The Detroit Lions rallied for a clutch win against the Chicago Bears in Week 11, but it was in spite of themselves.
With four turnovers, the Lions played their sloppiest football of the season in the 31-26 win, and Amon-Ra St. Brown knows that can't happen again on Sunday.
Speaking Thursday, St. Brown sent a message to his offense. This week, there can't be any such sleepwalking, because the Lions will be unlikely to overcome their mistakes again, especially considering how well Chicago is playing.
"They've been doing really good on defense. They've been taking the ball whether it's fumbles, interceptions, whatever it is, so we got to be aware of that. Try to not give them any freebies like we did last time because if we do, I don't think we'll be able to come back like we did last time. It was a tough game for us. We barely did it, but it's hard to do that twice in this league, so we got to just take care of the ball."
Dan Campbell has already admitted he is weary of the Bears given how the last game played out. St. Brown is of the same mindset.
Amon-Ra St. Brown praises Chicago Bears' defensive toughness
In terms of what Chicago does well defensively, St. Brown believes the Bears have playmakers on all levels and stack up well against the run.
"I think they got guys number one. They got playmakers on that defense. They added (Montez) Sweat who's really made a difference for them pass rush wise. Defensive backs are good. Linebackers are solid with (Tremaine) Edmonds and T.J. Edwards. Their front seven's really good. I think they're underrated. They're one of the top run defenses in the league, so overall they do a lot of good things......They've gotten a lot of takeaways the past three weeks, so we got to be ready for that. Trying to take care of the ball as best as we can and just staying on schedule is big for us."
The Lions won't be surprised by the Bears defense this time around, and as St. Brown said crisper execution will be the easy goal.