2. Lions sack Justin Fields at least three times
The Lions have struggled with quarterbacks who can run this season, and Fields will perhaps be their greatest challenge yet.
But the Bears signal caller has been sacked multiple times in every game this season, including at least three times six times.
It won’t be easy, that much is certain. But if the Lions are fairly disciplined in their rush lanes, work together as a front-four and front-seven and stay after Fields as he tries to extend plays, at least three sacks is definitely in play.
1. Lions win by at least 10 points
Maybe I spent too much of my Saturday night “Drinkin’ The Blue Kool-Aid” (h/t to our podcast partner), and it was probably heavily spiked if so. On the road outdoors (in Chicago, below 40 degrees air temperature) is a recipe for Jared Goff to struggle based on his track record (including last year’s game in Chicago). The Bears’ offense has been rolling like few others in the league lately, as they’ve leaned into Justin Fields’ skill set. And we know how the Lions’ defense has struggled on the whole this season, and with running quarterbacks in particular.
But the Bears are hardly unbeatable, with a defense that’s arguably just as vulnerable as Detroit’s. Sunday’s game may be high-scoring, and close through most of it, but…
Lions 35, Bears 24.