When the Chicago Bears take on the Detroit Lions, it will be a massive look into how much this team has grown. The Bears are playing better football right now, and the Lions are trending down, which could set up a close game. However, there are some matchups that are going to lean in Detroit's direction.
3. The Chicago Bears have to show that they can defend Jahmyr Gibbs
The Chicago Bears are the worst team in the NFL when it comes to defending passes to running backs. T.J. Edwards has slowly got better in coverage but still has issues. Tremaine Edmunds and Jaquan Brisker are having disappointing years, making it even harder to get that job done.
When the Lions beat Chicago in Detroit, Jahmyr Gibbs was a catalyst in the late-game comeback. Gibbs had six catches on six targets and totaled 59 yards, easily the best pass-catching game of his career.
Since then, Gibbs has had just five catches for 13 yards. Teams have shown that he can be slowed down in that area. The only other game in which Gibbs went over 50 yards receiving was receiving against Baltimore because they were getting blown out, and he had 10 targets to get there. Otherwise, it is just a big day against the Chicago Bears.
While Edmunds and Brisker have been disappointing, they have both been fully healthy for the past two weeks and perhaps the bye week can spark them and get them back to their old ways. Beyond that, the growth of Edwards in this area has to show. If the Bears cannot slow down Gibbs after seeing him do it to them once already, they have serious issues.