Bears/Lions Recap & Bears/Giants Preview
The Chicago Bears (8-3) and their fans celebrated Thanksgiving Day with a surprising come-from-behind victory at Detroit. Check out our Game Balls & Player of the Game from the 23-16 victory over the Detroit Lions (4-7).
QB #4 Chase Daniel – Filling in for injured starter #10 Mitch Trubisky, Chase Daniel started his first game in a Bears uniform. In fact, Daniel started for the first time since 2014. He did surprisingly well. This game was proof of how valuable a backup can be at the game’s most important position. For the day Daniel was 27 of 37 for 230 yards passing with 2 TD’s and 0 INT’s. Those numbers were good enough for a 106.8 Rating.
ILB #58 Roquan Smith – This rookie stud continues to impress us. He’s getting better and better week by week. Against the Lions, Smith led the Bears in tackles with 11 including 7 solo stops, 1 TFL, 1 Sack, and 1 QB hit. It seems like Roquan leads Chicago in tackles every week lately. For the year, Smith leads the team with 81 Tackles. He’s tied for 2nd in Sacks with 4. Very impressive for a rookie who didn’t even have a full training camp. Just wait….
Player of the Game
S #39 Eddie Jackson – Eddie is quickly becoming the Bears best safety since the legendary Mike Brown. Jackson had 3 tackles on Thursday at Detroit along with 2 PBU’s and the key play of the game, an interception of Lions QB #9 Matt Stafford in the 4th quarter that he returned for the game-winning 41 yard touchdown. This was Eddie’s 3rd TD of the season and 5th of his career. He now has 4 interceptions on the year along with a fumble recovery. These were the big plays Bears fans were dreaming about and Jackson is realizing the dreams at a historic pace. He’s already over half way to breaking Chicago’s franchise record for most defensive touchdowns. The record is held by CB Charles Tillman with 9. Jackson has 5 TD’s and he’s not even finished with his 2nd season yet.
In last week’s Lions Preview, we wrote:
“All the numbers point to Chicago. However, several intangibles point towards an upset. Chicago is favored by 4 points according to Wednesday’s Chicago Tribune. Unfortunately I see a letdown for the Bears this week. I’m calling for a Detroit Lions upset which is sad because we all know Chicago has a much better team. But one game does not make a season.
Detroit Lions 27, Chicago Bears 17″
RESULT: Chicago Bears 23, Detroit Lions 16
- The “Dutch Lion” was wrong for the first time in several weeks. We only missed by a combined 17 points, but obviously we were wrong about who won.
- For the first time in weeks, the Bears were trailing. When Detroit scored late in the 3rd quarter, the Lions led 13-9. But the Bears showed character and won the 4th quarter 14-3 to pull off the season sweep over Detroit.
- Chicago Bears : 8-3
- Dutch Lion : 8-3
The NFC North (Norris) Division’s first-place Chicago Bears (8-3) head to New York to face the NFC East Division’s last-place New York Giants (3-8) at noon on Sunday. Let’s see how Troy Aikman has the Bears and Giants ranked in his highly acclaimed Aikman Efficiency Ratings (AER) through Week 12.
Aikman Efficiency Ratings (AER)
- Chicago (8-3) : 2nd overall (166.8), 14th offense (87.5), 1st defense (79.4)
- New York Giants (3-8) : 21st overall (144.6), 22nd offense (81.2), 22nd defense (63.4)
Chicago has a big edge in all categories. Of course, it looks like QB #10 Mitch Trubisky may have to sit out yet another game because of his sore shoulder. If Chase Daniel has to start yet again, does he have enough to get the Bears another road victory? Do the Bears have another dominant defensive outing in their arsenal? Does Eddie Jackson have another defensive return touchdown waiting in his bag of tricks?
Week 13 Prediction:
Chicago is favored by 3.5 points according to Saturday’s Chicago Tribune. I’m worried for the shoe to drop for the second week in a row. The Bears have won five games in a row. When will it end? You’d think without Trubisky that it could be over. Nonetheless, I’ll take the Bears in a close one but won’t be surprised if the streak ends.
Chicago Bears 18, New York Giants 15