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Chicago at Detroit
In his two games back from injury, David Montgomery has returned to the leading role in the backfield but has only averaged 13.5 carries and 60.5 rushing yards per during that time. The Bears will be without Justin Fields on a short week and face a cloud of uncertainty looms over the Bears, as rumors suggest Matt Nagy will be fired after the game. Fortunately for Montgomery, the Bears will be favored against a bad run defense. Damien Williams is dealing with an injury and even when healthy the backup running back has been given to Khalil Herbert.
Detroit’s run defense has struggled for most of the season as they have given up the second most rushing yards per game (140.5) and the fourth most rushing yards to opposing running backs (115). The Lions have been pummeled in recent weeks by Nick Chubb (22 carries for 130 yards), Najee Harris (26 carries for 105 yards), and an all hands-on deck approach by the Eagles where Boston Scott, Jordan Howard and Kenneth Gainwell combined for 144 yards on 35 carries. Edge defender Trey Flowers has missed practice early in the week as he attempts to play on a short week while dealing with a knee injury. The Lions have major issues on the front seven as Alex Anzalone has been one of the worst linebackers in the NFL, and the defensive line in Michael Brockers and Nick Williams have struggled to consistently make plays up the middle. The Bears should have a big day on the ground.
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