The Chicago Bears will look to salvage what is presumed to be left of their season this Sunday at Soldier Field versus the Detroit Lions. The Bears were successful last year against the Lions beating them at home and on the road. In particular, the home game, where Mitch Trubisky threw for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns and propelled his team to victory. However, this year we have seen nothing but uncertainty from Trubisky. Trubisky will need to put the Bears in a position to win this weekend.

The Bears come into this game at 3-5 on a four-game losing streak. The Bears remain at 29th overall in the league in total offense with 266.8 yards a game. The Bears are one of the five teams who have below 300 yards in total offense per game this season. Meanwhile, the defense is ranked 9th in the league and does have the ability to limit Stafford like they did last year.

The Lions come into this at 3-4-1 and are coming off a tough loss to the Oakland Raiders. The Lions are ranked 5th overall in total offense. The Bears will have their hands full against this pass-heavy Lions’ team. On the defensive side of the ball, the Lions rank 31st overall in defense. The Bears should be able to run the ball and complete short passes to move the sticks. This would keep Stafford on the sidelines and give the defense multiple breathers throughout the game.

Prediction: The Lions will look to come in and get their first division win of the season. Mitchell Trubisky has to play better. Last week will not be acceptable. He has to be able to deliver passes more accurately to his receivers. Nagy needs to be committed to the run as he was past two weeks. Detroit ranks 27th in rushing defense. The expectation is 20-30 carries for Montgomery and Cohen to get the offense moving down the field. If the Bears come out of the gate swinging, they will win this game. If not, it will only make this season one the longest in recent memory.

Lions 26 Bears 17

UPDATE: Matthew Stafford will not play because of a broken bone in his back. Jeff Driskell will start the 6th game of his career (the previous 5 starts were with the Cincinnati Bengals) in what looks to shift the tide to the Bears favor. Combined with issues along the offensive and defensive line for Detroit, this is shaping up to be a winnable game for the Bears and would provide a boost to the overall morale of the team and fans. Look for Chuck Pagano to bring pressure and force Driskell into committing multiple turnovers. Momentum favors the Bears, but will they capitalize?