The Chicago Bears will face the Detroit Lions in a battle of the two teams at the bottom of the NFC North. While both sides look to get back into the win column, fans in Chicago will be intently watching to see how their offense performs on Sunday.
The second year with Matt Nagy at the helm has gone off the rails with his offense underperforming. After averaging 26.3 points per game (ninth in the NFL) in 2018, Chicago has fallen to just 17.8 points per game (27th in the NFL) in 2019.
Above all, the play from third-year starter Mitchell Trubisky has declined tremendously. Last year, Trubisky flashed some potential with 3,223 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.
As for this year, Trubisky has only totaled 1,217 yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions in his seven starts. Nevertheless, he will look to bounce back in Week 10 against the Lions on Sunday.
The Lions have been faltering on the defensive side of the ball and will be without Matthew Stafford under center. Provided that, here are three bold predictions for the Bears’ offense in Week 10 versus the Lions.
3. David Montgomery will total 150 yards from scrimmage
The struggles of the Bears’ offense has been well-documented up to this point. But when they’ve had success, it has come at the expense of David Montgomery being heavily involved on the ground.
Back in Week 8, the rookie rusher had a career-high 147 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns against the Los Angeles Chargers. Montgomery should have a chance to have another stellar performance in Week 10 against a downtrodden run defense of the Lions.
The Bears’ starting running back will surpass 150 yards from scrimmage against a Lions defense that has given up 135.8 rushing yards per game (27th in the NFL).
2. Trubisky will complete 70 percent of his passes
One of the most glaring issues for Trubisky is his ability to be consistently accurate. Through the first nine weeks, the North Carolina product has completed 63 percent of his passing attempts for the Bears.
With that in mind, Trubisky will complete 70 percent of his passes on Sunday against the Lions. Nagy will put together a gameplan that makes it easier for his young signal-caller to get into a rhythm.
In his 33 career starts, Trubisky has only completed more than 70 percent of his passes nine times.
1. The Bears will score 30 points
Due to the shortcomings of Chicago’s offense, points haven’t been easy to come by in 2019. As previously mentioned, the Bears’ offense has only been able to score an average of 17.8 points per game.
On top of that, the offense of the Bears has only been able to post 30 points in a game once. That game in Week 3 against the hapless Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football.
Since that game, the Bears have only scored more than 20 points once. Despite all of that being true, the Bears will score 30 points in Week 10 against a Lions defense that surrenders 27.1 points per game (27th in the NFL).