Lions seek first win in Thanksgiving war vs. embattled Bears


2021-11-25 18:36:04 GMT+00:00 – The Detroit Lions’ annual Thanksgiving Day sport historically showcases one of many NFL’s most downtrodden franchises.

The Lions cannot get a lot decrease than they already are heading into their NFC North matchup with Chicago on Thursday. They’re the league’s solely winless staff at 0-9-1.

Dan Campbell, who performed quite a few occasions on Thanksgiving with Dallas and Detroit, remains to be searching for his first head teaching victory. The franchise has turn out to be a punchline as soon as once more and Campbell is hopeful his staff can lastly have the final snigger.

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“To get a win, period, is going to be freakin’ outstanding,” he stated. “But to get it on Thanksgiving would make it that much more special.”

Not that it is any solace to Campbell throughout a winless season up to now, however AI-driven analytic firm Quarter4 has forecast the Lions with a 57 p.c chance of profitable on Thursday.

At least Campbell would not have to fret about his job safety in the brief run. The identical cannot be stated for counterpart Matt Nagy. A report surfaced on Tuesday that Nagy could be fired after Thursday’s sport, which Nagy stated was “not accurate.”

Nagy would not point out if he has obtained assurances from the Bears that he’ll be teaching the remainder of the season. But staff chairman George McCaskey did reportedly inform gamers and coaches Wednesday that there was no reality to the report that Nagy could be fired after Thursday’s sport.

“My focus right now is on the players and on Detroit,” Nagy stated this week. “That’s it. That’s my job as a head coach and as a leader. … Anything else is a distraction.”

Both groups have points at quarterback on account of accidents.

Detroit’s Jared Goff missed the staff’s 13-10 loss at Cleveland on Sunday on account of an indirect pressure. Tim Boyle made his first NFL begin and handed for simply 77 yards whereas getting picked off twice.

Goff is formally lively for the sport and anticipated to start out.

“I do want to make sure he’s definitely ready to go,” Campbell stated earlier than Goff was introduced nearly as good to go. “And I do think it’s trending that way.”

Running again D’Andre Swift has rushed for 266 yards over the previous two video games, together with a 57-yard landing in opposition to the Browns. Swift, who has already eclipsed his rookie-year whole with 975 scrimmage yards, wants 25 extra to turn out to be the first Lions operating again with 1,000 yards from scrimmage in a season since 2014.

“He’s been steady and reliable all year and he’s really grown,” Campbell stated. “He is a dynamic football player for us.”

Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields suffered an damage to his ribs in a 16-13 dwelling loss to Baltimore on Sunday. Backup Andy Dalton will begin and Fields will probably be inactive with Nick Foles serving because the backup.

Dalton threw two landing passes in aid, however the Ravens scored the game-winning landing with 22 seconds remaining.

Chicago (3-7) has misplaced 5 straight, with the final two determined by a mixed 5 factors.

“They were playing so well the entire game,” Nagy stated of his protection. “The simple fact of the matter is that now we’re 3-7 instead of 5-5. That’s a big difference right now when you look at where these NFC teams are. We have to keep fighting because we know where we’re at. That’s the way these guys are wired.”

The Bears gained the first assembly 24-14 behind David Montgomery’s 106 speeding yards and two touchdowns.

Whether the remainder of the nation likes it, the Lions will probably be making their 82nd Thanksgiving look. This is the nineteenth time the Bears and Lions have matched up on the vacation, most just lately in 2019 when Montgomery scored the go-ahead landing with 2:17 remaining.

Goff had been listed as questionable throughout the week. The most notable amongst gamers who did not follow was linebacker Trey Flowers (knee), who’s formally inactive for the sport.

Chicago revealed this week that star linebacker Khalil Mack requires season-ending foot surgical procedure. Wide receiver Allen Robinson (hamstring) is inactive, whereas defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (ankle) and operating again Damien Williams (calf) are also out.

–Field Level Media

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Oct 17, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell looks on during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field.  Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports