Updated: Nov 12, 2018
For the third time in as many games, the Detroit Lions suffered a double digit defeat. Also for the third time in as many tries, the Chicago Bears came away with a victory by double digits.
The two NFC North divisional foes find themselves on opposing sides of the Win-Loss spectrum after today's bout. Detroit, at 3-6, remains in the cellar of the division, and first year head coach Matt Patricia put his face to good work by showcasing about a thousand unique looks of confusion. Hey, if this NFL coaching gig doesn't work out maybe he can become an actor.
The infuriated and long-tortured Lions fans probably wouldn't be opposed to shipping Patricia off to Hollywood at this point. Bill Belichick certainly didn't seem heartbroken after losing the former Patriots defensive coordinator after the bludgeoning New England's defense took during Super Bowl LII.
The final score of today's contests 34-22--a 12 point difference. The play on the field reflected more of a 45-14ish type affair. Chicago blasted out of the gates and seized a 26-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Mitchell Trubisky was phenomenal, completing 23 passes for 355 yards and 3 touchdowns.
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The Lions offense, on the other hand, was depressing. Stafford was never in rhythm until the game was far out of reach. The running game, after some impressive performances by Kerryon Johnson in the weeks prior, was hideous. The offensive line regularly missed assignments. Yucky day for Detroit's offense--again.
Now, Chicago. They were excellent for the third consecutive game. Matt Nagy has been the most impressive new coach so far this year, and has the lately-laughable Bears at 6-3 and in the lead of the NFC North. Former Raider Kahlil Mack and Georgia rookie Roquan Smith comprise the most deadly linebacker core in the NFL. Smith led the team in tackles today and Mack added two more sacks.
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Trubisky, as previously mentioned, looked better than ever. If the Nagy is getting this version of Mitch every Sunday, then go ahead and lock Chicago into the playoffs. This offense has some real weapons. Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller and Taylor Gabriel are a flexible, each-unique, top-tier trio of receivers. Burton is reliable at Tight end. And the running back duo of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen gives Nagy a downhill first-down back and a shifty pass-catcher out of the backfield.
When Chicago gets a complete performance from its entire roster, they can play with anyone in the League. When Detroit experiences a complete team malfunction, watch out, they could be the team that loses to the Bills by 20+, or the Cardinals or 49ers at all.
A statement game, good or bad, for both teams.