The Detroit Lions square off against the Chicago Bears in Week 4 of the NFL season. It is a rivalry game between both franchises, with the road team winning each game last year. With the Lions stifling Lamar Jackson last week, It should have similar defensive success against Justin Fields.
Justin Fields is now the starting QB for the Chicago Bears. He came with a lot of hype and expectations this year. During the preseason he made amazing plays while showcasing his talents. Regardless of Fields prior accolades, he is still a rookie. Rookies have to learn new playbooks, read defenses, and they encounter many mistakes during the learning process.
Last Sunday, the viewing public witnessed Fields take on 15 QB hits from the Cleveland Browns defense. While also absorbing nine sacks in one game. His offensive line did not give him ample time in the pocket to throw, nor did they produce any offensive touchdowns.
Midway through the 3rd quarter of the Bears game, you could see his confidence disappear. On the Bears sideline, the camera showed his frustrations. The physical pounding he was enduring in that game took Fields out of the game mentally.
Fans reading this article will say the Lions do not have the defensive talent that the Browns possess. The Lions defensively do not have Myles Garett dominating with 4.5 sacks versus the Bears per ESPN stats. Their defense has shown to be very effective the last two seasons; I understand that.
The statistics that I will display highlight my confidence in the Lions’ front seven. I believe that the Lions can achieve the same defensive dominance that the Browns exhibited. The rushing attack of their offense would be ineffective, leading to stagnant offensive play scripts.
Lamar Jackson won the 2019 MVP while taking the NFL by storm. His dual-threat capabilities have been on display; since the Baltimore Ravens named him the starting QB. The Ravens are ranked third in the NFL with 97 rush attempts. With 556 rushing yards as a team, they lead the NFL in that category, also tied for second in the NFL with five rushing scores.
The Lions sacked Lamar four times last Sunday, the most allowed sacks the team has given up this season. They held the Ravens QB to 58 yards rushing, with seven rushing attempts. Both are a season-low in those categories.
For the first time this season, the Ravens did not have a rushing TD in a game. The Lions held them to a season-low 116 yards rushing as a team. The Lions’ run defense collapsed the pocket; the defense played tremendously versus the run all game long.
Justin Fields cannot read and analyze NFL defenses as veteran signal-callers can. Fans witnessed the Lions hold the NFL’s best rushing team to its lowest seasonal output, without Trey Flowers whose was inactive for the game. Rumors are swirling about a QB change. Andy Dalton and Nick Foles have zero wins this season, giving the Bears weaker options at QB.
I am extremely confident the Lions’ defense will keep Fields in check while disrupting the offense of the Bears. They have the blueprint to contain mobile quarterbacks.