday’s home game against the Lions.
After winning three consecutive games, the Bears (3-5) have lost four in a row for the first time since they dropped five straight in 2017. The defending NFC North champions remain in last place in the division behind the Packers (7-2), Vikings (6-3) and Lions (3-4-1).
In last Sunday’s loss to the Eagles, the Bears offense opened with five straight three-and-outs and was held to season lows with 164 yards and 10 first downs. The defense failed to record a takeaway and allowed Philadelphia to ice the game with a late 16-play drive that resulted in a field goal but more importantly burned 8:14 off the clock.
The Lions have lost four of their last five games after opening the season 2-0-1, including a 31-24 defeat to the Raiders last Sunday in Oakland. Detroit is led by quarterback Matthew Stafford, who is having his best season since joining the Lions in 2009. He has completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 2,499 yards with 19 touchdowns, five interceptions and a 106.0 passer rating that ranks fifth in the NFL and would be the highest of his career.
Something has to give
Sunday’s game at Soldier Field will feature a matchup of a Bears passing game that ranks 30th in the NFL in total yards against a Lions pass defense that also ranks 30th.
A win Sunday would give the Bears 100 all-time victories against the Lions, the first time the Monsters of the Midway have reached triple digits in wins versus any opponent.
The Lions roster features two former Bears in linebacker Christian Jones and receiver Marvin Hall. The Bears roster includes one former Lions player in tackle Cornelius Lucas.
The Bears lead the all-time series 99-74-5 and have won two straight. The Bears won the last meeting 23-16 on Nov. 22, 2018 at Ford Field. Facing the Lions on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit, Eddie Jackson intercepted a Stafford pass and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to snap a 16-16 tie and give the Bears their third division win in a 12-day span. Starting in place of the injured Mitchell Trubisky, Chase Daniel threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns with a 106.8 passer rating.
The Bears enter Week 10 ranked 29th on offense in the NFL (27th rushing and 30th passing) and 8th on defense (8th against the run and 14th versus the pass). The Lions rank 5th on offense (21st rushing and 3rd passing) and 31st on defense (27th against the run and 30th versus the pass).
Bears coach Matt Nagy will address the media Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Trubisky will speak Wednesday, while offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano and special-teams coordinator Chris Tabor will conduct press conferences Thursday.