Buckle up Bears fans because on Thursday morning you will be treated to an NFC North shootout between Mitch Trubisky and Purdue legend turned Detroit Lions starting quarterback, David Blough. 

For the 2nd time in as many years, the Chicago Bears will travel to Detroit to take on the Lions in the early edition of NFL Thanksgiving football. Just about three weeks ago, the Lions lost their franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford and they now find themselves them on a 3 game losing skid. Their current drought started at the hands of the Bears, who defeated the Lions 20-13 back on November 10th. 

When asked about what Matt Nagy most fondly remembers about playing last year on Thanksgiving, the head coach said, “I remember thinking it’s pretty neat that I’m able to coach on Thanksgiving day. Growing up as a kid watching every single Thanksgiving game all day long. You feel very fortunate to be apart of that.”

Last Thanksgiving, Chase Daniel was forced to start for the Bears after Mitchell Trubisky suffered an injury to his shoulder in the week prior against the Minnesota Vikings. While the team looked sluggish at times, they did enough to get the win after Eddie Jackson scored on a go ahead pick-six in the 4th quarter. 

After Tuesday’s practice, Trubisky was eager to get on the field for his first turkey day appearance. “I really wanted to play in that game last year. It stunk that I couldn’t but I’m excited to play on Thanksgiving this year. It’s one of those games that, I mean as a kid you always remember watching the Thanksgiving game and now we get an opportunity to play in it. After missing last year, I’m definitely excited to play on Thursday.” 

Despite having a defensive coach in Matt Patricia, the Lions defense has struggled mightily throughout the 2019 season. Per Pro Football Reference, Detroit currently holds the 30th ranked pass defense (275.45 yards per game) and the 24th ranked rush defense (120.72 yards per game). The Lions will also be without their star defensive end Trey Flowers and Alabama product, DaShawn Hand. 

While the Detroit’s woes sound like a potential avenue for offensive success, the Bears have yet to find any rhythm, even against low tier defenses such as the Lions. Just 18 days ago, Trubisky threw for a measly 173 yards and 3 touchdowns in route to the teams 3rd straight win over Detroit. In that same game, running back David Montgomery toted the rock 17 times for just 60 yards. The lone standout of that game was Allen Robinson, who reeled in 6 receptions for 86 yards. After dominating the Giants last week with 6 receptions, 131 yards and a touchdown, the Bears best option is to get their star wide receiver the ball as much as possible. 

On the defensive side of things, the Bears will be tasked with making David Blough’s rookie debut as difficult as possible. Blough was signed by the Cleveland Browns after going undrafted during 2019 before he was traded to the Lions for a conditional draft pick.  Needless to say he will have his work cut out for him as he will take on the Bears 9th ranked pass defense (218.81 yards per game) in the NFL.

Injury wise, the Bears will be without; tight ends Adam Shaheen (foot) and Ben Braunecker (concussion), wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (concussion), right tackle Bobby Massie (ankle), defensive back Sherrick McMannis (groin) and team captain Danny Trevathan (elbow).

Prediction: Just a couple weeks ago, the Bears were locked in a close battle with the Lions but found a way to hold on by just a touchdown. As of now, the Bears are currently the favorites at -4.5 and I’m taking them to cover in this one. The 2019 season has largely been a trainwreck, with the majority of the blame resting on the shoulders of Matt Nagy and Mitchell Trubisky. While I don’t think their offense can do enough to salvage much hope into the near future, I do feel that this will be one of the Bears’ best offensive games in 2019. My bold prediction for this week’s episode of Halas Hall Brawl was that this game would be one in which Trubisky apologists will be able to hang their hat on to for the next couple years. On the defensive side of with David Blough at the helm for the Lions, I’ll be looking for a couple turnovers that lead to short fields for the offense. Final Score: Bears 31, Lions 13.

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Enjoy the day watching football and spending time with your loved ones. 

The Bears (5-6) will take on the Lions (3-7-1) at 11:30 AM CST Thursday, November 28th at Ford Field. Per Pro Football Reference, the Bears currently hold the lead in the all-time series, boasting a record of 100-74-5.