How the Detroit Lions Can Exploit the Chicago Bears Run Defense

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As I mentioned in an earlier post one of the keys to Sunday’s matchup between the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears will be how well the Lions can run the ball. The Bears are already several missing several important members of their front seven with Henry Melton, Nate Collins, D.J. Williams, and Lance Briggs all out of the lineup. And late Friday afternoon it came out that starting defensive end Shea McClellin is doubtful with a hamstring injury he suffered in Thursday’s practice.

That’s not a good thing for an already ailing Chicago Bears defense who has struggled mightily to stop the run in recent weeks. Opposing teams are averaging over 175 games over the past three games. It looks like the Detroit Lions have taken notice.

We have to be able to take advantage of obviously the holes that we see,” Reggie Bush said. We feel like there is some room for us to take advantage of them in the run game. We just have to make sure we go in and play fundamentally sound.

Bush is right. There have been some huge holes in the Chicago Bears run defense this season. The Lions run the ball out of a variety of formations. They run the ball from under center, in the shotgun, and in the pistol. They run with 1 back or 2 back, and often times this season have been using tight end Brandon Pettigrew as a key blocker in the run game. Let’s take a look at two plays that show how the Lions can take advantage of the Bears’ over aggressive, and inexperienced front seven to create big plays running the ball on Sunday.

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