Chicago Bears: 3 Keys to a victory over the Lions
Mitch Trubisky will need to continue his top play versus the Lions
Since entering the NFL in 2017, Mitch Trubisky has played the Lions five times. Although he only has three wins to two losses, his stats have been very pleasing when facing the Lions. Over the last three years, he has thrown 117 completions on 167 attempts versus the Lions. That is a 70.06 completion percentage. He added 11 touchdowns and only four interceptions. Combined, he has averaged a 106.3 quarterback rating. He has clearly found success versus them.
This is a new year though, and even worse, the team is starting the season in a way like never before. The pandemic has caused many changes to the way the season has been approached. Now teams will be coming in cold and that will likely affect defenses more than offenses. From that perspective, it is not a good sign for the Chicago Bears who seem to struggle on offense and are fantastic on defense. Should the defense come out flat, this game could take a bad turn.
To offset this, Mitch Trubisky must continue to find success against the Lions. This is his last chance to prove himself here in Chicago. Reports are that he seems mentally ready, but that could end quickly once the headlights come on during live game speeds. We need to see Trubisky find his intermediate to long open receivers. We need to see him go through his progressions. We need to see him be aggressive and just go out and play the game outside of his own head.
If he can find a way to do this, then maybe, just maybe he can save his career. Maybe he can help shut up his detractors and prove there was something worth seeing by Ryan Pace. Could he actually vindicate himself and Pace at the same time this year? Let us not get ahead of ourselves, but hopefully, he can at least show he still owns the Lions.