The Detroit Lions are set to play the Chicago Bears on September 13, here are a few stat-predictions for the opening day matchup.
After a hard offseason with many uncertainties, the Detroit Lions are back. And they’ll will start the regular season against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, September 13.
With the season kickoff just 17 days away, here are four of my stat-predictions for the Lions’ home opener against the Bears in Week One based on their past matchups and recent information.
1. Matthew Stafford will have 35+ pass attempts
Chicago Bears haven’t faced quarterback Matthew Stafford in over a year. However, they know what to expect with him under center. Ever since 2016, Stafford has averaged 35.8 pass attempts per game against Chicago.
Add that along with missing the last eight games, Stafford will be ready to let if fly against the Lions’ division rivals.
2. The Lions will score four touchdowns or more
The last time Detroit scored four touchdowns against the Bears was all the way back in 2015. I’m expecting an offensive explosion from the Lions’ offense in week one, despite the threat of the Bears defense.
Detroit usually comes in hot, averaging 29.8 points per game in opening day matchups during Stafford’s start streak of 136 consecutive games. They also have a record of 6-2-1 in those games.
3. Mitchell Trubisky will make his last start for Chicago vs. Detroit
This one isn’t a stat prediction, but quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is running on empty in the Windy City. If you were to look at the games Trubisky has played against Detroit (and only Detroit), you would think the Bears made a smart choice by drafting him.
Due to these performances in Detroit, I believe it will lead to him getting the nod for the week one matchup. However, quarterback Nick Foles allows for a more efficient unit and I don’t expect Trubisky to hold the starting spot.
4. Allen Robinson goes for 100+ yards
Lions’ head coach Matt Patricia is going to have to figure out what exactly they have in their secondary. With the limited training camp, I think it will take a few weeks before they are confident in what they have.
However the issue isn’t with the Lions secondary, it’s with wideout Allen Robinson. There’s an uneasy feeling with me that we will be seeing a version of 2015 Allen Robinson. Especially, when Nick Foles becomes the full-time starter.