The Detroit Lions parted ways with head coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn after their Week 12 loss to the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving Day and will travel to Soldier Field for Week 13 to take on the Chicago Bears. The visiting team could have a tough time against its NFC North rival, as both teams are looking to rebound from losses.
Detroit has had to play its last two games without star receiver Kenny Golladay (hip) and D’Andre Swift, so its offense has been limited. Matthew Stafford has made the most of T.J. Hockenson while Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson split work at running back, but that hasn’t been enough to get wins.
Chicago was handed an embarrassing 41-25 loss by the Green Bay.Packers on Sunday and was forced to start Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback while Nick Foles was sidelined by a hip injury. A season-best 103 rushing yards from David Montgomery wasn’t enough to keep up with the NFC North leaders, but a combination of Montgomery and Allen Robinson could be enough for the Lions.
Date: Sunday, Dec. 6
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Lions: #24 Overall — #20 offense, #30 defense, #18 special teams
Bears: #19 Overall — #28 offense, #4 defense, #11 special teams
Fantasy football start/sit advice
T.J. Hockenson, TE, $5,000
Hockenson is Detroit’s best pass catcher with Golladay out and the Bears have actually given up the second-most DKFP per game to tight ends. He’s led the Lions in receiving yards for two straight games and should be a staple for an offense that doesn’t have a dependable back.
Adrian Peterson, RB, $4,900
Peterson’s yards per carry numbers aren’t very impressive but he found the end zone twice in Week 12. AP monopolized goal line work for Detroit and powered his was to two touchdowns in short yardage situations against the Texans. He could have similar usage against the Bears.
David Montgomery, RB, $5,500
Detroit ranks 32nd against running backs on DraftKings and Montgomery had his best performance of the year against the team that ranks 30th in Week 12. His improving pass catching and snap share make him the best weapon the Bears have to offer.
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, $5,400
Chicago has indicated that Nick Foles could miss Week 13, and Trubisky actually had solid numbers in his last start. He threw for 242 yards and three scores against a Packers defense that ranks 7th against quarterbacks. The Lions aren’t nearly as talented in the secondary and rank 26th against signal-callers.