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Detroit Lions: 3 bold predictions for Week 10 vs. Bears

Matt Patricia, Matthew Stafford, Lions

After a 2-0-1 start, the Detroit Lions have lost four of their last five games. They will get set to play their second straight game on the road against their NFC North rival Chicago Bears. This game will determine who will be in last place in the division.

The Lions will have the tough task of not only playing their second straight on the road, but doing so against the talented defense of the Bears. This is a must-win game for both sides but the edge has to be given to Chicago. Here are three predictions for the road team heading into this one.

3. Lions Held Under 20 Points

This is something that has happened just once this season. The Lions’ offense has been clicking at the midway point of the season. Detroit currently ranks fifth in the league in total offense and third in passing yards per game. The Bears’ defense is a different animal.

Detroit will have a tough time moving the ball against the Bears in this one. Despite the recent success of the Lions’ offense, Chicago will prove dominant in this matchup.

2. Lions Solidify Last Place

This is partially a prediction for now and partially for the rest of the season. The loser of this matchup will be in the basement of the NFC North. For Detroit, this could be the start of a season-long stay at the bottom of the division, the place they found themselves last season when it was all said and done.

This loss would mark five out of six for Detroit. The Bears would jump them in the standings and if that happens, it will be for good. The Lions would have a tough time climbing out of the bottom spot of the division if they lose this game.

1. Matt Patricia’s Days Numbered?

After a 6-10 first season in Detroit, Patricia is not doing himself any favors in year two. No one would have been surprised if the Lions moved on from Patricia after year one. It is almost expected that if the Lions win six or less games this season that they will have a new coach in 2020.

A loss to the Bears in this game just cuts a few more days off Patricia’s tenure as head coach. If Detroit loses on Thanksgiving Day to the Bears then Patricia could be fired during this season. Either way, Patricia is proving to be just another failed experiment in Detroit.