We have a Thanksgiving Day tripleheader today. Leading off the all day lineup we have the Chicago Bears visiting the Detroit Lions.
There are no playoff berths at stake in today’s game. The 3-7 Chicago Bears are already all but eliminated from playoff contention, and they are the better of these two teams. The Bears come into this game losers of five straight games after getting off to a promising 3-2 start to the season. As has been the case nearly every year of this franchise’s existence, quarterback is a big problem. The rookie, Justin Fields, has been bad, even for a rookie, and the veteran, Andy Dalton, is more or less washed up. As a result, the Bears rank dead last in the NFL in passing yards, and they struggle mightily to score. The Bears have scored 20 points or less in 7 of their 10 games this season. It’s extremely difficult to win that way.
The Detroit Lions know something about having difficulty winning. The Lions have yet to find victory this season. They come into this game with nine losses and a tie. The Lions are consistently bad, ranking 27th in the NFL on both offense and defense. The Lions have somehow managed to keep many games close this year, with four of their games being decided by three points or less. It’s possible this game against a Bears team riding a five game losing streak presents the Lions their best chance for a win this year.
It’s the Lions and the Bears to kick off the Thanksgiving Day slate.
Enjoy the game everybody.