The Chicago Bears open up the 2020 NFL season playing on the road against the Detroit Lions in Week 1. With the Bears being 3-point underdogs, they are expected to start the season 0-1.
The Bears will need some big performances and a few surprises to emerge if they want to upset the Lions and come out victorious in the first agme of the season. With that in mind, here are three bold predictions for the Bears against the Lions.
1. Mitchell Trubisky Has a Career Game
A lot was expected of Mitchell Trubisky when he was drafted second overall in 2017, but it has gotten to the point where the Bears traded for veteran quarterback Nick Foles this past offseason to compete for the starting job. Trubisky has since won that job and with extra motivation from a doubtful coaching staff and fanbase, Trubisky could be in for a huge game against a Detroit defense that ranked last in the NFL in passing yards given up per game last season (284.4). The Lions added Jamie Collins and Desmond Trufant this offseason, along with drafting top cornerback Jeff Okudah, in an attempt to shore up the defense, but it may not be enough for a team that gave up 26.4 points a game in 2019, which ranked No. 16 in the NFL. Turbisky had a combined total of 511 yards and six touchdowns in his two games against Detroit last season and we could see similar numbers from him in Week 1 if the game turns into the shootout.
2. Khalil Mack Shines with 2+ Sacks
Touted as one of the best pass rushers in the league, Mack had a down year in 2019 finishing with 8.5 sacks and eight tackles for a loss. Those totals were his lowest since his rookie year back in 2014. In fact, Mack had no sacks in either game he played against Detroit last season. In the offseason, Detroit let two starting offensive linemen walk and replaced them with rookie Jonah Jackson and free-agent signing Halapoulivatti Vaitai. It wouldn't be shocking to see the two take some time to get adjusted to the Lions' offense and this would allow Mack to get some early pressure on quarterback Matthew Stafford. Look for Mack to take advantage of an offensive line that gave up 43 sacks last season (No. 19 in the NFL) and create some big plays for the Bears.
3. Cairos Santos Misses a Clutch Fourth Quarter Field Goal
With a reputation for having kicker problems, the Bears find themselves in a similar situation as Eddie Pineiro was placed on the Injured Reserve (IR) and will miss at least the first three games of the season. Backup Cairo Santos will be called upon to kick for the Bears on Sunday. Santos played in five games for the Tennessee Titans last season, going 4 for 9 in field goals with a long of 53 yards and 12 for 12 in extra points. With a 3-point spread, this is a game expected to be close in the fourth quarter and very well could come down to the kicking game. The Bears had 11 games last year that ended within one possession (6-5 in those games) and lost two games by three or fewer points. If his number is called in a big spot, we could see more troubles from a Bears kicker.
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