Top 5 revenge games on the Detroit Lions 2023 schedule
3. Week 11, vs. Chicago Bears
2. Week 14, at Chicago Bears
With contract talks going nowhere with Jamaal Williams, the Lions pivoted quickly to David Montgomery in the first days of free agency. They were of course plenty familiar with him after facing him as a Bear the last couple seasons.
Resident Bears fan Rank expressed some personal dread about Montgomery facing his former team twice this season.
"Oh, man — this series is really personal for me. And I guess for David Montgomery, as well. It was a bummer to see him leave Chicago. Signing a three-year, $18 million deal with a division rival adds insult to injury. That’s not a slam on the Lions. Anything but. I was just saying nice things about them. However, it will seem weird to see Monty in the Honolulu Blue. Plus, even if first-round pick Jahmyr Gibbs ends up with most of Detroit’s carries this season, the former Bear is probably going to rush for about six touchdowns in two games against Chicago. You can book that."
Montgomery, naturally and not surprisingly, is most-looking forward to playing the Bears this season. When the Lions’ social media captured asking players who they are most excited to play in 2023, he did not hesitate one bit to pick up the Bears’ placard.
Montgomery doesn’t come off as a guy who needs to be externally motivated, which was definitely part of the appeal of him for the Lions. But he is human, and two games against the Bears this season will naturally carry some extra juice for him.