Time for a little bit of optimism.
Itâ€™s gotten a little too doom and gloomy around here. Sure, the Detroit Lions have lost two games in a row in convincing fashion. Sure, they traded away one of the best and most entertaining players away to a fellow NFC contender. Sure, the hardest part of their schedule is likely ahead of them, not behind them. So… wait, what was my point?
Oh, right. There may be a lot of reasons to be pessimistic right now, but whatâ€™s the fun in that? To be a Lions fan means to have endless hope, because without hope weâ€™re just all a bunch of gluttons for punishment.
Name three Lions players that could be in for a big game on Sunday.
Though Ansah still doesnâ€™t have a full practice since his Week 1 injury, his return last week indicates heâ€™s feeling better, and the man himself says he feels â€œamazing.â€� I think we see him carve out double the snaps he had last week (12) and possibly more. Ansah has a sack in four straight games, and I feel like we tend to forget how great of a player he can be when heâ€™s healthy.
This is a slam dunk, because â€œSnacksâ€� is already one of the most consistent Lions player on the roster. The run stuffer will be key in this game, and if he can slow Jordan Howard , itâ€™ll put the pressure on Mitchell Trubisky to make plays with his arm . Trubisky has the potential to make the Lions payâ€”especially with Darius Slay out â€”but his inconsistencies could prove costly for the Bears, making Harrisonâ€™s contributions all that more important.
This Bears defense doesnâ€™t have many vulnerabilities, but if thereâ€™s one place they could be beat, itâ€™s in covering tight ends. Chicagoâ€™s secondary is very talented, but they only rank 19th in tight end coverage according to Football Outsidersâ€™ DVOA . Sadly, the Lions are ill-equipped to take advantage of that weakness, but one potential candidate that could do is Michael Roberts . The young tight end has three touchdowns on the year in just five games played. I would not be surprised to see him find the end zone again on Sunday.