In the throes of an offensive slump, the Bears look to turn around their season with a crucial NFC North divisional clash against the Lions on Sunday.
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The Bears (3-5) are looking up at the rest of the division as they try to avoid their first five-game losing streak since 2017. Chicago's offense was completely out of sorts in the first half of its 22-14 loss at Philadelphia last Sunday, totaling just nine yards and two first downs, while going three-and-out in its first five possessions.
By the time quarterback Mitch Trubisky finally got going in the second half, it proved too little, too late. Trubisky failed to produce a first down with a chance to take the lead after helping Chicago draw within five points early in the fourth quarter. The third-year quarterback finished 10 of 21 for 125 yards, as the Bears finished with 164 total yards.
Second-year coach Matt Nagy is sticking with Trubisky as his starter, but Nagy also is feeling the heat for some of his play-calling. After establishing the run in Chicago's Week 9 loss to the Chargers with a season-best 162 yards, the Bears again failed to get much traction on the ground vs. Eagles as they finished with 62 yards.
Chicago ranks 27th in the league in rushing at 80.5 yards per game and 28th with 3.56 yards per carry. Rookie David Montgomery was held to 40 yards on 13 carries after posting a season-best 135, while toting the rock 27 times vs. Los Angeles.
Detroit (3-4-1) missed a chance to gain separation from Chicago for third in the NFC North last Sunday, losing 31-24 at Oakland. Matthew Stafford directed a potential game-tying touchdown drive to the Raiders' 1-yard line in the final 2:04, but failed to connect with Logan Thomas on fourth-down to extend the game.
Stafford recorded his third consecutive game of at least 300 yards, completing 26 of 41 passes for a season-high 406 yards and three touchdowns. Stafford has thrown for 1,112 yards and 10 TDs in that span, but the Lions have only one win to show for it despite piling up 85 points.
The defense has yielded 99 points in those games and an average of 441.3 yards. Second-year coach Matt Patricia continues to endure growing pains on that side of the ball as the one-time Patriots defensive coordinator's current team ranks 27th in scoring defense (27.1 ppg) and 31st in total defense (424.1 ypg).